Lee Hughes Scores Top Two Aboard Derby Debutantes in $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby
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Mill Spring, NC – April 30, 2019 – Marquee Cincotta (Palm Harbor, FL) and Allen Nabors Jr.’s Granaat flowed through the jump-off course in 36.174 seconds to take the win in Sunday’s $15,000 1.35m-1.40m Jumper Classic to conclude Tryon Welcome 6 competition at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). The pair was followed by Taylor Land (Atlanta, GA) and Liroy 30 owned by Pinetree Farms Inc., on a time of 38.079 seconds, while Taylor Flury (Minooka, IL) and the Aliboo Farm, Inc. entry Calano Z rounded out the podium to earn third on a time of 38.229 seconds.
Marquee Cincotta and Grannat in their presentation ceremony.
Fifteen pairs tested the Dean Rheinheimer (Sheridan, IN) course, with six returning to challenge the short course. Cincotta explained that the day’s win was only the second time competing at the 1.35m-1.40m level with Granaat, who is a new – and complex – partner in the ring.
“I got Granaat from Allen about four months ago. He’s a tricky horse, because he doesn’t like other horses, so no victory gallops or anything like that. I have to be very careful in the schooling ring, but his jump is amazing. He has all the jump in the world,” she continued. “This is my second class with him at this height – we were seventh in the $25,000 Jumper Classic two weeks ago during Tryon Welcome 4. Before that I had only really jumped him in 1.20m-1.30m.”
Cincotta revealed that Granaat has been “a bit of a project horse” in the few months they’ve been paired so far: “I spent more than a month with him just on the ground. I’ve had to build him up. This [winning] is happening way faster than I ever expected it could. He doesn’t like horses coming at him, or coming from behind, but if you put a ribbon in his tail and it starts flowing and hits him, he bolts. I’ve come off this horse probably fifty times,” she admitted. “You just have to do things a particular way with him – nothing can be fast or rushed, and some days I get on and say, nope, we’re not showing today. Today was a good day for him.”
Originally aimed as a young horse towards the Olympics due to his talent, Cincotta explained that Granaat’s quirkiness has taken creative management and patience, from his gear to the way he wears a red ribbon on his browband instead of in his tail.
“He’s very spooky. And it’s worse if you put earplugs in, or if you try to make him calm or give him any supplements. I’ve tried it all – soundproof bonnets, I’ve tried earplugs. I think he would be a little tricky to be at the Olympic level, because he can be really inconsistent, but he likes it here,” she relayed. “I literally pulled him out of the field this morning and brought him here – and he doesn’t stay here. He gets to be a normal horse – now he gets to go home. You can’t do that at all shows.”
“I was kind of just going calm and collected, and keeping my horse confident,” said Cincotta of her jump-off ride that bested the class by nearly two full seconds. “He’s naturally fast, so I don’t really even have to go fast, and I didn’t go out there for the win, just to keep going confidently. I’m thinking about doing the Platinum Zone competition here in July, and I’ll just keep building him up. The end goal would be to do a Saturday Night Grand Prix eventually, but we’re taking it slow,” she concluded.
The Tryon Spring Series begins April 30 and concludes June 9, containing six weeks of A and AA Hunter-Jumper competition and including four FEI Jumping weeks. Click here to view the Spring Series Prize List.
Taylor Flury in her presentation ceremony with Calano Z.
Taylor Flury of Minooka, IL, and Calano Z owned by Aliboo Farm, Inc. kicked off the weekend with a win in the $5,000 1.35m Welcome Stake presented by Horseware Ireland, stopping the short-course timers in 40.752 seconds. Collin Reynolds (Oxford, PA) and mount Semi-Automatic C landed on second in a time of 45.252 seconds, while Allen Nabors, Jr. (Odessa, FL) guided Bon Chatsworth Pierre, owned by Allen Nabors/Jessie Grabowski, to third on a fast, four-fault jump-off round in 39.303 seconds.
