Keri Kampsen and Mr. Fox Find $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby Win at TIEC
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Mill Spring, NC — July 21, 2019 — It was Roberto Teran Tafur (COL) aboard Dena Sienne to win the $36,000 Classic CSI 3* on Friday during Tryon Summer 6 at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), with a fault-free effort in a time of 36.966 seconds. Santiago Lambre (MEX) and Doloris, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood mare (Harley VDL x Colorado D) owned by Aurora Rangel De Alba, earned second place with their 37.906 second jump-off round, while Todd Minikus (USA) and Calvalou, a 2007 Oldenburg gelding (Calvaro F.C. x Baloubet du Rouet) owned by Todd Minikus, LTD., claimed third-place honors with a finish of 38.12 seconds.
Roberto Teran Tafur and Dena Sienne
A total of 22 riders contested the first-round course designed by Ken Krome (USA), with six pairs returning for the jump-off. “The course was really good,” Tafur explained. “It was a little technical. The course designer is very fair and very technical. All the horses jumped great, and I think the best horse won!
Santiago Lambre and Doloris
“I [was up against] Todd Minikus, Santiago Lambre, Samuel Parot, and Juan Ortiz; every single one of them is a fast rider. I wanted to do my fastest course while trying to leave the jumps up, and everything just worked out for me,” Tafur shared of his strategy heading into the jump-off.
Todd Minikus and Calvalou
Although Tafur and the 2008 Dutch Warmblood mare (Van Gogh x Animo) owned by Walkman Horses BV were competing in the 1.50m divisions in Wellington this past winter, Tafur’s winter injury resulting in a broken knee put him and his mount out of the show ring for almost ten weeks. “This is her [Dena Sienne’s] second show back and finally she’s getting back into the groove [of things]. Sometimes, for horses that’s a little hard,” he continued. “She’s not ready for the Grand Prix this week. I have another one that’s going in it, but this one has had three days in a row [of showing] and I think that’s enough until the next show.”
Roberto Teran Tafur and Dena Sienne in their presentation ceremony.
Tafur concluded: “It’s a privilege for us to be here [at Tryon]. I have one horse in the Grand Prix and hopefully we will have a top three ribbon. This week is our last week here until we come back for the fall shows. I have been here many times. After this week, we will be back home in Pennsylvania for a week and then take the horses to Traverse City.”
Keri Kampsen and Mr. Fox Find $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby Win at TIEC
Friday morning of Tryon Summer 6 at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) saw Keri Kampsen (Wellington, FL) pilot Mr. Fox to a win in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby with an overall score of 178. Second place was awarded to Tommi Clark (Tryon, NC), who rode the Stephen Borders-owned Expectation, a 2010 Oldenburg gelding (Rosengold x Weinliesel II), and earned a total score of 169. Ashley Conkle (Wellford, SC) showed Agneta Currey’s Tomcat, a 2004 Warmblood gelding (Rosengold x Weinliesel II), to earn third-place honors with a total score of 167.
Keri Kampsen and Mr. Fox
“I loved the courses today,” Kampsen expressed of the track Dean Rheinheimer (Sheridan, IN) set for the 14 pairs in the Derby. “I love a long gallop, and it was a bunch of single jumps off the gallop and the bending lines rode right on step. I thought it was just challenging enough and it really allowed for [Mr. Fox’s] jumping style to shine and help us win the class.”
Kampsen and Mr. Fox, a six year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Casskeni II x Kimberly) owned by Marjorie Sugarman, earned a first-round score of 90, putting them at the top of the class to be called back last for the handy round, where they earned a score of 88.
Tommi Clark and Expectation
Kampsen shared that Mr. Fox, who has not been on American soil even six months yet, is getting ready to compete at Green Incentive Finals next month but has also proven himself to be a great mount for his owner. “Mr. Fox is the horse we got for Marjorie Sugarman during the last week of WEF; he had just been imported by Brady Mitchell,” Kampsen continued. “Marjorie does the Adults on him, and will step up to the Amateur Owner’s next year. This is his sixth horse show.”
