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Fagerstrom and Flower Win Again at Tryon Spring 5 to Take $15,000 Suncast 1.45m Welcome Stake

Nina Fagerstrom and Flower. Photos ©Sportfot.

Hunt Tosh and Largesse Take Home Impressive Win in $1,000 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive

Mill Spring, NC – May 14, 2015 – Competition continued today at Tryon Spring 5 with additional hunter and jumper action across the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) venue. Nina Fagerstrom (FIN) and Flower raced to the top of the $15,000 Suncast® 1.45 Welcome Stake, taking home their second victory in two short days of competition. Competition at Tryon Spring 5 continues through Sunday, May 17 and the Tryon Spring Series will conclude on June 7.

Fagerstrom and Flower have had a strong start to their first week at TIEC, taking both the $1,000 Nutrena 1.40m Open Jumper class yesterday and the $15,000 Suncast® 1.45m Welcome Stake this afternoon in the George H. Morris Stadium. Fagerstrom, who was extremely pleased with her rounds aboard Flower the past two days, was delighted with Guilherme Jorge’s course design in this afternoon’s class. The pair finished their first trip clean in 73.281 seconds and finished four seconds faster than the closest competitor in the jump-off, in 34.901 seconds.

“I thought today’s course was a fun course to ride. There were enough things to think about with the lines and everything, especially with the triple combination, it was tricky to come back to elements B and C because they were so tight,” she explained. “She was really responsive to me today. When I asked her to wait she really listened and jumped up. It was easy for her today, which is good. It was a great feeling to ride.”

Flower has handled the atmosphere at TIEC very well, which Fagerstrom believes is a testament to the mare’s growing maturity and has made her very rideable so far this week in competition.

“She’s been so quiet since we got here which is really unusual for her. She really likes it here and clearly likes the big ring,” commented Fagerstrom. “It puts the pressure on for Saturday night. She’s been jumping just amazing. It tells me though that my horses are in great form and to perform like that two days on the road is pretty amazing.”

The class today prepped several combinations for the biggest test of the week, the $50,000 Tryon Grand Prix on Saturday evening and Fagerstrom commented that it helped her to mentally prepare for what the duo will see on Saturday night.

“I thought that was just a course to overall be awake around. The verticals were very tall and you knew you had to set them up to several of the jumps. It was very fair and I felt like the faults came throughout the course, not just in a single spot, which is a real testament to the course design,” she stated. “I knew this horse could handle it, so I wasn’t nervous, but it was good experience.”

Fagerstrom also had another ride in the class, Hot Topic, who is green to the level but is just as talented as her barn mate, Flower, and gained valuable experience at the 1.45m height today.

“There was a big difference between yesterday’s 1.30m and today, so she did have a couple of rails, but I thought those are faults that she will learn from,” said Fagerstrom. “She finished lovely though and I’m really happy with the way both of them jumped today.”

Kyle Timm and Georgie B finished in second with a time of 38.193 in the jump-off with Hunter Holloway and I Love Lucy in third, finishing the jump-off in 34.827 seconds with four faults.

Hunt Tosh and Largesse Win $1,000 USHJA Pre-Green Hunter Incentive

Hunt Tosh has staked his claim at TIEC this week, placing towards the top in majority of his classes, with a series of impressively scored rounds. Aboard Ken and Ceil Wheeler’s Largesse in today’s $1,000 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive, Tosh bested the class of fifteen entries to take home the first major class of WCHR Week.

Hunt Tosh and Largesse
Hunt Tosh and Largesse

“Largesse is great. He’s a new one that we got this winter and I think he’s won almost every class. We’re really excited about him,” commented Tosh. “He’s been spectacular. He’s a beautiful type and an incredible jumper. He just went beautiful today and really settled in.”

Largesse has the potential to be a top mount for Tosh in the coming years and today’s win in the Pre-Green Incentive with a score of 89 on their first trip, solidified Tosh’s feeling about the impressive gelding.

“He competed a couple of times in Florida and was champion there and this is only our second venue of the year and he was just great. We’re incredibly excited to have him as a First Year next year,” he said. “We needed to do some Pre-Green Incentives with him this year and we’re really looking forward to the finals with him. He got a 90 yesterday. He’s just throwing up really high scores right now, which is great. He’s special and just so much fun to ride.”

