McLain Ward

McLain Ward is a leading American showjumping rider who has had lots of success in the showjumping arena with many different horses, below you can watch McLain Ward in action at the world equestrian games riding the great Saphire

McLain Ward - Saphie



McLain Ward
McLain Ward (born October 17, 1975 in Brewster, New York) is an American show jumping competitor and olympic champion. At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Ward won the gold medal as part of the United States team in Team jumping, together with Peter Wylde, Beezie Madden and Chris Kappler. He also continued to compete as an Olympian, winning the team gold for show jumping at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics with Laura Kraut (Cedric), Beezie Madden (Authentic), and Will Simpson (Carlson vom Dach) and Mclain`s horse, Sapphire.

Mclain is married to Lauren Ward.

McLain Ward found himself at the center of controversy at the 2010 World Cup Final in Geneva, Switzerland. His mount, Sapphire, was eliminated after the second round of jumping due to hypersensitivity in her left forelimb. She had placed second in both rounds prior to elimination, and was at the top of the overall standings at the time of the disqualification. The FEI appointed veterinarian stressed that there was no indication or evidence of any malpractice by McLain Ward or any member of the team. In July 2010 the FEI and McLain Ward agreed to avoid extensive litigations, that Sapphire was incorrectly eliminated. However, Sapphire`s disqualification from the final round of the World Cup remains in place. The FEI has also decided to develop mandatory guidelines for hypersensitivity tests.

In 2010 Ward was featured in the television series A Rider`s Story along with fellow Olympian Laura Kraut.

McLain Ward Horses

      Achat
          - x - (- )
      Alias
          - x - (- )
      Allegro (Showjumper)
          - x - (- )
      Amity
          - x - (- )
      Avalon
          - x - (- )
      Benetton de Lomprez
          Kat-Sou x - (01/01/1985)
      Cameo
          - x - (- )
      Cinderella
          - x - (- )
      Coeur
          Calido I x - (21/05/1996)
      Elmo (ex Val de l’Isles)
          - x - (- )
      Evita
          - x - (- )
      Fior
          - x - (- )
      Galant
          - x - (- )
      German Dance
          - x - (- )
      Goldika
          Cor de la Bryère x Lagos (21/05/1990)
      Jerry des Hayettes
          - x - (- )
      La Belle
          - x - (- )
      Lagretto
          - x - (- )
      Larioso
          - x - (- )
      Luna
          - x - (- )
      Neuville
          - x - (- )
      Oasis
          Dollar du Murier x - (01/01/1996)
      Omnibus
          - x - (- )
      Onyx 66
          - x - (- )
      Optimum Pozitano
          - x - (- )
      Orchestre
          - x - (- )
      Quick Star II Z
          - x - (- )
      Rio
          - x - (- )
      Sapphire
          Darco x - (01/01/1995)
      Sasha
          - x - (- )
      Twist du Vallon
          Narcos II x - (1985 )
      Viktor
          x - (01/01/1991)
      Winstar
          - x - (21/05/1986)



Jumped by Herve Godignon firstly then American show jumper McLain Ward, Twist du Valon is by the selle francais stallion Narcos II who was competed at the highest level including the Olympic games.

