British Ben Maher take the first FEI victory at CSI4* Las Vegas National Horse Show, overcoming in two phases Colombian rider John Perez. (Photo © McCool)
British Olympic medalist Ben Maher took the first FEI victory of the CSI4* Las Vegas National Horse Show, dominating the Two Phases.
Disputing the $35,000 Blenheim Welcome Jumper Classic on course designed by Mexicans Oscar Soberon and Catsy Cruz, a total of 44 pairs encouraged the first week’s class, where Ben Mager of Great Britain stopped the clock in 30.29 seconds with the 10-year-old mare Tipsy du Terral (Toulon x Quat’sous) owned by Poden Farms, to ensure victory.
With today’s result the world number 31 Ben Maher reached six 2017 FEI victories and added 50 World Ranking Points, surpassing the best Latino Ranking representative John Perez of Colombia, who occupied the second place.
For John Perez his presentation with the 16-year-old mare Utopia (Ircolando x Notaris) owned by Daniel Rihan, earned him 45 World Ranking Points completing his Two Phases in 31.12 seconds.
The third place was from Californian rider Richard Spooner, who comes from winning last Sunday in the HITS Thermal and maintained his good performance with the 12-year-old stallion Arthos R (Namelus R x Mermus R), being his time of 31.41 seconds.
The top five was completed by two home riders with Karrie Rufer occupying fourth place in 31.54 seconds with the 8-year-old gelding Mai Tai (Ustinov x Lissabon) and fifth place Tina Yates accompanied by the 10-year-old gelding Campitello (Catoki x Gragenit) recorded a time of 32.23 seconds.