Mill Spring, North Carolina, USA – June 7, 2020 – Leslie Burr-Howard (USA) guided Donna Speciale to a win in Saturday’s $75,000 Grand Prix at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) at Tryon Resort.
The American and the 12-year-old grey Dutch Warmblood mare (Cavalier x Concorde) registered a double clear while stopping the jump-off timers at 33.71 seconds for the victory.
Alex Granato (USA) & Carlchen W
Alex Granato (USA) and Page Tredennick’s Carlchen W, a 2008 Mecklenburger gelding (Chacco Blue x Celline-W), claimed second on a time of 34.6 seconds.
Daniel Bedoya (BOL) & Abracadabra WKT
Daniel Bedoya (BOL) rounded out the top three aboard Abracadabra WKT, a 2008 Holsteiner mare (Casaii x Famousgirl II) owned by Monica Hanks, after their 35.013 second jump-off round.
The highlight Jumper class of the Tryon Spring 6/92nd Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Charity Horse Show welcomed 45 entries to test the Michel Vaillancourt (Aiken, SC) course design, with ten horse-and-rider pairs qualifying for the jump-off. Burr-Howard and the 2008 Dutch Warmblood mare (Cavalier x Paris) noted that the course design was “quite clever” in the questions it asked of competitors:
“I thought it was a super course. Where he [Vaillancourt] put that last in-and-out was quite clever,” she explained. “You had rails falling all over [the course], but nobody got hurt. It was a great course! It’s always a pleasure to come here.”
Burr-Howard and “Donna” have had Grand Prix wins at TIEC before, and she noted that the mare “seems to love this venue. She actually won a Grand Prix here in Tryon about two years ago. We know each other extremely well, and she’s always been a very good mare for me. She’s very fast, careful, and competitive.”
Though taking a pause in competition for a few weeks, Burr-Howard plans to return to TIEC for the Summer Series and potentially for the fall season. “From here I’m going home to Wellington, FL, for two weeks, then coming back here for two weeks,” she concluded. “Then, I’m going back to our base in Connecticut, and hopefully, by then shows will be starting back up there. We’ll probably head back to Tryon in the fall, then back down to Florida.”
For full class results, please click here.
Source: Press release (edited) from TIEC – Tryon International Equestrian Center
Photos: © TIEC