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April 18, 2007

Ward Wins Day One Of World Cup Final

Before the first leg—the speed round—of the Rolex FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final, McLain Ward remarked to course designer Guilherme Jorge that he “didn’t think the course really suited my horse, because it was a true speed class.”

But tonight, April 19, Ward proved himself wrong.  He rode Sapphire to a blazingly fast round, braving to slice two tough inside turns and stopping the timers a second and a half faster than all the others to win the first leg.  Two Germans—Markus Beerbaum and Marcus Ehning—finished up in second and third. 

April 17, 2007

American Hunter Riders Have Their Day In WCHR World Cup Team Hunter Challenge

Two years ago, in Las Vegas, Nev., four of the top United States hunter riders challenged four superstar European show jumpers to a duel.  And, much to the Americans’ chagrin, the Europeans came out on top.

So, the rematch was charged with tension.  And humor.  Yes, this competition might have had the pride of American hunter riders at stake, but it wasn’t a bitter fight.  With wry commentary from Frank Madden and Melanie Smith Taylor, and riders with a sense of humor about the rematch, this class was good entertainment, to be sure.

April 17, 2007

Behind The Scenes: Rich Fellers Has Big Plans For Gyro

Most grand prix riders at this year’s Rolex FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final are riding horses bred, raised and aimed from birth for the top of the sport.

Not Rich Fellers.  He’s on Gyro, a 14-year-old gelding who just jumped his first jumper course four years ago, at the ripe age of 10.  And while Fellers and Gyro didn’t have the speed round Fellers would have liked—he went conservatively and Gyro kind of dove through one combination for a 4-fault score—he’s got his eye on the future.

April 5, 2007

It's Anybody's Rolex FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final This Year

The fundamental way that the World Cup works, with the leagues, is very important. It isn’t the best 40 in the world—it’s the best so many from each region. That helps to spread the competition out throughout the world and give different people an opportunity to compete with the best. I think that’s a valuable thing for a lot of people, because it exposes them to the highest end of the sport.

March 30, 2007

Sapphire Captures Crown Jewel At CN Worldwide Wellington Finale

There’s not much McLain Ward and Sapphire haven’t won. They have a myriad of grand prix titles, Olympic team silver and World Equestrian Games team bronze on their resume. But now they can add what Ward called his “biggest personal win” to date—the $399,541 CN Worldwide Florida Open Grand Prix.

“Sapphire always feels amazing—sometimes I just get in her way. She’s a great horse, and now very seasoned. As long as I don’t make a major error, she’s going to perform well. She’s a horse of a lifetime,” Ward said.

March 30, 2007

Schaub Rides Off With WEF Equitation Championship

“Anything’s possible!” quipped Maria Schaub after winning her second consecutive R.W. “Ronnie” Mutch Winter Equestrian Festival Equitation Championship. The class proved the adage that it’s not over till it’s over, with Schaub and Maggie McAlary having to duel it out in a final test after two rounds of jumping.

March 23, 2007

Paradigm Sets The Standard At CN Wellington Open CSIO

“Oh Canada” could have been the theme song for the CN Wellington Open CSIO, as the Canadian team topped the $75,000 CN Nations Cup, and then Canadian Mario Deslauriers polished off the week, March 7-11, by winning the $150,000 CN U.S. Open Jumper Championship in Wellington, Fla.

“We’re all very well-mounted now, and sometimes you get on a streak. After winning the Nations Cup at [the Spruce Meadows Masters last year in September], everybody in Canada is really up and feeling good about our team again,” said Deslauriers.

March 16, 2007

Selection Trials Add Madden, Wylde And Ward To Olympic Team

Earning a spot on a U.S. Equestrian Federation team through the selection trials process is all about consistency. And the three riders and their horses who ended up on top of the trials for the Olympic Games put consistency together with brilliant jumping to earn their trip to Athens.

Beezie Madden on Authentic, Peter Wylde on Fein Cera, and McLain Ward on Sapphire started out the trials at the top of the pecking order, and they never lost their footing.

March 16, 2007

Disappointment Is The Flip Side Of Glory

As soon as Margie Engle broke her leg in February, her entire focus became getting herself back into shape to qualify for the Olympic team, either through riding at the selection trials (p. 7) or by convincing the U.S. Equestrian Federation's Selection Committee that she and Hidden Creek's Perin deserved a spot on the team with their impressive international record. She made it to the trials and even recorded the fastest clear round in Round 1 on Perin, and then she withdrew, hoping the committee would use its limited subjective power to choose her.

March 15, 2007

Beezie Takes Over The Trials, But It's Far From Over

Beezie Madden's two young horses have jumped to the top of the USEF Olympic Selection Trials. With just 1 time fault in tonight's Round 3, DeSilvio took over the top spot in the standings from his barnmate, Authentic. 

Authentic had just a foot in the water to lie in a four-way tie for second with 4 faults. "He's kind of been under-rated by a lot of people," Madden said of DeSilvio, a 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood. "He's not always the fastest in the jump-off, but he's been coming along steadily and been so consistent."

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