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McLain Ward


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McLain Ward is an American show jumping competitor and Olympic champion. He has represented the US in 5 World Cups, 11 FEI World Cup Show Jumping Finals and numerous Nations Cup competitions. He is one of the most accomplished riders in the US, consistently at or near the top in World FEI rankings.

McLain has been recognized as a dominant competitor on the jumper circuit since his junior days In 1990, and at 14 years of age, Ward became the youngest rider ever to win both the USET Medal Finals and the USET Talent Derby. After graduating to the grand prix circuit, he wasted no time in making a name for himself, becoming the youngest rider to reach the $1 million mark in earnings.

At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Ward won the gold medal as part of the United States team in Team jumping, together with Peter Wylde, Beezie Madden and Chris Kappler.

He also continued to compete as an Olympian, winning the team gold for show jumping at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics with Laura Kraut (Cedric), Beezie Madden (Authentic), and Will Simpson (Carlson vom Dach) and Mclain's horse, Sapphire.

In 2009, he received the Whitney Stone Cup, awarded annually by the USET Foundation Executive Committee to an active competitor who displays consistent excellence in international competition, high standards of sportsmanlike conduct, while also serving as an ambassador for the United States and equestrian sport.

In 2010 Ward was featured in the television series A Rider's Story along with fellow Olympian Laura Kraut. McLain is married to Lauren Ward.

Summary of Accomplishments:

2010 World Equestrian Games - Highest US Show Jumping Team rider, Lexington, KY
2009 HITS $1 Million Grand Prix – Winner of the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, the richest Grand Prix in US Show Jumping history - Saugerties, NY
2009 Whitney Stone Cup Recipient
2009 Spruce Meadows – Winner of the $1,000,000 CN International Grand Prix Calgary, AB
2009 World Cup, Las Vegas, NV – 2nd Place Team Gold Medal – 2008 Olympic Games, Hong Kong
2007 Leading Rider of the Year - American Grand Prix Association (AGA) Tour
2007 World Cup, Las Vegas, NV – 8th place
Team Silver Medal– 2006 World Equestrian Games, Aachen, Germany
Team Silver Medal – 2006 Samsung Super League
Team Gold Medal – 2005 Samsung Super League
2005 World Cup Las Vegas, NV
Team Gold Medal – 2004 Olympic Games, Athens
2005 World Cup - Milan, Italy
2003 World Cup, Las Vegas, NV
2002/2003 Rider of the Year – American Grand Prix Association (AGA)
2002 World Cup, Leipzig, Germany – 4th Place
2001/2002 Rider of the Year – American Grand Prix Association (AGA)
Youngest rider to pass the $1 million mark in earnings – 1999
Winner of 11 Grand Prix – 1998