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McLain Ward Wins $100,000 National Horse Show Grand Prix, CSI-W, Farrington Named Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Champion
Photo Credit: Kent Farrington and Up Chiqui, Rolex/USEF
National Show Jumping Champions. Phillipa and McLain Ward, winners of the
$100,000 National Horse Show Grand Prix, CSI-W. Photo (C) 2007 Randi Muster.
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n Hough and Quick Study started the class with an
unlucky rail at fence two. They flew around the course to make the time allowed
and finished in 87.82, just two-tenths below the time allowed of 88 seconds.
White and Vienna Rouge were fault-free jumping, but they accumulated two time
faults in 92.23 seconds to finish in the third spot.
Ward rode out of the eighth spot in the order. He and
Phillipa made the course look easier, and Ward would have to wait and see if
anyone could duplicate his performance.
"She's not very experienced, but she really is a phenomenal
talent," Ward said of his mount. "It's kind of exciting because obviously
Sapphire is still ready for the Olympics this year and to have this horse
coming along really gives me a great one-two punch."
Six horses later, Engle was so close to making a jump-off
happen. She and Hidden Creek's Quervo Gold were feet above every jump, and as
she rounded the turn to the last two jumps, Engle knew it would be close. She
just missed a clear round by one-tenth of a second, finishing in 88.11 seconds
for one time fault.
"I knew I was close," Engle admitted. "I always have to
watch the time with that horse; he's a little bit of a hard horse to be quick
with. Most of the long gallops were to careful verticals and with him I have to
slow up a bit to verticals. After the triple, I tried to gallop up as much as I
could to the oxer, and to the last plank, I had to balance up there. I tried to
hug the turns as much as I could on the ends. Even when I started it, I knew it
was going to be close. Even naturally faster horses were close to the time and
after watching them, I knew I was going to be close."
Farrington and Up Chiqui were another pair that could
threaten Ward, but it was not to be when Farrington had a rail at jump 13. His
time of 84.27 seconds, however, was fast enough to put him into fourth place
and secure his title of national champion.
"I felt bad because my horse really jumped his heart out
today. I made a mistake at the end. He was jumping incredible and felt like he
was going to win, so I felt like I let him down," Farrington commented. "Coming
around the corner after the in and out, I was thinking a little about the time
instead of just riding my round. I got a little bit anxious at the oxer. When I
went to move up, he was split second behind my leg, and it just got too far
away. I was disappointed in myself, more than anything. I'm thrilled that I won
(the national championship). It's great for us to have a national championship
and it's an honor to win. It doesn't really make up for that mistake (though)."
Ward has won grand prix events before without a jump-off,
and was certainly not disappointed that there was no second round. "There were
a few at the end that I was nervous about. I was at the gate when Kent was
turning the corner here, and my heart was beating hard because he was more than
likely going to have a clear round. He's a real pain in the neck in a
jump-off," he joked. "It's certainly nice when the day's work can be a little
shorter. Winning is winning, whether with or without a jump-off."
Winning the grand prix today and not winning the national
championship was a bit of a disappointment however. "I'm thrilled that Kent
won the national championship. It's a very prestigious award, and he deserves
it as much as anybody. I certainly was trying to win that and it was a little
disappointing not to have done that. As I always say, consistency is the most
important thing and he proved that," Ward said.
Ward and Engle recalled the 1996 AGA Championships, when
Engle won as the only clear round and Ward had one time fault. "I thanked her
(this time)!" he quipped, while Engle fired back, "This was his wedding
present. No, I'm just kidding!" Ward, who married three weeks ago, leaves for
his honeymoon tomorrow morning. "It's a nice way to end the year," he smiled.
Final Results: $100,000
NATIONAL SHOW JUMPING CHAMPIONSHIP CSI-W
Horse, Rider, Owner, Faults, Time
1. PHILLIPA, MCLAIN WARD, SAGAMORE FARMS, 0/86.570
2. HIDDEN CREEK'S QUERVO GOLD, MARGIE ENGLE, HIDDEN CREEK FARM,
ROUGE, KEEAN WHITE, ANGELSTONE FARMS/LINDA RATCLIFF, 2/92.230
4. UP CHIQUI, KENT FARRINGTON, ALEX BOONE/JAMES
MCNERNEY/CRAIG DOBBS, 4/84.270
5. CRELIDO, MICHAEL MORRISSEY, EUGENE
R. MISCHE, 4/86.520
6. QUICK STUDY, LAUREN HOUGH, LAURA and MEREDITH MATEO,
D'AUVREY, DANIELLE TORANO, SIR RULY, 5/88.830
8. NARCOTIQUE DE MUZE II, ERIC LAMAZE, ASHLAND
9. CARLOS BOY, KEN BERKLEY,
KRISTA and ALEXA WEISMAN,5/89.990
10. QUINCY B,
HILLARY DOBBS, HILLARY DOBBS and THE DOBBS GROUP, 8/86.080
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