Lexington, Kentucky, USA – November 04, 2021 – Show jumping competition made its debut at the 2021 National Horse Show (NHS) on Thursday, November 4. Welcoming some of the world’s top show jumping athletes and their mounts, the CSI4* designated competition featured a star-studded lineup of 37 horse-and-rider pairs representing nine nations, including the United States, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Great Britain, Brazil, Russia, Switzerland and Israel. McLain Ward (USA) rode Catoki to best a 36-horse field in the $36,600 International Speed CSI 4*.
Thirty-six horse-and-rider combinations made their Alltech Arena debut for the $36,600 International Speed CSI 4*. In a dash for the cash over Cabral’s 11-fence course, Ward (USA) would turn in the quickest clear time of 48.61 seconds to take home the win aboard Catoki, a 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Ward, Marilla Van Buren and Bob Russell. Second place honors were awarded to Cook (USA) and Fecybelle, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, for their clear round in 49.16 seconds. Catherine Tyree (USA) rounded out the top three with her own 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Bokai, who crossed the finish line in 51.31 seconds without accumulating any faults over the course.
Final Results – $36,600 International Speed Challenge CSI 4*W
1) McLain Ward (USA) & Catoki – 0 / 48.61
2) Karl Cook (USA) & Fecybelle – 0 / 49.16
3) Catherine Tyree (USA) & Bokai – 0 / 51.31
Source: Press Release by Georgie Hammond for National Horse Show
Photos: © Georgie Hammond