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Lambre Wins $36k Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3* with Cetano Van Aspergem Z

Santiago Lambre and Cetano Van Aspergem Z ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – July 18, 2019 – Santiago Lambre (MEX) and Cetano Van Aspergem Z were unbeatable in the $36,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) on Thursday morning of Tryon Summer 6, stopping the jump-off timers at 36.867 seconds. Todd Minikus (USA) rode Amex Z, a 2009 Zangersheide mare (Andiamo Z x Landaris) owned by the Bit by Bit Group, to second place on a double-clear round with a jump-off time of 38.067 seconds. Hector Florentino (DOM) and Carnaval, a 2005 Oldenburg gelding (Chacco-Blue x Landadel) owned by Spruce Meadows Ltd, claimed third-place honors with a double-clear effort in 38.317 seconds.

Ken Krome (USA) set the track to test the 31 pairs entered in the competitive 1.50m class. Lambre expressed that it was a good course to prepare for the rest of the week, saying, “It was a really nice course for a Welcome. It was big enough, but it was not too difficult for the first day, and was great preparation for the Grand Prix [Saturday night].” Lambre also shared that he enjoyed having a competitive jump-off with 13 pairs returning: “It was nice to have 13 in the jump-off; it is always nice when the first day has a good number. The jump-off course was very nice, it had lots of options, and was a very good course design.”

The 2009 Zangersheide gelding (Clinton x Ahorn Z) owned by Tal Milstein Stables, will also be competing in the Grand Prix on Saturday night, and Lambre hopes the momentum will carry on throughout the week. “This is the horse [Cetano Van Aspergem Z] that I will be jumping in the Grand Prix on Saturday. [Winning] today was good preparation. Normally, I try not to push him too fast, but I saw the first two or three horses go and I said, ‘I will try,’ and it worked!” Lambre commented.

For full results from the $36,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3*, click here.

For more information and results, please visit www.Tryon.com.

Sharn Wordley Claims Second FEI Win in $36k Sunday Classic CSI 2* Riding Rye Val de Mai

Sharn Wordley and Rye Val de Mai ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – July 16, 2019 – Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Rye Val de Mai sped to win the $36,000 Sunday Classic CSI 2* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), stopping the jump-off timers at 36.358 seconds fault-free to claim the win. Diego Perez Bilbao (ESP) and the Starlight Farms 1 LLC entry, Helios, a 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Couleur Rubin x Grandeur), took second place on a clear jump-off performance of 37.168 seconds, while Samantha Rice (CAN) and Ringwood Zebo, a 2009 Irish Sport Horse gelding (Califax x Ringwood Audacity) owned by NRG Farm LLC, claimed third-place honors with a clear round and time of 40.211 seconds.

Course designer Bernardo Costa Cabral (POR) had 22 entries test the first course, with five returning for the jump-off. “The first round rode great. Bernardo is such a good course builder,” Wordley explained. “All of his courses ride well; I’ve never ridden one of his courses that didn’t ride well, and he always nails it. Everything is smooth and is always challenging enough, but with nothing that doesn’t make sense, so I really love riding his courses.”

Wordley shared that he has owned the 2005 Selle Francais stallion (Helios de La Cour II x Type D’Elle) for about three years now. “He’s a big trier, and he’s just a really good horse to have on your team. You can pull him out for any class and he gives his all.”

Wordley continued, “He does the ranking classes at different shows and I’m deciding whether I’ll keep him for next week’s class here or take him home and jump him in Kentucky. I haven’t decided yet. He’s always busy, because he’s a good part of the team. He has a light winter, so summer is when he does most of his jumping.”

For more information and results, please visit www.Tryon.com.

Three-Time Gold for Germany; Britain Takes Young Rider Team Title

L to R – Great Britain’s Isabelle Upton (silver), Germany’s Emma Brüssau (gold), and Great Britain’s Heidi Coy (bronze). (FEI/Victor Krijt)

Germany dominated the FEI Eventing European Championships 2019 for Juniors and Young Riders at Maarsbergen in The Netherlands (10 to 14 July) when taking Junior team and individual gold along with the Young Riders Individual title. A total of 22 countries were represented, and Great Britain reigned supreme in the Young Riders team event.

