Photo: Kristen Vanderveen aboard Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili. (FEI/Erin Gilmore)
Kristen Vanderveen (USA) was a winner on all fronts at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Ocala (USA). Not only did she claim her first Longines victory with an uncatchable jump-off aboard Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili, but she also gained the points necessary to qualify for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Paris (FRA) in three weeks’ time.
“It’s really very surreal for me right now,” said Vanderveen, 28. “I’ve always wanted to go to World Cup Finals, and this was a little bit of a last minute decision to come here and see if I could do something special today and get in.”
“It’s really very surreal for me right now. I’ve always wanted to go to the World Cup Finals!” — Kristen Vanderveen (USA)
The stage was set at the beautiful Live Oak Plantation after just three riders managed to produce a clear first round over the course set by Kelvin Bywater (GBR). Vanderveen was dealt the disadvantageous position of having to go first in the jump-off, but she blazed an unbeatable time of 45.93 seconds, galloping full out to the final Longines oxer and getting across the ground swiftly with her horse’s large stride. Last to go, Beat Mändli (SUI) and Galan S made a valiant run at the winner but brought down two rails in the process. Brianne Goutal (USA) and Viva Colombia produced the only other double-clear performance to finish as runners-up with a time of 52.99 seconds.
“There were only 3 of us, so I figured I’d play it out fast as we could and see what happened,” Vanderveen explained. “He fired for me, and he shined for me in the jump-off. He’s a super fast horse.”
America’s Paris Lineup Takes Shape
As the final event of the North American League, Live Oak’s results solidified the American qualifiers for Paris. Vanderveen, with 41 total points for the season, sits sixth in the east coast sub league standings of the North American League and is the fifth-ranked U.S. rider. Eight U.S. riders, including defending World Cup Jumping Final Champion McLain Ward, qualify from this sub league. Devin Ryan finished 11th in Ocala with Eddie Blue, causing him to conclude the season as the third-ranked U.S. rider; he also plans to compete in Paris. West coast rider Jamie Barge (USA) and Luebbo journeyed east to assure themselves a Paris qualification. They are the third-ranked U.S. rider from the west coast sub league; three qualify for Paris.
Beat Mändli, winner of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington (USA), finished the season atop the east coast sub league standings with 53 points. Richard Spooner (USA), who won in Las Vegas (USA), was the best in the west, finishing with 60 points.
The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final takes place in Paris from 10-15 April 2018.
Wellington, FL — February 23, 2018`— In the $35,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Jumpers CSI 5*, 64 entries in the class competed over a speed course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY. There were 12 clear rounds, and the fastest of those was Kristen Vanderveen (USA) on Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili, a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion by Berlin x Darco owned by Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC, in 63.88 seconds.
Second place went to fellow American rider Andrew Kocher and Kahlua, owned by Top Line Sporthorse International LLC. They stopped the clock in 64.48 seconds. Finishing in 66.88 seconds, Eduardo Menezes (BRA) and Caruschka 2 placed third.
Musa Scores Another WEF Win
There were 78 entries in the competitive 1.45m class for the two-star division, the $35,000 The Dutta Corp. in association with Guido Klatte 1.45 Jumpers. Musa and Sharapova Imperio Egipicio, a 15-year-old Brazilian-bred mare by Baloubet du Rouet owned by Daniel Aguiar Morelli, were the fastest in the jump-off over a course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio.
Their time was 32.92 seconds, just over two seconds faster than the second place finishers, Luis Fernando Larrazabal (VEN) and G&C Close Up. Third place went to Chaganus and Olympic gold medalist Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) in 34.98 seconds.
Sharapova Imperio Egipicio has had success in Brazil in their national championships, and this is Musa’s first time competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival. He scored a win just last week with Biscayo in the $35,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic.
Tracey Gorin-Byrne and Lalique Take Division Championship in Low Adult Hunter 2’6” Section A
The Animal Medical Center of NY Low Adult Hunter 2’6” Section A division championship was awarded to Tracey Gorin-Byrne and Lalique on Friday morning, February 23.
After acquiring the ride for week seven of WEF, Gorin-Byrne and the nine-year-old grey Oldenburg mare, owned by Elite Equines LLC, claimed a second and third over fences, as well as seventh in both the under saddle and an over fences, to take the division’s top honor.
