Victoria Colvin Secures SJHOF East Coast Junior Series Championship
Lexington, KY – October 31, 2014 – It was a race to the finish today during the Amalaya Investments $20,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame (SJHOF) Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship, presented by the Nusz Family, at the National Horse Show. Thirty-one of the East Coast’s most talented horse and rider combinations competed in the series finale, but it was Chicago’s Catherine Tyree and Don’t Go who proved that they have what it takes to go to the top. They shattered Tori Colvin’s time by over two seconds to seal their win in a blazing time of 30.478 seconds. Colvin however secured her second consecutive East Coast Junior Series Overall Championship.
“This is my biggest jumper win for sure,” Tyree smiled. “It is truly an honor to not only compete here at the National Horse Show, but also end up winning one of these classes.”
Tyree and her own Don’t Go, a 12-year-old stallion, put forth their best effort through the entire Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, only narrowly missing the Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic Series overall victory by 81 points, just behind Laura Linback and Attention Please.
Tyree said of her mount, “I call him my war horse. He is so reliable. He is game for anything. I can do a small ring like Washington or a big ring like the Hamptons. He is so good to me. I always know he is going to be there for me. His character is what makes him so great.”
Thirteen riders qualified for the shortened course, designed by internationally renowned course designer Guilherme Jorge of Brazil. In the jump-off, only seven of the original 16 jumping efforts remained in the Alltech Arena, allowing ample opportunity for the riders to open their strides and tackle the long distances to the obstacles.
Colvin set the pace early in the order with Don Juan, using his foot speed to her advantage over the course to break the beam in 32.052 seconds. Her speed went unmatched until Tyree entered the ring aboard Don’t Go.
Tyree had already tested the track as the second rider to go in the jump off with her first qualified mount, Wetter. The opportunity gave her an advantage as she executed her plan both efficiently and effectively aboard Don’t Go on her second try. His large stride covered the ground with ease, leaving out strides to trip the timers in an astonishing 30.478 seconds.
“Don’t Go is such a game horse,” Tyree said. “Once I picked up the gallop to the first jump and went off the nine strides to the oxer, I was able to do only five strides turning back to the next oxer. That was where I was able to get the time. He has such a big stride, is so careful and has such a fighting attitude. I knew that if I gave it a good shot, he would give his all for me.”
Haley Gassel gave a valiant effort with Quite Dark 2, owned by Westwind Equine Training Center, but was shy of the victory by 4/10ths of a second. Gassel has ridden Quite Dark 2 for almost two years, and she showed the confidence she has in their partnership as she sliced the turns and raced to the final oxer.
“He is very sweet in the barn, and in the ring he is very confident,” Gassel said. “You put him anywhere and he will jump. If you ride him correctly, he will always go clean. He is just a great horse in general. He has a huge stride. I always tell people that he has to have an 18-foot stride. He covers the ground incredibly, it gets so long, but it is not a loose long. It is still tight and adjustable.”
Gassel concluded the Amalaya Investments $20,000 SJHF Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper Championship in second place, while Colvin finished third. Colvin was presented with the overall series award as the highest scoring junior for her second consecutive year.
“I call him my donkey in the barn,” Colvin laughed as she talked of her mount Don Juan. “When we gallop around he doesn’t even canter, but when you point him at a jump, he is like a dirt bike. He revs up because he has to in order to make it over the jump. His mom was a pony, so he is really small, and he has the pony attitude, too.”
Colvin concluded the series with 955 points, a full 250 points ahead of fellow contenders. She proved unstoppable from her wins during the Winter Equestrian Festival, and her lead became insurmountable after the Lake Placid Horse Shows.
Colvin continued, “You have to be consistent throughout the year in order to win the series, and I think that for the juniors to be able to have that opportunity gives us a great chance and experience.”
Francois Mathy Goes Wire to Wire to Win Chansonette Farm $45,000 Gamblers Choice Costume Class
Halloween Night at the 2014 National Horse Show featured creative costumes throughout the building; some on the many kids that came to trick or treat as well as those created by the riders in tonight’s popular Chansonette Farm $45,000 Gamblers Choice Costume Class. Although it wasn’t realized at the time, the class was over right after the first rider finished his imaginative course. Francois Mathy of Belgium, dressed as a soccer referee, raced Ornellaia through some tight tricky turns and amassed a grand total of 1340 points to secure the Friday night wire to wire win.
