On Sunday Olympic Champion, Ben Maher settled for the runner-up position in the World Cup of Madrid. Maher, who won the Western European League qualifier in Verona, Italy two weeks ago wasn’t disappointed with his second-place finish this time out. He’s enjoying a spectacular end to the year with his string, and said of Enjeu de Grisien, “it’s just his second 5* Grand Prix and the first time at that level trying to go quick”.
Reflecting on his jump-off round he pointed out, “I did everything I could, there were one or two places that didn’t go exactly as I wanted but it was a difficult course in the jump-off. We saw some amazing riders make mistakes, and Marcus just got me there at the last jump I think!”
“I’m doing more indoor shows than I have in the past. I had a quiet start to the year which enables me with the bigger team of horses to compete more this time of year. I’m lucky I can rotate them and pick which horse will suit which arena, and the whole team is riding with confidence and that’s showing in the results at the moment”, said the man who has now risen to the very top of the Western European League table ahead of the next leg of the series in La Coruna, Spain next weekend.