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Ashlee Bond closes Spring Series with multiple wins in Tryon Spring 6/Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Charity Horse Show

Monday, 14 June 2021
CSI3* Tryon Spring 6 2021

Photo © Shannon Brinkman Ashlee Bond and Contefina LVF, winners of Sunday’s $25,000 Tryon Resort Sunday Classic at Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort. Photo © Shannon Brinkman.


Press release from Tryon International Equestrian Center



Ashlee Bond (Wellington, FL) and Contefina LVF made their last day of competition at Tryon Spring 6/Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Charity Horse Show a good one, claiming the win in Sunday’s $25,000 Tryon Resort Sunday Classic at Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort (TIEC). The duo stopped the jump-off timers in 36.404 seconds to best the field, while Erynn Ballard (Tottenham, ON) and Verdict De Kezeg, Ilan Ferder’s 2009 Selle Francais gelding (Diamant De Semilly), jumped to second place with a jump-off time of 38.163 seconds. Martein Van Der Hoeven (Pinehurst, TX) claimed third with 4 faults in the jump off and a time of 39.362 seconds on Morris Horta, a 2012 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Eldorado Van De Zeshoek x Irenice Horta) owned by Luccirelli International, LLC.

Bond and her 2012 Holsteiner mare (Contefino x Southern Girl) sliced and diced through the Michel Vallaincourt (CAN) course design to earn the blue ribbon. The pair’s elegant partnership is evident in the arena, and Bond owes this in part to having known her since birth, she noted. The homebred mare has been with Bond her whole life, along with her dam and grand-dam. Because of this, she has “practiced turns and slices with her since she was pretty much born!”

Contefina LVF is making her way back into the higher levels of competition after some time off from an injury. “She’s really very green for her age,” Bond admitted. “She was doing the meters and 1.10m [divisions] all last year coming back from an injury, so I just took back the reins in December. We’ve had a little bit of trial and error, I think, in the jump-offs. She’s still so green, and she’s got so much scope and stride that I would have the last jump down, because she would just get too flat and then catch the fence behind: things like that. You know, I took risks out there today. I knew, ‘Okay, worst case scenario, we’ll have one down,’ but I was just hoping we kind of would pull it all together, and we did!”

Photo © Shannon Brinkman Ashlee Bond and Contefina LVF in their presentation ceremony. Photo © Shannon Brinkman.

Wrapping up her victorious three-week stint at TIEC, Bond will be headed to Europe at the end of this month to compete, hoping she’s selected for Tokyo shortly thereafter. Excited about the possibility, she remarked, “Hopefully it goes as well as it did here!” After the Olympic Games, Bond plans on returning to the States, and eventually, returning back to TIEC. “It’s been such a great time here. My horses have performed really well. The footing is unbelievable. The environment has been really nice. I really love it; I can’t wait to come back here!”

On her own Boheme de Fleyres (Vargas De Ste Hermelle x Traviata Des Fleyres), Bond also won Friday’s $6,000 Speed Stake CSI 3*. Stopping the timers nearly three seconds ahead of the second-place winner, Bond and the 2011 Selle Francais mare finished with a 61.1-second clear round. Daniel Pedraza Littlewood (MEX) and Santa Rosa Yalta, his 2012 Mexican Sport Horse mare, picked up a second place ribbon with a clear round and a time of 64 seconds. With a single knocked rail, Aaron Vale (USA) earned the fastest time on the track of 60.84 seconds to a third place finish on Mr. Incredible, the 2012 Dutch Warmblood (Inshalla De Muze x Zuduela) owned by Troy Glaus.


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