Ben Maher Makes History One Year on From Olympic Glory

One year ago Ben Maher began his London 2012 Olympic campaign, jumping for the first time in the spectacular Greenwich arena as part of a team that would soon claim gold for Great Britain. Twelve months on to the day, Ben claimed his first victory in the historic Longines King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead, one of the oldest and most valuable Grands Prix in the country.  

The Essex-based rider had yet to win the class, also known as the British Grand Prix (with a €200,000 total prize fund), but it has always been one of his main aims. “There are a few big classes that every showjumper wants to win and the Hickstead Derby [which Ben won in 2005] and the King’s Cup are two of them – I’ve come close to winning this a couple of times so it feels great to have finally done it,” said Ben.