Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run's Almighty Clinch the $36,000 Sunday Classic CSI 4* at TIEC

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:01 AM

USHJA Zone 3 Children’s & Adult-Amateur Hunter Championships presented by SmartPak Names Team and Individual Champions

Tryon Spring 6 TR&HC Charity Horse Show Awards Perpetual Trophies

Trip of the Day Concludes by Naming Sunday Winner

For Immediate Release

Mill Spring, NC – June 11, 2019 – Kristen VanderVeen (USA) and Bull Run’s Almighty laid down an unbeatable jump-off performance in Sunday’s $36,000 Sunday Classic CSI 4* to conclude Tryon Spring 6 TR&HC Charity Horse Show competition at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), stopping the jump-off timers at 33.363 seconds. Sharn Wordley (NZL) and his own Gatsby, a 2004 Irish Sport Horse stallion (Simba x Cruise On), cleared the short course in 34.904 seconds to earn second place, and Samuel Parot (CHI) guided his own Thriller P, a 2004 Swedish Warmblood stallion (Cardento x Lucky Light), to a speedy four-fault, 33.509-second round for third.


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Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Almighty


Kelvin Bywater (GBR) designed a course that tested its entrants, with 20 trips attempting the first-round track and five pairs returning for the jump-off. Bull Run’s Almighty, a 2008 Hanoverian gelding (Caspar x Quidam De Revel) owned by Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC, has been improving his jump-off form in recent weeks, VanderVeen explained. “I’ve really been working on jump-offs with him because he’s not naturally a speed horse. It’s been really encouraging to see in the last couple classes that he’s really stepped it up.”


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Sharn Wordley and Gatsby


Following Wordley’s blazing-fast jump-off performance, VanderVeen was able to utilize her horse’s stride and tight turns to deliver a clean run that was more than a full second faster. She elaborated: “He has a huge stride, so I think I was able to leave out a stride in the first line, and then down the last line I was also able to leave out a stride, so that helped me cover the ground a little bit faster than Sharn [Wordley] – his horse is really fast!


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Samuel Parot and Thriller P


“I was thrilled with [Bull Run’s Almighty]. It was nice – the ring dried out really well for us in the afternoon, and it ended up draining great [after rain in the morning]. I was really pleased with how he jumped,” VanderVeen continued.


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Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Almighty in their presentation ceremony.


Headed shortly to Europe, VanderVeen has been preparing throughout the Tryon Spring Series at TIEC and was happy to finish with another win at the venue, where she is well-known for her success on multiple rides. “The horses fly out on Wednesday, then they get a few days and then they go straight to a 5* week,” VanderVeen concluded. “I will drive the horses who aren’t going to Wellington tomorrow, and then I fly out from Florida on Tuesday!”


USHJA Zone 3 Children’s & Adult-Amateur Hunter Championships presented by SmartPak Name Team and Individual Champions

June 5-9 welcomed the USHJA Zone 3 Children’s & Adult-Amateur Championships at Tryon International Equestrian Center for the inaugural hosting of the championships at the venue. Individual and Team champions were crowned over two days of under saddle and over fences competition.


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Sara Steady and Skywalker in their presentation ceremony.


Sara Steady of Greensboro, NC, was named the USHJA Zone 3 Adult-Amateur Hunter Champion, guiding her own Skywalker, a 2012 Danish Warmblood gelding, to a first-round score of 172 and a handy score of 159.5 for the tricolor. Reserve honors went to Courtney Canizares (Elon, NC) riding her own mount, In Unison, a 2011 North American Studbook stallion. The duo earned a first-round score of 168 and received 139 for their handy performance to claim the red rosette. In third place, Susan Reynolds of Advance, NC, and her own Tantara, a 2011 Westphalian gelding, scored 84 and 158 to round out the podium.


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Sara Steady and Skywalker


“He [Skywalker] is the best thing that was ever bred ever,” said Steady. “He is amazing. He is only seven, and has only been doing the 3′ for a year. For him to come in here and do this, in the rain, he is just such a good boy. He is very green, but he is very good to me. I say I am the luckiest girl in the world. I am so proud of him!”


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Madeline Rubin, Sophia Strahan, and Kendal Cashion in their presentation ceremony alongside Steve Rector, Ringmaster.


First-time Zone Championships competitor, 12-year-old Madeline Rubin (Mooresville, NC) claimed the Children’s title aboard Briar Field Farm LLC’s Nuff Said, a 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding, scoring 177 in the first round and 182 in the handy. Reserve went to Sophia Strahan of Wilmington, NC, riding her own Zeus, a 2004 Dutch Warmblood gelding, and scoring 163 and 176, respectively. Kendall Cashion of Cornelius, NC, and her own Verano, a 2007 Oldenburg gelding, collected scores of 142 and 170 to receive third place.


