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Hunter Holloway and Donnalaris Take Top Honors in $20k Hollow Creek Under 25 Jumper Classic

Hunter Holloway and Donnalaris. Photo Credit ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – June 4, 2017 – Hunter Holloway of Topeka, KS and Donnalaris captured the win in the $20,000 Hollow Creek Under 25 Jumper Classic at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) to conclude a successful first week of competition to start the 2017 Tryon Summer Series. Holloway and Donnalaris secured the victory with a jump-off time of 28.2 seconds. Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL and Clouwni took second place after stopping the timers in 29.497 seconds ahead of Brittni Raflowtiz of Palm City, FL and Hope Van’t Zorgvliet, who finished the jump-off track in 30.024 seconds.

Holloway had a busy afternoon with four rides in the class, besting seventeen combinations to rise to the top of the leaderboard with Donnalaris. Eight entries moved forward to contest the short course, while Holloway also guided I Love Lucy into the top five finishers of the class, earning two fantastic placings on the afternoon.

“It was nice because the course was the same one that we did last night in the grand prix, so I had a little bit of an advantage having jumped it already,” said Holloway. “It may have changed from last night just a little bit, but it was pretty similar. I was excited about it.”

Donnalaris, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood mare owned by Virginia Bartholomay, is a young, talented mount and Holloway is eager to continue working on their partnership together, as she is anticipating success with the striking grey mare. The duo topped a competitive class in the George H. Morris Arena and Holloway was pleased with the duo’s performance.

“She is owned by Virginia Bartholomay. Diane Carney helped find her and produce her, and I got the ride at the end of the Florida circuit,” explained Holloway. “We’ve just been growing as a pair and I’m very excited about what the future holds with her.

“She’s a pretty quick horse in general. She’s quick across the ground and over the jumps, so I think today I was able to be smooth everywhere and chew off some time. She’s an amazing horse and doesn’t really have any gaps or anything, so it was exciting to be able to go out there and give it our all,” she added.

Holloway is planning to continue competing Donnalaris in the national Under 25 Grand Prix classes before stepping up to the international FEI levels at some point in the future. She explained, “We’re going to see how all of this goes. We are going to keep going and do the Under 25 Grand Prix classes and hopefully get into some of the FEI classes with her.”

Jumper Highlights

The $10,000 High Junior Amateur/Owner Jumper Classic was championed by Andrea Torres Guerreiro of Waterford, VA and Evermine, owned by Santa Catalina Farm, with a jump-off time of 27.131 seconds. Kaely Tomeu of Wellington, FL and Contenance 15, owned by Siboney Ranch, collected second place with a time of 29.612 seconds. Ali Boone of Lexington, KY and Like A Dream, owned by Sterling Equestrian, followed in third with a time of 29.893 seconds.

Alexandra Welles of Wellington, FL and her own XM earned top honors in the $5,000 Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Classic after completing the jump-off track in 27.21 seconds. Lily Hahn of Columbus, NC and her own Karenina secured second place with a time of 27.656 seconds. Rafael Contreras of Wellington, FL and his own Florence A rounded out the top three placings with a time of 28.053 seconds.

The $3,000 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classic saw Victoria Zelch and Sniper, owned by Musical Woods, LLC, rise to the top of the class, as the pair completed their jump-off round in 33.006 seconds. Catie Boone of Lexington, KY and Akatschino, owned by Sterling Equestrian, finished in second place with a time of 29.521 seconds, adding four faults to their score. Ashley Pace of Aiken, SC and her own ZZ-Top VH Schaarbroek Z finished in third with a time of 31.882 seconds, also adding four faults to their final trip around the track.

Deborah Perkins of Wellington, FL and her own Chivu rode to victory in the $2,000 NAL/WIHS High Children/Adult Classic after completing the jump-off in 30.951 seconds. Maggie McCormack of Wellington, FL and Capall Zidane, owned by Marker’s Make LLC, finished in second place with a time of 32.066 seconds ahead of Stephanie King of St. Augustine, FL and her own Co-Starr, who rounded out the top three finishers with a time of 32.671 seconds.

Hunter Highlights

The Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Division saw Tracy Treace of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and her own King rise to collect champion honors ahead of Caroline Faith Kornegay of Raleigh, NC and her own Adoration, who followed in reserve.

The Children’s Hunter Horse 14 & Under was championed by Marshall Broadfoot of Charlotte, NC and As You Wish, owned by Haley Rogers, while Josie Evans of Covington, GA and Mandolin, owned by Lynn Laird, were presented with reserve champion.

Elizabeth Smith of Spartanburg, SC and her own Double Gold performed consistently throughout the week to take top divisional honors. Raine Whitman of Monroe, NY and her own Rollingwood’s Give ‘EM L took reserve champion.

