For Immediate Release
Mill Spring, NC – October 3, 2019 – Tracy Fenney (USA) and MTM Apple kicked off Tryon Fall 3 with two back-to-back FEI wins, claiming Thursday’s $36,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 2* on a jump-off time of 39.032 seconds. Kristen VanderVeen (USA) and Bull Run’s Prince of Peace, the 2009 Holsteiner gelding (Cardenio x Contender) owned by Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC, earned second-place honors with a 40.401 second short-course performance, while Fenney also received third, this time aboard MTM Reve Du Paradis, the 2005 Selle Francais gelding (Crown Z x Adelfos) owned by MTM Farm, following their clear jump-off round in a time of 40.499 seconds.
Tracy Fenney and MTM Apple
Fenney shared that the 2011 Danish Warmblood mare (Favorit Ask x Willemoes) owned by MTM Farm has been improving with every round in the ring: “She was great, even better than yesterday. It was a hard 1.45m, but it was good to get her in the ring and get her in gear.”
Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Prince of Peace
Course designer Peter Grant (CAN) hosted 56 entries in the first round of competition, with 22 horse-and-rider pairs qualifying to attempt the short course. After being knocked out of the lead on her other mount, Fenney was determined to get back in the lead with MTM Apple. “She’s really fast and she’s super straightforward. I mean, from one to two she did that like a gem, and I was so impressed with her.”
Tracy Fenney and MTM Reve Du Paradis
Fenney plans to return to the Tryon Stadium with MTM Apple as well as her other mount, MTM Reve Du Paradis, for Saturday’s $72,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI 3*. “Apple has not been under the lights before, which is why I want her to compete [in Saturday’s Grand Prix], she continued. “[Saturday Night Lights] is such a thrill. There’s so many people and the band is playing and everyone is so excited. Nowhere you ever go has this good of a crowd.”
Tracy Fenney in her presentation ceremony alongside Eric Straus, TIEC General Manager of Equestrian Operations.
Fenney concluded: “I love it here; it’s my favorite horse show and is just so well done. The stalls are so easy because you walk in and the fans are already up and the mats are down. For a person who travels a lot it’s a no-brainer and obviously the food is so convenient, and our camper is amazing to have here.”
Tracy Fenney and MTM Apple Float to $5,000 Power & Speed CSI 2* Win
Fenney and MTM Apple also dominated Wednesday’s $5,000 Power & Speed CSI 2* to start the week on a high note, stopping the speed phase timers in 30.76 seconds. Kristen VanderVeen (USA) and Bull Run’s Living, the 2009 Zangersheide mare (Quasimodo x Wolfgang) owned by Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC, claimed second in a time of 32.306 seconds, while Lauren Tisbo (USA) rounded out the all-American, all-female podium aboard Tequestrian Farms LLC’s Casco 11, the 2009 Holsteiner gelding (Caspar x Colman), putting in a speed phase time of 34.714 seconds.
“She’s fairly new, so that’s why I showed her today,” Fenney said of the 2011 Danish Warmblood mare (Favorit Ask x Willemoes) owned by MTM Farm. “She’s very straightforward and has a very good attitude about what she does. I was a little bit worried because it’s so hot this week, so I wasn’t sure if I should show her today, but because she’s so new we decided to show her in a class. I love her; she felt great.”
Fenney and the mare have been building their relationship over the past year, she explained. “We imported her last year and we have been doing little things and some Grands Prix. Every time we show her, she gets better and better.
“I guess we’ll see what our plans are this week; I’m doing the welcome stake with three horses and I’ll kind of pick and choose what I’ll do Saturday night from there. Whatever horse doesn’t go Saturday, I’ll do on Sunday,” Fenney concluded.
For full results from the $36,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 2*, click here.
For full results from the $5,000 Power & Speed Stake CSI 2*, click here.