Winning the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final Sunday vaulted McLain Ward to number one in the world rankings. He’s been there before, but with another U.S. rider, Kent Farrington, being number two at the same time, Americans dominate the top of the standings.
Five of the top 10 were in Omaha over the weekend for the jumping final, where McLain led all the way through five rounds with HH Azur to take the title on his 17th try. McLain’s closest competition was Romain Duguet of Switzerland on Twentytwo des Biches, who had 4 penalties to the winner’s total of zero.
Kent didn’t come to Omaha because he thought his best candidate for the competition, Creedance, wasn’t ready for such a test.