Performance of the Week: McLain Ward

McLain Ward scores a brilliant victory in the Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix CSI5*.

McLain Ward won $401,000 at the Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix CSI5* in front of a packed International Arena. The two-time U.S. Olympic team gold medalist was riding Noche de Ronda during “Saturday Night Lights” at the 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival on February 8 in Wellington, FL.

The competition featured 40 of the world’s best jumpers on the Anthony D’Ambrosio and Andy Christiansen designed first-round track. Twelve posted perfect rounds to advance to a jump-off. U.S. Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington and Gazelle sat in the leading position on a time of 39.51 seconds when Ward entered the ring. Ward and Noche de Ronda broke the timers double-clear and the ones to beat in 37.47 seconds.

“That’s about all Ronda and I had to give,” said Ward. “I think for any of us, at that level, when you get to go after the one that sets the time, you have a bit of an advantage. Normally, you come out by winning or crashing, one or the other. It all came off very nice and the horse really performed spectacular.”

Congratulations to McLain Ward and Noche de Ronda! Go jumping and go riding!