Weekend Round-Up: 9 February

10th Feb 2014

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FEI WORLD CUP GRAND PRIX CSI-W 5*, FTI WEF, FLORIDA

The International Arena in Wellington, Florida, played host to the battle of the Brits this weekend, as Ben Maher and Scott Brash fought it out in the first 5* competition held at the 2014 FTI WEF, the FEI World Cup Grand Prix. World number two Ben Maher, partnering his European ride, the mare Cella, saw off his team mate and world number one Scott Brash, to take the $122,000 top prize.

Scott, also on board a mare, Ursula XII, claimed second place, (just 0.2 of a second behind Ben’s winning time of 35.33 seconds), in a class which only saw seven combinations going clear in the first round to make it through to the jump-off.

You can click the link below to watch Scott and Ben's jump-off rounds go head to head! 

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LONGINES FEI WORLD CUP™ QUALIFIER, BORDEAUX, FRANCE

The penultimate qualifying opportunity for the Longines World Cup saw a strong list of combinations trying to grab those last few points ahead of the final round in Gothenburg in three weeks’ time. The top honours was taken by Germany’s Marcus Ehning, riding Cornado NRW, however Great Britain’s Joe Clee and Michael Whitaker put in some impressive performances against a quality field, to see Joe Clee claim sixth place with Diablesse de Muze, and Michael slotting in just ahead on board Elle de Kolmen for fifth place.

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$125,000 RUBY ET VIOLETTE WEF CHALLENGE CUP ROUND 5, FTI WEF, FLORIDA

A record one hundred and sixteen competitors lined up for the WEF Challenge Cup in Florida this weekend, an entry list so large that the competition got split into two sections - taking over six hours to complete.  Great Britain’s Ben Maher, riding Urico, posted the fastest time across both sections, 43.44 seconds, and claimed the top prize in section A, whilst Canada’s Tiffany Foster took first place in section B.

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LAND ROVER GRAND PRIX, BORDEAUX, FRANCE

Great Britain’s Guy Williams celebrated a great weekend at the international show in Bordeaux, following on from a win in the 1.45m table A class, a third in the 1.45m table C class and a third in the 1.50m class, Guy then topped it all off with a big win in the Land Rover Grand Prix on board Zaire.

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GRAZ GRAND PRIX, GRAZ, AUSTRIA

John Whitaker piloted his wife’s (Clare) stallion Argento to a stunning double clear at this weekend’s Graz Grand Prix in Austria. Finishing third, John’s jump-off time of 39.75 seconds wasn’t quite quick enough to beat home rider Thomas Fruhmann and The Sixth Sense, who clinched the win on 38.45 seconds, ahead of Germany’s Max Kuhner and Cornetta 11.

John’s son Robert joined him in Austria, riding his mother’s Catwalk IV in the same class, Robert picked up an unfortunate 4 faults in the jump-off which left the combination in 10th place.

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