Mill Spring, NC – October 12, 2017 – Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili topped 82 horse and rider pairs in the Tryon Fall IV $35,000 Suncast® Commercial Welcome Stake CSI 3*, stopping the short course timers at a blazing 35.26 seconds. Kent Farrington (USA) and Dublin were just seven-hundredths of a second behind, claiming second place honors with a jump-off time of 35.33 seconds, while Beezie Madden (USA) and Coach finished third, posting a 37.59 second jump-off round.
The Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) designed track saw 82 entries, of which 20 pairs qualified for the jump-off and 13 went double clear. Vanderveen and “Frosty” were fresh and ready to make up for past losses, she explained. “Kent and I were just at Central Park together and he got me in both classes, so knowing that Kent was behind me and is incredibly fast, I wanted to lay it out and take all the risks I could and see what we could end up with.”
Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili, a 2005 BWP stallion (Berlin x Bijou Van De Vijfheide), has not jumped in two weeks, said Vanderveen, so she was primarily focused on managing his energy. “He can be a little bit strong, so I didn’t know how strong he would be today,” she commented. “He’s had a bit of a vacation for the past two weeks and hasn’t jumped at all, so my biggest thought today was about how and where he could get strong towards the end of the course, or at a few verticals, but he loves this ring, loves Tryon, and was listening well today.”
The pair has been together for three years, but have really succeeded at high levels starting this year, explained Vanderveen. “The first year [I had him] it really took us a while to get to know one another. We still had a couple Grand Prix wins in there, but it was very up and down, and last year I did a lot of 1.45m Speed classes, and we were clicking there, and this year we’ve really clicked at a higher level and are starting to make classes,” she said.
Vanderveen, who won her first CSI 5* competition at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) and is known as the “Tryon Queen,” admitted that she’s excited for next week’s CSI 5* competition. “If everything keeps going well I’ll probably use him in the CSI 5* next week, and possibly at the CSI 4* in Kentucky, and we’ll keep going as long as he still feels fresh,” she concluded.
Todd Minikus Pilots Quality Girl to Quality Win in Tryon Fall IV $6,000 Nutrena® 1.40m Power & Speed CSI 3*
Todd Minikus (USA) and Quality Girl started their week off on a positive note, besting 60 horse and rider combinations in the $6,000 Nutrena® 1.40m Power & Speed, on Wednesday October 11, at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Roberto Teran (COL) captured the second-place position aboard Brilliant Du Rouet, a 2005 Oldenburg gelding (Balou Du Rouet x Faretana) owned by Liubov Kochetova, after completing the jump-off track in 30.21 seconds. Third place was rounded out by Alberto Michan (MEX) and Ilan Ferder’s Glasgow De Muze, a 2006 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Andiamo x Paris Vh Waterschoot Z), after stopping the timers in 30.67 seconds.
Minikus and the 2003 Oldenburg mare (Quidam’s Rubin x Dodirka) climbed to the top of the leaderboard after a speedy jump-off round, ending in 29.72 seconds. “This was just a schooling round for most horses,” commented Minikus. “With that being said, the way I school Quality Girl is to let her just go for it. She’s been out of the ring for a long time, and when she did come back in, she did several big classes. Because this is a smaller class, sometimes the horses have to practice being the winner, to be the winner.”
Minikus continued, “It looks like everybody is off to a good start this week. There are some nice horses here showing at Tryon; we have some of the big names out here for the CSI3* and it should be a good week.”
Mill Spring, NC – October 8, 2017 – Tryon Fall III competition concluded on Sunday, October 8, at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), with the completion of the $35,000 Horseware® Ireland 1.45m Classic CSI 2*, which saw five combinations take an equal tie for first place due to inclement weather in region, which forced the cancellation of the jump-off. Each of the five riders who finished with a clear trip in the first round elected to conclude the class in a five-way tie instead of continuing to the jump-off round.
Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Divine Fortune, a 2009 Dutch Warmblood mare (Padinus x Amhilavsca Fortuna) owned by Bull Run Jumpers Six, LLC, completed their trip in 75.56 seconds around the track laid by course designer Richard Jeffery (GBR). Luis Pedro Biraben (ARG) and his own Eres Tu, a 2009 Warmblood gelding, stopped the timers in 75.07 seconds, while Samuel Parot (CHI) aboard VDL Aberlino, a 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Corland x Goberlina), ended the day on 75.09 seconds.
Santiago Lambre (MEX) and Aurora De Alba’s Casino N, a 2007 Swedish Warmblood gelding (Nicky x Ahorn), also finished the first round track with a clear effort, stopping the timers in 76.01 seconds. Tracy Fenney (USA) and MTM Como No, a 2009 Holsteiner stallion (Cornet Obolensky x Thamara M) owned by MTM Farm, completed their ride in 75.87 seconds.
