“Who lowered the poles?” the spectacular mare Crusador Z appears to ask her Canadian rider Brian Morton as they soar effortlessly above the wings within the 1.55m PwC Cup showjumping competitors at Spruce Meadows, Calgary, earlier this 12 months.
This pretty gray 13-year-old daughter of Chacco-Blue all the time catches the attention within the ring and also you’d be proper in pondering she is discovering this substantial observe far beneath her capabilities as she’s proved to be one thing of a high-jump specialist in latest occasions.
She and Brian have now gained the ATCO-sponsored six-bar class at her house venue of Spruce Meadows two years operating, clearing a remaining vertical which towered to 1.95m (practically 6ft5in) on this 12 months’s occasion (pictured under).
“She’s the queen of over-achieving,” says Brian of the Spruce Meadows-owned mare: “She’s a beautiful horse for this [the six-bar].”
Crusador Z had beforehand been ridden by Sweden’s Annika Axelsson and Danish showjumper Nikolaj Hein Ruus earlier than 36-year-old Brian made his debut together with her in 2020. The pair completed equal-first within the ATCO six-bar in 2021, efficiently defending their title this 12 months when sharing the spoils in a three-way tie on the latest Spruce Meadows Masters event.
The extravagant gray mare, with scope to burn, dazzled together with her athleticism over the imposing line of ever-increasing verticals underneath the spotlights. Additionally clearing the fences within the fourth and remaining jump-off to affix Brian and Crusador Z within the winner’s circle had been Jens Fredricson of Sweden using Diarado’s Rose Elith and Kyle King (USA) with Espresso To Go.
“Final 12 months we had been determining how to do that class and we had been a bit nervous,” reveals Brian. “This 12 months I used to be very assured – I laid a system down and caught with it and he or she jumped superbly immediately.”
The in-form pair additionally gained the three-star grand prix at Spruce Meadows in June.
Crusador Z’s sire Chacco-Blue has produced lots extra big-jumping offspring, together with after all Ben Maher’s Olympic gold medal-winning accomplice Explosion W, and one other who boasts the distinctive Superman leaping model is the chestnut gelding Chalou, who has jumped to nice success along with his Italian rider Emanuele Gaudiano.
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