McLain Ward & Silberrose Cruise to Victory in Speed Derby at the Hampton Classic CSI 4*
Bridgehampton, New York, USA – August 30, 2019 – Activity in the jumper rings picked up speed Friday morning at the Hampton Classic CSI 4*, with qualifying classes taking place for those hoping to move forward to the weekend’s finals, and championships being awarded in divisions having taken place throughout the week.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2018 WEG team gold medalist McLain Ward (USA) claimed victory in the $15,000 Speed Derby Friday afternoon, his second win this week with new mount Silberrose. The Derby course included the natural obstacles which the Classic’s grand prix ring is known for: the bank, the open water and the beautiful trimmed hedges.
Ward had not tested his new mount over Derby-style obstacles prior to competing at the Classic, but explained that as in life, a positive attitude can take you a long way.
“She’s really a game, brave, competitive mare and she was really on form today,” said Ward of Silberrose. “I knew she had jumped the water before, but I didn’t know how she would be to the bank.
“With a Derby course, if you have a horse that you know you can count on not to be afraid of those different fences, that’s always a great benefit. Even in those places, you can shave a bit of time by taking more risk. Today we saw some of the riders really taking time and setting up the natural fences. It helps that she’s also just a really fast horse. She doesn’t waste a lot of time. She doesn’t have a huge stride but the way the lines were set up today, I could do the same number of strides as the bigger horses without slowing down.”
Ward and the 11-year-old bay Hannoverian mare (Stakkato Gold x Vulkano) registered a penalty-free effort in 60.199 seconds for the victory.
The next two highest-placed combinations were also double clear, with Richie Moloney (IRL) and Boriena H claiming silver honors in 62.759 seconds
Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Kecho du Sud rounded out the top three with no penalties and a time of 62.759 seconds.
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Source: Press release from The Hampton Classic Horse Show
Photos: © Shawn McMillen Photography