Olympian Ben Maher Repeats Title in the Alltech Christmas Puissance
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Maher, jumping Noctambule Courcelle, looked as though he was going to complete a clean sheet with his winning partner from two years ago. However, the chestnut gelding tapped one of the very top bricks of the obstacle with his back hooves. The block swayed for a few moments before dropping to the floor.
“I thought he had cleared it, so he was a bit unlucky,” said Maher, who was riding his mount for the first time in six months. “But it’s been a really great night with an amazing atmosphere.” The route to the win had a few hiccups along the way. Maher had bent his thumb backward in the collecting ring before going in for the first round and said he didn’t get it quite right in the ring.
“He’s very excitable and I let him have too much of a run to the wall,” said Maher of his mount. “I was a few feet further away on takeoff than I wanted to be, so I didn’t give him such a long run in the following rounds. As for the thumb, it definitely went back a lot further than it’s supposed to!”
Photo Caption: Olympic gold medallist Ben Maher and Noctambule Courcelle claim the Alltech Christmas Puissance for a second time on Thursday, Dec. 20, at Olympia, The London International Horse Show. Credit: Kit Houghton