Mill Spring, North Carolina, USA – June 09, 2021 – Kristen VanderVeen (USA) and Bull Run’s Divine Fortune rode to win Wednesday’s $37,000 Power & Speed Stake CSI 3* during the first week of the Tryon Summer Series at the Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort.
The American and the 2009 Dutch Warmblood mare (Padinus x Caruso), owned by Bull Run Jumpers, were faul-free and stopped the second phase timers in 31.5 seconds to claim the blue ribbon. The dynamic duo teamed up to shine in exactly the right class, she noted.
“Today’s pretty exciting! I brought this horse this week only to jump this class, so I’m really glad the plan came together. She’s been great, but hasn’t gotten to jump much at the FEI [level] because ‘the boys’ have been taking over the spotlight,” VanderVeen reported of her deep string of talented horses. “She [Divine Fortune] was recently second in the National Grand Prix. It’s going to be a lighter week for us, but it’s off to a good start.
The next two spots on the podium were claimed by Conor Swail (IRL), being second aboard Koss van Heiste, the 2010 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Breemeersen Adorado x Hadise Van Heiste) owned by Eadaoin Aine Ni Choileain PC, in 33.924 seconds.
The Irishman was third with Gamble, the 2011 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Vingino x Indoctro) owned by Asta Torokvei, in a time of 34.104 seconds.
Vanderveen complimented the course designger, “the course was great. It was a little bigger than I expected, but the speed part of it was really open with some fun slices,” she shared. The competitive ride was made possible in part by Divine Fortune’s talent for taking the angle, VanderVeen concluded. “That horse is really good at finding the jumps, so I can hold a pretty aggressive angle and she always sees it. It was actually a really fun speed section!”
Final Results – $37,000 Power & Speed Challenge CSI 3*
1) Kristen Vanderveen (USA) & Bull Run’s Divine Fortune – 0 / 0 – 31.5
2) Conor Swail (IRL) & Koss van Heiste – 0 / 0 – 33.924
3) Conor Swail (IRL) & Gamble – 0 / 0 – 34.124
Source: Press Release by Sarah Madden for TIEC – Tryon International Equestrian Center
Photos: © TIEC / Shannon Brinkman Photography