Liza Goodlett for TIEC
Mill Spring, NC – June 2, 2017 – Daniel Bedoya of Magnolia, TX, and Ragtime’s Bellissima, owned by Loreanna Andrepont, took home top honors in today’s $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby hosted on the Grass Complex at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). The pair secured the win with a total score of 172. Michelle Whitman of Raleigh, NC, and her own C’Van De Helle earned the red rosette with a score of 164.5, while Laurel Tinney of Cary, NC, and Falido, owned by Amelia Zahn, claimed third place honors with a two round score of 162.
Bedoya and Ragtime’s Bellissima have had an outstanding two weeks at TIEC, taking home a win in the $1,000 USHJA Green Hunter Incentive offered ahead of their derby win this morning. The first round was a test of skill and handiness and Bedoya guided Ragtime’s Bellissima to a well-deserved win in their first appearance on the Grass Complex.
|Michelle Whitman and C’Van de Halle
|Laurel Tinney and Falido|
Ragtime’s Bellissima, a 2008 Hanoverian mare, not only competes in the Green Hunter Divisions and USHJA National Hunter Derby classes with Bedoya, but also shows in the Long Stirrup Division with her owner Loreanna Andrepont. Bedoya spoke very highly of Ragtime’s Bellissima and his hopes for the pair’s future together, commenting, “She is a really good mare. She does really well with me and takes great care of her owner.”
|Daniel Bedoya and Ragtime’s Bellissima in their presentation ceremony with owner Loreanna Andrepont.|
“I feel very confident when I ride her. She is a very safe and sweet mare, but really just a babysitter for me! We started out in the Cross Rails Division and now we are in the Long Stirrup Division. My goal would be the Modified Hunter Divisions, but Daniel thinks we will go higher than that. I think Daniel’s goals are a little higher than mine,” Andrepont said with a laugh. “It was very exciting watching her out on the big grass field this morning and take such a great win.”
Lambre and Hip Living, a 2009 Swedish Warmblood gelding (Hip Hop x Quite Easy) owned by Aurora de Alba, have been partnered together since this past March, and the duo have placed consistently in international competition up to the CSI 4* level. The pair made an efficient effort around the track set by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) and Lambre was aware of the time they needed to beat to secure the win.
|Santiago Lambre and Hip Living in their presentation ceremony.|
The duo were able to edge a competitive class that boasted a number of speedy combinations and Lambre executed his quick plan in the jump-off round to perfection. Lambre included a major leave out, which is where he felt they shaved the remaining time off of the clock.
“I took one less in the jump-off to jump two. I think I was the only one to take that risk and I think that’s how we won the class,” Lambre detailed.
Lambre plans to continue competing Hip Living in international ranking classes while their partnership solidifies. Lambre has taken his time to get to know the gelding and feels that there is significant potential in the pair’s future together.
“He is only eight and I bought him at the end of the winter circuit in Wellington, FL. Next week he will jump a little bigger in the 1.50m class and we’ll see where he goes,” Lambre said. “He’s a fantastic horse and I thought he performed very well today.”
Click here to view final results for the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby.
Click here to view final results for the $6,000 1.40m Nutrena® Classic CSI 3*.
Tomorrow’s competition will feature the highlight class of the week, the $130,000 Asheville/Greenville BMW Centers Grand Prix CSI 3*, which will begin at 8:00 p.m. Activities and entertainment will start at 6:00 p.m. and are free and open to the general public. For more information on TIEC, please visit www.tryon.com.
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