Ward Wins $50,000 Rolex/USET Show Jumping Championship
At Bayer USET Festival of Champions Presented by State
NJJune 26, 2002McLain Ward topped a field of 15 starters
to win the $50,000 Rolex/USET Show Jumping Championship, part
of the Fleet Show Jumping Division at the Bayer/USET Festival
of Champions Presented by State Line Tack, held at the United
States Equestrian Team (USET) Olympic Training Center in Gladstone,
Out of the starting field, seven horse-and-rider combinations
went clean in the first round to qualify for the jump-off. Those
qualifying for the jump-off included Candice King of Wellington,
FL and Jimmy Torano of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, both of whom qualified
on two mounts, Marylisa Leffler of Brookeville, MD, McLain Ward
of Brewster, NY, and Margie Engle of Wellington, FL. Going first
on Penlyn Farms Espadon, Candice King set the standard for
the jump-off by riding fault- free in a time of 44.27 seconds.
King and Espadon held the lead through the next two rides, Torano
on Sir Ruly, Incs Aguila, and Leffler on Bruce Chovnick
LLSs Graf Rossini. King then beat her own first performance
with her second ride aboard Caliskan, owned by Elizabeth Johnson,
in a time of 42.596 seconds.
second to last rider to go, Margie Engle then took over the top
spot by going clear in a time of 41.754 seconds on her 2000 Sydney
Olympic mount, Hidden Creeks Perin. The class came down
to a battle between Ward and Engle, who have held the top two
spots on the USET Show Jumping Computer Ranking List all year.
Ward, the last rider in the ring, and his mount Viktor, co-owned
by Ward and Harry Gill, were able to shave six tenths of a second
off of Engles time to cross through the timers with a clear
round in 41.198 seconds to win the class.
Ward offered Viktor much of the credit for the pairs successful
weekend at the Bayer/ USET Festival of Champions. Hes
a great horse to have. You think and he does it. Its nice
to have a partner like that, Ward said.
For further information and full results from the Bayer/ USET
Festival of Champions Presented by State Line Tack, please visit
the USET website at www.uset.org.
of the Festival will the aired on the Outdoor Life Network on
July 2 at 8:00 pm EDT.
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