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Amanda Derbyshire and McLain Ward Share Open Jumper Championship Honors at Devon

Devon Horse Show Open Jumper champions: Amanda Derbyshire (aboard Roulette BH) and McLain Ward.

Devon, Pa. – June 1, 2019 – Since Tuesday, international horses and athletes have been competing for valuable points towards the week’s coveted Open Jumper championship, sponsored by Hermès. Following their top performances throughout the 2019 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, Gochman Sport Horse LLC’s Roulette BH, ridden by Great Britain’s Amanda Derbyshire, and Double H Farm’s HH Azur, ridden by the USA’s McLain Ward, were crowned the 2019 Open Jumper champions and winners of the Little Big Man Challenge Trophy. Both horses tied with 15 points at the conclusion of Saturday’s $72,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake CSI4*, which was won by Derbyshire and Roulette BH.

Becky Gochman and Stephanie Danhakl Shine in Amateur-Owner Hunter Championships

The Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions wrapped up on Saturday with each section awarding the grand champion title to the athletes who accumulated the most points throughout two days of competition. The Devon Grand Amateur-Owner 3’6″ Hunter championship was awarded to Becky Gochman and Catch Me, while the Devon Grand Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Hunter championship, sponsored by Lugano Diamonds, was presented to Stephanie Danhakl and Enough Said.

Smith Lilly Rides Off in Three-Gaited Park Horse Stake with Extreme Ways

Saturday evening in the Dixon Oval closed out with several championships in the breed divisions. In the exciting Three-Gaited Park Horse Stake, Smith Lilly and Ceil and Kenny Wheeler’s Extreme Ways took the top spot after impressing the judges with his performance, manners, presence, quality, and conformation against six other competitors. They were awarded the championship cooler, sponsored by Misdee Wrigley Miller, as well as the Betsy Van Duren Memorial Perpetual Trophy.

For more information, visit www.DevonHorseShow.net.

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Todd Minikus Takes Top Honors at Tryon Spring 4

Todd Minikus and Amex Z ©Bailey Beck Photography.

Mill Spring, NC (May 31, 2019) — The 2019 Tryon Spring 4 proved to be a lucky week for Todd Minikus when he took home 7 first place blue ribbons on three different horses at the beautiful Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, North Carolina.  Riding to a faultless performance on 10-year-old Zangersheid mare, Amex Z (Andiamo Z x Landaris), owned by Bit by Bit Group, Minikus dominated the $36,000 Power and Speed Stake CSI 3* with a time of 28.43 seconds.  During the same week, riding JuJu VDM Minikus also won the $1,000 1.35m Open Jumper II2B with a time of 73.438 seconds, plus the $1,000 1.40m Open Jumper II2.1 coming in at 61.439 seconds, as well as the $5,000 1.40m Open Jumper Stake II2B with a 62.7 second ride.  Switching over to the Hunters division, Minikus pulled off another hat trick, this time aboard Omazing, taking first place in three classes of Baby Green Hunter 2’6.

Minikus says that he and his team were thrilled to be back at Tryon. “The whole team loves coming to Tryon… even the horses!” he smiles. “I was very happy with everyone’s performances this week.”

Two-time bronze medal winning US Pan-Am team rider, Todd Minikus, is called The Show Jumping Maverick for a reason.  His decorated record of over 150 national and international Grand Prix wins continues to grow by leaps and bounds.  Best known for his Saugerties, Million Grand Prix win at HITS in 2013, and also for his Pan Am team success, Minikus has consistently jumped his way into the winner’s circle year after year, and 2019 is proving to be another year to remember.

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Amberlee Wentz and Up in Smoke Conquer $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby at TIEC

Amberlee Wentz and Up in Smoke ©TIEC.

Mill Spring, NC – May 31, 2019 – Amberlee Wentz of Colorado Springs, CO guided Dana Vollbracht’s Up in Smoke to a win in the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), earning a two-round score of 168.5. In second, Luke Jensen (Denton, TX) rode Jill Barnett’s Coraggio PF to a 168 after two rounds, while Sara Ketcham and Claire de Lune Farm’s Hudson claimed third place on a score of 165 to represent Columbus, NC.