McLain Ward Competition Results

07 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), G.P.W Mista - 16/03/2008 - Sapphire
06 - World Equestrian Games, N.3 - 3 Individual Two rounds - 02/09/2006 - Sapphire
02 - World Equestrian Games, Team - 31/08/2006 - Sapphire
01 - World Equestrian Games, Round 2 - Team final and 2 indiv. Two rounds - 31/08/2006 - Sapphire
22 - World Equestrian Games, Round 1 - Team final and 2 indiv. Two rounds - 30/08/2006 - Sapphire
04 - World Equestrian Games, Team and individual Speed and handiness - 29/08/2006 - Sapphire
19 - Aachen, Miele Youngster Cup - 7/8 Years Final - 21/05/2006 - Sapphire
02 - Aachen, Nations Cup - 19/05/2006 - Sapphire
02 - La Baule, Nations Cup - 06/05/2006 - Sapphire
09 - Cosequin Wellington Open, CSI-W - Wellington, FL, 1.45 Against the clock - 23/02/2006 - Alias
02 - Cosequin Wellington Open, CSI-W - Wellington, FL, 1.45 Mixed comp. - 22/02/2006 - Oasis
04 - Cosequin Wellington Open, CSI-W - Wellington, FL, 1.45 Mixed comp. - 22/02/2006 - Optimum Pozitano
02 - Aachen, Nations Cup Team comp. - jo - 01/01/2006 - Sapphire
19 - Aachen, Grand Prix Two rounds - jo - 01/01/2006 - Sapphire
01 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), 1.40 Speed and handiness - 01/01/2006 - Quick Star II Z
11 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), G.P.W Mixed comp. - 01/01/2006 - Goldika
09 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), Grand Prix Mixed comp. - 01/01/2006 - Sapphire
02 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), 1.45 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2006 - Oasis
04 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), 1.45 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2006 - Optimum Pozitano
09 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), 1.45 Against the clock - 01/01/2006 - Alias
03 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), 1.50 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2006 - Goldika
02 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), Nations Cup Team comp. - jo - 01/01/2006 - Sapphire
09 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), Grand Prix Two rounds - jo - 01/01/2006 - Sapphire
06 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), 1.50 Two rounds - jo - 01/01/2006 - Sapphire
01 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), 1.45 Against the clock - 01/01/2006 - Quick Star II Z
02 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), 1.45 Against the clock - 01/01/2006 - Optimum Pozitano
01 - , 1.50 Against the clock - 01/01/2006 - Goldika
01 - , 1.45 Against the clock - 01/01/2006 - Goldika
01 - , 1.50 Two phases - 01/01/2006 - Goldika
03 - , Grand Prix Two rounds - 01/01/2006 - Sapphire
02 - , Nations Cup Team comp. - jo - 01/01/2006 - Sapphire
15 - Washington International - Washington, DC, Open Jumper - 28/11/2005 - Oasis
1 - Old Salem Farm May II - North Salem, Ny, $35,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix - 15/05/2005 - Goldika
2 - Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI - Charlotte, Nc, $150,000 Grand Prix Of Charlotte - 10/04/2005 - Sapphire
04 - Menlo Charity - Atherton, CA, San Jose British Motors Grand Prix - 02/04/2005 - Sapphire
04 - Budweiser American Invitational - Tampa, FL, $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational - 02/04/2005 - Sapphire
03 - Tournament Of Champions-CSI-W - Tampa, FL, WEF Challenge Cup Final - 30/03/2005 - Neuville
01 - Tampa Bay Classic CSI-W, 1.45m - 24/03/2005 - Galant
01 - Nutrena/Western Hay Classic, CSI - Wellington, Florida, Wef Challenge Cup Round I - 27/01/2005 - Goldika
03 - Washington, 1.50 Top score - 01/01/2005 - Oasis
01 - Washington, 1.45 Against the clock - 01/01/2005 - Goldika
11 - Washington, G.P.W Mixed comp. - 01/01/2005 - Goldika
01 - Toronto, G.P.W Mixed comp. - 01/01/2005 - Goldika
05 - Toronto, 1.45 Top score - 01/01/2005 - Oasis
07 - Toronto, 1.45 Speed and handiness - 01/01/2005 - Larioso
01 - Toronto, 1.40 Against the clock - 01/01/2005 - Goldika
09 - Toronto, Grand Prix Mixed comp. - 01/01/2005 - Oasis
01 - Toronto, 1.50 Against the clock - 01/01/2005 - Goldika
