Mill Spring, NC - Competition concluded for Tryon Fall IV on Sunday, October 15, at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) featuring classes on the Grass Complex at the venue. The day featured a victory for Lauren Tisbo (USA) and Mr. Visto in the $25,000 1.45m Sunday Classic, the highlight class of the crowd-favorite Derby Days at TIEC, which offers hospitality and entertainment overlooking the competition from the grandstand.
The course, designed by Andy Christiansen of Wellington, FL, drew 41 riders to the Grass Complex, and welcomed eight riders back for the jump-off round, which was ultimately won by Tisbo and the 2005 Holsteiner stallion (Levisto x Odessa III), owned by Tequestrian Farms, LLC, after completing the short track course in 36.864 seconds.
Brianne Goutal (USA) and Wirma, a 2003 Dutch Warmblood mare (Hors La Loi II x Sarnike) owned by Remarkable Farms, LLC, stopped timers in 38.197 seconds. Jessica Springsteen (USA) and RMF Swinny Du Parc, a 2006 Selle Francais mare, owned by Rushy Marsh Farm, LLC, rounded out third place in 38.489 seconds.
Tisbo, who took her first win at TIEC this season, stated, "I thought this was a very nice course today. The grass rode great. The horses jumped beautifully off of it and it was a really nice change of scenery."
Of the stallion with, whom she has a flourishing relationship with, Tisbo continued, "I've had him for almost two years. Many people may have heard of me as the girl who rides in the 'war horse bridle,' and that is with this horse. When I first got him, he was a little unrideable and needed a better education. It took some unique routes to get there, but I'm really proud of the horse and what he has become. He's thirteen, but he's still learning and jumping better with time. He's a great horse. He did jump a lot in Europe before I bought him, so the grass really is his favorite."
Tisbo is hopeful to compete the stallion in the CSI 5* next week during Tryon Fall V. She commented, "This is the only class he has jumped here so far, but I think next week he will hopefully be one of the horses I show in the CSI 5*. If we don't do that, then I will definitely take advantage of whatever national classes I can with him on the grass here."
Earlier in the day, the $2,000 Southern Arches Grooms' Class awarded top prizes to Sintija Dusele, groom for Stellar Equestrian and the Haefner Family.
"He [Jeneret] is a challenge for a groom," commented Dusele. "As a grey horse, he usually comes out of his stall yellow. That takes extra time, but makes up for it because he's so easy to braid. He is just a naturally beautiful horse, but I think that everyone with a grey horse knows the struggle!"
Participating grooms were expected to bring a "show-ring ready" fully tacked and booted horse (braids optional) to the ring during the Grooms' Class. Grooms and their horses were judged by a panel of licensed judges on overall cleanliness, appropriate use and fit of tack, tack cleanliness, application of boots/wraps, neatness of clipping, overall presentation, and organization of grooming box.
"I have been working for Stellar Equestrian for a year. I'm from Europe originally, so this was a bit of a culture shock at first. We don't do shows this extravagantly over there. I have to say a very big 'thank you' to the owners and barn family who always make sure that we have all of the tools we need to succeed," Dusele concluded.
Tryon Fall V begins on Wednesday, October 18, and will feature the $380,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5* on Saturday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m. For more information on TIEC, please visit www.tryon.com.