Wellington, Florida, USA – November 01, 2020 – Catherine Tyree (USA) and BEC Lorenzo closed out the ESP Fall Finale on Sunday, November 1, with a win in the feature class, the $25,000 Osphos Grand Prix. The week marked the return of competition to the main grounds of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The ESP Fall Finale was the fifth of seven shows in the ESP Fall Series, which runs October 1 through November 15.
Course designer, Hector Loyola, set the track for a total of 26 competitors, with only four pairs returning for the second round. Tyree and BEC Lorenzo, owned by Catherine Tyree LLC, flew through the jump-off in 43.117 seconds to claim the win and were one of only two duos to clear the jump-off.
Completing another clear round in 44.524 seconds for second place were Jenna Friedman (USA) and Shai Tertner’s Tycoon D’Argences.
Heather Williams (USA) and Marie VD Mespel Z, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Caristo, were third with a time of 47.325 seconds and four faults.
“I have such a naturally quick horse, and we’ve done a lot of jump-offs together, so I knew I could trust his big stride and call on him a bit,” Tyree said of her 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Livello x Guidam). “The best thing about him is that he’s so eager to do a good job. Going to the combination, I saw my distance and zeroed in on it. On a less experienced horse, I maybe would have stayed out for another stride, but he was right there with me.”
“So far, so good,” Tyree noted of her first appearance in the Grand Prix ring after a minor injury that kept her from competing for six weeks. She concluded, “It feels nice to be back, and Lorenzo felt great and was fresh and excited. We’re ready to get things going!”
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Source: Press release from ESP – Equestrian Sports Productions
Photos: © Anne Gittins Photography