No one else came close.
The 200 point Joker fence, a tall, difficult 1.65m vertical of three white poles in the center of the ring proved to be the decider for many of the competitors tonight as only 11 of the 25 riders in the Gamblers Choice were able to add the 200 points to their score. Almost all that cleared the Joker ended up in the money when the tally was finally counted. Fourteen riders saw the 200 points deducted sending them home without a prize.
Schuyler Riley came the closet to catching Mathy’s top score but was still 110 points off the pace in second place. Riley, dressed as a big game hunter, rode Dobra de Porceyo to a total score of 1230 points.
Third place went to cat woman Laura Kraut and Cedric with 1220 points over the Guilherme Jorge designed course.
Rounding out the top four was Shane Sweetnam, riding as Woody from Toy Story. Sweetnam piloted Cyklon 1083 to a 1210 point total.
“It is never easy in this kind of class when you go first,” said Mathy following his victory gallop. “You don’t have a lot of references; you don’t know how many obstacles you can jump. I saw the first part was quite tricky and I had quite a few fences coming up quite quickly, and I thought if I could do that all right, the rest of the course was smoother and easier. In this kind of class what you have to do is try to keep the fences as close as possible and not run too much without jumping a fence. I think that worked out quite good in my course. I just kept going around in the same way, not too many changes of direction.”
“In this kind of class I don’t think you always meet everything really right, you have to improvise a little bit. As soon as you have a fence down, your whole course goes flat, and for me tonight, that didn’t happen,” Mathy detailed. “I was really happy. This mare is still quite green and she jumped super, and the fences were just coming. It’s quite amazing what these horses can do. The fences keep coming at them every four strides and they have to jump it clear. I was really impressed, especially at the joker, a big 1.65m fence; she jumped that really, really well,” he said.
And did he think his lead would hold up? “Normally not,” he said. “Normally in this kind of class when you show the way, someone is going to catch you. I think my track was not so bad a track, but not so many other riders tried it. I think just two copied me. Normally when you go first you don’t have a big advantage. But that worked out all right today,” he smiled. “My track maybe was not the best, but it won today.”
This is the Belgian’s second trip to Lexington and his week was a successful one. “I’ve had a good show. I came last year and I enjoyed it a lot also. I won one of the big classes with a very good mare last year,” he recalled. “The facility is fantastic. I think it is great sport here. The conditions are super. The ring has really good ground. The facility is exceptional with the stabling also. We have plenty of room to ride.”
Mathy also has the World Cup Finals in mind. “I enjoy coming here. It’s important for us because we can also get some World Cup points here and in Europe it’s quite difficult to access the World Cup classes because it’s a limited number of riders per nation and there are not as many World Cup shows as here,” he said. “It gives you a good opportunity here.”
For tomorrow’s $250,000 CP World Cup Grand Prix, Mathy will saddle Royal. “The same one I jumped last week in Washington,” he said. “He jumped really good, was tenth in the grand prix in Washington. Hopefully we have a good shot tomorrow – that’s the main goal here this week.”
Finishing in fifth place tonight was Lisona and Jessica Springsteen, decked out in pirate regalia. Springsteen scored 1100 points and crossed the finish line in 53.72 seconds to edge out Olivier Philippaerts who also scored 1100, but finished with a slower time in 57.19 seconds. The Belgian rider was dressed out as Raggedy Andy.
Seventh place went to Cassinja S and Charlie Jacobs. The Principal of the Boston Bruins was dressed accordingly and banked a total of 1080 points. Eighth went to Balous Day Date and Candice King with 1000 points. King was decked out as Miss Captain America.
Tomorrow the jumper divisions will conclude with the Under 25 Championship Final Competition and the $250,000 CP World Cup Grand Prix.
