What A Win: Favorite Photos From The 2017 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final

Apr 3, 2017 - 3:49 PM

McLain Ward’s win in the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final on April 2 in Omaha, Neb., was full of emotional moments. It was the culmination of a lot of hard work and effort from Ward, who has coveted that trophy for decades. You can read all about it in the Chronicle’s coverage of his win, and relive it through a few of our favorite photos from the week:

On his way out of the ring after the round that clinched the title, McLain Ward gave his wife Lauren and daughter Lilly a quick moment. Photo by Molly Sorge
The Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final trophy sits out in the ring for every round, reminding riders what’s at stake. Photo by Molly Sorge
It was amazing to see McLain Ward celebrating next to the trophy he’s been trying to win for almost 20 years. Photo by Molly Sorge
McLain Ward’s daughter, Lilly, stole the show during Day 2’s press conference. Photo by Amy K. Dragoo
Standing stop the podium, McLain Ward took a moment to just look at the World Cup trophy for a minute. One has to wonder what was going through his mind. Photo by Molly Sorge
Jon Gardner helped make the awards ceremony less stressful for HH Azur, distracting her from the commotion by crinkling a mint wrapper. Photo by Molly Sorge
Look beyond McLain Ward’s fierce expression and see the excitement on the faces in the crowd. Ward got a standing ovation every time he jumped. Photo by Molly Sorge
McLain Ward and HH Azur on their way to the title. Photo by Molly Sorge
HH Azur, or Annie, has a true regal look to her. Photo by Kimberly Loushin
It’s rare that emotion overcomes McLain Ward, but he couldn’t contain his joy after his last clear round that cemented the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final title for him. Photo by Molly Sorge
The focus on McLain Ward and HH Azur’s faces here is amazing, and the shot of the crowd shows how packed the CenturyLink Arena was each session. Photo by Molly Sorge
Steve Guerdat’s Bianca has amazing scope and made this oxer look like a crossrail, though they finished in eighth. Photo by Molly Sorge
Before each round, Irish rider Denis Lynch took the time to give All Star an encouraging pat on the neck. Photo by Molly Sorge
Laura Kraut and Zeremonie came out of the turn to the spooky wall. They finished in 15th. Photo by Molly Sorge

Did you miss any of the action from the FEI World Cup Finals? Check out all of the Chronicle’s online coverage and don’t miss more in-depth coverage in the April 17 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse


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