American rider Jack Towell took the final victory of the CSI4* -W Royal Horse Show with Lucifer V. (Photo © Ben Radvanyi Photography)
American rider Jack Towell secured the final victory of the CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show in Toronto, dominating the $87,000 Big Ben Challenge.
With the participation of 23 pairs on course designed by Brazilian Guilherme Jorge, a total of 8 riders led by Jack Towell would return to the jump-off, but none could stop the clock in less time without demolitions than the American rider with his 11-year-old gelding Lucifer V (Lord Dezi x Grandeur) owned by Evergate Stables Llc.
Being his time of 38.37 seconds by Jack Towell, the winner secured 80 World Ranking Points with the first of three double clear round that would culminate the jump-off round, thus occupying second place Francois Lamontagne of Canada in 40.92 seconds with the 9-year-old mare Chanel du Calvaire (Luccianno x Kashmir van Schuttershof), while the last clear round was from New Zealander rider Sharn Wordley with 13-year-old gelding Barnetta (Baloubet du Rouet x Polydor) in 43.61 seconds.
The best seed of the class and world number 1 Kent Farrington of the United States of America, recorded the best jump-off time in 36.92 seconds accompanied by the 10-year-old gelding Creedance (Lord Z x Notaris), but a knockdown placed him fourth, same luck that ran world number 2 and three times US Olympic medalist McLain Ward with the 11-year-old mare HH Azur (Thunder vd Zuuthoeve x Sir Lui vd Zuuthoeve) to finish fifth in time of 37.58 seconds.
With this final class of seven FEI events, the actions of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto were finished.