Written by Kathleen Landwehr and photographed by Shannon Brinkman Photo for US Equestrian

Ward has high praise for McKeever and how important he is to his team. McKeever helps Ward everywhere from the barn back at home to competitions, such as the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final. Just like Ward, McKeever is hungry to have his team be at the top of the sport.

“You know, Lee works harder than I do; sometimes when we are at each other, I say that is the saving grace, because I know he still wants to win,” Ward said. “He wants it. It is hard because it is a little out of his control; when I go in the ring, it is on me. I wouldn’t be halfway where I am in my career without him, so it is a very special relationship.”

Despite the fact that Ward is a serious technician on horseback and an incredible horseman in his own right, he stated, “[McKeever] is a phenomenal horseman; he is a far better horseman than I can ever wish to be. It has been a long journey, but I am proud of where we are at.”

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