Thirty-one entries tested the first-round track set by Ireland’s Alan Wade, and nine horse-and-rider pairs returned for a shot at the podium. Vanderveen and the 2005 Belgian Warmblood stallion (Berlin x Udarco), owned by Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC, were sixth to go and put down a fast, clear run that could not be contested.
Vanderveen described how her crowd-favorite mount has been competing for three weeks following a four-week break, and she “just had a feeling” about tonight’s win. “I can feel it with him,” she said. “He loves this sport so much and he has a lot of personality. He had about a four-week break, and this is our third week back showing. Typically the first week he is a little fresh; the second week we work out the kinks, and by the third week he is really focused. He gave me a really good feeling,” she said.
Aaron Vale and Finou 4
Although she went late in the short-course order of go, Vanderveen elected not to watch the riders before her. She elaborated, “My horse has such a huge stride. It is deceiving, which allows us to do things that other horses can’t do. I had my plan pretty much set before any of them went. It is crazy how much ground he can cover,” she said of the stallion’s forward stride.
Pablo Barrios and Elana 22
A frequent blue-ribbon recipient at Tryon, Vanderveen relayed that she’s glad to be back winning big, and in a familiar place. “It is really exciting to win tonight. It sounds silly, but it feels like it has been a while since we have had a big win. We went and did FEI World Cup Finals in Paris and it was a great experience to be in Miami, New York, and all of those big places. It was a lot of traveling and good placings and going from CSI 5* to CSI 5*, so it is nice to pull in a win back here at our venue. It feels like home,” she concluded.
|Kristen Vanderveen, Aaron Vale, and Pablo Barrios in their presentation ceremony with (L-R) North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Tony Copeland; Dan Holmes, Senior Vice President of Commercialization and Brand Marketing Coca-Cola® Bottling Company Consolidated; Governor of North Carolina Roy Cooper, Mark & Katherine Bellissimo, Tryon Equestrian Partners, and Drew Brannon, President of
Tryon Riding & Hunt Club.
The 90th Tryon Riding & Hunt CLub (TR&HC) Charity Horse Show Spring 6 competition concludes tomorrow, Sunday, June 10, featuring the $35,000 1.45m Sunday Classic hosted on the Derby Field at 1:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.Tryon.com.
Full Results for the $204,000 Coca-Cola® Grand Prix CSI 4* for the Governor’s Cup
1. BULL RUN’S FAUSTINO DE TILI, 2005 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Berlin x Udarco
KRISTEN VANDERVEEN (USA), Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC: 0/0/36.573
2. FINOU 4, 2006 Hanoverian gelding by Flashlight 16 x Concetto Famos
AARON VALE (USA), Thinks Like a Horse and Donald Stewart: 0/0/38.028
3. ELANA 22, 2009 Dutch Warmblood mare by Harley VDL x Almox Prints
PABLO BARRIOS (VEN), Pablo Barrios: 0/0/38.807
4. CORONA 93, 2004 Hanoverian mare by Böckmann’s Cordaleme Z x Lenz XX
JACK HARDIN TOWELL (USA), Raylyn Farms, Inc: 0/0/38.828
5. MY PLEASURE, 2005 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Flashlight 16 x Britney Van’t Paradijs
JUAN ORTIZ (VEN), Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc: 0/0/43.79
6. MAIN ROAD, 2008 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Heartbeat x Irco Marco
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Sweet Oak Farm & Seabrook LLC: 0/4/41.947
7. THRILLER P, 2004 Swedish Warmblood stallion by Cardento x Lucky Light
SAMUEL PAROT (CHI), Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc: 0/8/36.975
8. QUALITY GIRL, 2003 Oldenburg mare by Quidam’s Rubin x Dobrock
TODD MINIKUS (USA), Quality Group and Todd Minikus, Ltd: 0/8/38.18
9. CARLCHEN W, 2008 Mecklenburg gelding by Chacco-Blue x Continue
ALEX GRANATO (USA), Page Tredennick: 0/8/38.479
10. GLASGOW DE MUZE, 2006 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Andiamo x Parco
JIMMY TORANO (USA), Ilan Ferder: 4/73.87
11. CAILLOU, 2007 gelding
12. DINGEMAN, 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Nintender x Jolanels
SANTIAGO LAMBRE (MEX), Aurora Rangel de Alba: 4/75.18
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