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Ward Wins Longines International Grand Prix Of Ireland
McLain Ward and Anatares F
(Erin Cowgill Photo)
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August 8, 2010
By Joanie Morris
Gladstone, NJ - It appears US show jumping phenom McLain Ward (Brewster, NY)
has a new superstar in his arsenal after Anatares F flew to victory in the
Longines International Grand Prix Of Ireland to close out CSIO Dublin in
Anatares F, a 10-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Grant Road Partners, has
only been a part of Ward's string since July but their partnership has
After the first round, the top 10 horse/rider combinations came back for
round two. Of those, six were clear again, and Ward was the fastest of the
group stopping the clock at 43.45 seconds - more than a second faster than
second place finisher Kevin Staut and Kraque Boom.
Fellow American Laura Kraut (Ward's teammate on the 2008 Gold-medal winning
Olympic Team) also jumped double clear in the Grand Prix, Kraut (Wellington,
FL) ended up fifth with Happy Hill Farm's Cedric.
Beezie Madden (also on the 2008 Gold medal team) took home the top honors in
the Speed Championship earlier in the day to get things off on a winning
foot for the United States. Riding Prima for Neopolitian Holdings, Madden
(Cazenovia, NY) outran 20 combinations and stopped the clock at 69.90
seconds. Teammate Cara Raether was also fifth on Lyonell.
For Madden's effort throughout the show she was honored with the Longines
Best International Rider Award at CSIO Dublin, which was the final CSIO on
the Meydan FEI Nations Cup tour. Eight cities over three months have hosted
the 10 best jumping teams in the world for Nations Cup action.
Ward was honored for his achievement throughout the summer when he was
awarded the Longines Elegance Award based on his style and success
throughout the entire tour. Ward won the Grand Prix at the first two shows:
La Baule and Rome - both with his legendary mare Sapphire and chalked up
consistent results every time he entered the ring. Finishing up with this
win at Dublin, Ward has written another chapter in his legendary career.
Complete results from Dublin are available
all the Meydan FEI Nations Cup information is available here:
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