Mill Spring, North Carolina, USA – May 20, 2021 – The only pair to go double-clear after two rounds of competition in the $25,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake, Tomas Yofre (ARG) and Cardora produced a winning time of 39.064.
Christina Webb (USA) and FVF Sailor Man, the Fox View Farm entry and 2006 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Popeye K x Baby Grande), dropped one rail and finished the course in a time of 38.279 for reserve, while third place went to Ramiro Quintana (ARG) and Castana LS La Silla, the 2009 La Silla mare (Quintero x Ratina Z), after their four-fault, 41.777-second run.
The Catsy Cruz (MEX) designed course challenged 34 entries in the first round, with only four duos returning for the jump-off round. While Yofre and the 2010 Holsteiner mare (Caretino x Tamara V) owned by Stellium Sport Horses LLC have only been paired together for a few months, they are already clicking as a team, he shared.
“She is amazing. I’ve had her for four months, and she’s done very well, so I’m happy.” The trailblazers for both the first and second rounds of competition, Yofre reported that his plan was to focus on the technical difficulty of the track while keeping the time in mind. “I was the first to go in, and it was technically difficult. I had a plan, and I just stuck to the plan and it worked out. The times were very close.”
Serving as the first horse on course once again in the jump-off, Yofre attempted to put pressure on the other competitors behind him to secure the win, he recapped. “I just ran through, and tried to put pressure on the other riders, and it worked out again.”
Yofre, who has competed at TIEC throughout the last five years, will stay two weeks on this trip and hopes to continue cashing in on the luck the venue seems to bring to him and his horses. “I’ve been coming here for five years, and I love it. And I always have a little bit of luck here, so I will keep coming!”
Final Results – $25,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake
1) Tomas Yofre (ARG) & Cardora – 0 / 0 – 39.064
2) Christina Webb (USA) & FVF Sail Man – 0 / 4 – 38.279
3) Ramiro Quintana (ARG) & Castana LS LA Silla – 0 / 4 – 41.777
Source: Press Release by Sarah Madden / TIEC – Tryon International Equestrian Center
Photos: © TIEC – Tryon International Equestrian Center