Daniel Bluman of Israel took the first victory of the CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show and its 95th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. (Photo © Ben Radvanyi Photography)
Israeli rider Daniel Bluman hit first and takes the victory of the $35,000 International Jumper Two Phases in the CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show week.
Being part of the 95th Royal Agrigultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Canada, Daniel Bluman inscribed his name as the first week winner on court designed by Brazilian Guilherme Jorge for a total of 23 pairs.
Taking Daniel Bluman 50 World Ranking Points by completing his two phases in 26.48 seconds with the 12-year-old stallion Apardi (Corland x Kannan), surpassing the house rider Erynn Ballard, who recorded a time of 27.42 seconds with the 9-year-old mare Thalys Z (Thunder vd Zuuthoeve x Denard) and finished in second place.
For the winner Daniel Bluman represented his fifth 2017 FEI victory, where there is no doubt that the results obtained in the American Continent, have been the heaviest reaching 4 of those 5 wins in the United States and Canada.
The top five finishers were completed in third place by four-time US Olympic medalist Beezie Madden accompanied by the 9-year-old gelding Coach (Con Air x Corofino I) in 28.11 seconds, fourth place Nicola Philippaerts of Belgium with the 10-year-old gelding H&M Harley vd Bisschop (Dulf van den Bisschop x Coronado) in 29.74 seconds and fifth place Irish rider Conor Swail with 9-year-old gelding GK Coco Chanel (Clarimo x Lerano 2) in 29.99 seconds.
The class that ended up being a little disappointing for the Royal Horse Show crowd, who expected to see the two best seeds command the actions, but not world number 1 and Pan American Ranking leader Kent Farrington ending penultimate with the 15-year-old gelding Voyeur (Tolano Van’t Riethof x Goodwill) managed to pass the first phase, like world number 2 McLain Ward with the 11-year-old mare HH Azur (Thunder vd Zuuthoeve x Sir Lui vd Zuuthoeve) occupying the last place, Although strategically speaking, both riders simply set up and showed jumps and course to two of their main horses.