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McLain Ward and Sapphire Extend Their Leads in AGA Races

Madden Vaults to Second, Authentic to Third

Wellington, FL – April 11, 2007 – Following a second place finish in the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, a performance that included two clean rounds, McLain Ward and his partner Sapphire have added to their already impressive leads in both the American Grand Prix Association (AGA) Rider and Horse of the Year races. Beezie Madden, racking up her second American Invitational win in three years, has soared into second place in the AGA Rider race, and her mount Authentic jumped from off the charts all the way up to third in the race for AGA Horse of the Year.

Entering its twenty-ninth year, the AGA Grand Prix Series of Show Jumping is the world’s richest and longest running series of equestrian show jumping events. The AGA series offers over $3 million dollars in prize money on a tour that encompasses thirty events and twenty different equestrian markets across the United States.

Ward added 48 points and two more clean rounds in Tampa, pushing his imposing total to 214 points with seven clean rounds.

Madden, who was 13th on the list prior to the American Invitational at Raymond James Stadium, picked up 87 points for her victory and moved ahead of Frankie Chesler-Ortiz into second place with 108 points. Chesler-Ortiz sits third with 93 points. Rodrigo Pessoa, who was tied with Madden prior to last Saturday’s action, vaulted into fourth place with 81 points. Canadian Mario Deslauriers is fifth with 72.

With an incredible Florida tour, Sapphire, who finished a distant 22nd in the race for AGA Horse of the Year last year, has already doubled the total prize money won by 2006 Horse of the Year Madison. Madison collected $103,930 following the entire 2006 campaign. With still 22 events remaining on the 2007 AGA tour schedule, Sapphire, owned by Ward and Blue Chip Bloodstock, has already bankrolled an amazing $201,927 in earnings.

The Sher-Al Farm’s Picolien Zeldenrust, with $89,052 on the ledger, is second, and Authentic, owned by Abigail Wexner, has climbed all the way into third place with $82,500 in money won. Paradigm, from Mario Deslauriers, is fourth with $67,750, and Hickstead, under the ownership of the Torrey Pines and Ashland Stables, is fifth with $64,578.

Cara Cheska, with a sixth place finish in the $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, CSI-W, initiates this year’s AGA Rookie of the Year race with $3,750 in prize money won.

On Sunday, April 15, the AGA tour moves to the Charlotte Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on for the $150,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte, CSI 4*. Following Charlotte, the $50,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix at the Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, on May 12, and the $75,000 Grand Prix of Devon at Devon, PA, on June 7, take center stage.

On the West Coast, the $100,000 HBO Grand Prix of Del Mar takes place on May 5th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Arena in Del Mar, CA. After Del Mar, it’s on to the Memorial Day Classic in Burbank, CA, on May 28, 2007.

AGA Rider of the Year Standings:

Standing, Rider, Total Clear Rounds, Total Points

1 Ward, McLain 7 214

2 Madden, Beezie 6 108

3 Chesler-Ortiz, Frankie 3 93

4 Pessoa, Rodrigo 1 81

5 Deslauriers, Mario 4 72

6 Lamaze, Eric 5 71

7 Torano, Danielle 3 56

8 Engle, Margie 3 43

Spooner, Richard 3 43

10 Minikus, Todd 2 38

11 Deusser, Daniel 0 34

12 Fuchs, Marcus 2 32

Millar, Ian 2 32

14 Berkley, Ken 4 31

15 Ashe, Molly 3 27

Levy, Kate 3 27

17 Chapot, Laura 3 25

Kraut, Laura 3 25

19 Raether, Cara 0 23

20 Silverman, Lisa 1 21

21 Goutal, Brianne 2 20

22 Riley, Schuyler 2 19

23 Bucci, Laurie 3 18

24 Garofalo, Judy 0 14

25 Ballard, Erynn 2 10

26 Bloomberg, Georgina 2 9

Hough, Lauren 2 9

Kerins, Darragh 1 9

McCrea, Christine 1 9

30 De Roock, Gilbert 2 8



AGA Horse of the Year Standings:

