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Jane Clark acquires Concona and Madame X for Ben Maher: “I now have two great owners with very strong horses”

Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Sport

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. Ben Maher with Concona. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

 

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After an extraordinary 2018-season, that included being crowned Champion of Champions of the Longines Global Champions Tour, Ben Maher reveals to World of Showjumping that his long-time supporter Jane Clark has acquired two of his best horses: Concona (Conthargos x Con Air) and Madame X (Continio x Corland). 

The British rider has had great success with many of Jane Clark’s horses, such as Cella, Urico and Tic Tac – and is delighted to continue their sportive partnership. “For a long time, I have had a very loyal owner in Jane Clark,” Maher explains to World of Showjumping. “It’s been a time since the Rio Olympics and since Cella retired, and Tic Tac is getting older, so Jane was very keen to supply me with some new horses.”

“Poden Farms – who I have been riding Concona for up until now – bought her from Denmark at the end of the year when she turned six, and she has been brought up through their system for the past two-and-a-half years,” Maher tells. “It is perhaps not a normal situation to move a very good horse from one owner to the other owner when I was riding it already, but I do think it was a good commercial decision from Poden Farms – proving that they produce top young horses to Grand Prix level and that they are prepared to actually sometimes sell a good horse. They have many, many good horses coming through, and that was one of the main reasons to sell Concona,” Maher explains. 

“We have high hopes for Concona, and I am also very excited to have had Jane Clark acquire Poden Farm’s Madame X at the same time. We now have two very good Grand Prix horses to bring Jane back to the bigger shows. In addition, Jane owns Tic Tac, Ginger-Blue – that we bought at the end of last year from Sweden and that just won a national class at Windsor – as well as a young horse. It’s of course very nice for me now to have Jane as owner of my top horses again together with Poden Farms, as it means I have two great owners with very good horses. Hopefully we can continue our success from last year!”

“We are very motivated for the Global Tour, as you can see from my program,” Maher comments on his goals for the season. “Neil Moffitt and Poden Farms own the GCL-team London Knights, so no decision has been made yet as to which horses will be available for the GCT and GCL-circuit and on the other hand for the championships – but I’ve always been a keen rider for my country. It's difficult to have enough horses to meet the high demands in every area of our sport –  but I think I now have the great opportunity to rotate horses, and make those decision within the group of owners that I currently have.”

 

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