Great Britain’s Ben Maher announced June 14 that his partner for individual Olympic gold, Explosion W, sustained a soft tissue injury while jumping in the CSIO Grand Prix of La Baule (France) on June 11.
“He is now back at home in the UK and receiving the best veterinary care. He’s happy and full of character,” wrote Maher on Facebook. “I would like to thank everyone that was present, as well as the general public, for their support and kind heartfelt messages regarding Explosion. We will keep you updated along his recovery!”
In addition to winning gold in Tokyo, Maher and the 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Chacco-Blue—Untouchable, Baloubet Du Rouet) he owns with Charlotte Rossetter and Pamela Wright have won numerous grand prix classes, including the 2020 $500,000 AIG Grand Prix (Florida) and the 2019 300,000 Euros Longines GCT Grand Prix of New York in the United States.
Maher had to withdraw the horse from contention for the 2022 Agria FEI Jumping World Championship in Denmark.