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The Canadian Show Jumping Team comprised of Tiffany Foster of North Vancouver, BC, Ian Millar of Perth, ON, Chris Surbey of Calgary, AB, and Keean White of Rockwood, ON, finished second in the $100,000 FEI Nations’ Cup held Friday, June 2, at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC, and qualified for the FEI Nations’ Cup Final in Barcelona, ESP.The FEI Nations’ Cup acted as the third and final qualifier for the North American, Central American and Caribbean League, with the top two teams in the standings advancing to the FEI Nations’ Cup Final in Barcelona, ESP, from September 29 to October 1, 2017. It was a tight race to the end, but when the points were calculated, the United States and Canada earned their starting spots with scores of 280 and 250 respectively. Mexico, also in the hunt, finished third with 240 points.In addition to the three countries chasing points for the Final, Ireland also fielded a team in the $100,000 FEI Nations’ Cup in Langley, as did a second non-points team for Mexico. At the end of the first round, the United States was at the top of the leaderboard with four faults while Canada was in second position with 14 faults, ahead of the Mexico I team with 18 faults, Ireland with 22 faults, and Mexico II trailing on 39 faults. Mexico II opted not to return for the second round, leaving four teams to battle it out for victory.Team Canada returned with its sights set firmly on improving its first round performance and earning a ticket to the Final. Foster, 32, had jumped clear in the first round but exceeded the tight time allowed of 77 seconds to pick up a single time fault over the course designed by Canada’s Peter Holmes. She would make no such mistake the second time out with Brighton, leaving all the rails in place and racing through the timers for a clear performance.“I was a little worried because it was his first Nations’ Cup and I didn’t know how he would handle a track like that; it was a proper 1.60m course and he really rose to the occasion,” said Foster of Brighton, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Contender II x Quick Star) owned by Artisan Farms LLC and Torrey Pines Stable.In next for Canada, Surbey, 30, improved on his five-fault performance in the opening round to jump clear, putting another score of zero on the Canadian team score sheet riding Chalacorada, a 15-year-old Holsteiner mare (Chalan x Corrado I) owned by Linda Southern Heathcott and Spruce Meadows Ltd.White, 34, incurred eight faults plus one time fault in the opening round riding For Freedom Z, a 12-year-old Zangersheide gelding (For Pleasure x Baloubet du Rouet) owned by Angelstone Partners. The pair kept it to one rail in the second round but were still caught by the clock, picking up a total of five faults which would again prove to be the drop score, as only the best three scores for each team are counted.With the United States beginning to falter, anchor rider Millar, 70, turned up the heat by producing a faultless second round performance riding Dixson. The pair had incurred eight faults the first time out, but the ten-time Canadian Olympian was cool under pressure, producing an age-defying performance riding Dixson, a 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Vigo d’Arsouilles x Olisco) owned by Susan Grange and her daughter, Ariel Grange.With Canada’s final score confirmed at 14 faults, it was all up to U.S anchor rider Margie Goldstein-Engle. Like Millar, the veteran rider kept her cool despite having one rail down with Royce, keeping America’s all-female team total to 13 faults for the win. Ireland finished in third position with a team total of 25 faults aided by the only double-clear performance of the day from 22-year-old Daniel Coyle riding Cita. Mexico I finished fourth with 32 faults, leaving them out of the running for a ticket to the Barcelona Final.“We rallied in the second round; we have a great team vibe and that really pulled us through!” said Foster, whose family was in attendance to cheer her on. “Everyone rode great, and ‘Captain’, Ian Millar, always pulls through for us when we need him to. The Nations’ Cup Final in Barcelona is something that we aimed for this year with it being a non-games year, and it’s great that we were able to get the job done and qualify.”Competing at Thunderbird Show Park is somewhat of a homecoming for Foster, as she spent her teenage years training with and eventually working for Laura and Brent Balisky’s Thunderbird Show Stables.“They do a great job here at Thunderbird and give a lot of importance to the Nations’ Cup,” said Foster of the organizing committee headed by Jane Tidball. “They really pull out all the stops and run a fantastic event, and the crowd is unbelievable and gets behind everyone. Peter Holmes did a great job with the course. It really couldn’t have been any better, unless we had won!”Foster had the added challenge of riding Brighton in the horse’s Nations’ Cup debut. Having made her first appearance on the Canadian Show Jumping Team in 2011, Foster has since ridden in Nations’ Cup competition a total of 34 times riding six different horses owned by Artisan Farms LLC, including at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympic Games as well as the 2015 Pan American Games where she was a member of the gold medal team.“I am very proud to be able to put Brighton’s name on the list of Artisan-owned horses that have competed for Canada,” said Foster, acknowledging Andy and Carlene Ziegler of Artisan Farms LLC who support both her as well as Olympic gold, silver and bronze medalist, Eric Lamaze. “They have been so supportive of Eric and myself, and I think that’s something that is really important to recognize.”Canadian Show Jumping Team chef d’equipe Mark Laskin of Langley, BC, summed up his team’s performance by saying, “With this year being a non-championship year, our primary goal as a team was to qualify for the FEI Nations’ Cup Final, so it was an awesome day for us as we were able to accomplish that objective. The first round didn’t go quite as well as we had hoped, however, everyone rallied in the second round and we made a real run at the Americans, almost catching them and making it a close and very exciting class. Barcelona, here we come!” Tags: Thunderbird Show Park, Keean White, Ian Millar, Tiffany Foster, Chris Surbey, FEI Nations’ Cup Langley, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews Email*
