Fresh air works wonders for Maher in another London victory

23 December 2013 / 18:19
Olympic gold medallist Ben Maher revealed he needed to clear his head before he was able to claim success in the grand prix finale of the London International Horse Show.
Maher headed to Olympia in good form having already won this year’s King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead on horse Tripple X III.
But the 30-year-old, who claimed Olympic team jumping gold at London 2012, was pushed all the way by fellow Brit John Whitaker.
In the end Maher posted a time of 31.85 seconds to take the top prize, Whitaker having to settle for second with a time of 31.92 on Argento, while France's Penelope Leprevost came third.
"It took until now to jump a clear round," said Maher, who despite the win still sits behind gold-medal winning teammate from London 2012 Scott Brash in the world rankings.
"I had struggled a bit the whole week and made mistakes I don't normally make.
"It has been pretty tough. I took the morning off, had a wander around London, did a bit of Christmas shopping and changed the plan a bit for this and he jumped great."
There was plenty more for the home crowd to celebrate at Olympia as Briton Laura Renwick was named leading rider of the show, which rewards the most consistent performer.
Renwick, 38, finished four points clear of her nearest rival, Sweden's Peder Fredricson, in the leading rider contest, while William Funnell was the next best Britain in fourth.
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