Competition at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) continued today with the $34,000 1.45m Speed Stake FEI in the George H. Morris Arena in Tryon Stadium, capping another win for Richie Moloney (IRL) and Alsvid, making it two in a row for the duo. Moloney and Alsvid crossed the timers with a speedy clear round in 58.52 seconds. Sharn Wordley (NZL) aboard Popstar Lozonais followed behind, with a time of 64.83 seconds. Lauren Tisbo (USA) and Shamira Semilly rounded out the top three, finishing fault free in 66.45 seconds. Competition continues at TIEC tomorrow with the highlight $210,000 Asheville Regional Airport Grand Prix FEI CSI 4* beginning at 8pm. TIEC will also host "Saturday Night Lights" Beach Bash starting at 6pm. The Tryon Summer Series will conclude on July, 19.
Moloney and Alsvid have had a banner week at TIEC, winning both of their contested FEI classes so far at Tryon Summer 3. The experienced pair made easy work of the difficult Ana Catalina Harris (MEX) designed course, which only saw three double clear rounds out of 17 entries.
"When I was going into the ring, there was only one other clear round so I think if there had been more clear I would have even pushed it more and left out a few more strides, but I went as quick as I could while playing it a bit safe and it worked out in my favor," explained Moloney.
Today marked the third FEI win for the Irish this week and when asked, Moloney smiled, saying he hopes they can keep their consistency moving into tomorrow night for the biggest class of the week, the $210,000 Asheville Regional Airport Grand Prix.
"This is very good for us and we're having a great week. I'm hopeful that we'll keep it up for the next two days. David and I both have pretty good records on Saturday nights so far and I'm expecting a great class tomorrow night," he noted.
Alsvid is a consistent and experienced mount for Moloney, proving himself time and time again on the international stage. Moloney explained on Wednesday after his win, that the 2001 Hanoverian gelding (Escudo I x Adonca) enjoys the faster speed classes and always performs well.
"He felt spot on today and he's gone so well this week. He really felt like himself today and I think its great that he's been able to come out twice and win both of his classes," commented Moloney. "We'll do the 1.50m class on Sunday and then he'll get some time off. He's a great horse for me and I want to make sure that he gets a well deserved rest after this week."
"I'm looking forward to the rest of the season, especially with him. I know I can always count on him to do his best and come through in the ring. With what we have on the schedule, he should be very competitive for the rest of the season. He's a great ride and deserves these wins this week."
1. ALSVID, 2001 Hanoverian gelding by Escudo I x Adonca
RICHIE MOLONEY (IRL), Equinimity, LLC: 0/58.52
2. POPSTAR LOZONAIS, 2003 Selle Francais stallion by Quick Star x Buguette Platiere
SHARN WORDLEY (NZL), Ashland Stables: 0/64.83
3. SHAMIRA SEMILLY, 2006 Selle Francais mare by Nartago x Anais Du Tot
LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms, LLC: 0/66.45
4. OVER DRIVE, 2002 Selle Francais stallion by Le Tot De Semilly x Serenade D'Espoir
ASHLEY WORDLEY (USA), Ashland Stables: 1/76.64
5. UNICO, 2001 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Odermus R x High Hopes
MARK BLUMAN (COL), Stransky's Mission Farms, Inc: 4/57.67
6. PLATINUM, 2005 Irish Sport Horse mare by Simply Javlin x Ballybregagh Band of Gold
KYLE TIMM (CAN), Apex Equestrian Center: 4/61.77
7. ZELDA, 2004 Dutch Warmblood mare by Concorde x Heartland
SARAH SEGAL (USA), T.K. Farm: 4/63.95
8. ZONNEGLANS, 2004 Dutch Warmblood mare by Dutch Capitol x Lutina H
GEMMA PATERNOSTER (GBR), Gemma Paternoster: 4/65.94
Source: Press releaseTryon Equestrian Center.
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