Longines Global Champions Tour of London (London, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland)
British riders come out tops as Ben Maher beats Nick Skelton at first ever Longines Global Champions Tour in London
Great Britain Olympic team gold medallist Ben Maher trumped fellow British rider Nick Skelton in an electrifying thriller at the first-ever Longines Global Champions Tour in London.
The extraordinary British duel in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of London jump off triggered ecstatic applause around the packed grandstands and VIP in one of the most spectacular jump offs in the Tour’s history. Ben Maher on the grey mare Cella galloped to victory over a second faster than Nick Skelton on his champion stallion Big Star.
Delighted Ben Maher, part of the gold medal team in London 2012, took some dramatic risks in the high stakes jump off and said: “Today everything paid off. I took risks but a horse like that gives you so much confidence.” Ben said the arrival of such a high calibre international 5* in London was long overdue and added: “This week we put on a good show and we supplied really good sport.”
The battle for second and third place was no less dramatic with Nick finishing 0.01 of a second faster than Germany's Christian Ahlmann on the amazing Taloubet Z. The world’s best riders competed in a dramatic afternoon of high octane sport at the Olympic Park climaxing in a jump off on an unforgiving course set by Uliano Vezzani.
After the 4th leg of the 2013 season Luciana Diniz of Portugal is now on top of the overall ranking on 106 points with US rider Laura Kraut hot on her heels in second place on 105 points. Christian Ahlmann’s 3rd place today puts him in 3rd on the championship ranking on 100 points.
Juan Carlos Capelli, Longines Vice-President and Head of International Marketing said: “It was a fantastic show, especially today in London. Thank you to everybody, we are very proud to be a partner here.”
Jan Tops, President Longines Global Champions Tour continued “If you love the sport as much as I do, you can appreciate these top champion riders in this competition. I have to thank my organising partner Peter Phillips who had a short time to do this. We could not do it without sponsors and we have our long-term partnership with Longines and I very much appreciate all they are doing for the sport”.