Ben Maher emerges victorious in a battle royal with Eric Lamaze

In a battle royal of Olympic team gold medallists, Ben Maher emerged victorious in a head-to-head with Canada’s Eric Lamaze at The Royal Horse Show, Toronto 4*, Canada, landing the $85,000 Big Ben International Challenge. 

Quality was abound as a testing track from Canadian course-designer Michel Vaillancourt lost only eight riders from the original 23 starters with 15 coming forward to round two.  Eric had the home crowd cheering with a blistering pace in the 10th draw on Fine Lady 5 to take the lead.  But it was short-lived.  Ben was in next with a determined challenge on Jane Clarks’ Clinton/Darco 16-year-old Tic Tac and flew into the lead with 0.42 sec in hand. 

“I think a lot of people didn’t like me in the stadium here this evening to beat Eric, but it’s sport; I always try my best!” said Ben.  “Tic Tac deserved this win, he’s been knocking at the door.  He didn’t jump many shows, but he had a couple of second places, so it’s nice to win a class with importance like this this evening.”

Eight provided double clears with The USA’s Margie Engle finishing third on Dicas.

 

Text © Jumping Around/Photo courtesy Royal Horse Show/Ben Radvanyi Photography

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