American Devin Ryan take the most important victory of his career, surprising great favorite McLain Ward. (Photo © The Book LLC)
The American Gold Cup North Salem and its CSI4* week finished with the surprise victory of the American rider Devin Ryan, beating favorite McLain Ward.
Adding just one FEI victory in his career to date today, which he had won last month in Bromont, Canada, Devin Ryan drew the best course of his life with the 8-year-old gelding Eddie Blue (Zirocco Blue VDL x Marlon) owned by Ll Show Jumpers, Llc, showing the way in the jump-off round with 5 classified riders.
While the world number 250 Devin Ryan appeared on paper with the least chance among the qualifiers, he made the best of his equestrian to stop the clock in 37.75 seconds and add 130 World Ranking Points in what was his second victory FEI, but the most important of the Dressage specialist.
The task was not easy and more so when Devin Ryan had to face three-time Olympic medalist and former world No. 1 McLain Ward, finishing second with the last double clear round alongside 10-year-old mare HH Callas (Albatros x Quattro B) owned by Double H Farm in time of 38.34 seconds.
The course designed by Canadian Phillip Rozon left Jack Towell with the 11-year-old gelding Lucifer V (Lord Dezi x Grandeur) in third place with a total of 4 fouls in 39.51 seconds and fourth place to complete US dominance was Brianne Goutal with the 16-year-old stallion Nice de Prissey (Rosire x Amarpour) in 4 fouls and 40.12 seconds, while Mario Deslauriers from Canada was eliminated with 8-year-old mare Bandolina (Clarimo x Landos) in fifth place.
For the Latino Ranking Santiago Lambre of Mexico did not get a clear round, accumulating 8 faults in the regular round with the 9-year-old mare Doloris (Harley VDL x Colorado D) in 21st place and Argentine rider Luis Pedro Biraben with the 10-year-old gelding Caillou, was even worse opting for retirement.