Mill Spring, NC – October 6, 2017 – The third day of FEI competition of Tryon Fall III continued at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), with a fast-paced victory for Andrea Torres Guerreiro (COL) and Alejandro in the $6,000 1.40m Nutrena® Jumper Classic CSI 2*. Tryon Fall III has welcomed back international FEI competition to the venue, beginning a four-week stretch of top show jumping competition, which will conclude on Sunday, October 29, as part of the 2017 Tryon Fall Series presented by Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.
Guerreiro and Alejandro tackled the short course with a time of 41.42 seconds, the only double clear round of the afternoon. Anna Christine Gansauer (ECU) and Marcia Navia’s Hot Shot Van De Hoendrikshoeve, a 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Winningmood Van De Arenberg x Heartbreaker) took the second-place spot, stopping timers in 45.26 seconds, with one time fault. Luis Pedro Biraben (ARG) piloted his own Eres Tu, a 2009 Warmblood gelding, to finish in the top three on a time of 44.08 seconds and four faults.
“The course was tough enough today! I was the first one out and I wasn’t expecting it to be as technical as it was. This horse is new to me, so that added to my nerves a bit,” Guerreiro explained. “He was incredible. I got him a couple of months ago, and this is my second show with him. He’s only eight, so we are learning to ride him, but he is very powerful and very strong; just very different from my other horses.”
Of the jump-off round, Guerreiro said, “This was my first time asking him to go that fast. After that last jump we did lose a bit of control for a second around the turn, but I think it paid off in the end speed wise.”
Guerreiro has her eye set on the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, to be held at the venue next September. She commented, “He is going to be one of my top horses. I’m trying to get there with my other horse, Fifty Shades, and I think that Alejandro could also end up being a contender as well.”
Guerreiro also elaborated on her time competing at TIEC, stressing the importance of such a high-quality facility and electrifying atmosphere as combinations prepare for international events and championships.
“We just come back more and more,” she said. “We have other horse shows closer to home, but we choose to come here. The footing, the stalls and barns, the horses love it and it’s like home here for them. Just when you don’t think it can get more impressive, it does.”
Click here to view results for the $6,000 1.40m Nutrena® Jumper Classic CSI 2*
Matthew Piccolo and Jungle Book Take $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
Matthew Piccolo of Thompson Station, TN, piloted Jungle Book, owned by William Lyles, to top honors in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) with a total score of 174.5. Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, AL, and MTM Making Waves, owned by Mary Antonini, captured second place with a score of 173, while Shepherd also piloted Longstreet, owned by Barbara Risius, to third place after receiving a 166.
Piccolo and Jungle Book, a 2008 Westphalian gelding by Jazz Rubin, impressed the judges and earned a class high 85.5 in the handy round to push them to the top of the leaderboard after receiving an 81 in the first round. Holly Shepherd rode four horses in the class piloting three entries to a top ten finish on the day. Hunter competition continues at TIEC through the end of October and will highlight a $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby in the George H. Morris Arena on Friday, October 20.
Santiago Lambre and Doloris Conquer $35,000 Suncast® Commercial Welcome Stake CSI 2* in Standout Performance
From a field of 49 entries, Santiago Lambre (MEX) and his own Doloris, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood mare (Harley VDL x Colinda D), were the only pair to go double clear in the $35,000 Suncast® Commercial Welcome Stake CSI 2*, Thursday’s highlight class for the Tryon Fall III CSI 2* competition at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Tryon Fall III welcomes back international FEI competition to the venue, beginning a four-week stretch of top show jumping competition, which will conclude on Sunday, October 29.
Lambre and Doloris posted a blazing short course time of 37.60 seconds, while Tracy Fenney (USA) and MTM Farm’s MTM Reve Du Paradis, a 2005 Selle Francais gelding (Crown Z x Kaline De Semilly), stole second place with the fastest four-fault short course, stopping the timers in 38.07 seconds. Michael Morrissey (USA) took third aboard La Lopez 3, a 2008 Westphalian mare (Lenardo x Leandra) owned by QBS Equestrian LLC, with their time of 38.29 seconds.
Lambre complimented his mount’s carefulness around the challenging CSI 2* course, and said, “In the first round, the mare was really good. She is very careful. I gave her a three-week break, so she is fresh. In the jump-off, I was lucky to be the only one clear.”
The pair has been competing together for about a year, Lambre explained, though he’s owned the mare since she was six. “This year she’s winning a lot of classes. I think six or seven FEI classes this year, and she’s very consistent.”
The class saw 49 trips on the course designed by Richard Jeffries (GBR), while only twelve returned for the jump-off round. The short course’s elements posed tough questions to the twelve combinations that contested it, explained Lambre.
“I think the jump-off was big,” he noted about the track. “Sometimes the oxer is less wide, and in this jump-off it was still [the same width], with not so many options, so it was tough, and of twelve clear there was only one double-clear.”
After a successful summer at TIEC, Lambre is hoping that fall is just as fruitful, especially for Doloris, “My plan with her is to ride in the Grand Prix this week and then the CSI 5* in two weeks,” he said. “Tryon is very nice. I did all the summer here and it’s a fantastic facility-one of the best places in the world.”
Click here to view results for the $35,000 Suncast® Commercial Welcome Stake CSI 2*.
Samuel Parot and Couscous Van Orti Rise to Take Top Honors in $6,000 Nutrena® 1.40m Power and Speed
Samuel Parot (CHI) and Couscous Van Orti captured the win in the $6,000 Nutrena® 1.40m Power and Speed class to start FEI competition yesterday at TIEC. Parot and Couscous Van Orti stopped the timers in 25.78 seconds to take the victory ahead of Ibrahim Barazi (JOR) and Omnia Incipit, who earned second place on a time of 26.01 seconds. Parot also captured third place position aboard Dazzle White, completing the short course in 28.08 seconds.
“It was a very nice course today,” commented Parot. “The track laid for the jump-off was clear and not too complicated. I knew that in the line I could win if I took it in five strides instead of six. That was the plan and that’s what we did.”
Parot has had the ride on the 2002 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Nabab De Reve x Vroni Van Orti), for several years, competing successfully around the world, as well as at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
“I’ve had this horse for a long time,” explained Parot. “I rode him in the Pan American Games and he won a Grand Prix class here at TIEC last year. He’s a nice horse. He’s 15 but acts very young at heart.”
Parot is a horse show regular at TIEC, and has spent a great deal of time competing at the venue. “The facility is one of the top horse show facilities,” said Parot. “It’s my favorite show to compete at. The main ring is incredible. The footing is amazing. It’s just a fantastic place to be.”
Click here to view results for the $6,000 Nutrena® 1.40m Power & Speed CSI 2*.
Competition continues with Tryon Fall III tomorrow, Saturday, October 7, featuring the highlight class of the week, the $86,000 MD Barnmaster Grand Prix CSI 2* will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Press release: TIEC