Articles: Horse News
McLain Ward Wins the $50,000 Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix Qualifier at the 36th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810,
Bridgehampton, NY -- September 2, 2011 -- McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, won the
$50,000 Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix Qualifier CSI**** by less than 1/10th of a
second over Ashlee Bond of Hidden Hills, CA, at the 36th annual Hampton
Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, NY, on Friday.
Ward went fourth out of the nine that made it to the jump-off riding Antares
F, owned by Grant Road Partners, LLC. He went clear in a time of 39. 83
seconds and looked like he was in the winners circle. Then Bond, the final
rider, entered the ring. She and Chivas Z, owned by Little Valley Farms,
blazed around the course and it looked like she was going to take it all
until the time showed on the clock of 39.92 seconds.
I knew there were a couple of fast riders coming in behind me in Darragh
Kenny, Ashlee Bond, and my student Katie, said Ward. But I was going to try
and lay down a tough round and thankfully it was.
Wards young student Katie Dinan, 17, of New York, NY, nearly beat her
teacher. She and Vancouver, owned by Grant Road Partners, LLC, beat Wards
time with 39.73 seconds, but had a rail down at the last fence for four
faults, dropping her to seventh place. Ward was still beaming about his
I thought Katie could make an inside turn to the double combination, said
Ward. I told her this is the time to try it. She executed it beautifully,
but was a little bit unlucky at the last fence. Shes nipping at my heels
and I am very proud of her.
Any horse and rider combination that completed the course in the Qualifier
can compete in the Sundays featured event at the Classic, the $250,000 FTI
Grand Prix and FEI World Cup Qualifier, but Ward has a little more at
stake. He has won it the last two years and a record five times overall.
I try to make it just another day at the office but thats just not reality.
I am a competitive person, said Ward. I dont really think about the
pressure of winning another year, I just think of the pressure day in and
day out that I like to win. There are not many things I enjoy more than
winning and theres not much more that I dislike than losing. We try to keep
progressing and doing better and better.
One of the most prestigious horse shows in the nation, the Hampton Classic
managed to keep almost its entire competition schedule, albeit compressed
from eight days into five. The Classic runs through Sunday, September 4.
The Classics revised show schedule is available on line at the Hampton
Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com. The Classic is also providing
frequent updates on its Facebook page.
For those who cant make it to the show grounds, WVVH-TV, the
official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic,
broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each
day during the Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen
online at www.wvvh.tv.
Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show is
available on the Hampton Classic website at
www.hamptonclassic.com or by calling (631) 537-3177. Hampton
Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) charitable corporation.