Tosh also finished in second and fourth places aboard The Wheeler Family’s Valhalla and Troubadour respectively. Daniel Geitner finished in second with Janet Peterson’s Raffle.

Competition continues at Tryon Spring 5 tomorrow with the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby beginning at 6pm in the George H. Morris Stadium alongside the $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, which will also be held in the George H. Morris Stadium beginning at 12pm. For more information on TIEC and a full event schedule, please visit www.tryon.com. Please “Like” the TIEC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tryonresort 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.

Tryon International Equestrian Center Launches First “Saturday Night Lights” Event May 16th

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Free Admission & Family Friendly Activities at Equestrian Competition

Mill Spring, NC — May 13, 2015 — Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) will host the first “Saturday Night Lights” Grand Prix event of the 2015 season, showcasing the $50,000 Tryon Grand Prix, this Saturday, May 13 in the George H. Morris Stadium. Gates open to the public at 5 p.m. and competition begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission and parking for the events are free. The “Saturday Night Lights” series will continue throughout the remainder of the Tryon Spring Series (May 13 – June 7) and will resume during the four weeks of the Tryon Summer Series competition (June 24 – July 19). The venue is immediately located off of Highway 74 at 4066 Pea Ridge Road (exit 170) in Mill Spring, N.C.

The highly anticipated “Saturday Night Lights” series creates an exciting and action-packed atmosphere for visitors and spectators, while offering free entertainment like live band, face painting, airbrushed tattoos, magician, jugglers, Venetian carousel rides, and performances by Fettuccine Brothers and the Asheville Aerial Artists. Onsite restaurants and shopping are also available, making it a perfect way to enjoy Saturday nights with family and friends. The series brings together the best riders in the sport, each vying to take the top prize, creating a truly memorable night of great competition for audiences and competitors alike. Admission and parking are free.

“We are excited for the first ‘Saturday Night Lights’ event of the season and are looking forward to hosting an event that will bring exposure to the sport in this area and give the general public a chance to experience all that the Tryon International Equestrian Center has to offer,” said Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of the Tryon Equestrian Partners. “These competitions continue to be a highlight for competitors and spectators and we plan to make them a staple in the schedule here for years to come.”

The George H. Morris Stadium comfortably seats up to 6,000 and a newly installed Jumbotron allows spectators to watch the action live from nearly anywhere in the facility. Several hospitality venues will be open offering food and beverages throughout the night. Competition under the lights provides riders with a unique opportunity to showcase their skills in front of a large crowd in a pressured environment, ensuring a fun and memorable night for all.

The “Saturday Night Lights” series will continue next week with the $75,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix during Tryon Spring 6 on May 23. For more information on the “Saturday Night Lights” series and for a full competition schedule, please visit www.tryon.com. Please “Like” the TIEC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tryonresort 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.

Nina Fagerstrom and Flower Top $1,000 Nutrena Open Jumper 1.40m at Tryon Spring 5

Nina Fagerstrom and Flower.

Hunt Tosh and Casanova Sweep First Day of Second Year Green Working Hunter Competition at WCHR Week

Mill Spring, NC – May 13, 2015 – Concluding the first day of competition at Tryon Spring 5 in the George H. Morris Stadium at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), Nina Fagerstrom (FIN) and Flower produced two fast and clean trips in $1,000 Nutrena Open Jumper 1.40m class to take home the win. Kyle Timm aboard Calida 55 finished in second with a time of 40.149 seconds followed by Daniel Geitner and Kenwood placing third, adding four faults to their time of 37.302. The Tryon Spring 5 competition continues through Sunday, May 17. The Tryon Spring Series will conclude Sunday, June 7.

Flower, Fagerstrom’s top mount, had a lengthy vacation after the season in Florida and Fagerstrom couldn’t help but be impressed with the way the mare performed in her first class back in a competition setting. The duo finished the first round clear in 73.15 seconds and raced around the jump-off to finish faultless in 39.365 seconds.

“I’m really happy with her. They haven’t done anything for nearly five or six weeks competing wise. My mom and my groom have been riding them and I think they’ve done a great job because this was the first day showing and they all went clear,” she commented. “They all felt amazing and they’re super fit. Flower is my top Grand Prix horse and I’m really pleased with her today.”

The course designed by Guilherme Jorge of Brazil gave riders the opportunity to choose bold tight lines or stay conservative for experience and familiarity in the stadium early in the week. Fagerstrom was pleased with the course and felt it suited her mare well as they prepare for the $50,000 Tryon Grand Prix on Saturday night.

