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Bedoya Races to Blue in FEI $35,000 Welcome Stake CSI 2* at Tryon Summer III

Daniel Bedoya and Abracadabra WKT. Photo Credit ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – June 28, 2018 – It was a blue ribbon for Bolivia as Daniel Bedoya and Abracadabra WKT conjured up a victory in the FEI $35,000 Welcome Stake CSI 2* during the first days of Tryon Summer III competition at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Bedoya and the 2008 Holsteiner mare (Casall x Romino) owned by Monica Hanks sped through the jump-off track in 41.215 seconds to best the day’s competition. Sydney Shulman (USA) and Jill Shulman’s 2009 Warmblood mare (Diamant De Semilly x Kasina) Villamoura claimed second-place awards after a quick jump-off round that resulted in an accumulation of 42.466 seconds, while Javier Fernandez (MEX) rounded out the top three riding Miguel Madero’s 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Mr. Blue x Caretino), End Good All Good, stopping the timers in 42.648 seconds.

The morning welcomed forty-two horse-and-rider combinations into the George H. Morris Arena to contest the course designed by Ken Krome (USA). With 16 entries returning for the jump-off, Bedoya claimed the top spot after maneuvering two mounts around the short course. “Obviously, I liked the course today,” he commented. “I had two horses in the jump-off. It was fun and suited them. I thought we made up time with the liverpool. I was running full speed and I tried to do the same with my second horse, but that didn’t work out so well. I was going for the win and a second place, but I’ll take the win!”

The Texas-based rider has been through the levels with Abracadabra WKT, who had a successful stint in the hunter rings before switching her training to become a show jumper. “She’s a mare that we bought as a four-year-old to be a hunter,” Bedoya noted. “She’s Texas bred and born and has really good breeding, but we bought her as a hunter for her owner. The highest scores I’ve ever earned riding a hunter were actually on her.

“When she turned six she became quite impossible in that ring,” Bedoya continued. “She started jumping too big. She was kicking and acting up, so we decided to turn her into a jumper. Her first class as a jumper was here, a year ago. She’s come a long way.”

The pair has had an abundance of success at the venue this season and Bedoya has hopes of a promising future for the mare. He explained, “Hopefully by next year she can start doing the big Grand Prix classes. She’s going to jump this Saturday night and that’s going to be her first FEI Grand Prix under the lights. She’s done a couple of National standard classes and a few of the FEI Sunday Classics, but hopefully we can start to push for the bigger ones now.”

With a string of horses competing here at TIEC this week, Bedoya concluded, “I love the venue. We come here every year; this is my fifth year and definitely my favorite horse show. It’s the best facility by far. This year we are also going to come back in October for FEI competition. I’m also trying to qualify for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 with my other horse.”

Competition at Tryon Summer III commenced on Wednesday, June 28, with a steadfast win for Jack Hardin Towell (USA) in the FEI $5,000 1.40m Power & Speed CSI 2*. Towell piloted Vlock Show Stables LLC’s 2008 Oldenburg stallion, Sandetto (Sandro Boy x Chellano Z) to the first place position after crossing through jump-off timers in 29.39 seconds. Second place went to Chile’s Samuel Parot, who rode his own 2003 Zangersheide gelding (Andiamo x Royal Bravour L), Atlantis, across the fast track in 30.277 seconds. Third place was captured by David O’Brien (IRL) aboard Spy Coast Farm’s Kir Royal SCF, a 2010 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Amaretto D’Arco x Nabab de Reve), ending with a jump-off time of 30.461 seconds.

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Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili Win $204k Coca-Cola Grand Prix CSI 4*

Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili. Photo Credit ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – June 9, 2018 – The $204,000 Coca-Cola® Grand Prix CSI 4* for the Governor’s Cup at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) ended in victory for Kristen Vanderveen (USA) aboard Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili, navigating the short course in 36.573 seconds to capture the highlight class of the 90th Tryon Riding & Hunt Club (TR&HC) Charity Horse Show Spring 6 competition. Aaron Vale (USA) took second aboard Finou 4, a 2006 Hanoverian gelding (Flashlight 16 x Concetto Famos) owned by Thinks Like a Horse and Donald Stewart, completing his jump-off round in 38.028 seconds, and Pablo Barrios (VEN) rounded out the podium steering his own Elana 22, a 2009 Dutch Warmblood mare (Harley VDL x Almox Prints), to third place honors in 38.807 seconds.

