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Ben Maher and Tipsy Du Terral emerge victorious in the first FEI class of the Las Vegas National

Thursday, 16 November 2017
CSI4*-W Las Vegas 2017

Photo (c) McCool. Ben Maher and Tipsy du Terral. Photo (c) McCool.

In his first appearance at The Las Vegas National, Great Britain's Olympian Ben Maher (GBR) took the victory with Poden Farms' Tipsy Du Terral (Toulon x Quat'sous) in the $35,000 FEI 1.45m Blenheim Welcome Jumper Classic, presented by Master Surfaces. Forty-four entries rode Oscar Soberon's power and speed course. Twenty-fourth to go, Maher's smooth track and forward pace in a time of 30.29 could not be beat. Holding the lead until Maher galloped in, John Perez and Utopia (Ircolando x Notaris) finished second, stopping the clock in 31.12 seconds. 

"The course was tougher than I was expecting," Maher said. "In the end, there were enough riders that were clean, but fortunately it went my way." 

Of the unique aspect of this city and, in particular, the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center, Maher noted, "This is a great venue. It's nice to not have to go too far to the show. I can wake up in the morning and come right here. I've been to Las Vegas for the World Cup Finals and coming here has the same exciting feeling now as it did then."

He continued, "I'll show Tipsy this week and then head back to Europe with some other horses and maybe go to Olympia in London. I was in Doha last week and am here this week, and the standards did not change. There is not a difference in the level of riding from venue to venue."


Source: Press release from Blenheim EquiSports // Photo (c) McCool. 

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