McLain Ward and HH Azur rode the jump-off near the start of the order at the Dutch Masters Rolex Grand Prix, which means the rider had to hold his breath through 12 other starters to see if his time would hold. It did.
A blazing fast jump-off round that included a rollback turn so tight it will make your head spin meant that McLain and the 17-year-old Belgian Sport Horse mare (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve — Sion van de Zuuthoeve, by Sir Lui van de Zuuthoeve) have clinched two legs in a row of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. This win awards them a payout of 250,000 Euros and a chance at the ultimate honor (and even bigger prize money) by winning the Rolex Grand Slam if they can come out on top at the next leg of contest at CHIO Aachen in June.
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Check out the winning jump-off round above and watch the whole class on demand here with an H&C+ membership. Find the full class results here.
In case you missed Mclain’s first win counting toward the Rolex Grand Slam, you can watch his winning round from CHI Geneva below: