Marilyn Little and Clearwater Race to Win in $130,000 Suncast® Commercial Grand Prix CSI 3*

Oct 15, 2017 - 2:25 AM
For Immediate Release
Kim Beaudoin and Sarah Madden for TIEC

Mill Spring, NC – October 14, 2017 – Tryon Fall IV competition was highlighted on Saturday evening at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), with a win for Marilyn Little (USA) and Clearwater, as the pair took top honors ahead of 43 other pairs in the $130,000 Suncast® Commercial Grand Prix CSI 3*. Little and the 2007 Holsteiner gelding (Clearway x Tricolore-W), owned by Karen O’Connor, stopped the short course timers in a brisk 35.32 seconds, while Eve Jobs (USA) took second place aboard her own Charleville, a 2007 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Quasimodo Z x Wickeyville), after completing the jump-off in 35.638 seconds. Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) and H&M Harley VD Bisschop, a 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Dulf Van Den Bisschop x Charisma I), owned by Ludo Philippaerts and Ben Beevers, claimed third place honors, finishing in 36.119 seconds.

The course, designed by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN), saw 44 pairs test the first-round track. Eleven pairs returned for the jump-off round, where Little and Clearwater flew to the top of the leaderboard to claim first place.

Little said she is happy to break her recent streak of “one-fence-itis” with a win tonight. “I haven’t had great luck lately, so I’m happy to break that tonight.

This is a great venue for him, and he’s really developed a lot here this summer and in the past year. These have been great classes for him to really step up to being a real horse and a top horse. I can really count on him.

Eve Jobs and Charleville
“The footing is fast in here, so you can really take a shot at it, and so he’s a really fun horse to ride in the jump-off,” she continued.
The pair were last to go after jump-off rounds that kept getting faster throughout the short course, and Little admitted there was some pressure to perform against the other top riders. She was followed closely by young U.S. talent Eve Jobs and European standout Nicola Philippaerts.
Nicola Philippaerts and H&M Harley VD Bisschop

“There were so many in the jump-off. I thought Beezie was quite fast, and that I’d be trying to beat her, and then they just kept getting faster and faster,” she said. “That’s a little how the class went tonight overall. I knew I was going to have to go in and put in a personal best, and if we did that, he would win because he’s so fast.”

Little and Clearwater will contest the $380,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5* next week for the first time together, and Little reported that tonight’s win is a real confidence boost. The duo then plan to head to Wellington, FL for their winter circuit, where Little will look to compete in the top classes during the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

Marilyn Little, Eve Jobs, and Nicola Philippaerts in their presentation ceremony with Jennifer Smith of Tryon Equestrian Partners, Sharon Decker, COO of Tryon Resort & TIEC, Lauren Tisbo of Suncast®, and Roger Smith of Tryon Equestrian Partners.

“From here, he will go to Wellington and will hopefully be a real contender there. He was an eventer initially, tried some jumpers and we decided to see how far he could go. It’s been a wonderful ride for us both and he’s a really special horse,” she concluded.

Amber Harte receives the FEI Leading Lady Jumper Rider Award presented by Meg Atkinson of Town & Country Realtors and Olivia Loheac.

Amber Harte (USA) was presented with the FEI Leading Lady Jumper Rider Award presented by Meg Atkinson of Town & Country Realtors after accumulating the most points throughout the week of FEI competition. Marilyn Little’s groom, Daniel Aranda, received the $500 Absorbine Grooms’ Award as groom for the evening’s winning mount.

The final day of Tryon Fall IV is set to conclude tomorrow featuring the $10,000 High Junior/Amateur Owner Classic at 10:00 a.m. followed by the first-ever $2,000 Southern Arches Grooms’ Class and the $25,000Sunday Classic at 1:00 p.m.

Karen Polle and Little Lord 90 Cruise to $35,000 Horseware® Ireland 1.45m Speed Stake CSI 3* Win

The $35,000 1.45m Horseware® Ireland Speed Stake CSI 3* saw Karen Polle (JPN) and her own Little Lord 90 streak to the top of the honor roll as they completed the course in a blazing 64.82 seconds. Just behind her in second place was Daniel Bluman (ISR) aboard his own Bacara D’Archonfosse, a 2007 Belgian Warmblood mare (ASCA Z x Queen D’Archonfosse), finishing in 64.92 seconds, while Brianne Goutal (USA) took third place honors aboard Fineman, a 2003 Swedish Warmblood gelding (Feliciano x Kotiljong II) owned by Rose Hill Farm, stopping the timers at 65.47 seconds.

“Today went really well,” said Polle. “I was lucky. The lines just came up really nice for me and it was perfect. My horse is really quick and has a lot of foot speed, so I just had to guide him around,” she said of the 2005 Holsteiner gelding (Lasino x Remini).

Polle mentioned that her trainer, Rodrigo Pessoa, encouraged her to push herself in some spots throughout the course. “The first line I walked a forward eight and it ended up being really steady for me, and then on the second line I was going to do nine [strides] but my trainer, Rodrigo, told me to do eight. I wasn’t sure I was going to make it, but I did, even though it was a little long.

The pair have been together since April so the gelding is still relatively new to her, “He’s such a trier, he has such a good heart. He’s so fast, so he’s really fun. I just kind of zip around on him,” she smiled.

Click here for a full list of results for the $130,000 Suncast® Commercial Grand Prix CSI 3*.

Click here for a full list of results for the $35,000 1.45m Horseware® Ireland Speed Stake CSI 3*.

Competition concludes for Tryon Fall IV tomorrow, Sunday, October 15, featuring $25,000 1.45mSunday Classic beginning at 1:00 p.m. on the Grass Complex, as the highlight class of the crowd-favorite Derby Days at TIEC. Tryon Fall V begins on Wednesday, October 18 and will feature the $380,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5* on Saturday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. For more information on TIEC, please visit www.tryon.com.

Photo Credit ©Sportfot. These photos may only be used once in relation to this press release with proper credit.

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