The Platinum Performance 3’3″/3’6″ Performance Hunter Division saw Christina Kelly of Aiken, SC and her own BeforeAnythingElse ride to top divisional honors ahead of Caroline Willard of Oak Ridge, NC and Sky Pilot, owned by Alex Stevens, who were presented with reserve champion.

The USHJA Hunter 2’6/2’9/3’ Division was championed by Ashley Conkle of Wellford, SC and Hidden Lane, owned by Page Tredennick, take home the tri-color ribbon, while Deborah Perkins of Wellington, FL and her own Rise and Shine finished in reserve.

Jessica West of Charlotte, NC and her own Life In Color finished atop the Junior Hunter 3’6″ Division after a week of strong performances. Lindsey Rigney of Waxhaw, NC and her own Calypso took home reserve champion.

The Junior Hunter 3’3″ Division was championed by Beverly Davis of Harrisburg, NC and her own Alchemist, who took home the tri-color ribbon ahead of Caitlin Hooper of Canton, GA and her own Why Not, as the pair finished in reserve. Davis and Alchemist also took home top honors in the $1,000 Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter Classic 3’3″/3’6″ with a two round score of 159.

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Eric Navet and Catypso Dash to Win in $35,000 1.50m Tryon Challenge CSI 3*

Eric Navet and Catypso. Photo Credit ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – June 1, 2017 – Eric Navet (FRA) and Catypso made a quick run up the leaderboard in the $35,000 1.50m Tryon Challenge CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) on the second day of FEI competition during the 2017 Tryon Summer Series. Navet and Catypso clocked their jump-off finish in 38.209 seconds ahead of Hunter Holloway (USA) and VDL Bravo S, who were narrowly edged by Navet and finished in 38.485 seconds. Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Testify rounded out the top three place finishers, adding four faults to their jump-off time of 36.926 seconds.

Navet and Catypso have had a whirlwind of a spring season together, earning top finishes across the country since the start of 2017. The pair amassed a list of solid performances on the West Coast, before gaining valuable experience in the FEI World Cup™ Finals Omaha 2017 in Omaha, NE in the spring.

“He had a few good finishes last year, but has stepped into his own. He had a very successful season in Thermal, CA this winter and finished in fifth in the million there,” explained Navet. “We showed in Omaha, NE for the FEI World Cup™ Finals and I thought that it was an incredible performance for lack of experience at that level.”

The pair has only continued forward in good form after competition in the spring, as they collected a grand prix win in their first outing back in Lexington, KY before capturing their first win at TIEC. The pair navigated the track set by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN), which only saw five combinations advance to the jump-off round.

“I think that the course was well-designed and very well-built. Michel, in my opinion, is one of the best course builders at the moment. The track was nice to ride all around,” said Navet. “It was also subtle. I didn’t look terribly difficult when you walked it, but I think that is how the best course builders shine.

“I didn’t see Hunter’s round so I didn’t know how fast she was, but wanted to go into the ring and do our own thing. I didn’t want to go too fast before the class on Saturday, but I was lucky because it was very tight,” he added.

Catypso, a 2007 Hanoverian gelding (Catoki x Calypso II) owned by Signe Ostby, has been a labor of love for Navet and business partner Karl Cook, as Cook purchased the gelding in December of his five-year-old season. Navet explained, “It has been a process to bring him along to this level. It’s been about four years and he only started jumping the grand prix classes last fall. He needed to adjust to the system, but is flourishing and it’s been a good journey.”

The duo will head back to the West Coast after contesting this week’s CSI 3* and next week’s CSI 4* at the venue. Their East Coast tour has gone exceedingly well and Navet is hopeful for the future with Catypso.

“I’d like to do the grand prix next week as well. We’ll go back to California after that to work with some of the younger horses and competing there through the summer and fall. My goal would be to have both Karl and I qualify for the FEI World Cup™ Finals next year in Paris. That’s my hometown and it would be very special to compete there with Catypso,” concluded Navet.

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Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili Win 1.45m Suncast Commercial Welcome Stake CSI3*

Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili. Photo Credit ©Sportfot.

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.

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Sharn Wordley and Famoso D Ive Z Win $35k 1.45m Horseware Ireland Opener CSI 3* at Tryon

Sharn Wordley and Famoso D Ive Z. Photos ©LizCrawleyPhotography.

Mill Spring, NC – June 29, 2016 – Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Famoso D Ive Z, owned by the Sky Group & Sharn Wordley, kicked off the first day of competition at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) ringing in the start of the 2016 Tryon Summer Series with an impressive win in Wednesday’s $35,000 1.45m Horseware Ireland Opener CSI 3*. The pair clinched the win with a hasty time of 69.14 seconds, besting a talented field of 33 competitors.

