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Ward and Sapphire Win $100,000 President's Cup Grand Prix, CSI-W at 2008 Washington Internat
ional Horse Show
McLain Ward and Sapphire won the $100,000 President's Cup Grand Prix, CSI-W at the 2008 Washington
International Horse Show. Photo (C) 2008 Jennifer Wood/PMG.
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- October 25, 2008 - Adding to their laundry list of accolades this year,
two-time Olympic gold medalists McLain Ward of Brewster, NY,
and Sapphire, owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock and Ward, soared to the win in the
$100,000 President's Cup Grand Prix, CSI-W at the 2008 Washington International
Horse Show. Angel Karolyi (VEN) and Ron Krise's Sun God finished second as the
only other double clear, while Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL, and Pavarotti
Ward and seven other riders were clear in the first round to
advance to the jump-off over the Richard Jeffrey-designed course. In the
jump-off, Karolyi and Sun God were the first to attempt the shortened course.
They went for the clear round with a little speed to put pressure on the other
riders following. With the exception of a slip in one turn, Karolyi executed
his plan beautifully. They finished with no faults in 39.47 seconds.
ing first, I think I had to put in a solid, clean round
and make the others a little bit worried to try and catch me and force them to
do errors," Karolyi said. "In the jump-off, it was just as I planned it. The
slip was the only thing that was unplanned!"
Ward said of Karolyi's ride
, "Angel did absolutely the
correct thing. His horse and my horse are not known as speed demons. There was
not really an inside option in that course. It was not a great jump-off for
either one of our horses. His decision to have a conservative clear to put
pressure on was very smart."
Next in was Brianne Goutal on Onira, owned
Farm. Goutal picked up the pace going into the one stride at fence 7 b-c and
caught the top rail at the second element. Another rail at fence 9 gave them
eight faults in 36.28 seconds. They ended up in sixth place at the end of the
Last year's President's Cup winners, Jill Henselwood of Canada and
Black Ice, had dashed hopes for repeating their win with they finished with
three rails on the floor for 12 faults in 38.82 seconds.
Margie Engle and Hid
den Creek's Pamina L gave a huge bid in
the jump-off when they sped around the turns, had a long effort at jump 9, and
galloped down to the final oxer. Pamina just barely tipped the back rail on the
final jump, and it fell to the dismay of the crowd for four faults. Engle
finished in 34.94 seconds and took fourth place.
Next in, Todd Minikus and Pa
varotti, were another duo that
could offer a big chance for speed in the jump-off. They ended up with the
fastest time of the night, 34.80 seconds, but it came at the expense of a rail
at jump 7c. They took home third place.
The first jump fell to the disappoint
ment of the next rider
on course, Danielle Torano on Vancouver
d'Auvray. They added another four faults at jump 10 and finished with a 40.43
second time. They finished in seventh place.
Ward and Sapphire were next to a
ttempt the jump-off. They
approached the first jump, a vertical straight on the rail, to an easy distance
and Sapphire took a stutter at take-off. They cleared the jump and then made it
down the forward four-stride line. Ward then opened up the mare's stride, and
they cruised through the rest of the course. He galloped hard down the last
line, and Sapphire sailed over the final oxer with room to spare. They finished
clear in a winning time of 35.79 seconds.
Afterwards, Ward explained what hap
pened at the first fence
in the jump-off. "It was a very awkward line in four or five strides. Richard
built a great course tonight, (but) it's so difficult to make everything fit
and I don't think it quite lined up the way he was expecting it to."
continued, "I cantered up to the first jump, and it was
showing up slow. I thought if I had to do the four, I really had better get her
over to the left. I opened my left rein a little bit and she's so quick and she
thinks so fast, that she started to turn in front of the jump. She thought I
wanted to turn. I gave her a boot in the side. As genuine as she is, she left
the ground. I knew at that point she wasn't going to have a fence down. She's
such a careful horse that it scared her just enough. It was just keep on
kicking from there on in."
The final competitor in the ring was Kirsten
Coe on Laura
King's Starlight. Ward was assured the win when they had a rail at the first
jump. They went on to finish in 39.07 seconds for fifth place.
Of his t
op finish, Karolyi said, "I was very excited of
course. (My time) held up pretty good, and I was excited for my result. I tried
to go for it, but I preferred the clear round first before the speed. These
guys have a lot more experience than I do."
Karolyi has not been riding
Sun God for very long, but feels
that his horse has enough experience for the both of them. "He's been around
for a long time. He was imported with Anne Kursinski. He's a great horse with a
lot of experience. He's a teacher for me," he explained. "Whenever I get
nervous, he just says, 'Hang on.' He's a good horse for me."
