This week’s equestrian event at the Grand Slam Longines Grand Prix in New York ended with a huge victory for American rider McLain Ward. The American show jumping rider won the thrilling Grand Slam Longines Grand Prix in New York CSI5* 1,60m. Riding his 11-year-old Oldenburgian mare, Clinta, Ward took the victory home in just 34.92 seconds.
Following in second place was Swedish equestrian Peder Fredricson and Hansson WL, while Canadian rider Erynn Ballard and her 13-year-old Fantast took the third place with a time of 55.42 seconds. French rider Kevin Staut and his Vendome d’Anchat HDC finished fourth, while American rider Adrienne Sternlicht and Crystalline completed the top five.
About the American rider McLain Ward
Born in Brewster, New York, McLain Ward is an American show jumping rider and Olympic medalist. Ward had his first big win when he was 14, where he won the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Show Jumping Derby and the equitation medal finals. He becomes the youngest rider in equestrian history to win both in one year.
Ward has also competed in the 2004 Olympics Games in Athens, Greece, where he won the gold medal as part of the US team in the team jumping category. This was followed by another victory at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, where he won the team gold medal for show jumping event. The American rider has also competed in the 2012 Olympics in London, England, where he rode for the US Equestrian team.
Aside from Olympic events, Ward also competed and won the $10,000 Welcome Stake aboard Ilan Ferder and the Dutch Warmblood Missy Clark’s Zhum CW. In 2017, he won the Longines FEI World Cup Championship.
In addition to equestrian events and competitions, Ward was also featured in the American TV series ‘A Rider Story’. In 2017, he was ranked number one and number two in the Longines FEI world rankings.
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