Hickstead News - Friday
Friday 22 June 2012
MAHER MASTERS THE CHALLENGE
Ben proved his supremacy today (Friday) when winning the LED Sport Europe Hickstead Master's Challenge on a borrowed ride. The Herts-based 28-year-old rode Parvati De Breve for the first time a few days earlier, but Ben steered the mare round the course in a faultless fashion to win in a time of 45.97sec. Ben was 3.49sec faster than Jane Annett and Zidane V in second, while Anna Edwards and Diaghilev were third.
A number of showing championships reached their conclusion today, with the supreme cob championship going to Allister Hood, and the Olympia Heritage Mountain & Moorland open ridden championship going to the Fell pony, Lydvale Jacob ridden by Victoria Edwards Sonnex
Earlier this afternoon, Ireland claimed the honours in the Bunn Leisure Derby Trial, with Andrew Bourns and Roundthorn Madios taking the top spot. A total of 45 riders took part in the competition, with the top 35 qualifying for Sunday's Carpetright Derby.
Andrew is originally from Co Galway, but has been based in the United States for the last five years, being based in Wellington, Florida during the winter and spending summers based just north of New York. He bought the 10-year-old Irish bred bay gelding by Clover Hill four years ago in the Aachen young horse performance sales. Andrew is over in Europe in order to take part in some of the FEI Nations Cup series.