For Immediate Release
Mill Spring, NC – July 11, 2020 – Kristen VanderVeen (USA) and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili sped to a 36.579-second jump-off round to take the win in Saturday’s $73,000 JTWG, Inc. Grand Prix CSI 2* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) at Tryon Resort. Brittni Raflowitz (ISR) and Hilton van de Breepoel, a 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Contact Van de Heffinck x Opium) owned by ESI Show Jumpers, Maarten Huygens & Darragh Kerins, claimed reserve honors with a time of 39.153 seconds, with the yellow rosette going to Todd Minikus (USA) aboard the Bit by Bit Group’s Amex Z, the 2009 Zangersheide mare (Andiamo Z x Landaris), stopping the timers in 36.764 seconds with four faults.
The Guilherme Jorge (BRA) course design saw 39 contestants in the first round, with 10 horse-and-rider pairs returning to challenge the jump-off round. VanderVeen and the 2005 Belgian Warmblood stallion (Berlin x Darco) owned by Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC used both speed and tight turns to their advantage in the jump-off, she explained. “The jump-off, I really liked. The jump-offs are always fun with Frosty because he turns and he goes fast, so it’s fun.
Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili
“The course was great,” she said of the track. “I actually was surprised he [the course designers] had so many clear. I walked the initial round and thought it was quite challenging,” she admitted. “Not sure what I was expecting!”
Brittni Raflowitz and Hilton van de Breepoel
VanderVeen and the large grey stallion known as “Frosty” have collected many FEI wins together at the venue, and she noted that her strategy in the jump-off was to use his familiarity with the arena, as well as his versatility, to their advantage. “Honestly, I think we were just able to hold the rhythm the whole way, and everything showed up in stride. He was very careful at the combination, so I got to use that a little to my strength and come in fast there. But overall, I think he was able to hold a good canter all the way around.”
Todd Minikus and Amex Z
Though she’s spent the last few weeks at TIEC, VanderVeen acknowledged that the rest of the summer looks a little uncertain at the moment. “It’s all a little by ear right now, I guess. Frosty will probably jump again next week, because he loves the [Tryon Stadium], and we love it here. This is like his ring. He was flying in the jump-off. And then,” VanderVeen concluded, “it’s up in the air depending on travel bans.. we might go to Michigan or to New York for a little bit and then probably back here.”
Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili in their presentation ceremony alongside JTWG, Inc. representative William Harvey.
Full results: $73,000 JTWG, Inc. Grand Prix CSI 2*
Horse Name, Year Breed gender (Sire x Sire of Dam)
Rider (COUNTRY), Owner: Faults/Faults/Time
1. Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili, 2005 Belgian Warmblood stallion (Berlin x Darco)
Kristen VanderVeen (USA), Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC: 0/0/36.579
2. Hilton van de Breepoel, 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Contact Van de Heffinck x Opium)
Brittni Raflowitz (ISR), ESI Show Jumpers, Maarten Huygens & Darragh Kerins: 0/0/39.153
3. Amex Z, 2009 Zangersheide mare (Andiamo Z x Landaris)
Todd Minikus (USA), Bit By Bit Group: 0/4/36.764
4. Aragorn van Schuttershof, 2006 Belgian Sport Horse gelding (Quintero x Cento)
Maria Gabriela Brugal (DOM), Maria Gabriela Brugal Gasso: 0/4/40.014
5. Upper, 2008 Selle Francais gelding (Diamant de Semilly x Nadir di san Patrignano)
David Oberkircher (USA), Southfields Farm LLC: 0/4/40.288
6. Havana de la Lande, 2007 Dutch Warmblood mare (Nabab de Reve x Parco)
Elisa Uribe Gutierrez (COL), Elisa Uribe Gutierrez: 0/4/41.305
7. All In, 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Aachen x Indoctro)
Katherine Strauss (USA), Katherine Strauss LLC: 0/8/38.817
8. Ardente Printaniere, 2006 Belgian Sport Horse mare (Joyeux Ardent x Ramiro)
Sydney Shulman (ISR), Jill Shulman: 0/8/41.982
9. Gotcha, 2011 Holsteiner mare (Stakkato x Cassini I)
Jack Hardin Towell (USA), Rock Ridge Farms: 0/8/45.422
10. Fasther, 2010 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Vigo D’Arsouilles x Farmer)
Lillie Keenan (USA), Chansonette Farm LLC: 0/8/51.62
11. Anastasia Du Park, 2010 Selle Francais mare (Tink’s Boy x Quidam de Revel)
Kady Abrahamson (USA), Abrahamson Equestrian LLC: 1/82.17
12. Diablo VII, 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Douglas x Cavalier)
Rowan Willis (AUS), Lucinda Huddy and Rowan Willis: 1/82.21
For full results from the $73,000 JTWG, Inc. Grand Prix CSI 2*, click here.
Tryon Summer 5 continues through Sunday, July 12, featuring a $25,000 Sunday Classic at about 10:00am in Tryon Stadium. While the entire Summer Series is closed to spectators, highlight classes are available for free live streaming at www.Tryon.com/streaming.
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