Great Britain’s Ben Maher Bests the Americansin Jump-Off to Win $35,000 Sovaro® Palm Beach Masters Qualifier
Wellington, Florida – February 2, 2018 – Great Britain’s Ben Maher and Tic Tac, owned by Maher and Jane Forbes Clark, outran the Americans in a five horse jump-off to capture the $35,000 Sovaro® Palm Beach Masters Qualifier at Deeridge Farms on Friday. Lauren Tisbo (USA) was second on Coriandolo di Ribano and Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) was third on Cristalline.
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“This type of venue suits Tic Tac. It's incredible here. The Jacobs Family is doing a lot to help the sport. We have many arenas like this in Europe, but this really is in my opinion a breath of fresh air to come over here. I think Tic Tac really reacted well to the great grass ring and the nice bright jumps,” said Maher. “It’s been a lean time for me over the last year or so, I haven’t been in this position too often. I’ve had guys around me telling me that I’m getting too old…, but everything went right for me today.”
The challenging Alan Wade-designed course yielded six horse-and-rider combinations for the jump-off out of the field of 57 starters with many incurring time faults as well as a host of four-faulters. Only five participated in the speed round as Jessica Springsteen (USA) elected not to move forward on RMF Swinny du Parc, leaving her in sixth position.
Sternlicht was the first of the five to go in the jump-off and set the mark on Cristalline, owned by Starlight Farms 1 LLC, with a double clear to finish in 34.51 seconds.
“If I didn’t go first, I probably would have tried to ride a smoother track, but I am really happy with my horse,” said Sternlicht. “What I am most focused on right now is working on the smoothness of my jump-offs. Last week I was quite quick, but not very smooth or tidy, so I tried to think about those two things today.”
McLain Ward (USA), the reigning Longines FEI World Cup Champion, tried hard to be Sternlicht, his student. However, he and HH Callas had a rail at the Longines oxer to leave them with four faults and fifth place. Tisbo went next on Coriandolo di Ribano and took over the lead with a double clear going a fraction of a second faster finishing at 34.43 seconds with two left to jump.
“My big goal was Sunday, so I was just focused on whatever would benefit him. I focused on a double clear, not so much on the time,” said Tisbo. “I was just really working on a smooth jump-off. He goes so high in the air that I have to make up for it in other places. I couldn’t be happier with him, he went great. Being second is icing on the cake.”
Ali Wolff and Casall, fourth in the jump-off order, gave it a good try going double clear in 35.54 seconds for fourth place, but the afternoon belonged to the 2012 Olympic Team Gold medalist, who was last to go. The atmosphere was tense as Maher mastered the course, shaving off nearly a second on the leader, going double clear in 33.71 seconds for the victory.
“Sometime jump-offs just go right. Every time I turned I picked up the first distance,” said Maher. “Tic Tac’s naturally a fast horse. I was watching on the screen and I think Adrienne’s horse jumps a little higher than mine, which wastes time in the air, but it’s a nice problem to have. He’s a quick horse. He covers the ground and it went our way today.”
As part of at the CP Palm Beach Masters CSI3*-W, Presented by Sovaro®. the Sovaro® PBM qualifier determined the top 40 horse-and-rider combinations that will move on to the $220,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Wellington. Sunday’s main event is one of the final two East Coast qualifiers in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League to qualify for the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup™ Final in Paris, France in April.
Other CP PBM Results
Since Friday’s one round $15,000 Exhibition competition against the clock listed more than 140 entries, it was split into two sections. The first section was won by McLain Ward on Belle Fleur Ps Z in a time of 51.720 seconds, his second victory at CP PBM having won the $35,000 CP Welcome Stake on Thursday. Alex Granato and Waomi finished second with 52.246 and Luis Larrazabal was third on G And C Close Up on 52.408 seconds.
Ireland’s Daniel Coyle captured the win in the second section of the $15,000 Exhibition class on Martha Louise in a time of 53.230 seconds. Second place went to Michael Desiderio riding Aminka with 53.980 and Conor O’ Regan finished third on Playboy going in 54.185 seconds.
In the Deeridge Jumper ring, Flo Fulton Miller won the Winter Classic $2,000 1.20m on Ruby. Mary-Kate Olsen was second with Dunotaire V and Chelsea Babcock took third riding Da Vinci.
Deborah Perkins took top honors in the Winter Classic $2,000 1.10m class riding Chivu. Second place went to Sabrina Andreu on Rapsody De Lou Kassan. Kay Lawson was third on Bombadella.
CP PBM competition continues on Saturday with the $25,000 Upperville Colt & Horse Show 1.40m and culminates on Sunday with the $220,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping.
About the Palm Beach Masters Series and Deeridge Farms
The CP Palm Beach Masters CSI3*-W Presented by Sovaro® is part of thePalm Beach Masters Series which is hosted at Deeridge Farms, situated in the heart of North American equestrian sport in Wellington, Florida. Award-winning landscaping surrounds the custom-built show grounds and the facilities that host the Palm Beach Masters Series. There is perhaps no location more intimate or stunning to host the highest levels of equestrian competition.
In addition to the CP Palm Beach Masters CSI3*-W Presented by Sovaro®, the Palm Beach Masters Series also includes the Deeridge Derby, a USEF nationally-rated show where the nation’s most elegant hunter horses and ponies take center stage by invitation to compete in prestigious classes including the $5,000 USHJA National Open Hunter Derby, $5,000 USHJA Junior/Amateur Hunter Derby, $2,500 USHJA Pony Derby and the highly competitive $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. General Admission tickets ($20 per ticket) are now available through Eventbrite for the Deeridge Derby at www.palmbeachmasters.com/event/deeridge-derby/.
The Series also includes the new Palm Beach Open, March 22-25.
General Admission tickets ($20 per ticket) are now available through Eventbrite for the Palm Beach Masters athttps://palmbeachmasters.com/event/palm-beach-masters/ and for the Deeridge Derby at https://palmbeachmasters.com/event/deeridge-derby/.
Further information on the Palm Beach Masters Series is available on line atwww.palmbeachmasters.com.
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