Jane Clark’s Cella Ridden by Ben Maher to European Championship Individual Silver

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Cella being patted by groom Joy Montgomerie with Ben Maher looking on after the Jane Clark-owned horse won the individual silver medal at the European Championships. Ben and Cella led the Britain to the championship team gold two days earlier. © 2013 Jenny Abrahamsson/WorldofShowJumping.com
Cella being patted by groom Joy Montgomerie with Ben Maher looking on after the Jane Clark-owned horse won the individual silver medal at the European Championships. Ben and Cella led the Britain to the championship team gold two days earlier. © 2013 Jenny Abrahamsson/WorldofShowJumping.com

HERNING, Denmark, Aug. 24–Cella, an 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Jane Clark of the United States, was ridden by Ben Maher to the European Championship silver medal Saturday.

The combination that led the British team to gold on Thursday had gone through the competition fault-free until the first round of Saturday’s two-round final when a single rail dropped and allowed Roger Yves Bost of France on Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois to take the gold. The French pair finished on 1.58 penalty points while Ben and Cella were on four penalty points.

Jane Clark is a towering pesence in international horse sports with dressage horses ridden by Katherine Bateson-Chandler of Wellington, Florida, four-in-hand horses driven by Chester Weber of Ocala, Florida and jumpers competed by Ben.

Cornet d’Amour ridden by Germany’s Daniel Deusser and owned by Stephex Stables in Belgium and Double H Farm of the United States placed fifth in the individual competition after competing on the German silver medal team.

These championships were the first by Ben on one of Jane’s horses since he began competing for her in late 2012.

For complete details of the European Championships jumping competition go to www.worldofshowjumping.com