American McLain Ward added his fourth victory of the 2017 Spruce Meadows season obtaining a lead of 5 seconds in the tiebreaker. Alberto Michán from Mexico best latino. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
Three-time Olympic medalist McLain Ward was able to add his fourth 2017 FEI Spruce Meadows season win, being the second day of the ‘Pan American’ CSI 5*, liquidating easy the $35,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup.
McLain Ward is one of the great stars in the history of Spruce Meadows, with another great victory with a wide advantage, marking the unbeaten time in the jump-off from the beginning, stopping the clock in 40.88 seconds with veteran teammate Rothschild (Artos Z x Elegant De L’Ile), a 16-year-old gelding owned by Sagamore Farm, represented in this opportunity 50 World Ranking Points with the first place.
Having a good lead for the winner, second place went to Cameron Hanley of Ireland, getting a time of 45.34 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding Aiyetoro (Concorde x Colino), while the last double clear round of the class was for world number 1 and best seed of the competition Kent Farrington of the United States, obtaining a time of 50.77 seconds next to the 11-year-old mare Gazelle (Kashmir van Shuttershof x Indoctro).
The jump-off that featured 7 of the 37 pairs that animated the class, completed the Top 5 Chris Surbey of Canada in fourth place and Vladimir Tuganov of Russia in fifth place.
For the Latino Ranking Alberto Michan of Mexico was the best performer, occupying the ninth place in course of 1 foul for the regular round with the 11-year-old gelding Snatch of Cordarae (Neo D’Aunou x Joly Jumper), the own Michan repeated in the 13th place with the 10-year-old mare Handy van HD (Tinkas Boy x Nabab de Reve) with 4 fouls and Rodrigo Lambre from Brazil with the 14th position, completing his presentation in 4 faults alongside the 9-year-old gelding Chaccoubet (Chacco-Blue x Baloubet du Rouet).