“I’m really looking forward to the Grand Prix on Saturday night with her. She experienced jumping under the lights at [WEF] this year and in the beginning it was a difficult atmosphere for her and I really think she learned a lot there and it will be great to test it here,” said Fagerstrom.

Fagerstrom has been thoroughly impressed with the facility. “I can’t believe how nice the facility is. It’s so big and everything is so well made. It’s a lot of space and I think the horses really love it here,” she stated. “We’ll stay for two weeks before we head to Canada but I’m really looking forward to spending time here.”

The duo has been partnered for three years and a half years and Fagerstrom feels she has created a very special relationship with the feisty mare and that bond has helped to better their performances in the ring.

“She’s a very special horse for me. She’s come a long way and we are really close to each other. I love riding her because she is a true fighter in the ring and always wants to go clear,” she explained. “Sometimes it’s hard because she has so much power and to handle her can be a handful but she’s learning all the time and she’s a great horse for me.”

Hunt Tosh and Casanova Sweep First Day of Second Year Green Working Hunter Competition at WCHR Week

Beginning WCHR week in great form, Hunt Tosh and Dr. Betsee Parker’s Casanova showcased their talent in the Reynolds Family Ring today, taking all three classes in the combined division of Second Year Green Hunters and High Performance Hunters at Tryon Spring 5. Tosh and Casanova proved unbeatable in the first day of World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) week competition at TIEC. The division will conclude tomorrow with Champion and Reserve Champion honors being awarded to competitors.

Hunt Tosh and Casanova
Hunt Tosh and Casanova

“This is our first time here in Tryon; it’s a beautiful facility and we absolutely love it so far,” commented Tosh. “WCHR Week is always an important week throughout the year and this will help us prepare for Devon in a few weeks, so it’s nice to come to a new place and see how they go.”

Tosh, aboard the beautiful liver chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding (Carolus II x Sally), captured high scores in both over fences classes, with an 86 and 88 respectively. The pair also won the under saddle portion of the division.

“It was a good ride. The course was nice and he jumped really well considering he’s been on a break since Florida,” explained Hunt. “This is his first week getting going again but he went really well and jumped nice and the footing is perfect. We love Tryon so far.”

As WCHR Week continues to draw competitive entries at Tryon Spring 5, Tosh noted that the venue serves as a great place to give a number of different horses experience before tackling the larger classes offered at the end of the week.

“We have a bunch of Pre-Green horses here and a number that will show in the High Performance classes, so we really are getting geared up for this week,” continued Tosh. “We haven’t made a plan for the weekend yet, we’re going to see what happens tomorrow and then we’ll decide who’s going to do what in the bigger classes.”

Competition continues at Tryon Spring 5 with additional WCHR classes including the $1,000 Pre-Green Incentive, $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, and the $50,000 Tryon Open Hunter Classic. The first of the “Saturday Night Lights” Grand Prix series will be held Saturday, May 16, with gates opening at 5pm and competition beginning at 6:30pm.

For more information and full results, please visit www.tryon.com.

Derek Petersen and Forgiven Win $5,000 Suncast® 1.45 Welcome and $25,000 Grand Prix

Derek Petersen and Forgiven.

Tryon, NC – May 12, 2015 – Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) concluded the fourth installment of the eight week Tryon Spring Series this past Sunday (May 7-10), with numerous divisions of hunter and jumper classes followed by a competitive Grand Prix finale. The Spring Series continues this week with Tryon Spring 5 (May 13-17), highlighting World Championship Hunter Rider week, offering Premier Rated hunter competition and Level 6 jumpers alongside the first “Saturday Night Lights” Grand Prix of the season, beginning at 6:30pm in the George H. Morris Stadium on Saturday, May 16.

Derek Petersen of Archer, FL capped an impressive week aboard Forgiven, a 10-year-old Belgium Warmblood gelding (Chatman x Polydor), adding a win in the $25,000 Tryon Grand Prix after capturing the $5,000 Suncast® 1.45m Welcome Stake earlier in the week. Petersen and Forgiven laid down a clean first round in the Grand Prix, designed by John Manning, moving them forward to the jump-off where they finished in 36.361 seconds to take the win. Jay Land of Atlanta, GA and his own Nepal finished just behind Petersen in 37.428 seconds and Kristen Vanderveen of St. Charles, IL placed third aboard Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili finishing in 37.665 seconds with four faults.