“I was lucky,” commented Vanderveen. “I did get to ride toward the beginning of the class and we did obviously get the weather at the end of the class. The five of us chose not to jump-off. It was a fun class for me because this horse is a newer one that I just recently imported, and she’s only eight years old. I just started moving her up into the FEI classes. She has really stepped right up. This is her second clear round that she has put in pretty quickly right off the bat, so I’m really excited about her.”
Vanderveen will continue competing the mare at TIEC for the remainder of the fall circuit. “She is a sale horse,” said Vanderveen. “I don’t know if I will get to hold on to her long enough to see her full potential and just how far she could go with me, but this whole month we will be showing here, so she’ll keep getting the full range of classes. After that, I plan to continue to develop her throughout the Winter Equestrian Festival, and then look to really sell her or see what she can handle as a nine-year-old.”
Earlier in the day victory in the $10,000 High Junior/Amateur Owner Classic went to Catherine Wachtell and Autumn View Farm’s Indy Van De Roten, who completed the jump-off track in 39.594 seconds, ahead of Manuel Fernandez and Al Calypso, owned by Aristides Fernandez Hache, who stopped timers in 40.033 seconds. The third place finish was awarded to Maria Gabriela Brugal and her own Aletta on a jump-off time of 41.667 seconds.
Mill Spring, NC – July 6, 2017 – Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili won yet again at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), this time victorious in the $35,000 1.45m Suncast® Commercial Welcome Stake CSI 3*. Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili stopped the timers in 36.296 seconds to take the win ahead of Abigail McArdle (USA) and Cade, who earned second place with a time of 36.514 seconds. Paul O’Shea (IRL) and Terceira collected third place, finishing the short course in 37.722 seconds.
Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili went towards the end of the class order, which saw 75 entries test the track set by Oscar Soberon (MEX). Seventeen combinations qualified for the short course, in which seven pairs finished the morning with a double clear effort on the day.
“I thought the course looked really challenging when I walked it, so I was surprised that there were so many clean. I didn’t think it would be such a big jump off,” said Vanderveen. “The strides worked out a little bit nicer than I thought. There were a few half strides that I was debating, but everything came up nice when riding.
“I thought [Oscar] used some spookier elements today to keep it interesting, so that was fun for both the horses and riders I think,” she added.
Vanderveen added four jumping faults at the last fence with her first ride Bull Run’s Testify, but was able to return to the jump-off aboard her impressive mount Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili, more commonly known as “Frosty” in the stable. She commented, “It was really nice that Frosty pulled through and gave me another try for win.”
Vanderveen will now wait see how many horses she will be able to enter in the $130,000 Ariat® Grand Prix CSI 3* on Saturday, July 8, but noted that she’ll choose Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili for Saturday if she has to pick between the two. Vanderveen will be one of more than forty entries expected to contest Saturday night’s competition.
This win follows a string of impressive accomplishments for Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili, a 2005 Belgian Warmblood stallion (Berlin x Darco) owned by Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC, as their consistency has outmatched other combinations at TIEC all season. When asked what makes them so good together, Vanderveen emphasized how rare her situation actually is.
“I’m just enjoying it while it lasts. Every rider knows this doesn’t happen so often, so I’m just trying to soak up every minute of it. He’s in top form right now and it’s working out for us. I’m just thankful.”
Vanderveen elaborated on why she enjoys showing at TIEC, as the venue has brought her some of her fondest career victories and her appetite to win has been exercised to its fullest extent. She laughed and said, “It’s working out great for us. The horses love showing here and I love winning!”
Santiago Lambre and Ibabco Take $35,000 Tryon 1.45m Challenge CSI 2*
Mill Spring, NC – July 2, 2017 – Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili topped another grand prix at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), this time laying claim to the $86,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI 2*. Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili stopped the jump-off timers in 38.341 seconds to take the win ahead of Darragh Kerins (IRL) and Silteplait De Circee, who earned second place with a time of 41.389 seconds. Todd Minikus (USA) and Incitatus collected third place, finishing just behind Kerins in 41.945 seconds.
Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili went towards the end of the class order, which saw 45 entries test the first track set by Ken Krome (USA). Ten combinations ultimately moved forward to the short track in which six pairs finished the morning with a double clear effort on the day.
“He felt ready to go last night and I knew that he would do well, so I was a little disappointed in the way the weather rolled in, but he gave me that same feeling today and we just went for it,” said Vanderveen. “He stays about the same for classes during the day and at night because he just loves to compete.”
