Mill Spring, NC -Taylor Land of Atlanta, GA, and Nepal collected a first place finish in the $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) today, completing the jump-off in 40.795 seconds for the win.
Luis Larrazabal of Wellington, FL, finished in second place aboard Quintus Fabius, crossing through the timers in 41.623 seconds, while Bryn Sadler of Santa Fe, NM, and Cezarro earned third with a time of 42.012 seconds.
Competition at Tryon Spring 7 continues tomorrow with the $130,000 Ariat® Grand Prix CSI 3*. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and the class is set to start at 8:00 p.m.
Land and Nepal, a 2002 Argentine gelding (G.S. Raimundo x Rye Grass Finest RP H-31) owned by Jay Land, went early in the order, entering the ring as the third pair to test the track set by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN).
Land and Nepal led with a clean effort on the first round track, moving them forward to the jump-off round. Brittni Raflowitz, of Palm City, FL, and Baloumina Du Ry, followed after Land, also securing a place in the jump-off and ultimately finishing in fourth.
"He's fourteen and we've had him for nine years now. He's like a family heirloom," laughed Land. "He's been passed around between me, my sister, and my dad, and he's just been a great horse for us all around."
The duo rode a crisp first round, which demanded technical attention and skill, as it included several tight turns and two forward combinations. According to Land, Nepal has made great strides since her family bought him as a young horse, and he has steadily made his way through the ranks with several members of the Land family.
"We started him when he was five and he hadn't jumped any bigger than 1.20m at the time. I've done so much with him and he's been such a great horse for me," explained Land. "We've done NAJYRC and Spruce Meadows together and really anything we ask of him he'll always do."
This is the duo's top finish to date at TIEC this season and Land was pleased with their rides in both rounds, noting that the gelding felt fresh and mentally prepared for the class even before they entered the ring.
"This is our first class this week, but we've been here for three weeks so he felt like he was ready to go," she noted. "My plan was to try and be smooth and clear in the first round and I think we accomplished that."
Land went first in the jump-off round and attacked the course with a forward and bold round in an effort to seal the win, knowing that only three riders followed her in the order. She explained, "Since I had to go first in the jump-off I knew there weren't so many people behind me and I decided to go fast and really go for it. It was either going to be first or fourth for us, but it worked in our favor today."
The duo will stay and compete next week at TIEC, before taking a small break ahead of the summer season. Land explained, "We'll be here next week for the CSI 5* and then I think head home for a bit of a rest. I love showing here though because the atmosphere is just incredible. The bigger classes on Saturday always have a great crowd and I love the feel of the ring. It just feels really intense all of the time."
Competition at TIEC continues tomorrow with the $130,000 Ariat® Grand Prix CSI 3*. Gates open to the public at 6:00 p.m. and competition begins at 8:00 p.m. Parking and general admission are free!
For more information on TIEC and to see a full list of weekly results please visit www.tryon.com.
Final Results $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix
1. NEPAL, 2002 Argentine gelding by G.S. Raimundo x Rye Grass Finest RP H-31 TAYLOR LAND, Jay Land: 0/0/40.795
2. QUINTUS FABIUS, 2007 Hanoverian gelding by Quality x Lady P LUIS LARRAZABAL, Isabela Pacanins: 0/0/41.623
3. CEZARRO, 2008 Brandenburg gelding by Cesaro x Nabell BRYN SADLER, Showcase 81, LLC: 0/0/42.012
4. BALOUMINA DU RY, 2003 Oldenburg Springpferd mare by Balou du Rouet x Drosselfee BRITTNI RAFLOWITZ, ESI Show Jumpers Inc: 0/16/56.555
5. BIJZONDER, 2006 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Acodetto x Unforgettable LACEY GILBERTSON, Seabrook LLC: 4/81.54
6. ANICMO, 2004 Warmblood gelding by Amantus x Hauptstutbuch PAIGE JARDINE, Paige Jardine: 4/82.378
7. ACCORDANCE, 2001 Holsteiner gelding by Acord II x Hera XXIIX KEELY MCINTOSH, Jenny Booth: 5/84.319
8. TIP TOP COOL, 2007 Selle Francais gelding by Quick Star x Gypsie Des Hautes STEVEN BLUMAN, Steven Bluman: 8/83.574
9. WAUW, 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Quick Star x Chicke DANIELA STRANSKY, Stransky's Mission Farms, Inc.: 9/84.331
10. GOLDFINGER VD HENGSTENPOEL, 2006 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Winningmood van de Arenberg x Lariska SARAH BAGWORTH, Sarah Bagworth: 18/93.747
11. CURTIS 57, 2007 Holsteiner gelding by Contact Me x Taramira ALEXANDRA OZYMY, Alexandra Ozymy: 20/78.564
12. AVANT GUARDE, 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Guidam x Garbo HUNTER HOLLOWAY, Serenity Ridge Farm: 24/99.948