Mill Spring, N.C. – June 3, 2018 – Chile’s Samuel Parot concluded competition at Tryon Spring V on a high note, guiding his own 2004 Selle Francais gelding Quick du Pottier (Hurlevent de Breka x Silnette de Menell) to a first place victory on the Derby Field at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in the $35,000 1.45m Sunday Classic CSI 3*. The final week of the Tryon Spring Series will begin on Wednesday, June 6, and conclude Sunday, June 10.
Parot piloted his mount across the fast track in 39.44 seconds, besting more than 25 combinations and riding more than two seconds ahead of second place pair Aaron Vale (USA) and Cassevel, a 2007 Holsteiner gelding (Cassini II x Quidam de Revel) owned by Hays Investment Corp., who claimed the red rosette after a jump-off time of 41.57 seconds. Third place honors were awarded to Manuel Torres (COL) aboard Santa Catalina Farm’s Alejandro, a 2009 Rheinlander gelding (Acorado’s Ass x Continue), who rode through timers in 41.7 seconds.
Parot and the gelding have been competing at the FEI level together since 2016 and have notched several top finishes at the venue. Of his turnout for the day’s class, Parot explained, “This horse has a lot of experience out on the grass. I’ve taken him out on it a lot in Europe at shows over there. It’s easy for him to come out here. This footing is fantastic.”
The duo competed throughout the course of the week, placing fifth in the $35,000 1.50m Welcome Stake CSI 3*, after riding to the fastest jump-off time of 33.505 seconds, but adding four faults to their score.
“He jumped out here the first day and we had a fast jump-off, but knocked a rail,” exclaimed Parot. “Yesterday he competed in the Grand Prix, but had two down very quickly, so I retired him to save him for today. That was the right choice and today he was fantastic.”
Parot plans to continue on with competition next week during the CSI 4*, and will stay at the venue until the end of July. He concluded, “For the summer I will stay here and then I will figure it out from there!”
$35,000 1.45m Sunday Classic CSI 3*
Place / Horse / Rider / R1 Faults | Time / R2 Faults | Time
1. Quick Du Pottier / Samuel Parot / 0 | 77.23 / 0 | 39.44
2. Cassevel / Aaron Vale / 0 | 80.23 / 0 | 41.57
3. Alejandro / Manuel Torres / 0 | 75.39 / 0 | 41.7
4. Quilona V Z / Daniel Bedoya / 0 | 74.25 / 0 | 43.01
5. Colorado 210 / Luis Pedro Biraben / 0 | 77.67 / 0 | 43.11
6. Bastian 86 / Kristen Vanderveen / 0 | 77.17 / 4 | 40.54
7. Stakko / Aaron Vale / 0 | 79.72 / 4 | 45.23
8. Kioki Coffee SCF / David O’Brien / 4 | 78.06
9. VDL Bravo S / Hunter Holloway / 4 | 78.64
10. Nenuphar’jac / Juan Ortiz / 4 | 79.65
11. Fursina VDM / Pablo Barrios / 4 | 79.78
12. Elizabeth / Kaely Tomeu / 4 | 81.47
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It was a solid win for Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam and Spy Coast Farm’s Kirschwasser SCF on Friday, June 1, after twenty horse-and-rider combinations took to the Derby Field at Tryon International Equestrian Center to contest the $6,000 1.40m Classic CSI 3* track.
Sweetnam and the 2010 Belgian Warmblood stallion (Amaretto D’Arco x Nabab de Reve) raced around the Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) designed track in 37.83 seconds, besting second place finisher and Brazilian rider Celso Ariani aboard Ricardo Romero’s 2009 Belgian Warmblood mare, J-Eclipse, who crossed through timers in 39.033 seconds. Daniel Bedoya (BOL) and Monica Hanks’ 2008 Holsteiner mare Abracadabra WKT (Casall x Romino) rounded out the top three with a jump-off time of 35.875 seconds and four added faults.
The pair has been competing at the international level since the fall of 2017, but Sweetnam has had the ride on the stallion since the start of his seventh year. He commented, “He’s one of the Spy Coast Farm homebred horses. He’s only eight and I’ve had him since the start of his seven-year-old year. I was always playing with him, but he’s done well. He’s done a few ranking classes and he’s placed in a few 1.50m national Grand Prix’s down in Florida. Those classes weren’t easy, and for an eight-year-old he’s ahead of schedule. I’m planning to take him to Europe when I go, and he’ll hopefully do some young horse classes over there.”
Spencer Brittan of Westlake, TX, and his own USA Today took top honors in the competitive $10,000 High Junior/Amateur Classic ahead of Kelly Arani of Lexington, KY, and Espirit, owned by Marigot Bay Farm, LLC. Anna Beth Athey of Enid, OK, and her own For Serrano SR rounded out the top three with a jump-off time of 40.567 seconds, adding four faults to their score.
