Stories don’t get more incredible than this… McLain Ward won the $75,000 Budweiser Grand Prix of Devon tonight. Given that it’s his third victory in the class, it wasn’t that remarkable of a night. After all, Ward has won lots of grand prix classes.
But he’s never before done it on a horse he’s sat on for mere minutes.
It would have been hard to top Addison Phillips’ previous Devon experiences. She’s been champion in the pony hunters, junior hunters, and junior jumpers. She’s won in the equitation. And she’s been named Best Child Rider on a Pony and on a Horse multiple times. But this year, on May 25-27 in Devon, Pa., she did something that she’s not only never done before, but also that no-one’s done before in the 110-year history of the Devon Horse Show. She retired the Best Child Rider on a Horse trophy, thanks to winning the title for the third year. She also won in
It’s rare that the cool and calm Marcus Ehning goes so far as to even crack a smile, but after he landed from the last jump tonight, his grin could have lit the stadium, and he threw his arms in the air. He and Sandro Boy had jumped to two perfect rounds tonight, April 30, to claim the win in the FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
His first FEI Show Jumping World Cup experience might have been a disappointment, with things not going his way, but Kent Farrington rebounded quickly, and finished his time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with a win in the $49,700 KL Grand Prix tonight, Apr. 29.
When I first started working for The Chronicle of the Horse, I knew there would be a lot of travel involved. But I never dreamed then that one of my destinations would be Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. And when the assignment became mine, I was a little bit trepidacious. I didn't know quite exactly where Kuala Lumpur (commonly referred to as KL) was, much less anything about it. Well, here I am, and I've learned a lot about the place on my wanderings when not at the horse show.
Usually, crowds don’t cheer much for riders when they’re not doing their best, and not challenging for the lead. But even though he’s not going home with any prizes, Syed Omar Abu Bakar Almohdzar has received the most enthusiastic crowd reception of any other rider in the FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final.
Marcus Ehning has Olympic team gold and a 2003 World Cup Final win under his belt, and now he’s poised to claim another major title. In the first leg of the FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final—the speed leg--Ehning jumped his way to the top with a marvelously efficient round aboard Sandro Boy in just 60.06 seconds. The competition kicked off the Final, held for the first time outside of Europe and North America, in the Malaysian city of Kuala Lumpur.