July 2017 Issue - page 4

Page 4
July 2017
World number two ranked
rider McLain Ward of Brewster,
NY surpassed 28 contenders to
claim the $225,000 Sapphire
Grand Prix of Devon CSI4*
for the ninth time at the 2017
Devon Horse Show and Country
Fair. Ward rode the 16-year-old
chestnut Warmblood, Rothchild,
owned by Sagamore Farms,
around the famed Dixon Oval in
front of a packed crowd, consist-
ing of diehard show jumping fans
to Pennsylvania locals.
Jonathan McCrea (USA)
was the first to navigate the
course fault-free aboard Candy
Tribble's Aristoteles V. Second
to turn in a clear ride was Devin
Ryan (USA) riding his own Coo-
per, while Amanda Derbyshire
(GBR) gave Luibanta BH a clear
ride for Gochman Sport Horse
LLC. The remaining riders to
join the jump-off were Aaron
Vale (USA) riding Finou 4,
owned by Thinks Like A Horse,
and Ward and Rothchild.
McCrea, first to return in the
jump-off, had 4 faults in 46.260
seconds for fifth place. Ryan, sec-
ond to return, had a clear round in
42.110 seconds, for second place.
Derbyshire followed with another
fault-free round, finishing in third
place in 42.560 seconds. Vale
had 4 faults in 42.950 seconds to
finish in fourth place.
The enthusiastic crowd
erupted as Ward and his longtime
partner, Rothchild, were the final
pair to cross the finish line with
McLain Ward Wins Ninth Devon Grand Prix with Rothchild
all the rails intact in a time of
41.21 seconds. The expressive
gelding threw his infamous buck
at the end of his stellar perfor-
mance, which secured the title of
$225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of
Devon CSI4* champion.
To conclude the night, Beez-
ie Madden (USA) was presented
with the Richard E. McDevitt
Style Award for displaying the
best style of riding throughout the
evening aboard Breitling LS.
Hunter Derby
Thirty-one horse-and-rider
pairs competed in the $25,000
USHJA International Hunter
Derby earlier on Thursday, June
1. The top 12 riders in the classic
round were called to the winner's
circle to take their ribbons before
competing in the handy phase.
Winning the classic round was
Tracy Fenney and MTM Outbid,
while Standing Ovation, ridden
by Maggie Jayne, earned the sec-
ond place ribbon and Tori Colvin
aboard Cuba secured third place.
In the handy phase, Standing
Ovation and Jayne, third to last
to go, claimed the highest overall
score of 375 points, for a final
score of 197. The reserve cham-
pion tricolor went to Colvin and
Cuba, with a total of 367 points
overall. Redfield Farm's Baranus
finished third with Cassandra
Kahle in the irons after return-
ing from the first round sitting
in eighth place with 167 points.
They had an overall total of 361
Also on Thursday, Amanda
Murchison and CH Spread The
Word rode away with the Robin
Hill Challenge Trophy for the
second year in a row in the Adult
Three-Gaited English Show Plea-
sure class for American Saddle-
breds. In the Junior Five-Gaited
Saddle Horse division, Sallie-Ma-
son Wheeler and Ceil and Kenny
Wheeler's Bodidly rode away with
the first place prize. Gabriella
Snyder and Callaway's There's No
Stopping Us earned second place,
while Julia Wester and The Paper
Girl JJW finished in third place.
Dr. Betsee Parker's Cam-
eo, one of Scott Stewart's many
mounts, took home the Devon
Grand Hunter Championship
award and the Fourth Sally Deaver
Murray Memorial Challenge Tro-
phy on Wednesday, May 31, after
also earning the championship
tricolor in the High Performance
Working Hunter division.
On Tuesday, the pair won
both over fences rounds and
topped the handy and under
saddle rounds on Wednesday, and
took third place in the stake class.
Taking the reserve champion
ribbon in the High Performance
(Continued on page 10)
Rothchild bested a field of 28 entries in the $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon to give McLain
Ward his ninth Devon Grand Prix win. The 121st show was held May 25-June 4 in Devon, PA.
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