McLain Ward & Callas. Photograph © Sportfot.
USA’s McLain Ward had a packed home on its ft on the finish of a nine-horse jump-off within the CHF406,000 Constancy Investments® CSI5* Grand Prix throughout Week 5’s ‘Saturday Evening Lights’ on the Winter Equestrian Competition (WEF). He and Callas had precision and velocity in spades to sort out Frank Rothenberger’s (GER) monitor and win the primary CSI5* occasion of the WEF season.
There’s one other main woman arising in Ward’s spectacular string of horses. He expertly piloted Callas, a 15-year-old Holsteiner (Casall x Coriano) to the primary CSI5* victory of the mare’s profession on Saturday. They eclipsed what appeared like an untouchable main time from Eire’s Darragh Kenny and Volnay du Boisdeville, a 2009 Selle Français stallion (Winningmood x Jalisco B) owned by Vlock Present Stables. Ward clocked in at 44.03 seconds, almost a second quicker that Kenny (45.09). A good smaller margin separated second and third place, with Kent Farrington (USA) stopping the clock at 45.14 seconds with Landon, a 2013 Zangersheide gelding (Comilfo Plus Z x Quadrillo) owned by Haity MC Nerney.
Ward has been the number-one rider for Callas for a few 12 months, however is not any stranger to the mare’s expertise after scouting her for earlier rider, U.S. Underneath 25 athlete Annabel Revers. “She’s been knocking on the door, so it’s good for us to interrupt by and get an enormous win,” stated Ward of the Beechwood Stables owned mare.
Gazelle Retired from Sport in Wellington Worldwide Ceremony
Kent Farrington’s 17-year-old mount Gazelle was formally retired from sport on Saturday night, February 11, in a ceremony at Wellington Worldwide.
Throughout their storied profession collectively, Farrington and Gazelle – owned by Robin Parsky – loved victories throughout the globe. Their trophy case contains winner Grand Prix of Aachen in 2019, winner Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva in 2017, and twice winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Spruce Meadows in 2017 and 2016.
Gazelle (Kashmir van Shuttershof X Indoctro) and Farrington additionally led the victory gallop in the course of the Constancy Investments® Grand Prix in 2017, making Saturday a poetically applicable night to have a good time the mare’s successes and wholesome retirement.
With nice admiration to Gazelle, Parsky famous, “After 10 years of extraordinary accomplishments on the most prestigious present leaping occasions on this planet, it was a troublesome resolution for Kent and me to have Gazelle go away her sporting profession, however I’m delighted to report that she is in terrific situation, and he or she will likely be heading for a well-deserved lifetime of inexperienced pastures and sunshine.
“Kent and I had an ideal expertise right here in 2017 when Gazelle gained the Constancy [Investments®] Grand Prix, so we determined that we might let her retire on the prime of her sport right here. To have the ability to have her followers thank her and understand how a lot we recognize her, that’s what we needed. Thanks to all of Wellington and everybody right here at WEF for serving to us do that great tribute to an unbelievable horse.”