Wellington Area Show Jumpers Dominate the Grand Prix Ring at Tryon!

Wellington Based Rider Sharn Wordley aboard The Sky Group’s Casper, Photo Credit ©FlyingHorsePhotography.
Wellington Based Rider Sharn Wordley aboard The Sky Group’s Casper, Photo Credit ©FlyingHorsePhotography.

Wellington based show jumping talent heads to the Tryon International Equestrian Center for the summer, setting the bar in the Suncast® Welcome CSI 5*.

Sharn Wordley took the lion share of the prize money aboard The Sky Group’s Casper, Andrew Bourns was on his heals for 2nd aboard Hyakari and Rich Maloney was 7 seconds to follow on Carrabis Z .

Tryon has become the “Wellington North” for many of our area show jumpers due to the expanse of the facility and the FEI level classes that are offered. Tryon is truly an equestrian destination for competitive jumper riders, with 13 rings, 10 on site restaurants or food vendors, over 20 pop up shops from international retailers, live entertainment and a recreational village to keep the whole family entertained. No wonder so many of the Florida riders migrate to North Carolina for the summer!

Wordley Goes Two for Two With Win in $130,000 1.50m Suncast® Welcome CSI 5* Aboard Casper

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Mill Spring, NC – June 9, 2016 – Sharn Wordley (NZL) continued his dominance at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) today, earning his second consecutive win during the FEI CSI 5* week at the venue. Wordley piloted Casper to a commanding victory in the $130,000 1.50m Suncast® Welcome CSI 5* finishing the track in 46.34 seconds. Andrew Bourns (IRL) collected second place aboard Hyakari with a time of 48.65 seconds, while Richie Moloney (IRL) and Carrabis Z crossed the timers in 52.15 seconds for third.

Andrew Bourns Aboard Hyakari, Photo Credit ©FlyingHorsePhotography.
Andrew Bourns Aboard Hyakari, Photo Credit ©FlyingHorsePhotography.

Wordley and Casper took a bold approach to the Alan Wade (IRL) designed track, which rode appropriately for the class according to many of the participating competitors. The course was large and technical, but incredibly fair. Wordley reiterated his comments from yesterday, giving another testament as to why Wade is one of the best course builders in the world.

“I think the course rode exactly how it walked. It was a tough course and I knew that  there weren’t going to be too many clears. The time allowed was quite tight and I was clear on my first horse too, but finished with time faults,” he said. “You had to go fast but you had to have your horse short as well into the tight lines. He did a brilliant job building a course that was big enough, technical enough, and took skill to ride, but was still very safe.”


Comparing his win yesterday aboard Barnetta with his win today with Casper, Wordley explained the differences between the two rides, but also described his individual approach to each horse in order to generate the most success in the ring.

Richie Moloney and Carrabis Z Photo Credit ©FlyingHorsePhotography.
Richie Moloney and Carrabis Z Photo Credit ©FlyingHorsePhotography.

“Barnetta rides very long so I have an easy go at making up some of the time with him in open lines. With Casper, he’s so careful, I have to keep him a bit closer with me. I added a stride today in one of the lines in the jump-off, but still made a go at the course. I didn’t get to see Andrew [Bourns] ride. I only saw it for a bit on the monitor, but it was hard to tell how fast I needed to go,” he commented. “I didn’t plan on going two seconds faster, but Casper is just such a quick horse.”

The course proved to be a difficult test, as only five combinations of 41 entries finished clear and inside the time. Shane Sweetnam (IRL), Carlos Ramirez (COL), and David Raposa (USA) each finished the afternoon with a single time fault, while Wordley piloted his other two mounts, Auckland De L’Enclos and Barnetta to tenth and eleventh place respectively.

Casper is an incredibly talented mount for Wordley, and at only ten years old, there is a very bright future for the 2006 Oldenburg gelding (Contender x Baloubet du Rouet) owned by Sky Group. Wordley also noted that Casper will be his potential mount poised for a run to the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in 2018.

“He’s been a very special horse for us and I still think there is so much more that he’s capable of. I’m really pleased with the way we finished today,” he commented.

Read more about their remarkable success in this full press release from COTH!