British showjumper Ben Maher and Robin Hood W continued their resurgence as a partnership by taking second place in the latest Rolex FEI World Cup event yesterday, proving London 2012 is in reach.
German Marcus Ehning and Notles Kuchengirl claimed a convincing victory in the Zurich leg of this year’s World Cup series, winning with two seconds in hand, with Maher finishing second, and Australian Edwina Alexander in third.
Maher, who recently lost his British number one spot to Kent based rider Guy Williams, was thrilled with the thirteen-year-old Robin Hood’s performance.
The horse has only recently returned to action following a long lay-off last year, yet Maher can now have considerable cause for optimism at the start of a critical year prior to London 2012.
Maher, who is based locally in Bishops Stortford said: ”The horse was never lame, but he wasn’t happy and the vets decided he needed two months’ break mentally, so I went with that because he’s too good a horse not to give him every chance. He’s come back in flying form.”
Frenchman Kevin Staut – the reigning European champion – still leads the overall Western League series as it heads to Bordeaux next weekend.