Michael Dorman and Zephyr.
Tryon, NC – June 30, 2015 – After several top finishes during Tryon Spring, the horses and riders of Wyndmont Inc. remained a staple on the leader board during the Tryon Summer I CSI3*.
On Thursday, Michael Dorman with Zephyr and Candice King aboard Cuchica went head-to-head in the 1.45m Open Jumpers, delivering clear rounds to advance to the jump-off. At the wire, it was Dorman and Zephyr who claimed the blue ribbon, with King and Cuchica just tenths of a second behind to finish second.
“We were thrilled with both horses,” smiled Dorman. “I am just coming back from an injury, so it was nice to get that win with Zephyr under our belts. He felt really good. Zephyr is naturally a very fast horse, and there was a left turn to the last jump that we took advantage of.”
“Cuchica is an exciting 8-year-old and that was his first 1.45m class,” noted King. “I went before Michael and wanted to have smooth clear round. He jumped really well and rode nicely. Michael and Zephyr have a long, great history, so I felt good even being second behind him knowing that we just moved up. Michael had a great win”
Dorman, Ronnie Beard’s partner at Wyndmont Inc., was back in the irons Friday on Cas in the 1.30m Open Jumpers. The pair went clear and was just behind the time to beat, earning the second-place spot.
“Cas is a young horse and this is his first year showing,” explained Dorman. “He started in the Schooling Jumpers. That class was a milestone for him because he went really fast. He felt very comfortable with that kind of speed, and it was the first time I had gone that quickly with him. He handled it really well and is maturing quickly.”
In the $34,000 FEI 1.50m Speed Stake, proven winning combination King and Valinski S returned to face off against a field of 29 horses. The duo went clear, but fell behind the leading times by a mere second, settling for a respectable seventh-place finish.
“I went early in the class,” said King. “I tried to just put in a quick clear to try and be at the top. It was just fractions separating the leaders, so I was very pleased. He had just come off two weeks of not showing and it was our first class in the ring, so I just wanted to get a good prize and have a quick clear. We stuck to our plan and had a nice result.”
Founded by legendary horseman Ronnie Beard with Michael Dorman, Wyndmont Farm provides classical horsemanship to annual and seasonal equestrian clientele. They will continue to compete at the Tryon Summer Series in North Carolina during the summer months. To find out more about Wyndmont Inc., please visit http://wyndmont.com.
Rebecca Walton for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International