The pair’s partnership has reached new heights, as their consistency and tenacity together have outmatched other combinations at TIEC all season. After walking the course, Vanderveen thought that it was tricky enough to catch some riders off guard, which ended up being the case.
“I thought that it walked a little tough to be honest, which it should though. It was tricky and it needed to be. I think that Ken knew he needed to build a bit technical since there are so many top horses here for the 2*,” she explained. “The lines came up quite fast and there were a lot of turns and half steps where you could make your own decisions, making it a bit more challenging.”
Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili, a 2005 Belgian Warmblood stallion (Berlin x Darco) owned by Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC, also proved their handiness in the jump-off round, which saw nine other competitive entries vie for the win. Vanderveen commented, “He felt super. That was just one of those jump-offs where everything shows up out of the turn like you plan on and there was just enough running and turning to make it tight. It was really smooth for him.”
With top performances coming in international competition at TIEC throughout the duration of their partnership, Vanderveen has sights set on expanding her growing business, as well as potentially representing the United States in FEI Nations’ Cup™ competition if the opportunity arises.
“I have a really strong client base right now and we just imported some talented young horses that arrived here last week,” she elaborated. “If we get the chance to do a Nation’s Cup competition, it would be a dream come true.”
Speaking to her growing confidence, Vanderveen explained that her success with Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili has in turn helped her riding on each of her other mounts, as she now feels consistently competitive on a major international stage.
“He’s really helped me with the other horses too. I go into the ring now with the mindset and idea that I can do this and I can win,” she said. “He’s given me that extra confidence that we belong here and have every reason to believe that we can win against the best in the world.”
Abigail McArdle (USA) received the FEI Leading Lady Jumper Rider Award presented by Meg Atkinson of Town and Country Realtors, while Vanderveen’s groom, Luis Salvaras, was awarded with the Absorbine® FEI Groom’s Award, honoring his care and commitment to Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili.
Emma Jolly of Keswick, VA and Mischief Managed, the winning combination of the $10,000 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby, were welcomed to the George H. Morris Arena for a special recognition ceremony before the highlight class of the week to honor their achievements during the first annual USHJA Foundation Pony Hunter Spectacular. Roger and Jennifer Smith of Tryon Equestrian Partners (TEP) also presented William Dobbs of the USHJA Foundation with a check of support from TEP for the organization and their mission.
Santiago Lambre and Ibabco Take $35,000 Tryon 1.45m Challenge CSI 2*
Santiago Lambre (MEX) and Ibabco, the winning duo of the past Thursday’s $35,000 1.45m Suncast® Commercial Welcome Stake CSI 2*, also earned top honors in the final FEI class of the week, racing to victory in the $35,000 Tryon 1.45m Challenge CSI 2*, which followed the conclusion of the $86,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI 2* in George H. Morris Arena.
The duo completed the jump-off track in 38.442 seconds to secure the win ahead of Jonathan McCrea (USA) and Aristoteles V, who crossed through the timers in 39.813 seconds. Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Caiman Des Sequoias finished in third place with a jump-off time of 39.813 seconds.
Forty entries tested the track, also set by the week’s FEI course designer Ken Krome (USA). Only four pairs advanced to the jump-off round, while the top three finishers completed the class with the only recorded double clear efforts.
Ibabco, a 2008 Belgian Warmblood stallion (Nabab De Reve x Darco), flew through the jump-off track with Lambre piloting from the irons, earning their third FEI win at TIEC since the end of May.
Kady Abrahamson and Charline 28 Win $20,000 Hollow Creek Farm Under 25 Jumper Classic
Kady Abrahamson of Loveland, OH and Charline 28, owned by Abrahamson Equestrian, finished atop the $20,000 Hollow Creek Farm Under 25 Jumper Classic after blazing through the jump-off track to best the competition by nearly three seconds.
Abrahamson and Charline 28 finished the track in 35.487 seconds ahead of Abigail Evans of Spicewood, TX and her own Cyrus, who took second place with a time of 38.058 seconds. Simon Salame, who competes internationally for the country of Mexico, took third place aboard Elmo 19, owned by Christian Glaneman.
The class saw sixteen entries, while only four combinations produced a clear round inside the time, moving them forward to the short course. Abrahamson and Evans were the only two riders to finish with a double clear effort in the jump-off.
