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Team USA Victorious in the 2017 BMO Nations' Cup at Spruce Meadows
  • Annual equestrian team competition concludes as Team USA are crowned the champions
  • Attendance reached more than 86,000, as dedicated fans enjoyed the 2017 event

CALGARY, Sept. 9, 2017 /CNW/ - Team USA claimed the top prize today at the 2017 BMO Nations' Cup – one of the top team show-jumping competitions in the world. The nation's riders were led by Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland.

American Athlete Beezie Madden aboard Darry Lou captures victory in the Jump Off Round of the BMO Nations’ Cup for Team USA at Spruce Meadows. (CNW Group/BMO Financial Group)

Eight of the world's top show-jumping teams, each made up of four members selected by their national federations to represent their country, competed for the prestigious championship title. The course was once again designed by Olympic course designer Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela, featuring 12 jumping efforts, covering 520 metres.

"As we celebrate our 200th year in business, we recognize our long-standing partnerships, such as with Spruce Meadows, for bringing BMO closer to this community," said Darryl White, Chief Operating Officer, BMO Financial Group. "The BMO Nations' Cup has once again showcased a leading team show jumping event, and each of the 8 teams demonstrated exceptional performances today. On behalf of BMO, we congratulate them all."

It was a superb finish for Team USA. Team members Beezie Madden, Lauren Hough, Charlie Jacobs and Lillie Keenan pulled off a top-notch performance, finishing in a jump off over second place finishers, Team Brazil.

Final Results

  1. Team United States
  2. Team Brazil
  3. Team Germany
  4. Team Canada
  5. Team Belgium
  6. Team France
  7. Team Switzerland
  8. Team Italy 

About BMO Nations' Cup

The BMO Nations' Cup is the only competition in which nations are represented by selected teams. Teams from participating countries may consist of three or four riders, and are led by a Chef d'Equipe. Each member of each team will jump one round over a course of 12 obstacles. The best three scores from each team are added together for a first round total.

The top six teams return in reverse order of standing to jump the identical course in the second round. Again, the three best scores for each team are added to the first round total to determine the ultimate winner. In the case of equality of penalties for first place, the Chef d'Equipe selects a single team member to jump off.

About BMO and the Equestrian Community

As the founding sponsor of Spruce Meadows, BMO Financial Group has a long and proud history of supporting equestrian sport in Canada. This is the 41st year that BMO has sponsored the BMO Nations' Cup at Spruce Meadows, attracting the top international show jumping teams to compete in Canada. In addition, BMO has proudly sponsored Canadian Equestrian Team member and Olympic record holder, Ian Millar, for more than 25 years.

SOURCE BMO Financial Group

For further information: Media Contact: Jessica Leroux, (416) 867-3996, jessica.leroux@bmo.com; Internet: www.bmo.com, Twitter: @BMOmedia

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