Ben Maher’s Olympic gold medal-winning partner Tripple X III has been acquired by Canada’s Torrey Pines Stables. As stated on the social media of Ben Maher today; “We can confirm that my Olympic partner has been sold to Torrey Pines stables. We wish them every success.”
The 12 year old stallion was a strong member of the 2012 British Olympic Squad in London, carrying Ben Maher to Olympic glory alongside Nick Skelton & Big Star, Scott Brash & Hello Sanctos as well as Peter Charles & Murka’s Vindicat. The event marked a huge moment in British show jumping and forever etched Ben Maher and Tripple X III into history as one of the winning combinations to bring Olympic Gold in show jumping to Great Britain after 60 years. Having grown together through the limelight of international sport, Ben and Tripple X III emerged a winning combination for Great Britain when they launched onto the international scene at the 2008 CSI5* World Cup event in Geneva, Switzerland.
The pair finished third in the Nations Cup event in Wellington, Florida in 2011 as members for Great Britain before winning their first major international contest; the 2011 Sprehe Grand Prix of Linz. By 2011, the pair were major contributing members for British Nations Cup competition. The pair won at the CSI5* event in Paris and consolidated their winning partnership by also winning the CSI5* World Cup Grand Prix at London Olympia in front of thousands of cheering British fans.
In 2012, the pair continued a strong presence within the sport before being named members of the British Olympic Team for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. A moment that would forever remain in the hearts of all British show jumping fans, Ben and Tripple X III, a home-bred stallion from the very country in which the Games were hosted, brought the first Olympic victory to Great Britain in 60 years.
Following Olympic victory, Ben and Tripple X III won the Christmas Masters at London Olympia to further consolidate their following in Great Britain and abroad. In 2013, the pair won the King George V Cup at the legendary Hickstead Horse Show event in a true demonstration of their long and proven partnership. At the end of 2013, Ben and Tripple X III wowed at Olympia once again, taking home the Grand Prix of Olympia for an amazing performance three years in a row.
Ben Maher and Tripple X III have without a doubt been a major part of international and British show jumping these last three years. Their contributions to earn Britain an Olympic Gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London are insurmountable. The chapter has concluded for Ben Maher and Tripple X III but the appreciation for both horse and rider will undoubtedly remain.