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McLain Ward pilots HH Carlos to triumph in the Mercer Cup at Spruce Meadows

Saturday, 01 July 2017
CSI5* Spruce Meadows 'Pan American' 2017

Photo (c) Spruce Meadows. McLain Ward and HH Carlos. Photo (c) Spruce Meadows.

The master from the USA scored yet another victory aboard the fantastic HH Carlos (Chellano Z x Voltaire) in this evening’s dramatic Mercer Cup at the ‘Pan American’ Tournament, presented by Rolex.

The riders came to play en masse today in this evening’s competition against the clock with nearly 90 athletes coming through the in-gate.

With such a vast entry it was incredibly impressive to see young Adrienne Sternlicht (USA), a student of Ward’s, hold on to the leading time from the top of the competitions order - only to be beaten by her trainer entering the ring as one of the final few riders. Ward said following the win, “Carlos is probably one of the fastest horses I’ve ever had the pleasure of riding.” He laughed, “of course it’s nice to be at the end of the order – my student Adrienne was winning – and I guess I just had to make sure she came back for a few lessons!

Adrienne Sternlicht with Raia Dhelby (Fergar Mail x Papillon Rouge) finished off in second place with that solid time of 64.93, which ended up being a 3.69 seconds behind first place.

Finishing in third was Jaime Azcarraga(MEX) aboard his stallion For Fashion, an 11 year-old Dutch Warmblood by For Pleasure. Azcarraga, was the fastest finisher next to the American pair, crossing the timers on a clear score card and a time of 65.64 seconds.

 


Source: Press release and photo (c) Spruce Meadows. 

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