Sightseeing on the fly! And Ben Maher really was flying in Paris with three wins over two days.
For anyone who is not familiar, the Longines Global Champions Tour is simply the F1 of showjumping. Elite riders travel to the world’s most glamourous venues, competing in both team and individual classes; nice work if you can get it! July opened with Paris.
Ben started his winning streak on the opening day, Saturday 5th July, winning the CSI5* 1.45m, a two phase speed class. Don Vito flew the second round in 19.79s taking home €8,250.
It was onward and upwards for the second day. Don Vito continued his flying form in the CSI5* 1.50m speed class. A time of 57.93s secured a €16,500 win ahead of Leopold van Asten (NED) with VDL Groep Urane de Talma, over 3s behind. Laura Kraut (USA) took third with Whitney.
“Don Vito is on form here, he likes Paris… I went a little too quick but you never know how these classes are going to go. It was a good day in the office!” Said Ben
Ben’s third win came with Explosion W in the CSI5* 1.50/1.55m class, taking home another €33,000 after a 0.11s jump off advantage over France’s Nicolas Delmotte and Urano de Cartigny. It really was a good day in the office.
Ben rides for the London Knights who currently lead the tour after a sensational third win in Chantilly (14th July). They extended their lead to 244 points with United on 227. Miami Celtics have dropped behind the leading two, now on 169 overall.
“We decided to try Nupafeed MAH Horse Calmer on one particular horse and it made a big difference. I now use it on all my sensitive horses. It does not affect their jumping ability and it has enhanced their performance. Nupafeed MAH is the only supplement we now use on the yard.“ Ben Maher