Thirty-one entries tested the first-round track set by Ireland’s Alan Wade, and nine horse-and-rider pairs returned for a shot at the podium. Vanderveen and the 2005 Belgian Warmblood stallion (Berlin x Udarco), owned by Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC, were sixth to go and put down a fast, clear run that could not be contested.

Vanderveen described how her crowd-favorite mount has been competing for three weeks following a four-week break, and she “just had a feeling” about her win. “I can feel it with him,” she said. “He loves this sport so much and he has a lot of personality. He had about a four-week break, and this is our third week back showing. Typically the first week he is a little fresh; the second week we work out the kinks, and by the third week he is really focused. He gave me a really good feeling,” she said.

Explaining that she initially planned to try a new mount in the CSI 4* competition, Vanderveen said, “It was actually never my plan to jump him tonight, either. I have a new horse that I am really excited about, so I thought this class was where I really wanted to try and see where we were at together as a team. However, Frosty jumped so well on Thursday, I just couldn’t not use him! He’s my main man.”

Although she went late in the short-course order of go, Vanderveen elected not to watch the riders before her. She elaborated, “My horse has such a huge stride. It is deceiving, which allows us to do things that other horses can’t do. I had my plan pretty much set before any of them went. It is crazy how much ground he can cover,” she said of the stallion’s forward stride.

“I had to really focus on not rushing him and just letting his stride help him out tonight without me trying to force the issue,” she continued. “Sometimes I get a little too excited and it’s not necessary. Every time I start to mentally rush, I rush him and I might have a fault. I have to focus on the fact that I have a super fast horse. He’s got it covered and I just have to keep my cool.”

A frequent blue-ribbon recipient at Tryon, Vanderveen relayed that she’s glad to be back winning big, and in a familiar place. “It is really exciting to win tonight. It sounds silly, but it feels like it has been a while since we have had a big win. We went and did FEI World Cup Finals™ in Paris and it was a great experience to be in Miami, New York, and all of those big places. It was a lot of traveling and good placings and going from CSI 5* to CSI 5*, so it is nice to pull in a win back here at our venue. It feels like home,” she concluded.

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Luis Pedro Biraben Scores Big Win with Caillou in $70,000 1.50m Welcome Stake CSI 4*

Louis Pedro Biraben and Caillou. Photo Credit ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – June 7, 2018 – Luis Pedro Biraben (ARG) and Caillou flew through the short-course timers in 38.827 seconds to claim victory in the $70,000 1.50m Welcome Stake CSI 4*, a highlight jumper class during the 90th Tryon Riding & Hunt Club (TR&HC) Charity Horse Show Tryon Spring VI at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Fernando Cardenas Jr. (COL) and his own Quincy Car, a 2004 Oldenburg stallion (Galiani Car x Amour Parfait), put in the only other clear jump-off round to earn the red rosette in 40.132 seconds, while Samuel Parot (CHI) and the Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc. entry Thriller P, a 2004 Swedish Warmblood stallion (Cardento x Lucky Night), rounded out the podium on their four-fault, 36.294 second short-course performance.

Fifty entries tested the Alan Wade (IRL) course before six horse-and-rider pairs returned to tour the short course. Biraben and the 2007 gelding were second to go and were uncatchable after putting in a fast and clear performance. Biraben complimented his mount’s success in the past year, saying, “He finished the Wellington season nicely and then [did well] in Kentucky. Now he has a win here after competing well last week.”

“It rode really nicely,” said Biraben of the track. “There were not so many clears today. When I walked it I thought there would be ten, maybe twelve clear, and to have only six return in such a big field and others with so many faults on different obstacles throughout the course is significant.”

Based on his performance, Biraben explained that he has changed his plan to include piloting Caillou in Saturday’s $204,000 Coca-Cola Grand Prix CSI 4* instead of Colorado 210, who finished on 15 faults, he joked: “I don’t know what happened with [Colorado 210], but Alan is a top course designer. It was a very nice course to ride, with distances maybe a little bit short, but still very nice.”

After competing for the past two weeks at TIEC, Biraben plans to take the next two weeks off before setting off on a tour that includes competing in Kentucky, two additional weeks of competition at TIEC, and tentative appearances at competitions in Michigan, Chicago and New York.

