Seven combinations, including Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) with Old Willow Farms, LLC’s Zeremonie, posted a clear first round over Uilano Vezzani’s challenging course. Farrington (Wellington, Fla.), with Amalaya Investments’ Voyeur, nearly had a clear round, but had a rail down at the last fence for four faults.
Ward (Brewster, N.Y), with Double H Farm and Francois Mathy's HH Azur, posted the fastest time out of the 13 combinations advancing to the jump-off at 40.45. He and HH Azur edged out Sweden’s Peder Fredricson and H&M All in by over two seconds. Kraut and Zeremonie went double-clear to place third. Farrington and Voyeur also went clear in the jump-off to place fifth.
This is Ward and HH Azur’s second Grand Prix victory this year. They won the $380,000 Suncast® Grand Prix CSI5* during week seven of the Winter Equestrian Festival in February.