British Equestrian announce change in line-up for Jumping Team ahead of Herning

Ben Maher and Explosion W in the Tokyo 2020 Individual Final (FEI/Christophe Taniere)

British Equestrian has announced an equine withdrawal from the British Equestrian Jumping Team of the ECCO FEI World Championships due to take place in Herning, Denmark.

Ben Maher, in consultation with owners Charlotte Rossetter and Pamela Wright, has made the difficult decision to withdraw their Olympic gold medallist Explosion W from the ECCO FEI World Championships due to competition fitness.

Ben explained;

We’re incredibly disappointed to have to take this decision but Explosion W just isn’t quite at his peak fitness to take on the demands of this championship. He’s well in himself but jumping championship tracks over consecutive days takes a great deal of stamina. He’s simply too special a horse to risk so, with his welfare at the forefront of my mind I felt this was the best action.”

Ben will now partner his direct replacement horse, Oakingham Stud’s Faltic HB at the upcoming ECCO FEI World Championships in Herning, Denmark.  The 16.1hh stallion, owned by Oakingham Stud and sired by Baltic VDL is from a strong mother line from Holland which features a significant amount of offspring jumping at 1m50. He joined Ben’s stable last October (2021) and has so far jumped up to 1m60 under his new rider’s saddle.

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Oakingham Stud’s Faltic HB has jumped fantastically this season, I’m really looking forward to being part of a very exciting British team in Herning,”

added Ben.

The Agria FEI World Jumping Championships get underway on Monday 8 August with the horse inspection and the first jumping action is on Wednesday 10 August.

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Ben Maher and Explosion W in the Tokyo 2020 Individual Final (FEI/Christophe Taniere)
Ben Maher and Explosion W in the Tokyo 2020 Individual Final (FEI/Christophe Taniere)


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