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McLain Ward
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McLain Ward
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Hometown: Brewster, N.Y.

Birthday: 10/17/1975

Sport/Disciplines: Jumping

McLain Ward was introduced to riding before he could walk and has a competitive prowess that only continues to increase with age. In 1990, Ward became the youngest rider ever to win both the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Medal Finals and the USET Talent Derby at age 14. After turning pro, he quickly became the youngest rider to reach the $1 million mark in earnings in 1999, at age 24. Ward has been a valuable member of the NetJets U.S. Show Jumping Team competing on numerous medal-winning FEI Nations Cup teams, including his most recent appearances on the bronze-medal winning team at the FEI Jumping Nations Cup USA and gold-medal winning team at the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Wellington CSIO4*. In 2018, he earned a spot on his third WEG team after impressive results with Clinta and HH Azur. During the WEG observation period, he and HH Azur were part of the team that tied for silver in the FEI Nations Cup CSIO5* Rome, where they also placed fourth in the Rolex Rome Grand Prix CSIO5*. He and Clinta were part of the bronze medal effort in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup The Netherlands. At CHIO Aachen, Ward won the Prize of North Rhine-Westfalia with Clinta and placed second in the Turkish Airlines-Prize of Europe CSIO5*. Prior to the WEG observation period, he and Clinta won the $250,000 Sapphire Grand Prix Of Devon CSI4* and the $382,800 Longines Grand Prix of New York CSI5* at the Longines Masters of New York, among others. With HH Azur, he placed third in the $384,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI5* and won the $132,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round V CSI5* during the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival. Ward is married to his wife, Lauren, who is an avid competitor in the amateur divisions. They have a daughter Lilly.