"Everything went as I had hoped," said the Dutch chef d’equipe John Rockx after his riders vaulted the team from the Netherlands into the lead in the CDIO Nations Cup at Rotterdam with their Grand Prix scores.
Clark Montgomery had been leading after the dressage, but finished the ERM CIC*** at the Bramham International Horse Trials with second place aboard Loughan Glen after pulling one rail and then jumping faultlessly on cross-country. China’ Alex Hua Tin took the win on Don Geniro, moving up from second after the dressage with clean jumping rounds.
Horses are for sure the ultimate humblers, as Rothchild proved tonight. McLain Ward rode a remarkable winning streak into the Devon Horse Show.
He'd won grand prix classes at the Old Salem Farm horse shows (N.Y.) and the Rome CSIO before coming to Devon and quickly winning three of the FEI open jumper classes in the week's schedule. So, he was for sure the hot favorite to top the $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon. And as he and Rothchild landed off the next-to-last fence of the jump-off, he was well on his way to a winning time.
"You'd better step back, Jack's going to go crazy," Louise Serio advised the group of people standing at the in-gate of the Dixon Oval watching Liza Boyd's handy round aboard Like I Said.
Jack Towell was there, watching his daughter intently. And as she landed over the last, huge oxer, he jumped up and down, whooping and clapping, proving Serio right. "See, I told you. Crazy!" Serio said with a laugh.
Professional hunter rider Jennifer Alfano fractured her left knee in a fall while competing at the Devon Horse Show. Alfano was riding Miss Lucy in the first high performance hunter class of the day when she got unseated a few strides after landing off one jump and fell. Miss Lucy was unharmed in the incident.
Alfano was transported to a local hospital and may have to undergo surgery to repair the damage.
Just 24 hours before the $50,000 Welcome Stake at the Devon Horse Show, McLain Ward was just flying in from Europe after having stormed to a dominant weekend at the Rome CSIO5*. The morning of the class, he took a few hours to teach some students and show some sales horses.