McLain Ward & Bellefleur PS Z Ph. Sportfot
In their second victory of the week at the WEF, McLain Ward and Bellefleur PS Z won the $70,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic CSI5* 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 Brazil’s Francisco Jose Mesquita Musa on Catch Me Imperio Egipicio, owned by Daniel Aguiar Morelli, who stopped the timers in 37.09 seconds. Young American Eve Jobs 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 seven 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.”
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