McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z Victorious in $35,000 New York Welcome Stake CSI2* at Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows

By Lindsay Brock


Two-time U.S. Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward topped the $35,000 New York Welcome Stake CSI2* riding HH Carlos Z on Friday, May 12, at the 2017 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, running May 9-14 and May 16-21 at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY.

“Carlos felt really good today. We tried to bring him back slowly
throughout  the Florida season and stepped back up to 1.50m
at the end of WEF, and I really felt that he was back in a
good place.” ~ McLain Ward on HH Carlos Z’s comeback
after being sidelined by an injury in the fall

Currently ranked number two in the world, Ward and longtime partner HH Carlos Z, owned by Double H Farm of Ridgefield, CT, won top honors over a field of 62 horses. The pair crossed the timers in 36.23 seconds from the 28th position in the original order. Their time over a power and speed track built by designer Ken Krome of Westminster, MD, stood for the win.


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McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z won the $35,000 New York Welcome Stake on Friday
at the 2017 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. Photo by
The Book

“Carlos is always strong on grass, so we really look forward to
these venues. I am a lifelong resident of this area and really
proud of what has happened here at Old Salem Farm. This is
a horse community, and it is great to have so many good
competitors here. The field today was really strong.”
~ McLain Ward, 1st place

“I grew up riding on grass and it is so nice to get the opportunity to
do it because we don’t get those opportunities very often. I have
backed Special Lux off a little lately, but he is very seasoned
and I feel like any time I get to ride him is a bonus for me.”
~ Jonathan McCrea, 2nd place