Cassio Rivetti & Chattanooga Claim Master the Course to Win $25,000 Tryon Resort Sunday Classic

Mill Spring, North Carolina, USA – July 3, 2022 – Cassio Rivetti (USA) and Chattanooga climbed to the top of the $25,000 Tryon Resort Sunday Classic podium after their double-clear performance at Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort (TIEC), stopping the jump-off timers in 40.62 seconds.

Twenty horse-and-rider pairs challenged the first round of the Ivan Tagle (ARG) course design, with just the three podium finalists continuing on to the jump off. The Wellington-based, California-bound professional is currently riding Chattanooga for a student, and is pleased with the performance of the 2010 Oldenburg gelding (Cornet’s Prinz x Abraxa) owned by HF Farms LLC.

“She’s in Europe showing another horse right now, so I took him to Tryon. He’s a really good horse, and I’ll probably show him in the Grand Prix classes. This was a good start for him for the three weeks I’ll be here.”

Ricardo Villa (COL) & Diamond HH Z

Ricardo Villa (COL) and Juan Pablo Betancourt’s Diamond HH Z, a 2012 Zangersheide gelding (Diamant de Semilly x Pasta HH Z), flew around the short course in 37.469 seconds but lowered the height of one fence for four penalty-points, taking home reserve honors.

Joanna Wolffer (USA) & Au Top de La Byche

Joanna Wolffer (USA) also collected four penalty-points in the jump off with Au Top de La Byche, Joey Wolffer’s 2010 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Diamant De Semilly x Espiegle D’Authieu), traversing the track in 40.973 seconds for third place.

Utilizing his last-to-go slot in the lineup, Rivetti knew he just had to go clear to take the win. “The course was good,” he recapped. “I went at the end with him, and had one horse before, so I knew what to do. He’s an easy horse, and was jumping great. I knew the two [other qualifiers] had one down, so I didn’t have to go too fast. He jumped it great.”

Chattanooga is aimed at CSI 3* competition during Tryon Summer 4 competition, and Rivetti’s team is enjoying three weeks of success and fun at the venue, he concluded. “I’m going to be here two more weeks, and he’ll do the three-star next week. [My first week] was great. My team had four wins, and everybody had a lot of placings. I can’t complain! [I want to say] thank you to my sponsors for their support, and to my clients for being here. We’re excited for the next two weeks!”

Cassio Rivetti (BRA) & Chattanooga during the awards ceremony

Final Results – $25,000 Tryon Resort Sunday Classic

1) Cassio Rivetti (BRA) & Chattanooga – 0 / 0 – 40.62

2) Ricardo Villa (COL) & Diamond HH – 0 / 4 – 37.469

3) Joanna Wolffer (USA) & Au Top de La Byche – 0 / 4 – 40.973

Source: Connelly Grant for TIEC – Tryon International Equestrian Center

Photos: © TIEC / Natalie Suto