Ben Maher, who trains at Elsenham stud in Essex, has won an Olympic Gold Medal as part of Team GB’s equestrian jumping team. He was in the team with Scott Brash, Peter Charles and Nick Skelton.
Ben competed in the Beijing Games in 2008 on Rolette but failed to win a medal. Rolette was sold in October 2008. In the London 2012 Games Ben rode Triple X III, a horse which was bred and raised at his stables. Triple X III was born on 1st June 2002 and is owned jointly by Ben Maher & Quainton Stud.
Ben started riding when he was 8 years old. He went to Saffron Walden County High School, and after leaving school he trained with Liz Edgar for 18 months. Liz won the Queen Elizabeth II Cup a record five times (1977, 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1986).
After his training with Liz Edgar he moved to Switzerland to train with Beat Mandli (FEI World Cup Jumping, 2007). He felt it it was important to move away from home to focus on his training.
When he was 20 years old he moved back to the UK to continue to train and compete on his horse Alfredo.
Ben has his own website, www.benmaher.co.uk.
News from around the web:
- Elsenham to get gold postbox in honour of Ben Maher – cambridge-news.co.uk
- Olympics equestrian: Great Britain showjumpers win thrilling gold – BBC
Photo of the post box from the Royal Mail’s Goldpostboxes.com website.