October 1: The PonyWorld Weekly
Quote of the Week
McLain Ward & Rothchild (c) Jenny Abrahamsson/World of Show Jumping
“I think Rothchild has taught me a lot of lessons. He’s taught me about meeting a horse in the middle. He’s taught me about believing in a horse and seeing the best in him. I really like this horse, aside from what he does in the ring. If he were a person, I’d have a beer with him."
—The U.S.A.’s McLain Ward on 2015 Pan-American individual gold medal-winning partner, Rothchild, who retired this week at the age of 17 during the American Gold Cup at Old Salem Farm.
Ward Has a New Chestnut on the Block
What’s the Word?
Rothchild may have retired from competition, but McLain Ward already has a fiery new chestnut waiting in the wings, and he could be a contender.
Tell Me More
Ward and the 9-year-old German Sport Horse gelding, Contagious (Contagio x For Keeps), were victorious this week during the $80,000 American Gold Cup World Cup Qualifier CSI4*-W, defeating a field of 44. The pair also demonstrated consistency, going on to finish fifth in the $204,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ New York on Sunday.
Ward & Contagious (c) Barre Dukes/Phelps Media Group
Contagious has been produced by 2012 London Olympic veteran (and Ward’s teammate) Reed Kessler in Europe for the last year and a half. Kessler has returned to the U.S. to attend school at Columbia University in New York, bringing Contagious with her to board with McLain, whose client, Lise Revers, later purchased the gelding. Ward was also victorious last week with another Kessler mount, Tradition De La Roque, taking home the 1.50m $70,000 Fidelity Investments® Classic CSI4* on Saturday.
**Watch This Space**
Six reasons why 60 is just a number…
Watching the ladies crush it at WEG 2018 was fun enough, but aside from being one of the few sports where women and men compete against each other, equestrian is also one of the best for competitors of every age. From the hunter ring to the cross-country field, Sissy Wickes tracks down six riders over 60 in every discipline who are still kicking butt and taking names.
This Just In…
Lillie Keenan is coming home.
Lillie Keenan (c) EquNews
The U.S.A. will welcome back top under-21 rider Lillie Keenan, who will return full-time to her home country to train with McLain Ward. Keenan, whose string includes top mounts Sky Horse and Fibonacci 17, is currently completing her final year at university and is a former student of Ireland’s Cian O’Connor.
If You Can Only Watch One Round…
Watch Molly Ashe Cawley and D’Arnita take home the weekend’s biggest class in Old Salem.
Last to go in the $204,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ New York, Molly Ashe Cawley & D’Arnita pulled out all the stops, besting a field of 37 to take home the win at the American Gold Cup on Sunday. Margie Goldstein-Engle & Royce took second, Mattias Tromp & Quinta third, and the PonyApp’s Lucy Davis finished fourth aboard Caracho!
Just Let People Enjoy Things (No Seriously)
We’re all guilty of the occasional Instagram eye-roll—that show coat we’d never wear, the amateur rider who bought a horse without his trainer, that round you couldn’t believe she’d have the gall to post. But just because we all do it from time to time doesn’t mean it’s right—thanks @equsportlife, @sporthorselifestyle, & @adamtots for this reminder.