Samuel Parot (CHI) and Dazzle White made an impressive dash to the finish in the $130,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), capping the class with a time of 39.03 seconds in the jump-off round.
Parot and Dazzle White were the final pair to secure a place in the jump-off round, which featured seven combinations. Prudent and Vasco earned the first clear trip of the evening early in the class and went on to set a quick pace in the second round, which seemed to be too difficult to catch. Parot, a notoriously fast rider, managed to shave just enough time off the clock to take his first major grand prix win aboard Dazzle White this season.
"This horse is new. I rode him the first time at Split Rock in Lexington, KY, two months ago and have been working with him since. He's a very good horse. He had a good show this week and I'm happy with the win," commented Parot.
To begin the night, 37 entries tested the track set by Martin Otto (GER), which featured a number of wide set oxers, tight rollback turns, and a difficult time allowed, which was adjusted to 80 seconds after the first three riders contested the course. Parot and Dazzle White were in the final group of riders and enjoyed the opportunity to watch majority of the other rounds, but the veteran rider was confident that his mount would handle the course with ease.
"He's a top horse. He's eight and he's very young at this level. He has scope and he's careful. I think he's going to be a very important horse," explained Parot, describing the quality of the young 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Calvino Z x Narcos II) owned by Parot.
"This was not an easy course. The course design was strong and the time allowed was very tight. There was no extra time on course," he added, discussing his thoughts after his initially course walk. "I think it wasn't easy but it was a good CSI 3* with great prize money."
Dazzle White looked fiercely competitive as he and Parot entered the ring as the last pair of the night.The duo began with a quick start through the course and took an efficient route to the one stride line before galloping to the final three fences on course. Five of the original seven combinations qualified for the short course completed the evening with a double clear effort.
"I talked with my friends and they said that if I wanted to win I needed to take a longer spot at the last jump because that's where I would make up the remaining time," he detailed. "He did it and I think that is how we won the class."
Parot and his team have become familiar faces at TIEC throughout the Spring and Summer Series, which have featured numerous FEI classes for international competitors. Parot mentioned that he feels his horses perform exceptionally well at the venue and the accessibility around the facility is one of the reason he continues to return to compete.
"I like this venue so much. It is a super place and a super show. It's a great place for the horses and they're very comfortable," he elaborated. "I came for the first time in the spring and had heard about it, but wanted to compete here. I just love it here and so do my horses." @
Source: Press release from Tryon International Equestrian Center News // Picture © LizCrawleyPhotography
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