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Venus Is Victorious

Fabio Andres Rodriguez and Venus.

The $35,000 Sidelines Grand Prix, presented by EMO, took center stage in the Olympic Arena under clear skies with warm temperatures as sixteen horse and rider teams took to the course designed by International Course Designer Michel Vaillancourt.

The first round time allowed was set at 84 seconds and included a tricky combination which saw many with rails.

Only three advanced to the jump off round with a time allowed of 45 seconds. Fabio Andres Rodriguez of Bogota, Colombia in the irons of Raylyn Farms, Inc.’s Venus was first to go and turned in a clear round in a time of 36.192 seconds, setting the new time to beat. “When I walked the course, it felt tricky,” he commented. “But Venus is so good, I felt really comfortable with her. We had the opportunity to be there, so the idea was to try to be fast.  I’ve only been riding her for six months, but she is so good. I just have to ride it and she’ll get it done.”

Jared Petersen of Archer, Florida, riding his father Derek’s Titus 2:11, followed looking to beat Rodriguez’ time, but a rail at the final fence in a time of 36.029 seconds would find them in second place. Last to go Aida Sanchez Long of Ooltewah, Tennessee and Nelson Long’s M L Hartwick turned in a clear round, but their time of 38.034 seconds would find them in third place overall.

The fastest of the four-faulters, Diamant’s Legacy, owned and ridden by Derek Peterson of Archer, Florida, took the fourth place ribbon after posting a four fault first round time in 76.487 seconds. Fifth was awarded to Glenn Hartigan of Canton, Georgia and his own Z-Coco Cabana after posting a four fault first round in a time of 79.728 seconds. Co Pilot, owned and ridden by Derek Petersen, returned for a sixth place ribbon after a four-fault first round in a time 80.275 seconds. Seventh was awarded to Jordan Coyne of High Springs, Florida and her own Lazaro after posting a four-fault, first round in a time of 82.360 seconds. Derek Petersen returned to the winner’s circle, this time in the irons of his own Redeemed, after an eight fault first round in a time of 77.170 seconds. Ninth went to KM Farms’ KM Corfina, ridden by David Jennings of Franklin, Tennessee, after earning eight jump faults with a first round time of 77.971 seconds.

Tenth place was awarded to Jorge Ludwig of Newbury Park, California and his own Lamarique, eleventh went to Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina, and Kenwood Syndicate’s Kenwood and Sarah Schiering of Stockton, New Jersey wrapped up the class with twelfth place in the irons of Thomas Welsh’s Newtown Jumping Jack.

Rodriquez has been riding with trainer Andrea King for about a year. “Working with Andrea has helped me so much,” commented Rodriguez, “and this mare is so nice to ride.” King commented, “Kent [Farrington] won a ton around the world with her [Venus]. I had her for Angel last year and he won a ton in Tryon and I got her back this summer and she has been a great horse for this boy [Fabio].” King continued, “Venus is for sale; she’s fourteen and an amazingly talented mare. She won the $100,000 in Ocala a couple of years ago and just done a lot everywhere. She’d be a great first horse for a junior moving up to the grand prix; she’s got tremendous experience and will take care of her rider,” she said. “She’s great and just a lovely mare. Someone should jump at the chance to own her,” she added.

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Fabio Andres Rodriguez Pilots Venus to Win in $5,000 Under 25 Welcome

Fabio Andres Rodriguez and Venus. Photos ©Sportfot.

Colin Syquia and Soon to Be Claim Blue Rosette in $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Mill Spring, NC – October 28, 2016 – Fabio Andres Rodriguez, who represents the nation of Colombia in competition, guided his mount Venus to a first place finish in the $5,000 Under 25 Welcome at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), taking the class with a jump-off time of 33.336 seconds. Hilary McNerney of Lake Forest, IL and Contact earned second place after crossing through the timers in 34.116 seconds. Viggo Bjorklund of Wellington, FL and Abu Dhabi Gold collected third place with a time of 34.362 seconds.

