Shane Sweetnam and Indra Van De Oude Heihoef Conquer $37,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3*

Jul 16, 2020 - 7:04 PM

Sydney Shulman and Villamoura Speed to $37,000 Wednesday Classic CSI 3* Win

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Mill Spring, NC – July 16, 2020 – Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Indra Van De Oude Heihoef sped through the timers in 34.857 seconds to best the $37,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Sharn Wordley (NZL) and his own Casper, the 2006 Oldenburg gelding (Contender x Baloubet Du Rouet), cleared the short course in 35.191 seconds to take second, while Lillie Keenan (USA) and Fasther, a 2010 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Vigo D’Arsouilles x Farmer) owned by Chansonette Farm LLC, produced a 35.2 second jump-off round to claim third.

Sweetnam and his own 2008 Belgian Warmblood mare (Casantos x Action-Breaker) were one of 60 entries to test the first-round track set by Ken Krome (USA), and one of 12 pairs to qualify for the jump-off round. “It was a tricky course. Ken did a good job. There were a lot of good riders and partnerships out there today. It was quite strong for a ranking class,” he shared. “I’m sure it set the horses up well for Saturday night. It was a bit more of a test than yesterday [$37,000 Wednesday Classic CSI 3*],” where Sweetnam and Indra Van De Oude Heihoef claimed second.

552_8503Shane Sweetnam and Indra Van De Oude Heihoef

In the jump-off, which Sweetnam called “tricky,” some unintentional distances still worked out favorably for the naturally- quick mare, he explained. “Things came up a little awkward, especially to the last jump. I didn’t get what I wanted there, but it still worked out well for me. She is a quick horse and she really wants to leave the jumps up. I really just had to try to get her there as quickly as I could, and she did her best.”

552_8050Sharn Wordley and Casper

If he had to pick a spot where he cut time, Sweetnam said it would be that he was “quick to the in-and-out, as I can trust her there.” And now that Indra Van De Oude Heihoef has two FEI podium finishings under her belt for the week, Sweetnam emphasized that she’s earned a break for the remainder of Tryon Summer 6 competition. “She’s finished for the week, because she was second yesterday and won today!”

552_8010Lillie Keenan and Fasther

Instead, Sweetnam will pilot Chaqui Z, a familiar mount at the venue, in Saturday night’s $137,000 EquiSafe Global Grand Prix CSI 3*, and noted that he’s happy to be back competing in Tryon Stadium after spending several weeks at TIEC throughout the summer. “The footing is great! They’ve really done a good job. I was here the first week they showed on [the new footing], and it was brilliant then, and still is now. I’m happy to be jumping on it!”

552_8515Shane Sweetnam and Indra Van De Oude Heihoef in their presentation ceremony.

Sydney Shulman and Villamoura Speed to $37,000 Wednesday Classic CSI 3* Win

July 15, 2020 – Sydney Shulman (ISR) and Villamoura sped around the short course in 36.536 seconds, winning the $37,000 Wednesday Classic CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), with Shane Sweetnam (IRL) taking second in a time of 37.522 seconds aboard his own Indra Van De Oude Heihoef, the 2008 Belgian Warmblood mare (Casantos x Action-Breaker). Lacey Gilbertson (USA) and Baloppi, the Seabrook LLC 2007 Danish Warmblood mare (Balou du Rouet x Unknown), stopped the timers at 38.39 seconds to earn third.

Shulman and the 2009 Selle Francais mare (Diamant de Semilly x Unknown) owned by Jill Shulman were one of 21 pairs to qualify for the jump-off out of 54 entries challenging the Ken Krome (USA) course design, and Shulman shared that Villamoura is a top mount in her string: “She really stepped up this winter, and is one of my top horses. She jumped the Nations Cup for Israel and had a clear round there, and she won a five-star class at Deeridge. She’s on a roll! She jumped two national classes here last week and felt great. She was just all over this class today! It was so much fun.”

552_7199Sydney Shulman and Villamoura

A self-proclaimed “huge fan of Ken Krome courses,” Shulman noted that the tough track was well-suited to her mount. “I thought it was challenging enough, with the certain angles coming out of lines. You had to be on it. If you didn’t get the first part then it kind of messed you up for the skinny, the second part. It rode really nice, and the jump-off was really set for her with the proper angles on each lead.”

552_7316Shane Sweetnam and Indra Van De Oude Heihoef

In the jump-off, Shulman planned to “just lay it all out on the table,” she said. “She’s so fast across the ground. If anything, I’m holding her back. I did two more strides than I wanted on the way to the second jump, but she’s so fast across the ground that I did two less to the double after that. The left turn to the skinny was a little hard for me, because she likes to go left, so I set that up and then ran to the last jump.”

552_7283Lacey Gilbertson and Baloppi

In addition to a competitive horse, Shulman credited the newly re-engineered footing in Tryon Stadium with her success, saying, “the footing is amazing! It’s like a springboard. Obviously, getting off the ground and landing is important, but to me, turning is crucial as that’s when you feel it the most. All of the horses feel like they have such traction on it and are jumping really nicely. The improvements that they [TIEC] made are great, and it’s only benefiting us more.”

Shulman concluded by relaying that Tryon Summer 6 is her first competition back after a break due to COVID-19 shutdowns. “I’m so happy to be here! It’s the first time I’ve left my house since we got back from Florida on May 1st. I came to Tryon before I went to a grocery store! When we came here, everything was really smooth and nice. My mom, who’s also my owner, kept everything right in line so when we got here we weren’t that out of practice. I’m really grateful, and we’re definitely happy to be back showing. I was always hungry to win, but now I’m definitely even more hungry!”

For full results from the $37,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3*, click here.

For full results from the $37,000 Wednesday Classic CSI 3*, click here.

Tryon Summer 6 continues through Sunday, July 19, with a $6,000 Speed Stake CSI 3* at 8:00am in Tryon Stadium ahead of Saturday evening’s $137,000 EquiSafe Global Grand Prix CSI 3*. While competitions are currently closed to spectators, free live streaming is available for highlight classes at

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