Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA – October 20, 2022 – Olympic gold medalist and Pennsylvania National Horse Show crowd-favorite McLain Ward (USA) topped the leaderboard in the $30,000 Beyaert Farm Grand Prix aboard Lezaro on Thursday.
Ward and the 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding came to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex fresh off a victory in the Grand Prix of Greenwich CSI 3* two weeks ago, and they replicated their winning ways to top the 33-horse field on Thursday night at the PNHS.
Following the first round, Ward and Lezaro were one of 13 entries qualified to come back for the Anderson Lima (BRA) designed jump-off track, and they made short work of the course, stopping the clock in 37.78 seconds.
Finishing exactly one second behind for second place were Laura Chapot (USA) and Calafornia, owned by Mary Chapot, and Mattias Tromp (USA) and Beyaert Farm Inc’s Infuria P&P rounded out the top three.
“I think the course designer, Anderson Lima, did a nice job here. It was a nice strong 1.45m with a couple 1.50ms, I thought it rode well, so that’s a good sign for the class on Saturday,” said Ward, referencing Saturday night’s $100,000 Grand Prix de Penn National.
“[This is] an incredible facility with obviously multiple rings and a lot of room for everybody, and it has a lot of history so it’s always nice to be here,” continued Ward.
Lezaro was sold by Ward to young rider Stella Wasserman early in the year, but after realizing it was not the perfect match, Ward and Susan Heller recently purchased him back.
“He’s a little bit of a finicky character – good quality but very sensitive,” explained Ward, who will compete next at with Lezaro at the Washington International Horse Show, October 24-30.
The show jumping competition continues into the weekend, with featured events including the $30,000 Alltech Lifeforce 1.30m Grand Prix on Friday at 6 p.m. and the grand finale $100,000 Grand Prix de Penn National, presented by Forrester Farm Equipment, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 22.
Admission is free for all events, with the exception of the $100,000 Grand Prix de Penn National, with tickets available here. Admission is always free for children 10 and under.
Final Results – $30,000 $30,000 Beyaert Farm Grand Prix
1) McLain Ward (USA) & Lezaro – 0 / 0 – 37.777
2) Laura Chapot (USA) & Calafornia – 0 / 0 – 38.781
3) Mattias Tromp (USA ) & Infuria P&P – 0 / 0 – 38.786
Source: Press Release by Emily Randolph / Randolph PR for the Pennsylvania National Horse Show
Photos: © Andrew Ryback Photography
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