01:45 - Source: CNN
Horse of a lifetime: Ben Maher's Tripple X
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Ben Maher and Tripple X reached the pinnacle of equestrian sport, taking the gold medal in a home Olympics back at London 2012.

So it’s no surprise the 35-year-old rates the stallion as his horse of a lifetime.

“He was bred at my place, I was the first person to put the tack on him, I was the first person to ride him, all the way through to a London Olympic gold medal,” Maher told CNN EQ.

“So I have a close bond with him in my heart, we really grew up together.”

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Despite their successes, Maher admits Tripple X wasn’t always such a reliable companion.

“He is a stallion and when he was younger, he was a nightmare,” admits Maher.

“He was excited about everything else except for jumping. He gave the people in my team who work for me a very difficult life.

“He grew up all of a sudden when he was eight years old. He always competed well in the ring, he always jumped clear rounds. A very reliable horse for the right day.”