For Immediate Release
Mill Spring, NC – October 14, 2018 – Eugenio Garza (MEX) celebrated his longtime mount, Bariano, after their 33.01 second jump-off round to win the $35,000 1.45m Sunday Classic CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Karen Polle (JPN) claimed reserve honors aboard her own Little Lord 90, a 2005 Holsteiner stallion (Lasino x Calato), clearing the short course in 34.835 seconds, while Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Almighty charged to third place on a 35.043 second performance by the 2008 Hanoverian gelding (Caspar x Quidam De Revel) owned by Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC.
The course set by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) saw 29 horse-and-rider pairs attempt the first round, with 12 entries returning for the short-course test. Early in the order of go, Garza and the 2001 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Jetset-D x Skippy) owned by David and Monica Garza put in a blazing clear performance that couldn’t be beaten.
“My horse jumped beautifully, and it was a really, really special class because it was his last class in the U.S.,” Garza revealed. “Bariano gets retired in two weeks in Mexico, so this is a nice way to finish his career in the U.S. It was a fun class, and the course designer did a great job, I thought.”
Garza, who has partnered with the now-17-year-old gelding for many years throughout his development as a rider, emphasized how much he owes Bariano: “My relationship with him has been everything. He took me from children’s jumpers to where I am now, and he’s an amazing horse. I’m not usually emotional, but it’s nice. I owe everything to him, but he owes me nothing.”
Of the many memories Garza has with Bariano, including competing across the globe at the FEI level, Tryon in particular holds a special moment, he explained. “I have to say the 5* last year here in Tryon was pretty special with him,” Garza recounted of his second-place performance in the $380,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5* just over a year ago at TIEC. “For a horse I started with in the children’s jumpers and [to end up on the podium in that class] with him as well – that was really special, and is one of my fondest memories of him.”
As he looks ahead to competing in the Tryon Fall 4 CSI 5* next week before returning to Mexico, Garza will be partnering with another mount, but Bariano’s job well done for Garza over the years will remain front and center.
After a week of ups and downs, Garza was thankful to conclude the Tryon Fall 3 CSI 3* week on such a positive note, he explained. “Well, I fell off yesterday on a green horse, so today is a great improvement from yesterday! That’s just horses for you. One day you lose, and one day you win, and you take it as it comes. Today we celebrate, and I’m thankful I have this special horse with me.”
Sarah Bagworth (Toronto, ON) bookended the podium in the $10,000 High Junior/Amateur 1.40m Classic, piloting her own Malou and Caraibe Sunheup Z for Starlight Farms 1, LLC, finishing the short course in 34.825 and 36.051 seconds, respectively. For the red rosette, Johanna Beckmann (Germany) and her own Cheenook 8 stopped the timers at 35.673 seconds.
The $5,000 Medium Junior/Amateur 1.30m Classic saw Carly Dvorkin of Parkland, FL, pilot Pine Hollow Farm’s Carlotta 168 to the win with a jump-off time of 32.369 seconds, with Quinn Larimer of Mableton, GA, earning second place aboard Nestledown Equine Services, LLC’s entry, Galaxy, stopping the short-course timers in 32.495 seconds. Rounding out the podium, Armando Hassey (Wellington, FL) and Hassey Sport Horses, LLC’s Calamanzo claimed third with their 33.18-second performance.
Caroline Michele Dugas of Vestavia, AL, and her own Skyfall topped the $3,000 NAL Low Junior 1.20m Classic, finishing the jump-off in 41.372 seconds. For Windsor Farm Sales, Virginia Bonnie of San Francisco, CA, piloted Ginorado to second on a time of 41.558 seconds, and Christina Rogalny claimed third aboard Sweet Oak Farm’s Allan, stopping the timers at 44.002 seconds.
The .90 Non-Pro Jumper Division congratulated Mary Jo Welsh of McDonough, GA, as its winner aboard her own Book of Secrets, with reserve honors on the week going to Ginny Gale (Locust Hill, VA) in the irons with her own Hocinthe VDL.
The 1.35m Open Jumper Division saw Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL, pilot Todd Minikus, LTD’s entry Tasmanie VH Lindehof Z to claim champion honors, while Miriam McClure Adam (New Hope, PA) and her own Armado accepted reserve honors for their efforts.
Nicole Loochtan of Lincolnshire, IL, claimed both champion and reserve honors in the High Junior/Amateur Jumper 1.40m Division, piloting her own Caiman Des Sequoias and her own Famoso D Ive Z, respectively.
The Low Adult-Amateur Jumper 1.0m Division saw another rider take both champion and reserve titles in Larry Antonini of New Orleans, LA, riding Mary Antonini’s mounts Rocking the Boat and Asland, respectively.
Katie Wannall (Cartersville, GA) and her own Deborah emerged as champions in the Low Children’s Jumper 1.0m Division, with Caia Watridge of St. Augustine, FL, earning reserve honors on the week with Siboney Ranch’s Kalle.
The Low Junior Jumper 1.20m Division recognized Caroline Michele Dugas of Vestavia, AL, for her champion performance aboard her own Skyfall, while reserve honors were bestowed on Christina Rogalny of Wellington, FL, for her efforts aboard Sweet Oak Farm’s Allan.