Young Riders

Germany’s Jerome Robine and Guccimo R OLD led the Young Riders leaderboard after Dressage with a super score of 22.1 ahead of Morgane Euriat and Baccarat d’Argonne who posted 23.4 for France. But it would be Robine’s team-mate, Emma Brüssau (20), who would rise from third spot after the first phase to the top step of the medal podium when adding nothing to her mark of 25.3 at the end of the tough contest.

Robine disappeared from the reckoning on cross-country day when Guccimo fell at fence 15, and when Anais Neumann also took a tumble from Pumeckel E at the same fence then German team chances were dashed. In total 56 of the 66 starters ran into problems around the track, with 21 eliminations and two retirements on course. The combination water fence at seven proved particularly influential, and only four horse-and-rider partnerships made it home inside the time.

Euriat picked up just 0.4 time faults so was out in front on the final day, but 12 Jumping penalties saw her drop to sixth in the final analysis. Lying second overnight after a foot-perfect and on-time cross-country run, Brüssau stood firm once again to finish on her Dressage mark and claim the coveted Individual title.

“I’m a bit shocked and can’t believe it!” said the psychology student afterwards. However, success is nothing new to Brüssau who has an impressive CV that includes team gold and individual fourth at the Junior European Championships at Montelibretti (ITA) in 2016, Junior European team gold and individual bronze at Millstreet (IRL) in 2017, and individual silver in the European Young Riders Championship at Fontainebleau (FRA) last summer – on that occasion also with her 10-year-old Hannoverian mare Dark Desire GS.

Britain’s Isabelle Upton and the 11-year-old gelding Cola claimed the silver. Lying fourth on 25.9 after Dressage they completed one of those rare cross-county clears to move into third going into the final day, and a foot-perfect run over the coloured poles saw them settle into silver medal spot, just 0.6 penalty points behind Brüssau’s gold-medal-winning score. This was a big boost to British team chances, and together with Felicity Collins (RSH Contend OR), Phoebe Locke (Union Fortunus), and Richard Coney (Kananaskis), Upton stood on the top step of the team podium.

Britain also claimed individual bronze thanks to an extraordinary performance from Heidi Coy and the nine-year-old Royal Fury who rocketed up from 26th after Dressage to fifth with a superb cross-country round and then added nothing more on the final day to complete on a score of 32.6.

The British team score of 111.0 left them just over three penalty points ahead of France in silver, while The Netherlands claimed team bronze on a final tally of 171.1.

Juniors

It was a runaway win for Germany’s Anna Lena Schaaf and the aptly named mare, Fairytale, in the Junior Individual Championship. The 17-year-old rider threw down the gauntlet with the leading Dressage score of 24.1 and stood firm to add nothing more.

Backed up by an individual bronze-medal-winning performance from Ann-Catrin Bierlein with Auf Feht’s Fraeulein Hummel, a ninth-place finish for Calvin Bockmann and Altair de la Cense, and 11th spot for Joelle Celina Selenkowitsch with Akeby’s Zum Glueck, Schaaf helped Germany to grasp the golden double in this division. The final German team tally was just 87.0, while Great Britain took team silver on a score of 97.2 and France claimed team bronze with 99.7.

It was British team-member, Saffron Osborne, who was Schaaf’s closest rival after the first phase having posted a mark of 24.8 with her nine-year-old gelding Lakantus. However, a stop at fence seven proved costly, and the addition of 5.6 in the Jumping phase saw them eventually line up in 28th place.

Of the 75 starters on cross-country day there were 15 eliminations and one retirement, and three more were eliminated in the final Jumping phase. A total of 54 completed and once again fence seven was highly influential.

Britain’s Leilia Paske moved up from sixth after Dressage to fifth after cross-country, and when third-placed French rider Jeanne Cauvel (Iggy Pop) was eliminated in the Jumping arena and fourth-placed Irish contender Lilly Keogh (Master Tredstep) withdrew, then Paske’s clear round with Billy McFee took the silver.