-old Karolyi has been residing in the United Sta
for a year. "I wanted to further my career as a professional rider," he said of
his decision to move from Venezuela<
"The sport is very developed in the country. Europe
is much more complicated and far from home."
Karolyi trains with Andrea
King of Aiken, SC. "If it wasn't
for her believing in me, there is no chance," he said. "It's happened fast for
me; I'm very lucky."
Ward and Sapphire's record speaks for itself
33-year-old rider has amassed many of his biggest achievements with the
13-year-old mare. "She's obviously incredible, and our sights are on the World
Cup in Las Vegas
and the World Championships after that. I've been so blessed; all of us have,
to have this horse in our lives. She keeps doing and doing for us. There's
nothing I can do to thank her enough. We have a lot of goals still that we want
to accomplish; there's a lot left on the plate," he said. "I'm so lucky to have
the team of people around her; Lee, Erica, Carrie, Jenny, Thomas Grossman, and
my father. They make my life very easy."
While Ward has two Olympic gold
medals and over 100 grand
prix wins, his victory tonight at Washington<
still holds significance. "It means a lot. This is one of the most coveted
grand prix in America.
I actually came here this year with a strong desire to win. I like to win every
day, but sometimes a little more than others. I really came up with a plan for
Ward said that due to his Olympic training schedule, he had
to pass on a lot of grand prix events in the Uni
ted States earlier this year. "What
Sapphire has done this year- she's been spectacular. I decided I was going to
bring her here and to Syracuse
because these were the two grand prix remaining in the season that really meant
something to me to win. When you want something, bring your biggest gun."
Earlier in the day, there were two jumper classes on the schedule.
Kaitlin Campbell of Pipersville,
PA, rode Rocky W, owned by
Krestwood LLC, to victory in the $10,000 Senator's Cup Junior Jumper class. She
had two time faults in the jump-off to beat the fastest four-faulter, Laura
Pfeiffer on Thorstin. The junior jumper division champion was Jamison, ridden
by Kimberly McCormack for Athlone Partners. The reserve champions were Saphira
and Alexandra Arute. The Shalanno Style of Riding Award also went to McCormack,
while the Best Child Rider on a Horse honors went to Jessica Springsteen of
Colts Neck, NJ.
Hillary Dobbs rounded out the week with her third win in the
open jumpers aboard Marengo in the $20,000 Hit and Hurry class. Her incredible
success gave her the Leading Open Jumper Rider title for the second year in a
row. Angel Karolyi was named the Leading International Rider.
The jumper comp
etition has concluded for this year's 50th
anniversary of the Washington International Horse Show. The show finishes
tomorrow with the pony hunters and the Local Hunter Finals.
For more informat
ion and full results, please visit www.wihs.org.
$100,000 President's Cup Grand Prix, CSI-W
1. Sapphire, Blue Chip Bloodstock/Ward,
2. Sun God, Ron Krise, Angel Karolyi: 0/0/39.47
3. Pavarotti, Todd Minikus Ltd,
Todd Minikus: 0/4/34.80
4. Hidden Creek's Pamina L, Hidden Creek Farm, Margie Engle:
5. Starlight, Laura King, Kirsten Coe: 0/4/39.07
6. Onira, Cloverleaf Farm, Bri
anne Goutal: 0/8/36.28
d'Auvray, Sir Ruly Inc, Danielle Torano: 0/8/40.43
8. Black Ice, Juniper Farm and Stacy Ryan,
9. Night Train, Double H Farm, Darragh Kerins: 4/64.56
10. Rulanda, Lulu Eques
trian Ent, Carolyn Kelly: 4/64.65
11. Allison, Quiet Winter Farm and BJ Maghan, Callan Solem:
12. Up Chiqui, Boone, Dobbs, and Farrington
$10,000 Senator's Cup Junior Jumper Stake
1. ROCKY W, KRESTWOOD
LLC, KAITLIN CAMPBELL
2. THORSTIN, FOX MEADOW FARM, LAURA PFEIFFER
3. ISCARIOTE, STONE HI
LL FARM, JESSICA SPRINGSTEEN
4. VORNADO VAN DEN
HOENDRIK, STONE HILL FARM, JESSICA
5. CHANEL 292, HIGHPOINT FARM LLC, TINA DILANDRI
6. RASTELLA, HALIFAX
FARM, CLEMENTINE GOUTAL
7. ESO, TREESDALE FARM, KIRSTIE DOBBS
8. JAMISON, ATHLONE PARTNER
, KIMBERLY McCORMICK
9. SAPHIRA, OLYMPIC DREAMS LLC, ALEXANDRA ARUTE
10. PERLE, CHLOE REI
D LLC, SAMANTHA SCHAEFER
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