Special Ed shows he's a winner

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

Chances to make the right impression are running out.

With that in mind, Jill Henselwood wants to make sure she makes a strong impression in the final days.

With only a couple of weeks to impress the committee selecting Canada's World Equestrian Games team, Henselwood showed at the Spruce Meadows National's opening night she and Special Ed are raring to be part of the squad that will go to Aachen, Germany.

The duo claimed the $25,000 Enbridge Cup, besting a 12-field jump-off for the $7,500 first-prize cheque, a big boost with D-Day so close.

"I think Special Ed is a momentum horse," said Henselwood, from Oxford Mills, Ont, of the 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding. "He's very cautious in his nature and very careful and he was built on winning."

The event was a boon to Canadians as a whole. Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, Ont., claimed second with Narcotique De Muze II and placed fifth with Ramiville, while Kelley Small of Kanata, Ont., was fourth aboard Calibur.

Henselwood is also the two-time defending North American champ, for which she's won a pair of Chrysler 300s.

Last summer, though, one of those was washed down the Sheep River amidst the horrific flooding we saw, with her husband, Bob, in it and needing to be rescued. Fortunately, he was OK and the car was retrieved.

"Once the water went down, it started," Henselwood said with a laugh. "Water was coming out of the tailpipe but it got to the Okotoks Chrysler dealer. So the silver one turned into a black one.

"They're beautiful cars but the one thing 300s can't do is swim."

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With that in mind, the Cazenovia, N.Y., rider went all-out with Judgement to claim the $25,000 ATB Financial Cup.

Ian Millar of Perth, Ont., (In Style) was second, while Chris Pratt from Belfountain, Ont., (Rivendell) third and Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, Ont., (Hickstead) placed fifth.


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