Mill Spring, North Carolina, USA — October 27, 2019 — It was Richie Moloney (IRL) aboard Merqusio to win Sunday’s $25,000 American Standard Grand Prix to conclude Tryon Fall 6 competition at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), located in Mill Spring, North Carolina, USA.
The Irishman and the Belgian Warmblood gelding (Cicero Z x Flamenco De Semilly) registered a penalty-free jump-off effort in 43.623 seconds for the victory.
Tracy Fenney (USA) and MTM Apple, a 2011 Danish Warmblood mare (Favorit Ask x Willemoes) owned by MTM Farm, retired in the jump-off to finish second.
The fastest four-faulters, Roberto Teran Tafur (COL) and Dena Sienne, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood mare (Van Gogh x Animo) owned by Waldman Horses BV, claimed third-place honors after completing the first round in 75.697 seconds.
Anthony D’Ambrosio’s (USA) course saw 22 entries test the first round, with only two returning for the jump-off. Moloney explained that he thought it was the triple combination in the first round that seemed to cause the most trouble but “apart from that it was a really fair course.
“I went first in the jump-off, so I just wanted to be quick and put some pressure on her [Tracy Fenney]. I knew her horse is really fast so it was important for me to leave all the jumps up,” detailed Moloney of his second-round strategy.
Moloney and the Equinimity LLC-owned and the gelding have been a team for a couple years, shared Moloney. “He’s been competing at the 1.45m and 1.50m level and he has done some FEI Grand Prix as well. He’s a good horse and is very careful.
“Last Sunday I had really good results and then yesterday I was second in the Grand Prix and today I had a win, so it’s a nice way to finish up,” Moloney said. “We’re going to Wellington on Tuesday but Equinimity, who I work for, has a farm ten minutes away so I’ll be back in April.”
Richie Moloney (IRL) & Merqusio in their presentation ceremony alongside JP Godard, TIEC Competition Manager
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Source: Press release from TIEC – Tryon International Equestrian Center
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