McLain Ward Hurries to Third Open Jumper Victory

Devon Horse Show & Country Fair

McLain Ward Hurries to Third Open Jumper Victory

Devon_Horse Show Country Fair_LogoThe 2015 edition of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is quickly becoming the year of McLain Ward. It seems no matter the day, no matter the horse and no matter the course, his name can be found in lights. The Devon regular racked up his third win of the week aboard Adele during the $10,000 Open Jumper „Hit & Hurry,“ sponsored by Green Drop.

„It’s been a pretty good week so far,“ smiled Ward. „I had two 8-year-olds win classes which is nice, and then one old girl. I guess Rothchild needs to step up tomorrow, doesn’t he?“

McLain Ward and Adele © Rebecca Walton / Phelpssports.com
McLain Ward and Adele © Rebecca Walton / Phelpssports.com

During Wednesday night’s highlight event, competitors earned two points for each correctly jumped obstacle and one point for each obstacle knocked down. They were given a fixed time of 50 seconds to get as far through the course as possible. Once the bell rang to signify the end of the 50 seconds, they had to jump the next fence on course to determine their total time to be used as a tiebreaker.

Kirk Webby was the first rider to accumulate 20 points with Tolleshunt Investment Group’s Brando du Rouet, but his time was beaten in the next round by Hayley Waters and No Doubt, who also had 20 points. Webby and Waters would finish sixth and fourth respectively, and Kaitlin Campbell slipped in for the fifth place finish, earning 20 points with Whish LLC’s Gabriel.

McLain Ward and Adele © Rebecca Walton / Phelpssports.com
McLain Ward and Adele © Rebecca Walton / Phelpssports.com

When Ward tackled the track with the 8-year-old mare Adele, it was clear they were aiming for the win. The talented young horse easily cleared each obstacle with incredible scope and used her large stride to make up time between fences. They had 22 points with a time of 55.379 seconds to take the lead.

Devin Ryan tried to catch them, and had the time in 53.026 seconds, but with only 20 points on Liratus they would place third. The only other rider to beat the 20-point mark was Laura Chapot with Bradberry. They could have taken the win with a fast time of 54.065, but a rail at the seventh fence meant they would only earn 21 points to place second behind Ward.

„I knew Laura was coming behind me, and if she laid it down she was probably going to beat us,“ admitted Ward after the victory gallop. „I didn’t have the experience to take all the risks. Adele was right there at every turn. She’s not going to have a fence down very often, so that’s nice.“

Adele is a mount Ward purchased two years ago with the Tisbo family, and he hopes has a bright future. „She’s 8 and needs experience, but she’s very, very careful,“ he explained. „We bought her as a 6-year-old, and we’ve slowly brought her along. She did the 1.40m in Florida, and she jumped a lot of clear rounds. She’s a trier – she’s really allergic to the rails. She has an exciting future and a lot of talent.“

McLain Ward and Adele in their winning presentation © Rebecca Walton / Phelpssports.com
McLain Ward and Adele in their winning presentation © Rebecca Walton / Phelpssports.com

The only Open Jumper victory that did not go to Ward this week was Wednesday afternoon’s $10,000 Open Jumpers. Only two riders managed to clear the track, and when Georgina Bloomberg chose to save Caleno 3’s jump-off effort for another day the win went to Aaron Vale riding Sarah Turner’s Acolina R. Hayley Barnhill rounded out the top three, leaving all the fences intact during the first round, but crossing the finish line with Barnhill Enterprises‘ Zephire with two time faults.

„I think for the horses that were in there it was obviously difficult today,“ said Vale. „I’d call it a solid 1.45m all the way around, square oxers, a couple of tight lines. The combination was long to short. It was fairly technical for a weekday Open Jumper class.“

Luckily for Vale, Acolina R had all the answers to the course’s questions. „She’s a super jumper, but a little bit difficult brain,“ he explained. „She’s got spectacular days, and she’s got days where I’m scratching my head. She was very rideable for her today.“

Aaron Vale and Acolina R © Rebecca Walton / Phelpssports.com
Aaron Vale and Acolina R © Rebecca Walton / Phelpssports.com

Vale continued, „I flatted her like a racehorse today. I just kind of hobby horsed her around, kind of stood up off her back. She kept her head down the whole time. She came out and warmed up the best she’s ever warmed up and carried it into the ring. For her, that’s as close as she’s going to get to looking like a Medal/Maclay round. I’m pretty happy that I got it today. Hopefully I can recreate it more often.“

The last time Vale competed at the Devon Horse Show, he was 18 years old, and he’s excited to be back at the historic venue. On Thursday night, he will compete in the $100,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon with Acolina R and Equi-Sport’s E.S. Finou 4.

Earlier in the day, the young jumpers competed at the Devon Horse Show. During the 7 & 8-Year-Old Young Jumpers, Melissa Rudershausen topped the jump-off riding Ugolin Du Mont. Hayley Waters placed second with Rio Cachet, while Katie Dinan and Angelina 317 scored the third place award.

