Explosion W is the ride of International Showjumper, Ben Maher. At just 10 years old he’s taken the showjumping world by storm. The 17hh chestnut gelding by Chacco-blue out of a Baloubet Du Rouet mare is currently ranked 3rd in the world. (Explosion W and Ben Maher as a partnership) Affectionately nicknamed “the BFG” in the stable because he’s big, he’s friendly, and he’s giant!
“He’s a real character and just an incredible horse that’s so intelligent. A horse like this only comes around maybe once in a lifetime.”
But despite his size, he’s remarkably quick against the clock. He’s able to bend in ways he shouldn’t, he has endless scope – but most of all, he’s consistent. He rises to the occasion whether that be in front of his home crowd in the tightly packed London arena, or on the wide open grass tracks of Madrid. Ben has competed Explosion from the Spring of 2018, in just that short time, they’ve achieved so much:
At just 10 years old, he’s got experience beyond his years – since partnering with Olympic Team Gold Medallist Ben Maher in 2018, Explosion has been the pivotal horse for Ben securing back to back championship wins (2018 & 2019) in the biggest showjumping league in the world – the Longines Global Champions Tour. In addition, Ben also secured the title in the GCL team series. No other horse has ever played such a big role in winning the LGCT championship at such a young age – Hello Sanctos was 11 years old when he took the title with fellow Brit, Scott Brash.
Over the past two seasons Ben and Explosion W have won 6 LGCT Grand Prix’s out of the 15 they entered, with prize money in these two seasons totalling over a million euros. In May 2018 they took their first GCT win in Madrid, winning the CSI5* Grand Prix – and subsequent wins at Rome and Doha. Their 2019 season was no less impressive, with wins in front of Ben’s home crowd at the London leg of the LGCT, Rome and New York and Praha.
Ben credits him for being “one of the best horses of this generation" as again this year he tops the final WBFSH world ranking for 2019 as well as winning an individual silver medal at the FEI European Championships in Rotterdam this summer. He’s competed across the globe with huge success, taking the CSIO5* Rolex Grand Prix in Aachen, the Turkish Airlines-Prize of Europe and many more major wins and placings at the highest level.
Recently Explosion has been sold to Pamela Wright and Charlotte Rossetter – but importantly the journey between Ben and Explosion will continue; a partnership that has become iconic so quickly in the sport. It’s more than just those 90 seconds in the ring – Ben and Explosion have an incredible relationship and that is what gives them the edge in a sport, where every second matters.
Looking ahead to 2020 and beyond, it’s incredibly exciting for Britain to have a phenomenal partnership like Ben and Explosion. A horse so young, with so much more to give and already a legend of the showjumping world – what a journey they have ahead of them.