The United States’ two-time Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward of Brewster, New York rode with perfection, clearing every fence through four rounds of jumping to win the Longines FEI World Cup Finals at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska Sunday.
"It's amazing. To win the World Cup anywhere is a dream come true and to win here at home with this amazing crowd is something I have been dreaming about since I was a little kid," said Ward. "I have been the overnight leader a couple of times and messed it up some way or another. I said to "Annie" (as he affectionately calls his mount, HH Azur), 'I need a little help tonight' and she gave it to me."
1.McLain Ward (USA) HH Azur - 0
2. Romain Duguet (SUI) Twentytwo des Biches - 4
3. Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) Mary Lou - 8
4. Martin Fuchs (SUI) Clooney - 9
5. Sergio Alvarez Moya (ESP) Arrayan - 9
6. Guido Klatte jun (GER) Qinghai - 11
7. Gregory Wathelet (BEL) Forlap - 11
8. Steve Guerdat (SUI) Bianca - 12
9. Maikel Van der Vleuten (NED) VDL Groep Verdi Tn N - 12
10. Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) Ensor de Litrange LXII - 16
11. Kevin Staut (FRA) Reveur de Hurtebise - 16
12. Marcus Ehning (GER) Pret A Tout - 18