Mill Spring, North Carolina, USA – July 2, 2022 – Jacqueline Ruyle (USA) and Cyramo Z were victorious in Saturday night’s $75,000 Night in the Country Carolinas Music Festival Grand Prix CSI 2*, Ruyle’s first-ever FEI Grand Prix win. The duo stopped the jump-off timers at 42.06 seconds to earn the blue.
Ruyle and Cyramo Z bested a field of 32 entries to top the Ivan Tangle (ARG) course, alongside seven other pairs returning for the jump-off. “I walked the course tonight and I knew it was a good course for her, and she jumped around it clean! I knew I was first to go, so I just wanted to make sure I was patient and have a clear round. It wasn’t the smoothest run I’ve had; but, It panned out for me!”
“She’s a little grey mare and is really feisty,” Ruyle described Cyramo Z. “I’ve had her since she was seven, so we’ve had a long time to build a good partnership, and she’s 11 now. This is actually our first FEI Grand Prix win, and my first ever!”
Clinching second place was Molly Ashe Cawley (USA) aboard Dior P Z, the 2011 Zangersheide gelding (Diarado x Havidoff), at 43.21 seconds.
Third place was claimed by Catherine Tyree (USA) and Newton van het Krekelhof, a 2013 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Diamant de Semilly x Contact VD Heffinck) with 43.83 seconds.
“It feels so rewarding,” Ruyle shared when asked how it felt to secure her first FEI Grand Prix. “I’ve been chomping at the bit for a year now and it’s finally happened! [I] just kept trying. Just kept going at it and never gave up. I’m a really persistent person, and I finally got here.”
Ruyle captured her first-ever Grand Prix win during the 2021 Tryon Fall Series, making the FEI milestone win especially exciting at TIEC.
“I love Tryon,” Ruyle shared while reflecting on her experiences at the venue. “I come here every year and it’s my favorite horse show. They do such a good job. The facility is really built for horses. I never have a problem, and I think they do an amazing job. I’ll continue coming back here.”
Final Results – $75,000 Night in the Country Carolinas Music Festival Grand Prix CSI 2*
1) Jacqueline Ruyle (USA) & Cyramo Z – 0 / 0 – 42.06
2) Molly Ashe Cawley (USA) & Dior P Z – 0 / 0 – 43.21
3) Catherine Tyree (USA) & Newton van het Krekelhof – 0 / 0 – 43.83
Source: Connelly Grant for TIEC – Tryon International Equestrian Center
Photos: © TIEC / Natalie Suto