Mill Spring, NC - David Will (GER) and Cento Du Rouet took home top honors in the $35,000 1.45m Horseware® Ireland Speed Stake CSI 5* at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) with a fault free round and a speedy time of 53.37 seconds.
Just a single second separated first and second places, as Richie Moloney (IRL) and Slieveanorra crossed through the timers in 54.69 seconds, earning the red rosette. Third place honors were awarded to Laura Kraut (USA) and Andretti S with a time of 55.95 seconds.
Competition at the 2016 Tryon Fall Series presented by Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District commenced on Thursday, September 22, and will continue through Sunday, October 30, featuring hunter and jumper competition, alongside two weeks of FEI CSI 3* classes and the highly anticipated FEI CSI 5*.
David Will and Cento Du Rouet, a 2007 Oldenburger Springferd gelding (Chintan x Balou du Rouet), owned by Centin Güngor, set out to secure another victory today although Will was not sure of his plan after walking the course.
"There were a couple of lines that were really long and you could leave out in or that you could add one. I didn't have a plan from the start, but then I watched the others go and I made my plan," Will detailed, explaining his strategy regarding the track set by Anthony D'Ambrosio (USA).
Will knew that he wanted to win the class today, saying, "I was planning on trying to win it. After yesterday, I had a few unlucky rails and then I thought today I wanted to do something good."
The pair, who have accumulated top finishes in their two weeks at TIEC, made their mark once again today. Will went on to describeCento Du Rouet's strengths and how they set them up to be successful specifically in the speed classes.
"Cento is always good for a win. He is naturally really fast and careful. He's just a real fighter. He also really enjoys going quick."
Will and Cento Du Rouet have been partners for just a few months, competing in Europe throughout the summer before traveling to New York, NY, for the Rolex Central Park Horse CSI 3* and then ultimately adding a stop in Mill Spring, NC, for both the FEI CSI 3* and FEI CSI 5* events. The duo will next travel to Washington International Horse Show (WIHS).
"Tryon is fantastic!" Will exclaimed. "This place is perfect for the riders and the horses. The organization is really good and it is just great for riders to be here."
The 2016 Tryon Fall Series presented by Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District offers six weeks of hunter and jumper competition, including three weeks of internationally recognized FEI show jumping featuring two FEI CSI 3* weeks and an FEI CSI 5*. For more information on Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) and surrounding amenities please visit www.tryon.com.
For full results of the $35,000 1.45m Horseware® Ireland Speed Stake CSI 5* click here.