CSI 3*

Samuel Parot & Captain Z Rise to the Top in $139,000 Earl Scruggs Music Festival Grand Prix CSI 3*

Mill Spring, North Carolina, USA – July 23, 2022 – Samuel Parot (CHI) and Captain Z beat 33 entries to claim victory in Saturday’s $139,000 Earl Scruggs Music Festival Grand Prix CSI 3* at Tryon Resort.

More than half of the 33 entries attempted the first round before Juan Ortiz produced a faultless round to start the jump-off list, where only 5 entries progressed to the final portion of the Ken Krome (USA) course. Parot and his own Captain Z, the 2012 Zangersheide gelding (Calvino Z x Voltaire) bested the very difficult course by Krome, completing the jump-off performance flawlessly in 39.55 seconds. “It was a very difficult course, not easy at all. There were a lot of very tight turns and rollbacks everywhere except for the last line. You needed to do u-turn after u-turn, and it was very difficult, but good for my horse. My horse was fantastic.”

Sean Jobin (CAN) & Darius

The second spot on the podium was clinched by Sean Jobin (CAN) and Darius, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Warrant x Calvados) owned by Foxridge Farms Stables, with a time of 43.56 seconds.

Audrey Muscari (USA) & Cicero HS

Claiming third in a time of 42.36 seconds with four penalty-points was Audrey Muscari (USA) aboard her own Cicero HS, a 2010 Westphalian gelding (Carlucchi 13 x Funke).

Captain Z and Parot have had an extremely successful Tryon Summer Series together, but tonight marks their first major victory as a pair. “This is his first big Grand Prix win,” said Parot about the winning mount of the night. “He’s jumped clear in FEI classes before, like in the 2*. But he’s young: he’s nine years old, and he’s really becoming better and better.

Raphael Lopez was awarded the Equestrian Services International Groom’s Award for his care and dedication to Captain Z, alongside: Anders DeShields, Brittni Raflowitz, Emma Brunnell, Tracy and Brett Raflowitz.

“In the first Grand Prix here, he had two down, then one down, then he [started going] clear. Before, I didn’t go as fast in the Grand Prix. I’m so happy with him,” Parot described about his winning mount of the night.

“He’s amazing and I’m so happy because he’s new and he has everything he needs to be a top, top horse: the scope, he’s careful, he’s fast, but needs experience.”

Podium: 3) Audrey Muscari (USA), 1) Samuel Parot (CHI), and Sean Jobin (CAN) in their presentation ceremony alongside TIEC Director of Events & Entertainment Jeff Fissel, Earl Scruggs Music Festival Director JT Scruggs, and Tryon Equestrian Partners Carolinas Operations President Sharon Decker.

Final Results – $139,000 Earl Scruggs Music Festival Grand Prix CSI 3*

1) Samuel Parot (CHI) & Captain Z – 0 / 0 – 39.55

2) Sean Jobin (CAN) & Darius – 0 / 0 – 43.56

3) Audrey Muscari (USA) & Cicero HS – 0 / 4 – 42.36

Source: Press Release by Sarah Madden and Connelly Grant for TIEC – Tryon International Equestrian Center

Photos: © TIEC / Chelsea Lothrop / Bailey Beck