Standing, Horse, Owner, Total Money

1 Sapphire* McLain Ward $ 201,927

2 Picolien Zeldenrust Sher-Al Farm $ 89,052

3 Authentic Abigail Wexner $ 82,500

4 Paradigm Mario Deslauriers $ 67,750

5 Hickstead Torrey Pines Stable $ 64,578

6 Vancouver D'Auvray Sir Ruly, Inc. $ 52,770

7 Cristallo Show Jumping Syndication's Int'l $ 39,096

8 Hidden Creek's Quervo Gold Hidden Creek Farm, Inc. $ 39,000

9 Pavarotti Todd Minikus, LLC $ 33,957

10 La Toya III JURI ADOLFO $ 30,000

11 In Style Susan Grange $ 27,500

12 Carlos Boy Krista Weisman $ 26,457

13 Pristanna Stal Tops $ 26,385

14 Coeur Double H Farm $ 26,000

15 Vent Du Nord Kate Levy $ 24,250

16 Little Big Man Laura Chapot & Chado Farm, Inc. $ 22,250

17 Ublesco Trelawny Farm, Inc. $ 20,734

18 Obelix R South Shore Farm $ 20,277

19 CoCu Jane F. Clark $ 17,200

20 Anthem The Summit Group $ 16,750

21 Ilian South Beach Stable $ 16,500

22 Oliver III Higher Ground Farm $ 14,392

23 Casar (DE) Cloverlea Farm $ 10,000

24 Quidam's Ramiro Claude Dufresne $ 9,750

25 Onira Cloverleaf Farm $ 8,000

26 Judgement Iron Spring Farm $ 7,957

27 Robin Van Roosendael Looking Back Farm $ 7,800

28 Promised Land Christine Tribble $ 7,750

29 Hooligan De Rosyl Stal Tops $ 7,500

30 CIM Christo Gotham Enterprizes $ 7,000



AGA Rookie of the Year Standings:

Standing, Rider, Total Money

1 Cheska, Cara $ 3,750



2007 AGA Tour Events:

Event, Prize, Date, Venue, Class

Budweiser Grand Prix of Lake Placid CSI 3*

$ 75,000 Jul 01, 07 Lake Placid Show Grounds

Lake Placid, NY CSI

Hermes I Love New York Grand Prix, CSI

$ 75,000 Jul 07, 07 Lake Placid Show Grounds

Lake Placid, New-York CSI

Rocky Mountain Grand Prix

$ 40,000 Jul 21, 07 Colorado Horse Park

Parker, CO

Cleveland Grand Prix

$ 50,000 Jul 22, 07 Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field

Moreland Hills, OH

Grand Prix of Denver

$ 60,000 Jul 28, 07 Colorado Horse Park

Parker, CO

Oregon High Dessert Classic Grand Prix

$ 25,000 Jul 28, 07 J Bar J Boys Ranch

Bend, Oregon

Sussex County Grand Prix

$ 50,000 Aug 11, 07 Sussex County Fairgrounds

Sussex, NJ

Kentucky Summer Classic

$ 40,000 Aug 12, 07 Kentucky Horse Park

Lexington, KY

Budweiser Grand Prix of Indianapolis

$ 65,000 Aug 19, 07 Wild Air Farm

Zionsville, IN

Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic

$ 75,000 Sep 09, 07 Grand Prix Field

South Hamilton, MA

World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix - CSI-W

$ 50,000 Sep 16, 07 The Oaks

San Juan Capistrano, CA CSI-W

Los Angeles International CSI-W

$ 50,000 Sep 22, 07 Los Angeles Equestrian Center

Burbank, CA CSI-W

Wachovia Securities American Gold Cup CSI-W

$ 100,000 Sep 23, 07 Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field

Moreland Hills, OH CSI-W

Budweiser Grand Prix De Penn National, CSI-W

$ 65,000 Oct 27, 07 Farm Show Arena

Harrsiburg, PA CSI-W

LA National CSI-W

$ 50,000 Nov 17, 07 Los Angeles Equestrian Center

Burbank, CA CSI-W

AGA Championship (Final)

$ 0 Dec 23, 07 Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club

Wellington, Florida AGA Championship



Photo Credit: McLain Ward and Sapphire at the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational Photo ©2007 by Randi Muster.

 

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