British Olympic team gold medal winning showjumper Tripple X III has been sold to Eric Lamaze’s Torrey Pines stables in Canada.
Tripple X carried Ben Maher to team gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Maher bred the 12-year-old stallion, and as well as Olympic gold, they won the Christmas Masters at Olympia in 2012, and the King George V at Hickstead in 2013. Late last year the combination also won the Grand Prix of Olympia.
In the past several months Lamaze and his partners, Carlene and Andy Ziegler of Artisan Farms, have bought several international showjumpers, including Zigali PS from Britain’s Daniel Nelson, Powerplay from Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer, and Quelmec du Gery from French rider Penelope Leprevost. The stable also bought Verdi III from Pius Schwizer for Tiffany Foster, and Showgirl for Yan Candele from fellow Canadian Jonathan Asselin.
Tripple X was among those affected by a lawsuit taken against Maher by Quainton Stud, whose owners Mike and Emma Phillips sought the sale of the horse after they invested in a £250,000 share in him in 2009. They are also suing Maher for a reported £700,000, relating to profits made on the sale of horses.