Ben Maher (GBR) & Dallas Vegas Batilly. Picture © Sportfot.
Reigning Olympic champion Ben Maher (GBR) claimed victory within the CHF216,000 NetJets CSI4* Grand Prix in entrance of a packed home at Wellington Worldwide throughout “Saturday Night time Lights” on January 28. The Wellington Equestrian Competition (WEF) welcomed forty-five worldwide combos to vie for high honors through the NetJets-sponsored WEF 3.
Maher and Dallas Vegas Batilly have been partnered collectively for under 4 months. The mare was beforehand campaigned by France’s Nicolas Delmotte. “She’s taken a while to get used to me and my system. She’s jumped some nice rounds and was clear within the grand prix in Geneva. However each time we come to the jump-off, we’ve had issues with the steering.
“She’s very delicate, however the jump-off actually suited me tonight,” continued Maher, who’s at present ranked sixth on the FEI world rankings checklist. “I may take strides out in all places and tried to maintain it easy and belief her. I’ve discovered I’ve to ask her to do issues, not inform her. The whole lot labored and it definitely paid off this night.”
Course designer Peter Grant (CAN) constructed a testing observe that began with a bang as 5 early clears promised an exhilarating second spherical. The code was cracked on his course by fourteen advancing to a tie-breaking jump-off. Expertise from Brazil, Belgium, Germany, Nice Britain, Eire, and america made up the checklist of riders with their eye on the prize over the quick course.
Showing midway by means of the unique order, Maher clocked his clear spherical aboard Dallas Vegas Batilly, a 2013 Selle Français mare (Cap Kennedy x L’arc Triomphe *bois Margo) owned by Charlotte Rossetter and Pamela Wright. He returned within the jump-off to chase down present chief and Irish Olympian Shane Sweetnam aboard Namaste van het Eyckeveld, owned by Voquest LLC. By one tenth of a second, Maher unseated Sweetnam from the highest of the leaderboard and posted an eventual successful time of 38.35 seconds.
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