American Richard Spooner captured the CNOOC Nexen Trophy for the fourth straight year


American Richard Spooner caught the CNOOC Nexen Trophy for the fourth straight year and 5th time in his profession on Sunday at Spruce Meadows.

Spooner with his brand-new install, nine-year old Quirado C, defeated 40 other horse/rider combinations, consisting of Canadian Vanessa Mannix in the jump-off competition, formerly the CNOOC Nexen Derby.

” This horse is really remarkable” said Spooner. “Some horses don’t get me, he gets me.”



Spooner won the 2017 CNOOC Nexen Derby for the 3rd time in a row aboard Cristallo, his 19-year-old gelding that has since retired.

Mannix was the very first of just six clears in the competition.

The Calgary native was followed by Mexico’s Nicolas Pizarro, American and world No. 1 Kent Farrington and lastly Spooner, who claimed the victory in a jump off.

Earlier at Spruce Meadows, Rodrigo Lambre of Brazil and his horse Chapilot won the ATCO Classic.