The $5,000 Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Classic saw Hannah Loeffelbein of Olathe, KS, and FVF Brulee, owned by Two Point Equestrian, LLC take first place in the division with a time of 33.80 seconds, while Anna Beth Athey of Enid, OK, and her own Samoa captured second place with a 34.171. Silvana Cabral of Wellington, FL, and Toulouse 66, owned by Claudia Pedrozo, rounded out the top three placings with a time of 34.31 seconds.
The $3,000 NAL Low Amateur Jumper Classic was championed by Sarah Warden of Jacksonville Beach, FL, and her own Esquina van Klapscheut who rose to the top of the class after crossing through the timers in 35.012 seconds. Phoebe Backman of Avon, CT, and her own Garcia finished in second place with a time of 35.727 seconds. Ann Horrell Glaus of Ocala, FL, and Darling GR, owned by Troy Glaus, finished in third place with a jump-off time of 36.053 seconds.
The $3,000 NAL Low Junior Classic was won by Jamie Buis of Wellington, FL, and Bull Run’s Revelation, owned by Bull Run Jumpers, Inc, who completed the jump-off in 32.321 seconds with eight faults. Hannah Loeffelbein of Olathe, KS, and Cassanova 30, owned by Two Point Equestrian, LLC, finished in second place, as the duo jumped through the first round course clear, but added two time faults to their score. Jamie Buis also collected third place aboard her own Bonita.
The $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby honored Josh Dolan of Wellington, FL, aboard Mad Season LLC’s entry Dibz, for their win on a score of 180.5, while Hunter Holloway of Topeka, KS, steered Hays Investment Corp.’s Ruby Tuesday to second place and a score of 176.5. Aaron Vale of Williston, FL, rode Donald Stewart’s Dress Balou to a score of 175 to claim third.
The Foothills Hunter 3′ division congratulated Mr. Bojangles, owned by Bennett Bunn Plantation, and piloted by Theresa Tolar of Forest City, NC, as champions of the division, while Gisele Beardsley O’Grady of Tryon, NC, rode Katelyn Fahey’s Ariotte to reserve.
Elizabeth Weschler’s O So Soxy, with Kristen Vanderveen of St. Charles, IL in the irons, was named champion of the Foothills Hunter 2’6″ division, while Casey Zuraitis, of Sutton, MA, guiding Marita Zuraitis’ Inferno to reserve champion.
Josh Dolan, of Wellington, FL, took home both champion and reserve champion honors in the Green Hunter 3’6″ Division, piloting Mad Season LLC’s Dibz to top honors and Caillou De La Pierre Z for CO’R Equestrian Group LLC.
Schuyler Riley of Wellington, FL, rode the Wolfstone Stables & Sales Inc. entry Golden Glock WS to top honors in the Perfect Products Green Hunter 3’3″ division, with reserve champion honors awarded to fellow Wellington resident Jimmy Torano aboard Isalou, Inc.’s Floyd.
The Performance Hunter 3’3″ division saw Jodi Vasquez and Chloe Watrous’ Casual finish atop the division, with Freddie Vasquez and North Run’s Quintus Rubin claiming the reserve champion title, both riders hail from Mettawa, IL.
Tommi Clark of Augora Hills, CA, and Expectation were named champion in both the USHJA Hunter 2’6″ and Tryon Hunter 2’6″ Divisions for owner Stephen Borders, while Eliza Bruno of Sandy Springs, GA, and her own Havana claimed reseve champion in the Tryon Hunter 2’6″ Division. Emily Ann Wright of High Point, NC, and Ashley Gasiorowski’s Truthfully were awarded reserve champion honors in the USHJA Hunter 2’6″ Division.
Gisele Beardsley O’Grady of Tryon, NC, claimed the title of divisional champion aboard Empress for owner Jordan Allen in the USHJA Hunter 3′ Division, while reserve honors were awarded to Alexandra Dow of Matthews, NC, riding Cathy Dow’s Donnerprinz B.
The USHJA Hunter 2’3″ Division saw Small World take champion honors with Katherine Addington of Dallas, TX, in the irons for Stacy Lane-Sanderson, and Anna Ceelen of Greensboro, NC, and her own Bariton’s Melody securing reserve champion in the division.
Jimmy Torano of Wellington, FL, rode Isalou, Inc.’s Argentus to victory in the USHJA Hunter 2’9″ Division, with Mindy Coleman of College Grove, TN, and Stony Point Farm’s All Liez following in reserve.
The Tryon Spring Series will continue through Sunday, June 10, featuring six weeks of international and national hunter, jumper, and equitation competition.