Video: World No.2 Ward continues hot streak ahead of World Cup Final

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Monday 11 March - 11h58 | Jennifer Wood/Summer Grace (edited)

Video: World No.2 Ward continues hot streak ahead of World Cup Final

On the final day of week 9 of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival this past weekend, international jumpers contested classes in the five-star and two-star divisions in the International Arena of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. Taking the win in the $72,000 1.50m Classic was World No.2 McLain Ward on HH Gigi’s Girl. Link to video below. 

 - Video: World No.2 Ward continues hot streak ahead of World Cup Final

Out of 42 entries competing over a course set by Alan Wade of Ireland, 16 were clear to contest the jump-off. Riding out of the second position in the jump-off order, Olympic team gold medalist Ward and HH Gigi’s Girl put in a blazing fast time of 33.36 seconds that couldn’t be matched. There were seven double clear rounds in the class.

Coming closest was William Whitaker (GBR) on RMF Echo, owned by Rushy Marsh Farm LLC. They were clear in 34.51 seconds. Third place went to Erynn Ballard on Ilan Ferder’s Ceitasi, who had a time of 34.89 seconds.

“The jump-off was actually set up pretty nice for her; it was a good track for her strength,” said Ward of the 11-year-old KWPN mare by Vingino x Celano. “She was great. She jumped a nice first round. On Thursday, it was not the round we wanted in the WEF [Challenge Cup], but she came back really strongly today. In a jump-off like that with a large number and very fast ones and very good prize money, everyone is trying hard. It doesn’t matter if you go first or last, you have to try and do the best round you can.”

“This is her fourth week of competition this circuit, and we’ve had the program we planned,” he continued. “She’s actually been very consistent and a little bit unlucky. It was great to have it all come together nicely today. She’s a very good jumper, a very careful horse. We’ve been lucky to have some great results and nice wins on her. She’s been a very good grand prix horse.”

Along with her 1.50m win, HH Gigi’s Girl was named the Champion Equine Insurance Jumper Style Award winner, presented by Laura Fetterman. To watch the pair's winning ride, click here. 

Week 10 of WEF is from March 13–17 and features the $134,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3* as part of the “Saturday Night Lights” series on Saturday, March 16.


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