Ward captures season opener

Showjumping veteran, McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, captured his first victory of the '2001 season aboard his new mount, 4 Seasons. Ward bested a field of 42 starters in the opening meet of the ...Showjumping veteran, McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, captured his first victory of the '2001 season aboard his new mount, 4 Seasons. Ward bested a field of 42 starters in the opening meet of the ...

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Showjumping veteran, McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, captured his first victory of the ‘2001 season aboard his new mount, 4 Seasons. Ward bested a field of 42 starters in the opening meet of the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival, scoring a fault-free ride over the Americhoice Open Speed 12 obstacle jumping course in 60.80 seconds. Ward also finished in the ribbons in at least five other competitions today. 2000 Olympian and 6 time AGA rider of the year, Margie Engle of Wellington, FL finished behind Ward in 62.30 seconds on board Hidden Creek’s Alvar.

Third place finish went to USET Veteran, Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL up on Pandora who finished up just splits behind 62.36. McLain Ward took a fourth in this competition as well.

The 29th anniversary season of the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival opened its doors at Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club on Wednesday with over 2,500 horses scheduled to compete this week alone and over 4000 horses on the grounds. The Cosequin WEF offers over $3 million in total prizes and features four qualifiers to the 2001 World Cup in Sweden. Top athletes to watch include ’96 Olympic Team silver medalists, Anne Kursinski, Peter Leone and Leslie Burr-Howard and 2000 Olympians, Margie Engle, Laura Kraut, Lauren Hough and Nona Garson.

The Cosequin WEF runs Wednesdays through Sundays at Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, now to March 11. Tickets are available at the gate or by calling (561) 793-JUMP.