LGCT New York, Nations Cup Final in Opglabbeek, and Ballindenisk

30th Sep 2019

Global Champions Tour, New York

Ben Maher has been crowned the overall winner of the Longines Global Champions Tour 2019 series.

At the series finale, held on Governers Island, New York, Ben started just one point behind current leader Pieter Devos of Belgium. Riding his talented European Championships partner, the Poden Farms-owned Explosion W, he put in a foot-perfect performance in the first round to head into the seven-rider jump-off. Problems for other competitors meant the pair were able to take off the handbrake in the jump-off, and they set a blistering pace to jump clear and set an uncatchable time.

This is the second time that Ben has won the series title, having lifted the trophy last year, too.

His victory came just hours after he helped his Global Champions League team, the London Knights, to secure the team series title.

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FEI Jumping Nations Cup for Ponies, Juniors and Young Riders, Opglabbeek, Belgium

Ponies

It was victory for the British Pony team, who were riding as Team LeMieux, at the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final. The team, made up of Megan Li, Lila Bremner, Claudia Moore and Red Morgan, produced a zero-penalty score to finish ahead of Germany and Ireland.  

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Juniors

The British Junior team of Sienna Charles, Allana Clutterbuck, Ben Clark and Oliver Fletcher, riding under the banner of Team NAF, put in a strong performance to secure the runner-up position behind Germany. Three faultless rounds resulted in a zero-penalty tie with Germany after the first round, but the British team were unfortunately beaten on time penalties in the jump-off, despite three more clear rounds.

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Young Riders

Also competing under the banner of Team NAF, the British Young Rider squad of James Winter, Taisie de Gruchy, Scarlett Charles and Alex Gill finished in second place behind the USA. The team finished on a total score of just two penalties.

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Ballindenisk, Ireland

World Champions Ros Canter and Allstar B are back to their winning ways after securing the CCI4*-L class at Ballindenisk International Horse Trials.

The experienced pair, who are only recently back out at competitions following Ros’ maternity leave for daughter Ziggy, led the competition from start to finish, adding just 0.4 showjumping time penalties to their dressage score to finish ahead of Oliver Townend and Dreamliner.

This gives Ros and ‘Alby’ a qualifying result for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games, with just a qualifying score at CCI4*-S still to achieve to secure their minimum eligibility.

 

 

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