It is surely coming as no surprise to you that McLain Ward won the Grand Prix on Thursday night, but I thought you’d like to see how he did it. This is a photo essay about Ward and his mount, since 2010, Antares F, an 11 year old Wurtemburger grey gelding (http://www.theequinest.com/breeds/wurttemberger) and Margie Engle and her horse, Indigo, a 12 year old gelding who was second. Chill R Z, ridden by Charlie Jayne was third; Cedric, ridden by Laura Kraut was fourth; and Vornado Van Den Hoendrik, ridden by Jessica Springsteen was fifth. Less than one second separated first and second place in the jump off, Ward having ridden it in 34.32 seconds and Engle in 35.28.
McLain Ward and Antares F
The First Round
Leaving the ring after the first round, Ward communes with his horse.
The Jump Off begins…..
Leaving the ring after the awards ceremony and victory gallop.
Margie Engle and Indigo in their first round.
The Jump Off
Charlie Jayne and Chill R Z
Laura Kraut and Cedric