Mario Deslauriers of Venise-en-Quebec, Quebec won the 2021 ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Spruce Meadows on Sunday according to the Canadian Press. Deslauriers rebounded after a very disapponting performance at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021, where he placed 22nd.
In the prestigious equestrian event located just south of Calgary on Saturday, Deslauriers defeated Carlos Hank Guerreiro of Mexico and Katie Laurie of Australia in a jump-off. While on the horse Bardolina 2, Deslauriers posted a clear time of 89.53 seconds in round one, and then a clear time again of 53.06 seconds in the jump-off. Laurie had five faults in the jump-off in finishing in second place, while Guerreiro had 13 faults in the jump-off in finishing in third place. Laurie’s first round, clear time was 92.87 seconds, while Guerreiro’s first round, clear time was 91.92 seconds.
This was a different Spruce Meadows season as there were no spectators. All equestrian riders were in a bubble due to coronavirus.
The ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup was one of three significant events at Spruce Meadows this month. The others were the RBC Grand Prix of Canada on September 4, which was won by Kent Farrington of the United States, and the Canadian Pacific International, which was won by Steve Guerdat of Switzerland, on September 12.