Petersen and Forgiven are a relatively new partnership, as the gelding only arrived stateside three weeks ago, but the pair has proved they can be competitive against the best, collecting two big wins at Tryon Spring 4.

“This was his second Grand Prix here in the States and he jumped clean two weeks ago and then won here at Tryon which was pretty unexpected. He’s a really cool horse, and we’re learning about each other right now,” Petersen stated. “There were some really challenging lines in the Grand Prix, and I’m proud of how he handled them. I’m glad it wasn’t easy, but I also felt very confident with the horse I have.”

Originally, Petersen imported the flashy gelding as a sales project, but his athleticism and smarts have made him a quick favorite in Petersen’s string and he hopes to keep him around the barn a bit longer.

“He’s so careful. He doesn’t like to touch anything. He’s a pretty simple ride and we’re going to keep working with him and learning what makes him go,” commented Petersen. “He’s willing to step up when it matters and that’s why I’m excited about him.”

The pair, who has quickly forged a strong bond, will look to add to their recent success in the coming weeks at TIEC, as they are slated to compete in the Tryon Spring 5 $15,000 Welcome Stake and the “Saturday Night Lights” $50,000 Grand Prix.

“Right now we’re going to see how he does this coming week, and we’ll figure out what the plan is from there. If we can keep on winning, we may stick around a little bit longer,” explained Petersen. “I feel so blessed to be able to do what I do as a living, something I used to do as a kid for fun. I pinch myself every time thinking I’m dreaming because I really am living the dream.”

Derek Petersen and Forgiven competing in the $5,000 Suncast® 1.45m Welcome Stake
Derek Petersen and Forgiven competing in the $5,000 Suncast® 1.45m Welcome Stake

Jumper Highlights

Derek Petersen began his successful week aboard Forgiven with a win in the $5,000 Suncast® 1.45m Welcome Stake on Friday. The pair completed their first trip in 74.931 seconds and finished the difficult jump-off course in 49.456 seconds, adding just two time penalties. Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili finished closely behind Petersen, in 50.094 seconds, accumulating three time penalties. Jared Petersen, riding Derek Petersen’s Titus 2:11, rode the fastest of the three in the jump-off phase, crossing through the timers in 44.05 seconds, but dropped a rail to ultimately finish third.

Riding Madeline McDermott’s Bull Run’s Becky Blue, Megan McDermott captured the $2,500 NAL Low Jr./AO 1.20m Classic with two efficient rounds to take home the victory. The duo moved to the jump-off after completing a clear first round in 72.525 seconds and finished their second trip in 33.839 seconds. Paige Bellissimo aboard Bellissimo LLC’s Da Beers followed in second with a time of 39.026 in the jump-off after producing two fault-free rides. Frances Land and Taylor Land’s Dulricke Utica placed third in 40.937 seconds.

Thomas John Russell took the first class of the $3,000 1.20m Open Jumper division, piloting Lily Hahn’s Victoria VII through two clear rounds and finishing in 39.305 seconds. Russell also placed third with Lily Hahn’s Karenina in 41.483 seconds. Vick Russell of Columbus, NC finished in second with Helen Landon Terranova’s Creed, who would ultimately be champion in the division.

The first class of the $1,800 Adequan® 1.30m Open Jumper Division challenged riders, as only three pairs moved forward to the jump-off. Michael Dorman and Wyndmont Inc.’s Zaldorado placed first, with a clean trip in the jump-off, finishing in 38.993 seconds. Ricardo Villa and his own Carolina collected second place, adding another clear round in the jump-off, crossing the timers in 41.700 seconds. Clayton Russell and Greer Hindle’s Jagger rounded out the top three. Ricardo Villa claimed the overall division champion award aboard Carolina after the duo also won the second class of the division.

Vick Russell and Ashland Stable’s Erupthion D’or De Wandor captured the division champion award in the $1,800 Animo 1.20m Open Jumper after the duo placed first, second, and fourth respectively. Lincoln Russell and Linda Stenzel’s Colina finished with reserve honors.

Hunter & Equitation Highlights

Hunter competition heated up at TIEC during Tryon Spring 4 as several competitive pairs recorded wins in preparation for $50,000 WCHR Open Hunter Classic to be held on May 17 in the George H. Morris Stadium.

