Haas in her presentation ceremony collecting first, second, and fourth-place ribbons. ®TIEC/Charly Miller.
Tryon, NC – April 22, 2019 – Tryon Welcome 5 competition concluded with a highlight win for Erin Haas of Ann Arbor, MI, aboard Quality On Top in the $15,000 1.35m-1.40m Jumper Classic at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), stopping the short-course timers in 34.689 seconds to top the podium. Haas and Elektrisk, owned by North Face Farm, finished on a time of 37.404 seconds to achieve second and repeating her one-two finish in the $5,000 1.35m Welcome Stake. Lucy Rachel Donohue (Rhinebeck, NY) guided Renee Snyder’s J’Adore RF to a time of 38.103 seconds to claim third.
Haas had the ride on three of the six horses to advance to the jump-off round in the class set by course designer Dean Rheinheimer (Sheridan, IN), besting a field of 10 pairs and also taking fourth aboard North Face Farm’s Carona Z.
The North Face Farm entry Quality On Top is one of her more experienced but spooky horses, Haas admitted. “It’s difficult for him to go in different rings, especially when the temperature changes like this – he can be very difficult. I was quite pleased with him that he kept it together. It was a great week to give him some confidence and keep him working.
“Elektrisk is a younger guy that I chose not to do the inside turn to the in-and-out,” Haas explained. “He doesn’t turn to the left quite as well, and I didn’t want to take that risk with him. But I figured with my more experienced horse I could take the risk and try the inside turn there, and it worked out well.”
Of her green mount on the day that finished just out of the podium, Haas added, “Carona was also double-clean. She’s younger and coming along, and this is great mileage and experience for her to jump in different rings and get more experience. I was really pleased with her. It’s been a spectacular week, and I was really happy with the horses today.”
Haas and her mounts will take a week-long break from showing but will be back at TIEC to continue enjoying the spring weather, she detailed. “I’ll take next week off and then I’ll show here two more weeks in the Spring Series. I just came here from Florida, and the weather is really nice here in spring and fall. We always stop here on our way up from Florida and on our way back south,” Haas concluded. “My family loves this place, and there’s so much to do. It’s so beautiful, and we really enjoy it. I have a Labrador retriever puppy and she is loving it here, too! And, I really like hiking and stuff so I really enjoy being here.”
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