The world number 2 McLain Ward of United States of America, repeated in the Grand Prix to become the main attraction of the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair 2017. Alberto Michán ninth. (Photo © The Book LLC)
The three-time Olympic medalist and former world No. 1 McLain Ward of United States, became the Devon’s Horse Show & Country Fair 2017 King, after he repeated as winner of the $225,000 Sappahire Grand Prix of Devon CSI4*.
Under the very technical corse design by British Philip Kelvin Bywater, a total of 28 pairs encouraged the regular round, where only 5 managed their tiebreaker, led by world number 2 McLain Ward. Presenting with his old friend, the 16-year-old gelding Rothchild (Artos x Elegant de L’Ile) owned by Sagamore Farms, the American rider completed his fastest round in 41.21 seconds, signifying the ninth victory at Devon Grand Prix, Has participated since he was 25-years-old. With the result, Ward added 130 FEI Ranking points.
For the rest of the jump-off classify, second place was Devin Ryan with 10-year-old gelding Cooper (Unaniem x Balubet Du Rouet) in 42.11 seconds, followed in third place with last double clear round by British rider Amanda Derbyshire with a time of 42.56 seconds next to 9-year-old mare Luibanta BH (Luidam x Abantos). In fourth place was Aaron Vale with 11-year-old gelding Finou 4 (For Pleasure x Concetto) registering 4 faults in 42.95 seconds and for fifth place Jonathan McCrea with 4 faults in 46.26 seconds accompanied by 12-year-old stallion Aristoteles V (Padinus x Lux).
For Latino Ranking Alberto Michan of Mexico was in ninth place, after completing his regular round in 4 fouls and 69.36 seconds next to the 11-year-old gelding GC Chopin’s Bushi (Contendro II x Nairobi) to accredit 45 Ranking World points. For his part Vasco Flores of Puerto Rico, he did not get for third consecutive class to add points, since it totaled 8 fouls with 12-year-old gelding Balou 660 (Balou Du Rouet x Ramiro) in 17th position.