Winn Alden Guides Charlie to Win in $30,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix at Tryon Fall II

Winn Alden and Charlie
Winn Alden and Charlie – Photo by Sportfot

Mill Spring, NC – October 3, 2017 – 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.

Winn Alden and Charlie in their presentation ceremony.
Winn Alden and Charlie in their presentation ceremony – Photo by Sportfot

“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!”

Jumper Highlights

Willie Tynan and KEC City Limits
Willie Tynan and KEC City Limits – Photo by Sportfot

The $15,000 Suncast Commercial® Welcome Stake was won by Willie Tynan of Lexington, KY, and KEC City Limits, owned by Red Barn Farm, LLC, completing the jump-off in 38.742 seconds. Tynan also slid into second place after the jump-off with 39.464 seconds, aboard Fancy Girl, owned by Michelle Guardino-Dettelbach. Third place was awarded to Celso Ariani of Wellington, FL, and Ukulman De La Nutria, owned by Ricardo Romero, after a jump-off time of 39.609 seconds.

The $5,000 1.40m Nutrena® Open Jumper Stake saw a victory for David Blake of Wellington, FL, aboard Freeman, owned by Pine Hollow Farm, who bested the remaining rides in the class. Second place honors were presented to Kristen Vanderveen of St. Charles, IL, and Bull Run’s Levi, owned by Showcase 81, LLC. Rounding out the top three was Vanderveen, piloting Bull Run’s Living, owned by Bull Run Jumpers Six, LLC.

The $5,000 1.35 Open Jumper Class saw another win for Kristen Vanderveen aboard Dana Waters’ C’est Ma Cherie, completing the jump-off in 35.933 seconds. Pablo Barrios of Wellington, FL, slid into second place after the jump-off with 38.409 seconds, aboard Thriller P, owned by Stransky’s Misson Farms Inc. Third place was awarded to Paul McCrea of Alpharetta, GA, and Camboro, owned by Sarah Kerins, after a jump-off time of 40.711 seconds.

The $2,000 NAL/WIHS Child/Adult Amateur Classic was won by Casey Oliver of Belleview, FL, riding Belle, owned by Kyle Dewar, with a jump-off time of 25.248 seconds. Second place saw Holly Lewis of Palmetto, GA, riding Faire La Nouba, complete the jump-off in 25.963 seconds to finish in the top two. Third place went to Barbara Center of Madison, WI, aboard Cornelia, after a jump-off round that stopped the timers in 26.668 seconds.

Sabrina Andreu of, Wellington, FL, won the $3,000 Low Junior Jumper Classic with Jorge Andreu’s Rapsody De Lou Kassan. Second place was won by Isabella Andreu of Wellington, FL, aboard her own Grannit Du Petit Bois. John Angus of Fort Lauderdale, FL, took third place with Leroy, owned by Jimmy Torano.

The $5,000 Ariat® Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic awarded first place to Laurel Blakemore of Williston, FL, and her own Pacific Ocean, after completing the jump-off in 42.186 seconds. Kamille Marcussen of Coralville, IA, rode her own Bull Run’s Holy Smokes, to second place after completing the jump-off in 34.692 seconds with four faults. Third place was captured by Manuel Fernandez of Wellington, FL, and Kanisso, owned by Aristides Fernandez Zucco, finishing the jump-off in 40.376 seconds and adding four faults.

The $10,000 High Junior/Amateur Owner Classic was won by Daniela Stransky of Wellington, FL, aboard Wauw, owned by Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc. The pair completed the jump-off track in 38.189 seconds to secure the win. Second place was awarded to Andrea Torres Guerreiro of Waterford, VA, and Alejandro, owned by Santa Catalina Farm, with a jump-off time of 40.496 seconds and four faults. Manuel Fernandez of Wellington, FL, placed third aboard Al Calypso, owned by Aristides Fernandez Zucco.

The $3,000 BMW of Asheville/Century BMW Low Amateur Owner Jumper Classic was won by Victoria Karam of Wellington, FL, and Sacatina, owned by Karam, with a jump-off time of 38.397 seconds. Second place went to Tori Bilas of Charlotte, NC, aboard Brisbane, owned by Bilas, after finishing the jump-off in 39.503 seconds. Rounding out the third place position was Audrey Muscari of Germantown, TN, and Cartograna, owned by Muscari, who completed the short course in 36.514 seconds and added four faults.

Hunter Highlights

The $1,000 Absorbine Green Hunter Classic 3’/3’3″ saw a top finish for Donald Sheehan of Maryville, TN, and Lisa Otto’s Dresden’s Holiday. Second place was awarded to Aleece Jarman and Aubrey Hill Equestrian’s Capitalist, while Loren Hazard-Daniel of Folkland, NC, took third place aboard Greyta owned by Ashley Montaquila.

The $500 NAL/ WIHS Adult Amateur 3′ Hunter Classic presented by Marshall & Sterling awarded first place to Sara Steady of Greensboro, NC, aboard Ann Clark Bellamy’s Cambridge Inn. Second place was captured by Gina Laughlin of Palmetto, GA, piloting her own Cherish. Third place went to Cyndi Griffith of Wellington, FL, riding Verkade.

The $500 NAL/WIHS Children’s 3′ Hunter Classic presented by Animobile saw a victory for Katelyn North of Wake Forest, NC, piloting First Class. Second place went to Emma Nichols of Raleigh, NC, and Most of All, owned by Four Tall Oaks, Inc. Third place was awarded to Emily Grace Swinson of Raleigh, NC, and Bibi, owned by Franz Robinson.

The $500 Small/Medium Pony Hunter Classic awarded first place to Parker Mechling of Davidson, NC, and Limerick, owned by Chloe Mechling. Madeline Rubin of Mooresville, NC, took second place, piloting Exuberance, while third place was awarded to Linen Ownes of Marion, NC, riding Cloud Nine.

The $500 Large Pony Hunter Classic presented the blue ribbon to Jessie Marie Spade of Terrell, NC, and Eddie Bauer. Second place finish was presented to Caroline Mirts of Knoxville, TN, and Entourage, owned by Yandell Family Farm, LLC. Third place honors went to Leigh Ashby of Lincolnton, NC, aboard Onyxfords Blue Magic.

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.

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Press release: Kim Beaudoin for TIEC
Photos: ©Sportfot

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