Ben Maher awarded Simba Run Perpetual Trophy on behalf of Tatiana Korsakova…

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n addition to the Rolex Grand Prix, several other awards were presented Saturday evening for the final week of competition in Wellington. Britain’s Ben Maher accepted the Simba Run Perpetual Trophy on behalf of Tatiana Korsakova as the owner of Diva II, the open jumper who has earned the most prize money in classes held at 1.45m or more during the 2015 WEF.

Ben Maher and Tatiana Korsakova’s Diva II won Week 9’s $372,000 FEI World Cup CSI 5*-W Grand Prix, earning a cheque for $122,760 for first place. Maher and Diva II beat out Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Fibonacci 17 as well as Gold medal winning combination, Laura Kraut and Cedric.

In addition, Ben Maher and Diva II finished second to France’s Marie Hecart and Myself de Breve in the $372,000 FEI World Cup CSI 5*-W Grand Prix during Week 6. This second place earned Maher $74,400 in prize money. These top placings for the two World Cup events during this year’s Winter Equestrian Festival secured a payout of $197,160 in prize money for Britain’s Ben Maher and proud owner Tatiana Korsakova.

In addition, Diva II’s groom, Daley Fischer, was presented with the Oliver O’Toole Perpetual Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the groom of the horse who has earned the most money in the Grand Prix Jumper classes.