Finishing in a close second place position was David O’Brien (IRL) aboard his mount O’Splendido with a time of 71.40 seconds, while Cantara 59, piloted by Sarah Segal (USA), produced another fast time clear round, crossing the timers in 71.05 seconds for third place.

Wordley and Famoso D Ive Z, a 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding (For Pleasure x Chin Chin), have been partners for little over a year now, and have exhibited their talents in multiple FEI classes so far this season across the United States, as well as at TIEC. Wordley mentioned that Famoso D Ive Z is a spooky horse, yet he continues to deliver winning rounds and improve his technique.

“Famoso D Ive Z has won several opening classes, which is a little humorous because he is such a spooky horse. You would think he would get better as the week continues on, but he seems to be superior on the first day,” said Wordley.

He went on to speak of the challenging speed track set by Oscar Soberon (MEX), saying, “In the beginning of the course, it suited me to go quite fast. In the later part though, I had to go slower than some of the other competitors, but he jumped fantastic.”

Famoso D Ive Z excels in any type of class, which Wordley elaborated is a major component of his versatility and athleticism. The duo had amassed a string of consistent performances throughout the spring circuit and Wordley has fine-tuned what makes the gelding truly competitive in the ring.

“He has a massive stride and you can go really fast into big jumps and combinations,” he detailed. “I made up a lot of time between fences two and three because I could keep galloping down the long approach to the combination.”

“He is just an extremely fast horse. When he is clean, he is hard to beat. He is great to have on my team,” he elaborated. “Looking forward for the rest of the week, Famoso D Ive Z will compete in tomorrow’s FEI ranking class, and then my main mount, Casper, will also contest the ranking class tomorrow and the Grand Prix on Saturday night.”

David O'Brien and O'Splendido
David O’Brien and O’Splendido

Wordley is no stranger to TIEC, having solidified an impressive record at the facility throughout the spring season. Wordley and his team will remain in Mill Spring, NC for all four weeks of the summer series, as well as for the full duration of the 2016 Tryon Fall Series beginning in September. Wordley noted that he’s eager to stay at venue, especially after the quality finishes his string has produced in the major classes hosted so far this year.

“We love it here. It is fantastic. We like to support TIEC because the money is great and the competition is very respectable. We’ve continued to place well,” he added. “It’s also a very convenient location to our home base in Lexington, KY. It’s just an incredible spot.”

Competition will continue to heat up this week at TIEC, as competition on Thursday will showcase the $35,000 1.50m Suncast® Welcome CSI 3*, while Friday will host a $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby and a $10,000 Pre Green Hunter Classic. The inaugural Great Charity Challenge of the Carolinas (GCCC) is set for Friday, July 1, with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. and competition beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The popular “Saturday Night Lights” series will return for four consecutive weeks of weekend fun, beginning Saturday, July 2. Entertainment will start at 6:00 p.m. and the class is set to commence at 8:00 p.m. Following competition on Saturday evening, TIEC will host a one-of-a-kind laser light show in the George H. Morris Arena in celebration for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit www.tryon.com.

Great Charity Challenge of the Carolinas Heading to Tryon Int’l Equestrian Center on July 1st

©MegBanks/TIEC.

Mill Spring, NC – June 25, 2016 – The inaugural Great Charity Challenge of the Carolinas (GCCC) will highlight the first week of the Tryon Summer Series at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) on Friday, July 1, showcasing the talents of both professional and amateur competitors as they ride to raise money for local charities in the Carolina Foothills region. The super hero theme for the 2016 event will serve to honor and recognize the heroes in the local community for their dedication and commitment to philanthropic work.

The Great Charity Challenge of the Carolinas (GCCC) is a charity-fueled competition, which comes to life in the form of a relay race, pairing teams of two equestrian competitors to selected charities operating in the local community. Teams will race through a jumper relay course with tracks set at two different heights, 1.15m and 1.30m, in the George H. Morris Arena at TIEC under the lights. Competition on Friday, July 1 will begin at 7:00 p.m. with festivities and entertainment beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Each of the 26 teams will race to finish the relay track in the fastest time, while $300,000 will be raised throughout the evening. Each charity paired with a team will receive a minimum of a $5,000 donation, while the winner will hoist a check for $75,000 at the end of the competition. 100% of the proceeds raised throughout the evening will be distributed to participating non-profit organizations.

The Great Charity Challenge of the Carolinas is the sister event to the Great Charity Challenge (GCC) hosted at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL each winter, which was conceptualized by Mark Bellissimo and his daughter Paige Bellissimo in an effort to give back to those in need in Palm Beach County. The event, which began in 2010, has distributed more than $9 million to more than 150 charities across Palm Beach County.

