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September 10, 2016 21:09 ET

Team Switzerland Comes Out on Top in the 2016 BMO Nations' Cup at Spruce Meadows

- Annual equestrian team competition ends with Switzerland crowned as champions

- Almost 90,000 dedicated fans attended the 2016 event

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Sept. 10, 2016) -

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Team Switzerland took home the top prize today at the 2016 BMO Nations' Cup - one of the leading team show-jumping competitions in the world. The nation's riders were led by Chef d'Equipe Dr. Stephan Montavon.

Ten of the best show-jumping teams in the world, each made up of four members selected by their national federations to represent their country, competed for the prestigious championship title. The course was designed by Olympic course designer Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela; it featured 12 jumping efforts, covering 515 metres, with a time allotment of 78 seconds.

"We're proud to celebrate our long standing partnership of over 40 years with Spruce Meadows," said Frank Techar, Chief Operating Officer, BMO Financial Group. "The BMO Nations' Cup has, yet again, showcased a world-class team show jumping event, and each of the ten teams competing here today demonstrated exceptional performances."

It was a grand finish for Switzerland team members Werner Muff, Alain Jufer, Nadja Peter Steiner and Steve Guerdat, who pulled off a top-notch performance after a thrilling Jump Off against defending champions Team Brazil, and solidified a total of 18 faults over the second place finishers.

Final Results:
Team Switzerland - 18 Faults
Team Brazil - 22 Faults
Team Canada - 23 Faults
Team Germany - 24 Faults
Team Belgium - 29 Faults
Team USA - 30 Faults
Team France - Did not qualify to Round 2
Team Mexico - Did not qualify to Round 2
Team Great Britain - Did not qualify to Round 2
Team Netherlands - Did not qualify to Round II

About Nations' Cup

The BMO Nations' Cup is the only competition in which nations are represented by selected teams. Teams from participating countries may consist of three or four riders, and are led by a Chef d'Equipe. Each member of each team will jump one round over a course of 12 obstacles. The best three scores from each team are added together for a first round total.

The top six teams return in reverse order of standing to jump the identical course in the second round. Again, the three best scores for each team are added to the first round total to determine the ultimate winner. In the case of equality of penalties for first place, the Chef d'Equipe selects a single team member to jump off.

About BMO and the Equestrian Community

As the founding sponsor of Spruce Meadows, BMO Financial Group has a long and proud history of supporting equestrian sport in Canada. This is the 40th year that BMO has sponsored the BMO Nations' Cup at Spruce Meadows, attracting the top international show jumping teams to compete in Canada. In addition, BMO has proudly sponsored Canadian Equestrian Team member and Olympic record holder, Ian Millar, for more than 25 years.

For a tournament schedule visit the Spruce Meadows website at www.sprucemeadows.com.

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