In clear demonstration of superiority on part of the house riders, the old pair one-two of the world Scott Brash and Ben Maher decided the victory by difference of 12 hundredths of a second. (Photo © olympiahorseshow.com)
The Longines FEI World Cup played at the CSI 5* Olympia – London International Horse Show, could not have another better result and especially for the attending crowd and was enjoying as two of its main international stars got the first and second place.
Led by former world number 1 and current number 13th of the FEI World Ranking, Scott Brash managed to qualify for the tiebreaker after passing a regular clear round with 35 pairs, but only 13 comeback and getting the best time with the 10-year-old mare Hello M’lady (Indoctro x Baloubet du Rouet) owned by Lady P. Kirkham in the decisive round in 38.73 seconds.
The emotion was great for the British who could appreciate a real duel between Brash and Ben Maher, being Maher who would escort him in second position, to achieve a time of 38.85 seconds, only 12 hundredths of a second slower with 11-year-old mare Diva II (Kannan x Berlioz), owned by the rider and Tatiana Korsakova.
Although the competition ended with the British one-two, the fight remained among the top 5 ranked, completing with this select group with the only clear rounds. The third place was Belgian Nicola Philippaerts and 9-year-old gelding H&M Harley vd Bisschop (Dulf van den Bisschop x Coronado) in 39.07 seconds. Meanwhile, the American rider Laura Kraut finished with a good result with the 9-year-old mare Zeremonie (Cero II x Quick Star) in time of 39.63 seconds to occupy the fourth place, while veteran home rider John Whitaker seized the fifth place with the 11 year-old mare Ornellaia (For Pleasure x Calato) stopping the clock in 39,70 seconds.
With the result and after 8 legs in the World Cup European League, Frenchman Kevin Staut leading the standings followed by Italian Lorenzo de Luca and Swiss Steve Guerdat, while Scott Brash with the victory climbed to the sixth place in the table.