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World Champion Hunter Rider Week Shines Light on Hunters

Matt Martin and Cadouch Z ©Bailey Beck Photography for TIEC.

Mill Spring, NC – May 23, 2022 – Tryon Spring 3 featured World Champion Hunter Rider Week (WCHR) at Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort (TIEC), with two derbies in the International Stadium on Friday and heightened celebrations for Hunter divisions all week long, in addition to marking the first edition of 2022 Saturday Night Lights presented by Tryon Horse & Home.

Matt Martin and Cadouch Z Capture $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Win

Matt Martin (USA) and Cadouch Z scored a total of 190 points in the first round to lead after the classic, producing a handy score of 203 to clinch the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby win in what was only “Teddy’s” second competition ever as a Hunter, on a final score of 393 points. In reserve, Michael Britt-Leon (USA) scored a class-record 205 points in the handy round with Midas, the 2013 Holsteiner gelding (Casall x Belunye HH) owned by Paul McCracken, to claim second place and a total of 389 points. Caroline Willard Briles piloted Necofino, the 2012 Holsteiner gelding (Nerrado x Sienna), to third place on a total score of 376 for Rein Family LLC, completing the podium.

Twenty-one horses took on the Andy Christiansen, Jr. (ECU) track, with a minimum score of 130 qualifying the top twelve combinations to return for the handy test. Martin and the 2009 Zangersheide stallion (Calvaro Z x Nadouch Z) owned by Amy Hassinger were in the neighborhood for the first time in a few years, and decided to test Cadouch Z in only his second Hunter Derby ever, at his third Hunter show in America.

“We imported him a few months ago,” Hassinger said. “He was a winning Grand Prix horse in Europe, and now he stands at Hassinger Farm as a breeding stallion. We did not plan to show him this early,” she revealed. “But Matt did a warm-up class a couple of weeks ago and he just loves when Matt rides him. So, we put him in the Derby and he won that classic round and then he came here! This is the only class he does. He’s just good at it. He doesn’t need to practice!”

When asked about his strategy for the class, Martin points at his horse. “We tried a new bridle today, and I wanted him to be a hair slower off the ground. And then, he really does the rest! For the handy I was trying to be handy while still a little conservative,” trying to remind Teddy he’s not in a Jumper jump-off these days. “He loves turning in the air, and he loves leaving a little soft off the ground. So, there’s not a whole lot of strategy; it’s just keeping him in the corner and finding the middle of the jumps.”

Brady Mitchell and Cornet Blue PS Ace First $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Brady Mitchell (Wellington, FL) and Cornet Blue PS attempted their first USHJA National Hunter Derby at Tryon Spring 3, producing two scores of 91 from the judges for a winning total of 182 points in the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby in the International Stadium. Timothy Maddrix (Mountain Brook, AL) scored a class-record 94 in the handy round to earn reserve and a total score of 181 aboard Cypress, Missy Nolen’s 2011 Warmblood gelding of unknown breeding. Wengen, the 2013 Warmblood gelding (Casdorff x Fanfarone) owned by Kate Preston and piloted by Riley Hogan (Warrenton, VA), was named to third on a two-round score of 175.

Mitchell and the 2015 Hanoverian stallion (Cornet Obolensky x Chaccina) owned by Everlong LLC were one of 33 horse-and-rider pairs to navigate the Andy Christiansen, Jr. course, with the top twelve scoring 81 or higher to contest the handy round. In just the horse’s first week showing as a Hunter, whose first trot jumps ever took place in the show pen and the warm-up ring, Mitchell revealed, his potential as seen by owner Ann Thompson is already clear:

“This is just the horse’s first week ever showing as a hunter. We’re ecstatic. This horse is owned by Ann Thompson, who’s obviously a huge supporter of Grand Prix horses in this country, so it’s kind of cool. Ann sent [Brian Moggre and team] this horse to see what they thought of him this winter; she’s owned him since he was three. They thought he was a hunter, and they asked me to come over.”

Amanda Flint and Hudson Win $25,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake

Amanda Flint (Bourbonnais, IL) and her own mount Hudson, the 2012 Cutch Warmblood gelding (Arezzo VDL x Orchidee), posted a double-clear round in Thursday’s $25,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake for the win on a jump-off time of 41.931. Fernando Cardenas, Jr. (New Hill, NC) and his own Madeira SCF, the 2012 Belgian Warmblood mare (Diktator van de Boslandhoeve x Lilli Marlen), earned reserve honors in a time of 43.78 seconds, while third place belonged to Ashley Fleischhacker (Lexington, KY) aboard Davall VDL, the 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Zavall VDL x Rhamanta) owned by Ashland Show Stables LLC, on a time of 46.197.

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Jumpers Competed for Cash in Week VI of the Ocala Winter Circuit

(C) ESI PHOTOGRAPHY. Mattias Tromp and KM Whatever RV.

Thermal, CA (February 26, 2016): As the big-money, jumper classes commenced during Ocala Week VI, horses and riders prepared to compete for the victory in Wednesday’s $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome and Thursday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix. Amanda Flint and VDL Wittinger came out on top of the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix and Mattias Tromp aboard KM Whatever RV took home the blue in the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome.

$2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome

The $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome was held in the Grand Prix ring at HITS Post Time Farm to kick off Week VI.

Mattias Tromp of North Salem, New York, riding KM Whatever RV, owned by Beyaert Farm, took home the blue. Mary Lisa Leffler of Brookeville, Maryland secured two spots in the top five for Rolling Acres, finishing second on Bling Bling and fourth on Carlot. Mundelein, Illinois equestrian, Laura Linback, was third on Big Smile, owned by Woodrun.

