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Will Faudree and Boyd Martin Top Advanced Divisions at The Fork Tryon Heading into Cross-Country

Sunday, April 4, 2021
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Keeping the Lead

Will Faudree (Southern Pines, NC) and Mama’s Magic Way, the 2011 Hanoverian gelding (Mighty Magic x Straightaway) owned by Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Silver Stables, kept their lead over two phases in the Advanced – Test A Division, leading with a 35.8. Sarah Kuhn (Aiken, SC) and Mr. Cash van de Start, Deborah Kuhn’s 2012 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Deauville de la Vie x Ishtar van de Start), earned a score of 39.5 to sit in second place, while Caroline Martin (Miami Beach, FL) holds third aboard Islandwood Captain Jack, the 2009 Irish Sport Horse gelding (Jack of Diamonds x Suir Touch) owned in partnership with Sherrie Martin, on a score of 40.1.

Photo - Boyd Martin and Luke 140 (©Shannon Brinkman Photography)

Boyd Martin (Cochranville, PA) held tight to both first and second place across two phases in the Advanced – Test B Division, in first with Luke 140 (28.3), the 2011 Holsteiner gelding (Landos x Omega VI) owned by the Luke 140 Syndicate, and second with Long Island T (30.2), the 2006 Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding (Ludwig von Bayern x Highlight) owned by the Long Island T Syndicate. Third place currently belongs to Daniela Moguel (Shelby, NC) and Cecelia, the 2003 Thoroughbred mare (Connecticut x Penny Stock) owned by Jorge Martinez and Paloma Garcia, on a score of 34.9.

Dress Rehearsal

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Boyd Martin and Luke 140 (Photo: ©Shannon Brinkman Photography)

Martin slated his syndicate horses for the Advanced – Test B Division, taking top honors with both after “spot on” performances from both, he recapped: “They’re both fantastic movers and great jumpers. As we are getting close to Kentucky, I think it’s important to try and do a bit of a dress rehearsal here at The Fork. I got here a day early, and really tried to make sure that the horses were primed up for a good run here.”

Aiming for a competitive trip around the White Oak Cross-Country Course, Martin said he planned to run at about 80%, he estimated. “They need to run – they haven’t run much this year. I am going to make sure that they are confident and riding well, but they also get used to jumping big fences at high speeds again. I think I will run them at about 80%. It’s such an amazing venue here at Tryon,” he emphasized. “Absolutely world-class, and it is a real privilege to compete here.”

Though a familiar face at TIEC and especially in the winner’s circle, Martin did note that Saturday’s competition did hold a “first” for him at the venue: jumping under the lights in Tryon Stadium, where he typically competes in daylight hours. “I tried to split my horses up [between divisions] this weekend, just to give myself physically a bit of a break between rides. He [Tseterleg] came out and jumped really well under the lights tonight. It was the first time that I had jumped these horses at night. I think it’s a great experience getting out there and dealing with the shadows from the bright lights.” 

Click here to view all division results from The Fork at TIEC presented by Nutrena®.

The Fork at TIEC presented by Nutrena® continues tomorrow, Sunday April 4th. No spectators are permitted per USEF policies for COVID-19. Competition information is available at www.Tryon.com/eventing, including live scoring, the event program and more.