O'Shea Flies to First Place in $130,000 Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Grand Prix CSI 3* During FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 Jumping Test Event

Oct 29, 2017 - 12:02 AM
For Immediate Release

Mill Spring, NC – October 28, 2017 – Paul O’Shea (IRL) and Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu flew through the short-course timers to claim top honors at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in the $130,000 Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Grand Prix CSI 3* in what served as the final Saturday Night Lights (SNL) of the season, and also the first Test Event prior to the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 for the discipline of Jumping.

Shawn Casady (USA) and Valinski S, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Nijinski x Rockina), owned by Wyndmont Inc., stole second place with their jump-off time of 35.105 seconds, while third place honors went to Margie Engle (USA) and Dicas, a 2009 Rheinlander gelding (Diardo x Cassini I), owned by Gladewinds Partners, LLC, for their 35.25 second finish.

The Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) designed course saw thirty-six entries test the first-round track, while ten pairs returned for the jump-off. Five entries finished double-clear on the evening and O’Shea commented on the course’s appropriate level of difficulty.“It was the perfect course for the three star and Anthony [D’Ambrosio] did a super job building. We had a nice amount of clears and I thought it was a good result,” he smiled. “Obviously, it rode great. I’m really happy with it.”

Shawn Casady and Valinski S
O’Shea and the 2007 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Silverstone x Verona H) owned by Skara Glen Stables have been together for three years, said O’Shea. “This horse was on the winning Nations Cup team in Florida this year and went double clear. He’s a fantastic horse, great mind, great to ride, and just a lovely horse.”

With a tough track and competitive riders in the hunt for the victory, O’Shea explained that there were some elements he had to consider carefully. “The triple to the water rode differently than I expected. I thought it was going to ride a little short, but it actually rode long, so that took me a little bit by surprise, but it worked out well,” he said.

Margie Engle and Dicas
“The big question was whether to do eight strides to the last fence in the jump-off. It was a long, long way away, and he really locked onto it and jumped it well, but of course that was a chance there to leave out the stride.”

Tracy Fenney (USA) was honored with the FEI Leading Lady Jumper Rider Award presented by Meg Atkinson of Town & Country Realtors for her consistent performances in FEI classes throughout the week. Paul O’Shea’s grooms Collie Valvidia, Diego Valvidia, and Jose Louis Castro were awarded with the Absorbine FEI Grooms’ Award for their dedicated care of the winning Grand Prix mount Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu.

Paul O’Shea, Shawn Casady, and Margie Engle in their presentation ceremony with Leland Burch, Commissioner of Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport; and Scott Carr, Vice President of Commercial Business & Properties at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. 
The Jumping Test Event is the first of eight that will be hosted at TIEC ahead of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ and is meant to help prepare the venue to host all eight FEI disciplines: Dressage, Para-Equestrian Dressage, Driving, Eventing, Endurance, Jumping, Reining, and Vaulting. The Test Events are not used as qualifiers for the Games. The schedule for the remaining Test Events for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 is as follows:

Eventing: April 5-8, 2018 (CIC 3*)

Driving: April 19-22, 2018 (CAI)
Dressage: April 19-22, 2018 (CDI 3*)
Para-Dressage: April 19-22, 2018 (CPEDI 3*)
Endurance: April 26-28, 2018 (CEI 2*)
Reining: May 11-13, 2018 (CRI 3*)
Vaulting: Spring 2018 (CVI 2*)

The final week of the Tryon Fall Series presented by Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport will conclude tomorrow, Sunday, October 29, and will host the $25,000 Tryon Sunday Classic. For more information on TIEC or Tryon Resort, please visit www.tryon.com.

Final Results $130,000 Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Grand Prix CSI 3*

1. SKARA GLEN’S MACHU PICCHU, 2007 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Silverstone VDL x Matterhorn
PAUL O’SHEA (IRL), Skara Glen Stables: 0/0/34.851

2. VALINSKI S, 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Nijinski x Julius
SHAWN CASADY (USA), Wyndmont Inc: 0/0/35.105

3. DICAS, 2009 Rheinlander gelding by Diarado x Cassini I
MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Gladewinds Partners LLC: 0/0/35.25

4. CASPER, 2006 Oldenburg gelding by Contender x Baloubet Du Rouet
SHARN WORDLEY (NZL), Sky Group: 0/0/36.352

5. AIKIDO Z, 2006 Zangersheide gelding by Accardi x Corrado I
NICOLA PHILIPPAERTS (BEL), Stal Bijloos BVBA: 0/0/38.445

6. MTM REVE DU PARADIS, 2005 Selle Francais gelding by Crown Z x Adelfos
TRACY FENNEY (USA), MTM Farm: 0/4/37.123

7. ARMANI SL Z, 2008 Zangersheide stallion by Azca Z x Cumano
EUGENIO GARZA (MEX), El Milagro: 0/4/38.037

8. HH CISKE VAN OVERIS, 2002 Belgian Warmblood mare by Celano x Darco
MAGGIE MCALARY (USA), Double H Farm: 0/4/40.459

9. DINGEMAN, 2008 Dutch Warmblood mare by Nintender x Darnels
SANTIAGO LAMBRE (MEX), Santiago Lambre: 0/8/34.537

10. CHARLEVILLE, 2007 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Quasimodo Z x Lancelot
EVE JOBS (USA), Eve Jobs: 0/RT

11. S & L SAGE, 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Wandor VD Mispelaere x Radiator
DAVID RAPOSA (USA), S & L Farms: 1/80.02

12. DINO, 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Vingino x Coriano
CAPT. BRIAN COURNANE (IRL), Brian Cournane: 1/80.93

MEDIA INQUIRIES
For media inquiries, please visit www.tryon2018.com or contact one of the following press officers:

International Media – Niki McEwen at niki@revolutionsports.co.uk or 0044(0) 203 176 0355
National Media – Carly Weilminster at cweilminster@tryonweg.com or (828) 863-1144

For more information about the FEI, please contact Leanne Williams leanne.williams@fei.org or 0041-21-544-1178.

#DestinationTryon
Complementing the unparalleled opportunity to watch the world’s top riders and horses compete is the chance to discover the distinct culture and adventures within the Carolinas region. TIEC is centrally located within an hour of some of the United States’ top destinations including Asheville and Charlotte in North Carolina and Greenville in South Carolina. WEG attendees are encouraged to plan excursions to experience the collection of small towns and dynamic cities that surround the venue. For a preview of TIEC and the region that houses it, watch the “Destination Tryon” video. Click here to watch the Destination Tryon video!

To start planning a trip and purchase session passes to the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, please visit www.tryon2018.com.

ABOUT THE TRYON INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER
Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, host of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, is one of the world’s premier equestrian lifestyle destinations. From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. With first-class facilities for hunter/jumper, dressage, and eventing competitions, the facility will soon accommodate all eight equestrian disciplines. Tryon Resort is a spring, summer and fall haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts, and a year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment. Learn more at www.tryon.com.

ABOUT THE FEI WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES™
The FEI World Equestrian Games which are administered by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) the worldwide governing body of equestrian sport, is the major international championship event for the eight core equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining. For more information visit www.tryon2018.com and www.fei.org/tryon-2018.

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