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Madeline Rubin and Nuff Said


“My favorite part of the handy was doing all the high options and doing the turns,” said Rubin. “I had never done a handy on him [Nuff Said] at shows, but it was really fun. Those were the highest scores that I’ve gotten on him, so I was really happy,” she said of her mount, who’s been paired with her since January. “I think we have connected as a team pretty well. He’s pretty cool, a bit lazy, but I would rather him be a little lazy.”


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The Red Team in their presentation ceremony alongside Steve Rector, Ringmaster.


Team results for Adult-Amateurs and Children combined were announced following Saturday’s competition and included a Gold medal finish for the Red Team, including Susan Reynolds, Langston Hopkins, Madeline Rubin, and Charlotte Harvey, scoring a total of 1,129.5 points for the win.


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Team finalists in their presentation ceremony alongside Ringmaster Steve Rector.


Silver went to the Pink Team, comprised of Gigi Phillips, Emma Gurley, Olivia McClellan, and Courtney Canizares, for their efforts totaling a score of 1,079.5. Receiving the Bronze medal, the Orange Team included Sophie Blondel, Claire Steffens and Sophia Strahan, combining for a total score of 1,069.5.


Jumper Highlights:

In the $10,000 1.40m High Junior/Amateur Classic, Anna Beth Athey (Enid, OK) claimed top honors aboard her own Cantero da Lagoa with a jump-off time of 47.338 seconds. Second place was awarded to Julia Curtis (Villa Rica, GA) with a time of 52.19 seconds, riding her own Isarus. Briley Koerner and For Jef VD Wezelse, owned by BKS Horse Farms LLC, finished out the podium receiving third with a time of 40.5 seconds.

Savannah Jenkins (Somis, CA) and Bella Dona, owned by Georgy Maskrey-Segesman, were victorious with a jump-off time of 31.009 seconds in the Nutrena® $5,000 1.40m Open Jumper Stake. Receiving second place honors was Pablo Barrios (Wellington, FL) aboard Clotide Lewis’ Donna Vi with a time of 31.073. Martien van der Hoeven (Pinehurst, TX) on Valerie Kalderon’s Comme Ci Comme Ca had a 36.26-second time in the first round, granting them a third-place finish.

Mattie Hatcher (Little Rock, AR) galloped to victory in the CaptiveOne Advisors $2,000 1.20m Open Jumper Stake  aboard Amicelli, owned by Lee Hatcher with a jump-off time of 28.89 seconds. Second place with a time of 32.938 went to Meredith Gallagher (Haines City, FL) on City Walk, owned by Carriage Hill Farms Inc. Benjamin Meredith (Wellington, FL) and Carben Farms LLC’s Bonza took home a third-place finish with a time of 32.668 seconds.

Kamille Marcussen (Coralville, IA) aboard Cancun, owned by Ambition Sport Horses LLC, were victorious in the Adequan® $2,000 1.30m Open Jumper Stake, claiming the blue ribbon with a time of 49.666 seconds in the jump-off. Queenie ridden by his owner Fernando Cardenas Jr. (New Hill, NC) walked away with a second-place finish with a time of 66.027 seconds in the first round, while Nicole Loochtan (Lincolnshire, IL) finished third aboard her own Famoso D Ive Z with a time of 69.949 seconds.

In the $3,000 1.35m Open Jumper Stake, Katie Tyler (New Canaan, CT) claimed the blue ribbon aboard her own C’est Sue B, stopping the jump-off timers at 33.012 seconds. Second place was awarded to Savannah Jenkins (Somis, CA) on Georgy Maskrey-Segesman’s Castelissimo with a time of 33.59 seconds. Finishing out the podium was Lacey Gilbertson aboard Cobolt, owned by Seabrook LLC, in third with 47.195 seconds on the timer.

Lori Osterstock (Ocala, FL) and her own Patron claimed top honors with a jump-off time of 30.735 seconds in the Tryon Estates NAL/WIHS 1.10m Adult-Amateur Jumper Classic. Sweet Oak Farm’s Starridor, ridden by Sarah Rayner O’Brien, finished with a time of 31.339 seconds to take second. Third place was awarded to Sara Williamson (Wellington, FL) aboard Den Dekker, owned by Ossian Ventures, with a final time of 31.437.

Sophia Studd (Wellington, FL) claimed the first-place title in the $5,000 1.30m Medium Jr./Amateur Classic aboard Marie Studd’s Holsteins Eastwood with a jump-off time of 36.228 seconds. Aboard her own mount, Cachacco, Olivia Woodson (Wellington, FL) had a time of 38.543 seconds to claim the second-place honors after the jump-off. Third place was awarded to Kiva Iscol and his own Marshmello for the pair’s efforts in the first round, completing the course in 67.878 seconds.

