June 1, 2015 |
As Kaitlin Campbell rode Rocky W into the arena, the time she'd chase came over the loudspeaker. Moments before, McLain Ward, riding Rothchild, ripped through the course in 40.236 seconds. The public-address announcer bellowed, "That's the time you want to shoot for," right as Ward finished. And Campbell proceeded to do one better. "Going after Rothchild, you pretty much just have to go for broke and hope you get lucky," said Campbell, a 24-year-old from Brookeville, Md. "That's really all you can do. " Campbell's 39.007-second final run earned her the win and $15,000 prize in the Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on Saturday night.
May 28, 2015 |
Two-time Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward of Brewster, N.Y., won two Open Jumper classes Tuesday at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Ward rode to victory on HH Ashley and HH Best Buy, both owned by the Double H Farm of Ridgefield, Conn. Rachel Shoemaker of Malvern, a fifth-generation competitor at Devon, won her first championship at the horse show Tuesday night with a mare she bred and trained herself. She drove Willisbrook Farm's Rally Cart, pulled by the American Saddlebred mare Our New Dawn, to the Single Horse Driving Championship.
May 22, 2015 |
The slogan for this year's Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is "Devon: The Tradition Continues. " That is certainly a fitting motto for an event that began in 1896. This year, however, a new tradition has been born. The Grand Prix of Devon, arguably the signature of the 11-day event, now bears a horse's name - Sapphire. "That's going to be an exciting event," said Carrie Wirth, a press officer for the show who works for the Phelps Media Group. The Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon is a two-round event in which riders and their mounts navigate a course with jumps up to five feet high and six feet wide.
May 31, 2014 |
Two-time Olympian McLain Ward of Brewster, N.Y., entered the $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon looking for his ninth career victory in the event. And for a brief moment Thursday night, it looked as if Ward would pull it off in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Riding Rothchild, Ward recorded a clean round and a time of 40.798 seconds in the jump-off. But he had to settle for third place. Paul O'Shea of Wellington, Fla., also recorded a clean round on his horse, Primo de Revel, and finished in 38.951 seconds for the victory.
May 30, 2014 |
As has been the case for many years, all eyes will be on McLain Ward and his horse Rothchild on Thursday night in the $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon. "It always takes a very good day to beat McLain Ward," Grand Prix rider Callan Solem of Chester Springs said Wednesday. "And maybe a mistake on his part, too, which doesn't happen very often. He is arguably one of the best in the world, or the best in the world. " Ward, of Brewster, N.Y., hopes to add his ninth Grand Prix victory at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair to his list of accomplishments, which include two Olympic gold medals.
June 1, 2013 |
As Andrew Welles exited the oval after his jump-off round in the $100,000 Devon Grand Prix Thursday night, his friends had some words for him. The eventual second-place finisher had just run a faultless time of 35.815 seconds. Only two riders remained. "They said I'm about to get smoked," recalled Welles, who lives in Wellington, Fla. "And McLain was walking in. " Welles' prophetic friends were referring to McLain Ward, a legend at the Devon Horse Show with seven Grand Prix victories entering this year's event.
June 2, 2012 |
McLain Ward, fresh off a fantastic victory over many of the top riders vying for a spot on the Olympic team, won again Friday night in the $20,000 Open Jumper Gambler's Choice at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. This time he rode Apple, and he just edged out Laura Chapot on Quointreau Un Prince, a horse Ward owns in partnership with Chapot. Ward won more than just the class - he almost certainly sewed up the Devon Leading Open Jumper rider title. And he has done that despite a horrific fracturing of a knee in a riding accident four months ago. Ward and Chapot have swapped the title for this event a number of times, with Chapot having won it three of the last five years and Ward taking it once.
June 1, 2012 |
Charlie Jayne and Margie Engle were perfect. McLain Ward just happened to be even better. All three riders were faultless in the first round and jump-off at the Devon Horse Show on Thursday night, but Ward's 34.32-second run edged Engle in the $100,000 Grand Prix. Jayne finished the second run in 39.93 seconds, Engle in 35.28 seconds. The victory was Ward's third in as many weeks, but it was much more important than the first two. He missed about four months earlier this year after suffering a fractured left kneecap that splintered the bone into 20 pieces.
June 1, 2012 |
When McLain Ward folded his left leg during a rehab session earlier this year, he glanced down. His trainer was squeezing his kneecap, just in case it crumbled. Ward, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, suffered a broken knee in January. The knee shattered into more than 20 pieces during a competition, and he needed about four months to repair it. But he hasn't wavered. His goal for the year is still the same: compete with the U.S. show-jumping team at the Summer Olympics in London.
May 31, 2012 |
McLain Ward took perhaps his first step toward making the show jumping team for the London Olympics at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on Tuesday night. The riders who are here to compete in the two Observation Events, the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix on Thursday and the $50,000 Idle Dice Stake on Saturday, got their horses in the Dixon Oval for a test ride in Tuesday night's $7,500