In the last major equestrian competition for many of the Canadian riders prior to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, American Beezie Madden won the Atco Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Spruce Meadows in south Calgary.
Madden, the two-time Olympic Gold medallist in team show jumping, was perfect in each of the three rounds, and beat teammate Rich Fellers by 2.56 seconds. Fellers also jumped clear through the three rounds.
According to the Spruce Meadows website, there were eight Americans in the top ten, including the first through sixth positions.
Madden who is from Milwaukee, was riding Simon, a Dutch Warmblood and won $66,000 with her victory. Fellows finished second, followed by Kent Farrington (2012 winner of the CN Reliability Grand Prix) in third place.
Saturday though was a horrible day for the Canadians. Lisa Carlsen of Spruce Grove, Alberta was the top Canadian in 10th place. Eric Lamaze, the Olympic Gold medallist, finished in 31st. That was not the kind of performance he would like right before an Olympic Games.