Mill Spring, North Carolina, USA – July 13, 2019 – Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Gatsby won the $72,000 Nutrena® Grand Prix CSI 2* last night during the Tryon Summer Series at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, North Carolina, USA.
The New Zealander and the 2004 Irish Sport Horse (Simba x Cruise On) raced to a 36.033 penalty-free jump-off performance to earn the victory.
Adam Prudent (USA) & Romeo de Villaret
Adam Prudent (USA) and Romeo de Villaret, the 2005 Selle Francais stallion (Mr. Blue (NL) x If de Merze) owned by Plain Bay Sales, claimed second-place honors halting the jump-off timers with a time of 36.242 seconds.
Abigail McArdle (USA) & Victorio 5
Abigail McArdle (USA) and Victorio 5, a 2006 Hanoverian stallion (Uccello x Graf Top) owned by Victorio Equine Group LLC, rounded out the podium with their 36.609-second performance in the short course.
Bernardo Costa Cabral (POR) had 42 pairs challenge his first-round course, with seven returning to compete in the jump-off. “He [Cabral] did a really good job,” emphasized Wordley. “He made the course tricky enough that it was hard to jump. I think the height was perfect, and the time was just right that you had to go quick enough, which caused some problems, but without making it too difficult for people. So, I think he nailed it. He did such a good course.”
Wordley piloted two horses through the first-round track, and explained that tonight was Gatsby’s night. “My second horse, [Any], didn’t have a very good warm-up, so it just wasn’t her night, but Gatsby was awesome.”
Though it was Gatsby’s night, it wasn’t a jump-off designed for the stallion, Wordley admitted: “In the jump-off, my strategy actually didn’t go to plan. Gatsby doesn’t turn so well to the right, and there were two tight turns to the right in the jump-off,” he explained. “I actually wanted to do two less strides from [fences] two to three, and two less strides [in the other turn], but I just wanted to go fast enough to put pressure on the others.
“That way,” Wordley continued, “if they wanted to beat me, they needed to do something that could cause a rail, which is what happened. I think the only one who was faster had two [rails] down trying to beat it, so it worked out.”
Though both Wordley and Gatsby have found great success at TIEC, Wordley is hoping that this win carries him forward to his next venture. “Gatsby will have next week and the week after off, then he’ll probably do the two star in Angelstone, which he won last year.”
“I like winning… it’s good!” Wordley concluded. “Gatsby likes winning; he loves it. And it’s always good to beat Santiago Lambre,” he added of his competitor who piloted two rides in the jump-off. “Even if it’s in the 1.30m, I like to beat him, because that guy is fast!”
Results – $72,000 Nutrena® Grand Prix CSI 2*
1) Sharn Wordley (NZL) & Gatsby, 2004 Irish Sport Horse stallion (Simba x Cruise On) – 0 / 0 – 36.033
2) Adam Prudent (USA) & Romeo de Villaret, 2005 Selle Francais stallion (Mr. Blue x If de Merze) – 0 / 0 – 36.242
3) Abigail Mcardle (USA) & Victorio 5, 2006 Hanoverian stallion (Uccello x Graf Top) – 0 / 0 – 36.609
4) Adam Prudent (USA) & Baloutinue, 2010 Hanoverian gelding (Balou Du Rouet x Landor S) – 0 / 0 – 44.436
5) Santiago Lambre (MEX) & Dingeman, 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Nintender x Darnels) – 0 / 4 – 36.907
6) David O’Brien (IRL) & La Belle SCF, 2011 Begian Warmblood mare (Diktator van de Boslandhoeve x Baldini) – 0 / 4 – 43.24
7) Santiago Lambre (MEX) & Ibabco, 2008 Belgian Warmblood stallion (Nabab de Reve x Darco) – 0 / 8 – 34.686
8) Scott Keach (AUS) & Falcon de Hus Z, 2009 Zangersheide gelding (Florian de la Vie*Bazooka x Adlantus AS) – 1 – 77.16
9) Juan Ortiz (VEN) & Verlano, 2010 Mecklenburg Warmblood gelding (Verdi TN x Chellano) – 1 – 77.18
10) Caitlyn Connors (USA) & Bink-A, 2006 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Contact V/D Heffinck x Lys De Darmen) – 1 – 77.9
11) Harold Chopping (CAN) & Fantom, 2010 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Cardento 933 x O. Wellie I) – 1 – 78.12
12) Roberto Teran Tafur (COL) & Diabolo la Quadra, 2009 Holsteiner male (Diarado x Unknown) – 1 – 78.98
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Source: Press release from TIEC – Tryon International Equestrian Center
Photos: © TIEC / Sportfot.
Categories: CSI 2*