Invitational Grand Prix

Top Riders Go Head-to-Head Once Again in New Albany

Field Features #1 and #3 Ranked Riders in the World, Competitors from the United States, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Israel, New Zealand, Chile, and Columbia

The 2016 New Albany Classic Invitational winner and #3 in the world, McLain Ward, and the #1 ranked rider in the world, Kent Farrington, are expected to compete in the ultimate show jumping showdown this year in New Albany, Ohio. Celebrating its 20th year, the internationally-sanctioned New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day will host the top equestrians from around the globe competing for a chance to add their name to the Authentic Cup. Two top contenders this year, Ward and Farrington, have been battling it out at the top of the FEI Longines Global Rankings since the beginning of 2017.

Both athletes have been posting incredible results this year with two-time Olympic gold medalist Ward dominating the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals in April, clearing every fence through four rounds of competition to claim the World Cup title for the first time aboard his mare HH Azur. Ward’s streak has included consistent wins at Spruce Meadows (CAN), Aachen (GER), Devon (PA), North Salem (NY), Wellington (FL) and more.

Farrington’s run has been equally impressive as he has held the #1 spot in the global rankings throughout the summer due to his top results at Spruce Meadows, Valence (FRA), Aachen (GER), Madrid (ESP), Windsor (GBR), Miami (FL), Wellington (FL) and more. In July, Farrington added a third ATCO Queen Elizabeth Cup to his resume of major wins at the Spruce Meadows’ North American tournament.

At the most recent Spruce Meadows Masters Tournament in Calgary, Alberta, Farrington won the Friends of the Meadows Cup aboard Gazelle. That same weekend also at Spruce Meadows, Ward was the top U.S. finisher (3rd Place) in the $1 million CP International Presented by Rolex 1.70m CSIO5* class aboard Luciana.

Not to be out done at Spruce Meadows, the most decorated show jumping athlete in Olympic history, Beezie Madden, posted the only triple clear rounds of any rider in the Spruce Meadows’ BMO Nations Cup competition aboard Abigail Wexner’s Darry Lou. Madden’s stellar results captured Nations Cup gold for the Hermes U.S. Show Jumping Team, beating Brazil and Germany, who took silver and bronze, respectively. Madden has always been a reliable anchor in international competitions, helping the United States Olympic Show Jumping Team win gold in 2004, gold in 2008 and silver in 2016.

Madden’s other notable international wins this summer with Abigail Wexner’s Breitling LS, whom she rode to second place in last year’s New Albany Classic, include the Duncan Ross Cup at Spruce Meadows, the Prix MMA 1.50m in Valence (FR) and the STAWAG Prix 1.50m in Aachen (GER). In the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List for September 8th Madden was named Rider of the Week and Breitling LS was named Horse of the Week. A fan favorite in New Albany, Madden is always one to watch in any competition, here or abroad.

Fresh off three very strong FEI wins at The Hampton Classic over Labor Day weekend, 27-year-old Daniel Bluman is in the midst of an incredible run. Bluman took first place aboard Ladriano Z at the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI4*, besting Brianne Goutal and McLain Ward for the win. Earlier during The Hampton Classic weekend, Bluman won the $40,000 Sovaro Speed Stake and the $86,000 Grand Prix qualifier, both on his mare, Bacara. This will be Bluman’s 5th appearance at The Classic, with his highest place finishes thus far a 3rd in 2014 and a 4th in 2012.

The dominating presence from Farrington, Ward and Madden does not discount New Albany native and rising professional Ali Wolff, who is due for another top three Classic finish this year. Wolff most recently was 2nd aboard Casall in the $86,600 CSI3* Grand Prix at Anglestone (CAN). Aboard Quirie 2, Wolff finished third in the Grand Prix of Mons Ghlin in Belgium and fifth in May at Devon (PA) International Speed Stake CSI4*. She was sixth in the Commonwealth Grand Prix at Kentucky Spring Horse Show on Casall, the same horse Wolff piloted in Nations Cup competition, helping Team USA earn a 2nd place finish in the Nations Cup in Wellington (FL) and a 5th place in Nations Cup competition in July in Falsterbo (SWE).

The 20th anniversary edition New Albany Classic expects to host these decorated equestrians along with other Nations Cup, Pan American Games and Olympic riders on the John G. McCoy Show Field to compete for $125,000 in prize money and their name on the Authentic Cup perpetual trophy:

  • Kevin Babington (USA)
  • Daniel Bluman (ISR)
  • Ilan Bluman (COL)
  • Andrew Bourns (IRL)
  • Katie Dinan (USA)
  • Margie Engle (USA)
  • Kent Farrington (USA)
  • Eugenio Garza Perez (MEX)
  • Madison Goetzmann (USA)
  • Leslie Howard (USA)
  • Andy Kocher (USA)
  • Santiago Lambre (Brazil)
  • Beezie Madden (USA)
  • Christine McCrea (USA)
  • Jon McCrea (USA)
  • Alberto Michan (MEX)
  • Michael Morrissey (USA)
  • Paul O’Shea (IRL)
  • Samuel Parot (CHI)
  • Brittni Raflowitz (USA)
  • Alison Robitaille (USA)
  • Callan Solem (USA)
  • Adrienne Sternlicht (USA)
  • Lauren Tisbo (USA)
  • Kristen Vanderveen (USA)
  • McLain Ward (USA)
  • Andrew Welles (USA)
  • Keean White (CAN)
  • Ali Wolff (USA)
  • Sharn Wordley (NZL)