Like her Young Riders gold-medal-winning compatriot, Schaaf is also an inexperienced athlete having taken team and individual gold at the European Pony Championships in Aarhus (DEN) in 2016 and team bronze at Junior level in Fontainebleau last year. She was delighted with the performance of her home-bred Rheinlander mare who never put a foot wrong all week.

“She was so clever, and she did everything for me!” said the new Junior champion.

Results here.

By Louise Parkes

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Super Sport at FEI Youth Jumping Championships in Zuidwolde

(L to R) The Netherlands’ Emma Bocken (silver), Germany’s Tiara Bleicher (gold), and Bulgaria’s Aya Miteva (bronze). (FEI/Leonjo de Koster)

FEI Jumping European Championship Zuidwolde Young Riders, Juniors & Children 2019

The Netherlands and Germany claimed double-gold, while Spain and Ireland topped the podium in the remaining two Championships, as talent, courage, determination, and teamwork were all tested during a superb week of top sport.

Children

In the battle for the Children’s Team title which attracted a massive 23 countries from all across the continent, the Dutch pipped Germany while Great Britain claimed the bronze.

With The Netherlands and Germany tied on a zero score after the second team competition, it came down to a nail-biting jump-off between the two sides on Thursday. And although Thijmen Vos (Theo 149) faulted once, flawless performances from team-mates Emma Bocken (Dagma), Jorinde Dolfijn (Providence) and Finn Boerekamp (Gradini) clinched it for the host nation.

Germany’s Tiara Bleicher made her only mistake of the week with Daniels Jack S in this jump-off, but, on her Championship debut, it didn’t hold her back from claiming the Individual title which was also decided by a race against the clock two days later. The 14-year-old from Munich steered her 10-year-old gelding through the finish in 36.20 seconds when first to go and couldn’t be caught, while The Netherlands’ Emma Bocken clinched silver in 37.17 seconds.

Individual bronze went to Bulgaria’s Aya Miteva who finished fifth individually at the 2018 Balkan Children’s Championship in Zagreb (CRO). She was riding the 21-year-old stallion SIEC Caro Ass who previously served a number of top Turkish riders throughout his stellar career. Louise Ameeuw (Lover Boy Z), daughter of Christophe Ameeuw, the man behind the Longines Masters Series and Ecurie d’Ecaussines which is the European base for many of the world’s top riders, just missed out on the podium when finishing fourth.

Juniors

A total of 21 countries fielded teams in the Junior division, with Spain taking the gold ahead of Germany in silver and Ireland in bronze. Maya De La Joya Fernandez-Longoria (Un Lord du Rozel) jumped double-clear in the two-round team competition, and although her compatriots Mario Villapalos Rodriguez (Iroko vd Brouwershoeve), Theo Chulia Leduc (Farao vd Eglantierheuvel) and Diego Ramos Maneiro (Texas De Trebompe) all faulted, Spain’s final tally of 14.24 left them more than a single penalty point ahead of Germany on 15.79.

It was their slower times in the opening individual Speed event that hampered German chances, as this side added only two time faults to their tally on Nations Cup day. Matthis Westendarp (Stalido) jumped double-clear and the German side also included Hannes Ahlmann (Nerrado) whose uncle, Christian Ahlmann, has long been a German Jumping legend.

It was sweet revenge for Kate Derwin in the Junior Individual final when this time around it all came right for the 17-year-old daughter of one of Ireland’s best-known horse dealers, Jim Derwin. She finished an agonising fourth at the 2018 Junior Championships in Fontainebleau (FRA), but that only strengthened her resolve and, holding the narrowest lead going into the deciding round, she kept a cool head to claim the top step of the podium with her fifth clear performance of the week from AHG Whiterock Cruise Down.

“This year my trainer Denis Flannelly and my father put together a plan. They said last year it was left behind, but this year I was going to win a medal and not just any medal but it was going to be gold!” said the 17-year-old who proudly sang the Irish national anthem during the prizegiving with that precious medal around her neck. Spain’s De La Joya Fernandez-Longoria claimed the silver and bronze went to Belgium’s Thibeau Spits (Bellissimo Z).

