Sharn Wordley and Gatsby Sweep the Week to Win the $72,000 St. Luke's Hospital Grand Prix CSI 2*

May 4, 2019 - 11:18 PM

For Immediate Release

Mill Spring, NC – May 4, 2019 – Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Gatsby kicked off the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) “Saturday Night Lights” 2019 series with a win in the $72,000 St. Luke’s Hospital Grand Prix CSI 2*, stopping the jump-off timers in 39.018 seconds to take a second win on the week. Annabella Sanchez (USA) and Incitatus, her own 2009 Oldenburg gelding (Stakkatol x Con Air), was just behind on a time of 39.154 seconds to earn second, while Fernando Cardenas Jr. (COL) and Quincy Car, a 2004 Oldenburg stallion (Galiani Car x Amour Parfait) owned by Fernando and Meredith Cardenas, dashed around the short-course in a time of 39.941 seconds to secure the final podium spot.

SharnSharn Wordley and Gatsby

Course designer Manuel Esparza (MEX) tested 20 entries over his first-round course, with eight pairs accepted back for the jump-off round. The entire podium all finished just under 40 seconds, and Wordley explained that he and Gatsby would have been more comfortably in front had they not had a little hiccup on course:

“My strategy [in the jump-off] was to go not crazy fast, but to keep all the jumps up. The second-to-last jump, on the rollback, it didn’t quite work out the way I wanted to and I had to add an extra stride,” he said. “That’s why I was on the same second as the second and third [place riders] – I was planning on being a bit faster than what I was, so I got lucky there.”

Screen Shot 2019-05-04 at 11.09.17 PMAnnabella Sanchez and Incitatus

His advantage, then, came from his naturally fast horse, Wordley detailed. “I just have a very fast, smart horse. That’s where I had the advantage – I have a great horse. The other riders have great horses, too, and it was very close. But, I could’ve been beaten at that one line – I got lucky.”

Screen Shot 2019-05-04 at 11.09.24 PMFernando Cardenas Jr. and Quincy Car

Wordley and his 2004 Irish Sport Horse stallion (Simba x Cruise On) also took the win in Thursday’s $36,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake, and he was quick to compliment the course build for a competitive field under the lights in Tryon Stadium: “Fantastic week. I love Tryon. It was a very good course,” Wordley continued. “I thought he had the time just right – it was tight enough. Because the time was quite tight, it forced a few faults that riders wouldn’t have had otherwise. It was a very good course: very square and very wide.”

Screen Shot 2019-05-04 at 11.09.32 PMSharn Wordley, Annabella Sanchez, and Fernando Cardenas Jr. in their prize giving ceremony alongside (L-R): Tryon Equestrian Partners Jennifer and Roger Smith; Michelle Fortune, CEO of St. Luke’s Hospital.

Wordley will be back in the irons with Gatsby at Tryon International Equestrian Center throughout the season, “planning to be at every FEI show here this summer,” he concluded. Wordley will also compete on another mount, Rye Val De Mai, in Sunday’s $36,000 1.45m Sunday Classic at approximately 10:00 a.m. in Tryon Stadium.

Final Results of $72,000 St. Luke’s Hospital Grand Prix CSI 2*

1. Gatsby, 2004 Irish Sport Horse stallion by Simba x Cruise On

Sharn Wordley (NZL), Sharn Wordley: 0/0/39.018

2. Incitatus, 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Stakkatol x Con Air

Annabella Sanchez (USA), Annabella Sanchez: 0/0/39.154

3. Quincy Car, 2004 Oldenburg stallion by Galiani Car x Amour Parfait

Fernando Cardenas Jr. (COL), Fernando and Meredith Cardenas: 0/0/39.941

4. Walnut, 2010 Colombian Sport Horse mare by Costello x Potomac

Ricardo Villa (COL), Haras Santa Maria: 0/0/40.643

5. Maraca LS La Silla, 2007 La Silla mare by Quintero x Capitol I

Scott Keach (AUS), Abrahamson Equestrian LLC: 0/0/40.647

6. Atlantis, 2003 Zangersheide gelding by Andiamo x Royal Bravour L

Samuel Parot (CHI), Samuel Parot: 0/4/38.08

7. Ibabco, 2008 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Nabab De Reve x Darco

Santiago Lambre (MEX), Santiago Lambre: 0/4/38.289

8. Uxanna, 2010 Württemberger mare by Ustinov x Centesimo

Jimmy Torano (USA), Dr. Hermann Flaig: 0/8/41.377

9. Keoki, 2009 Holsteiner male by Catoki x Cassini I

David Blake (IRL), Pine Hollow Farm: 1/79.69

10. Catungee, 2006 Holsteiner gelding by Contact Me x Liatos

Catherine Tyree (USA), Mary Tyree: 1/79.82

11. El Pacho, 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Cardento 933 x Goodtimes

Alberto Michan (ISR), Pablo Mejia Villa: 1/81.56

12. Quite Funny, 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Quite Easy I x Quat’sous

Laura Connaway (USA), Laura Connaway: 2/85.91

To view results for all entries, click here.

Photo credit ©TIEC. These photos may be used once in relation to this press release.


About Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort: 

Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, host of the FEI World Equestrian  Games™ Tryon 2018, is one of the world’s ultimate equestrian lifestyle destinations with first-class facilities for all FEI disciplines and showcasing Hunter/Jumper, Equitation, Steeplechase, Polo, and multidiscipline events in Mill Spring, NC. From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. A haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts, Tryon Resort is an iconic, year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment. Learn more at

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