Nineteen horse-and-rider combinations tested the Skip Bailey (Chicago, IL) course design, and Wentz piloted two mounts of the 12 returning for the handy round, placing fourth aboard Dana Vollbracht’s Davidson on a score of 164.

“The course rode great,” Wentz reported. “It was a nice, fluid course, with only one related distance line and we just went out and had fun.”

Wentz and Up in Smoke have “been doing a few Derbies here and there,” Wentz relayed, but “this is his first Derby win with me. He normally does the 3’3″ Performance classes with me, before the Derbies, and then he shows with his mom.”

Having experienced 20 inches of snow at home in Colorado the week before competing at TIEC for the first time, Wentz admitted that “we are not sure we are going home! We love it – it’s amazing here. Everything that’s been done here, they have given great attention to detail from not only the bathrooms and the barns, but to how the entire grounds are set up,” she continued. “We are thrilled to be here, and staying on-site in one of the cabins, which is absolutely amazing.”

Wentz noted that her barn has traveled for competitions across the country, from Colorado to Texas and Kentucky, and that her horses are able to handle significant venue changes easily:

“The horses have all been pretty experienced and have shown quite a bit throughout the country at different venues. I am just really lucky to have great-minded horses; they have all been pretty good about all the new atmosphere,” she concluded.

For full results from the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, click here.

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

Catherine Tyree Can’t Be Caught in $36,000 Devon Speed Derby CSI4* with BEC Lorenzo

Catherine Tyree and BEC Lorenzo. Photo: The Book LLC.

Devon, Pa. – May 31, 2019 – Following Thursday night’s spectacular performances in the $250,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon CSI4*, show jumping fans returned to the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on Friday afternoon to watch as the USA’s Catherine Tyree of Chicago, Illinois captured her first professional win in the Dixon Oval with Mary Tyree’s BEC Lorenzo in the $36,000 Devon Speed Derby CSI4*, sponsored by GlycoGuard®.

Lindsay Maxwell and Kelly Tropin Start Strong in Amateur-Owner 18-35 3’6″ Hunters

Friday at the Devon Horse Show hosted day one of competition for amateur-owner athletes and their mounts in the Dixon Oval. First up on the schedule was the Amateur-Owner 18-35 3’6″ Hunters, sponsored by Lugano Diamonds. Lindsay Maxwell and Kelly Tropin started the division off with their mounts by producing strong rounds to each win one of the over fences classes.

Helen Rich Claims Four-in-Hand Coaching Championship

Following the $36,000 Devon Speed Derby CSI4*, attention in the Dixon Oval shifted to the Four-in-Hand Coaching championship comprised of four unique classes held throughout the week. Helen Rich and her Brewster Park Drag accumulated the most points to earn the Coaching championship title and the Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bright Perpetual Trophy, donated by the officers and members of the 1972 Devon Horse Show committee, as well as the championship apron, sponsored by Misdee Wrigley Miller.

For more information, visit www.DevonHorseShow.net.

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Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Prince of Peace Win $36k Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3*

Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Prince of Peace ©TIEC.

Mill Spring, NC – May 30, 2019 – Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Prince of Peace came out on top in Thursday’s $36,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), stopping the jump-off timers in 35.167 seconds to take the win. David Blake (IRL) and Keoki, a 2009 Holsteiner male (Catoki x Cassini I) owned by Pine Hollow Farm, secured the red rosette after their 39.292-second performance, while third place went to Hector Florentino (DOM) and Venus, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood mare (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Julius) owned by Raylyn Farms, Inc., for their 39.697-second jump-off effort.

Thirty-three entries tested the Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) course design, with seven pairs returning for the jump-off round. Vanderveen and the 2009 Holsteiner gelding (Cardenio x Contender) owned by Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC have been moving up the ranks together, and “Prince” is beginning to take his place as a reliable member of her FEI string, Vanderveen explained.

“It is quite exciting to see him now more at the top [level], and I’m using him as one of my main horses. And this is actually my first class with him this week!” she added. “So, it was great for him to come out in kind of a bigger class and not need a warm-up.”

Vanderveen is heading to Europe this summer, and mentioned that Bull Run Prince of Peace is proving himself ready for the journey with his performance at TIEC over the last few weeks. “That [using him selectively] was something I was trying out, as I’m going to Europe soon and I’m going to be using him as one of my main horses,” she said.

