In their second victory of the week, McLain Ward and Bellefleur PS Z won the $70,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic CSI 5* over a field of 55 entries. There were 17 that advanced to the jump-off, and it was race for the nine double-clear rides. With the fastest time in the class of 35.93 seconds, Ward and Bellefleur PS Z graced the winner’s circle. The pair also won Friday’s $35,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Classic.
Second place went to Francisco Jose Mesquita Musa (BRA) on Catch Me Imperio Egipicio, owned by Daniel Aguiar Morelli, who stopped the timers in 37.09 seconds. Eve Jobs (USA) and her own Charleville were third in 38.19 seconds.
Ward said that Bellefleur PS Z, a nine-year-old Zangersheide mare by Berlin x Quidam de Revel owned by Susan Heller and Lilly Ward, has been jumping clear rounds her whole life and shows off her exuberant jumping style no matter what, usually bringing home the blue ribbon.
“Her jumping style is ridiculous,” said Ward. “The pictures are obscene actually. She will go to a show and win three out of four classes like that.”
While her style and consistent victories remind spectators and Ward himself of his past incredible horses Goldika 559 and HH Carlos Z, Ward believes that having had Bellefleur since she was six years old will pay off even more in the future.
He explained, “She is like Goldika or Carlos or that model of a horse. I wasn’t able to have those horses from the beginning so sometimes they came with a little bit of baggage by the time I got them. This horse I have had from the beginning and have been able to not only plan out her career, but also to try to put her in a positive way. When you have a horse that is that careful, that makes a big difference.”
Earlier in the morning in the International Arena, Katie Browne and Eranka B, owned by Dayle Fischer, won the $10,000 Equitan Medium Junior Jumper Classic.
Final Results: $70,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic CSI 5*
1 BELLEFLEUR PS Z: 2009 Zangersheide mare by Berlin x Quidam de Revel MCLAIN WARD (USA), Susan Heller and Lilly Ward: 0/0/35.93
2 CATCH ME IMPERIO EGIPICIO: 2008 Hanoverian mare by Contagio x Werther FRANCISCO JOSE MESQUITA MUSA (BRA), Daniel Aguiar Morelli: 0/0/37.09
3 CHARLEVILLE: 2007 KWPN gelding by Quasimodo Z x Lancelot EVE JOBS (USA), Eve Jobs: 0/0/38.19
4 D CANCARRA A.C.: 2009 SBS stallion by Contefino x Kashmir van Schuttershof OLIVIER PHILIPPAERTS (BEL), Ludo Philippaerts: 0/0/38.42
5 CARRABIS Z: 2003 Zangersheide stallion by Canabis Z x Grannusso
RICHIE MOLONEY (IRL), Equinimity LLC: 0/0/38.91
6 SOORY DE L’HALLALI: 2006 Selle Francais mare ZOE CONTER (BEL), Stephex Stables: 0/0/39.18
7 CARTOUCHE: 2007 Silla Argentina stallion MCLAIN WARD (USA), McLain Ward: 0/0/39.37
8 ADAMO: 2005 KWPN gelding by Lupicor x Ekstein
CHLOE REID (USA), Team Honor USA LLC: 0/0/41.30
9 ARMIK: 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Armitage x Justinian xx CAPT. BRIAN COURNANE (IRL), Brian Cournane and M/M Bob Stiller: 0/0/41.52
10 ECLATANT: 2009 KWPN gelding by Berlin x Heartbreaker PETRONELLA ANDERSSON (SWE), Stephex Stables: 0/4/37.11
11 BRIGHTON: 2006 KWPN gelding by Contender II x Quick Star
TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Artisan Farms LLC: 0/4/38.51
12 Z DIAMANTY: 2007 Holsteiner mare by Diamant de Semilly x Cor de la Bryere KEEAN WHITE (CAN), The Z Group, Javier Salvador Stables, and Diamante Ate: 0/4/40.47