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Mclain Ward retires Clinta from the sport

Thursday, 02 December 2021

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Clinta and Mclain Ward at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon in 2018. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

Mclain Ward has today announced the retirement of Clinta (Clinton x Lord Pezi). With Ward in the saddle, the 14-year-old mare had great success and jumped to team gold at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon in 2018 as well as finishing fourth individually. That same year, Clinta and Ward won the CSI5* Longines Grand Prix of New York, the CSIO5* Prize of North Rhine-Westfalia in Aachen, the CSI5* Rolex Grand Prix of Dinard and the CSI4* Grand Prix of Devon. Before Ward took over the reins on Clinta, she had been successful with Germany’s Philipp Rüping. 

On his Facebook page, Ward writes: “It’s with some disappointment that I have to announce that after a year of great efforts to bring Clinta back from an injury to the sport again the decision has been made with her very supportive owners, the Sweeney’s and Susan Heller to retire her. It’s a decision not filled with sadness, just disappointment as she is healthy and sound but we feel is unable to physically take on the stresses of the highest level of competitions. Clinta is without question the highest quality athlete I have ever ridden and has a heart and competitive spirit to match. Her owners and myself are looking forward with great anticipation to breeding her in the coming spring. With much of the breeding world following the current trend of new technology to produce higher numbers of foals we have jointly made a decision to take an old school approach and breed Clinta naturally and have her carry and raise her offspring. We hope her competitive spirit and giant heart will come through in her foals and believe that also will provide for a happy and healthy retirement for the mare who has giving us so much of herself. I would like to say thank you to the people who have made my journey with Clinta possible, the Sweeney family, Sagamore farm, Susan Heller, Fiona Dowley, Paul Schockemohle, Joseph Klaphake, Francois Mathy, Lee & Erica Mckeever, Virginie Casterman, Tim Ober, Mikey Boylan and all of the other countless people along the way who have touched Clinta and my story together in some way. 


At World of Showjumping, we wish Clinta a happy retirement! 


To read about Clinta’s journey to the top of the sport, click here for our series ‘From youngster to international Grand Prix horse’.


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