Mill Spring, N.C. – June 7, 2018 – Luis Pedro Biraben (ARG) and Caillou flew through the short-course timers in 38.827 seconds to claim victory in the $70,000 1.50m Welcome Stake CSI 4*, a highlight jumper class during the 90th Tryon Riding & Hunt Club (TR&HC) Charity Horse Show Tryon Spring VI at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Fernando Cardenas Jr. (COL) and his own Quincy Car, a 2004 Oldenburg stallion (Galiani Car x Amour Parfait), put in the only other clear jump-off round to earn the red rosette in 40.132 seconds, while Samuel Parot (CHI) and the Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc. entry Thriller P, a 2004 Swedish Warmblood stallion (Cardento x Lucky Night), rounded out the podium on their four-fault, 36.294 second short-course performance.
Fifty entries tested the Alan Wade (IRL) course before six horse-and-rider pairs returned to tour the short course. Biraben and the 2007 gelding were second to go and were uncatchable after putting in a fast and clear performance. Biraben complimented his mount’s success in the past year, saying, “He finished the Wellington season nicely and then [did well] in Kentucky. Now he has a win here after competing well last week.”
“It rode really nicely,” said Biraben of the track. “There were not so many clears today. When I walked it I thought there would be ten, maybe twelve clear, and to have only six return in such a big field and others with so many faults on different obstacles throughout the course is significant.”
Based on today’s top performance, Biraben explained that he has changed his plan to include piloting Caillou in Saturday’s $204,000 Coca-Cola Grand Prix CSI 4* instead of Colorado 210, who finished on 15 faults, he joked: “I don’t know what happened with [Colorado 210], but Alan is a top course designer. It was a very nice course to ride, with distances maybe a little bit short, but still very nice.”
After competing for the past two weeks at TIEC, Biraben plans to take the next two weeks off before setting off on a tour that includes competing in Kentucky, two additional weeks of competition at TIEC, and tentative appearances at competitions in Michigan, Chicago and New York.
The 90th Tryon Riding & Hunt Club (TR&HC) Charity Horse Show – Tryon Spring VI competition will continue at TIEC with CSI 4* competition through Sunday, June 10. Friday’s feature class, the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, kicks off on the Derby Field at 4:00 p.m. following the $6,000 1.40m Speed Stake CSI 4* at noon.
Gladiator Polo™ returns to TIEC Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. with the “Battle for South Carolina” in the George H. Morris Arena at Tryon Stadium, where Team Greenville and Team Spartanburg will fight for the chance to contest the Gladiator Polo™ “Battle for the Carolinas” Final on June 23. The week’s feature class, the $204,000 Coca-Cola Grand Prix CSI 4*, will be hosted on Saturday, June 9, at 8:00 p.m. as part of TIEC’s signature “Saturday Night Lights” (SNL) series.
$70,000 1.50m Welcome Stake CSI 4*
Place / Horse / Rider / R1 Faults | Time / R2 Faults | Time
1. Caillou / Luis Pedro Biraben / 0 | 72.58 / 0 | 38.827
2. Quincy Car / Fernando Cardenas Jr / 0 | 74.34 / 0 | 40.132
3. Thriller P / Samuel Parot / 0 | 71.73 / 4 | 36.294
4. Vesta De Lavardin / Daniel Geitner / 0 | 73.33 / 4 | 38.395
5. Elana 22 / Pablo Barrios / 0 | 73.92 / 4 | 38.411
6. Corona 93 / Jack Hardin Towell / 0 | 73.43 / 4 | 38.681
7. Happy Wandor Van T Roosakker / Carlos Ramirez / 1 | 75.4
8. Dingeman / Santiago Lambre / 1 | 76.03
9. Tou La Moon / Charlie Jayne / 4 | 70.35
10. Cyklon 1083 / Shane Sweetnam / 4 | 72.23
11. Carlchen W / Alex Granato / 4 | 73.61
12. End Good All Good / Javier Fernandez / 4 | 73.62
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