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Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, center, celebrates with teammates, left fielder Starling Marte, left, and right fielder Gregory Polanco after getting the final out of a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers in the Pirates home opener Monday, April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Brad Ausmus is an optimist, but the Detroit Tigers manager didn’t get carried away even after his team mashed its way through a perfect opening week to the season.“I wasn’t expecting to go 162-0,” Ausmus joked.The Pittsburgh Pirates finally put a crooked number in Detroit’s loss column, riding Gerrit Cole’s right arm and home runs from Josh Harrison, Pedro Alvarez and Corey Hart to hand the Tigers a 5-4 loss on Monday.Baseball’s top-hitting team scored 47 runs while winning its first six games, but was held in check until a late rally against Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon fell just short. Detroit failed to match the 7-0 start set by the 1984 team that rolled to a World Series title.The Tigers managed just one run out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the seventh and scored three times against Melancon in the ninth before pinch-hitter Victor Martinez struck out to end it.“We had a little bit of an opportunity in the seventh and we weren’t able to continue it,” Ausmus said. “Then the last inning, obviously we had the heart of our order, right where you want to be against the back-end of their bullpen. That’s as good as a chance as possible being down four runs.”Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pedro Alvarez, left, celebrates with Jordy Mercer (10) after hitting a solo home run off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez during the seventh third inning of the Pirates home opener baseball game in Pittsburgh Monday, April 13, 2015. The Pirates handed the Tigers their first loss of the season 5-4. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Cole (1-0) struck out eight and walked two while giving up just three hit as the Pirates won their second straight home opener.“He was throwing cheese,” Detroit catcher Alex Avila said. “Hitting 97, 98, a couple of breaking balls, changeup. Spotting up, sinking the ball. He was lights out.”Anibal Sanchez (1-1) couldn’t quite keep up, surrendering five runs in 6 1-3 innings, including home runs to Pedro Alvarez and Corey Hart in the seventh to give Pittsburgh some needed breathing room.“I just tried to keep the score close and waited for the team to score some runs,” Sanchez said. “Cole threw a really good ballgame. He pitched really, really well.”Miguel Cabrera went 2 for 4 with an RBI and J.D. Martinez drew the Tigers within a run with a two-run shot off Melancon.Looking to match the start of the Kirk Gibson-led club that won 104 games and rolled to a title 31 years ago, they instead were cooled by the hard-throwing and rapidly maturing Cole.Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) gets the ball during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Pittsburgh Monday, April 13, 2015. Cole got the win 5-4 over the Tigers. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)“Cole was good,” Ausmus said. “He was really good. He was going to be tough to score against, period. We bided our time and were able to get back in the game.”Just not all the way to the front. Cole breezed through six innings, twice retiring Cabrera, before running into trouble in the seventh after loading the bases with no outs. Jared Hughes came in to protect a 2-0 lead. His first pitched turned into a double play by Nick Castellanos and his third was a harmless popup by Avila.“You just have to pound the zone, that’s the big thing,” Hughes said. “The other hitters know you’re going to do it and they’re probably going to be swinging.”Alvarez then led off the bottom of the seventh with a homer to center and Hart followed three batters later with a drive to the bleachers in left field with a two-run shot for his 1,000th career hit to make it 5-1.CRUSING CABRERACabrera’s two hits actually forced his average to “dip” to .517 on the season. He was named the American League Player of the Week earlier Monday after going 13 for 25 (.520) with two doubles, two homers and eight RBI to start the year.“He’s swung the bat extremely well,” Ausmus said. “He’s the best hitter in the game for a reason and he probably has a few of those awards on the mantle.”TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: Closer Joe Nathan’s strained right flexor elbow might force Ausmus to get creative at the back end of the bullpen. Joaquin Soria is filling in until Nathan returns from the disabled list, but Ausmus indicated that if there was a save situation on Monday he would have turned to Joba Chamberlain.Pirates: The Pirates reinstated pitcher Francisco Liriano from the paternity list and sent Casey Sadler to Triple-A Indianapolis. Liriano is scheduled to start on Wednesday.UP NEXTTigers: Shane Greene (1-0) makes his second start of the season on Tuesday as the three-game series continues. He tossed eight shutout innings in a win over Minnesota last Thursday. Greene is 4-0 with a 2.70 ERA in six career road starts.Pirates: A.J. Burnett makes his first start in Pittsburgh as a Pirate since 2013. He pitched 5 1-3 innings while getting a no decision against Cincinnati last Thursday. The 38-year-old Burnett is 14-12 with a 2.76 ERA in 35 career starts at PNC Park.
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