The $2,000 1.20m NAL Low Junior/Amateur Classic congratulated Mia Mannis (Woodbury, CT) and her own Carloville S on their win, stopping the short-course timers in 26.606 seconds, while reserve honors were awarded to Flora Manship riding Elan Farm’s Endgame to second on a time of 27.523 seconds to represent Atlanta, GA. Third place belonged to Breah Mortenson (Mequon, WI) aboard her own Farina, clearing the jump-off in 27.523 seconds.
The $2,000 1.0m NAL/WIHS Child/Adult-Amateur Classic resulted in a win for Emma Brunell of Columbus, NC, and her own Carlos Santana, being the only rider to go clear on the short-course in 36.168 seconds to claim the win. Next, in second, Tinita Hughes (Athens, GA) and her own Proximo produced a four-fault, 34.497-second ride to receive the red rosette, while Autumn McCullogh and her own Kilrainey Riddle finished on eight faults and a time of 43.633 seconds to finish third and represent Middleburg, VA.
In the $500 1.20m-1.35m Developing Show Jumper 6/7 Year-Old Jumper Class, Taylor Flury (Minooka, IL) bookended the podium aboard Imperial D’Arco, owned by Breah Mortenson, and Aliboo Farm Inc.’s Blue Col Z, stopping the short-course timers in 31.683 and 32.109 seconds, respectively. Jill Gaffney (Batavia, OH) rode Freestyling Farms LLC’s entry Swift Action to second, clearing the jump-off track in 31.916 seconds.
The $300 1.0m Low Child/Adult-Amateur Jumper Stake awarded the blue ribbon to Lisa Zimmer of Lyndhurst, NJ, aboard her own Irving, stopping the timers in 72.107 seconds with two faults for the win in round one. Reiss McKinney (Greer, SC) and her own Uptown Funk took reserve with six faults in 72.899 seconds, while Brianna Harvey (Myakka City, FL) and Wendy Goff’s Baron collected seven faults in 73.3 seconds to earn third.
The Adequan® 1.30m Open Jumper Division celebrated Taylor Flury of Minooka, IL, aboard Carrasca Z for Aliboo Farm, Inc. as its champion, while reserve honors were given to Nikko Ritter (Geneva, FL) aboard Shadyside Farm’s Hamlet VD Donkhoeve.
Mia Mannis of Woodbury, CT, was named the CaptiveOne Advisors 1.20m Open Jumper Division champion for her efforts in tandem with Espace Killy for Brush Hollow Sales, with the reserve rosette going to Sara Murphy (Berryville, VA) with Sable Giesler’s Devil Munchkin.
The 1.10m Jumper Division saw Randii Goble of Friendsville, TN, take champion on the weekend aboard Zakenman Zaffier for Icon Sporthorses, LLC, with Nikko Ritter claiming another reserve rosette, this time aboard Linda Bakker’s Cimy Von Kielsluck.
The Children’s/Adult-Amateur 1.10m Jumper Division congratulated Emma Brunell aboard her own Carlos Santana as champion, with Tinta Hughes claiming reserve honors in the irons with her own Proximo.
In the .90m Non-Pro Jumper Division, Tar Mooney (Knoxville, TN) came out on top with Randii Goble’s Celtic Code, and Holly Whitworth received reserve to represent Athens, GA, aboard her own Romanov.
Lee Hughes Scores Top Two Aboard Derby Debutantes in $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby
Lee Hughes (Athens, GA) rode to first and second in Saturday’s $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, piloting two new imports through their first experiences in Derby competition to score 174 over two rounds with He’s Blue and 167 aboard Carpedi, respectively. Third was awarded to Allen Nabors Jr., (Odessa, FL) riding Margot Hirsch’s Lookalike on a score of 165 through the Dean Rheinheimer-set courses.
Lee Hughes in her presentation ceremony.
“Those are both new sale horses to me,” Hughes said of the Wolver Hollow-owned rides. “They’re both seven, and recent imports. For both of them, it was their first Derby. I think they are proving they will be solid hunter and equitation mounts for the future, because they definitely stepped up to the plate.”
Though Hughes has been teaching both the ropes, including how to jump scary elements like flowers, which they wouldn’t have seen in Europe, she felt she could be a little more bold on “Blue,” she explained.
