2018 Winter Equestrian Festival - January 10 - April 1, 2018 - 31
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Nations Cup in Wellington, Florida at the start of the
year. He went on represent Ireland at the CSIO 5*
competition in Rome, Falsterbo, Hickstead, and Dublin.
The duo contributed to Team Ireland's impressive finish
atop the leaderboard at the FEI European Jumping
Championships, and represented Ireland at the CSIO 5*
Nations Cup™ Jumping Final in Barcelona.
BEN MAHER (GBR)
ENFIELD TOWN, UNITED KINGDOM
Ben Maher began his riding career at the age of 8 and
shortly after rode to his first major win for Great Britain
as a member of the Gold medal winning team at the 1993
Pony European Championships. Ever since, he has been
a reliable competitor for Team Great Britain. In 2004,
he rode to yet another Team Gold medal at the FEI
European Young Rider Jumping Championships and four
years later was selected for the 2008 Olympic Team.
In 2009 and 2011, Maher represented his country at the
FEI European Jumping Championships, where the team
picked up the Bronze medal in 2011. One of the highlight
seasons for Maher was in 2012 when he rode Tripple X III
in the 2012 London Olympic Games in his home nation,
where Great Britain won its first Team Gold medal in
60 years. One year later, Maher and Team Great Britain
stood atop the podium again when they won gold at the
2013 FEI European Jumping Championships. Maher also
jumped to an Individual Silver.
Maher continued to have great success throughout 2014,
and in 2015, was selected once again as a member of
Team Great Britain for the 2015 FEI European Jumping
Championships held in Aachen. Maher took top honors
in the $500,000 Rolex CSI 5* Grand Prix in Wellington,
Florida in 2015, before going on to represent Team Great
Britain at the FEI Nations Cup™ in Rome, where the team
won, as well as in Rotterdam, Dublin, and Hickstead,
before continuing on to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio
De Janeiro, Brazil.
This past year he picked up victories in Wellington,
Florida, Windsor, Madrid, Paris, Knokke, London, Valence,
Gijon, and Lausanne. He represented Team Great
Britain at the CSIO 5* FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final
in Barcelona, and is well positioned for an extremely
successful 2018 season.
2018 WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL