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Ben Maher’s nine-year-old Westfalian stallion Untouched (Utouchable - Cantate Touch x Capitol I) sadly died this week, likely due to an aneurysm. The pair had been competing at the St. Moritz CSI last weekend without much success, so they returned home to England. He was being worked lightly on a lunge rein on Tuesday when he suddenly fell and died. It’s a great loss to both Maher and the breeding world as he appeared to have untapped potential that had drawn considerable attention during the past few years. He was started by Mathijs van Asten, then joined Nick Skelton in the UK, but had been ridden by Maher since Spring 2016. For the moment, frozen semen remains from Untouched’s exceptional pedigree and 1m60 performances. His Holsteiner dam, Cantate Touch (Capitol I) had also achieved a high level in competition, as did his granddam Classic Touch (Caletto II) – an individual Olympic gold medallist with Ludger Beerbaum - Eric Fournier