The competitive field was no big deal for the pair, who bested the class by more than three seconds. “He’s naturally very fast, and he’s super careful,” assessed Vanderveen. “I can take a lot of risks, I think, through the turns, and just never [have] to really slow down because he’s always watching the rails by himself.”

Though Vanderveen is well-known for her success at TIEC with another mount, Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili, Bull Run’s Prince of Peace continues to rack up successes and his future is looking particularly promising, Vanderveen revealed. “I think he might end up being one of my best horses, so you never know, but fingers crossed. I hope to bring him along to be one of my top horses and jump the big classes,” she concluded.

Pablo Barrios and Le Vio Conquer the $6,000 1.45m Power & Speed Stake CSI 3*

Pablo Barrios (VEN) and Le Vio were one of only three pairs to go clean in both phases of Wednesday’s $6,000 1.45m Power & Seed Stake CSI 3* to take an early win in Tryon Spring 5 competition, clocking a first-round time of 37.71 seconds and producing a 33.543-second speed phase round. Savannah Jenkins (USA) and Quitana 11, a 2006 Holsteiner mare (Quick Star x Lucky Lionell) owned by Georgy Sarah Maskrey-Segesman, claimed second place with a speed-round time of 33.665 seconds, and Angel Karolyi (VEN) sped to third aboard Carol Rosenstein’s April Moon, a 2008 Holsteiner mare (Quinar x Landwind II), after clearing the speed round in 35.504 seconds.

Barrios and the 2009 Hanoverian gelding (Van Gogh x Drosselklang II) owned by Gut Einhaus LLC dominated the class and a competitive design by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN), proving to Barrios the quality of his horse, he explained. “This horse is jumping really, really good. I was very impressed because he’s not the most scopey horse, but he is very careful.”

Though he’s been riding Le Vio for about a year and a half, Barrios detailed that he’s been bringing this horse along to the 1.50m level and has already seen good success. “I started in the small classes and I moved up the last year doing night classes,” said Barrios. “He just came last week from a fourth place finish in a 2* class at Split Rock, and he won last summer in the Central American Games and also in Florida. A horse like this is always a winner; he always tries his best. He is a very competitive horse.”

After Wednesday’s solid performance, Barrios believes Le Vio is well on his way to success at the 1.50m and CSI 2* level, he emphasized. The pair will compete at TIEC for the remainder of the Tryon Spring Series before returning again in the Summer Series to keep furthering those goals:

“I hope to get him solid in 1.50m classes, and I would be very pleased if he can win this type of class at a 1.50m level. That would be very good. So now he has maybe one or two 1.50m, one or two more 2* at 1.45m, but I mean, the way he’s jumping, I’m sure he can jump a little more.”

Amberlee Wentz and Five Star Champion the Green Hunter 3’6/3’9/High Performance 4′ Division

Amberlee Wentz of Colorado Springs, CO and Dana Vollbracht’s Five Star came out on top in the combined Green Hunter 3’6/3’9/High Performance Division. The reserve champion title was awarded to Thomas Serio (Aberdeen, NC) and Moody Blues owned by GC Ponies for their performance on the week.

Wentz and Five Star have been paired since November, and is a horse that’s new to the Hunter division, she revealed. “We call him Jerry at the barn. He came from the Jumper division and we’re just bringing him along. He’s already qualified for Derby Finals this year.” She continued, “He just wasn’t quick enough to do the big Junior Amateur Jumper classes, which she [his owner] wanted to do on him, and he jumps really well with the Hunter look, so she decided that Hunters would be the best job for him.”

Five Star’s Jumper instincts sometimes show up in the Hunter ring, Wentz explained. “During the first round, being a Jumper, when we walked in, all of a sudden in the next ring over the buzzer toned, and he got a little bit awake in the first round. He had a decent round, but ended up third. He got down the diagonal line a little bit quicker than I thought we were going to, and just wasn’t quite as relaxed as he was yesterday,” Wentz recounted. “He rides great in the handy rounds, so I just had a good plan in the handy, did the inside turns, and he jumped great.

“We’re from Colorado right near the Colorado Horse Park,” Wentz shared of her plans with Five Star. “We’ll be here this week and next week and then we’ll go back home, as much as we’d like to just stay here all summer! Then, we’ll go to the Colorado Horse Park some this summer since it’s so close to us.”

