McLain Ward Rides to One-Two Finish in $50,000 CP 1.50m National Grand Prix

McLain Ward and Clinta. Photo: © Sportfot
McLain Ward and Clinta. Photo: © Sportfot

Wellington, Fla. – Apr. 1, 2018 – Two-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward ended the 2018 WEF circuit on a high note on Sunday with first and second place in the final event of the circuit, the $50,000 CP 1.50m National Grand Prix. With two mounts in the class, Ward claimed the victory riding Clinta for owner Sagamore Farms and was second aboard Bellefleur PS Z, owned by Susan Heller and Lilly Ward.

Forty-five horses made up the order for the CP Grand Prix with 14 advancing to the jump-off course designed by Guilherme Jorge of Brazil. Ward first took the lead riding Bellefleur PS Z, a nine-year-old Zangersheide mare by Berlin x Quidam de Revel who had already carried him to several wins this season. They stopped the clock at 34.737 seconds, which was only bested by Ward himself, this time on Clinta. The 11-year-old Oldenburg mare by Clinton x Lord Pezi crossed the timers more than a second faster in 33.696 seconds for the win.

Rounding out the top three, Rowan Willis (AUS) rode his own Shark to a double-clear effort in 35.730 seconds.

McLain Ward and Clinta in their awards presentation ceremony with ringmaster Steve Rector on the final day of competition at the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo: © Sportfot
McLain Ward and Clinta in their awards presentation ceremony with ringmaster Steve Rector on the final day of competition at the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo: © Sportfot

Ward added Clinta to his string just a week ago after first watching the horse compete in Aachen last summer and purchasing her from Paul Schockemöhle.

“I went and tried her in July and loved her,” said Ward of the mare previously developed by Germany’s Philip Rüping. “She’s a spectacular horse and I tried to get her bought a multitude of different ways, but it wasn’t very easy. They knew they had something special and I actually called them once a week for seven months with a new idea. Maybe the just got tired of me! The Sweeneys and Sagamore Farms stepped up and purchased her in January.

“We have five grey mares now that are all incredible, and one bay one that’s not so bad either,” joked McLain of his impressive strong at the moment. “I have great support from Double H Farm and the Harrisons, even during a difficult time of losing Hunter, right on down the line to Susie Heller, the Sweeneys and everybody who does everything they can to make our team as strong as possible. You really are building a team now in the sport. You can’t do it with one horse.”

After securing his first win on Clinta early in their career together, Ward has big plans, saying, “She is the most careful horses I have ever sat on. I think this is one to be a one-two punch with Azur. You can see it in the way she jumps; it doesn’t look real.”

After a week of rest, Ward will travel to the FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Paris, France, with HH Azur as reigning World Cup™ champions.

“We had a great season with some new horses that stepped up beautifully and performed wonderfully,” concluded Ward. “I could not have asked for more from any horse and I think we leave here with an incredibly strong string of horses.”

RESULTS

$50,000 CP 1.50m National Grand Prix
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / R1 Faults | Time / R2 Faults | Time
1. Clinta / McLain Ward / USA / 0 | 76.248 / 0 | 33.696
2. Bellefleur Ps Z / McLain Ward / USA / 0 | 71.529 / 0 | 34.737
3. Shark / Rowan Willis / USA / 0 | 73.468 / 0 | 35.73
4. Chacote / Pedro Junqueira Muylaert / BRA / 0 | 73.468 / 4 | 34.894
5. Chandon Blue / Laura Chapot / USA / 0 | 70.927 / 4 | 35.01
6. Eres Tu / Luis Pedro Biraben / ARG / 0 | 76.389 4 | 37.043
7. Captain Caruso / Cormac Hanley / IRL / 0 | 70.967 / 4 | 37.227
8. Dubai / Mavis Spencer / USA / 0 | 76.693 / 4 | 37.748
9. Boucanier / Theo Genn / USA / 0 | 74.137 / 4 | 37.794
10. Crack Elle Chavannaise / Mattias Tromp / USA / 0 | 75.814 / 4 | 39.399
11. USA Normande / Darragh Kenny / IRL / 0 | 72.816 / 8 | 35.688
12. My Pleasure / Juan Ortiz / VEN / 0 | 76.04 / 8 | 36.993

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Elisa Uribe Claims Her First Grand Prix Win on Final Day of WEF 2018

Elisa Uribe and Havana de la Lande. Photo: © Sportfot
Elisa Uribe and Havana de la Lande. Photo: © Sportfot

Elisa Uribe of Colombia earned the final grand prix victory of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) season, winning the $50,000 The Wanderers Club Grand Prix CSI2* on Sunday, April 1.

