Catherine Tyree (Chigaco, IL) and Bec Lorenzo captured the $25,000 Tryon Resort Grand Prix on a jump-off time of 34.236 seconds in spite of an early start due to pending inclement weather at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). McKayla Langmeier (East Granby, CT) jumped into second place aboard Bon Vivant, a 2010 Zangersheide gelding (Bustique x Diamant De Semilly) owned by Linda Langmeier, with a time of 35.355 seconds, and Hector Florentino (Wellington, FL) claimed third with his own Venus, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood mare (Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve x Julius) stopping the timers in 35.897 seconds on the balmy spring night at Tryon Resort's second "Saturday Night Lights" of the season.
Among 22 entries with only three in the jump-off, in the course designed by Catsy Cruz (MEX), Tyree riding Bec Lorenzo, a 2010 Irish Sport Horse (Livello x Guidam) owned by Joseph and Mary Tyree, remained ahead of the competition. "First I have to say I was really impressed with how the showgrounds and management staff handled the amount of rain we got here," Tyree remarked.
"I thought for sure this afternoon that we weren't jumping today. The ring was underwater and I have to say the ring was amazing in the jump-off, so hats off to them. That is really great for us and makes it really easy for us to come show here."
On the course, Tyree commented, "I thought the course was nice; it was fair for a National Grand Prix. It was a really good confidence builder for everybody. My horse [Bec Lorenzo] was amazing. He's nine years old and I've had him for just over a year now. This is his fourth or fifth Grand Prix, but he's really just figuring it out and I've been really, really proud of him in the past few months.
For full results from the $25,000 Tryon Resort Grand Prix, click here.