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

Devon Grand Hunter Championship Claimed by Victoria Colvin and Private Practice

Devon, Pa. – May 29, 2019 – Wednesday at the Devon Horse Show and County Fair saw the return of the highly anticipated Ladies’ Day, along with the presentation of the Devon Grand Hunter Championship, sponsored by Hermès, in the Dixon Oval. Taking home the prestigious honors for 2019 was Victoria Colvin with Brad Wolff’s Private Practice. Colvin also claimed the coveted Leading Lady Rider award to complete the special day in addition to being awarded the Fourth Sally Deaver Murray Memorial Challenge Trophy with Private Practice after their beautiful rounds in the High Performance Working Hunter division.

Kevin Babington and Super Chilled Are Super Fast in $36,000 Devon International Speed Stake CSI4*

International show jumpers returned to the Dixon Oval on Wednesday to compete in the $36,000 Devon International Speed Stake CSI4*, sponsored by Herr’s Food. Local athlete Kevin Babington (IRL) of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania outpaced 16 combinations with Debra J. Wycoff’s Super Chilled to ride away with the win and the George T. Pew Jr. Memorial Perpetual Trophy in the one-round speed competition.

Susan Sisco and Ringfort Tinkaturk Top Ladies’ Side Saddle

The Ladies’ Side Saddle division took center stage following the hunters during Ladies’ Day at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. The division featured an undersaddle and hunter hack competition, both sponsored by Courtyard by Marriott, as well as an over fences class, sponsored by Lugano Diamonds. Susan Sisco and Ringfort Tinkaturk ultimately took home the championship tricolor and the True Blue Challenge Trophy after earning first place in the undersaddle and in the hunter hack, and second over fences.

For more information, visit www.DevonHorseShow.net.

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Nicole Shahinian-Simpson and Akuna Mattata Win $50k Jet Run Devon Welcome Stake CSI4*

Nicole Shahinian-Simpson and Akuna Mattata. Photo: The Book LLC.

Devon, Pa. – May 28, 2019 – The Dixon Oval welcomed its first international show jumping competition at the 2019 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on Tuesday evening with the $50,000 Jet Run Devon Welcome Stake CSI4*, sponsored 5R Farms LLC – Helen Rich. After making their Devon debut in 2018 with multiple top placings, the United States’ Nicole Shahinian-Simpson and Silver Raven Farms’ Akuna Mattata returned to Devon, Pennsylvania all the way from California to take home their first win together and the Sylvester L. Quigley Memorial Challenge Trophy at the iconic venue, besting 25 other horses and athletes.

Scott Stewart Scores Back-to-Back Green Hunter Championships

Tuesday at Devon welcomed back top professional hunter athletes in the Dixon Oval as they vied for championship honors in their respective divisions. In the Green 3’6″ Hunters, it was Scott Stewart and Bikoff Equestrian LLC’s Cabrio who walked away with the first tricolor of the day, sponsored by Dr. Betsee Parker and Huntland Farm. The pair accumulated high placings in four over fences classes and in the undersaddle class, spanning two days of competition, to earn a total of 34 points for the James J. Piehler Memorial Challenge Trophy. Immediately following in the Green Conformation Hunters, Stewart dominated once again to win the championship, sponsored by Courtyard Marriott. This time aboard Gochman Sport Horse LLC’s Scandal, Stewart finished the division with a total of 39 points to claim the Just for Fun – Two for One Challenge Trophy.

P. J. Crowley Defends Single Horse Driving Championship Title

The Single Horse Driving championship finished out Tuesday evening with P. J. Crowley claiming the tricolor and taking home the championship apron, sponsored by Misdee Wrigley Miller, and Single Horse Driving Championship Challenge Trophy. Crowley’s Brewster Phaeton, owned by James and Kathleen Leo, earned first place in Tuesday’s Single Horse Pleasure Driving Turnout for the Witteveen Friesan Perpetual Trophy and second place in the Single Horse Scurry Driving competition to secure top honors for the second year in a row.

For more information, visit www.DevonHorseShow.net.

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Stephanie King Crowned Adult Amateur Jumper Champion with Co-Starr at Devon

Stephanie King and Co-Starr. Photo: The Book LLC.

