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Sharn Wordley and Valentine Car best their barnmates in $37,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3*

Saturday, 23 July 2022
CSI3* Tryon 2022

Photo © Bailey Beck for TIEC Sharn Wordley and Valentine Car in their presentation ceremony alongside fiancé Lauren Balcomb. Photo © Bailey Beck for TIEC.


Press release from Tryon International Equestrian Center



Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Valentine Car took home the blue ribbon in Thursday’s $37,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3* at Tryon Resort. Claiming second was Wordley’s partner Lauren Balcomb (AUS) and Verdini D’Houtveld Z, the 2011 Zangersheide gelding (Verdi TN x Caretino 2), owned by Wordley and Balcomb. The pair stopped the jump-off timers at 31.27 seconds. Rounding out the podium was Conor Swail (IRL) and Vital Chance de la Roque, a 2009 Selle Francais gelding (Diamant de Semilly x Rivage du Poncel) owned by Mannon Farm, who jumped to a time of 31.65 seconds.

Wordley and Valentine Car, the 2009 Warmblood gelding (Son of Juan Car x Galiani CH), earned the top spot out of 41 entries by clocking in at 31.19 seconds in the jump off. “I honestly think the course was a little light for this field,” said Wordley, “We had 16 in the jump off, and it was a very fast, long, galloping track. I was towards the end, so I knew that I had to go really fast to win, but my horse is very fast naturally.”

Photo © Bailey Beck for TIEC Sharn Wordley and Valentine Car. Photo © Bailey Beck for TIEC.

Valentine Car, who Wordley acquired at the beginning of the season, has produced many wins for Wordley already at TIEC in the start of their new partnership. “I just got him at the beginning of the year from Fernando Cardenas; he’s the breeder and produced the horse until he was 13. Cardenas had him all the way and produced him. He [Valentine Car] nearly won the $500,000 class in the winter. I was really unlucky: I had the fastest time but second-to-last jump down. He was good here two weeks ago in the 3*, where he won the qualifier and the Grand Prix. He’s been jumping really well.”

Wordley’s fiancé and competitor Lauren Balcomb was second to Wordley by only a fraction of a second. Wordley was able to ride after Balcomb, shaving off just enough time to take the lead and hold it. When asked how it felt to win against Balcomb, Wordley responded, “It feels good, because it doesn’t happen that often!

Beyond what has turned into a successful stint at TIEC this season, Wordley has been competing and winning in TIEC arenas from its first competitions, he concluded. “I came to the very first show [Tryon] ever had here at the new facility, and I’ve supported it ever since, and I love it here. I always try to come.”

Conor Swail and Theo 160 win $37,000 Power & Speed Stake CSI 3*

Photo © Bailey Beck for TIEC Conor Swail and Theo 160. Photo © Bailey Beck for TIEC.

Conor Swail (IRL) and Theo 160 won Wednesday’s $37,000 Power & Speed Stake CSI 3* in Tryon Stadium, stopping the speed phase timers at 27.58 seconds. The red ribbon went to Samuel Parot (CHI) and his own Captain Z, a 2012 Zangersheide gelding (Calvino Z x Voltaire), in a time of 28.43 seconds. Claiming third in 28.97 seconds was Grant Seger (USA) and Yoghi FLP, a 2010 Hanoverian gelding (FRH Quaid x Stakkato) owned by Fox Lair Performance LLC.

Theo 160, the 2010 Holsteiner gelding (Christian 25 x Calando IV) owned by Swail came back with a bang today after a couple weeks of break. “I’ve had him for around a year. He’s a great horse; he wins a lot for me in the 1.45ms and 1.50ms,” said Swail. “He’s had a nice break for the last six or eight weeks, so it’s nice to have him back and it was a great win today.”

Swail commented that the speed portion of the two-phase made for a nice ride on Theo. “The course was a nice enough height, and it was well built I thought. In the speed round, you had to run quite quickly and it suited Theo because he’s very good at that; he’s fast and careful. Everything worked out really well for us today, and I’m happy to get the win!

“I love coming [to Tryon],” Swail concluded. “I was here last year for quite a bit. This is my third week here this year; I’ve been here as much as I can. I always love coming here. The horses like it, it’s a great facility, and I actually love the area as well.”

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