Hardin Towell and Jennifer Gates traveled to Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta, this summer and enjoyed ample successes at the Pan American and North American CSI5* Tournaments from June 28-July 10.
Highlights included Jenn and Lord Levisto receiving second-placed honors on Team "Super Mario" in the 1.40m Prix des Nations during the Pan American. With Mario Deslauriers at the helm as chef d'equipe, the team of Alexandra Crown/Emperio cant Roosakker, Lucy Deslauriers/Hamlet, Hilary McNerney/Vitesse and Jenn with Lord Levisto finished just behind the Chilangos team from Mexico.
Jenn and Lord Levisto posted an impressive clear and a four-fault round to help her team clinch second place.
Hardin and Lucifer V also picked up some top prizes against some of the best horses and riders in the world. They captured fifth place in the Cargill Cup 1.55m
Hardin also earned another great ribbon during the Spruce Meadows Pan American Tournament. He guided Emilie De Diamant to a double-clear performance in the WestJet Cup 1.45m for third place out of 74 starters.
Jenn also guided Cadence to excellent ribbons in the Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.40m classes, and she rode Luftikus S to a double-clear and fifth place in the CIBC Cup 1.50 on the Meadows On The Green, one of Saturday's featured FEI classes.
During the North American Tournament, Hardin started out the week strongly with Emilie De Diamont AS. The pair jumped double-clear to place fourth in the PwC Cup 1.55m featured FEI class.
Jenn and Caddie R jumped double-clear and placed seventh in the Purdy's Chocolatier Junior/Amateur-Owner Challenge. The following day Jenn collected another impressive ribbon with her seventh-placed finish aboard Lord Levisto in the Pepsi U25 Challenge 1.45m.
In the week's apex class, the ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup 1.60m, Hardin and Lucifer V jumped two perfect rounds and then had one rail in the jump-off for sixth place.
In the Coril Holdings Junior/Amateur Mini Grand Prix 1.30m, Jenn placed second aboard Cadence with a beautiful double-clear performance to end the week on a great note.