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Marilyn Little and Clearwater gallop away with win in CSI5* $130,000 Suncast® Commercial Welcome Stake

Friday, 20 October 2017
CSI5* Tryon Fall V 2017

Photo (c) Sportfot Marilyn Little and Clearwater in their presentation ceremony with Tom, Jeannie and Lauren Tisbo of Suncast®. Photo (c) Sportfot.

Tryon Fall V continued on Thursday, October 19, at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) with yet another fast-paced victory for Marilyn Little (USA) and Clearwater in the $130,000 Suncast® Commercial Welcome Stake CSI5*. The pair sped through the jump-off track in a quick 38.941 seconds to secure the victory. Kent Farrington (USA), currently the top ranked showjumper in the world, guided Dublin, a 2007 German Sport Horse gelding (Cobra x Caribik), owned by Farrington and Tanma Corp, to the second place position after stopping the timers in 40.076 seconds. Margie Engle (USA) and Royce, a 2004 Oldenburg stallion (Café Au Lait x Petula), owned by Gladewinds Partners LLC, captured third place with a short-track time of 40.115 seconds. 

The afternoon saw 45 horse and rider combinations test the track, cleverly composed by Olaf Peterson Jr. (GER), while eleven combinations returned for the competitive jump-off round.

Of the course, Little said, "I thought Olaf did a beautiful job designing the course today. You have to make the 5* courses complicated and I think he did that with the width of the jumps. It was very technical. There were still a good number clear after the first round and it was a fast jump-off, which I love." 

The George H. Morris Arena is sporting several new jumps specifically made for the CSI5* week, built by Eric Sassmannshausen and team at U.S. Precision Construction LLC (USPC), a manufacturing company operated by Tryon Equestrian Partners (TEP). Little commented on the freshness of the ring and how new obstacles helped to tune Clearwater's focus in the ring.

"There are some new jumps out there and the skinny made it so much fun. They all really jumped well, but they went in and definitely noticed the change. Especially those of us that have been showing here for a while. There was a nice combination of filled in jumps and then some airy ones and it really helps keep their attention." 

Little and the 2007 Holsteiner gelding (Clearway x Tricolore-W) owned by Karen O'Connor, dominated the Tryon Fall IV $130,000 Suncast® Commercial Grand Prix CSI3* last week, and are maintaining a solid blue-ribbon streak.

"This is his first 5* week," Little noted. "I've only prepared for this by waiting for him to get older. He's a 10-year-old now. We've been bringing him along and just waiting for him to get stronger. He's a real technician in terms of his rideability, and that came before his strength to jump the big jumps. He just keeps stepping up as he goes along, and you think 'maybe this is all there is,' and then he answers the next questions and I think he's the real deal."

Although he is very focused in the ring, Little described the gelding's personality out of the show ring. "He is a total dude. We call him 'Dish', 'Dishy', 'Dirty Dishes' if he's bad, and 'Clean Dishes' if he's good. He's just a total ham. He comes in from the paddock and is filthy. He walks in as a bay horse head-to-toe. He then comes out here and is a true showman." 

She concluded, "I don't know how Saturday night will conclude, but I know he's ready and he's proving he can do it. I'm so proud of him."

Lambre and Casino N continue success in CSI5* $35,000 1.45m Power & Speed

Photo (c) Sportfot Santiago Lambre and Casino N. Photo (c) Sportfot.

The $35,000 1.45m Power & Speed CSI5* saw top honors awarded to Santiago Lambre (MEX) and Casino N, as the pair dashed through the finish to stake claim on the first FEI class of the week. Lambre and the 2007 Swedish Warmblood gelding (Careful x Nicky), owned by Aurora De Alba, completed the short track in 31.695 seconds, ending the day at the top of the leaderboard. 

"I went toward the beginning of the class," commented Lambre, "I think that helped us a bit because the class was long with over 60 riders. I thought that the course was technical with the double vertical in the second phase, so it wasn't so easy for us."

The horse belongs to Lambre's wife, Aurora, but he took over the ride for her as she is currently expecting a baby. "Casino is for my wife and I started to ride him about 6-months ago. He is a High Amateur horse, and she will start to ride him again when we get to Wellington," he said.

Second place was captured by Luiz Francisco De Azevedo (BRA) and his own Collin, a 2007 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Colandro x Oberlina) in 32.064 seconds, while Shane Sweetnam (IRL) rounded out the third-place position aboard Don't Touch Du Bois, a 2009 Belgian Warmblood mare (Kashmir Van Schuttershof x Virginia), owned by Sweet Oak Farm, Spy Coast Farm, and Paul Tracy, stopping timers in 33.284 seconds.

Lambre has had a successful few weeks at TIEC, winning the $35,000 Horseware® Ireland 1.45m Classic CSI2*, as well as the $35,000 Suncast® Commercial Welcome Stake CSI2* during Tryon Fall III.

Lambre stated, "We were here for the summer and have been here for the past few weeks. The horses know the arenas and are comfortable here."

 


Source: Press release from Tryon International Equestrian Center News // Pictures © Sportfot

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