Melissa Rudershausen and Ugolin Du Mont © Mary Adelaide Brakenridge / Phelpssports.com
Melissa Rudershausen and Ugolin Du Mont © Mary Adelaide Brakenridge / Phelpssports.com

Taylor Flury was first and second in the 5-Year-Old Young Jumpers aboard Catania Saflo Z and Diamant D’Heure ABF, respectively. Alison Flury rounded out the top three with Cosmea Z. In the 6-Year-Old Young Jumpers Taylor Flury once again claimed the victory, this time riding Jett B. Michael Hughes and Bonvenau followed in second place, with Jaime Auletto and Ecamorka taking home the third place honors.

Taylor Flury with Catania Saflo Z © The Book
Taylor Flury with Catania Saflo Z © The Book
Taylor Flury with Jett B © The Book
Taylor Flury with Jett B© The Book

The highlight event of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair will take place Thursday night at 8 p.m. with the $100,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon, where the country’s top horse and rider combinations will vie for the winning prize.

For more information about the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair and complete results, please visit www.DevonHorseShow.org.

RESULTS: Class 244, $10,000 OPEN JUMPER
1    1817    ADELE     MCLAIN WARD     22.000
2    176    BRADBERRY     LAURA CHAPOT     21.000
3    1018    Liratus     DEVIN RYAN     20.300
4    269    NO DOUBT     HAYLEY WATERS     20.200
5    685    GABRIEL     KAITLIN CAMPBELL     20.100
6    1268    Brando du Rouet     KIRK WEBBY     20.000
7    945    Bijou de Balou     KATHERINE DINAN     19.000
8    654    Zippo CG     Juan Pablo Pivaral     18.100

RESULTS:  Class 243, $10,000 OPEN JUMPER
1    1448    ACOLINA R     AARON VALE     0    0    0    73.700
2    367    CALENO 3     GEORGINA BLOOMBERG     0    0    0    73.812
3    1347    Zephire     HAYLEY BARNHILL     0    2    2    76.484
4    1819    HH BEST BUY     MCLAIN WARD     4    0    4    73.469
5    603    CASSEVEL     HUNTER HOLLOWAY     4    3    7    77.089
6    1399    MACARTHUR     MICHAEL HUGHES     8    0    8    74.217
7    655    Cento Per Cento CG     Juan Pablo Pivaral     8    0    8    74.864
8    1565    E.S. FINOU 4     AARON VALE     8    2    10    76.958

RESULTS: Class 265, $1500 SEVEN/EIGHT YEAR OLD YOUNG JUMPER
1    1011    UGOLIN DU MONT     MELISSA RUDERSHAUSEN     0    69.431    0    34.246
2    272    RIO CACHET     HAYLEY WATERS     0    2.480    0    35.075
3    949    ANGELINA 317     KATHERINE DINAN     0    70.742    0    36.504
4    1020    DIDAM     DEVIN RYAN     0    0    0    70.891    4    32.629
5    948    DIBATSJA     KATHERINE DINAN     0    1    1    74.673
6    1266    CONBALOU     SETH VALLHONRAT     0    1    1    74.829
7    1137    ALI BABA B     OLIVIA DOREY     4    0    4    68.796
8    1560    DIDO     SARAH MIDDLETON     4    0    4    69.741

RESULTS: Class 261, $750 FIVE YEAR OLD YOUNG JUMPER
1    424    CATANIA SAFLO Z     TAYLOR FLURY     0    0    0    67.634
2    426    DIAMANT D’HEURE ABF     TAYLOR FLURY     0    0    0    72.414
3    425    COSMEA Z     ALISON FLURY     0    0    0    73.115
4    423    CARRASCA Z     TAYLOR FLURY     4    0    4    69.807
5    1015    LASINDER HPF     DEVIN RYAN     8    0    8    71.773
6    1016    ROYAL SALUUT     KELLY ARVIDSON     8    5    13    78.326
7    727    DIAMOND JUBILEE     PETER LEONE     12    4    16    77.256
8    1006    FELIX     ANDREW ROSS     20    0    20    71.508

RESULTS:  Class 263, $750 SIX YEAR OLD YOUNG JUMPER
1    1570    JETT B     TAYLOR FLURY     0    0    0    67.390    0    32.004
2    1401    Bovenau     MICHAEL HUGHES     0    0    0    71.571    0    32.470
3    1130    ECAMORKA     JAIME AULETTO     0    0    0    66.854    0    33.710
4    950    CHIARA MIA     KATHERINE DINAN     0    0    0    67.755    0    34.497
5    30    CHICA 170     KEVIN BABINGTON     0    0    0    70.205  0    34.514
6    1022    EDDIE BLUE     DEVIN RYAN     0    1    1    72.121
7    1471    EDORADO     JAMES FAIRCLOUGH     0    3    3    74.227
8    1532    Chacco too     KEVIN BABINGTON     4    0    4    71.543

Source: Press release