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Sweetnam Wins $132k US Trust & Bank of America Merrill Lynch Grand Prix CSI 3*

Shane Sweetnam and Main Road. Photo Credit ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – June 2, 2018 – Shane Sweetnam (IRL) guided Main Road right to the top of the podium in the $132,000 U.S. Trust & Bank of America Merrill Lynch Grand Prix CSI 3*, the week’s highlight class at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), after speeding through the short-course timers in 44.672 seconds. Juan Andres Rodriguéz Silva (GUA) piloted his own Bugatti, a 2006 Royal Dutch Sport Horse gelding (JPC Modesto x Emilion), to second after a fast 44.866 second clear jump-off round, while third place honors went to Hunter Holloway (USA) and Hays Investment Corporation’s Eastern Jam, a 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Lexicon x Monaco), blazing to a fast 39.932 second trip, but finishing with four faults.

Thirty horse-and-rider combinations tested the first-round course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA), with four pairs returning to prove themselves around the short track. Sweetnam and the 2008 Swedish Warmblood gelding (Heartbeat x Irco Marco) owned by Sweet Oak Farm & Seabrook LLC, were last to go in the jump-off round and Sweetnam commented that his mount was feeling fresh to contest their second trip.

“I’ve had him since he was seven, so I know him really well. He’s had good results everywhere. He’s placed in the Dublin Grand Prix. He was good in Mexico City earlier this year. I went to Europe recently to compete and didn’t bring him with me because he couldn’t travel due to health restrictions for the U.S. horses coming back from Mexico,” Sweetnam explained. “This is his first show back since I got back into town, so we were a little wild in the first round, but the second round was better.”

Using his order draw to his advantage, Sweetnam mentioned that he cut it close with the time, but successfully opposed Silva’s large-strided mount. “I watched on the screen when Juan went, and he’s got a bigger mover and a different type of horse than me. He was actually quicker than I thought he was and it was tight,” he explained. “I was lucky and dodged a bit of a bullet there because my fella is a very quick horse, so I just kept it kind of even and did the turns and the numbers, but it was a bit close.”

Sweetnam plans to spend another week competing at the venue before continuing on with his summer schedule, which includes CSI 5* appearances in Belgium, Germany and Ireland, as well as a host of other top competitions abroad. He stated, “I’m showing here next week and he’ll show again because he hasn’t really done much these past six weeks. His next show would be back in Europe after that.”

Following his win, Sweetnam climbed atop the podium surrounded by his three young children. He complimented TIEC’s welcoming nature, and noted that the facility was the perfect horse show to enjoy with his equestrian-focused family. “It’s great to have my family here,” he said. “They enjoy it as well and it’s a lovely show for that. We’re here for two weeks and the whole family is here. My daughter is showing in the pony classes, and the other two are roaming the place. There’s a good group of kids here. Jimmy Torano’s kids are here, too, so it’s a great place to have them with us. We love coming here.”

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Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili Capture $35k 1.50m Welcome Stake CSI 3*

Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili. Photo Credit ©Sportfot.

Hardin Towell and Sandetto Open Week with Win in $6,000 1.40m Power & Speed CSI 3*

Mill Spring, NC – May 31, 2018 – Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili jumped to the top of the leaderboard during the $35,000 1.50m Welcome Stake CSI 3* of Tryon Spring V at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Vanderveen and the 2005 Belgian Warmblood stallion (Berlin x Udarco), owned by Bull Run Jumper’s Six LLC, blazed through fast-track timers in 33.662 seconds, claiming first place in the competitive class.

Of her well-known mount, Vanderveen commented, “He’s been feeling really good for the past couple of weeks, but it just hasn’t really gone our way the last few times. Today, he felt great. I had a great warm-up and I thought that going in. The course was really well done. It was just enough that it was fun and competitive, but not entirely out of control.”

Second place honors were awarded to Carlos Ramirez (COL) and his own 2005 Belgian Warmblood stallion Happy Wandor Van’t Roosakker (Wandor Van de Mispelaere x V Cento), after riding to a jump-off time of 36.933 seconds around the Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) designed course. Samuel Parot (CHI) and Dazzle White, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Calvino Z x Narcos II), rounded out the top three, jumping the short-course in 38.788 seconds.

Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili have become fan favorites at TIEC as the pair have amassed an impressive record at the venue over the past few years. Vanderveen plans to continue her season in Tryon, competing in next week’s CSI 4*, before taking a small break.

“I’ll be competing here in next week’s CSI 4*,” she explained, “and we’ll actually take a break for two weeks after that. It’s been a while since we’ve had that kind of break and then we’ll be back here for a few weeks. My fall season really picks up this year. I’m trying to develop some of my eight- and nine-year-old horses, so that I have some coming up behind Frosty.”

The pair is coming off an intense spring campaign that included representing the United States at the FEI World Cup Finals™ in Paris, France at the end of April. Of her first European experience, Vanderveen said, “It was great and it was my first time going over to Europe, so that in and of itself was great to experience. I think you realize once you’re there that when you’re here in Tryon, you compete with just as good a quality of riders. It was helpful to have that to keep expectations realistic and to understand that it’s not necessarily a whole new sport over there. It’s the same.”

The $6,000 1.40m Power & Speed CSI 3* competition hosted on Wednesday, May 30 to start the week awarded the blue ribbon to Hardin Towell (USA) and Vlock Show Stables LLC’s Sandetto, a 2008 Oldenburg stallion (Sandro Boy x Chellano Z), after the pair crossed through the timers in 28.872 seconds. Santiago Lambre (MEX) and his own 2008 Belgian Warmblood stallion Ibabco (Nabab de Reve x Darco) clinched second place, riding to a time of 29.654 seconds. Daniel Bedoya (BOL) and Carolyn M. Elsey’s 2004 Zangersheide mare (Quasimodo Z x Nimmerdor) Quilona V Z took third, marking 30.005 seconds.

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Rowan Willis and Everse W Finish on High Note at Tryon Spring 4

Rowan Willis and Everse W. Photo Credit ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – May 27, 2018 – Tryon Spring 4 competition concluded Sunday at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) with a win for Australia’s Rowan Willis aboard Everse W in the $35,000 1.45m Sunday Classic CSI 3*, stopping the short-course timers in 40.162 seconds. Daniel Bedoya (BOL) claimed second place honors with Carolyn M. Elsey’s 2004 Zangersheide mare, Quilona V Z (Quasimodo Z x Nimmerdor), clearing the course in 41.6 seconds, while Deborah Stephens (USA) rode Cairo B, a 2007 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Vermont x Mr. Blue) owned by Centennial Farm Inc., to third place after their 41.865-second performance on the short track.

Willis and Dinah Posford’s 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Lexicon x Carthago) were last to go after 16 entries toured the first round and six pairs returned to test the short track. Willis also achieved eighth place aboard his own Shark, a 2008 Anglo European Sport Horse gelding (Arko x Pilot), after a speedy four-fault first round.

“The course was strong enough, actually, and it rode how it walked for me,” Willis said of the track set by Hector Loyola (PRI). “I thought it was going to be a little bit easier being a 1.45 meter on Sunday, but [Hector] builds a tough, but nice course. It was a competitive enough jump-off. I was lucky to go last because Everse W has been drawn first all week, so that was nice. When you let him off and go fast he’s got such a big stride and just covers the ground easily.”

Entering the class with two mounts that also tested the $70,000 Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix CSI 3* Saturday night was a last-minute but fruitful decision, Willis explained, as he was hoping to improve his rides on both mounts before leaving the venue.

“I’m off to Spruce Meadows next. I was actually going to start driving there today, but after I didn’t ride so well in the Grand Prix last night, I thought we had to stay and jump today,” said Willis of his two mounts Everse W and Shark.

Willis has been named to the Short List for the Australian Jumping Team ahead of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG) hosted at TIEC September 11-23, 2018, and while he’s not aiming Everse W at the Games, Willis commented that his first experience as a competitor at the venue was positive, and he hopes to carry this momentum forward.

“It’s a great facility. I’ve been very impressed,” he emphasized. “It’s lovely, and I’m really excited about coming back in September. [Everse W] is a great horse, but I’m not aiming him at this WEG since he’s only nine. I’ve got my older one Blue Movie here that I’m hoping to bring back. Maybe [Everse W] for the next one!”

Everse W started off Eventing before Willis acquired the ride for owner Dinah Posford and plans to continue building the gelding’s experience at Spruce Meadows as he prepares for potential WEG contention, he noted. “Hopefully next time I’m back here I’ll be winning, too!”