35 - Aachen, Prix Europa Mixed comp. - 01/01/2005 - Sapphire
03 - Barcelona, 1.50 Two phases - 01/01/2005 - Oasis
02 - Barcelona, Samsung NC Final Team comp. - jo - 01/01/2005 - Oasis
21 - Barcelona, Grand Prix Two rounds - 01/01/2005 - Oasis
01 - Aachen, Nations Cup Team comp. - jo - 01/01/2005 - Sapphire
04 - Aachen, Grand Prix Two rounds - jo - 01/01/2005 - Sapphire
01 - Aachen, 1.45 Winning round - 01/01/2005 - Goldika
01 - Royal International Horse Show - Hickstead, 1.50 Against the clock - 01/01/2005 - Oasis
01 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), 1.45 Against the clock - 01/01/2005 - Galant
06 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), 1.40 Speed and handiness - 01/01/2005 - Galant
02 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), 1.40 Speed and handiness - 01/01/2005 - Galant
02 - Royal International Horse Show - Hickstead, Nations Cup Team comp. - jo - 01/01/2005 - Sapphire
01 - Royal International Horse Show - Hickstead, 1.40 Speed and handiness - 01/01/2005 - Goldika
03 - Syracuse CSI-W, 1.45 Speed and handiness - 01/01/2005 - Larioso
25 - Las Vegas ***** CSI, Grand Prix Mixed comp. - 01/01/2005 - Oasis
06 - Las Vegas ***** CSI, 1.60 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2005 - Oasis
07 - Calgary **** CSI, 1.50 Against the clock - 01/01/2005 - Alias
07 - Calgary **** CSI, 1.50 Against the clock - 01/01/2005 - Goldika
04 - Calgary **** CSI, 1.50 Against the clock - 01/01/2005 - Oasis
09 - Syracuse CSI-W, G.P.W Mixed comp. - 01/01/2005 - Oasis
04 - Calgary **** CSI, 1.45 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2005 - Alias
14 - Calgary **** CSI, Derby Mixed comp. - 01/01/2005 - Goldika
06 - Calgary **** CSI, Derby Mixed comp. - 01/01/2005 - Oasis
04 - Calgary **** CSI, 1.50 Winning round - 01/01/2005 - Oasis
08 - Calgary **** CSI, G.P.W Mixed comp. - 01/01/2005 - Oasis
06 - Calgary **** CSI, Grand Prix Mixed comp. - 01/01/2005 - Sapphire
04 - Calgary **** CSI, 1.60 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2005 - Sapphire
06 - Calgary **** CSI, 1.45 Against the clock - 01/01/2005 - Goldika
01 - Calgary **** CSI, 1.50 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2005 - Goldika
04 - Calgary **** CSI, 1.50 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2005 - Sapphire
01 - Calgary **** CSI, 1.50 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2005 - Oasis
01 - Calgary **** CSI, 1.50 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2005 - Goldika
03 - Calgary **** CSI, 1.50 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2005 - Sapphire
09 - Calgary **** CSI, 1.40 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2005 - Alias
07 - Calgary **** CSI, Grand Prix Two rounds - jo - 01/01/2005 - Sapphire
03 - Calgary **** CSI, Grand Prix Two rounds - jo - 01/01/2005 - Sapphire
02 - Olympics, Team - 27/08/2004 - Sapphire
25 - Olympics, Individual - 27/08/2004 - Sapphire
38 - World Cup Final, World Cup Final - 24/04/2004 - Goldika
07 - Aachen, 1.50 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2004 - Goldika
21 - Aachen, Grand Prix Two rounds - jo - 01/01/2004 - Sapphire
01 - Valkenswaard, 6/7 Years Against the clock - 01/01/2004 - Jerry des Hayettes
01 - Valkenswaard, 6/7 Years Against the clock - 01/01/2004 - Jerry des Hayettes
01 - Valkenswaard, 6/7 Years Against the clock - 01/01/2004 - Jerry des Hayettes
38 - Valkenswaard, Grand Prix Mixed comp. - 01/01/2004 - Goldika
32 - Valkenswaard, Grand Prix Two rounds - jo - 01/01/2004 - Quick Star II Z
01 - Valkenswaard, 1.45 Against the clock - 01/01/2004 - Goldika
02 - Valkenswaard, Derby Against the clock - 01/01/2004 - Coeur
03 - Valkenswaard, 1.40 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2004 - Coeur
01 - Valkenswaard, 6/7 Years Two phases - 01/01/2004 - Jerry des Hayettes
07 - Valkenswaard, 1.50 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2004 - Quick Star II Z
02 - Valkenswaard, 1.50 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2004 - Goldika
03 - Valkenswaard, 1.50 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2004 - Quick Star II Z
02 - Aachen, Nations Cup Team comp. - jo - 01/01/2004 - Sapphire