Deborah Perkins (Wellington, FL) and her own Prince Garbo took home the blue ribbon in the $3,000 1.20m NAL Low Amateur Jumper with a time of 30.607 seconds. Second place was awarded to Christina Couper (Savannah, GA) abroad Double C Sporthorses’ Cora for the pairs performance in the jump-off clocking in at 31.517 seconds. Perkins also claimed third place aboard her other mount, Emerald Grace, finishing the jump-off with a final time of 33.938 seconds.


Hunter Highlights:

The Performance Hunter 3’6″ Division congratulated Joy Janouskovec (Raleigh, NC) and Nancy Merritt’s Crossroads for earning champion. Reserve champion honors were awarded to Bridget Finnerty (Baltimore, MD) aboard her own entry, Silver Lining.

In the Green Hunter 3’9″ Division, Hunter Kay (Charlotte, NC) and Alright, owned by Ann Rice Ervin, were crowned champion. CF Cosmic, the entry owned and ridden by Sofia Cady (Austin, TX), was awarded reserve champion.

Parker Peacock (Winston Salem, NC) and Ella Mchardy’s entry Our Moment earned champion honors in the Small Pony Hunter Division, while Brooke Duffy (Marietta, GA) and her own Glenhaven Astoria earned reserve champion honors.

Stephen Borders’ Expectation and Tommi Clark (Tryon, NC) were awarded champion of the Green Hunter 3’6″ Division. Kelli Cruciotti (Elizabeth, CO) and Serenity Farm’s Catori were awarded reserve champion honors.

The Adult Amateur Hunter 49 & Under Division saw Jenna George (Pompano Beach, FL) and her own entry, Vincent crowned champion. Extra Credit, owned and ridden by Amy Nolan (Wilmington, NC), earned the reserve champion honors.

Loren Hazard-Daniel (Falkland, NC) and Amy Hazard’s entry, Ian, were awarded champion of the Baby Green Hunter 2’6″ Division. Reserve champion was awarded to Denise Monopoli (Loxahatchee, FL) with her own entry, I Love You.

The Absorbine® Green Hunters 3′ Division named Steve Schaefer’s Bredero with Jen Hauser (Carmel, IN) as champion. Reserve champion honors were awarded to Denise Monopoli (Loxahatchee, FL) and her own, Susie Q.

Top honors in the $1000 3’/3’3″ Green Hunter Incentive were awarded to Ashley Runnels’ entry As You Wish with rider Holly Shepherd (Grand Bay, AL) aboard. Second place went to Liza Boyd (Camden, SC) and Absolu De Bloye, owned by Kyle Dewar. Mario, owned by Carolyn Chesire, was awarded third place with Hunter Kay (Charlotte, NC) in the irons.


Tryon Spring 6 TR&HC Perpetual Trophies:

TR&HC Charity 1 Grand Prix Trophy: Grand Prix Winner, Kelli Cruciotti/Hadja van Orshof

Boyle Family Trophy: Grand Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Champion, Anna Beth Athey/Cantero Da Lagoa and Sophia Studd/Eastwood

Jane Raoul Bingham Trophy: Grand Child/Adult Jumper Champion, Sarah Rayner O’Brien/Starridor

Nora Flynn Perpetual Trophy: Grand Junior Hunter Champion, Erin Floyd/Cleopatra’s Smile

Rolling Hill Show Stables Perpetual Trophy: 3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunter Champion, Bergen Sonderford/Happenstance

Brownlands Graduation Day Trophy: Grand Pony Hunter Champion, Emma Hodes/Pardon My Zipper

The Directors Trophy: Grand Adult Amateur Hunter Champion, Cyndi Griffith/Verkade

The Bellhop Trophy: Grand Children’s Hunter Champion, Riley Delbecq/Penelope OPL

Ashlynn Wyman Trophy: ASPCA Maclay Winner, Emma Pacyna

Betty Reynolds Oare Trophy: Equitation Grand Champion, Lauren Kolbe

Maude Carr Perpetual Trophy: 3’3″ Junior Hunter Champion, Elle Gibbs/Ferrari

Ernst “Pete” Mahler Perpetual Trophy: Green Hunter Champion, Holly Shepherd/As You Wish owned by Ashley Runnels


Trip of the Day

Each day throughout the Tryon Spring 6 TR&HC Charity Horse Show competition, the rider with the highest-scoring Hunter round at TIEC received a $500 prize and special commemorative ribbon thanks to generous daily sponsors. Learn more about the Sunday and final Trip of the Day winner for this week below.

Sunday’s Trip of the Day, presented by Two Rivers Hay, was awarded to Erin Floyd and Jerez Mail, owned by Michaela Kennedy, with a score of 87.



Erin Floyd and Jerez Mail alongside Tryon Equestrian Partners Roger Smith of Two Rivers Hay and Ringmaster Steve Rector.


For full results from the $36,000 Sunday Classic CSI 4*, click here.

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