Achieving significant results at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CSI 4 * of Toronto this week, including wins in the two most important class, Ward says goodbye in style with HH Azur. (Photo © Ben Radvanyi)
Closing activities at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CSI4* of Toronto in Canada and McLain Ward of the United States of America said goodbye in style with another victory, winning this time in the $75,000 Big Ben Challenge at a height of 1.60m in course designed by Richard Jeffrey.
With a total of 20 pairs in a class would divide points for the World Ranking and ultimately only 8 return the jump-off including 4 clears repeat of the first round begins. McLain Ward who had won on Wednesday the main class of the week, do not hesitate to repeat the second best class of the week and with a quick jump-off cut aspirations of Reed Kessler and Olivier Philippaerts.
McLain Ward is presented with 9 year old mare HH Azur (Thunder go Zuuthoeve x Sir Lui) owned by Double H Farm, for perfect and always used his height performance as one of the best riders in the world to stop the clock at unbeatable 40.43 seconds. McLain Ward who was dethroned twice this year in $1 million class, then retaliate in closing the WEF to win the $500,000 Grand Prix, accumulated for this November highlights that certainly will rise again in him Ranking World, which ranks eighth.
The second place went to American rider Reed Kessler and his mare Cylana (Skippy II x Darco) 13, which has obtained the best results as a professional, giving a tough fight against the winner, but ultimately was 1 second after completing its presentation time 41.44 seconds. In the third place and winning this week from a FEI test the Belgian representative Olivier Philippaerts, in what was undoubtedly the night mares, appearing today with H & M Legend of Love (Landzauber x Corgraf) 9 years marking slate 42 03 seconds.
The last double clear of the competition was to Georgina Bloomberg and Calenus 3 (Warm Ass x Lancer II) with a more conservative court in pace, achieving a time of 45.66 seconds. The top five of the night in fifth place completed by Nicola Philippaerts, Olivier twin brother who knocked down a pole in his jump-off with H&M Harley vd Bisschop (Bisschop van den Dulf x Coronado) in good time of 41.93 seconds.
For the Latin delegation Roberto Teran of Colombia only saw action with his 12 years horse Woklahoma (Sheraton x Calvados), completing certainly a good week in sum of FEI Ranking points, but this time finished in 13th place with 8 faults and 72.25 seconds, was not much he could do more to raise its digits for the next measurement.
The top seed of the test was Beezie Madden world No. 4 and No. 2 Ranking PAEC as the best home rider was Jonathan Miller in sixth place.