Currently teams of two or individuals wishing to be paired with a team through the submission of a donation can still register for the event. Finalized teams will be announced this week. For more information regarding team sign up, please contact gcc@tryon.com and for more information about the Great Charity Challenge of the Carolinas, please visit www.tryon.com. If interested in becoming a team sponsor for the event, please contact gcc@tryon.com to learn more. Donations made in honor of the event are tax-deductible.

Major Competition Upgrades Announced for 2016 Tryon Summer Series

Photo Credit ©MegBanks/TIEC.

Mill Spring, NC – April 22, 2016 – Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) has announced a series of major upgrades for the 2016 Tryon Summer Series, which will increase competition opportunities for hunter and jumper competitors planning to attend the four week series. The Tryon Summer Series will begin Wednesday, June 29, and continue through Sunday, July 24, highlighting four consecutive weeks of FEI classes alongside nationally rated hunter and jumper competition.

Tryon Summer I (June 29 – July 3) will host upgraded hunter competition to start the series, as a week of Premier AA hunters will be highlighted by a $10,000 Pre-Green Hunter Classic. For jumper riders, USEF Level 6 jumpers will run in conjunction with an FEI CSI 3*, which will offer a $34,000 1.45m class, a $34,000 1.50m Suncast® Open Welcome, and the $127,000 Adequan® Grand Prix on Saturday, July 2, commencing four weeks of the tremendously popular “Saturday Night Lights” series for spectators and visitors to the facility. Tryon Summer I will also host the inaugural Great Charity Challenge of the Carolinas on Friday, July 1, an event designed to assist and support local charities in the surrounding community through a competitive and themed equestrian relay race.

Tryon Summer II (July 6-10) will offer a second consecutive week of Premier AA rated hunters competition and host a second $10,000 Pre-Green Hunter Classic, as well as a $5,000 Pony Classic in the George H. Morris Arena. The second FEI CSI 3* will offer a $34,000 1.45m class, a $34,000 1.50m Suncast® Open Welcome, and the $127,000 Horseware Grand Prix on Saturday, July 9.

The third week of summer competition at TIEC, Tryon Summer III (July 13-17), will bring hunter riders to center stage as the first $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby of the season is scheduled to take place, drawing top hunter talent, alongside B rated competition. A $2,500 NAL/WIHS Children’s Hunter Classic and $2,500 NAL/WIHS Adult Hunter Classic will also be offered to hunter competitors. International jumper riders will contest the first FEI CSI 4* of the Tryon Summer Series, which will include two $34,000 1.45m classes, a $34,000 1.50m Suncast® Open Welcome, and the $210,000 Hollow Creek Grand Prix on Saturday, July 16, while the next generation of young talent will be offered a $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix.

Tryon Summer IV (July 20-24) has also received upgrades and will now host an FEI CSI 4*, highlighting two $34,000 1.45m classes, a $34,000 1.50 Suncast® Open Welcome, and the $210,000 Tryon Estates Grand Prix on Saturday, July 23. Tryon Summer IV will host USEF Level 6 jumpers, as well as the second $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby to accompany B rated competition. A $2,500 NAL/WIHS Children’s Hunter Classic and $2,500 NAL/WIHS Adult Hunter Classic will conclude the final week of the series.

For more information about Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), please visit www.tryon.com.

Four Weeks of FEI Competition and Great Charity Challenge of the Carolinas at Tryon Summer Series

Photo: ©MegBanks/TIEC.

Mill Spring, NC – March 25, 2016 – In a continued effort to increase competition opportunities for equestrian enthusiasts around the world, Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) is eager to bring international competition to the facility for the 2016 Tryon Summer Series, hosting four consecutive weeks of FEI competition, including three CSI 3* weeks and a CSI 4* competition. The Tryon Summer Series will begin on Wednesday, June 29, and conclude Sunday, July 24.

Following the inaugural campaign of FEI competition at TIEC in 2015, the facility will showcase the finest of equestrian sport in the foothills region of western North Carolina with the Tryon Summer Series, featuring four successive “Saturday Night Lights” FEI Grand Prix events for both riders and spectators.

The 2016 Tryon Summer Series will begin with Tryon Summer 1 on Wednesday, June 29, following the conclusion of the eight week Tryon Spring Series, which will host three weeks of FEI competition, including FEI CSI 3* and FEI CSI 5* competition. Tryon Summer 1 will commence with a FEI CSI 3* competition to kick off the four week summer series, offering a $34,000 1.45m class, $34,000 1.50m class, and a $127,000 Grand Prix CSI 3*. The inaugural Great Charity Challenge of the Carolinas will take place on Friday, July 1, under the lights in the George Morris Arena.

