Mill Spring, NC - Santiago Lambre (MEX) guided Casino N to a win in the $6,000 1.40m Nutrena® Power & Speed CSI 3* to begin international competition this week at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Lambre and Casino N topped the class with a time of 30.805 seconds.
Abigail McArdle (USA) also enjoyed another top three placing aboard Chuck Berry 8, after finishing with a time of 31.091 seconds. Erynn Ballard (CAN) and Thalys Z rounded out the top three after stopping the timers in 31.49 seconds.
Lambre and Casino N, in their first outing in the past few weeks at TIEC, put forth a carefully executed power round before capitalizing on efficiency and skill in the speed phase of the course. Forty-four entries opened up the first day of international competition, while 31 pairs advanced to the speed portion of the class. Oscar Soberon (MEX) will handle course design for FEI classes in both the George H. Morris Arena, as well as on the Grass Complex.
"He's fast and we'll jump again tomorrow in the ranking class," said Lambre. "I thought the course was nice and it was two phases, so there were some short turns in the second portion of the course. You could do less strides in your line and we had a very nice round."
Lambre is a notoriously quick rider and was sure to bring that quality to the ring today. He commented, "I left out a stride in the speed portion of the class. The line walked as a seven and we did six instead and we turned very quickly to the vertical."
While Lambre now pilots the 2007 Swedish Warmblood gelding (Careful x Ahorn) owned by Stephex Stables, the horse was initially meant to be a ride for Lambre's wife, before realizing that the horse's scope and talent were quality at the FEI levels.
"I'm going to keep the horse fit and competing before she starts riding again in November. She'll take over the ride again at the beginning of the next winter season," he explained. "Once you win on the first day you have some good motivation to do as well the next, so I am hoping that we will have another top result tomorrow when the class gets a bit bigger."
Competition during Tryon Summer VI continues throughout the week and will conclude on Sunday, July 9. For more information on TIEC, please visit www.tryon.com.