Here is the story reported by COTH as of tonight:
Top show jumper Mclain Ward has broken his leg in a fall during the $30,000 Surpass Grand Prix in Wellington, Fla., on the evening of Jan. 14.
Ward’s mount in the class, Oh 'd Eole, veered to the left jumping out of a combination and both she and Ward fell. Medics attended to Ward, who was transported out of the ring in a medical golf cart and then to Wellington Regional Medical Center. The horse was unhurt in the fall.
According to his barn manager, Erica McKeever, Ward suffered a compound fracture of the patella, or a shattered knee cap, and is being attended by specialists at Wellington Regional including orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Craig Ferrell. As of 11:00 p.m., he was being prepped for surgery. The Chronicle will update readers on Ward's status tomorrow.
Ward and Oh 'd Eole won the $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 1 on Jan. 12.According to this thread containing posts from folks who were on the scene, however, Mclain suffered a compound fracture to his femur and a dislocated patella. I'm not sure which is the most reliable source of information, but in any event, it was a bad fall and a serious injury. I will do another blog post once I have more information.
Wishing Mclain all the best and a very speedy recovery.