About the National Horse Show
Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America’s oldest indoor horse show, firmly established as a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars. The National Horse Show Association’s primary activity is the annual production of the National Horse Show and all ancillary events. Over the years, the National Horse Show has provided financial aid to many worthwhile charities.
With $755,000 in prize money offered, this year’s National Horse Show offers an International Open Jumpers with $460,000 in prize money, while the top rated hunter sections have a total purse of $195,000. Meanwhile, $100,000 in total is offered to the Amateur-Owner and U 25 Jumper sections.
For the fourth consecutive year, The National Horse Show received a top ranking from NARG, the North American Riders Group and was named the Show Hunter Hall of Fame Horse Show of the Year in four back-to-back years.
The Alltech National Horse Show is a week-long championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The event will run October 28 – November 2, 2014, indoors in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
The Kentucky Horse Park has waived the normal parking fee during the Alltech National Horse Show. Parking is free. While dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash, no dogs are allowed in the Alltech Arena during the ANHS.
The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. The KHP is 8 miles northeast of Lexington at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.
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Catherine Tyree guided Sandor de la Pomme to victory in the $10,000 Overland Sheepskin Company Welcome Stake. David Mullinix Photography.
East Dorset, Vermont — Catherine Tyree and her newly acquired mount, Sandor de la Pomme, secured their first victory together in the $10,000 Overland Sheepskin Company Welcome Stake, presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, on Thursday, July 25, at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.
Even more impressively, Tyree’s win came in only her third time competing with Sandor de la Pomme, an 11-year-old Belgian Sport Horse gelding.
“Everything clicked automatically when I went in the ring yesterday (in the 1.30m Jumpers),” Tyree explained. “I was already feeling confident yesterday so going in the ring today I knew he would take care of me, no matter what.”
Tyree, 18, of Chicago, IL, follows in the footsteps of grand prix veterans Peter Wylde, Darragh Kenny, and McLain Ward, all of whom have formerly campaigned Sandor de la Pomme.
“It was very intimidating (showing him for the first time),” Tyree acknowledged. “He’s shown with all these huge-name riders, and now I have him. I was definitely nervous going into the ring the first time, but all of that has worked itself out.”
Despite their short relationship, Tyree can already feel their partnership forming. The pair posted the only double clear round of in Thursday’s $10,000 Overland Sheepskin Company Welcome Stake after multiple riders ran into trouble throughout the course designed by 1984 Olympic team gold medalist Conrad Homfeld of Wellington, FL.
“The course was a lot more technical than I thought it would be,” said Tyree. “I got to ride it when I did the low amateurs, so I had a feel for it. But when the jumps went up, it was a little more difficult.”
Tyree first attempted the course with Don’t Go, but had a rail down to miss qualifying for the jump-off. When the time came for Tyree to enter the ring with Sandor de la Pomme, she found herself at ease knowing she could trust her mount’s talent.
“He’s so game and he’s got a big heart. He’s careful. He’s correct. He always wants to do the right thing. With him, I just have to trust that he knows what he’s doing. He’s jumped plenty of big classes, so I know I don’t have to worry about him. It’s a nice feeling to have going into the ring,” Tyree remarked.
Going late in the order, Tyree knew she only had to go clear to win the class, which was especially reassuring since she didn’t want to push too hard with her new partner. The best performance so far had been turned in by Hillary Simpson, who incurred four faults in the jump-off with Nopus du Gue Joubert.
“I knew there were no clears (jump-off rounds) and this was only my second jump-off with him, so I wasn’t planning on going too fast,” said Tyree of the immediate jump-off format. “I just wanted to make sure I was neat with my turns and gave him a chance to leave the jumps up.”
Tyree is grateful for the opportunity to ride Sandor de la Pomme so early in her budding amateur career, describing him as the most talented horse she’s ever been fortunate enough to ride.
“I’m very happy I get to have a horse like him; I never thought it would happen,” smiled Tyree, who trains with Missy Clark and John Brennan of North Run Stables in Warren, VT. “Missy and John suggested it to my parents and I never thought they would go for it!”
She continued, “Missy and John knew right away that it would work well, so I just had to have faith in them that they know what they’re doing.”
