McLain Ward wins the Palm Beach Masters Grand Prix
At Deeridge Farms in Wellington, McLain Ward won the CSI 5* Grand Prix. This comes just 5 days after triumphing at WEF, the American turned in a great new performance with his incredible Noche de Ronda. Set in the beautiful grass arena over an Alan Wade designed course, his Quintender daughter’s huge strides allowed him to beat Billy Twomey's time with Kimba Flamenco (Je T’aime Flamenco).
3rd place went to Margie Goldstein-Engle and her powerful Diarado son, Dicas. Ashlee Bond and another Diarado son, Donatello, and Jessica Springsteen on Don Juan van de Donkhoeve (Bamako De Muze) both went clear and took the 4th and 5th places.
Martin Fuchs notched up four faults on Silver Shine (Califax), which deprived him of 2nd place: the Swiss rider had to settle for 6th. Incidentally, Fuchs was voted Sportsman of the Year in his home canton of Thurgau last night.
Beat Mändli won the Thursday qualifier with his lovely mount, Vic des Cerisiers (Olympic d’Anguerny).
The Grand Prix was held on Friday, since the first Nations Cup of the 2020 season will be held on Sunday.
Photo © Kathy Russel Photography