Devon, Pa. – May 27, 2019 – After two top finishes on Sunday and earlier in the day on Monday, Stephanie King of St. Augustine, Florida and her own Co-Starr rode away with the win in the $7,500 NAL/WIHS Adult Amateur Jumper Classic, sponsored by Equifit, to secure the 2019 Adult Amateur Jumper championship, sponsored by Patriot Dealerships, with 25 points at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Claiming the reserve championship with 15 points was Lexi Maounis and her own Roos.

Amanda Steege Starts Strong in Green 3’9″ Hunter Division with Lafitte De Muze

Monday marked the start of Senior Week at the 2019 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, where professional hunter athletes kicked off competition in the Dixon Oval with the Green Hunter divisions. Leading the way in the Green 3’9″ Hunters, with a total of 18 entries, was Amanda Steege and Lafitte De Muze, who dominated both over fences classes to take home two Devon blues.

Rebekah Robinson Wins Single/Pair Pony Driving Championship

Memorial Day at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair concluded with the naming of the Single/Pair Pony Driving championship winner, sponsored by Patriot Dealerships, and the recipient of the Joseph M. Pierce Challenge Trophy, donated by Holly Ventures. Rebekah Robinson earned the tricolor with her Saylor Wagon, owned by Mrs. Collin F. McNeil, after accumulating 13 points throughout the division. Robinson claimed fifth place in the Single/Pair Pony – Pleasure Turnout and took home the top prize in the Single/Pair Pony – Scurry Driving competition on Monday evening in a blazing fast time of 54.949 seconds, outpacing the runner-up finisher by four full seconds.

For more information, visit www.DevonHorseShow.net.

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Tryon Spring 6/TR&HC Charity Horse Show

June 4th-9th
Tryon International Equestrian Center

The Tryon Riding & Hunt Club (TR&HC) Charity Horse Show is celebrating 91 years! Come celebrate the tradition and history as the nation’s third oldest show and enjoy Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation competition alongside dining and entertainment events.

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club’s 91-year-old horse show is making its debut this year as a “U.S. Equestrian Federation Heritage Show” – one of only 27 shows in the nation to earn that designation.

All Hunter classes this week will have “old style” courses with natural fences throughout.

On Sunday, division winners will be presented with TR&HC historic trophies like the Harry Brown trophy, on which their names will be engraved, plus a keepsake silver bowl to take home.

International Hunter Derby Course Walk with Liza Boyd & Jack Towell

Friday, June 7th at 3:30pm
George Morris Arena
Free and open to the public

On Friday June 7th, International Hunter/Jumper Rider Liza Boyd, and her father, Finally Farms Inc. Owner and Trainer Jack Towell, will lead a special course walk before the $50,000 International Hunter Derby. Spectators can join the walk and Liza and Jack will be miked for those in the stands to hear.

International Hunter Derby

Friday, June 7th at 4:30pm
George Morris Arena
Free and open to the public

$500 Daily “Trip of the Day” Prizes

As a special incentive for all Hunter competitors in the Tryon Spring 6/TR&HC Charity Horse Show, TIEC is awarding a daily $500 “Trip of the Day” prize.

One winner will be chosen daily on Wednesday, June 5th through Sunday, June 9th from all Hunter rings.

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

Kristen Vanderveen and Faustino de Tili Win $36k Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3*

Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili. ©TIEC.

Mill Spring, NC – May 23, 2019 – Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili returned to Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) competition with a landmark win in Thursday’s $36,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3*, stopping the short-course timers in 38.71 seconds to claim their 30th FEI win together. Sarah Scheiring (USA) and S & L Cocodrille, a 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Emerald Van’t Ruytershof x Kashmir Van Schuttershof) owned by S & L Farms, stopped the clock in 39.735 seconds to claim second, while Hunter Holloway (USA) rounded out the all-female podium aboard Silver Creek’s Validation, a 2007 Zweibrücker stallion (Vallado x Lansing) owned by Silver Creek Farms, with a 40.373-second jump-off performance.

Twenty-four pairs tested the first round set by Catsy Cruz (MEX), with seven entries returning for the jump-off. Vanderveen was already winning aboard Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili when she closed out the class aboard Bull Run’s Prince of Peace and placed sixth on a time of 40.423 seconds and one rail down.