Clark and Brennan were clearly on to something, as demonstrated by Tyree’s victory. Tyree and Sandor de la Pomme will continue to compete at the Vermont Summer Festival for the next two weeks and plan to contest a few grand prix classes.
The Vermont Summer Festival hosts its fourth week of competition at Harold Beebe farm this week and will continue through August 11. The six-week circuit, celebrating its 20th anniversary in its current Manchester location, offers more than $750,000 in prize money, making it the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont.
The first five Saturdays of the Vermont Summer Festival feature a $30,000 Grand Prix. The $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix will be held during the sixth and final week on Saturday, August 10. The weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, is held each Thursday. The hugely popular $5,000 3’3” Hunter Derby is also held each Thursday for the first five weeks, with week six featuring the $15,000 Hunter Derby.
The Vermont Summer Festival is a proud member event of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League (NAL). For more information about the Vermont Summer Festival, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.vt-summerfestival.com.
Wellington, FL – September 28, 2011 – This weekend concluded the 2011 ASPCA Maclay Regional Championships with the final competitions held for Regions 1, 2, and 4. Championship honors were awarded to Michael Hughes, Lillie Keenan, and Catherine Tyree for their incredible rides in each of their respective regions. The talented riders also earned an invitation to the Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington, KY, to compete for the top spot among the nation’s best junior riders with the 2011 ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals presented by C. M. Hadfield’s Saddlery.
The Region 1 “Northeast” Championships were judged by Jimmy Torano and Jimmy Lee at the Grand Fall Classic in Westbrook, CT. Michael Hughes of Morriston, FL, caught their attention with his smooth and precise ride aboard Co Co Pop, winning top honors without entering the ring for additional testing. Hughes showed against 60 of the top juniors in the Northeast states of CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and VT. Charlotte Jacobs of East Aurora, NY, finished in reserve for the second consecutive year.
“This weekend really went amazing,” said Hughes. “The first round went really well, the course was straightforward, and when it came to the flat phase, I know that Co Co Pop would really excel, so we were able to stay strong.”
Region 2 “East” Championship was held on Saturday, September 24 for the states of NJ, NY, and PA at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. Judged by Rita Timpanaro and Chrystine Tauber, top honors were awarded to Lillie Keenan of New York, NY, aboard Catherine Cowie’s Vidarco. Samantha Schaefer of Westminster, MD rode to the reserve honors.
Lexington, KY – August 7, 2011 – The last day of the Kentucky Summer Classic began with looming clouds; however, the Kentucky Horse Park was filled with nothing but sunshine and a cool breeze as the afternoon approached. The best horse and rider combinations competed for top honors during their respective divisions in the Covered Arena and Stonelea Ring for the Small Junior 15 & Under Hunters, Small Junior 16-17 Hunters, Large 15 & Under Junior Hunters and Large 16-17 Junior Hunters.
Today, Catherine Tyree did not disappoint, as she brought home not only the championship award for the Small 16-17 Junior Hunter division, but also the reserve championship honors for the Large 16-17 Junior Hunters. Aboard Concetto, owned by First Partners Inc. of Chicago, IL, Tyree won two first place ribbons in yesterday’s Small 16-17 Junior Hunter Division and the fourth place ribbon today. In the Large 16-17 Junior Hunter Division Tyree and Savant earned the third place ribbon and fourth place ribbon in yesterday’s classes as well as two second place ribbons and the fourth place ribbon in the under saddle class today.
Tyree has been riding Concetto for the last four years and believes that the time they have been together has really helped them to grow with one another and move into the Junior Hunters. “Sometimes he acts a bit like a stallion in the barn and when he’s schooling, but once he gets in the ring he’s all work,” explained Tyree. “He goes in, he knows his job, always jumps a ten; he’s so fantastic.”
Due to Concetto’s long stride and easy-going personality, the handy round has become his forte. “He needs a very easy ride, outside you get on a nice gallop and go down, nothing bothers him and he has a huge stride. He jumps the oxers great all the time; you just have to keep his balance up a little bit. He loves to turn and gallop. He really shines in the handy.”