Wellington snow birds have headed north for the summer season, and this week the competition heats up at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) and the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.
While Tryon International is the newest addition as the nation’s top level equestrian destination, the Devon Horse Show remains the most prestigious and traditional A Circuit show in the USA.
Action at Tryon International Equestrian Center
This past week in Tryon, professional show jumper Sharn Wordley, who is based out of Wellington during the winter season, continued his winning ways for the 2016 show season. Wordley, who is also a partner in the Wellington based footing company, Wordley Martin Equestrian, migrates to Kentucky and Tryon for his piece of the action in the Grand Prix ring. He’s grabbed the media’s attention with his latest win at Tryon aboard one of his more recent acquisitions, Famoso D Ive Z, with a win in the $35K Horseware Ireland’s opener.
For Immediate Release From TIEC
Sharn Wordley and Famoso D Ive Z Kick Off Tryon Spring 7 With Victory in $35,000 Horseware Ireland 1.45 Opener
Mill Spring, NC – June 1, 2016 – Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Famoso D Ive Z began Tryon Spring 7 with a strong finish in the $35,000 Horseware Ireland 1.45m Opener at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), taking the speed stake with a time of 64.33 seconds. Mark Bluman (COL) and Hold On Tight II captured second place, crossing through the timers in 66.59 seconds, while Christian Heineking (GER) and AJE Cluny earned third place with a time of 67.66 seconds. Tryon Spring 7 continues with FEI CSI 3* competition this week, highlighting the $130,000 Ariat® Grand Prix CSI 3* on Saturday, June 4, with gates opening at 6:00 p.m. and competition beginning at 8:00 p.m.
Wordley and Famoso D Ive Z, a 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding (For Pleasure x Radetzky) owned by The Sky Group and Sharn Wordley, made quick work of the track set by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) to secure the win. The class saw 29 entries test the course while ten combinations finished fault free. Wordley piloted Famoso D Ive Z to an efficient and quick round, which Wordley said will serve as good preparation for the rest of the week ahead.
“I went in with a plan to go as quickly as I could because I knew there were some really fast ones in the class behind me. I had to start fast to begin with because there’s always a lot of speed demons coming in behind you,” laughed Wordley. “I got lucky because there were a few that were pretty fast combinations in here today, but they ended up having rails.”
Tradition Continues at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
And if you’ve migrated further north, this is the week to take in the beautiful tradition of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair! Originally founded in 1896, the show served as a competitive event for local area gentlemen to attract better horses to their area in the suburbs of Philadelphia. What once served to bring better “working horses” to the area for finer transportation, evolved into one of the nation’s most prestigious horse shows. By 1914 the “Dixon Oval” became the focal point of the largest horse show in the USA, and it still exists today, truly earning the title, “Where Champions Meet”!
The show lasts for 10 days and features hunter breeding classes, an array of pony, junior, amateur and professional hunter divisions, carriage and coaching competitions, gaited and pleasure classes, ladies side saddle and fox hunter divisions, and of course all levels of show jumping classes as well.
Tonight jumper fans will flock to the Dixon Oval to watch top international competition in the Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon. Entries include world class equestrians such as Kevin Babington, Laura Chapot, Scott Keach, Victoria Colvin, MClain Ward, Aaron Vale, Brianne Goutal, and many more riders who take part in the winter circuit here in Wellington.
We wish all of our Wellington season competitors the best of luck and look forward to following their summer success until the 2016/17 winter season kicks off back down south in Florida!