Devon, Pa. - June 4, 2016 -
On Friday, McLain Ward of Brewster, New York, was named the Longines World Number One in show jumping. He has spent the last week competing at the historic Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, and on Saturday night he captured his third victory, winning the $50,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake aboard Tina La Boheme.
|McLain Ward and Tina La Boheme. Photo by: The Book, LLC.
Six entries advanced to the jump-off in the highlight event of the evening sponsored by Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar. Laura Chapot set the pace to beat with her first mount Thornhill Kate, clearing the track in 37.082 seconds. Her lead was short lived, as Ward entered the arena aboard Tina La Boheme, who has proven to be a dominating force in the Dixon Oval. The pair was four seconds faster and left all the rails intact, crossing the finish line in 33.906 seconds.
Only Chapot was able to beat the initial time she clocked, beating her first mount's time on Quointreau Un Prince. The duo had a faultless time of 36.660 seconds to place second, while she and Thornhill Kate took third. The fourth place prize went to Danielle Torano and Callas III, the only other pair to clear the short course.
With a quick and clear double clear, Ward not only won the $50,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake, but also earned the Open Jumper Championship with Tina La Boheme and the Leading Open Jumper Rider title.
"We're obviously very excited," said Ward. "I think Tina has won her last four classes in a row. It's really great to see how she's progressing. At the end of Palm Beach and even Old Salem, when I stepped her up to some bigger classes I had to kind of help her a long a little bit. She was a very good jumper, but she was green. It's interesting to see her come out of that show at Old Salem and be very handy in this ring and start to follow where I am going. That's what makes a horse fast, they look for the next fence. We are really excited about her. We'll keep our fingers crossed for the future."
|Open Jumper Champion and Leading Open Jumper Rider McLain Ward
Ward has been competing since he was just 5-years-old in the Leadline division. Now, he is the top ranked rider in the world. "It's a great recognition of consistent success because our peers are so good now," explained Ward. "The top of the sport now is so good and so competitive, so I am proud of that. I can't say that was ever a goal. The goal has always been championships and medals and the biggest grand prix events in the world. The honor in that is amongst your peers."
After placing second and third in Saturday's main event, the Carol Hoffman Thompson Leading Lady Rider Challenge Trophy was presented to Laura Chapot, who also earned the title in 2014.
|Laura Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince
"This is one of our favorite horse shows, and I think this is one of the most important shows in the country," noted Chapot. "They really raised the bar this year with added prize money and making it an FEI competition. To be the leading lady rider here is certainly very prestigious, and I am so proud to win the trophy that is donated by Carol's family. She was a great friend to us. I'm really thrilled to have won it again."
Earlier in the day, the Amateur Owner Jumpers competed in their highlight event, the $20,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Amateur Owner Jumper Classic. After fourth place finish on Friday, Alex Matz came back for the victory in the Classic with Quinta.
Six combinations advanced to the jump-off, with Cloe Hymowitz setting the pace on her first mount Baritchou DBT. They turned in a clear effort in 32.901 seconds. Their lead did not hold for long, as Ailish Cunniffe turned in a faster time of 41.151 seconds with all the rails intact aboard Betty Boop III. They would eventually settle for fourth and fifth, respectively.
|Alex Matz and Quinta
Next in the Dixon Oval was Matz with Quinta. With smooth turns and a fast gallop, they broke the 40-second mark when they stopped the clock at 37.937 seconds. Hymowitz tried to catch him with her second mount Fidalgo Van Het Leliehof, but would pick up third place with a clear round in 38.375 seconds. Reid Patton and Twisther slipped into second place with a faultless effort in 38.360 seconds. The fastest round belonged to Anna Cardelfe and Dollar Van'T Eigenlo DH, but their time of 36.783 seconds came at the expense of a rail for sixth place, sealing Matz victory.
"My plan originally was to be neat around the turns and not go crazy fast. I ended up adding a stride in one of the lines, but Quinta was excellent," smiled Matz. "This is our fifth year with her. She's been great. She's been loyal, that's all you could ask for in a horse."
Matz and Quinta not only led the lap of victory for Saturday afternoon's event, but they also returned to the center of the Dixon Oval to accept the Amateur Owner Jumper Championship and Amateur Owner Jumper Leading Rider Award.
|Alex Matz and Quinta
"This is a special place because it's so close to home," noted Matz, a sophomore at Vanderbilt University. "It means so much. I love this place and it was a goal. Young Riders is a big goal, but this is very special."
The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair will conclude on Sunday with the Best Young Horse and Leading Handler Awards still to come. It is the longest running and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. With the grandeur of Philadelphia's prestigious Main Line setting the stage, the event features a world-class field that annually ranks among the most prominent internationally. The event also includes the Country Fair that offers world-class shopping, rides and games for kids, multiple dining options and special entertainment events.
For more information please visit www.DevonHorseShow.net
.RESULTS: $50,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake
1 94 TINA LA BOHEME MCLAIN WARD 0 0 0 76.649 0 0 0 33.906
2 11 QUOINTREAU UN PRINCE LAURA CHAPOT 0 0 0 74.188 0 0 0 36.660
3 10 THORNHILL KATE LAURA CHAPOT 0 0 0 74.910 0 0 0 37.082
4 38 Callas III DANIELLE TORANO 0 0 0 79.557 0 0 0 38.798
5 1555 ZERLY MCLAIN WARD 0 0 0 77.763 4 0 4 35.704
6 80 GUNNER MELISSA RUDERSHAUSEN 0 0 0 77.383 8 0 8 40.860
7 46 CASALL ALI WOLFF 0 1 1 80.140
8 48 CAYA ALI WOLFF 4 0 4 76.697
9 52 Quite Dark 2 Haley Gassel 4 0 4 76.912
10 44 FAROUKH SARAH WAYDA 4 0 4 78.294
11 66 S & L SAGE DAVID RAPOSA 4 0 4 78.367
12 1554 LAKVELS SYDNEY SHULMAN 4 0 4 78.908$20,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Amateur Owner Jumper Classic
1 296 QUINTA ALEX MATZ 0 0 0 71.434 0 0 0 37.937
2 879 TWISTHER REID PATTON 0 0 0 75.661 0 0 0 38.360
3 946 FIDALGO VAN HET LELIEHOF CLOE HYMOWITZ 0 0 0 75.931 0 0 0 38.375
4 172 BETTY BOOP III AILISH CUNNIFFE 0 0 0 75.931 0 0 0 41.151
5 944 BARITCHOU DBT CLOE HYMOWITZ 0 0 0 76.893 0 0 0 42.901
6 697 Dollar Van T Eigenlo DH ANNA CARDELFE 0 0 0 74.488 4 0 4 36.783
7 1052 CASTELINO VAN DE HELLE DAVID OBERKIRCHER 0 1 1 79.677
8 691 ARWEN CHRISTINA FIRESTONE 4 0 4 70.207
9 408 Werner 61 Haley Gassel 4 0 4 71.589
10 171 PERFECT DE COQUERIE AILISH CUNNIFFE 4 0 4 72.981
11 1227 Attention Et Z CALLIE SMITH 4 0 4 73.264
12 297 MALOU LAUREN WARD 4 0 4 73.442