Olympic champion Bill Steinkraus of the United States, riding Fleet Apple, won the richest event at the Royal International Horse Show at Wembley on Friday evening (23 July).
Olympic champion Bill Steinkraus of the United States, riding Fleet Apple, won the richest event at the Royal International Horse Show at Wembley on Friday evening (23 July). As winner of the "Open Grand Prix of Great Britain" he won the John Player Trophy and one thousand pounds in prize money. Steinkraus, a 43-year-old publishing editor from New York, rode Fleet Apple to the only faultless round in a five-horse jump-off for the trophy. After the four other riders and horses had conceded faults it was left to Steinkraus to attempt a round without error. This he did, taking his mount deliberately at a slow pace over the jumps. Until this final winning round it had seemed likely that 23-year-old Madrid nightclub owner, Luis Cervera, would score a surprise win on Acorne. At that stage Acorne led the rest of the field with only four faults, and the fastest time.
SYNOPSIS: At the Royal International Horse Show at Wembley on Friday, five horses took part in a jump-off for the John Player Trophy...the Open Grand Prix of Great Britain.
Here, 23-year-old Madrid nightclub owner Luis Cervera takes his mount Acorne around the course. The first four horses including Acorne all incurred faults, but Acorne...with only four faults...at that stage had the fastest time, and looked certain to be a surprise winner of the richest event at the Show.
The last horse in the jump-off was Fleet Apple, ridden by Olympic champion Bill Steinkraus of the United States. The 43-year-old publishing editor from New York deliberately took Fleet Apple around the course at a much slower pace than the other competitors, for he had only to complete the course without error to win.
At one stage it appeared as though Steinkraus had lost his way around the course, but Fleet Apple was jumping strongly and went on to take the John Player Trophy. The success also meant for Bill Steinkraus prize money of one thousand pounds.