Isabella Durnell of Suwannee, GA and her own Carlton Diva were victorious in the $1,000 Pony Jumper Classic in the George H. Morris Arena after finishing with a jump-off time of 26.615 seconds. Ansgar Holtgers Jr. of Wellington, FL and Fort Lauderdale, owned by Daisy Talbert, captured second place with a jump-off time of 27.572 seconds. Isabella Cheers of Shallotte, NC and her own Park Avenue rounded out the top three with a jump-off time of 30.689 seconds, while adding four faults to their score.
Hunt Tosh of Milton, GA and Uptown, owned by Douglas Wheeler, took first place in the $1,000 USHJA Green Hunter Incentive with a total score of 88. Daniel Geitner of Aiken, SC and Eleventh Hour, owned by Brenda Mackay, collected second place with a score of 87, ahead of Natalie Geller of Canton, GA and Homepage, owned by Fit to Print Farm, who finished in third place with a score of 86.
The $1,000 Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic 3’3″ & 3’6″ saw Alexandra Desiderio of Chester, NJ and Joker De Fallogne, owned by Tranquility Farm, ride to a score of 163 for first place. Kimberley Quinn of Charlotte, NC and her own Sail On take second place with a 161, while Kaitlin Porath of Charlotte, NC and her own Breaux collected third place on a score of 158.
Siena Vasan of Boca Raton, FL and Namesake, owned by Palm Ponies LLC, took top honors in the $1,000 Junior Hunter 3’6″ Classic with a score of 164. Vasan also secured second place aboard Skolar, owned by Carriage Hill Farm, after receiving a 163. Tanner Korotkin of Wellington, FL and Aribo, owned by Sandalwood Farms, rounded out the top three with a score of 156.
Beverly Davis of Harrisburg, NC and her own Alchemist secured victory in the $1,000 Junior Hunter Classic 3’3″ with a total score of 150. Raegan Landrum of Winter Park, FL and her own Contano took second place with a score of 139. Emmanuelle Greenberg of Boca Raton, FL and Czech Mate, owned by Pumpkin’s Patch Farm, LLC, finished in third with a score of 138.
Maddie Tosh of Milton, GA and Love Me Tender, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, rode to victory in the $2,500 Pony Hunter Classic after receiving a final score of 167. Libbie Gordon of Statesville, NC and Childs Play Hot Topic, owned by Mia Abelo, finished in second on a score of 166.5, while Abigail Gordon of Statesville, NC and her own Farmore State of the Art, rounded out the top three with a score of 165.5.
The $500 Green Pony Hunter Classic saw Emma Jolly of Keswick, VA and Sunset’s Sparkle, owned by Sunset Farm, finish with a final score of 151 to top the class. Marissa Santaniello of Waxhaw, NC and her own Bed Head Ned took second place with a score of 142, ahead of Libbie Gordon of Statesville, NC and All Yours, owned by Jessie Marie Spade, who placed third with a 139.
Stephanie Zimmerman of Atlanta, GA and her own Crusader finished as divisional champions in the Marshall & Sterling Adult-Amateur Hunter Division, ahead of Ashley Waters Whitman of St. Augustine, FL and Heart Breaker, owned by Meredith King, who collected reserve champion.
Jennifer Smith of Wellington, FL took both champion and reserve champion in the Marshall & Sterling Adult Amateur 50 & Over Division aboard her own Ocean Mist for champion and Olympic Fire, owned by Roger Smith, for reserve.
The Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Combined Division saw Kaitlin Porath of Charlotte, NC and her own Breaux finish with champion honors. Emily Jones of Jacksonville, FL and her own Game Boy collected reserve champion accolades.
Grayson Shelton of Charlotte, NC and Accomac, owned by Ashlen Rowe, captured top honors in the Children’s Hunter Horse 14 & Under Division. Sophia Mitchell of Wrightsville Beach, NC and her own Keepsake finished with reserve champion.
The Green Hunter 3’3″ Division saw Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL and Exceptional, owned by Todd Minikus, Ltd., ride to collect champion honors. Hunt Tosh of Milton, GA and Lights Out, owned by Ceil Wheeler, were presented with reserve champion.
The Green Hunter 3’6″ Division saw Hunt Tosh guide Patriot, owned by The Wheeler Family, to solid performances throughout the week, ultimately placing them atop the division. Jodi Vazquez of Mettawa, IL and Hula Hoop, Elizabeth Corey, take reserve champion.
The High Performance Hunter 4′ Division was championed by Hunt Tosh of Milton, GA and CasanoVA, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, while Blythe Karolyi of Franklin, TN and Fondant, owned by Virginia Ingram, finished with reserve champion honors.
