McLain Ward Captures Puissance Title Second Year Running


(Washington, DC) ‘ October 12, 2007 ‘ Horse and rider combinations have the opportunity every year during the Washington International Horse Show to attempt to break
the horse high jump record during the Puissance, sponsored by The Monica and Herman Greenberg Foundation and AEGON. The first round of the class consists of four jumps, a
vertical jump, an oxer (two parallel vertical rails), an
ascending triple oxer (three vertical rails ascending in
height), and ‘The Wall’ (an appearing solid, brick wall).
If a jump off is needed to break a tie, the triple oxer
and ‘The Wall’ are the two jumps that make up the course.

During the first round of the class, all four riders,
Margie Engle riding Hidden Creeks Quervo Gold, McLain Ward
riding Equifit Pozitano, Michael Morrissey riding Crabamboli, and Karen Cudmore riding Conejo, went clean to
make it into the first jump off. Margie Engle chose to
not move forward to the jump off thus receiving fourth

All three riders went clean in the first and second jump
off. During the third jump off, Michael Morrissey was
eliminated when Crabamboli brushed the top of ‘The Wall’
with his front hooves, resulting in four faults.

‘The Wall’ was then raised to 6′ 8 ” for the third
round. Ward rode first and cleanly cleared both
obstacles, sending a challenge to Cudmore to match his
height. To the crowd’s dismay, Conejo brushed the top of
the wall, resulting in four faults and a tie for second

Ward’s victory gallop at the Washington International
Horse Show is becoming customary as he won the Puissance’s
Congressman’s Challenge Trophy in 2006 and previously had
won the Puissance three consecutive times on Achat 6.
With the three consecutive wins in 2000, 2001 and 2002,
Ward retired the trophy and redonated it in 2003.

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About The Washington International Horse Show


The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), a 501 (c)
(3) charitable organization benefiting local and national
charities, is a world-class championship event, drawing
leading equestrian riders from around the nation and the
world. Each year riders participate in qualifying shows
to earn the honor of riding at the WIHS. The
WIHS welcomes more than 600 horse and rider duos to
compete to win some of the most coveted and prestigious
awards in the world, including more than $400,000 in prize
money. The show takes place every October in Washington,
DC, attracting the attention of the equestrian world, non-
equestrian world, celebrities and politicos alike with
events such as show jumping, dressage, barrel racing and
terrier races. October 2008 will mark the 50th
anniversary of the WIHS.

The Washington International Horse Show is supported by
the following 2007 sponsors: Salamander Hospitality, LLC,
Hidden Trail Farm, LLC, FTI Consulting, Inc., Merial, LTD
(UlcerGard), Monica & Hermen Greenberg, Canadian National
Railway Company (CN), Monarch International, Gotham North,
St. Michelle Wine Estates, Lynn Ellen Rice & Last Name
Left Productions, Pat Carleton & The Cottonwood, Ltd.,
Pedigree/Masterfoods, Crawford Communications, Shalanno
Farm, Tara Management, Tad Coffin Performance Saddles,
Halstrum, LLC/Lubrisyn, Brooke Carmichael McMurray-Fowler
& Pam Carmichael Keenan, JPC Equestrian, Betty & Ernie
Oare, Berkley Underwriting Partners, LLC & EMO Insurance
Agency, Inc., The Reid Family, Hillary Stiff & Chris &
Nalini Rogers, Platinum Performance, Far Niente Stables,
LLC and Cornell University.

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WIHS is an official USEF Heritage Competition, and holds the highest rating,  CSI5*-W, awarded by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, as well as a US Equestrian 6* Jumpers and  Premier Hunters. It is recognized by the US Hunter Jumper Association, Maryland Horse Show Association, and Virginia Horse Show Association. WIHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.