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Holloway and Eastern Jam Win $70k Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix CSI 3* during Tryon Spring 4

Hunter Holloway and Eastern Jam. Photo Credit ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – May 26, 2018 – The $70,000 Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix CSI 3* hosted at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) during Tryon Spring 4 saw Hunter Holloway (USA) and Eastern Jam secure top honors after the pair flew around the short course in 45.06 seconds ahead of Santiago Lambre (MEX) and his own Cetano Van Aspergem Z, a 2009 Zangersheide gelding (Clinton x Ahorn Z), who finished in second with a time of 45.525 seconds. Richie Moloney (IRL) claimed third place aboard Rocksy Music, a 2008 Irish Sport Horse gelding (ARS Vivendi x Diamond Serpent) owned by Equinimity LLC, with a time of 44.876 second and a four-fault finish.

The field of twenty-two entries saw four pairs return to test the short course designed by Hector Loyola (PRI), and Holloway was last to go in the jump-off. Lambre had just finished the first clear round in the jump-off, but Holloway felt she could complete the fast track just a tiny bit quicker than Lambre.

“I knew I could shave off a little time on Santiago’s round and [Eastern Jam] is a really quick horse on his own, so he helped me out a lot. He was a great boy,” said Holloway of her jump-off strategy.

“This horse is amazing,” she said of the 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Lexicon x Monaco) owned by Hays Investment Corporation. “I got him about two years ago now and have just brought him along slowly. He’s really developed into an amazing Grand Prix horse. He just won the Grand Prix in Omaha, so to come back and win his second Grand Prix in a row is super. He just moved up to the FEI level mid-circuit in Wellington, so I’m really proud of him.”

Holloway complimented the course designer on a “lovely” course, saying, “I thought it had a good flow and it was fair. It was set really well and rode nicely,” she explained. “There was a question about how many strides to do in the five to the six – I did six to seven on mine, and on my other ride I did six to six, so I think it required knowing your horse there, but overall I thought it was a great track.”

Though her mount is still new to the international competition action, he took well to TIEC’s electric atmosphere and Holloway added that Eastern Jam actually enjoys the spotlight.

“In general, this horse is a winner. He likes to win and to be in the arena and have it be all about him – so he’s pretty straightforward,” she said. “We’ll keep developing him since he’s still fairly green. We’ll show the next two weeks here and then he’ll have a week or two off before we go to Spruce Meadows and see how he is there,” she concluded.

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Tanner Korotkin and Analyze This Take Champion Honors in $10k Open Stake at ESP Spring V

Tanner Korotkin and Analyze This. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – May 16, 2018 – The ESP Spring Series concluded on Sunday, May 13, at Equestrian Village at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), with a victory for Tanner Korotkin of Wellington, FL and Kimberly Jakubowski’s Analyze This in the $10,000 Open Stake.

Korotkin and his mount crossed through jump-off timers in 41.641 seconds, taking ownership of the Jamie Morillo (ECU) designed course ahead of 18 other horse-and-rider combinations. Reserve placing went to German Camargo of Loxahatchee, FL and his own Centurio, who passed over the fast track in 42.977 seconds. Third place was rounded out by Nataly Leibovitz of Wellington, FL and her own Freaky Friday, riding to a jump-off time of 44.658 seconds, with four added faults.

The $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic saw Elizabeth Ecclestone of Aspen, CO and Believe, owned by SF Equestrian Investments, ride to victory, as they finished the jump-off time in 35.674 seconds. Emilio Mantero of Miami, FL and Ideale By Marstyl, owned by Mantero, finished in second place with a time of 37.829 seconds and four faults, ahead of Sara Williamson of Wellington, FL and Den Dekker, owned by Ossian Ventures LLC, who finished third, and dropped a rail to add four faults to their time of 38.407 seconds.

The $2,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Stake was championed by Dana Ventrice of Pompano Beach, FL and Dollard Jessy Stable, owned by Ventrice, who topped the class with a time of 33.895 seconds. Laurie Sharma of Wellington, FL and her own Equine Couture’s Jolie collected second place with a time of 34.722 seconds, while Tanner Korotkin of Wellington, FL and Fairtrade VD Hazelhof, owned by Eagle Valley Partners, LLC, took third place with a jump-off time of 36.391seconds.