04 - Aachen, 1.50 Speed and handiness - 01/01/2004 - Quick Star II Z
01 - Aachen, 1.45 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2004 - Quick Star II Z
01 - Aachen, 1.45 Against the clock - 01/01/2004 - Quick Star II Z
02 - Aachen, 1.45 Against the clock - 01/01/2004 - Goldika
18 - Aachen, Prix Europa Mixed comp. - 01/01/2004 - Sapphire
03 - Hachenburg, 1.45 Winning round - 01/01/2004 - Sapphire
10 - Hachenburg, Grand Prix Mixed comp. - 01/01/2004 - Sapphire
05 - Calgary **** CSI, 1.45 Speed and handiness - 01/01/2004 - Quick Star II Z
09 - Syracuse CSI-W, G.P.W Mixed comp. - 01/01/2004 - Sapphire
15 - Calgary **** CSI, Grand Prix Two rounds - jo - 01/01/2004 - Sapphire
02 - Calgary **** CSI, Nations Cup Team comp. - jo - 01/01/2004 - Sapphire
01 - Syracuse CSI-W, 1.40 Speed and handiness - 01/01/2004 - Cinderella
06 - Syracuse CSI-W, 1.40 Against the clock - 01/01/2004 - Cinderella
02 - Syracuse CSI-W, 1.40 Against the clock - 01/01/2004 - Cinderella
02 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), Nations Cup Team comp. - 01/01/2004 - Sapphire
03 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), Grand Prix Mixed comp. - 01/01/2004 - Sapphire
01 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), 1.45 Against the clock - 01/01/2004 - Goldika
05 - Toronto, 1.45 Against the clock - 01/01/2004 - Cinderella
01 - Toronto, 1.50 Against the clock - 01/01/2004 - Goldika
04 - Toronto, 1.45 - 01/01/2004 - Sapphire
05 - Toronto, 1.40 Speed and handiness - 01/01/2004 - Cinderella
05 - Toronto, 1.40 Speed and handiness - 01/01/2004 - Cinderella
01 - Toronto, 1.40 Against the clock - 01/01/2004 - Goldika
05 - Toronto, 1.50 Accumulator - 01/01/2004 - Cinderella
08 - Milan, 1.40 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2004 - Goldika
01 - Washington, Against the clock - 01/01/2004 - Goldika
01 - Washington, G.P.W Mixed comp. - 01/01/2004 - Goldika
01 - Washington, Mixed comp. - 01/01/2004 - Quick Star II Z
10 - Washington, Accumulator - 01/01/2004 - Quick Star II Z
23 - World Cup Final, World Cup Final - 24/04/2003 - Onyx 66
01 - World Cup Final, World Cup - 1st Leg - 24/04/2003 - Viktor
02 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), 1.45 Against the clock - 01/01/2003 - Sasha
01 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), Nations Cup Team comp. - 01/01/2003 - Rio
06 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), 1.45 Against the clock - 01/01/2003 - Sasha
01 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), 1.50 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2003 - Sasha
02 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), 1.50 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2003 - Viktor
07 - Calgary **** CSI, Six bar - 01/01/2003 - Sapphire
02 - Calgary **** CSI, 1.45 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2003 - Goldika
23 - Calgary **** CSI, Grand Prix Mixed comp. - 01/01/2003 - Goldika
01 - Washington, 1.45 Hit-and-hurry - 01/01/2003 - La Belle
01 - Washington, Puissance - 01/01/2003 - Luna
01 - Washington, 1.50 Against the clock - 01/01/2003 - Goldika
11 - Washington, G.P.W Mixed comp. - 01/01/2003 - Goldika
03 - Toronto, G.P.W Mixed comp. - 01/01/2003 - Goldika
01 - Toronto, Grand Prix Mixed comp. - 01/01/2003 - Sapphire
04 - World Cup Final, World Cup Final - 24/04/2002 - Viktor
05 - Lipica (SLO), 1.50 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2002 - Rio
10 - Lipica (SLO), Grand Prix Mixed comp. - 01/01/2002 - Rio
01 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), Nations Cup Team comp. - 01/01/2002 - Viktor
04 - Toronto, Grand Prix Mixed comp. - 01/01/2002 - Rio
09 - Toronto, 1.40 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2002 - Galant
05 - Toronto, 1.50 Against the clock - 01/01/2002 - Galant
08 - Toronto, 1.50 Against the clock - 01/01/2002 - Galant
01 - Toronto, G.P.W Mixed comp. - 01/01/2002 - Rio
07 - Toronto, G.P.W Mixed comp. - 01/01/2001 - Viktor
14 - Toronto, Grand Prix Two rounds - 01/01/2001 - Fior
01 - Toronto, 1.40 Hit-and-hurry - 01/01/2001 - Cameo
08 - Washington, G.P.W Mixed comp. - 01/01/2001 - Rio
01 - Washington, Puissance Puissance - 01/01/2001 - Achat
02 - Washington, Nations Cup Team comp. - 01/01/2001 - Rio
