British show jumper Ben Maher’s partner for team gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games, Tripple X III, has been sold to Torrey Pines Stables.
Maher made the announcement through Facebook and Twitter this afternoon, saying “We can confirm that my Olympic partner Tripple X III has been sold to Torrey Pines Stables. We wish them every success.” Torrey Pines Stables, in Wellington, Fla., and Vrasene, Belgium, is the home of 2008 individual gold medalist and Canadian rider Eric Lamaze, but there has been no confirmation if Lamaze will take over the ride on Tripple X.
Tripple X, a 12-year-old homebred Anglo-European stallion (Namelus R—Calve Z, Cantango), had been owned by Maher in partnership with Mike and Emma Phillips’ Quainton Stud. In December of last year the Phillips family filed two civil lawsuits against Maher at London’s High Court, one accusing Maher of misleading them over horse sales, and the other seeking the sale of Tripple X.
Maher and Tripple X helped Britain earn team bronze at the 2011 European Championships (Spain), and and gold at the London Olympic games the next year. They also won the Longines King George V Cup at the Hickstead CSIO (Great Britain) and most recently, the Olympia Grand Prix (Great Britain).
Tripple X has been out of the show ring since Olympia, staying at home in Essex while Maher brought other top mounts to the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival (Fla.).