Sapphire, McLain Ward’s Superstar Mare
Sapphire and Ward competed at the 2009 FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas
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A two-time Olympic Gold medal horse who narrowly missed winning the FEI World Cup Finals by one of the narrowest margins ever, Sapphire was cited by McLain Ward as one of the best horses he ever rode. The Belgian Warmblood mare had the grace and courage to jump into the hearts of her many fans as adeptly as she jumped the biggest courses and biggest events in the world!
Ward first tried Sapphire, affectionately known as “Sara,” in 2002 and owned her in partnership with Harry Gill, Hunter Harrison and Double H Farm, and Blue Chip Bloodstock and Tom Grossman at different times in her career. The pair rode to Team Gold medals at both the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and 2008 Beijing Olympics. They were also part of the U.S.’s winning Samsung Super League Team in 2005 and Silver medal team at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen.
Sapphire’s Grand Prix wins are too numerous to list but included among them are the USEF National Show Jumping Championship (2006), CN Worldwide Florida Open (2007), American Invitational (2008), Devon (2007 and 2009), Spruce Meadows (2009), LaBaule (2009), Rome (2010) and the President’s Cup at the Washington International Horse Show (2008 and 2010). She was also the 2007 American Grandprix Association (AGA) Horse of the Year.
Sapphire and Ward competed at the 2009 FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas. Standing second to Shutterfly and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum of Germany after Thursday and Friday’s first two rounds, Sapphire turned in an incredible performance in Sunday’s final two rounds. She carried Ward to two clear rounds to keep the pressure on Meredith and Shutterfly, but her faultless performance was matched by the German superstar which left Ward and the liver chestnut in second place overall in one of the most memorable finishes in FEI World Cup history!