German victory in the first class of the CSI 5* London beating home rider Ben Maher by only 22 hundredths of a second in the tiebreaking round. (Photo © Archive)
The first FEI class at the CSI 5* London International Horse Show was for the German rider and world number 3 Daniel Deusser in the Santa Stakes dispute at a height of 1.55m, achieving a total of 50 World Ranking points.
Leading the tiebreaker round with a total of 12 classified, Deusser was presented with 9-year-old stallion Hidalgo VG (Quadrillo x Andiamo) owned by Stephex Stables, to complete his presentation in 36.05 seconds, being a tough fight against the British and house rider Ben Maher.
With a small advantage of 22 hundredths of a second, Maher settled for second place with 8-year-old gelding Don Vito (Quaprice Z x Jus de Pomme) owned by Poden Farms, but good at obtaining world ranking points in his month account of December. The best three were completed by Malin Baryard-Johnsson of Sweden with the 10-year-old mare H&M Cue Channa (Cardinal x Robin Z) recording a time of 37.38 seconds.
For the Pan American Ranking only the American rider Laura Kraut participated with the 9-year-old mare Cavalia (Vingino x Manhattan), being out of the points in the 18th place after finishing his regular round in 4 faults and 62.65 seconds.