The Great Charity Challenge of the Carolinas will highlight more than 20 equestrian relay teams, composed of amateur and professional riders, supported by corporate sponsors, competing to raise funds and awareness for approved local charities in the western Carolina community and region.

The general public is encouraged to join the festivities and cheer on their favorite equestrian relay teams, who will be dressed in accordance with this year’s overarching theme of superheroes. For more information and inquiries regarding participation and sponsorship for the Great Charity Challenge of the Carolinas, please contact GCC@tryon.com or fill out an inquiry form here.

Tryon Summer 2 is set to offer a second FEI CSI 3* week, hosting three classes for international competitors including a $34,000 1.45 class, $34,000 1.50m class, and $127,000 Grand Prix. The FEI CSI 4* week of the Tryon Summer Series will begin on Wednesday, July 13, during Tryon Summer 3, offering two $34,000 1.45m classes, a $34,000 1.50m class, and a $210,000 Grand Prix.

Tryon Summer 4, featuring a FEI CSI 3*, will conclude the 2016 Tryon Summer Series, beginning Wednesday, July 20, and continuing through Sunday, July 24, hosting a $34,000 1.45m class, $34,000 1.50m class, and a $127,000 Grand Prix.

International competition will resume at the venue in early August with the return of the Tryon August Series, spanning four weeks and featuring a FEI CSI 3* beginning Wednesday, August 10, and concluding Sunday, August 14, during Tryon August 1. The FEI CSI 3* week will offer a $34,000 1.45m, $34,000 1.50m, and $127,000 Grand Prix class.

About Tryon International Equestrian Center

The Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) is destined to become one of the premier equestrian destinations in the world. The facility opened in June 2014 with initial supporting amenities including 10 riding arenas, 850 permanent stalls, a covered riding arena and fitness center. Future expansion includes a sports complex, condominiums, two hotels, sporting clay course, vendor and retail village, as well as an 18-hole golf course plus a full calendar of national and internationally recognized competitions, featuring numerous disciplines of equestrian sport. It is a spring, summer and fall haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts. For more information, call 828-863-1000 or visit www.tryon.com.

Mark Bluman and Cumulet Win $15k Under 25 Grand Prix on Final Day of Tryon Summer Series

Mark Bluman and Cumulet. Photos ©LizCrawleyPhotography.

Mill Spring, NC – July 19, 2015 – Mark Bluman of Lexington, KY finished the final day of the Tryon Summer Series at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) with a win aboard Cumulet, owned by Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc., in the $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix. The duo finished in 44.632 seconds to beat out David Blake of Wellington, FL aboard Baron, who stopped the clock at 46.038 seconds. Hayley Iannotti of Wellington, FL and Carlos G took home third-place honors with four faults, crossing the timers in 50.238 seconds. With the conclusion of the Tryon Summer Series, competition at TIEC will commence again on August 6, with the start of the August Series, spanning four weeks and offering hunter and jumper classes, including an FEI CSI 3* (August 6-9).

Bluman, who competes internationally for the nation of Colombia, has had an incredibly successful stay at TIEC, which will be Stranksy’s Mission Farms’ northern home base. Bluman piloted two mounts through the Manuel Esparza (MEX) designed course, but finished atop the class with Cumulet, a relatively new ride for him the barn.

“It was a really fair course for the amount of people in the class I thought. There was almost half clear in the class, which is what I was expecting. It was a nice class and it was really good for young horses, ones that are coming up through the levels,” said Bluman. “Both of the horses I had in the class are stepping up. Cumulet just got here from Europe three weeks ago, so this is one of our first classes together and I’m really happy with how he handled himself today.”

Purchased as an investment horse by Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc., Bluman thinks the 2007 Dutch Warmblood gelding (King Kolibri x Sonnette) may have more of a long-term place in the barn as he has the scope and bravery to make it to the very top.

“This was a great class for him and it suited him so well. I think it’s time for us to keep him for a while and try to get as much as I can out of him because he’s really talented and I think he can go all the way,” he explained. “He’s already jumping this height and he’s only eight years old, which I think is really impressive and I want to work with that going into the rest of the season.”

Using TIEC as a home base for the summer has helped to improve and educate Bluman’s talented string of horses, as the opportunities are endless in terms of experience and exposure at the venue.

“Being here has been great for us. The FEI weeks are a great fit for the horses that don’t go to Spruce Meadows or to Europe because we have an incredible venue to continue competing in the international classes,” he commented. “It’s been great to get some FEI ranking points and we’ve been supporting this show since the beginning. We came last fall when it first opened and I said to my boss that we needed to build a farm here and base here because there were so many opportunities. I think that, at the end of the day, this is going to be the place to be in terms of competitions in the U.S.”

