Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Cyklon 1083 easily topped the $34,000 FEI 1.45m Speed Stake, finishing almost 10 seconds faster than Ali Wolff (USA) and Brianda who followed in second with a time of 70.36 seconds. Sweetnam bested the class of 19 entries in the first speed class of the week at Tryon Spring 8 hosted at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Ljubov Kochetova (RUS) and Wilford Z finished in third completing the course in 73.95 seconds.
Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083 went early in the class and knew that they needed a fast round to stay in prize contention. The duo laid down an incredibly fast round, which proved to be uncatchable for the rest of the class. "I thought the course designer did a good job here today. When I walked it I thought it was nice and fair. There were a couple of options for fast riders and also some for the younger horses looking to get experience," said Sweetnam. "It was definitely fair and when I walked it, I quite liked it."
The pair took advantage of the fast options on course and dominated the class, taking a commanding lead early in the class with a time of 61.48 seconds. Sweetnam commented that he felt the course was very suitable for Cyklon 1083 and that his consistency throughout his career has been extremely impressive.
"The round went exactly how I planned it when I walked it earlier in the morning. I went for all of the numbers and turns that I wanted to do. It all worked out perfectly. When I went through the timers I was even thinking, 'They'll really have to do something to beat that time,'" he commented. "He's won everywhere. He's a great little horse. He's won in Gothenburg, Spruce Meadows, and Wellington, all of the big places. He's still 14 and going strong, so I'm very happy with him."
Sweetnam and Spy Coast Farm will take two weeks off before heading to Spruce Meadows to contest some of the big classes in Calgary. "We'll have to make a pretty big decision after Spruce if we want to go to Europe or come back here to Tryon. There are the FEI shows here in July, and I'm sure I'll be back here for those at some point and we'll just see how everything goes," said Sweetnam. "It's a great facility. Mark [Bellissimo] and the partners have done a great job. I don't think there is a better facility anywhere, and it's still getting bigger and better. They've really made a big effort, and it's great for the sport. I'm very happy to be here."
FEI competition at TIEC will continue tomorrow with the $210,000 Tryon Grand Prix CSI 4* for the Governor's Cup at 7pm in the George H. Morris Stadium. The $34,000 FEI Tryon 1.50m Challenge will take place on Sunday, June 7, and will mark the conclusion of the Tryon Spring Series.
Final Results for the $34,000 FEI 1.45m Speed Stake:
1. CYKLON 1083, 2001 Swedish Warmblood stallion by Cardento x Cassandra SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm, LLC: 0/61.48
2. BRIANDA, 2005 Dutch Warmblood mare by Lupicor x Rianda ALI WOLFF (USA), John Wolff: 0/70.36
3. WILFORD 2, 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Marlon x Re'alba VDL LIUBOV KOCHETOVA (RUS), Liubov Kochetova: 0/73.95
4. SI COMO NO, 2006 Selle Francais gelding by Voltaire x Heartland ANGEL KAROLYI (VEN), Hollow Creek Farm: 0/79.33
5. BULL RUN'S ETERNAL, 2003 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Toulon x Toulon KRISTEN VANDERVEEN (USA), Bull Run Jumpers, Inc.: 4/61.2
6. KAID DU RY, 1998 Selle Francais gelding by Brett Saint Clair x Candy Des Champs ALISE OKEN (USA), Alise Oken: 4/61.45
7. GOLDFINGER VD HENGSTENPOEL, 2006 Belgian Warmblood mare by Winningmood vd Arenberg x Lariska SARAH BAGWORTH (CAN), Sarah Bagworth: 4/62.96
8. PARK LANE, 2005 Scottish Sport Horse by Pall MII H x Nistrea DAVID BLAKE (IRL), Pine Hollow Farm, LLC: 4/64.38
Source: Press release from Tryon International Equestrian Center.
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