Jack Towell and his gelding New York were the fastest to close the first day at the CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show. (Photo © Archive)
American rider Jack Towell was commissioned to close the first day of the CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show at full speed, in 52.36 seconds.
The speed class under course design by Brazilian Guilherme Jorge starred Jack Towell with his 10-year-old gelding New York (Verdi x Watzmann) owned by Evergate Stables Llc, leading a group of 22 pairs for the $35,000 Jolera International Jumper Welcome.
Always exciting this type of Indoor’s class, Jack Towell took 50 World Ranking Points with his first place and surpassed in tight fight the Irish rider Shane Sweetnam with 9-year-old mare Indra van de Oude Heihoef (Casantos x Action-Breaker) owned by The Blue Buckle Group, recording a time of 53.02 seconds.
For its part, the last class winner’s Daniel Bluman of Israel finished in third place with the 8-year-old gelding Entano (Namelus R x Number One) stopping the clock in 53.49 seconds and completing a first day with 90 Ranking World Points, while the Irish rider Conor Swail escorted him in fourth place along with 12-year-old mare Flower (Bon Ami x Randel Z) in 53.88 seconds and fifth place was taken by Kelli Cruciotti of the United States accompanied by the 16-year-old mare Chamonix H (Equest Carnute x Caletto II) in 55.19 seconds.
Achieving a better result the world number 2 and three times US Olympic medalist McLain Ward, best class seed, ranked seventh with the 10-year-old mare HH Callas (Albatros x Quattro B) in 55.78 seconds.
Tomorrow is expected a day of great emotions, when the $150,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping “The Hickstead Trophy” with the main role of the last four years by McLain Ward, won 2013 and 2014 with Rothschild, and 2015 editions and 2016 with HH Azur.