David Blake and Baron
David Blake and Baron

In his young but successful career, Bluman has high expectations for where he would like to be in the coming months, “My goal right now is to keep stepping up. We have a lot of new but extremely talented horses in the barn and that’s what I’ve always hoped to have. I’d like to produce as many good results as I can and with these horses; there’s a lot of potential to do that,” he said.

Bluman is always quick to thank his owners, investors, sponsors and hardworking team for their continued support. “I always have to thank Stransky’s Mission Farms for giving me this opportunity. We have an incredible team and results like this wouldn’t be possible without everything they do for us on a daily basis.”

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About Tryon International Equestrian Center

The Tryon International Equestrian Center is destined to become one of the premier centers in the equestrian world. This new facility opened in June 2014 with sanctioned horse shows and initial supporting amenities including 10 riding arenas, 850 permanent stalls, a covered riding facility and fitness center. Future expansion includes a sports complex, two hotels, sporting clay course, and an 18-hole golf course plus a full calendar of equestrian competitions and activities. It is a spring, summer and fall haven for eastern and northeastern American equestrian competitors and enthusiasts. For more information, call 828-863-1000 or visit www.tryon.com.

Schuyler Riley Impresses Again in $127k Grand Prix CSI 3* aboard Q-7 at in Tryon

Schuyler Riley and Q-7. Photos ©LizCrawleyPhotography.

Mill Spring, NC – July 18, 2015 – In an impressive feat, Schuyler Riley (USA) added another grand prix win to her resume at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) for the third week in a row in the $127,000 Grand Prix CSI 3*. Riley, this time aboard Q-7, mastered the track and bested the jump-off round with a time of 50.627 seconds. Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Casper followed in second, crossing the timers in 51.649 seconds, while Richie Moloney (IRL) aboard Call Me Number One finished in third place with a time of 53.351 seconds. The Tryon Summer Series concludes tomorrow, July 19, highlighted by the $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix beginning at 8am in the George Morris Arena.

With tonight’s win, Riley became the most winning rider in the history of TIEC, accumulating more than $150,000 in prize money throughout the four weeks of the Tryon Summer Series. With two horses entered in the $127,000 Grand Prix CSI 3*, there was a good chance she could prevail again, but Riley was even more surprised with her winning finish, as it was aboard the horse she didn’t expect to win on.

“I thought there would be about ten clear and I have to say, Manuel [Esparza] has done a brilliant job designing the courses this week. I have absolutely loved riding them because they’re very difficult but you don’t feel like you’re going to get into too much trouble,” she explained. “They’re great for younger horses and give great confidence building rounds to both horse and rider. When you do it right on his courses, you get rewarded. I didn’t think Q was going to step up the way he did and I’m so proud and couldn’t have asked for more of an effort from him tonight.”

Riley has recently been working with second-place finisher, Sharn Wordley, with Q-7 specifically. Wordley rode “Q” several times for Riley as the duo tried to fine-tune the 2006 Bayer gelding’s (Que Sera x Peggy) steering in the ring.

“It’s really funny because I went to Sharn earlier in the spring in Kentucky because I was having so much trouble with the steering. He couldn’t figure it out and acted like he always knew where we were going, which he clearly didn’t. He always tries to pick a direction and 50% of the time it’s the wrong direction,” she laughed. “Sharn got on him and did a little exercise with him to help with the steering and I do it religiously now. He’s just gotten better and better. Sharn has helped me so much with this horse and I can’t thank him enough.”

The flashy chestnut has been slower to progress than his barn sister Dobra De Porceyo, whom Riley won the two previous grand prix classes with at TIEC. In an effort to help him gain confidence, Riley was sure not to push him too far too fast, letting him naturally rise to the top.

“I didn’t want to put him into another grand prix until I felt like he was ready and he was ready to go this week, which is why I decided that I would give him a shot,” she said. “He jumped so well in the Welcome on Thursday. It was all about the rideability and he was just straight as an arrow, so I decided that it was time to step him up.”

Sharn Wordley and Casper
Sharn Wordley and Casper

Wordley was hot on the heels of Riley, who also piloted two-time champion Dobra De Porceyo into the ten-horse jump-off, finishing the class in seventh place. Riley knew the class would be fast and the competition would be accurate, but Q-7 truly delivered, answering all of the questions on the course with ease.

“I had the fortunate position of going after Sharn today in the order, which was huge, because I think if it was reversed, he would have caught me and taken the win,” she noted.

