Ward was the father of two-time show jumping Olympic team gold medalist Mclain Ward. A talented show jumper, much like his accomplished son, he set a puissance record of 7’5″ in 1975 at the National Horse Show and won the 1982 Grand Prix of Devon.
Scandal tarnished Ward’s reputation in the early 1990s, when he was accused of arranging the killing of 15 horses for insurance money. He claimed he was innocent, despite pleading guilty in 1996 to conspiring to kill four horses – Charisma, Condino, Rub the Lamp, and Roseau Plautiere – for insurance payouts. Ward was sentenced to 33 months in prison and 3 years probation. He was also ordered to pay $200,000 in restitution to one of the defrauded insurance companies.
Ward’s criminal actions led to his lifetime ban of attending United States Equestrian Federation (formerly AHSA) events.
Mclain stood by his father and they worked together out of Castle Hill Farm in New York buying, selling, and training horses.
Ward leaves behind a wife and three sons.