Middleburg, VA - August 24, 2012 - Olympic gold Medalist McLain Ward and his London partner Antares F will be in the spotlight as the second leg of the all-new Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) Triple Crown Challenge takes place at the famed Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, NY on Sunday, September 2nd during the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix & FEI World Cup™ Qualifier.
Ward and Antares F captured the first leg of the Triple Crown Challenge when they scored the victory in the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair in May. They are the defending champions in the Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic where Ward has won the featured Grand Prix six times, twice as many times as any other rider.
"The Triple Crown Challenge adds an exciting element to great events such as Devon, the Hampton Classic and the Alltech National Horse Show," said Ward. "As I mentioned after Devon, it's a great bonus for the riders, a difficult one, but one with a great reward if you can get it done. Antares has jumped well in the past at Bridgehampton, so we will try our best to win that second leg at the Hampton Classic."
"Even Hollywood could not have come up with a better script than having McLain be the rider with a chance to win the first ever Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge," said Shanette Barth Cohen, Executive Director of the Hampton Classic. "He has had more success at the Hampton Classic than any rider in history and there will be an added air of excitement when he and Antares F enter the ring for our FTI Grand Prix."
Taylor Harris created this unique challenge with the idea of offering a spectacular $200,000 top prize for any show jumping rider that can put together back to back to back wins on the same horse at three of the nation's most prestigious grand prix events.
Michael Taylor stated, "We are excited to watch McLain and Antares compete to win the second leg of the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge. McLain is a consummate competitor, and we are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity at the Hampton Classic, truly a great venue for McLain to pursue the Triple Crown Challenge. He is exceptionally qualified and capable."
The three events included in the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge are the already completed $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon, the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix & FEI World Cup™ Qualifier scheduled for Sunday, September 2, 2012 at the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, New York and the third jewel of the Triple Crown Challenge, the $250,000 Alltech National Horse Show Grand Prix on Saturday, November 3, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.
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Photos: McLain Ward and Antares F; McLain Ward receives award from Taylor Harris' Michael Taylor and Bill Weeks at the Devon Horse Show - photo by Parker Russell - The Book LLC; McLain Ward and Antares F winning the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon, the first leg of the THIS Triple Crown - photo by Parker Russell - The Book LLC