Rodriguez and Venus, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood mare (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Julius) owned by Raylyn Farms LLC, made easy work of their time in the George H. Morris Arena, completing two solid rounds to mark their first major victory at TIEC this season.

“I had already jumped a horse in the class earlier and I made a small mistake,” he explained. “I work for Andrea King and we made a plan for the next ride. We kept it very organized and at the same time I think the plan we made was very effective.”

Venus has valuable experience in the ring and has jumped with a number of top professionals at the highest levels of the sport. Rodriguez feels honored to jump such a class mare and feel that they have a great partnership beginning to grow.

“She’s a very experienced horse. She’s been ridden a lot by Angel Karyoli and Marilyn Little. She’s just very nice,” he elaborated. “She’s a bit hot and she really wants to go all of the time. She’s very quick and she’s clean so I don’t have to worry about the rails. I just need to be effective and accurate.”

Rodriguez is an emerging talent for his home nation of Colombia and described his ideal ride, which he believes is a perfect fit with the demeanor of his new ride Venus. He stated, “I’m very relaxed with the horses and I like to wait. She’s the kind of horse I think I would do very well with.”

“I think that we will be in Ocala, FL or Wellington, FL this winter, which will be good for us both. I think looking forward I’d like to be prepared to begin the process with the Colombian team to potentially be able to go to the next Olympics. That would be the best place for us to start.”

Colin Syquia and Soon to Be Claim Blue Rosette in $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Colin Syquia of Wellington, FL and Soon to Be, owned by Jennifer Smith, captured top honors in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, topping the class with a two round score of 175. Syquia guided Samba’s Secret, also owned by Jennifer Smith, to second place with a final score of 167. Sara Ketcham of Columbus, NC and Oh Brother, owned by Christian Oliver, rounded out the top three with a final score of 163.

Colin Syquia and Soon to Be
Colin Syquia and Soon to Be

Syquia was ecstatic with the flawless rounds from Soon to Be and the duo’s ultimate placing in the derby. The pair earned an 86 in the first round and returned to receive an 89 from the judging panel in the handy to secure their victory.

“I thought the class was nice. It was very inviting. I went first on Soon to Be this morning and there was an option on the first line that ended up being a bit forward. The rest of the class did nine and I did eight there, but the rest of his round was just beautiful.”

The talented gelding has amassed an impressive record with Jennifer Hannan, who typically rides Soon to Be for Smith in the Performance Hunter divisions. Syquia happily took the ride this weekend and perfected the duo’s time in the ring.

“He jumped incredibly throughout and in the handy, we did all of the inside turns and I thought he handled it beautifully. I’m only riding here because Jennifer Hannan is prepping the horses for Kentucky next week. I’m just here to keep the saddle warm,” smiled Syquia.

“His appearance is one-of-a-kind. He always carries head and his neck in the most beautiful way and always has his ears pricked forward. He’s so talented that he’s able to do any distance and any turn without looking like it’s work. His technique is unbelievable. I think this is one that’s going to do it all,” he added.

Syquia also piloted Samba’s Secret to a second place finish in the class after the pair secured scores of 81 and 86 to conclude with a total of 167. Syquia was pleased with the mare’s performance and the way she handled the derby atmosphere.

“Samba’s Secret is just great. She’s another one of Jennifer’s horses and is a full sister to her past mount, As Always, who just won at Washington International this week,” he explained. “She’s just a little green and this is one of her first derbies, but in the second round she came out beautifully. We did all of the high options in the second round and she was really good. She stepped right up to the plate and answered all of the questions.”

The owner of Soon to Be and Samba’s Secret, Jennifer Smith, also competed in the class aboard Olympic Fire, owned by Roger Smith, finishing in seventh place.

“I am so grateful to Jennifer Smith for allowing me to ride these two horses in this class and would like to congratulate her on a top finish in her first ever derby today,” concluded Syquia.

The 2016 Tryon Fall Series presented by Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District offers six weeks of hunter and jumper competition, including three weeks of internationally recognized FEI show jumping featuring two FEI CSI 3* weeks and an FEI CSI 5*. For more information on Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) and surrounding amenities, please visit www.tryon.com.