Tripple X III, the horse who took Britain’s Ben Maher to an Olympic team gold at London 2012, is to be officially retired at Hickstead this week.
A retirement ceremony will take place shortly before the year’s Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup, a class he won in 2013 with Ben Maher.
“It is fitting that Tripple X III will be retired here,” says Lizzie Bunn, Director of the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead. “The Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup was the pair’s final five-star Grand Prix win together, and their win was the last time a British rider has taken this historic title at Hickstead.”
Ben Maher bred the dark bay stallion, whose stable name is Hugo, and he went on to huge international success, winning five-star Grands Prix around the world, as well as European Team bronze in 2011 and Olympic Games gold the following year.
Shortly after winning the Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup, Tripple X III was sold to Canada, where he was campaigned by Canadian international showjumper Tiffany Foster. The pair went on to have further international success, including winning a team gold medal for Canada at the Toronto Pan American Games, and they were part of the Canadian team at the Rio Olympics.
Tripple X III is now 17, and the decision has been made to retire him from top level sport following a few attempts to bring him back from minor injuries.
Tiffany Foster said in an online statement:
“He is happy and sound now and we want him to stay that way so he can enjoy his time out hacking and in the paddock. I can’t really put into words what this horse means to me. All I can say is that for me, he will always be one of the greatest and I will cherish the moments that I had with him.”