Maddie Tosh of Miton, GA and her own Cozy Up, rode to the top of the Medium Pony Hunter Division, while Libbie Gordon of Statesville, NC and C.E. Remarkable, owned by Fielding Stichman, collected reserve champion.
The Small Pony Hunter Division saw Abigail Gordon of Statesville, NC and her own Farmore State of the Art ride to collect champion honors. Jessie Marie Spade of Terrell, NC and her own With Applause were presented with reserve champion.
Marissa Santaniello of Waxhaw, NC and her own Bed Head Ned rode to the top of the Small/Medium Green Pony Hunter Division. Libbie Gordon of Statesville, NC and All Yours, owned by Jessie Marie Spade, finish in reserve.
Mill Spring, NC – June 8, 2017 – Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili were unstoppable once again in the $35,000 Tryon 1.50m Challenge CSI 4* at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), completing their jump-off track in 32.921 seconds. Santiago Lambre (MEX) and Doloris claimed the second place honors with a time of 33.990 seconds, while Vanderveen also secured the third place position aboard Bull Run’s Testify with a time of 34.349 seconds.
Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili are no strangers to the winner’s circle at TIEC. The duo amassed back-to-back wins last week in the $35,000 1.45m Suncast® Commercial Welcome Stake CSI 3* and the $130,000 Asheville/Greenville BMW Centers’ Grand Prix CSI 3*.
The track, set by Alan Wade (IRL), saw 38 entries in the class with ten pairs advancing to the jump-off. Vanderveen described the course, saying, “It was definitely built bigger than last week. Everything rode pretty nice, and showed up well. The course designer did a great job because everyone had a nice round and there were plenty of clean horses. The bigger jumps were definitely nice to jump before Saturday night.”
Vanderveen relied on Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili, a 2005 Belgian Warmblood stallion (Berlin x Darco) owned by Bull Run Jumper’s Five LLC, to get the job done, as the duo took their first major win since last week’s grand prix. The pair is continuing to build confidence and racking up wins as they head into their competitive summer season.
“Last week I had the advantage of jumping off last and this week I went first. He is so fast and I was definitely trying. I had trouble in one roll back turn that I thought was going to cost me, but he made up for it. He got me out of that, which was really great,” she said.
“Lately he’s been doing this funny thing in the warm-up ring where he shakes his head a little bit and it’s really cute because I scratch his neck and tell him he’s the man. That’s how I know he’s feeling it,” Vanderveen added with a laugh.
Vanderveen and her second mount, Bull Run’s Testify, a 2004 Selle Francais gelding (Dollar Du Murier x Oberon Du Moulin), owned by Bull Run Jumpers, completed the jump-off track later in the order of go. Vanderveen detailed that ride, saying, “He is a little more steady eddy and a little bit slower. I normally go a touch slower, but double clean with that one.”
Vanderveen is looking forward to defending her title win from last week and will jump both horses again on Saturday night in the highlight class of the week, the $216,000 Horseware® Ireland Grand Prix CSI 4* staring at 8:00 p.m.
“The plan for this week is to jump both of them on Saturday, which I am very excited about. For the rest of the summer we plan to stay here at TIEC. I have some young horses who are coming in from Europe to compete the national weeks and then we look forward to the FEI classes in July.”
The breadth of FEI horses Vanderveen has produced have all performed well at TIEC, as she remains one of the most successful riders to compete at the venue to date. With the majority of their summer schedule based at Tryon, Vanderveen feels that the show has become somewhat of a summer home for her team.
“It is great showing here at TIEC. It is convenient, everything is set up really well and the horses feel at home here. The footing has been great, and everyone is very nice and accommodating. You’re just in a good spirit all the time and it is nice to be around happy people.”
Mill Spring, NC – June 3, 2017 – Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili impressed once again in the international spotlight at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), taking top honors in the $130,000 Asheville/Greenville BMW Centers’ Grand Prix CSI 3* in front of an electric crowd. Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili stopped the jump-off timers in 39.05 seconds to edge Deborah Stephens (USA) and Condor C, who secured second place as the only other double clear effort in the jump-off, finishing in 42.864 seconds. Eric Navet (FRA) and Catypso earned third place with a jump-off time of 37.122 seconds, but added four faults to their final score.
Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili managed to secure the last spot in the jump-off, as the final pair on course in the first round. Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) set a flowing, but technical track, which saw rails fall throughout the evening. Thirty horse and rider combinations contested the first round track, while seven pairs returned to try and secure a victory in the jump-off round.
