Mill Spring, North Carolina, USA – October 31, 2020 – Darragh Kerins (IRL) took the top call and the yellow rosette in Saturday’s $25,000 Tryon Resort Grand Prix at Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort (TIEC),
The Irishman and Skara Glen’s Para Bellum, a 2011 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Singulord Joter x Labor’s VDL Indorado) cleared the short course timers in 38.607 seconds to claim top honors.
Kerins and the gelding (Singulord Joter x Labor’s VDL Indorado), owned by Hampton Farms LLC, Patricia Hurter and Skara Glen Stables, have been paired together for just over a year, he relayed, and “he’s really come into his own this summer. This is actually the second Grand Prix that he’s won here this season. He’s been off for the last couple of weeks, so this was a great class to do before he shows next week.”
Brian Murphy (USA) and Denison Park Combat, the 2008 Warmblood gelding (Clinton H x Weinzuber) owned by Allyson & Andrew Lamb, scored second place with their 39.409 second jump-off performance.
Kerins also piloted Carlos JD Z, the 2009 Zangersheide gelding (Canturo x Baloubet) owned by NRG Farm LLC, to third on a time of 42.011 seconds.
Concluding the Tryon Fall Series with a strong showing in the week’s highlight class, Kerins qualified both his rides in the jump-off after successfully navigating the Skip Bailey (Loxahatchee, FL) course design, which tested 15 pairs. Five pairs returned for the jump-off round, where Kerins utilized his position as last in the order of go to pull the lead from Murphy and Denison Park Combat, who had conquered the $5,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake earlier in the week.
Ending his time at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) on a high note, Kerins commented that his family has found the venue to be a safe and comfortable home base for the last five months. “My family and I love the place. We’ve been here five months! We had a great time all summer and fall. Tryon has done a great job managing COVID-19, so we’ve felt very safe here as a family. We just love the place, and hope to be back next year!”
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Source: Press release from TIEC – Tryon International Equestrian Center
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