“I thought the course was great,” said Vanderveen. “It was very fair and open, but at the same time the course caught everybody a little bit, which is great. She did a great job.”

Vanderveen and “Frosty,” the 2005 Belgian Warmblood stallion (Berlin x Darco) owned by Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC, have seen great success at Tryon throughout their career together, and the venue suits her horse so well that she made a change in plans and saved him to compete this week, Vanderveen commented.

“It’s nice to be back with Frosty. I was actually in Kentucky last week with him and I could just tell – I thought, ‘Nope, we are going to save him for all three weeks in Tryon, because he loves it there.’ This is his thing,” Vanderveen continued. “He has had a little vacation for the last week or two, and has been saving his energy, so it’s nice that it paid off today.”

The result was another Tryon win and their 30th FEI win together, Vanderveen detailed. “It was kind of a special win because it was his 30th FEI win since I’ve had him. We’ve been keeping an eye on it and trying to get to 30. My first 5* Grand Prix win was here, too.”

Vanderveen will save Bull Run’s Prince of Peace for Sunday’s $36,000 1.45m Jumper Classic CSI 3*, and plans to compete Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili in Saturday’s $72,000 CaptiveOne Advisors Grand Prix CSI 3*. She revealed that she will be spending the next few weeks at TIEC to prepare for an upcoming trip to Europe:

“We will be here through the 4* competition and then we are doing something a little different this year. Showing here is also a lot of prep for that. What better can you do to prep than come here? I was originally going to leave Frosty stateside, and just recently decided to bring him along [to Europe]. He has proven today that he wants to come!”

Todd Minikus and Amex Z Fly to Win $36,000 1.45m Power and Speed Stake CSI 3*

Todd Minikus (USA) and Amex Z Flew to Win Wednesday’s $36,000 Power and Speed Stake CSI 3*, clearing the short course in 28.43 seconds ahead of David Blake (IRL) aboard Emilia, a 2009 Dutch Warmblood mare (Ukato x Goodwill) owned by Pine Hollow Farm, who stopped the timers at 29.084 seconds for the red rosette. Santiago Lambre and Dingeman, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Nintender x Darnels) owned by Aurora Rangel de Alba, rounded out the podium after their 29.419-second jump-off effort.

Minikus and the 2009 Zangersheide mare (Andiamo Z x Landaris) owned by Bit By Bit Group “maybe did one or two less strides back to the combinations” to gain the advantage over the field, he explained. “The course rode nicely, and it was a nice opening class for all the horses, but it was very competitive by the time we got to the speed phase. The riders in the class are extremely competitive.”

Team Minikus has just arrived in at TIEC, and he noted that he’s encouraged to see such a positive start to his Tryon campaign after a less-successful tour than hoped in Kentucky this spring. “It’s nice to start off here with a little better success than what we were having in Kentucky earlier since I didn’t have that good of a tour. She will show this week, and I’m planning for her to be in the Grand Prix on Saturday as well,” Minikus concluded.

Geoffrey Hesslink Champions the Green Hunter 3’3″ Division aboard Coronation

Geoffrey Hesslink of Shelburne, VT rode Lindsay Maxwell’s mount Coronation to top honors in the Green Hunter 3’3″ Division, with reserve honors named to Sara Ketcham (Columbus, NC), riding Splendid Moon for Claire de Lune Farm.

Hesslink has been paired with the 2011 Warmblood gelding (Conthargos x Balouville) since late winter, but the combination has already proven successful, he relayed.

“We call him Conor, and he’s great. He’s done three shows, and has been champion at two, and reserve at the other. The lowest score he’s had is 85. He’s been amazing and has made very few mistakes,” Hesslink said. “He is such a dream to have!”

Hesslink and “Conor” will be competing again next week at TIEC, and will return to compete in the Summer Series at TIEC.

“I really like the Grand Hunter Ring [Ring 4] here. It’s really big, so it’s nice that you can get on a gallop and keep one pace. Today the lines rode really nicely,” Hesslink continued of the course set by Joe Carnicom (Toledo, OH).

Hesslink concluded, “It’s a top facility, and it’s nice that they can have classes on the grass or in the George Morris Arena, too. I think it’s a really great place to bring young horses along and get a lot of experience and exposure to environment.”

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

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