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McLain Ward Named 2017 Equestrian of the Year

We couldn’t think of a more deserving individual!

McLain Ward needs no introduction — and I think we can all say confidently that 2017 was definitely his year. Winning the 2017 USEF Equestrian of the Year title is perhaps icing on top of a wonderful cake.

But to hear McLain tell it, in his typical diffident, humble style, there’s still plenty of work to be done — not just for himself, but for all of us in the equestrian world. Watch McLain’s acceptance speech below, in which he touches on his life with horses, his inspiration and guiding lights, and his keen take on the state of the equestrian world and its future.

McLain Ward 2017 USEF Equestrian of the Year

McLain Ward is the 2017 USEF Equestrian of the Year????????! “Without the horse none of this would be possible. We owe them our lives. They give us so much and they ask for only basic kindness in return. I believe horses and humans have a connection that draws us to each other. I believe in their own way they know we need them and they are pleased to be our partner whether it be in work or sport. We need to remember to never take this privilege of working and living with horses for granted. To never lose our appreciation for what they have given us throughout the history of time and to be sure that their relevance in our society does not fade away. This is our greatest responsibility as equestrians.” – McLain Ward

Posted by US Equestrian on Thursday, January 18, 2018

“Without the horse none of this would be possible. We owe them our lives. They give us so much and they ask for only basic kindness in return. I believe horses and humans have a connection that draws us to each other. I believe in their own way they know we need them and they are pleased to be our partner whether it be in work or sport. We need to remember to never take this privilege of working and living with horses for granted. To never lose our appreciation for what they have given us throughout the history of time and to be sure that their relevance in our society does not fade away. This is our greatest responsibility as equestrians.”

We couldn’t agree more, McLain. Thank you for your insight — and congratulations!

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