Profile: Ben Maher
- Published: 04/06/2016
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Ben Maher MBE has an impressive history as one of Britain’s top show jumpers and Olympians. Ben began riding when he was eight and started to compete soon after. Today Ben is a regular feature on the global show jumping stage as well as a key member of Team GB.
Date of Birth: 30/1/1983
Birthplace: London, England
Height: 1.64 m / 5′ 5″
Career: 2000 – Present
Benjamin Richard Maher MBE is a British show jumper and Olympian. He was born and grew up in Essex, where he still lives. Ben’s father is a successful property developer who once sold an estate to David Beckham! The Maher family own Elsenham Stud Farm, which is Ben’s current training base.
The first canter
Ben began riding when he was eight and competed in pony classes from an early age. After finishing Saffron Walden County High School, he trained with British rider Liz Edgar before travelling to Switzerland to further his education with Swiss show jumper Beat Mandli.
Ben’s early success
Ben found success as a young rider, winning Team Gold with the British Young Riders Team at the European Championships in 2004. In 2008, He represented Britain at the Beijing Olympics, and competed in the 2012 London Olympics. As part of Team GB, Ben won the team jumping gold at the London Olympics, which was their first team jumping gold medal for 60 years.
In addition to being a regular member of the British team, Ben has been ranked as high as 5th on the Longines World Rankings.
Over the years, Ben has been the subject of much unwanted press and legal action. In 2008, He and his former wife were cleared of assaulting one of Ben’s grooms and former girlfriend in a pub. The owners of Quainton Stud, Mike and Emma Phillips, who were long-time backers of Ben, sued him for hiding profits on horse sales in 2013. This case which was heard at the High Court, was later settled privately. However, Ben has managed to focus on his career and has kept a low profile in the last few years.
Maher currently has horses under several owners, most notably being Jane Clark, a long time owner and supporter of international show jumping. One of Clark’s horse called Tik Tac was used for 2016 Rio Olympics. His current top horses include Tripple X, Cella and Aristo Z.
In 2000 and 2004, he won gold individuals in the Olympics, and a special certificate for contributing in 2008 in Beijing Olympics.
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.
In 2015, won World Cup CSI5* at WEF on Diva II.
In 2016, won the $500,000 Rolex CSI5* at WEF with Sarena.
Ben Maher Fun Facts
Competed for Team GB in Rio 2016 in Equestrian Jumping Individual, and Equestrian Jumping Team.
Maher is an equestrian brand ambassador for Land Rover.
Ben Maher cites his hero’s as British rider Robert Smith and German rider Ludger Beerbaum.
The Royal Mail released a limited edition stamp collection to celebrate the team gold medal at 2012, which features Ben!