Mill Spring, NC - Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Cyklon 1083 secured the final FEI win of the week, taking the $35,000 Tryon 1.50m Challenge CSI 4* at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), as the pair stopped the timers in a blazing time of 35.583 seconds.
David Beisel (USA) and Ammeretto made an impressive effort to catch the lead, ultimately earning the second place honors with a time of 36.553 seconds, while Karl Cook (USA) and Caillou 24 took home the third place position with a time of 37.736 seconds.
Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083, a 2001 Swedish Warmblood stallion (Cardento x Cortus), owned by Spy Coast Farm LLC, frequent the winner's circle at TIEC, and proved yet again to be unbeatable, taking their second win of the week. The duo won the $35,000 Tryon 1.45m Speed Stake CSI 4* on Friday, before earning another blue ribbon in today's conclusion of FEI CSI 4* competition.
Sweetnam spoke highly of the extraordinary stallion and his ability to remain consistent in the ring, which has brought the duo countless wins from around the world at the international level.
"He is an older horse and he has won everywhere. He is an unbelievable winner. The goal is always to try and win. When Cyklon comes out to show he always ends up at the top and he has a great success rate. He felt especially great today and he really is just a brilliant jumper."
The track set by Alan Wade (IRL), who has built impressive courses throughout the week at the TIEC, tested combination's scope and ability to perform tight rollback turns, ultimately setting the class up for an exciting finish.
Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083 were the first pair to attempt the short course, proving to set the pace at an unbeatable speed, which helped to solidify their win. Sweetnam detailed his jump-off plan saying, "With Cyklon, who is a naturally fast horse, I pick up a rhythm and I have a plan. I execute it the way I wanted to do it and if someone beats me after that, it is what it is."
"I did seven in the first line as opposed to six because I thought the seven set you up well for the tight turn that followed," he detailed. "For me and my horse, adding a stride in was the best option. After I went in the jump-off I thought my time would be hard to beat. David Beisel gave it a good run, but my round was enough in the end."
Sweetnam and his team will head back to Lexington, KY, for a few weeks before heading to Europe with several horses currently in his string. Sweetnam has his sights set on the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, that will be held at TIEC in September of 2018 and is competing at the venue in preparation for the event.
"We are planning for the games right now. I have a couple of good horses and fingers crossed I will have something when the time comes," Sweetnam concluded.
Competition at TIEC continues this week with Tryon Summer III, beginning Wednesday, 14, and continuing through Sunday, June 18.
For more information on TIEC, please visit www.tryon.com