Horses and riders took to the 14 effort course, set at 1.40m and designed by Danny Foster of Canada. Nine jumped clear to advance to the jump-off with five producing double clears. Tromp was first in the order, and right out of the starting gate, laid down the Great American Time to Beat of 45.215 to set the tone for the jump-off.

Leffler and Bling Bling followed Tromp, finishing in a fault-free 46.384 to slip into second place. Tracy Magness aboard Tresor du Paradis, owned by and Mr. and Mrs. John Bartko, followed Leffler to put in a 52.870-second round.

Leffler returned on her second horse, Carlot, determined to take the lead. They stopped the clock at 47.940 to edge out Magness’s round. The final double clear was Linback, who piloted Big Smile to the third fastest time with a fault-free round in 46.630, putting Leffler and Carlot’s round in fourth and Magness in fifth.

“I was very happy with the way my horse performed,” said Tromp. “I thought the jump-off really allowed us to get our horses on a big stride, which really played to [KM Whatever RV’s] strengths.”

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

Amanda Flint of Long Valley, New Jersey finished the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, with three horses in the ribbons, including the first place title with her own VDL Wittinger. Mary Lisa Leffler of Brookeville, Maryland was second on Bling Bling, owned by Rolling Acres, and third place went to German equestrian Christian Heineking, riding from Weatherford, Texas aboard NKH Calango, owned by NKH LLC. Each with multiple mounts in the jump-off the race was on between Flint and Heineking for the top spot.

Canadian course designer Danny Foster set an inviting 16-effort course for Thursday afternoon’s class in the Grand Prix ring at HITS Post Time Farm. Eight jumped clear in the first round to advance to the jump-off.

The jump-off proved to be quite challenging, with only two riders going clean in the second round. Flint was first to contest the shortened course on Coverboy, owned by The Coverboy Group. Three rails earned her twelve faults, for the eventual eighth place spot.

Next to return to the ring was Heineking piloting VEX Cassandra. They collected four faults at a mid-course vertical prior to the combination, finishing in 43.747 seconds for the temporary lead. When all was said and done, they would finish in fourth place.

Leffler, straight off of a second place finish in the Brook Ledge Open Welcome, shot to the top of the leaderboard after putting in a clear round with Bling Bling; they clocked in at 46.859.

Flint returned on her second mount, VDL Wittinger. They sliced a full second off Leffler’s time, taking over the lead as they crossed the timers in a fault-free 45.837.

“He always tries hard, no matter what class it is,” said Flint in regard to VDL Wittinger. “In the beginning of circuit, he jumped four Grand Prix in a row clean and he felt tired. I gave him a week off and he came back great. The jump-off combined turns and running – he was perfect!”

Billie Derouet aboard Bonaparte VP Wisbec followed Flint’s leading round, but had an unfortunate eight faults in a time of 46.398, for the eventual fifth place.

Andre Thieme on his own Cellisto and Flint aboard her third jump-off mount Superbad, both had eight fault rounds, but did not go home empty handed. Thieme took home sixth place and Flint garnered seventh with Superbad as her final horse in the ribbons.

The final rider in the jump-off ring was Heineking with his second mount, NKH Calango, this time determined to stack the leaderboard. The victory was not sealed for Flint until an unfortunate four faults earned Heineking third place as they crossed the timers in 43.456.

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Amanda Flint Wins Salamander Resort & Spa Grand Prix at Tryon International Equestrian Center

Meghan Goddard, Amanda Flint, Sheila Johnson, Mark Bellissimo, and Prem Devadas of Salamander Resort and Hotel make the winner’s presentation.

Tryon, N.C. (October 6, 2014) – Amanda Flint of Long Valley, NJ won the $100,000 Salamander Resort and Spa Grand Prix in the newly dedicated George H. Morris International Arena at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Tryon, North Carolina.

Amanda Flint and Chester VDL, a KWPN 7 year old gelding by Silverstone VDL, proved victorious over the 37 horse rider combinations that competed over the Anthony D’Ambrosia designed course. Over 4,000 spectators watched 12 riders return for the exciting jump off with the top 5 placing riders within one second of each other. The last rider on the course was Brian Walker and Tamara 296 and his time of 35.37 couldn’t catch Flint’s winning time of 35.034. Sarah Segal and Ubris came in third with a time of 35.938. Watch the live stream of the Grand Prix at http://bit.ly/1EmO8wi.

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Candice King riding Bellissimo LLC's Kismet 50 was the first rider on course and the first clear round for the inaugural Grand Prix
Candice King riding Bellissimo LLC’s Kismet 50

About Tryon International Equestrian Center

Owned and managed by Tryon Equestrian Partners, whose partners include Mark and Katherine Bellissimo, Roger and Jennifer Smith, Lisa Lourie, Jenji and Diana Mercer, Howard and Gwen Dvorkin, and Joe and Cindy Mitchell. The Tryon International Equestrian Center is part of the new Tryon Resort which is only an hour west of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and 40 minutes from the highly acclaimed Cities of Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC. The equestrian facility includes five riding arenas with world-class footing and 500 permanent stables. When fully completed, the equestrian facility will feature up to 10 riding arenas (including one with stadium seating for 6,000), 1,000 permanent stalls, elevated and shaded viewing decks, a large covered riding facility and the Tryon Sports Complex. For more information, visit www.TryonHorseShows.com.

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