Alison Robitaille tops the Tryon Grand Prix

Alison Robitaille tops the Tryon Grand Prix
Alison Robitaille (USA) and Ace dominated the $134,00 Horseware Grand Prix CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), stopping the jump-off timers at 40.376 seconds. Scott Keach (AUS) and Falcon de Hus Z, a 2009 Zangersheide gelding (Florian de la Vie*Bazooka x Adlantus AS) owned by Five Henry Stables, took second place on a clear jump-off performance of 40.805 seconds, while Hector Florentino (DOM) and Carnaval, a 2005 Oldenburg gelding (Chacco-Blue x Landadel) owned by Spruce Meadows Ltd., claimed third-place honors on a 40.947 second finish.

The course, designed by Ken Krome (USA), tested 30 entries in the class and had only six pairs return for the jump-off. Robitaille shared that she had anticipated more riders to make it into the jump-off when she originally walked the course: โ€œI thought there might be more actually when I walked the course, but there seemed to be faults everywhere.โ€

The 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Berlin x Irco Polo), owned by Bertram and Diana Firestone, has been paired with Robitaille for the past three years, allowing her to return to Grand Prix level competition. โ€œI took a pretty big break from riding at the Grand Prix level - I was married and had two children. He [Ace] was the first horse I got to really get back into the upper level of the sport with,โ€ Robitaille shared.

134,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3* Results:
Horse Name, Year Breed gender (Sire x Sire of Dam)
Rider (COUNTRY), Owner: Faults/Faults/Time

1. Ace, 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Berlin x Irco Polo)
Alison Robitaille (USA), Bertram and Diana Firestone: 0/0/40.376

2. Falcon de Hus Z, 2009 Zangersheide gelding (Florian de la Vie*Bazooka x Adlantus AS)
Scott Keach (AUS), Five Henry Stables: 0/0/40.805

3. Carnaval, 2005 Oldenburg gelding (Chacco-Blue x Landadel)
Hector Florentino (DOM), Spruce Meadows Ltd: 0/0/40.947

4. Evita, 2009 Dutch Warmblood mare (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Cash)
Thaisa Erwin (AUS), Thaisa Erwin: 0/0/43.386

5. Carlos JD Z, 2009 Zangersheide gelding (Canturo x Baloubet)
Darragh Kerins (IRL), NRG Farm LLC: 0/0/44.832

6. Keoki, 2009 Holsteiner gelding (Catoki x Cassini I)
David Blake (IRL), Pine Hollow Farm: 0/4/43.226

7. Magnolia Mystic Rose, 2008 Brazilian Sport Horse mare (Unknown x Unknown)
Juan Andres Rodriguez (ESA), RM Agronegocios Eireli: 1/87.5

8. Casper, 2006 Oldenburg gelding (Contender x Baloubet du Rouet)
Sharn Wordley (NZL), Sky Group: 4/78.27

9. Calvalou, 2007 Oldenburg gelding (Calvaro F.C. x Baloubet du Rouet)
Todd Minikus (USA), Todd Minikus, LTD: 4/79.92

10. Thriller P, 2004 Swedish Warmblood stallion (Cardento 933 x Lucky Light)
Samuel Parot (CHI), Samuel Parot: 4/80.27

11. Dontez, 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Verdi Tn x Wolfgang)
Freddie Vazquez (PUR), G6 Holdings and Freddie Vazquez: 4/81.08

12. Collin, 2007 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Colandro x Amethist)
Luiz Francisco de Azevedo (BRA), Santa Cecelia Stables LLC: 4/82.67 

For full results from the $134,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix, click here. 
134,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3* Results:
Horse Name, Year Breed gender (Sire x Sire of Dam)
Rider (COUNTRY), Owner: Faults/Faults/Time

1. Ace, 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Berlin x Irco Polo)
Alison Robitaille (USA), Bertram and Diana Firestone: 0/0/40.376

2. Falcon de Hus Z, 2009 Zangersheide gelding (Florian de la Vie*Bazooka x Adlantus AS)
Scott Keach (AUS), Five Henry Stables: 0/0/40.805

3. Carnaval, 2005 Oldenburg gelding (Chacco-Blue x Landadel)
Hector Florentino (DOM), Spruce Meadows Ltd: 0/0/40.947

4. Evita, 2009 Dutch Warmblood mare (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Cash)
Thaisa Erwin (AUS), Thaisa Erwin: 0/0/43.386

5. Carlos JD Z, 2009 Zangersheide gelding (Canturo x Baloubet)
Darragh Kerins (IRL), NRG Farm LLC: 0/0/44.832

6. Keoki, 2009 Holsteiner gelding (Catoki x Cassini I)
David Blake (IRL), Pine Hollow Farm: 0/4/43.226

7. Magnolia Mystic Rose, 2008 Brazilian Sport Horse mare (Unknown x Unknown)
Juan Andres Rodriguez (ESA), RM Agronegocios Eireli: 1/87.5

8. Casper, 2006 Oldenburg gelding (Contender x Baloubet du Rouet)
Sharn Wordley (NZL), Sky Group: 4/78.27

9. Calvalou, 2007 Oldenburg gelding (Calvaro F.C. x Baloubet du Rouet)
Todd Minikus (USA), Todd Minikus, LTD: 4/79.92

10. Thriller P, 2004 Swedish Warmblood stallion (Cardento 933 x Lucky Light)
Samuel Parot (CHI), Samuel Parot: 4/80.27

11. Dontez, 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Verdi Tn x Wolfgang)
Freddie Vazquez (PUR), G6 Holdings and Freddie Vazquez: 4/81.08

12. Collin, 2007 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Colandro x Amethist)
Luiz Francisco de Azevedo (BRA), Santa Cecelia Stables LLC: 4/82.67 

For full results from the $134,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix, click here.