Mill Spring, North Carolina – October 13, 2021 – Daniel Pedraza Littlewood (MEX) and Santa Rosa Yalta flew through the speed phase of Wednesday’s $37,000 Power & Speed Stake CSI 3* in a time of 36.541 seconds to earn first place in a field of 34 pairs.
Karl Cook (USA) and Kalinka Van’t Zorgvliet, the 2010 Belgian Warmblood mare (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Flipper d’Elle) owned by Signe Otsby, scored second on a speed phase time of 36.749 seconds, while Luis Pedro Biraben (ARG) rode Chacco Bumpy, his own 2010 Oldenburg mare (Chacco-Blue x Toulon), to third in 36.753 seconds.
Twenty-two of the 34 horse-and-rider duos continued from the power to the speed phase over the Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) course design, with 11 pairs making it through the final timers with no faults. Pedraza Littlewood (MEX) and the 2012 Mexican Sport Horse mare owned by Proyectos Agricolas Sa De CV collected their first win together in Tryon Stadium, which he attributed to a course design from Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) that suited his mare.
“This is our first win with her, so we’re really happy! I knew it was a good course for her because she has a really big stride and turns really fast,” he shared. “ I decided to take it a bit quiet in the beginning, and then use her rideability to the double, which was a difficult question, but she managed really well.”
Pedraza Littlewood (MEX) is a returning competitor to TIEC after falling in love with the venue after his first experience, he concluded. “It’s my second time here in Tryon this year. I’ve loved it since the first time I was here! It’s a super show, and we’ll be competing in the FEI classes throughout the week.”
Final Results – $37,000 Power & Speed Stake CSI 3*
1) Daniel Pedraza Littlewood (MEX) & Santa Rosa Yalta – 0 / 0 – 36.541
2) Karl Cook (USA) & Kalinka Van’t Zorgvliet – 0 / 0 – 36.749
3) Luis Pedro Biraben (ARG) & Chacco Bumpy – 0 / 0 – 36.753
Source: Press Release by Sarah Madden for TIEC – Tryon International Equestrian Center
Photos: ©TIEC / Natalie Suto