Taylor Land and Get Go ©TIEC.
Mill Spring, NC – April 18, 2021 – Taylor Land (Atlanta, GA) and Get Go claimed a second consecutive Tryon Resort Grand Prix win at Tryon International Equestrian Center and Resort (TIEC), stopping the short-course timers in 31.551 seconds. In reserve, Amanda Flint (Bourbonnais, IL) rode her own VDL Wittinger, the 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Indoctro x Irusa), to the first double-clear round of the class with a time of 34.081 seconds. Grant Seger (Aiken, SC) claimed both third and fourth place, guiding Cantucchini, the 2011 Oldenburg gelding (Cloney x Caprera) owned by Grey Fox Crossing, to a four-fault, 31.808-second jump-off performance, and dropping two rails in the jump-off with Dr. J, Grey Fox Crossing’s 2008 Warmblood gelding (Diamant de Semilly x Galaxy), and coming home in 32.023 seconds for fourth place.
The Dean Rheinheimer (Sheridan, IN) course design challenged 18 entries in the American Standard Jumper Classic to close out the Tryon Welcome Series, with the 2021 series breaking all previous attendance records over four weeks of national Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation competition. Land and the 2012 Hanoverian gelding (Grey Top x Wantana) owned by Pinetree Farms, Inc. were second-to-last in the jump-off test, which gave them an opportunity to go “medium-fast” to take the win, Land shared.
“The jumps were a little bigger this week for a little bit more money, so it was nice we got a little warm-up last week,” Taylor relayed of her two-week streak. “I thought the course was good, with smooth, forward lines. It had enough options and questions to make it difficult. I really enjoyed it!”
Eleese Shillingford Bests Senior Crowd for $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby Win
Eleese Shillingford (Alpharetta, GA) didn’t let a competitive 33-entry field in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby – nor her junior age – prevent her from producing the top score of the day on a two-round total of 179.5 aboard Odyssey, her own 2012 Westphalian gelding (Chin Win x Loreen). Julie Curtin (Woodstock, GA) piloted Salter Hydinger’s Anthem to reserve on a two-round score of 178 with the 2008 Hanoverian gelding (Argentinus x Unknown), while third was named to junior competitor Katelyn Coveny (Natick, MA) aboard her own MTM Fashion, the 2010 Oldenburg gelding (Fiderstanz x Lapaz II), collecting a total score of 177.
The Keith Bollotte (Hendersonville, NC) course design lent itself to Odyssey’s talents especially in the Handy round, Shillingford, the 16-year-old high school sophomore, recapped. “He’s a very good boy, but tends to get strong sometimes, so I just enjoyed it as a Derby with no pressure. Handy rounds are my favorite. I love the tight turns,” Shillingford revealed of her second-round strategy.
“My plan was to slice the first jump so that I could land right, already inside of the decorations to turn to the nine [stride line]. I rode up the nine early so that I could fade out for the trot jump, and didn’t have to pull much at the last second,” she elaborated. “We rode up nicely to the high option, and I put that on a bit of a left angle so I landed on the left lead and could turn right inside to the other high option. I faded out a little bit before the last oxer so that when I landed, I could slow down a little bit before picking up my hand gallop to the last jump.”
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