US Olympic medalist McLain Ward secured his seventh FEI victory at Spruce Meadows beating German Philipp Weishaupt. Jaime Azcárraga from Mexico best Latino in fourth place. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
The first class of second day in the ‘North American’ CSI 5* presented by Rolex began with three-time US Olympic medalist McLain Ward showing the way to score his seventh win of the season at Calgary.
Introducing McLain Ward with the 15-year-old gelding HH Carlos Z (Chellano Z x Voltaire) owned by Double H Farm, completed his tiebreaker in 35.33 seconds to add 50 World Ranking Points in his account, managing to surpass by 12 hundredths of a second to his closest follower.
The 62-team regular round and 9 riders in the jump-off were the first win of the week by World No. 2 McLain Ward. In second place German rider Philipp Weishaupt with the 8-year-old mare Call Me Eva (Chacco-Blue x Stakkato) recorded a time of 35.45 seconds and in third place Katherine Strauss of the United States, completed her field in 37.23 seconds with the 9-year-old gelding Executive (Stoizenberg x Nimroy B).
For the Latino Ranking, Jaime Azcárraga from Mexico was fourth stopping the clock in 38.62 seconds with the 11-year-old stallion For Fashion (For Pleasure x Contender) to take 35 World Ranking Points. Also the leader of the Latino Rank Pedro Veniss added digits for his account, occupying the 7th place next to the 9-year-old mare Cheindira (Chagall vd Burggrave x Darco) totaling 4 faults in 36.44 seconds, while the Mexican rider Alberto Michán was outside the tiebreaker, after exceeding the time allowed by 35 hundredths of seconds to be penalized with 1 foul in tenth place accompanied by the 12-year-old mare Chaccos Goldy (Chacco-Blue x Landgold).
The best seed and World No. 1 Kent Farrington maintained a firm but unhurried pace with the 11-year-old mare Gazelle (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Indoctro), to be penalized with 3 fouls in 14th place.