Forty-four entries contested the track for Sunday’s $50,000 The Wanderers Club Grand Prix CSI2*, and seven advanced to jump-off over the short course set by 2016 Rio Olympic Games course designer Guilherme Jorge of Brazil.

Uribe was the first to return for the second round, and she and her own Havana de la Lande laid down a clear time of 40.15 seconds that would prove unbeatable and would secure Uribe her very first international victory and her first grand prix win.

Finishing in second with a time of 43.45 seconds were Ashley Baker (USA) and Coolmann 7, owned by Grand Slam Farm. With just one rail down in the jump-off and a time of 39.11 seconds, the USA’s Mavis Spencer finished in third aboard SHL Sweet Tricia, owned by Sarah Ryan.

Elisa Uribe and Havana de la Lande in their awards presentation ceremony with ringmaster Steve Rector. Photo: © Sportfot
Elisa Uribe and Havana de la Lande in their awards presentation ceremony with ringmaster Steve Rector. Photo: © Sportfot

“I’m maybe the happiest person in the world right now,” said Uribe, 27, who was immediately joined by excited friends and family, including her husband and trainer, Juan Manuel Gallego (MEX), following her win.

“Since I first rode her this morning, I knew she was going to be good today!” continued Uribe, speaking of Havana de la Lande, an 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare she has owned since the mare was seven. “She has all of the attitude to win. She has a lot of temperament. She’s a real mare, but she really tries her best to jump. She’s fast; she doesn’t lose any time in the air. That’s good when you’re wanting to go fast, and she doesn’t like to touch a rail ever. If she does it, she really gets mad.”

As the first to jump-off, Uribe aimed to go clear and just quick enough to put pressure on the remaining competitors, and that plan proved more than successful.

“I thought I went the best that I could,” explained Uribe. “To run a bit more it would have been too risky. There was only one that was a little bit faster than me, like almost a second, but she had an unlucky rail, so I think my plan was perfect.”

This year marked Uribe’s very first year competing at WEF, and now, particularly following Sunday’s exciting conclusion, she looks forward to returning. “It’s been amazing,” said Uribe. “I’ve really, really enjoyed it.”

RESULTS

$50,000 The Wanderers Club Grand Prix CSI2*
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / R1 Faults | Time / R2 Faults | Time
1. Havana De La Lande / Elisa Uribe / COL / 0 | 72.51 / 0 | 40.154
2. Coolmann 7 / Ashley Baker / USA / 0 | 74.4 / 0 | 43.451
3. SHL Sweet Tricia / Mavis Spencer / USA / 0 | 69.69 / 4 | 39.112
4. Catinka 25 / Vanessa Mannix / CAN / 0 | 72.97 / 4 | 41.354
5. Aanwinst / Jordan Macpherson / CAN / 0 | 68.29 / 4 | 41.38
6. Fire And Ice J / Leonie Bockmann / GER / 0 | 72.73 / 4 | 42.117
7. Citizenguard Cadjanine Z / Elissa Reisman / CAN / 0 | 69.75 / 8 | 38.009
8. Balou Du Reventon / Jorge Matte Capdevila / CHI / 1 | 75.32
9. Allegro Van De Donkhoeve / Paulo Stewart / BRA / 1 | 75.77
10. VDL Cartello / Cormac Hanley / IRL / 4 | 68.93
11. Canamera 2 / Peter Wylde / USA / 4 | 70.84
12. End Good All Good / Javier Fernandez / MEX / 4 | 71.05

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