“Blue is a big horse and very agile, and he turns well. He’s pretty brave, so I knew on him I could be super tight and do all the inside turns in the handy. Carpedi, on the other hand, is just a little more green, so I just wanted to be smooth and give him some time to see all the jumps,” she explained. “I wanted to give him ample opportunity to see what was approaching him, so I was a little less handy on him, which I think was a smart idea for him.”
Though neither horse had competed in a Derby before, Hughes opted for every high option but one, she detailed. “They both jump bigger jumps better, so I did the high options, which helped me in my scoring for sure. But I actually did change my plan a little with Carpedi – I thought one bending line was a little funny with the high option because of the first jump on the back that I thought looked a little bit spooky. So I went ahead and gave myself a nice smooth turn back to the low option.
“It was a good course,” Hughes recalled, “with long, flowing bending lines, and everything showed up the way it walked. I loved the hand gallop – I haven’t done a derby in a bit, and I was really happy to see a hand gallop jump instead of a trot jump. I love that. I thought that was fun. Both of them were really good at that.”
To prepare for the duo’s first Derby, Hughes detailed that she spent a lot of time at home, working over spooky jumps and elements that they’d not encountered overseas in the Jumping discipline. “I just let them jump the flowers, and grass, and rolltops, and the coops – just trying to get them used to the American Hunter style of riding, and they’ve both taken to it really well. I’m very excited for the future with them.”
Carpedi seems to have found his home in the Equitation ring, Hughes revealed, but she will “hang onto Blue” and keep competing in Derbies: “I’ll do Derbies with him a few more times and have as much fun as I can while I have him,” she concluded.
The Absorbine® Green Hunter 3’/3’3″/3’6″ Division named Shawn Mack (Avon, CT) and Due North, owned by Silver Springs Farm, as champion, with Lee Hughes collecting reserve aboard Carpedi.
Kristina Claffee (Avon, CT) and Silver Springs Farm’s Guru bested the Amateur-Owner/Junior Hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Division, with the reserve rosette awarded to Grace Lyons of Waxhaw, NC, riding her own Francesca.
In the USHJA Hunter 3′ Division, Allen Nabors, Jr. rode Margot Hirsch’s Lookalike to champion on the weekend, followed in reserve by Nikko Ritter and Esquire for Shadyside Farm.
The USHJA Hunter 2’9″ Division saw Nikko Ritter top the field to take champion with Shadyside Farm’s Inspector Gadget, and reserve honors awarded to Mia Mannis of Woodbury, CT, this time riding her own Cloney’s Pleasure.
Mia Mannis and Cloney’s Pleasure championed the Foothills Hunter 2’9″ Division, with reserve honors awarded to Nora Hanlon aboard Ann Di Sarro’s Captivate to represent Guilderland, NY.
The Baby Green Hunter 2’6″ Division recognized Jennifer Barker of Hopkins, SC, riding Dutch Boy to champion for Maria Wynn, and Randii Goble (Friendsville, TN) riding Sara Bella to reserve for Icon Sporthorses, LLC.
In the Pre-Adult Hunter 2’6″ Division, Beth Hardee of Pelzer, SC, rode her own Goldman Sox to champion on the weekend, with Laura Carter (Athens, GA) and her own Biscuit taking reserve.
The USHJA Hunter 2’3″ Division congratulated Mae Mannis of Woodbury, CT, aboard Jill Karbowicz’s Fitzherbert, as champion, with no named reserve.
The Short/Long Stirrup Hunter 2′ Division was bested by Bridget Tanner of Columbia, SC, riding Cortona for Deborah Snyder, with reserve honors named to Campbell Dobson of Spartanburg, SC, for her efforts aboard her own Kelviden Lone Star.
The Children’s Hunter Horse Division announced Lucile Milliken Sammataro (Columbia, SC) as champion for her efforts with her own Pisani, while the reserve rosette was collected by Rachel Darash of Duncan, SC, riding Kirby Lane for Page Tredennick.
To view results from the $15,000 1.35m-1.40m Jumper Classic, click here.
To view results from the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, click here.
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