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‘Phenomenal for the future of the sport’: McLain Ward praises up-and-coming U.S. rivals after grand prix win

McLain Ward (USA) capped off the first week of competition at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) with top honors in the feature class, the $75,000 Bainbridge Companies Grand Prix.

On Sunday, January 10, the pair jumped the only double clear effort of the day to claim the title after four speedy entries went through to the jump-off from a field of 30 entries.

Ward and Catoki, an 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Marilla van Beuren, Bob Russell and Ward moved swiftly across the shortened track set by Eric Hasbrouck (USA) to set the tone for the remaining entries with a fault-free time of 36.846 seconds.

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Article written by: Jennifer Donald

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