In the Medium Junior/Amateur Jumper 1.30m Division, Virginia Bonnie of San Francisco, CA, achieved champion honors for the week aboard her own Quadea, and Carly Dvorkin represented Parkland, FL, earning reserve honors with Carlotta 168 for Pine Hollow Farm.
Holly Shepherd and MTM Making Waves Conquer the $10,000 USHJA National Derby
Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, AL, piloted MTM Making Waves for owner Mary Antonini to victory in Friday’s $10,000 USHJA National Derby at TIEC, producing a two-round score of 172. Reserve honors went to Mountain Brook, AL native Timothy Maddrix and Missy Nolen’s Man Up, taking home a score of 171, while Shepherd also collected third place honors aboard Barbara Risius’ Longstreet, scoring 168.5.
“MTM Making Waves is a First Year 3’6″ Green Hunter, as they call them,” Shepherd explained. “I’ve had him with some customers for a couple of years and showed him as a Pre-Green horse. He’s won a few of these derbies, so I’ve got some faith in him by round two. He was really good and he’s a special horse. He has a giant step.”
For a hunter, there are a couple distinguishing factors about her mount, Shepherd noted. “He’s a little strong-willed, and I’m not sure that’s my favorite thing about him,” she joked. “His look in the ring is so beautiful that when I walk in the ring I feel confident and people are like, ‘wow!’ That is probably my favorite thing about him. He wows the judges when he walks in, so I always feel like I’m starting a little ahead on that one, which is nice. I look the part.”
The $5,000 Children’s Hunter Carolina Challenge Finals saw Bryn Hurley of Winder, GA, and her own Judgement Day take top honors, while Charlotte Harvey of Charlotte, NC, and her own Gold-Master collected second place. Elizabeth Ragsdale of Jamestown, NC and her own Rose’ rounded out the top three.
Devon Degen of Water Mill, NY, and Zippo, owned by Degenmoor Farm, Inc. collected first place in the $5,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Carolina Challenge Finals, ahead of Haley Barnes of Charlotte, NC, aboard her own Golden Glock WS. Claudia Levi of Farragut, TN, received the yellow rosette aboard her own Hollister.
The Absorbine® Green Hunter 3′ Division congratulated Hunter Kay (Charlotte, NC) aboard Carolyn Cheshire’s Mario as its champion, with reserve honors going to Loren Hazard-Daniel (Folkland, NC) aboard Bramble RH for owner Frances Isenrich.
In the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3″ Division, Lindsey Maxwell of Beverly Hills, CA, and her own Largesse championed the week with Kelly Arani (Lexington, KY) receiving reserve honors astride Birthday Boy for Marigot Bay Farm LLC.
The Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6″ 18-35 Division congratulated Kelsey Donahoe of Ocala, FL, for her efforts aboard her own Ausone. Reserve honors were bestowed on Kara Jones of Cornelius, NC, riding her own Chello.
Amy White of Belvue, KS, and Southern Arches, LLC’s World Affair were crowned champions of the Performance Hunter 3’6″/3’3″ Division, while Holly Shepherd rode Sylvia Reitman’s Sterling to reserve.
Sadie Parker (Waxhaw, NC) guided her own Jump Forest Jump to victory in the Children’s Pony Hunter Division, with reserve honors awarded to Ellie Mastrorocco of Hilton Head, SC, for her efforts aboard Maggie Jacobs’ Lucerno.
The Foothills Hunter 2’6″ Division saw Bruce Christison (Camden, SC) step forward to receive top honors aboard Margaret Rothnie’s Takara, while congratulations for reserve honors went to Anna Ceelen (Greensboro, NC) aboard her own Smitten.
In the Gardner-Webb University Pre-Children’s Hunter 2’6″ Division, Brisa Mullis (Tryon, NC) and Carly Reinsel’s Inquisitive claimed the champion rosette, and Virginia Olin (Charlotte, NC) piloted Catherine Cram’s Internet II to reserve.
Hunter Kay returned to collect another champion designation in the Green Hunter 3’6″/3’9″/High Performance 4′ Division, piloting Ann Rice Ervin’s Alright, with Annie Walters (Isle of Palms, SC) and her own Vicomte claiming reserve honors on the week.
Hunter Kay also guided Madeline Grebow’s Hamilton to reserve honors in the USHJA Hunter 2’9″ Division, with Elena Portu of Wellington, FL, riding Sherry Taylor’s Weatherly to the champion title.
In the Junior Hunter 3’3″ Division, Theresa Tolar (Forest City, NC) steered Tybee to champion honors for Helen Brown. Charlotte Black, the Charleston, SC native, earned reserve honors on the week aboard her own Attila.
For full results from the $10,000 USHJA National Derby, click here.
For full results from the $35,000 1.45m Sunday Classic CSI 3*, click here.
The Tryon Fall Series presented by Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport continues through Sunday, October 28, featuring four weeks of international and national hunter, jumper, and equitation competition. For more information on TIEC, please visit www.Tryon.com.
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