World number 1 Tim Price, from New Zealand, has won the Maryland five star at Fair Hill in the United States. Tim rode the 10 year old Selle Francais stallion Coup De Coeur Dudevin owned by Jean-Louis Stauffer to finish on a score of 28.2
In second place at Maryland was Tamie Smith (USA) riding Ruth Bley’s 13 year old Hanoverian gelding Danito finishing on a score of 29.8 with Oliver Towned (GBR) finishing in third place riding John Peace’s 11 year old Spanish gelding horse As Is. Oliver was one of the only five double clear’s through out the competition.
After winning the Maryland 5* competition Tim Price said “I’m very proud of Coup De Coeur Dudevin. In fact, I think all three of these top horses are incredible. It’s exciting for the sport, it’s exciting for us personally, and it’s just so unexpected to have a top result like this. I came in hoping that I would have a top-five finish with this horse, but I expected there would be a couple of things that showed his lack of experience. Luckily, we were able to do that while keeping a nice, low score. I thought he did quite well. For my round, there was a lot of pressure, but you just stay focused on the job. To build up the rhythm before the start was the most important part of it. Then I just tried to give him a good ride and stick to the plan. If I had to execute Plan B, I had to do it quickly and do it well. He’s got a really long stride, which was more evident today than in some of the other show jumping rounds I’ve had, but he really turned himself inside-out for me. He really impressed me, and I’m very excited about him.”