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Ben Talbot wins at AFP's Jumping Trophy in Neustadt-Dosse

Sunday, 09 November 2014

Ben Talbot with Bahrain Silver. Photo by AFP´s Jumping Trophy.Brandenburg has a new showjumping champion. For the first time during this CSI2* tournament weekend it was not the German national anthem which was played to honour the winner of the competition. On Saturday evening, the 27-year old equestrian Ben Talbot, who originally comes from Southern England but now lives in Prague asserted himself at AFP's Jumping Trophy to win the Championship of Brandenburg. In the winning round he gave a good performance and successfully beat his 14 remaining competitors by reaching 40.89 seconds without any penalty points. The second place went to Mynou Diederichsmeier and Niagara while Dirk Klaproth and Quinta were placed third - both German riders.

This showjumping championship was one of the eagerly awaited highlights of the sporting event hosted by businessman Andreas Fettchenhauer. In the Graf-von-Lindenau riding hall the audience of the AFP's Jumping Trophy experienced a provisional sporty peak. The second most difficult challenge was donated with a total gain of € 16.590 and therefore the second highest endowed jumping competition of the tournament. The Championship of Brandenburg was the first competition within the AFP's Jumping Trophy where equestrians could have gained world ranking points.

After the competition the British equestrian was very pleased with the performance of gelding Bahrain Silver, who is now under his saddle for almost ten years. "As the horse is very experienced, I avoid visiting too many tournaments but those we participate in, have excellent conditions like this one does. I thoroughly chose the tournaments where I'm riding with Bahrain Silver. This means that my horse, is not used to jump under competition conditions every weekend, it's not its daily business," he stated after winning the prize. "The more I'm pleased that I got very good conditions with the opportunity to gain world ranking points and to have my horse in a brilliant mood". The last time when Ben Talbot won a first prize in equestrian competition was in August 2014 at the Baltica Equestrian Tour in Poland.

However the probably most considerable present Ben Talbot gave to his stunning mother, who was cheering on her son at the tribune. After her son´s success she was obviously happy: "I rarely see Ben participating in showjumping tournaments. This is why I'm really glad to be here today and in addition to that it's my birthday. I would have never imagined a more emotional surprise like this". The proud champion gained a Böckmann trailer sponsored by the AFP Group and valued at € 7.800, which he immediately hand over to his mother as a further birthday present.

Find all results of the Championship of Brandenburg online here.

Source: Press release from AFP´s Jumping Trophy

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