Mill Spring, NC - Week two of the Tryon Fall Series presented by Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport concluded at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) on Sunday, October 1, after a week of national hunter, jumper, and equitation competition. Winn Alden of Ballwin, MO, and Charlie, earned their first victory of the season at the venue after clinching the $30,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix.
Alden and the 2008 Oldenburg gelding (Chacco Blue x Chakira Z) owned by Southern Arches, LLC, rose to the top of the class, boasting twenty horse and rider combinations, and ended the afternoon with a blue ribbon after stopping the jump-off timers in 40.027 seconds.
Summer Hill of Lexington, KY, guided Quester De Virton, owned by Meredith Darst, LLC, to second place after completing the jump-off track in 39.141 seconds, and adding four faults to their final score. Third place was awarded to Kristen Vanderveen of St. Charles, IL, piloting Bull Run's Disciple, owned by Bull Run Jumpers, LLC, who finished the short track in 39.212 seconds and four faults.
"Charlie was on it. He handled it all so well," said Alden. "The jump-off was all him! The three of us that were clean, we talked about the last line being a seven, so we were all going to do seven. I had to go first and it turned out to be way faster than I thought and when I landed, I was committed to seven. When he left and cleared it, I was in awe. I still can't believe he cleared that jump."
The class was Alden's first major class at TIEC and she hopes to continue moving forward with Charlie in the bigger classes.
Alden continued, "I've been riding Charlie for three years now. He was originally sent to me to be an equitation horse, and I had never done jumpers at this level. I thought he was for sure a jumper. In 2016 I started to ride for Patty Taylor and Southern Arches, LLC, and she thought that I was crazy, riding a 17.3 hand horse as I'm only 5'4"."
"He moves like a German Shepherd. His back legs stand out behind him. She watched him and realized how sane and safe he was and decided to purchase him when I decided to stay to work for her permanently," she explained.
Of her time showing at TIEC, Alden commented, "We love coming here. We came to TIEC in May for a week to ride with George Morris, and it worked out that we could get back here this fall. Next year we will come on the way back from Florida. It's my favorite place to show!"
Week three of the 2017 Tryon Fall Series presented by Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport will continue at Tryon International Equestrian Center on Wednesday, October 4 with the first of four weeks of FEI competition, featuring the first CSI 2* week of the season. The week will host a $35,000 Suncast® Commercial Welcome Stake, a $35,000 Horseware® Ireland 1.45m Classic, alongside a $6,000 Nutrena® 1.40m Power & Speed. The highlight class will be the $86,000 MD Barnmaster Grand Prix CSI 2* on Saturday, October 7, starting at 7:00 p.m.
For more information on Tryon International Equestrian Center, please visit wwww.tryon.com.