Mill Spring, North Carolina, USA – October 4, 2020 – Kristen VanderVeen (USA) and Bull Run’s Divine Fortune ended Tryon Fall 3 on a high note claiming the win in Sunday’s $25,000 Tryon Resort Grand Prix at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC).
The Catsy Cruz (MEX) course saw 35 entries test the first round, with five returning to test the jump-off track. “The time was a little bit tighter than it’s been all week, which helped get the numbers a little bit smaller in the jump-off. She’s naturally my speed horse, with her natural fast canter, and the time allowed actually suited us quite nicely,” VanderVeen shared. “So, that was great, and then the jump-off was just fun. I just went as fast as I could, and she’s such a fighter in the jump-offs – it’s really her specialty.”
The American Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC-owned 2009 Dutch Warmblood mare (Padinus x Amhilavsca Fortuna) stopped the jump-off timers in 38.099 seconds to claim the victory.
VanderVeen emphasized that she “kept it simple” with the mare, who has accrued multiple speed stake wins with VanderVeen in the irons and specializes in speed. “My jump-off plan was to go as fast as I could from jump one to the last… I kept it really simple. She kind of has two speeds – slow and fast – and there’s not a lot in between. Once you get into the fast gear with her, you just stay there!”
Riding Chuck Berry 8, the 2007 Hanoverian gelding (Chacco Blue x Winzerin B) owned by Atlas Equine Holdings, LLC, Abigail McArdle (USA) grabbed second on a time of 40.764 seconds.
Wilhelm Genn (GER) and Bugatti, the 2006 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Heartbreaker x Nona Bella) owned by Eduardo Leon, earned third-place honors after their 41.546-second jump-off performance.
Known for her successes at the venue, VanderVeen will spend the next three weeks at TIEC before deciding where to go next, and mentioned that Tryon Fall 3 was a great opportunity for her to spread the attention to some of the lesser-known horses in her deep string, ahead of continuing FEI competition throughout the month.
“I’m really happy with how all the horses showed this week, and we’ll bring out the big guns next week, so it was fun to get to show these horses that don’t always get a chance to shine. The weather has been beautiful this week – it’s incredible,” she concluded. “Tryon in the fall is pretty spectacular.”
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Source: Press release from TIEC – Tryon International Equestrian Center
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