In an exciting six-horse jump-off, McLain Ward of Bedford, N.Y., won the $50,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake on Rothchild last night to take the coveted Leading Open Jumper Rider title at the Devon Horse Show.
Ward's was the only clean round, and Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., was second on Bradberry with the fastest four-fault finish.
Ward and Hillary Dobbs of Sussex, N.J., had battled all week for the Leading Rider title, but in the end the two-time Olympic gold medalist won.
Dobbs, however, took a piece of the glory, winning the Open Jumper Championship on her Marengo, repeating her 2008 victory.
"McLain and I have been neck-and-neck all week," said the 20-year-old Dobbs, an up-and-coming international rider. "It's an honor to be that close and to be that competitive with McLain."
Ward, who described Dobbs as a "worthy adversary," said, "It's always a great honor to win at Devon."
In the $15,000 Cavalor Show Jumping Hall of Fame Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Philip Richter of Bedford, N.Y., smoked the jump-off course to win on Coker Farm's Glasgow. He also earned enough points to win the Amateur Owner Jumper Championship.
Ann Gerrard rode Milo, owned by Shannondell Farm of Audubon, to the championship of her section of Local Hunters and to the Local Hunter High Score Award.
"I bought Milo's dam when she was in foal to Magical, and the result is Milo," said Mary Lou Neilson, owner of Shannondell.
"He loves his job, loves to win, and he gets better and better every day," Gerrard said.