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Ben Maher’s international ride Wonderboy III has been sold abroad. The grand prix-winning grey, owned by Ben and the Quainton Stud, has been bought by Ahmed Hamsho of Syria.

“It’s just one of those decisions,” Ben told H&H. “We wanted to keep him and we’d bought him with the World Equestrian Games in mind. But we have a couple of other very good horses now, so we’d made the decision to sell him if the opportunity came up.”

Ben has ridden the Flamenco De Semilly-sired Wonderboy III for 18 months, taking over the reins from Georgie Strutton in 2008. Ben’s victory with the 11-year-old gelding in the Rolex grand prix at the CSI***** in Zurich this year won him British Showjumping’s international performance of the month award.

Ben has no shortage of horsepower coming up through the ranks and has Nations Cup and WEG ambitions with his top ride Robin Hood W this year.

“Robin’s had a good rest so he’s ready to step up again,” said Ben.