Two years ago, McLain Ward had to sit and watch Daniel Bluman win the big finale grand prix of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., since Ward was on a forced vacation from the show ring after breaking his kneecap in January.
McLain Ward had a slow start to his season this year, but he’s been picking up steam the last month or so. And with his latest win in tonight’s $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix on HH Carlos, he’s firmly back in the spotlight.
“As I always say to [owner Hunter Harrison], he’s one of these horses that it’s always worth getting dressed for,” said Ward, Brewster, N.Y. “He’s always going to fight and try and go big, and we really appreciate those athletes.”
It’s not very often that the horse you pick out as a yearling goes on to win in the International Ring at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center under your saddle. But Sarah Scheiring did just that when she piloted Eros SCF to the top of the $15,000 Adequan 6-year-old Classic today at the Winter Equestrian Festival.
The top hunters of the 2015 WEF circuit conclude the winter season with the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. The top 25 from the first round (held on Saturday) will return for the final round on the grass field at The Stadium at PBIEC at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
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The highlight event of Week 12 to conclude international jumper competition for the 2015 WEF circuit is the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5* at 8 p.m. Held under the lights in the International Arena at PBIEC, the competition will feature the week’s top horses and riders jumping a course set by international course designer Steve Stephens (USA).
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