Young Riders

Bas Moerings (Fosther), Veronique Morsink (Entrepeneur), Lars Kersten (H-Cassino), and Rowen van de Mheen (Q Verdi) joined forces to claim the Young Riders team title for The Netherlands. The Belgian side of Dieter Vermeiren (Kingston Town), Simon Morssinkhof (Vivolta de Gree), Zoe Conter (Univers du Vinnebus), and Gilles Thomas (Konak) had the advantage with the lowest combined scores after Wednesday’s opening Speed class, and looked set to stroll to victory when adding nothing to their scoreline with three clears in the first round of Friday’s team competition in which the Dutch added five to their tally.

However, when Vermeiren racked up a 12 second time out, then Morssinkhof’s eight had to be included, bringing the Belgian total to 12.11, which left them just over a penalty point behind the Dutch who this time kept a clean sheet.

Once again, the Individual champion came from the bronze-medal winning side, 20-year-old Philipp Schulze Topphoff from Germany pinning Spain’s Paloma Barcelo (Ines) into silver medal spot while Dutch team gold medallist, Lars Kersten, took the bronze.

Schulze Topphoff is no stranger to success, winning team gold at the European Pony Championships in Arezzo (ITA) in 2013, and team bronze at the Pony EC in Millstreet (IRL) the following year. Last summer he took team gold again at the Young Riders EC in Fontainebleau (FRA) and, just a few weeks ago, this young man and his talented nine-year-old grey mare, Concordess NRW, were members of the German side at the Official Test of Equestrian Formats for Tokyo 2020 staged in Hagen (GER).

In a new innovation this year, the fifth member of each team that made it onto the podium also received a medal. All five riders competed on the opening day before the four-member teams were named for the remainder of the week.

Results here.

By Louise Parkes

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Shannon Gibbons
Media Relations and Communications Manager
shannon.gibbons@fei.org
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Sharn Wordley and Gatsby Navigate to $72,000 Nutrena Grand Prix CSI 2* Win at TIEC

Sharn Wordley and Gatsby ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – July 13, 2019 – Sharn Wordley (NZL) and his own Gatsby raced to a 36.033-second win in the $72,000 Nutrena® Grand Prix CSI 2* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Adam Prudent (USA) and Romeo de Villaret, the 2005 Selle Francais stallion (Mr. Blue (NL) x If de Merze) owned by Plain Bay Sales, claimed second-place honors, halting the jump-off timers with a time of 36.242 seconds. Abigail McArdle (USA) and Victorio 5, a 2006 Hanoverian stallion (Uccello x Graf Top) owned by Victorio Equine Group LLC, rounded out the podium with their 36.609-second performance in the short course.

Bernardo Costa Cabral (POR) had 42 pairs challenge his first-round course, with seven returning to compete in the jump-off. “He [Cabral] did a really good job,” emphasized Wordley. “He made the course tricky enough that it was hard to jump. I think the height was perfect, and the time was just right that you had to go quick enough, which caused some problems, but without making it too difficult for people. So, I think he nailed it. He did such a good course.”

Wordley piloted two horses through the first-round track, and explained that tonight was Gatsby’s time to shine. “My second horse, [Any], didn’t have a very good warm-up, so it just wasn’t her night, but Gatsby was awesome.”

Though it was Gatsby’s night, it wasn’t a jump-off designed for the 2004 Irish Sport Horse stallion (Simba x Cruise On), Wordley admitted: “In the jump-off, my strategy actually didn’t go to plan. Gatsby doesn’t turn so well to the right, and there were two tight turns to the right in the jump-off,” he explained. “I actually wanted to do two less strides from [fences] two to three, and two less strides [in the other turn], but I just wanted to go fast enough to put pressure on the others.

“That way,” Wordley continued, “if they wanted to beat me, they needed to do something that could cause a rail, which is what happened. I think the only one who was faster had two [rails] down trying to beat my time, so it worked out.”