Even though both chestnuts in Riley’s Wolfstone Stables seem similar in stature and attitude, they couldn’t be more different. Dobra is the cool, calm and collected sister, while Q, the silly brother, manifests his nerves internally, making them unique, but in the best ways, according to Riley.

“He’s very different from Dobra. I’ve had both of them for almost the same time, but they’re just two completely different rides. He’s been a little bit slower to develop than her. He’s a bit quirky and has his own mind. Q worries a lot more than she does,” she explained. “He really started coming into his own at Angelstone in Canada last fall. He was always good, but the steering was always an issue. His first real 1.50m class was in Miami this past spring and it was a lot to ask of him at that point. Today he showed me that he is absolutely everything we thought he was and there’s so much potential for him. I feel like we’ve only tapped into the surface of what’s there.”

“He’s a type of horse that I just didn’t know as well and it was about gaining confidence in the ring with him,” noted Riley. “He’s always had endless scope and sometimes it’s hard to believe because he’s barely 16 hands.”

As for her tremendous success at TIEC this season, Riley gushed thanks to her team and their efforts to help get both horses to this point. There are plans to return to the venue in the fall to try and continue her streak.

“We will definitely be back in full force here in October for the fall FEI weeks. The horses are so comfortable and quiet. They’re getting experience I couldn’t give to them anywhere else,” Riley commented. “It feels like heaven for me right now. Three weeks in a row is unbelievable considering three weeks ago, it was the first grand prix I had won in three years. It all came together at the right moment. The footing is perfect here, great course designing, just an incredible place to bring young horses.

“The energy here is amazing and the atmosphere is something that you can’t get anywhere else. I think that they’re both true championship quality horses and the more they have exposure to classes like this with competition like this, the better they will be in the future. They’re both just nine and have a lot more to come,” added Riley.

Also in fantastic form was caretaker and head groom, Jesus Pimentel, who has accompanied Riley into the winner’s circle for the past three weeks as part of the new Groom’s Initiative Award enacted by Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of the Tryon Equestrian Partners.

“I think it’s so amazing that Mark has initiated this new award. I’m so happy for Jesus and it’s amazing because they work so hard day in and day out. He loves his horses and I’m so proud of him. He’s taken impeccable care of both of them for a long time and they shine because of him,” Riley noted.

As for Pimentel, he was just as thrilled with Q’s win tonight as he was for Dobra’s previous two. “Q is very sensitive and he internalizes things very quickly. You have to let him know what’s going on and go slowly because he’s the type of horse that you have to be patient with,” said Pimentel. “He just stepped up to this level and I couldn’t be more proud of the way he tried his heart out tonight. They’re both incredible horses and I’m so lucky to have the honor to work with both of them.”

Competition at TIEC continues tomorrow with an array of Junior and Amateur jumper classes in the George Morris Arena, including the highlight $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix beginning at 8am. TIEC will host with the August Series, starting on August 6, offering four weeks of hunter and jumper competition. For more information and a full list of results, please visit www.tryon.com. Please “Like” the TIEC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tryon-International-Equestrian-Center to be eligible for various contests and promotions.

About Tryon International Equestrian Center

The Tryon International Equestrian Center is destined to become one of the premier centers in the equestrian world. This new facility opened in June 2014 with sanctioned horse shows and initial supporting amenities including 10 riding arenas, 850 permanent stalls, a covered riding facility and fitness center. Future expansion includes a sports complex, two hotels, sporting clay course, and an 18-hole golf course plus a full calendar of equestrian competitions and activities. It is a spring, summer and fall haven for eastern and northeastern American equestrian competitors and enthusiasts. For more information, call 828-863-1000 or visit www.tryon.com.

Candice King and Cuchica Top $10,000 Horseware Ireland Open Jumper 1.45m at Tryon Summer 4

Candice King and Cuchica. Photos ©LizCrawleyPhotography.

Kelsi Okun Captures First Career Derby Win in $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Mill Spring, NC – July 17, 2015 – With a rest from FEI competition today, Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) was abuzz with Open, Junior, and Amateur jumper divisions throughout the day in the George H. Morris Arena at Tryon Stadium. Candice King of Wellington, FL and Cuchica, owned by Wyndmont Inc., topped the $10,000 Open Jumper 1.45m presented by Horseware Ireland. Kimberly Prince of Hume, VA and RMF Fara van de Maltahoeve finished in second with a time of 40.916 seconds and Richie Moloney of Wellington, FL collected third place aboard Ypaja Yando with a time of 42.774 seconds. FEI competition continues tomorrow at TIEC with the $127,000 Grand Prix CSI 3* beginning at 8pm. Gates will open to the public at 6pm.

King and Cuchica, a 2007 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Nintender x Luchica), laid down an early clear round, going second in the order and secured a double clear performance with their time of 40.852 seconds in the jump-off, which proved to be uncatchable.

