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Towell and mount Lucifer V claim a ‘royal’ victory in Toronto event

Posted: November 13, 2017 3:57 p.m.
Updated: November 14, 2017 1:00 a.m.
Photo courtesy of Ben Radvanyi Photography/

CAMDEN NATIVE HARDIN TOWELL takes his mount, Lucifer V, over a fence en route to their winning the $87,000 GroupBy Big Ben Challenge in Toronto Saturday night.

TORONTO, ONT. -- Camden native Hardin Towell claimed a thrilling victory in the $87,000 GroupBy Big Ben Challenge on Saturday night, November 11, to close out the CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show, held as part of the 95th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in downtown Toronto.

A sold-out crowd of more than 6,000 spectators packed the Ricoh Coliseum and were treated to show jumping sport at its finest as 23 riders challenged the final track set by 2016 Rio Olympic course designer Guilherme Jorge of Brazil.  Eight riders, including Kent Farrington and McLain Ward, currently ranked numbers one and two on the Longines World Rider Rankings, jumped clear to advance to the all-deciding jump-off.  T

he night belonged to Towell, who blazed around the jump-off track with Lucifer V, breaking the timers in 38.37 seconds to snatch the win from Canada’s own François Lamontagne, 33, of St. Eustache, QC, who had stopped the clock in 40.92 seconds aboard Chanel du Calvaire.

“This is my first time at The Royal and it was fantastic!” said Towell, 29, who also won the $35,000 Jolera International Jumper event on Tuesday, Nov. 7, aboard another mount, New York.  “It is nice to win here because the classes are so special.  The atmosphere is amazing, and the crowd was great tonight.

“I have believed in Lucifer since I first started riding him and we really came along together,” continued Towell of the 11-year-old Westphalian gelding (Lord Dezi x Grandeur) owned by Evergate Stables that he has been paired with for four years.  “I went to my first World Cup Final with him, jumped my first five-star grand prix with him, and he has helped me get to the next level.”

Following five days of top-calibre international show jumping competition, Towell shared the Leading International Rider title with four-time U.S. Olympic medalist Beezie Madden, who enjoyed wins in the $35,000 Brickenden Trophy on Thursday riding Coach and the $50,000 Weston Canadian Open aboard Breitling LS on Friday.

“I just took the week class by class, and it is amazing to be tied with someone like Beezie Madden at the end,” said Towell, a Camden High graduate, of his Leading International Rider title.  “She is one of the best in the world, and the title is icing on the cake after two wins.”


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