Though both Wordley and Gatsby have found great success at TIEC, Wordley is hoping that this win carries him forward to his next venture. “Gatsby will have next week and the week after off, then he’ll probably do the two star in Angelstone, which he won last year.

“I like winning… it’s good!” Wordley concluded. “Gatsby likes winning; he loves it. And it’s always good to beat Santiago Lambre,” he added of his competitor who piloted two rides in the jump-off. “Even if it’s in the 1.30m, I like to beat him, because that guy is fast!”

For more information and results, please visit www.Tryon.com.

Inside CHIO Aachen 2019: Riders to Watch at This Year’s Rolex Grand Prix

Rolex Grand Prix winner of CHIO Aachen 2018, Marcus Ehning (Photo credit: Rolex / Ashley Neuhof)

From 12-21 July 2019, visitors from all over the world will once again travel to Germany to witness one of the most prestigious equestrian events of the year, CHIO Aachen. The nine-day event will play host to the second Major of the year, the Rolex Grand Prix, in which the world’s top equestrian athletes will go head-to-head as they each contend for the highly sought-after victory.

The world’s greatest horse-and-rider combinations will be vying for one of show jumping’s most prestigious titles, the Rolex Grand Prix. With many of the world’s top 20-ranked riders set to compete, the field looks wide open; however, following strong recent performances on the outdoor circuit, there are notable partnerships that could claim the Rolex Major win:

Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann and his impressive Toveks Mary Lou have demonstrated outstanding consistency, having recently won the Rolex Grand Prix at CHI Royal Windsor Horse Show. The infamously quick duo flew through a faultless jump-off, defeating 15 of the world’s top 20-ranked riders. With the outdoor show jumping season well and truly underway, von Eckermann shows no sign of decelerating and has high hopes of continuing his Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping journey.

Daniel Bluman made history at CSIO Roma Piazza di Siena, becoming Israel’s first ever rider to claim victory at this prestigious event, after winning the Rolex Grand Prix. The complicated course saw only four of the 44 combinations go clear in the first round, with Bluman and his 11-year-old gelding, Ladriano Z, proving unbeatable after going clear in the jump-off. The 29-year-old rider has his sights set on his next victory and will pull out all the stops to secure his first Rolex Major title.

Rolex Testimonee and show jumping hero, Eric Lamaze, has displayed remarkable determination this season. Lamaze won the PwC Cup at last month’s ‘National’ CSI5* presented by Rolex at Spruce Meadows, in which he and his mare, Fine Lady 5, won an electrifying jump-off. Just two days prior, Lamaze won the RBC Grand Prix of Canada presented by Rolex with his 13-year-old gelding, Chacco Kid. After his recent successes, the unstoppable 51-year-old rider will do everything in his power to lift the coveted trophy at CHIO Aachen.

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Mark Bluman and Cartouche Win $36k Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 2* at TIEC

Mark Bluman and Cartouche ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – July 11, 2019 – Mark Bluman (COL) and Cartouche claimed the win in a competitive $36,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 2* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) on Thursday morning, stopping the jump-off timers at 31.402 seconds. Abigail McArdle (USA) and Victorio 5, a 2006 Hanoverian stallion (Uccello x Graf Top) owned by Victorio Equine Group LLC, took second place on a clear jump-off performance of 32.459 seconds, while Todd Minikus (USA) and Calvalou, a 2007 Oldenburg gelding (Calvaro F.C. x Baloubet du Rouet) owned by Todd Minikus LTD, claimed third-place honors on a double-clear effort in 33.314 seconds.

Bernardo Costa Cabral (POR) set the track to test the 55 entries in the class with a total of 24 pairs to return and navigate the jump-off track. “The course was very friendly,” Bluman continued on to explain: “This week [Tryon Summer 5] is a 2* and it is also the first day, so there are a lot of people bringing young horses along. It was a good class and honestly, it’s never nice to have that many go in the jump-off, but I understand the course designer. He’s trying to build up riders, trying to build up the horses so I’m very happy with the course designer. It worked out well for us today!”