“I’ve been riding him for six weeks now and he just moved up to this height about a week ago for his first 1.45m class and I’m so pleased with how he handled it today,” said King. “Manuel [Esparza] builds very well and I knew that it was going to be a strong ride. He doesn’t always need to build the biggest courses because they’re always strong solid courses.”

After forming a partnership over the past few weeks, King is thrilled with the way Cuchica has held his own in the bigger classes and is confident the gelding will continue to progress and improve, ultimately campaigning through the highest levels of grand prix competition.

“I knew I was going to have to be there for him throughout the course because I don’t want to put him in a bad situation at eight years old. He’s so honest I think he has everything you look for in a big time horse,” she explained. “I’m really excited for him and he just checks all of the boxes. When I walked it, I knew that I needed to be on my game.”

“I feel really comfortable with him and I was quite excited to go in there show him off. He’s incredibly talented and he has a very bright future,” she added.

King made a bold inside turn in the jump-off, which was untested by any competitor before she took to the ring. The risk was rewarded, as the turn helped to shave seconds of the clock and clinch the win.

“When I walked it with Michael [Dorman], we walked the turn and it seemed very doable. When I got to the in gate and saw it, it seemed like it may run a little tight and I didn’t want to over face him,” she explained. “Nobody was doing it and I asked around and didn’t get an overwhelming response about going for it and when I went in, my first goal was to go clean and then he just felt so great that I knew that I could take the shot. He answered the question and was right there with me. It felt really exciting for a nice young horse to step up in a class and moment like that.”

King also placed second in the $2,500 USHJA Hunter Derby aboard All the Talk, owned by Mershad Stables, LLC, earlier in the morning. In her first hunter derby since 2008, King rode two beautiful rounds, which landed her just half a point outside of the winning position.

Kelsi Okun Captures First Career Derby Win in $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Kelsi Okun, 17, of Mclean, VA, captured her first hunter derby victory in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby at Tryon Summer 4. Okun, aboard her own Consigliere, a 2006 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Landlord x Famine De Thurin), scored an 85 in the first round and returned to the Reynolds Family Ring receiving an 86 in the second round, for a total score of 171. Candice King and All the Talk received a total score of 170.5 and Missy Yoder aboard Too Much Fun collected third, receiving a 169.5.

Kelsi Okun and Consigliere
Kelsi Okun and Consigliere

Okun was ecstatic to finish the class victorious, as the duo placed eighth in last week’s $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby and felt they had put in two improved rounds today.

“This was my horse’s first neck ribbon ever and it just feels so special. He’s come such a long way since when we got him almost three and a half years ago,” she said. “It’s just an unreal feeling and I’m so excited for him to have gotten to this point.”

“The course was really straightforward and it made me focus on being accurate and showing off his derby stride, which I would say is a real highlight in his movement. I wanted give him the best ride possible because he’s a really cool horse and in the handy I just tried to be as neat as possible,” she continued.

The duo entered the handy round of competition in the third place position and Okun knew she would need to ride an accurate and smooth round to make up their four point deficit.

“I knew that there was a significant amount of points we needed to get to the lead and two people in front of me, so I needed to try and keep it as tight as possible if I wanted a chance to win it,” she explained. “This is the first year we’ve been really competitive because he had an injury that kept him out last year, which was disappointing, but he’s just been incredible so far this season.”

Okun’s ultimate goal is competing in a USHJA International Hunter Derby and has her sights set on it with Consigliere in the near future. “This is a really good step for us in that direction to get some experience and he’s just a sweet horse and wants to please. He’s built to do derbies and we wanted to make sure that we took advantage of everything the facility has to offer during our time here.”

Competition at TIEC continues tomorrow with the highlight $127,000 Grand Prix CSI 3* with gates opening to the public at 6pm and the competition beginning at 8pm. TIEC will also host an antique car show alongside the competition, which is open to the public. For more information about TIEC and for a full list of results, please visit www.tryon.com. Please “Like” the TIEC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tryon-International-Equestrian-Center to be eligible for various contests and promotions.

About Tryon International Equestrian Center

The Tryon International Equestrian Center is destined to become one of the premier centers in the equestrian world. This new facility opened in June 2014 with sanctioned horse shows and initial supporting amenities including 10 riding arenas, 850 permanent stalls, a covered riding facility and fitness center. Future expansion includes a sports complex, two hotels, sporting clay course, and an 18-hole golf course plus a full calendar of equestrian competitions and activities. It is a spring, summer and fall haven for eastern and northeastern American equestrian competitors and enthusiasts. For more information, call 828-863-1000 or visit www.tryon.com.