Ben Maher

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Ben Maher
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Personal information
Full name Benjamin Richard Maher
Nationality British
Discipline Show jumping
Born (1983-01-30) 30 January 1983 (age 33)
Enfield, Greater London, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg)

Benjamin Richard "Ben" Maher MBE (born 30 January 1983 in Enfield[1]) is a British show jumper. He represented Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2009 European Championships, Windsor, and 2012 London Olympics. He won the team jumping gold at the London Olympics with Team GB, their first team jumping gold medal for 60 years.[2] He also won bronze at the 2011 Europeans Championships in Madrid, Spain. He has won many international Grand Prixs including the Olympia Grand Prix, Hickstead King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead, FEI World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix at Wellington with various rides.

He was recently named to be on the 2016 British Olympic Show Jumping Team with Tic Tac[3]

He began riding at the age of eight. He was educated at Saffron Walden County High School. After finishing school, he trained with Liz Edgar before travelling to Switzerland to further his education with Beat Mandli.[4]

He had success as a young rider, winning Team Gold with the British Young Riders Team at the European Championships in 2004. He is now a regular member for the British team, and has been ranked as high as 5th on the Longines World Rankings.

Career[edit]

In 2000 and 2004, he won gold individuals in the Olympics, and a special certificate for contributing in 2008 in Beijing Olympics.

In 2005, CSIO5* Hickstead, Great Britain: Maher won the Hickstead Derby

In 2008, Ben competed at the Olympic Games with Rolette.

In 2010, CSI5*-W s'-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands: On 26 March, Maher and Wonderboy III took the top spot in the feature class of the opening day. This was the 1.50m Rabobank Prijs.

CSI5*-W London Olympia, Great Britain: Ben and Noctambule Courcelle won the Puissance.[5]

In 2011, CSI5*-W Basel, Switzerland: Oscar took 4th prize in a speed-class.

CSI5*-W Zurich, Switzerland: Maher and Robin Hood W came 2nd in the Rolex FEI World Cup Qualifier.

CSI3* Lummen, Belgium: Tripple X III came 2nd.

CES5* European Championships, Madrid, Spain: The British team of Nick Skelton (Carlo) (1.04/0/0); Guy Williams (Titus) (7.01)/(12)/0; Ben Maher (Tripple X III) (2.76/4/4); and John Whitaker (Peppermill) (5.66/4/8) took Team Bronze. Ben and Tripple X III also took 12th position individually.

CSI5*-W Olympia Horse Show, London, UK: Ben and his home-bred Tripple X III came 1st in the Rolex FEI World Cup.

In 2012, CSI5*-W Basel, Switzerland: Tripple X III won the feature 1m55 class on Friday night.

Won gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics for Great Britain in the Team showjumping.[6]

Ben Maher and Tripple X, Global Champions Tour of Cannes (June 2012)
Maher and Cella tie to win the Global Champions Tour Sunday Grand Prix in 2015

Maher was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to equestrianism.[7][8]

In 2013, won team gold and individual silver medals at the European Championships, riding Cella.

Won Olympia London International Horse Show Grand Prix riding Tripple X.[9]

Won the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of London at Olympic Park with his grey mare Cella.

In 2014, won the $125,000 Grand Prix CSI3* at WEF with Cella.

Won WEF World Cup Qualifier on Cella[10]

Won the €130,000 Grand Prix in Guangzhou, China with Vainquer[11]

Won the Olympia London International Horse Show Grand Prix on Diva II.[12]

In 2015, won World Cup CSI5* at WEF on Diva II[13]

Won Rotterdam Nations Cup on Diva II, with team members Joe Clee/Utamaro D'Ecaussines, Jessica Mendoza/Spirit T, Michael Whitaker/Cassionato [14]

Tied for first with Karim Elzoghby/Amelia at Global Champions Tour Paris Grand Prix[15]

In 2016, won the $500,000 Rolex CSI5* at WEF with Sarena[16]

Won the Beijing World Cup Qualifier on Wavanta[17]

Won the Rome Nations Cup with Tic Tac and teammates Jessica Mendoza/Spirit T, Michael Whitaker/Cassionato, and John Whitaker/Ornellaia

Owners and Sponsors[edit]

Ben Maher currently has horses under several owners, most notably being Jane Clark, a longtime owner and supporter of international show jumping. Clark owns Sarena, Tic Tac, Aristo Z, and Cella. He also rides Tatiana Korsakova's Diva II, EM Horses' Boomerang, Amy Carr's Sentimiento LS La Silla, Vivien Thompson's Diablo, and Poden Farm's Cliff 67, F One USA, and Untouched.[18]

Maher is an equestrian brand ambassador for Land Rover. He is also sponsored by Selleria Equipe, Equiline Italia, GPA Safety Legend, Veredus, Falcon Equine Feeds, Bucas, MacWest, Parlanti, Jump 4 Joy, and FMBs Therapy Systems.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ GRO reference: March 1983, Vol. 12, Page 0878
  2. ^ Maher hopes for Equestrian Boost
  3. ^ "Showjumping team". www.equestrianteamgbr.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  4. ^ "Ben Maher – LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR". www.globalchampionstour.com. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  5. ^ Info from BBC red button live transmission.
  6. ^ "Jumping Team results – Equestrian – London 2012 Olympics". www.olympic.org. Retrieved 2015-05-14. 
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 25. 29 December 2012.
  8. ^ [1] Cabinet Office
  9. ^ Horse & Hound Article 23 December 2013
  10. ^ "Ben Maher and Cella Master $125,000 Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix CSI 3*". Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  11. ^ "Ben Maher MBE takes the top spot in the CSI 3* €130,000 Grand Prix in Guangzhou, China. - The Official Website of British Showjumping". www.britishshowjumping.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  12. ^ "Great Britain's Ben Maher defends London Olympia title". Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  13. ^ "Ben Maher and Diva II Top $372,000 FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix CSI-W 5* Presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate". pbiec.coth.com. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  14. ^ "British make it a Furusiyya hat-trick in Rotterdam". 2015-06-19. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  15. ^ Showjumping, www.worldofshowjumping.com, World of. "Split win for Karim Elzoghby and Ben Maher in the Prix de la Ville de Paris | World of Showjumping". www.worldofshowjumping.com. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  16. ^ "Ben Maher & Sarena Win $500,000 Rolex CSI5* Grand Prix at WEF". www.noellefloyd.com. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  17. ^ "Ben Maher enjoys Longines FEI World Cup Jumping China League success in Beijing". 2016-05-02. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  18. ^ "Ben Maher". www.benmaher.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 

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