Bluman revealed that the 2007 Argentine Warmblood stallion (Unknown x Unknown) is not one of his usual mounts and is owned by his cousin, Daniel Bluman, and Over the Top Stables LLC. “[Cartouche] is a horse that my cousin Daniel rides, but he’s in Europe right now, so I got to take him! I’m lucky I got to ride him. He’s a super fast horse and very careful. I literally can just sit there and let him do his job. I know every time I go in the ring, he’s going to try everything not to have any jumps down so I can go as fast as I can and it worked out today.”

Bluman continued: “I didn’t pay much attention [to the other riders],” Bluman shared on his strategy heading into the jump-off. “I just tried to follow my plan. I wasn’t looking at anybody and I just think I was fast from the first to the last jump. That’s the best way to ride him and he loves it. It worked out very well!”

For full results from the $36,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 2*, click here.

For more information and results, please visit www.Tryon.com.

Pablo Barrios and Le Vio Are Three for Three after Win in $36k Sunday Classic CSI 3* at TIEC

Pablo Barrios and Le Vio ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – July 8, 2019 – Pablo Barrios (VEN) and Le Vio sped to win the $36,000 Sunday Classic CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), stopping the jump-off timers at 28.837 seconds with no faults to claim their third FEI win of the week. Steve Schaefer (USA) and Valinski S, a 2002 Dutch Sport Horse gelding (Nijinski x Julius) owned by Wyndmont Inc, took second place on a clear jump-off performance of 29.603 seconds, while Sharn Wordley (NZL) and his own Gatsby, a 2004 Irish Sport Horse stallion (Simba x Cruise On), claimed third-place honors with another clear round and a time of 30.602 seconds.

Barrios and the 2009 Hanoverian gelding (Van Gogh x Drosselklang II) owned by Gut Einhaus LLC, were one of 11 pairs to be tested in the jump-off track, designed by Alan Wade (IRL). Barrios went in with a plan to gain the advantage: “I think I found a super nice [jump to] number one that allowed me to do eight strides. The [distance from] one to two was pretty far and I couldn’t bend it. I turned really quick to the combination, [jump] seven to eight, and I was able to do six strides to the final jump and I think that was the key,” Barrios revealed.

He continued: “Alan has done a great job; he’s a great course designer, and I love when we come here. He really tests the horses and he knows the feel of the riders and horses. It has been a very nice week; all the courses have been good and very fun to ride!”

Barrios and Le Vio have been together for almost a year, competing in major Grand Prix competitions and even winning the gold medal for Individual Jumping at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games Barranquilla 2018. “He has been a very good horse so far. Every time he’s showing a little more scope [over the jumps]. This week I put it down a little bit and just decided to jump the speed classes and the lower classes. He’s very quick and he covers the ground – I mean, he’s a super careful horse.”

Barrios’ win to wrap up Tryon Summer 4 at TIEC came following a very successful week aboard Le Vio: “[Le Vio] was perfect this week. He won three classes this week out of the three that he jumped, so that’s very impressive. He is a winner, but I never expected to win three classes in the same week!”

For full results from the $36,000 Sunday Classic CSI 3*, click here.

For more information and results, please visit www.Tryon.com.

Adam Prudent and Romeo de Villaret Dominate in $134k Adequan CSI 3* Grand Prix at TIEC

Adam Prudent and Romeo de Villaret ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – July 6, 2019 – Adam Prudent (USA) and Romeo de Villaret prevailed in the $134,000 Adequan® CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), stopping the jump-off timers at 42.412 seconds. Fernando Cardenas Jr. (COL) and Quincy Car, a 2004 Oldenburg stallion (Galiani Car x Amour Parfait) owned by Fernando and Meredith Cardenas, followed with a second-place performance of 49.35 seconds in the short course. Finishing out the podium, Sharn Wordley (NZL) aboard Sky Group’s Casper, a 2006 Oldenburg gelding (Contender x Baloubet du Rouet), claimed third-place honors on a four-fault effort in 42.769 seconds.