Ideal One, owned by Linda Smith-Faver, and Annie Soper of West Palm Beach, FL took home championship honors in the Wanderers Club Children’s Pony Hunter Division, while Kara Jones of Wellington, FL and her own Happily Ever Laughter took home the division’s reserve champion awards.

Ella Bostwick of Wellington, FL and Fariella FLF, owned by Linda Sommers, topped the UHealth Children’s/Adult Hunter Division, after a weekend of strong performances. Reserve champion honors were awarded to Rather Clever, owned by Staci Rosner and shown by Aspen Gaffey of Boca Raton, FL.

Carlson 55, owned by Sarah Chatfield and ridden by Caitlin Houlihan of Scottsdale, AZ took home champion honors in the USHJA Hunter 2′ & 2’3″ Division, while Jane Herman of Stuart, FL and her own As You Wish were presented with reserve champion honors.

Anna Toha of Boca Raton, FL and Snowcap, owned by Megan Wessinger, captured top honors in the Walk/Trot Division, while Maxima Lanasa and Happy Daze, owned by Michelle Moen, were presented with the division’s reserve championship honors.

The Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″ & 3’6″ Division saw Christina Plichta of Wellington, FL and Kingsford, owned by Purple Lane Farm, LLC, were victorious in the division, taking champion honors. Plichta also took reserve champion honors aboard Purple Lane Farm, LLC’s Rightfully So.

The Pilates Rocks Low Child/Adult Hunter Division saw Lyda Denney of Wellington, FL and her own Lubeck take the divisional championship ahead of Cornelia Rutledge of Bethesda, MD and Heathfield Hunters LLC’s The Golden Compass, who finished in reserve.

The 17 and Under Equitation Division saw Erin Ecclestone of North Palm Beach, FL guide Cento For Ever, owned by Castlewood Farm Inc, to top honors after their consistent performances throughout the week. Annie Soper of West Palm Beach, FL and Linda Smith-Faver’s Ideal One rode to reserve.

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TIEC Hosts Carolina Classic and World Equestrian Games Reining Test Event, May 8-13, 2018

The Carolina Classic at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) marks the first ever reining competition held at the venue, and the event is also serving as the selection trials for Team USA. All competitions will be held at the Indoor Arena, and all Carolina Classic competition is free and open for the public to attend. Concessions and vendors are available on hand.

The show’s expanded schedule also includes the Carolina Classic Open and Non-Pro Derbies and Atlantic Breeders Incentive Derby along with a double slate of National Reining Horse Association ancillary classes, American Quarter Horse Association classes and USA Reining classes.

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Minikus and Babington Claim Top Finishes during ESP Spring III

Todd Minikus and Amex Z. ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – April 25, 2018 – The third installment of the ESP Spring Series concluded on Sunday, April 22, after a successful week of wins for Todd Minikus and Kevin Babington at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.

The week boasted yet another win for Todd Minikus of Lake Worth, FL and Amex Z, owned by Chris Brems, in the $25,000 Spring Welcome Grand Prix on Friday, April 22. This victory was Minikus’ fourth Grand Prix win of the series, and the second for this specific mount. The pair topped the class of 39 entries, blazing through fast track timers in 39.592 seconds. Second place was captured by Fabio Levias da Costa of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Tosca de L’esques after contesting the eleven-horse jump-off in 39.592 seconds. Third place was rounded out by Celso Ariani of Wellington, FL and Dali T, owned by Rodrigo Padilla and Ricardo Romero, who completed the jump-off in 41.893 seconds.

A total of 31 entries contested the $40,000 Triple Crown Nutrition Grand Prix on Sunday, April 23, but none could catch Kevin Babington of Gwynedd Valley, PA and Shorapur, owned by Shorapur LLC, who stopped the clock in a winning time of 39.258 seconds.

Second place went to Margie Engle of Wellington, FL and Gladewinds Farm Inc.’s Bockmanns Lazio, who rode through the Richard Jeffery designed jump-off course in 40.409 seconds. Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL took third with his own Hardrock Z, jumping off in 40.867 seconds.

Jumper Highlights

Avery-Anna Hogan of Wellington, FL and her own Eurocommerce Tampa rode to victory in the $1,500 NAL Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic after completing their jump-off trip in 38.268 seconds ahead of Emerson Lane of Miami, FL and Diddlina D’Ive Z, owned by Lane, who took second with a time of 39.756 seconds. Katie Sansone of Coconut Creek, FL and Tropobella 3K, owned by Sansone, earned third place after riding to a jump-off time of 39.925 seconds.

