McLain Ward’s (USA) Rothchild will be retired from competition. The 17-year-old chestnut Belgian Sport Horse gelding (Artos x Elegant de L’Ile) has been one of the winningiest performers at the highest level of the sport over the past 8 years. The Sagamore Farms’ gelding career is highlighted by several grand prix victories, a lot of them at the five star-level.
McLain Ward (USA) & Rothchild flying to victory in the 2014 Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) Grand Prix of Antwerpen CSI 5*.
Among them, the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Antwerpen CSI 5* (photo), at Aachen, the Hits Million Grand Prix, other grand prix wins at the Devon Horse Show, Spruce Meadows and throughout several seasons while competing during the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Florida.
Rothchild had quite a character, known for bucking right after crossing the finish line and putting his ears back while going over the jumps. He was special, in fact, one of his major achievements was taking McLain Ward to Individual Gold at the 2015 Pan-American Games in Toronto, Canada.
The retirement ceremony will take place during the American Gold Cup, which released the following statement on their Facebook page:
“I think Rothchild has taught me a lot of lessons,” Ward said. “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 go have a beer with him.” There’s no doubt that “the little horse that could”, with his ears flat back, fighting to jump every fence, will keep beating the odds and forever be an inspiration to fans everywhere.
McLain Ward (USA) & Rotchild during the 2014 Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) Grand Prix of Antwerpen CSI 5*.
For more information about Rothchild and his career stats, click here.
Photos: © LGCT / Stefano Grasso