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Horseshoe Open Presented By Coors Light

Mar 15, 2014

Author: SBC Skier

Over 100 top skiers and snowboarders descended on Horseshoe Valley Resort for the Horseshoe Open Ski & Snowboard Festival, the annual kick-off to Ontario's March Break shred holidays.

Featuring Slopestyle, Rail Jam and Big Air for Pros, Ams and Groms, the Horseshoe Open offered up $30,000 in cash and prizes courtesy of Rockstar, Coors Light, Oakley, Ride, Salomon, Bonfire, Marley's Mellow Mood beverages, Snowboard Canada Magazine and SBC Skier Magazine. The Open is also a qualifier for the Ride Shakedown.



Dave Hurst in the Men's Pro Rail Jam



Nikki Blackhall - 1st Pro Women's Rail Jam
and Pro Slopestyle

Taking full advantage of the first epic sunny spring snow day of the season, competition kicked off with the Rail Jam directly in front of Horseshoe's base lodge with spectator viewing from lodge decks and resturants as well as the on-snow festival village. Riders enjoyed a choice of six rails including a huge shotgun with 6ft stepdown; a 60 ft flat down with gap; two down rail variations and a groms battleship and flat bar. Riders jammed through morning qualifiers to afternoon finals punctuated by live music performances by Hollerado and Anna Cyzon.

Rail standouts included Matt Brindisi, Austin Karker, Max Moffat and Geoff Lovelace in Pro Men and Nikki Blackall, Rachael Anderson and Cassandra Ratcliffe in Pro Women. See results below.

The night lit Pro Big Air highlighted Saturday's jam packed day complete with fireworks followed by the Coors Light Pro Rider After-Party. The Big Air heated up to a fierce battle between 3-time defending champion Sandy Boville and two of Canada's top young stars Reid McEachran and Max Moffat. In the end in was Boville winning his fourth consecutive HSO Men's Big Air title followed by McEachran and Moffat. Rachael Anderson took the Women's Big Air ahead of Nikki Blackall.


Max Moffat - 1st Pro Men's Slopestyle

Sunday's Slopestyle contest benefitted from another amazing day of sun and perfect snow conditions. The Slopestyle course featured two upper rail platforms offering five rail options followed by three 30-40 jumps. Pro announcer Martin Gouda called the action from 2-run qualifications through to the 2-run finals. The riding level from the 13 & Under Groms to the Pros was at an all time high with tons of stomped runs. In the Pro category it was 16 year old Max Moffat besting Christian Stormgaard and Geoff Lovelace.

A highlight at the Slopestyle day was Olympic Women's Ski Slopestyle gold medalist Dara Howell presenting all of the awards.

See full results and a photo gallery below.



Dara Howell, Olympic Slopestyle Women's Gold Medalist attended the Horsehoe Open on Sunday to present the Slopestyle Awards!




Hollerado performed Saturday afternoon following the Rail Jam.


HORSESHOE OPEN SKI RESULTS

RAIL JAM

GROM GIRLS 13 & UNDER
1. Chloe Stomgaard

GROM BOYS 13 & UNDER
1. Charlie Beatty
2. Kyle Dougherty
3. Thomas Hulton
4. Mitchell White

AM FEMALE 14 & OVER
1. Darcy Malone

AM MALE 14 & OVER
1. Gary Klutt
2. Nevin Connor
3. Lucas Lambert
4. Marshall Murar-Evans
5. Huner Anderson
6. Ian Thoroski
7. Riley Webb-Wilkinson
8. Cooper Anderson
9. Chris Dryden
10. Gilseppe Esposito

OPEN PRO FEMALE
1. Nikki Blackall
2. Rachael Anderson
3. Cassandra Ratcliffe
4. Danielle Baker
5. Carly Lavielle

OPEN PRO MALE
1. Matt Brindisi
2. Austin Karker
3. Max Moffat
4. Geoff Lovelace
5. Jarrad McCarl
6. Jaeden Schnerder-Clark
7. Stefan Mortveit
8. Christien Stormgaard

SLOPESTYLE

GROM GIRLS 13 & UNDER
1. Alise Artichuk

GROM BOYS 13 & UNDER
1. Aidan Snoei
2. Kyle Dougherty
3. Webster McGuire
4. Charlie Beatty
5. Iliyan Husein

AM FEMALE 14 & OVER
1. Darcy Malone
2. Chloe Stormgaard

AM MALE 14 & OVER
1. Hunter Anderson
2. Chris Dryden
3. Luke McLeod
4. Riley Webb-Wilkinson
5. Oliver McLelland

OPEN PRO FEMALE
1. Nikki Blackhall
2. Rachael Anderson
3. Carly Lavielle

OPEN PRO MALE
1. Max Moffat
2. Christian Stormgaard
3. Geoff Lovelace
4. Ross Fedyna
5. Kyle Johnston

BIG AIR

GROM 13 & UNDER
1. Kyle Dougherty
2. Webster McGuire
3. Carlie Beatty

AM FEMALE 14 & OVER
1. Darcy Malone

AM MALE 14 & OVER
1. Hunter Anderson
2. Christian Stormgaard
3. Riley Webb-Wilkins

OPEN PRO FEMALE
1. Rachael Anderson
2. Nikki Blackall

OPEN PRO MALE
1. Sandy Boville
2. Reid McEachran
3. Max Moffat



Geoff Lovelace - 4th Men's Pro Rail Jam and 3rd Men's Pro Slopestyle



Rachael Anderson - 1st Women's Pro Big Air and 2nd Women's Pro Rail Jam & Slopestyle



Charlie Beatty - 1st Grom Boys Rail Jam




Nevin Connor - 2nd Male Am Rail Jam




Max Moffat - - 3rd Men's Pro Rail Jam






Christian Stormgaard - 2nd Pro Men Slopestyle




Hunter Anderson - 1st Am Ski Slopestyle




Ross Fedyna - 3rd Pro Men's Slopestyle




Kyle Dougherty - 2nd Grom Boys Slopestyle




Chris Dryden - 2nd Am Male Slopestyle


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