01 - Toronto, 1.45 Against the clock - 01/01/2001 - Fior
06 - Toronto, 1.45 Top score - 01/01/2001 - Cameo
09 - Toronto, 1.45 Mixed comp. - 01/01/2001 - Viktor
02 - Toronto, Nations Cup Team comp. - 01/01/2001 - Viktor
01 - Attitash Equine Festival, Open Jumper Welcome Stake - 16/08/2000 - Fior
02 - Rome, Nations Cup - 23/06/2000 - Lagretto
13 - Rome, Rome Grand Prix - 23/06/2000 - Rio
05 - , Mixed comp. - 01/01/2000 - Rio
01 - Toronto, G.P.W - 01/01/2000 - Rio
13 - , Grand Prix - 01/01/2000 - Rio
02 - , Samsung NC Final - 01/01/2000 - Lagretto
02 - Aachen, Prize of Kreis Aachen - 01/07/1999 - Amity
03 - `S-Hertogenbosch, Mixed comp. - 01/01/1999 - Evita
04 - `S-Hertogenbosch, Against the clock - 01/01/1999 - Benetton de Lomprez
02 - `S-Hertogenbosch, Against the clock - 01/01/1999 - Allegro (Showjumper)
02 - `S-Hertogenbosch, Against the clock - 01/01/1999 - Allegro (Showjumper)
02 - `S-Hertogenbosch, Against the clock - 01/01/1999 - Allegro (Showjumper)
02 - Aachen, Against the clock - 01/01/1999 - Amity
03 - Zurich, Against the clock - 01/01/1999 - Allegro (Showjumper)
05 - Göteborg, Speed and handiness - 01/01/1999 - Allegro (Showjumper)
02 - Harrisburg, USA, World Cup Qualifier - 17/10/1998 - Evita
01 - Florida, West Palm Beach Grand Prix - 02/02/1998 - Winstar
02 - Washington, Grand Prix - 01/01/1998 - Evita
01 - Washington, Nations Cup - 01/01/1998 - Evita
03 - Toronto, Puissance - 01/01/1998 - Benetton de Lomprez
03 - Toronto, Against the clock - 01/01/1998 - Evita
03 - Toronto, Nations Cup - 01/01/1998 - Evita
03 - Helsinki, Two phases - 01/01/1998 - Orchestre
04 - Helsinki, Mixed comp. - 01/01/1998 - German Dance
06 - Helsinki, Grand Prix - 01/01/1998 - German Dance
02 - Aachen, Nations Cup - 08/07/1997 - Twist du Vallon
01 - Rome, Nations Cup - 29/05/1997 - Twist du Vallon
05 - Göteborg, Mixed comp. - 01/01/1997 - Omnibus
05 - Calgary **** CSI, Against the clock - 01/01/1997 - Omnibus
05 - Calgary **** CSI, Against the clock - 01/01/1997 - Omnibus
02 - Calgary **** CSI, Samsung NC Final - 01/01/1997 - Twist du Vallon
02 - Aachen, Nations Cup - 01/01/1997 - Twist du Vallon
05 - Aachen, Prix Europa - 01/01/1997 - Twist du Vallon
09 - Arnhem, Grand Prix - 01/01/1997 - Twist du Vallon
10 - Aachen, Grand Prix - 01/01/1997 - Twist du Vallon
02 - Arnhem, Mixed comp. - 01/01/1997 - Twist du Vallon
01 - Toronto, Nations Cup - 01/01/1997 - Omnibus
01 - New York, Nations Cup - 01/01/1997 - Omnibus
01 - , Mixed comp. - 01/01/1997 - Twist du Vallon
01 - , Mixed comp. - 01/01/1997 - Elmo (ex Val de l’Isles)
01 - , Nations Cup - 01/01/1997 - Twist du Vallon
01 - San Gallo, Nations Cup - 01/01/1997 - Twist du Vallon
03 - San Gallo, Against the clock - 01/01/1997 - Twist du Vallon
03 - Monterry, Grand Prix - 01/01/1997 - Twist du Vallon
01 - , Against the clock - 01/01/1997 - Twist du Vallon
03 - , Against the clock - 01/01/1997 - Elmo (ex Val de l’Isles)
10 - Aachen, Grand Prix - 17/06/1996 - Twist du Vallon
02 - Geneva, Mixed comp. - 01/01/1996 - Avalon
01 - Washington, Nations Cup - 01/01/1996 - Orchestre
01 - Toronto, Nations Cup - 01/01/1996 - Orchestre
01 - New York, Nations Cup - 01/01/1996 - Orchestre
02 - Toronto, Grand Prix - 01/01/1996 - Orchestre
04 - Toronto, G.P.W - 01/01/1996 - Orchestre
06 - Aachen, Nations Cup - 14/06/1995 - Omnibus
1 - World Cup Final, World Cup - 3rd Leg - 24/04/1995 - Orchestre
02 - Royal International Horse Show - Hickstead, Nations Cup - 01/01/1995 - Orchestre
06 - Aachen, Nations Cup - 01/01/1995 - Omnibus
03 - Arnhem, Mixed comp. - 01/01/1995 - Orchestre
10 - Göteborg, Grand Prix - 01/01/1995 - Omnibus
03 - Royal International Horse Show - Hickstead, Speed and handiness - 01/01/1995 - Omnibus
01 - Royal International Horse Show - Hickstead, Speed and handiness - 01/01/1995 - Omnibus
04 - CDI 3* Wellington (USA), G.P.W - 01/01/1995 - Omnibus
02 - Toronto, Nations Cup - 01/01/1995 - Omnibus
02 - New York, Nations Cup - 01/01/1995 - Omnibus
01 - Washington, Nations Cup - 01/01/1995 - Omnibus
01 - New York, Nations Cup - 01/01/1994 - Orchestre
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McLain Ward Wins World Cup at the Royal Horse Show