“We love it here. He felt great from this morning on. He was in a great mood all day and it felt like it was going to be a good class,” smiled Vanderveen. “When I walked the course I thought it was really nice. It was one of those courses where it was set so nice, that you can easily make silly errors because you’re floating around, so I knew I had to pay attention.”
The duo has secured a number of FEI wins at the venue, with a highlight victory last season in the $380,000 Horseware® Ireland Grand Prix CSI 5*, the first FEI CSI 5* competition ever hosted at TIEC. The pair also secured a second CSI 3* win earlier this week, taking the $35,000 1.45m Suncast® Commercial Welcome CSI 3* on Thursday.
TIEC also holds a special place in Vanderveen’s heart, as she earned her first-ever international grand prix win, which came aboard Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili, in the $127,000 Kingsland Grand Prix CSI 3* in July of 2015.
“He was very excited under the lights and was pulling me to the jumps a little bit more than he usually does. He felt really relaxed and this is home for him. He loves this ring and he loves this atmosphere,” she added. “He always performs here. He builds on this atmosphere instead of getting nervous from it, which is great. It is so beneficial for us because he continues to get positive experience under the lights.”
Vanderveen noted that their draw to go last in the class worked to their advantage in the particularly tricky jump-off round, which caught a majority of the contestants with at least four faults.
“It was an advantage to go at the end. It was a great draw. I got to see that Debbie [Stephens] was the only clean, so I knew I could go at a medium pace and see if I could beat her time without taking any huge risks,” explained Vanderveen. “I feel like many of the riders who had to go at the beginning laid it all on the line and took some risks that we ended up not needing to take.
“I thought it was a great jump-off. There was a lot of galloping that then transitioned into some roll-back turns, which surprised some of the horse with the jump. I think that’s probably where a lot of people got caught off guard,” she added.
Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili has amassed an impressive record with Vanderveen and the duo is still only in the early stages of their career and partnership together. The 2005 Belgian Warmblood stallion (Berlin x Darco) owned by Bull Run Jumper’s Five LLC, is transitioning back to the larger grand prix classes, after Vanderveen studied and worked on their speed and agility this winter in Wellington, FL. According to Vanderveen, their training has paid off, as she now feels that he has strengthened his awareness and agility in the ring.
“This is a horse who likes to have fun, which is why we really have focused on speed with him. When the sport gets too serious he starts to lose his shine and personality. I think those classes got him back to a point where he was having fun with what we were doing,” Vanderveen detailed, describing her training program with the flashy stallion. “I’ve tried to rein him back in a little bit because he was starting to get strong, but that’s the way he likes to go. He likes to pull into the bridle and go. That’s where he feels confident.
“He’s gotten quite careful. Before, I felt like I was maybe holding him thinking he may need the pressure off of the ground, where now, after these speed classes, he’s automatically looking for the next jump and standing off of it on his own. It’s been a huge improvement,” she added.
The duo will return to the main arena at TIEC next week as they are set to contest the FEI CSI 4* hosted at the venue and welcoming Tryon Summer II. Vanderveen commented on her plans for Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili following their anticipated start next week.
“He’ll do next week and then I think we’re going to give him some downtime. I’ll focus on some of the younger horses that we’ve just imported and let him take a break and reset before what we hope is a productive and busy fall season,” she said.
Vanderveen also received the Leading Lady Jumper Rider Award presented by Meg Atkinson of Town and Country Realtors, while her groom, Luis Salvaras, was awarded with the Absorbine FEI Groom’s Award, for his care and dedication to the evening’s grand prix winner.
Brittni Raflowitz and Hope Van’t Zorgvliet Earn Win in $6,000 1.40m Nutrena® Power & Speed CSI 3*
Mill Spring, NC – May 31, 2017 – Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili were the pair to beat in the $35,000 1.45m Suncast® Commercial Welcome Stake CSI 3*, stopping the timers in 32.039 seconds for the win at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). This starts the first of two weeks of FEI competition, boasting world-class show jumping at the venue to kick off the 2017 Tryon Summer Series. Second place honors were awarded to Andrea Torres Guerreiro (COL) aboard Fifty Shades, who completed the track with a time of 32.539 seconds, while Kaely Tomeu (USA) guided Gentille to the third place position with a time of 33.675 seconds.
Vanderveen and her flashy grey mount made quick work of the track set by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN), besting the twelve entries that advanced to the jump-off round. Seven combinations finished the afternoon with a double clear effort in both rounds.
