Daniel Bluman won the Rolex Grand Prix at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show under the lights of the New York skyline after two stylish clear rounds to claim the showpiece class of the five-day horse show.
The packed grandstands cheered on Daniel after a two-way jump-off with New Zealand's Sharn Wordley, with Ireland's Shane Sweetnam finishing in third place. Only two riders went clear and also within the time allowed in the first round in the challenging course staged in the iconic Trump Ice Rink. Wordley was first to go in the jump-off and tactics were obvious as he steered his horse steadily, but cleanly, around the course in a time of 43.35 seconds. Bluman then entered the ring knowing one mistake would cost him the Rolex title, but he held his nerve and rode another brilliant round taking two seconds off Wordley in a winning time of 41.39 seconds.
"Rolex has been sponsoring equestrian sports for a long time and I've always wanted to win a Rolex. I came close a few times this year and I told McLain (Ward) I really wanted that watch! So to be able to win it today in Central Park - its a crown for a champion." Daniel Bluman.
In addition to winning the Rolex Grand Prix, Daniel also placed 3rd in the opening day Speed Class with Conconcreto Believe. Those 2 fantastic results also got him the US Open victory, the $ 25’000 bonus for the Best Rider of the show. A great end of his summer circuit in North America!!!
Daniel is now back to Europe and will soon be competing at the Horse of the Year Horse Show in Birmingham.