The $10,000 Triple Crown Nutrition Open Welcome Stake awarded the win to Pablo Barrios of Wellington, FL and Gut Einhaus, LLC’s Le Vio with a jump-off time of 29.246 seconds. Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL and his own Jenni’s Chance were presented with second place after completing the track in 29.753 seconds. Joaquim Malta de Abreu of Wellington, FL placed third with Two Swans Farm’s Arino du Rouet with a jump-off time of 30.207 seconds.

The $5,000 Omega Alpha® 1.35m Stake saw Alexis Trosch of Wellington, FL and her own Cortex Z, owned by Trosch, take first place, stopping the jump-off timers in a quick 33.929 seconds. Fabio Leivas da Costa of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Luziada Jmen, owned by Bonne Chance Farm LLC, took home second place after finishing the track in 34.601 seconds. Leslie Howard of Darien, CT scooped up third place aboard Flo, owned by GJ Stable, finishing with a time of 35.412 seconds.

Hunter Highlights

The $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby saw Kaitlin Porath of Charlotte, NC and her own Breaux take the championship title, after earning a total of 182 points after round two of competition. Lisa Rex of Westbury, NY and Over the Top Stables LLC’s Overjoyed secured reserve champion honors on 178.5 points. The yellow ribbon was snatched by Kelsey Duff of PBTD Ruffian, FL aboard Renee Eddy’s Playin’ for Keeps after riding to 175 points.

Nancy Hooker of Wellington, FL and Coolidge, owned by Richard Prant, took top honors in the Adult Amateur Hunter Older Division during ESP Spring. Marcie Marcus of Villanova, PA and Caliber Z, owned by Marcus Equestrian Enterprises, LLC, rode to reserve.

Katherine Newman of Wellington, FL aboard Dandelion, owned by Allwyn Court, secured champion honors in the Triple Crown Nutrition Green Hunter 3’6″ Division, ahead of Maria Rasmussen of Oak Creek, WI aboard Sidarta, owned by Over Fences Farm, LLC.

Alexa Elle Lignelli of New York, NY and Fox Creeks Curious George, owned by The Lignelli Family, finished atop the Score at the Top Medium Pony Hunter Division ahead of Georgia Schmidt of Lutherville, MD, who collected reserve champion with Cleverist, owned by Emily Aitken.

Maggie Gould of Wellington, FL was awarded champion of the USHJA 2′ & 2’3″ Hunter Division aboard winning mount Masterpiece, owned by Alexandra Raffy. Reserve champion was presented to Alliyah Antoniadis of Middletown, NY and True Colors, owned by Joe White.

Margaret O’Meara of Kirkland, WA captured a tricolor ribbon aboard Just Nick, owned by Woodland Way, Inc., in the USHJA Hunter 3′ Division. Denise Monopoli of Loxahatchee, FL and Poetry in Motion, owned by McKenzie Wade, finished as reserve champions.

The Gold Coast Feed Performance Hunter 3’3″ & 3’6″ Division saw Havens Schatt of Georgetown, KY riding Aristocrat, owned by Tracy Scheriff-Muser, collect the division’s champion honors. Reserve champion also went to Schatt and Use the Ring LLC’s Noble Blue.

Amelia Ruth of New York, NY and Broadway, owned by Carol Ruth & Sumner Hill Farms LLC, finished atop the #1 Education Place Junior Hunter 3’6″ Division. Reid Arani of Lexington, KY and Margot Bay Farm, LLC’s Soldier captured reserve placement.

Dagny Mactaggart of Millbrook, NY and Ziezo captured the Equiline High Junior Amateur Owner Division, earning champion, while reserve champion was awarded to Mireya Godoy of Wellington, FL and Paddy’s Dream Z, owned by Godoy.

Molly Sewell of Winter Park, FL and Inverness, owned by Leslie Campbell, took champion accolades in the Triple Crown Nutrition Green Hunter 3’3″ Division. Reserve champion was awarded to Havens Schatt and Totality, owned by Jennifer Speisman.

Competition will resume at PBIEC on Friday, May 4, with the fourth week of the ESP Spring Series continuing through Sunday, May 6. For more information, please visit www.pbiec.com.