CSI 3*

Lacey Gilbertson & Baloppi Best the Field in $132,000 Ingles Grand Prix CSI 3* at TIEC

2019. TIEC CSI 3 GP Lacey Gilbertson & Baloppi TIEC Bailey Beck

Mill Spring, North Carolina – June 1, 2019 – Lacey Gilbertson (USA) and Baloppi produced a foot-perfect round to take the $132,000 Ingles Grand Prix CSI 3* win, clearing the jump-off course in 38.654 seconds in Tryon Stadium at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring North Carolina, USA.

2019. TIEC CSI 3 GP David Blake & Keoki TIEC Bailey Beck

David Blake (IRL) & Keoki

David Blake (IRL) and Keoki, a 2009 Holsteiner (Catoki x Cassini I) owned by Pine Hollow Farm, sped to a 42.272-second finish to claim second.

2019. TIEC CSI 3 GP Angel Karolyi & April Moon TIEC Bailey Beck

Angel Karolyi (VEN) & April Moon

Angel Karolyi (VEN) and April Moon, a 2008 Holsteiner mare (Quinar x Landwind II) owned by Carol Rosenstein, bagged a podium finish for their 42.21-second jump-off performance.

Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) saw 28 entries test his first-round course design, with five pairs welcomed back for the jump-off contest. One of the early challengers for the jump-off, Gilbertson explained that she was able to gain an advantage over her competitors with Baloppi, who is “very quick naturally, and the faster you go with her, honestly, the easier she is to ride. She’s naturally a winner. She’s amazing.”

“The course was careful, and I don’t think it was overly big,” she detailed. “The course designer definitely got their number [of clears] right.” There were a few spots on course that rode a little differently than she originally planned, Gilbertson continued. “In the first round, [the line] from the Liverpool to the triple bar rode a little bit differently than I thought. I thought it was going to be a bit more steady. I think everything came up very quickly in that ring with those verticals off all the short turns, so that was a bit expected, other than that I think it was pretty much what it walked.”

2019. TIEC CSI 3 GP Podium Lacey Gilbertson TIEC Bailey Beck

Podium: David Blake (IRL), Lacey Gilbertson (USA), and Angel Karolyi (VEN) in their presentation ceremony alongside Howard and Gwen Dvorkin, Tryon Equestrian Partners, with daughter Carly Dvorkin.

Gilbertson is preparing Baloppi for an upcoming trip to Europe, and has also been stepping her up to do 1.50m competitions. “She hasn’t done that many classes this height,” Gilbertson revealed. “She’s very careful, so we wanted to take our time stepping her up, and in the past few months she’s just gotten better and better. She feels like she’s more comfortable, she’s gotten a little scopier, and she’s had some night class experience, too.”

The pair had to call upon their experience to put in a competitive round early in the second round, putting the pressure on for those to follow, Gilbertson commented. “Going in the beginning of the jump-off, I had to take chances where I could and go fast, because I didn’t know how everybody else behind me was going to do, but luckily it all paid off!”

Results: $132,0000 Ingles Grand Prix CSI 3*
Place / Rider / Country / Horse – R1 Penalties / Jump-off Penalties – Time
1. Lacey Gilbertson (USA) & Baloppi – 0 / 0 – 38.654
2. David Blake (IRL) & Keoki (Catoki x Cassini I) – 0 / 0 – 41.272
3. Angel Karolyi (VEN) & April Moon (Quinar x Landwind II) – 0 / 0 – 42.21
4. Sharn Wordley (NZL) & Casper (Contender x Baloubet Du Rouet) – 0 / 4 – 39.968
5. Scott Keach (AUS) & Falcon de Hus Z (Florian de la Vie*Bazooka x Adlantus AS) – 0 / 4 – 45.456
6. Pablo Barrios (VEN) & Le Vio (Van Gogh x Drosselklang II) – 4 – 71.61
7. Hunter Holloway (USA) & VDL Bravo S (Ephepe for Ever  x Chellano Z) – 4 – 74.48
8. Kristen Vanderveen (USA) & Bull Run’s Risen (Utopie x Indoctro) – 4 – 75.22
9. Hector Florentino (DOM) & Venus (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Julius) – 4 – 75.59
10. Richie Moloney (IRL) & Button Sitte (Ogano Sitte x Parco – 4 – 75.66
11. Ali Leopold-Moreno (USA) & Ulysse Du Bourberg (Dollar du Murier x Lama des Landes – 5 / 78.55
12. Spencer Brittan (USA) & Win for Life (Winningmood van de Arenberg x Chatman) – 5 – 79.13
For full results, please click here.
Source: Press release from TIEC – Tryon International Equestrian Center
Photos: ©  TIEC / Bailey Beck Photography