It’s not often one bets on the first pair in the ring, but money would have been safe with Jacqueline Ruyle (USA) in the opening FEI class of the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament at Flintfields Horse Park on Thursday afternoon. First to go of 37 entries, she blazed around the $38,700 CSI3* Corcoran Group Realty Two-Phase with Cyramo Z and made the rest of the field try to catch her.
“This is really my speed horse,” she said of the 12-year-old Zangersheide mare (Clarimo x Vigo D’Arsouilles, breeder: Gebr. van Helmond). “To the first combination is where I started really letting her roll. I found both combinations forward and fast and I think that’s where I made up a lot of time.”
Ruyle’s time of 39.64 seconds in the speed phase created a convincing win as the class ended. The only two pairs to come close were in the 41-second range, with Samuel Parot (CHI) on his own Cap West (Chacco-Blie x Hors la Loi II) taking second and Ali Wolff (USA) in third with Casall (Casall ASK x Capitol I), owned by Blacklick Bend Farm.
Ruyle could lean on the experience she has with Cyramo Z for the win, saying, “This horse I’ve had for about five years. I got her as a 7-year-old, and we’ve had a long time to grow a partnership. She’s so much fun to ride and she’s competitive and careful.”
The weather in Traverse City has been starkly different from Ruyle’s home state of Texas, from where she came just in time for the Tournament of Champions.
“The day before we left it was 113 degrees at home,” she laughed. “We came here to get out of the heat and it’s a good break for us in between our summer and fall circuits. This is my first time coming here and it’s been fun. You just have a smile on your face the whole time. It is really an enjoyable experience.”
The victory marks the first in Cyramo Z’s career at the CSI3* level, though she’s proven herself at the CSI2* level with several wins this year so far.
“I haven’t won a class in a while,” remarked Ruyle. “I’ve been gaining confidence and working on other things. Going into the class today I was ready to win. I put in a really fast round and I knew the very start of the jump-off I thought there was a little leeway that someone would leave a stride out and beat my time. I went to ride another horse and tried not to think about it. Thirty horses went by and I was still in the lead.
source: Equnews/Press Release