For Immediate Release
Mill Spring, NC – April 8, 2019 – Genevieve Edwards (Guyton, GA) rode to the top in the $15,000 1.35m-1.40m Jumper Classic aboard her own Vantablack De Muze earning a jump-off time of 31.044 seconds at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Jumping in at 31.758 seconds, Aida Sanchez Long (Chattanooga, TN) earned second place with MHS Indiana owned by Dimitri Pauli. Allen Nabors Jr. (Odessa, FL) took third place with Bon Chatsworth Pierre owned by Jessie Mazzoni earning a time of 34.114 seconds.
Among 10 entries with only four pairs in the jump-off, Edwards, the last rider in the round, secured the top score in an exciting jump-off on the course set by Dean Rheinheimer (Sheridan, IN). Edwards revealed, “I’ve had ‘Ocho’ since he was four. I bought him as an unbroke 4-year-old off of a YouTube video.”
Genevieve Edwards and Vantablack De Muze
“I brought him through the levels and now he’s really coming into his own at the 1.40m and 1.45m levels. We’re hoping to hit a couple of grand prixs this year. I’d like to shoot for FEI in 2020. He’s like my dog. He actually gets turned out in my yard. He’s like my big pet, and he likes bananas. My husband trail rides him, and he does leadline classes too. He’s awesome; he’s a cool horse,” she concluded.
Genevieve Edwards and Vantablack De Muse in their awards presentation photo
©Allison Aho/Tryon Resort
In addition to her victory in the Jumper Classic, Edwards rode home with blue in the $5,000 1.35m Welcome Stake with her own Vantablack De Muze. Edwards secured a time of 31.876 seconds. Doug Payne (Aiken, SC) earned second place with Quintessence owned by Jane Dudinsky, completing the course in 33.05 seconds. Anthony Sauriol (Laval, QC) claimed third with PBM Cascada owned by Mi Casa Stables Inc. with a time of 34.936 seconds.
On her win in the Welcome Stake, Edwards remarked, “He was jumping out of his skin. I was a little bit worried making up the time in the jump-off because I knew he jumped clean. He’s so fast across the ground and his stride is so big, that we ended up just walking the jump off and did really well.”
The $2,000 1.30m Medium Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic congratulated Marianne Spelling (Durham, NC) with first place aboard Cover Girl with a time of 34.648 seconds. Anthony Sauriol (Laval, QC) rode into second with C Nouvelle owned by Mi Casa Stables Inc. with a time of 70.294 seconds. Christina Webb (Raleigh, NC) took third place with Lalainy owned by Fox View Farm with a time of 74.418 seconds.
The 1.20m Open Jumper Division congratulated Aida Sanchez Long (Chattanogga,TN) with top honors aboard Farina Van’t Meyershof owned by Maarten Huygens. Reserve champion honors were awarded to Allen Jabors Jr. (Odessa, FL) with Bon Chatsworth Pierre owned by Jessie Mazzoni.
Judy Sutten (Maggie Valley, NC) claimed top honors in the 1.20m Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Division aboard mount, Win A Date. Sophie Koch (Atlanta, GA) earned reserve honors with mount, Curly Sue.
In the 1.15m Jumper Division, Marianne Spelling (Durham, NC) earned champion honors with mount, Hidora. William Russell (Palmetto, GA) earned reserve honors with Isabel Lewis’ Cachemira LS.
Champion honors were awarded to Emily Gann (McDonagh, GA) in the 1.0m Low Children’s/Adult Amateur Jumper Division aboard mount, Ingenue. Reserve honors were bestowed upon Maggie Huffman (Birmingham, AL) with mount, Conrad.
The $2,000 NAL/WIHS Child/Adult Amateur Classic awarded Anne Berg (Raleigh, NC) with first and second place. For the first place finish, Berg earned a time of 34.934 seconds with mount, Gomarus. Berg earned a time of 35.905 seconds aboard her own, Quincey, for the second place finish. Maggie Huffman (Birmingham, AL) rode into third place with mount, Nightvale with a time of 34.425 seconds.
The .90m Non-Pro Jumper Division congratulated Destyn Radar (Pittsboro, NC) with champion honors aboard mount, Pye’s Piper. Reserve honors were awarded to Elyse Blevins (Guyton, GA) with mount, Mardi Gras.
The Amateur-Owner/Junior Hunter 3’6″/3’3″ Combined Division congratulated champion honors to Ellie Aronson (Atlanta, GA) with Capitalist owned by Aubrey Hill Equestrian. Caroline Maude Hedges (Columbus, NC) earned reserve honors with mount Motown.
In the USHJA Hunter 2’6″ Division, Avery Sheppard (Statesboro, GA) claimed champion honors with mount, Internet II. Katherine Hiers (Guyton, GA) earned reserve honors with mount, Expression.
The USHJA Hunter 2’3″ Division awarded Victoria Bratton (Richmond Hill, GA) with the champion title aboard mount, Hunter’s Moon. Kennedy Ferguson (Statesboro, GA) claimed reserve honors with mount, Puddin on the Ritz.
The Opportunity Cross-Rails 12 & Under 18″ Division crowned Aeyla Gingerich (Waxhaw, NC) champion with In The Spot Light owned by Emily Jay. Macy Morgan (Covington, GA) was reserve champion with mount, Millpond Allie Oop.
The Children’s Hunter Pony Challenge awarded Ellie Aronson (Atlanta, GA) with first place aboard mount, Wengelo’s Willem, earning a score of 86. Second place was bestowed upon Finely Clement (Waxhaw, NC) with Farnley Crown Prince owned by Caroline Gilmer. Clement secured a score of 78. Victoria Bratton (Richmond Hill, GA) took third with mount, Hunter’s Moon.
The $500 NAL/WIHS Children’s/Adult Amateur Hunter Classic 3″ congratulated Sophie Koch (Atlanta, GA) with first place aboard Floresco’s Son with a score of 159. Lauren Stebbins (Atlanta, GA) earned second place with mount, Partly Cloudy. Stebbins earned a score of 157. Ellie Aronson (Atlanta, GA) took third place with mount, My Time, and a score of 155.
Aubrey Gingerich (Waxhaw, NC) rode to the top placing first in the Short/Long Stirrup Hunter Challenge aboard Sonata In D owned by Emily Jay. Gingerich earned a score of 79. Pamela Izard (Charlotte, NC) earned second place with Larima Z owned by Emily Jay. Grace Parnell (Madison, GA) took third with mount, Millpond Starman.
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