Ashley Conkle and Tomcat
Kampsen shared that TIEC had served as a stop for Mr. Fox and several other horses in her barn to prepare further for the Incentive Finals on their way to Kentucky: “This is our second week here at Tryon. We stopped here on our way to Kentucky and it’s been a great experience! The facility is helping us to prepare the horses for [USHJA Green Hunter] Incentive Finals.”
Keri Kampsen and Mr. Fox in their presentation ceremony.
Kampsen concluded, “It’s been great for the horses to come here to Tryon because the footing is beautiful and there’s plenty of open space to go ride in. We show a lot at WEF since we live there, so it’s nice to have a change of venue, and the weather’s much cooler here than it is in Florida right now, even this week!”
The 1.35m Open Jumper Division saw Richie Moloney (Wellington, FL) and Caitlin Creel’s entry, Boriena H, earn the champion honors for the week. Reserve champion honors were awarded to David Power (Wellington, FL) aboard MHS Quinton, owned by Molly Kenney.
In the Adequan® 1.30m Open Jumper Division, Richie Maloney (Wellington, FL) earned another champion honor aboard Equinimity LLC’s entry, Fabian D. Brooke Kemper (Culpeper, VA) and her own entry, Classified, earned the reserve champion honors.
Haley Robinson (Tampa, FL) rode the Salt Creek Stables LLC entry, SCS Clyde Z, to
earn champion honors in the CaptiveOne Advisors 1.20m Open Jumper Division. Reserve champion honors were awarded to Jeanne Hobbs (Southern Pines, NC) aboard her own Beau du Marais.
It was Cara Dayton (Chesapeake City, MD) and Deborah Dayton’s entry, Curby du Seigneur, to take the championship in the High Junior/Amateur Jumper 1.40m Division. Reserve champion honors were awarded to two riders this week: Mariella Godoy (Loxahatchee, FL) aboard her own entry, Iluna, and John Angus (Fort Lauderdale, FL) aboard W. Tonix Hero, owned by Stephanie Angus.
Cointreau was piloted by owner and rider Molly Lobel (Canton, GA) to be crowned champion of the Low Children’s Jumper 1.0m Division, while Emily McBride (Marietta, GA) and her own Starstrukk took the reserve champion honors.
The Absorbine Green Hunter 3’/3’6” Division saw Keri Kampsen (Wellington, FL) earn champion honors aboard Probable Cause, the Quail Run Partnerships’ entry. Reserve champion honors were awarded to Stephanie von Bidder (Aiken, SC) aboard Farandola, owned by Marguerite Munger.
Sophie Koch (Atlanta, GA) rode her own Floresco’s Son to champion honors in the Adult-Amateur Hunter 18-35 Division, while Tyler Bunn (Cary, NC) rode Donald Stewart’s entry, Dress Balou, to reserve champion honors.
In the Baby Green Hunter 2’6” Division, Jennifer Barker (Hopkins, SC) piloted Maria Wynn’s Dutch Boy to champion honors. Reserve champion honors were awarded to Alejo Maddalena (Birmingham, AL) and the Stacey Robichaud-owned Summertime.
Ellie Weinreb (Roswell, GA) showed her own entry Whiskey Tango in the Junior Hunter 3’3” Division to earn champion for the week, while Grace Miller (Watkinsville, GA) rode her own entry, Jamestown, to earn reserve champion in the division.
Clara Dendtler (Alpharetta, GA) dominated the Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter 3’ Division, earning champion honors aboard her own Quintessential. Reserve champion honors were awarded to Michelle Drum (Campobello, SC) and her own Drumfields Expensive Endeavor.
The Tryon Summer Series continues through Sunday, July 21, 2019. For more information, visit Tryon.com.
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