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HH Azur wins USEF 2017 Horse of the Year title

Saturday, 20 January 2018
Sport

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. McLain Ward with HH Azur. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

HH Azur, owned by Double H Farm and François Mathy, has been voted the 2017 International Horse of the Year at the USEF Horse of the Year Awards Gala. 

"HH Azur’s raw athleticism and keen instinct for the sport was evident from the moment her hooves stepped into the show ring with her superstar rider McLain Ward at the reins. Known as “Annie” in the barn, her storybook year began with a win in the $380,000 Suncast Grand Prix CSI5* at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in February. Continuing to demonstrate her dependability and undeniable talent in a major championship, HH Azur delivered three perfect rounds to guide Ward to his first Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final title in April. Following the World Cup Finals, HH Azur returned to competition at Spruce Meadows in the prestigious $400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Cup CSI5*. From there, she and Ward anchored the U.S. team to a silver-medal tie in the Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup™ at CHIO Aachen in July and a silver-medal finish in the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final in September. It should be noted that HH Azur has not had a single fault in team competition in 2017," states the press release from USEF announcing the award that followed McLain Ward being crowned 2017 USEF Equestrian of the Year.

 


Source: Press release from USEF Equestrian News // Picture © Jenny Abrahamsson



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