Boyd Martin and Fedarman B Master the Tryon CCI 4*-L Division
Sunday, May 15, 2022
Posted by Sarah Madden for TIEC
The first of two CCI 4*-L Eventing competitions hosted at Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort (TIEC) in 2022, the Tryon Spring International Three-Day Event, concluded on Sunday with the long-format divisions determining their winners in the International Stadium. The CCI 3*-L and CCI 4*-L divisions competed in Show Jumping, while all short format divisions concluded their competitions Saturday after Cross-Country at the White Oak Course.
Eventing Manager Shelley Page emphasized the quality of the TIEC staff across all departments working together to produce fantastic equestrian sport, particularly at such a high level.
“I’ve been doing the events here for years now. Having been with this group for so long, I’ve worked with everyone from food and beverage to the crew guys and the water, drag crew and turf team. Every time, it just gets better and better, and everybody’s just so great to work with. I just hope they all know how much I appreciate all that they do.
Photo - Boyd Martin and Fedarman B (©Shannon Brinkman Photography)
“The four-star long entails so much more of everything: more volunteers, more thought process… from the logistics of moving people around to taking care of the horses with water and ice. For example, this event requires 12 vets instead of the four it takes to put on horse trials. I just don’t know if people really know how much more work it is to do the four-star long!” Page continued.
“When working with everybody here, I feel like I have a safety net because we all have each other’s backs. And a lot of times you feel like you’re the outsider coming in when you only come to a place a few times a year, but here, I feel like it’s coming home,” Page concluded. “What an exciting thing for TIEC to get to host two four-star longs this year.”
TIEC Director of Equestrian Operations Molly Oakman echoed Page’s sentiment, detailing that the equestrian support staff, including the Polk Equine Emergency Rescue (PEER) and Tryon Equine Hospital teams, play an integral role in keeping horses and riders safe.
“I want to give a special thank you to our equine support teams, Tryon Equine and PEER,” Oakman said. “We had a busy and safe spring competition season across numerous divisions, including the Fork CCI 4*-S, Katydid Combined Driving CAI 3*, the Tryon Block House Races steeplechase, and this weekend’s Tryon Spring International Three-Day Event. This caliber of competition and safety would not be possible without their preparation and support!”
A total of 67 volunteers made the weekend possible, from jump judges to score runners and beyond, led by Amy Troppmann. As a token of the organizers’ appreciation to the dedicated group of volunteers, each was presented with a quarter zip shirt commemorating the event. Volunteer opportunities abound at TIEC across all disciplines of competition, and more information is available at www.Tryon.com/volunteer.
Mastering the CCI 4*-L Division
Boyd Martin (USA) claimed the win aboard Fedarman B on a final score of 29.0 in the CCI 4*-L division to claim the CCI 4*-L USET Foundation Open Challenge Trophy, adding nothing to their Dressage score after two double-clear jumping rounds. In reserve, and the highest-ranked international rider, Colleen Loach (CAN) and Vermont, the 2012 Hanoverian gelding (Van Helsing x Heraldik XX) owned by Peter Barry, also completed their weekend without adding any points, ending on a score of 29.3. Clinching third place honors via double-clear stadium round for a total of 31.0 points was Leslie Law (GBR) and Lady Chatterley, the 2011 Holsteiner mare (Connor 48 x Mytens XX) owned by Lesley Grant-Law, Jackie Brown and Steve Brown.
Martin and the 2010 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Eurocommerce Washington x Fedor) owned by the Annie Goodwin Syndicate had a good Dressage outing by Martin’s standards, but he was blown away by the class performance “Bruno” gave on Cross-Country day, he shared.
“He was absolutely brilliant in all three phases of the contest. He put in a solid Dressage test and impressed the heck out of me on Cross-Country with his speed, endurance and bravery. To come out today in Show Jumping like he did – I’m just blown away by the quality of him,” he raved.
Though the event clinched a CCI 4*-L National Championship for the duo and was an objectively successful outing at the World Championship qualifier, Martin primarily utilized the week to continue learning more about the mount he now rides in memory of Annie Goodwin. A special horse to the entire Eventing community, Bruno is under the watchful eye of many who have high hopes for his career, and Martin relayed that the future looks brighter than ever after such a win.
“It’s sort of a long-term plan. He’s a newer horse for me, so to be honest, this is a stepping stone event. I feel like he’s proven himself to be a high caliber event horse, now. We’ve still got a little bit of building and improvement to do, but I’m very excited. I think he’s going to be a superstar in the future.”
Full results from the Tryon Spring International Three-Day Event can be found here.
Show Jumping competition can be replayed on-demand at www.Tryon.com/streaming.
Eventing will return to TIEC again in the fall with the annual Tryon Fall Horse Trials September 17-18, as well as the Tryon International Three-Day Event hosting CCI 4*-L – 1*-L and CCI 4*-S competition November 9-13 at the venue. More information will be available at www.Tryon.com/eventing, and lodging is available for booking now at www.Tryon.com/lodging.