Catherine Tyree and Bec Lorenzo Capture the $25,000 Tryon Resort Grand Prix at Tryon International Equestrian Center

May 11, 2019 - 9:54 PM

For Immediate Release



Mill Spring, NC – May 11, 2019 – Catherine Tyree (Chigaco, IL) and Bec Lorenzo captured the $25,000 Tryon Resort Grand Prix on a jump-off time of 34.236 seconds in spite of an early start due to pending inclement weather at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). McKayla Langmeier (East Granby, CT) jumped into second place aboard Bon Vivant, a 2010 Zangersheide gelding (Bustique x Diamant De Semilly) owned by Linda Langmeier, with a time of 35.355 seconds, and Hector Florentino (Wellington, FL) claimed third with his own Venus, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood mare (Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve x Julius) stopping the timers in 35.897 seconds on the balmy spring night at Tryon Resort’s second “Saturday Night Lights” of the season.


Among 22 entries with only three in the jump-off, in the course designed by Catsy Cruz (MEX), Tyree riding Bec Lorenzo, a 2010 Irish Sport Horse (Livello x Guidam) owned by Mary Tyree, remained ahead of the competition. “First I have to say I was really impressed with how the showgrounds and management staff handled the amount of rain we got here,” Tyree remarked.

Catherine Tyree and Bec Lorenzo

“I thought for sure this afternoon that we weren’t jumping today. The ring was underwater and I have to say the ring was amazing in the jump-off, so hats off to them. That is really great for us and makes it really easy for us to come show here.”


On the course, Tyree commented, “I thought the course was nice; it was fair for a National Grand Prix. It was a really good confidence builder for everybody. My horse [Bec Lorenzo] was amazing. He’s nine years old and I’ve had him for just over a year now. This is his fourth or fifth Grand Prix, but he’s really just figuring it out and I’ve been really, really proud of him in the past few months.

 McKayla Langmeier and Bon Vivant

“He had an amazing winter circuit and to pick up like this right off the bat is amazing. He was so game tonight, and he’s so smart and I feel really lucky to have him. He is always willing to please and tries his best. Any time we make a mistake, he learns from it really fast and it’s really been a pleasure to work with him. I have to say a big thank you to everyone at North Run (Warren, VT). It’s been a lot of work this past year, but they’ve really put a lot of time into him and I can’t thank them enough for finding him and bringing him along this way and helping me get these results with him.

 Hector Florentino and Venus
©Bailey Beck Photography

“It’s definitely nice for us to come here [TIEC] after Florida, we stop here for two weeks on our way back to Vermont and it’s a really nice show to come to. It’s not as stressful as WEF and it’s a really good confidence builder for everyone coming off of a good circuit. It’s a great way to get geared up for the summer and start things off the right way. I think that he [Bec Lorenzo] has a lot of talent and a lot of abilities, so we’ll see where he ends up, but I know that whatever he does he’s going to be amazing and competitive and I’m really lucky to have him,” she concluded.

Catherine Tyree, McKayla Longmeier, and Hector Florentino in their 
awards presentation ceremony alongside Tryon Resort partners, Roger and Jennifer Smith
©Bailey Beck Photography

For full results from the $25,000 Tryon Resort Grand Prix, click here.


About Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort:

Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, host of the FEI World Equestrian  Games™ Tryon 2018, is one of the world’s ultimate equestrian lifestyle destinations with first-class facilities for all FEI disciplines and showcasing Hunter/Jumper, Equitation, Steeplechase, Polo, and multidiscipline events in Mill Spring, NC. From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. A haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts, Tryon Resort is an iconic, year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment. Learn more at


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