Kathryn Mittauer, aboard her own Allawishus, won the $1,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic with an overall score of 154. Kara Jones riding Joyful placed in second with a 149 followed by Madison Orr on Dreamgirl in third with a 148.

The $500 NAL/WIHS Child/Adult Hunter Classic saw ten entries and was won by Jean Rohland on her own For Keeps. Kimberly Paige Burton and Van Gogh, owned by Burton, finished in second with Lisa Esch and Carolyn Van Houten’s Four O’Clock Phineas rounding out the top three.

Kristen Cox and John Giza’s Porthos collected the win in the first 3’3/3’6 Over Fences class of the Bruno DelGrange Performance Hunter division. Vick Russell aboard James Fisher’s Zanzibar finished in second with Gary Young and Jamie Wolff’s Zeus placing third. Brian Shook and Hunterpointe Farm’s Memphis took home two consecutive wins in both Performance 3’3 Over Fences classes.

In the ASPCA Maclay Medal, Courtney Osborne and Falcon Ridge Stable’s Patron finished with a well-deserved win, followed by Maria Hackney aboard her own Herr Chico in second, with Julia Tait and Falcon Ridge Stable’s Legacy in third.

The USEF Pessoa Hunt Seat Medal presented by Randolph College saw seven competitive entries and was won by Courtney Osborne aboard Patron, collecting her second win of the week. Maria Hackney and Herr Chico placed second with Curry Sherard aboard Starter in third.

Lisa Esch and Four O’ Clock Phineas finished atop the NCHJA Children’s Medal, followed by Emma Hay on Jeannie Smith’s Sourthern Saluut in second, and Isabella Lombardozzi in third with her own Consultation.

Competition continues at TIEC this week with Tryon Spring 5, beginning on Wednesday, May 13, and continuing through Sunday, May 17. The first competition of the “Saturday Night Lights” Grand Prix series will be held Saturday, May 16, beginning at 6:30pm. The $50,000 WCHR Tryon Open Hunter Classic will take place in the George H. Morris Stadium on Sunday, May 17, beginning at 1pm. For more information and full results, please visit www.tryon.com.

The Tryon International Equestrian Center is destined to become recognized as 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, and a covered riding facility. Future expansion includes a Sports Complex, two hotels, an 18-hole golf course and a full calendar of equestrian competitions and activities. It is a summer haven for eastern and northeastern American equestrian competitors and enthusiasts. For more information, visit www.tryon.com.

Candice King and Bugatti VDL Win $25,000 Grand Prix at Tryon Spring 3

Candice King and Bugatti VDL. Photos ©Sportfot.

Tryon, NC – May 4, 2015 – Competition at Tryon Spring 3 (April 30 – May 3), the third installment of the inaugural eight week spring series at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), concluded yesterday after a strong week of hunter and jumper competition. The Tryon Spring Series continues this week with Tryon Spring 4 beginning Thursday, May 7, and concluding Sunday, May 10. The final week of the Tryon Spring Series will be held from June 4-7 before the Tryon Summer Series begins on June 25.

Candice King of Wellington, FL and Bellissimo LLC’s Bugatti VDL put in a speedy round to take the victory in the Tryon Spring 3 $25,000 Grand Prix at TIEC, finishing nearly two seconds faster than the rest of the competition in the jump-off. Benjamin Rosichan of Tryon, NC and Gandor De Walput finished second in 39.717 seconds while Kristen Vanderveen of St. Charles, IL aboard Bull Run’s Testify placed third in 40.291 seconds.

King and Bugatti VDL finished their first round clean in 79.531 seconds, moving them forward to the five-horse jump-off, where they sealed the win with a fast and clean ride. The nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion (Silverstone x Uzamieka VDL) made easy work of the Pierre Jolicoeur designed course, producing one of four double clear rounds.

“I just started competing him and we thought this would be a great class for him to do because the footing is absolutely perfect here and we want to get him feeling comfortable at the level. Pierre [Jolicoeur] did a great job designing the course,” said King. “Right now I’m getting to know him and we’re starting to get our partnership going, but I’m just thrilled with how he handled everything.”

The jump-off course proved to be challenging for the riders, with several tight inside turns needed to finish competitively in the class. King rode fourth in the line-up and was thrilled with the effort Bugatti VDL gave her.