Toronto, Ontario --- McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, was the best of the best in tonight’s $40,000 Audi Quattro World Cup Grand Prix at the Royal Horse Show.

Of the 26 starters, nine, including five Canadians, advanced to the jump-off by successfully clearing the course set by 1999 Pan American Games course designer David Ballard of Hornby, ON. Ward and Rio couldn’t be beat, clearing all the jumps in a deceivingly fast time of 33.37 seconds.

"This is the class that everyone wants to win," said Ward, who had kind words for his eight-year-old horse, Rio, following the victory. "I didn’t expect there to be so many clear rounds, but my horse showed tonight that he is gaining maturity. He’s the most talented horse I``ve ever sat on."

‘Super’ Mario Deslauriers of Bromont, QC, set the standard, posting the first clear of the jump-off in a time of 34.48 seconds with TristanAmerica’s Le Madro.

In Toronto to defend his 1999 Audi World Cup title, Donald Cheska ofWaukesha, WI, was the only other rider to leave all the rails up in the jump-off to finish in third position this year with the tiny black mare, By Design.

Fourth went to Margie Goldstein-Engle who blistered around the course but suffered the consequences when the last fence came tumbling down. Fifth went to local rider Mark Samuel of Toronto, ON, who also had oneknock-down riding Ballerina.

Tonight’s Audi Quattro World Cup was the final qualifying event in the Canadian League World Cup standings. With tonight’s performance, Deslauriers jumped to the top of the Canadian League followed by 2000 Olympians Jay Hayes of Cheltenham, ON, and Ian Millar of Perth, ON. They will be Canada’s three representatives at the 2001 World Cup Final in Goteborg, SWE, next spring. Deslauriers and Millar are the only two Canadians to ever win a World Cup Final.

$40,000 000 Audi Quattro World Cup Grand Prix
Rider Hometown Horse Faults Time
1. McLain Ward Brewster, NY Rio 0:0 33.37
2. Mario Deslauriers Bromont, QC Le Madro 0:0 34.38
3. Donald Cheska Waukesha, WI By Design 0:0 34.67
4. Margie Goldstein Wellington, FL Hidden Creek’s Perin 0:4 33.82
5. Mark Samuel Toronto, ON Ballerina 0:4 35.55

Sapphire


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