Alan Wade (IRL), who also designed the course for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 at TIEC, set a track that truly tested the 30 pairs attempting the first-round course, as only six pairs returned for the jump-off round. “It was a good course for this horse,” Prudent revealed. “By the end of the course he was definitely a little tired with the heat here, but he managed to come through quite well and, I think, with the jump-off being a little cooler he really dug in and showed what he had.”

Prudent and the 2005 Selle Francais stallion (Mr. Blue (NL) KWPN x If de Merze), owned by Plain Bay Sales, were one of only two pairs to finish the jump-off round fault-free. Although Prudent and the stallion have only been teamed together for a month, Prudent kept his strategy simple heading into the six-person jump-off: “My strategy heading into the jump-off was just turn and go fast!” Prudent elaborated: “I planned to do seven strides in the last line but had to add one [more stride] last moment because I just didn’t see it coming up, but that was the only thing I hadn’t been expecting.

“He [Romeo de Villaret] is a great horse and I feel great heading into next week [Tryon Summer 5 Series at TIEC] with him.” Prudent continued, “This was my first FEI show with him, so I’m very happy with his performance. I’ve just been starting to get to know him and just figuring him out.” Prudent also revealed that this was his own personal first Grand Prix win in Tryon Stadium.

For full results from $134,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI 3*, click here.

For more information and results, please visit www.Tryon.com.

Julie Curtin and Cassico Defend $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Title at TIEC

Julie Curtin and Cassico ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – July 5, 2019 – Julie Curtin (USA) and Cassico repeated their 2018 victory in Friday’s $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, earning a first-round score of 182 and receiving a handy score of 212 for a grand total of 394 to top the field. Harold Chopping (CAN) and Barbara Scott’s Catchphrase, a 2010 Zangersheide gelding (Marome NW x Prelude), collected scores of 160 and 193 to land in second place on a total of 353, while Kelley Farmer (USA) and As Quoted, the 2013 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Zambesi TN x Bybalia SMH) owned by David Glefke, produced rounds garnering scores of 178 and 172.5 to claim third with a total of 350.5.

Curtin and the 2011 Holsteiner gelding (Carrico x Trevigiana) owned by Rebekah Warren were able to earn a repeat victory from last year’s USHJA International Hunter Derby during Tryon Summer 4, besting a competitive field of 21 entries over the Dean Rheinheimer (USA) course design. “The course rode really nicely,” Curtin reported. “There were a lot of long lines out there, which is nice, but it’s sometimes kind of easy to get lost. This is the first time I’ve ridden in this arena – Cassico actually won this same Derby last year here on the grass! It was nice – the footing is great, and the course rode really great.

“We were eight points behind [going into the handy], so I had to just go for it all,” Curtin explained of her winning strategy. “We took every tight turn, high option, and just tried to lay it down, because I knew I had some ground to catch up. We’re getting ready for Derby Finals, so I knew I had to practice. I knew it would either work or it would not, and today it worked! He’s such a scopey horse. The jumps were big, and it was hard, but he was good.”

They made up the difference – and earned their 41-point lead – in two areas, Curtin believes: in their first jump, choosing the high option, and in overall handiness. “Jump one was hard – that was a blind turn for a high option, but he handled it so well. But otherwise, I just tried to keep it tidy everywhere. And he’s so scopey that on all the tight turns it just kept coming up nicely. The two-stride came out a little long, but he just got right up there and handled everything beautifully.”

While Derby Finals is the next goal in focus, Cassico will be Curtin’s ride in National and International Derbies for a long time to come, she hopes. “He’s still young and has a big future, so we’re really excited. Hopefully, Derby Finals will go well, but then his mother is going to start showing him; I will just do Derbies with him and let him be an amateur horse. Right now, I’m doing Derbies and High Performance with him, but we’ll back down a little bit and let her ride him in the Amateurs. Hopefully, I’ll have him for the next eight years to do Derbies on!”

Curtin, who also earned second in Friday morning’s $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, concluded, “It was a very good day! Tough competition – it’s always a tough competition when Kelly [Farmer] and Evan [Coluccio] have as many horses as they had each! I’m very happy about the win.”

For full results from the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, click here.

For more information and results, please visit www.Tryon.com.