Mill Spring, North Carolina, USA – April 3, 2021 – Doug Payne (USA) and Quintessence were a dominating force throughout the week during Tryon Welcome 2 competition at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) and Resort (TIEC), besting the field in both Saturday’s $15,000 Tryon Resort Grand Prix, a 1.35m-1.40m Jumper Classic, and the $5,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake on Thursday. Payne also bested another competition hosted simultaneously at TIEC: The Fork at TIEC presented by Nutrena®, including his ProElite® CCI 4*-S Division win with longtime campaigner Vandiver.
While Payne and Quintessence stopped the short course timers in a time of 31.657 seconds for the win on Saturday, his competitors also boasted consistent weekends. JP Godard served as course designer.
Payne’s busy week in Eventing didn’t seem to affect his performance in the Jumper ring with Quintessence, the 2011 Holsteiner gelding (Quinar x Victoria’s Secret) owned by Jane Dudinsky, whose partnership with Payne has flourished over the years with many decorated wins behind them. Payne displayed great admiration for his mount, saying, “He’s a freak, and that’s all there is to it. He’s just an incredible creature, and I am honestly very, very lucky to have him,” he emphasized. “He’s a joy to have around, and I can’t wait to see what he will do in the future.”
After recently relocating his home base to North Carolina after already known as a frequent competitor at TIEC, Payne touched on his forthcoming plans for the next few weeks, saying, “We will probably be back here in two weeks, and he [Quintessence] will do the two Split Rock dates in the beginning of June, he will do the FEI there.”
Heather Hooker (USA) and her own Charles 82, the 2010 Holsteiner gelding (Cachas x V-Carica), raced to second in a time of 32.02 seconds.
David O’Brien (IRL) repeated a podium placing from earlier in the week, this time guiding One in a Million SCF, the 2014 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Presley Boy x Werly Chin de Muse) owned by Spy Coast Farm, to a short-course time of 32.959 for third.
Source: Press release from TIEC – Tryon International Equestrian Center
Photos: © TIEC