Vanderveen was thrilled with how the pair’s first day of competition finished and detailed the course, saying, “I thought today was really nice as a welcoming course for our first class here. There was a lot of space between the jumps, so for my horse he was quite excited to be here. He was a little bit strong, so the space gave me time to get him back and set him up well, especially for Saturday. The jump-off also had a lot of right turns and I favor the left turns, so it was good practice for me.”
Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili have been a very successful team over the past three seasons, with a major highlight win at TIEC in the $380,000 Horseware® Ireland Grand Prix CSI 5* in June 2016, the first CSI 5* event hosted at the venue. Vanderveen continued to elaborate on Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili’s strengths, as the pair has only grown together this season.
“He has really come a long way. He is so fast for such a big horse. Everyone looks at him and thinks he’s not going to be quick enough, but he is probably one of the fastest horses I’ve ever had. He listens so well and everything is right on cue.”
At first, Vanderveen was skeptical of riding the 2005 Belgian Warmblood stallion (Berlin x Darco), owned by Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC, but she described how special he has become to her and her team.
“He is really like a puppy,” she said. “He is such a nice boy for being a stallion. I’ve always been a little hesitant to ride the stallions because I didn’t grow up riding them much, but is very kind in the stall and overall is quite sweet.”
After her win, Vanderveen is already looking forward to the highly anticipated class of the week, the $130,000 Asheville/Greenville BMW Centers Grand Prix CSI 3* on Saturday, June 3, beginning at 8:00 p.m. She is hoping to have two horses entered in the class. The pair amassed several solid results in Wellington, FL during the winter circuit at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) and Vanderveen is preparing Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili to take on a larger role in the competitive grand prix classes throughout their summer schedule.
“At WEF, I really just used him as a speed horse, so I am excited to use him again in the big class as my main horse because he considerably faster than my other rides,” Vanderveen detailed. “We love it here. The horses stay happy, the clients love it, and I like it! Everything is set up quite well here, and everything is very close. It is so convenient and my feet don’t get too tired walking around here,” Vanderveen added with a smile.
Brittni Raflowitz (USA) and Hope Van’t Zorgvliet, a 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Chacco Blue x Darco) owned by Brittni Raflowitz & ESI Show Jumpers, took top honors in the $6,000 1.40m Nutrena® Power & Speed Opener CSI 3*, after finishing with a time of 32.442 seconds. Schuyler Riley (USA) and Take Me 2 rode to second place with a time of 35.02 seconds, ahead of Todd Minikus (USA) and Sancento, who completed the track with four faults and stopped the timers in 33.49 seconds.
Wellington, FL – February 1, 2017 – Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili took the opening day win in the $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m speed class during week four of the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) on Wednesday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.
Course designer Steve Stephens (USA) set the track for 37 entries to start week four in the International Arena, with 14 clear rounds. Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili clocked the winning time of 53.51 seconds. Laura Chapot (USA) and her own and Mary Chapot’s Thornhill Kate finished second with their time of 54.25 seconds. Kent Farrington (USA) and his own, Haity McNerney’s, and Daniel Crown’s Sherkan d’Amaury placed third in 55.12 seconds.
“I loved the course when I walked it,” Vanderveen said of her round. “It had a really nice, smooth rhythm to it, with not too many related lines. My horse is really quick when he turns, and there were a lot of left turns, which he is extra fast at. I think he was able to make up a lot of time landing and turning quite quick to the next jump.”
Vanderveen and Faustino de Tili finished a top 2016 season that included their first international five-star victory in the $380,000 Horseware Grand Prix CSI 5* in Tryon, NC. The 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion (Berlin x Darco) has started his winter lightly, but will build up to bigger classes later in the circuit.
“He was my top horse this summer,” Vanderveen detailed. “Then when we got down here, he was peeking a little bit at the liverpools, and I felt like we were both taking this too seriously. I have a different horse that I am using as my main horse this week, so I backed him down to have fun and do some smaller speed classes.
“I think that he likes to go fast and he likes to have fun and win, so the speed class is great for him,” Vanderveen added. “I am able to go in and not overthink the technicality of it, but let him go forward, be careful, run, and jump. It suits him quite well, and I think he enjoyed today.”
Also competing in the International Arena on Wednesday, Andrew Kocher (USA) and Le Conte won the $6,000 Illustrated Properties FEI 1.40m speed class. The day concluded with the national $6,000 Illustrated Properties 1.40m speed class and a win for Ilan Ferder (ISR) riding Sagamore Farms’ Fantast.
The 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival continues on Thursday featuring the $35,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 4. For full results and more information, please visit www.PBIEC.com.