After having what he referred to as a four-fault week, McLain Ward(USA) found his victory in the Suncor Cup aboard the incredibly talented HH Carlos Z, a 15-year-old Zangersheide gelding. After an astoundingly positive Spruce Meadows Summer Series, Ward knew the winning day was just around the corner. Returning in the middle of the pack for the Winning Round, Ward posted a lighting fast time of 55.11 seconds to beat them all.
“As [owner] Mr. Harrison always says, he’s the best pound-for-pound we have,” said McLain after his win. “He is a winner, its hard to find a show he doesn’t win a competition at – we’ve had a little bit of a four-fault week and I just knew he was going to be in good form today and it paid off – he performed beautifully.”
Following behind for second place was Egypt’s Sameh El Dahan aboard the 11-year-old chestnut mare, WKD Diva. It was a close finish between the top two finishers with El Dahan returning for the winning round with the advantage of going late in the order El Dahan rode a fierce winning round but fell 0.71 seconds short of Wards time.
The third and final position went to Canada’s Eric Lamaze aboard the 11-year-old gelding Chacco Kid. The Canadian great aboard what is naturally a much slower-paced horse than the top two finishers, posted a valiant effort, finishing with a time of 56.37 seconds.