“There were a few difficult turns in the course and I’m still building a relationship with him so I figured it was a good opportunity to really go for the win and learn on him,” she said. “He just has a great mind and he’s so scopey and talented. Everything he does, he just wants to please you, which is great. We’re starting to get that mileage together and he was with me the entire time.”

The duo will compete again this coming week during the Tryon Spring 4 competition before setting their sights on the FEI CSI 3* to follow later in the month at TIEC.

“I really am looking forward to being here in Tryon for majority of the summer. This venue is the perfect place to develop young horses and young Grand Prix talent, and it is just an incredible place to stay. I’m so thankful to the Bellissimos for their continued support and all they have done to make this a truly world-class venue for our sport,” King expressed.

Amanda Forte and Rincoola Black Adder
Amanda Forte and Rincoola Black Adder

Jumper Highlights

The $25,000 Grand Prix concluded a full week of competition at Tryon Spring 3, which began on Thursday with Amanda Forte of Glenmore, PA aboard Cerulean Stables LLC’s Falcon sweeping all three rounds in the $1,000 1.20m Open Jumper presented by Animo. The duo produced one of five double clears in the first class of 16 entries, winning the jump off in 31.56 seconds. The pair added two more double clear rounds in the following classes to take home the Champion award for the division. Michael Dorman of Wellington, FL and Wyndmont Inc.’s Zaldorado captured the Reserve Champion honors.

Amanda Forte continued her success aboard Rincoola Black Adder with wins in both the $1,000 1.30m Open Jumper presented by Adequan® on Thursday and the $10,000 Suncast® Welcome Stake 1.45m on Friday. The 1.30m Open Jumper proved to be a competitive class with only five double clear trips, pressing riders for fast rounds. Doug Payne of Apex, NC and Michael Rubin’s Eli finished second just behind Forte in 31.016 seconds and Michael Dorman aboard Wyndmont Inc.’s Cas in third with a time of 35.716.

The $10,000 Suncast® Welcome Stake challenged competitors as only three pairs moved forward to the jump-off. Forte and Rincoola Black Adder took home the win finishing clear in 39.672 seconds followed by Kristen Vanderveen of St. Charles, IL aboard Bull Run’s Holy Smokes knocking a rail in the jump-off and finishing with a time of 40.306. Michael Dorman and Wyndmont Inc.’s Zephyr finished in third.

Michael Dorman continued his success during Tryon Spring 3, collecting wins aboard several different mounts in the $1,000 1.40 Open Jumper division. Dorman and Wyndmont Inc.’s Zephyr took home the win in the first round of division, finishing in 32.301 seconds. He also took home wins aboard Wyndmont Inc.’s IV Ever and Wyndmont Inc.’s Valinski S.

The $3,000 NAL/WIHS Child/Adult 1.10m Classic presented by Ariat® was won by Anna Reising of Fort Mills, SC board her own Celtic Fiddler, putting in two double clear rounds and finishing the jump-off in 33.143 seconds. Caitlin Gibbs, a Davidson, NC native, and Sue Gibbs’ Lingot D’or placed second and Helen Terranova of Memphis, TN finished in third aboard her own mount Creed.

Joyce Green of Melbourne, FL and Rieka B topped the $3,500 NAL Low Jr./AO Classic, which saw six entries move forward to the jump off. Green and her own Rieka B finished in 33.314 seconds to take the win, with Lily Hahn and Victoria VII, owned by Hahn, following in second, finishing the jump-off clear in 38.023 seconds. Green also placed third aboard Casino Royal PJ in 38.749 seconds.

Hunter Highlights

As the WCHR Week at Tryon Spring 5 approaches quickly, hunter riders prepared with several competitive classes throughout the week. Tommy Frick of Campobello, SC won the $500 NAL/WIHS Child/Adult Hunter Classic aboard Ruth Chester’s Hard to Be Humble. Isabelle Lombardozzi of Spartanburg, NC placed second with Percy MacMillan’s Space Cadet and finished in third on her own Consultation.

Frick and Hard to Be Humble also took the Child/Adult Hunter championship followed by Christine Rhodes of Hickory, NC aboard her own King Creole taking Reserve Champion honors for the division.

Competition continues at TIEC this week with Tryon Spring 4, beginning on Thursday, May 7 and continuing through Sunday, May 10. For more information and to see full results, please visit www.tryon.com.

