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 place.

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 place.

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.

To view complete results from today's competition, please visit:
http://wihs.showjumping.tv/results/resultResponse.php? show_id=2

About The Washington International Horse Show
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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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