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COMPULSORYThe banners are fluttering everywhere in Calgary; local television covered the airport arrival of equine passengers from Europe, so it must be time for the “Masters” at Spruce Meadows. The first two events of the TELUS Battle of the Breeds were held Thursday. I guess we should also mention that the world’s best jumpers are also here and providing great thrills.

Team Appaloosa includes some new faces at the battle, but the people and horses performed well. In the photo is Allie Sutton of Sundre, Alberta, riding her four-year old stallion High on Believin. He’s a son of High Sign Nugget. This was the compulsory skills portion of the competition. Team Appaloosa was edged out of the top six placings in compulsories, but came on strong in Jeopardy Jumping later in the day, placing third. Overall points are pretty close, so today’s Precision Driving and Barrel Race will be exciting for the 12 teams.

There will be other photos from the 2009 Masters added to the album (left menu). Stay tuned.

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