Top Brit rider Ben Maher reaches showjumping’s top 10

  • Top British showjumper Ben Maher has climbed 14 places in a month to reach sixth in the Rolex world rankings.

    Way ahead of the next nearest Brit – Guy Williams, ranked 50th – Ben has had a blistering start to 2010.

    Competing two horses at grand prix level has made a real difference to the Hertfordshire-based rider’s results.

    A Rolex grand prix win in Zurich in January with Wonderboy III was followed by a win in the Nations Cup and third in the grand prix in Abu Dhabi in February for Robin Hood W.

    Wonderboy then clocked up third in the Mix Megapol in Gothenburg at the end of February to propel Ben into the upper stratosphere of world showjumping.

    “It’s always been an ambition to make the top ten in the world,” said Ben.

    “It’s a great feeling making the most of great horses and we have a secure team that’s helped me rise up the rankings very fast.”

    Ben is the first Brit to enter the top 10 since July 2008 when John Whitaker was ranked tenth in the series.

    Swiss Pius Schwizer tops the Rolex world rankings with 3195 points to Ben’s 2709.

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