The Tryon International Equestrian Center is destined to become recognized as 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, and a covered riding facility. Future expansion includes a Sports Complex, two hotels, an 18-hole golf course and a full calendar of equestrian competitions and activities. It is a summer haven for eastern and northeastern American equestrian competitors and enthusiasts. For more information, visit www.tryon.com.

Tryon International Equestrian Center Increases Competition Opportunities

Offers $1.3 Million in Prize Money for 2015 Spring Series

Tryon, NC – March 21, 2015 – Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) is proud to announce the beginning of the Tryon Spring Series. Starting April 2, the Tryon Spring Series will offer more than $1,300,000 in total prize money. The 2015 spring circuit will host the $50,000 WCHR Tryon Hunter Spectacular to Benefit the Tryon Equestrian Foundation, alongside more than $800,000 in prize money to be awarded in recognized FEI classes, and accompanied by two $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix. TIEC will offer competitors an array of opportunities to compete in several disciplines and experience the best the sport has to offer at the newest premier equestrian center on the East Coast.

“We are looking forward to another incredible year of competition at Tryon International Equestrian Center and have done our best to give competitors as many opportunities as possible to take advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities we have here in Tryon,” said Mark Bellissimo, principal partner in the Tryon Equestrian Partners. “We will continue to do everything we can to make this facility the best seasonal destination for equestrians and are excited to welcome competitors back for the 2015 season.”

Hoping to spend a beautiful summer in Tryon? Make your plans now! Visit the Tryon website at www.tryon.com and make your reservations because spaces are selling out quickly! All stalls, lodging opportunities, and vendor space will be given on a first come, first serve basis, so make sure you reserve today!

To reserve stabling, CLICK HERE.

Want to reach a new and growing population of equestrians to sell your service or product? The Tryon show circuits are the place to be in 2015. Fill out your vendor reservation form HERE to get your space.

There is currently a limited number of on-site housing still available for visitors wishing to stay on the show grounds at TIEC, so don’t wait – book today! The one-bedroom log cabins are brand new and fully furnished – a perfect place to stay while campaigning at TIEC. The cabins include a queen-size bed and a pullout couch with an upper level loft that also includes a full bed. There are fully equipped kitchens and a full bathroom in each cabin with linens and towels included. All of the accommodations are pet-friendly. There are still a select few RV spots available for reservation as well. Please contact lodging@tryon.com or call (352)-572-6802 for more information and book your cabin or RV spots today!

Several changes have been made to the original TIEC 2015 schedule, giving competitors more flexibility in showing opportunities this season. Tryon Spring 5 will now offer AA-rated competition for hunters as well as hosting a World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) week and the $50,000 WCHR Tryon Hunter Spectacular to Benefit the Tryon Equestrian Foundation, while jumper competition has been increased to Level 6. There will be a $25,000 Welcome class offered alongside a $75,000 Grand Prix. Tryon Spring 6 will host a $50,000 Grand Prix and Level 5 jumper classes.

In addition to the highlight CSI 3*/4* competition weeks at Tryon Spring 7 and Spring 8, there are three more weeks of pending FEI competition during the Summer Series, which will continue to increase the strength of international competition at TIEC.

“Tryon International Equestrian Center is every equestrian’s dream competition destination. We have worked diligently to provide the absolute best for competitors and athletes coming to experience competition here this year,” continued Bellissimo. “We have major plans on the horizon, and we hope to continue building this facility into the epicenter of equestrian sport during the spring, summer, and fall seasons.”

To view an updated prize list for the 2015 spring series, please CLICK HERE.

TIEC will also host a four-week Summer Series from June 24 – July 19 and the Fall Series, comprising six weeks, will run September 16 to October 25.

The Tryon International Equestrian Center looks forward to welcoming new competitors in the 2015 season. North Carolina is the perfect stop on the way north after the winter and provides world-class competition in a spectacular venue. For more information, please visit www.tryon.com or visit “Tryon Resort” on YouTube to see an informational video.

The Tryon International Equestrian Center is destined to become recognized as 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, and a covered riding facility. Future expansion includes a Sports Complex, two hotels, an 18-hole golf course and a full calendar of equestrian competitions and activities. It is a summer haven for eastern and northeastern American equestrian competitors and enthusiasts. For more information, visit www.tryon.com.