McLain Ward of the United States of America, number 4 in the world and second in the Pan American Ranking, wrote another page in his successful career to dominate the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Omaha. (Photo © Liz Gregg / FEI)
US Olympic medalist McLain Ward wrote a new page in his successful career, including the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final held in Omaha, United States.
Becoming the tenth US representative to win the World Cup, Ward was spotless in the three-day competition with 11-year-old mare HH Azur (Thunder vd Zuuthoeve x Sir Lui vd Zuuthoeve) owned by Double H Farm & Francois Mathy, totaling not faults (All clear rounds) for get the prized cup, after which in 2009 occupied the second place behind the German Meredith Michael Beerbaum.
Today being the third and final phase of the competition with a prize to distribute of €300,000 with a total of 7 pairs matched first place including Ward, who shared honors with Lorenzo de Luca of Italy, Kevin Staut of France, Dutchman Maikel van der Vleuten, Spaniard Sergio Alvarez Moya, Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann who would occupy the Third place of the overall and Swiss Romain Duguet sub-champion of the World Cup.
For this 2017 edition could not repeat for triple-crowned Swiss Olympic medalist Steve Guerdat, being champion in the 2015 editions in Las Vegas and 2016 in Gothenburg.
Now 41-year-old American McLain Ward collects three Olympic medals (two gold and one silver), two medals in the World Equestrian Games (one silver and one bronze), three Pan American medals (two gold and one bronze ) And his first World Cup, which will certainly help him to rise in the World Ranking, in order to be again the number 1 of the world.