Mill Spring, NC – August 19, 2019 – Santiago Lambre (Wellington, FL) and Con Rouet claimed Sunday’s $25,000 Tryon Resort Grand Prix at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) at Tryon Resort to conclude Tryon August 2 competition at the venue, laying down a jump-off time of 36.95 seconds. Taylor Land (Atlanta, GA) and Falco V, the Pinetree Farms Inc.-owned 2010 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Bustique x Montreux), were back on the TIEC podium with a second-place jump-off time of 37.881 seconds, while David Blake (hometown) piloted Don’t Touch Du Bois, the 2009 Belgian Warmblood mare (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Indoctro) owned by Pine Hollow Farm, to third on a short-course time of 38.896 seconds.
Santiago Lambre and Con Rouet
Dean Rheinheimer’s course tested 27 entries in the initial round, with eight horse-and-rider pairs welcomed back to challenge the jump-off track. Last to go, Lambre and the 2010 Oldenburg gelding (Conthargos x Balou Du Rouet) owned by Salvador Onate Barron made easy work of the course despite being newly-paired teammates.
Taylor Land and Falco V
“This is the second show I’ve had with him [Con Rouet],” explained Lambre. “He’s a new horse to me, and looks very competitive. I think he’s going to be a winner! I showed him in Michigan one week, and this is the second show. He’s very easy to ride, and careful. I got him three weeks ago from Mexico.”
David Blake and Don’t Touch Du Bois
Lambre and Con Rouet were fourth in Friday’s $5,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake, just missing out on the podium, but found their stride in Sunday’s jump-off course, Lambre detailed. “I thought it was a really nice course. Not too big, but difficult lines, so it was not easy for the riders. The jump-off was really nice,” he continued. “You could turn short and get a nice gallop. It was very nice!”
Santiago Lambre and Con Rouet in their presentation ceremony alongside Competition Manager Lance Bennett.
Competition was stiff, as fellow competitor Land has been on a hot streak at TIEC and had posted a tight time to beat, but Lambre utilized his position in the order of go to study where he could make up the time: “I was the last to go, so I saw the other riders. I had to do everything very short and forward, because it was really fast!”
Taylor Land Continues to Dominate the TIEC Podium with $5,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake Win
Taylor Land (Atlanta, GA) and Falco V sped around the short course in 26.077 seconds to earn the win in Friday’s $5,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake at TIEC, also claiming third place aboard Get Go, piloting the Pinetree Farms Inc. entry and 2012 Hanoverian gelding (Grey Top x World Diamond O) to a 27.496-second jump-off round. Santiago Lambre (Wellington, FL) and Chapiletto, a 2009 Oldenburg gelding (Chacco Blue x Pretty Woman) owned by Luis Gerardo Plascencia y Familia, produced a 27.004-second short course to claim second.
Taylor Land in her presentation ceremony with Competition Manager Lance Bennett.
Course designer Dean Rheinheimer (Sheridan, IN) had 26 pairs attempt his first-round track, with nine entries earning a chance to compete over the jump-off course. Continuing her recent trend of three-for-three, Land piloted all three of her mounts through to the second round of competition, ultimately bookending the podium. “The course rode really well. There was a lot to do, so it was fun!” Land said of the course.
“He [Falco V] has just been amazing. He’s such a winner, and he always tries his heart out. He was so speedy today!” she said of the 2010 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Bustique x Montreux) owned by Pinetree Farms Inc. “Falco is nine, and I’ve had him almost three years.”
Land has an impressive trio of horses that have truly hit their stride at TIEC recently and continue to collect consecutive podium placings. Land explained: “We rode complicated courses this summer at Spruce Meadows, and I think that really helped me make some strides this summer. All of the horses are just in a really good place with their age and mentality: Falco is nine, Liroy  is ten, and Grumbles [Get Go] is seven, and they’re all just in a really good place. They feel like they’re thriving!”
Get Go in particular has stepped up in the last few weeks, Land shared, competing in his first “Saturday Night Lights” Grand Prix in Tryon Stadium and taking first, despite “just starting to jump at this level,” Land revealed. “He’s just been amazing. This [Ring 4] was a new ring for him, and I am so proud of him! This is for sure the biggest he’s jumped in a smaller ring, so it was really nice to feel him jumping so well. I was a little bit more conservative on him in the jump-off because it was his first time jumping bigger in a smaller place, but he was amazing.”
Land hopes to keep her winning streak alive and will compete at the venue for the duration of the Tryon August Series, giving credit to “Team Land” for her consistent results: “I credit my recent success to having an amazing team, both at home and on the road, including my parents, Jay and Kim, my grooms and rider. They are all incredible and make my job so much easier!”
The Adequan® 1.30m Open Jumper Division named Aida Sanchez Long (Signal Mountain, TN) as champion aboard MHS Indiana for Maarten Huygens, while Kyle Dewar (Ocala, FL) and Joan Burke’s Habanera RHF claimed reserve.
Taylor Land (Atlanta, GA) and Handsome, owned by Pinetree Farms Inc., topped the CaptiveOne Advisors 1.20m Open Jumper Division, with Maryann Charles (Southern Pines, NC) and her own Carlin collecting reserve for their efforts.
The 1.15m Jumper Division awarded Jorge Ludwig (Newbury Park, CA) and Stone Ridge Farm LLC’s Luciana the champion rosette, also awarding a three-way tie for reserve. Clayton Russell and Vick Russell, both of Columbus, NC, piloted Folsom owned by Vick Russell and Christina Fisher’s Cool, respectively. Also enjoying a reserve champion finish, Allen Nabors Jr. (Odessa, FL) rode Dutchess Carola, owned by Allen Nabors and Jamie Stryker.
The Junior/Amateur Combined 1.20m/1.30m Jumper Division resulted in a champion rosette for Kaitlyn McCann of Hampton, NH, riding Equ Mac LLC’s Eliana. Reserve was awarded to Morgan Ashby (Lincolnton, NC) riding her own Crescendo.
The Baby Green Hunter 2’6” Division congratulated Amanda Wise (Wagener, SC) and her own Laika Lady as champions, with reserve earned by Suzanne Feagan (Columbus, NC) and the Muny Sunk Stables Inc. entry, Nevada van het Kunselhof.
Clayton Russell (Columbus, NC) and Piper Fisk’s Lorezi claimed champion in the Pulse Equine Performance Hunter 3’3” Division, with reserve honors awarded to Amanda Wise (Wagener, SC) and her own Remedy.
Suzanne Feagan (Columbus, NC) and Whiskey Thief, the DCB Services LLC entry, claimed champion in the USHJA Hunter 2’9” Division, while Ellie Easterly (Alcoa, TN) rode Maryville College’s Jubilee to reserve.
The USHJA Hunter 2’ Division named Loren Gilbert (Knoxville, TN) and Maryville College’s Closeau as champions, also congratulating Allie Podhajsky (Knoxville, TN) and Maryville College’s Breemont Villa in reserve.
For full results from the $25,000 Tryon Resort Grand Prix, click here.
For full results from the $5,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake, click here.
The Tryon August Series continues through August 28. To learn more, visit www.Tryon.com.
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