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McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z top Nutrena Jumper Classic

Friday, 03 March 2017
CSIO4* WEF Week 8 2017

Photo (c) Sportfot. McLain Ward with HH Carlos Z. Photo (c) Sportfot.

2016 Olympic team silver medalist McLain Ward (USA) returned to the winner's circle during week eight at the Winter Equestrian Festival with a victory aboard veteran mount HH Carlos Z in Thursday's $25,000 Nutrena Jumper Classic. Despite some time off due to an injury sustained in October, the speedy 15-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Chellano Z x Voltaire) was in fine form to top a field of 78 competitors. 

Ken Krome (USA) set the course, which yielded 17 starters for the jump-off, and another ten clear entries over the short track. Spain's Sergio Alvarez Moya and G&C Durania K were first to go in the jump-off, setting the pace with a clear round in 40.66 seconds to eventually finish third. Ward and Double H Farm's pint-sized gelding soon took over the lead in 39.50 seconds. Later, Ireland's Darragh Kenny jumped into second place with a time of 40.32 seconds riding Kerry Anne LLC's Bolero III.

Following some recuperation for his injury, 'Carlos' started out in a few small classes this winter and came out ready to play on Thursday. "We have just been giving him some time to heal and slowly getting him back," Ward detailed. "This is the first time I have actually moved him up to a 1.45m event, so it was good. 

"Carlos is a funny horse," Ward continued. "He always feels a little bit like a pony, and then he steps up and does the job. He is just so fast everywhere. He felt like he got a bit stronger through the class today, and that is always a good sign."

Commenting on his focus while getting Carlos back in top form, Ward added, "Funny enough, he is not a hot horse. He is actually a cold horse, and you have to really energize him. He is so careful, so I just try to keep him confident. He has been such a great speed horse over the years, and he anticipates everything, so you just have to monitor that a little bit."

Also competing in the International Arena on Thursday, Katherine Strauss and All In won the $10,000 Hollow Creek Farm Under 25 Grand Prix Series Welcome, and Christina Firestone (USA) and Arwen were victorious in the $1,000 Hollow Creek Farm Under 25 1.40m.

Final Results: $25,000 Nutrena Jumper Classic

1.HH CARLOS Z: 2002 Zangersheide gelding by Chellano Z x Voltaire
MCLAIN WARD (USA), Double H Farm: 0/0/39.50

2. BOLERO III: 2007 Belgian Sport Horse gelding by Chatman x Darco
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Kerry Anne LLC: 0/0/40.32

3. G&C DURANIA K: 2008 KWPN mare by Douglas x Sydney
SERGIO ALVAREZ MOYA (ESP), Alvarez Moya Horse SL: 0/0/40.66

4. MARK Q: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Obos Quality 004 x Positively
KEVIN BABINGTON (IRL), Kevin Babington: 0/0/41.35

5. CHICHESTER 3: 2008 Holsteiner gelding by Casall x Cosimo
ALONSO VALDEZ PRADO (PER), Alonso Valdez Prado: 0/0/42.81

6. NOKIA DE BREKKA: 2001 Selle Francais gelding by Quick Star x Apache d'Adriers
EMANUEL ANDRADE (VEN), Emanuel Andrade: 0/0/43.20

7. HH QUATUOR: 2004 Selle Francais gelding by Col Canto x Rosire
QUENTIN JUDGE (USA), Double H Farm: 0/0/43.61

8. AMINKA: 2005 KWPN mare by Ephebe For Ever x Heartbreaker
MICHAEL DESIDERIO (USA), David Desiderio & Tranquility Farm: 0/0/45.80

9. FERRO CHIN VH LINDENHOF: 2005 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Chin Chin x Nimmerdor
RODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Vanam Int'l Hamleoot & Rodrigo Pessoa: 0/0/47.98

10. TINA LA BOHEME: 2007 Selle Francais mare by Calvaro x Arpege Pierreville
MCLAIN WARD (USA), Susan Heller & McLain Ward: 0/0/48.44

11. RYANAIR DE RIVERLAND: 2005 Selle Francais stallion by Quick Star x Papillon Rouge
JULIE WELLES (USA), Alexander LLC: 0/4/41.88

12. BUGATTI: 2006 KWPN gelding by Heartbreaker x Pilot
WILHELM GENN (GER), Eduardo Leon: 0/4/43.66


Source: Press release from Jennifer Wood Media Inc. / Photo (c) Sportfot. 

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