Mill Spring, NC - Hunter Holloway of Topeka, KS, and Donnalaris captured the win today in the $20,000 Hollow Creek Under 25 Jumper Classic at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), to conclude a successful first week of competition to start the 2017 Tryon Summer Series.
Holloway and Donnalaris secured the victory with a jump-off time of 28.2 seconds. Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL, and Clouwni took second place after stopping the timers in 29.497 seconds ahead of Brittni Raflowtiz of Palm City, FL, and Hope Van't Zorgvliet who finished the jump-off track in 30.024 seconds.
Holloway had a busy afternoon with four rides in the class, besting seventeen combinations to rise to the top of the leaderboard with Donnalaris. Eight entries moved forward to contest the short course, while Holloway also guided I Love Lucy into the top five finishers of the class, earning two fantastic placings on the afternoon.
"It was nice because the course was the same one that we did last night in the grand prix, so I had a little bit of an advantage having jumped it already," said Holloway. "It may have changed from last night just a little bit, but it was pretty similar. I was excited about it."
Donnalaris, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood mare, owned by Virginia Bartholomay, is a young, talented mount and Holloway is eager to continue working on their partnership together, as she is anticiapting success with the striking grey mare. The duo topped a competitive class in the George H. Morris Arena and Holloway was pleased with the duo's performance.
"She is owned by Virginia Bartholomay. Diane Carney helped find her and produce her, and I got the ride at the end of the Florida circuit," explained Holloway. "We've just been growing as a pair and I'm very excited about what the future holds with her."
"She's a pretty quick horse in general. She's quick across the ground and over the jumps, so I think today I was able to be smooth everywhere and chew off some time. She's an amazing horse and doesn't really have any gaps or anything, so it was exciting to be able to go out there and give it our all," she added.
Holloway is planning to continue competing Donnalaris in the national Under 25 Grand Prix classes before stepping up to the international FEI levels at some point in the future. She explained, "We're going to see how all of this goes. We are going to keep going and do the Under 25 Grand Prix classes and hopefully get into some of the FEI classes with her."
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