International show jumping competition returned to the Alltech Arena Friday evening for the T&R Development International Two Phase CSI4* at the 2021 National Horse Show. A highlight event of the day, 32 international athletes and their top mounts would jump the two phase course in hopes of securing a piece of the $36,600 purse. Of the competitive roster, Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run's Faustino De Tili earned their place in the winner's circle for their brilliant performance throughout the two phases of competition.
Bernardo Costa Cabral (POR) set forth an eight-obstacle first-phase track, testing athletes' power through the technical course. Those who navigated a clear effort would advance to the six-fence power phase in a race against the clock that would determine the top spots on the leaderboard. Setting the pace with the first double-clear effort was Erynn Ballard (CAN) aboard Ilan Ferder's Billy Alpen, who were the second pair in the order-of-go. The duo navigated their way around the first phase to a fault-free finish for their shot at the second phase, stopping the clocks in 33,08 seconds and setting the time to beat.
The lead would change hands when Irishman Shane Sweetnam would overtake Ballard, riding Sweet Oak Farm/Seabrook LLC's Ideal to a clear second phase time of 32,95 seconds. Fresh off of a second place finish in Thursday's $72,900 International Welcome Stake CSI4*, Kent Farrington (USA) blazed his way through the course soon after Sweetnam with Take The High Road LLC's Austria 2, stopping the timers in 32,12 seconds through the second phase.
Always a strong contender, Aaron Vale was the next to overtake the lead. Riding Sleepy P Ranch LLC's Major, Vale turned in a time of 30,45 seconds without knocking any rails. However, the speed queen herself, Vanderveen, was still to be seen. As the second to last athlete to take to the course, Vanderveen was speedy as ever aboard her trusty mount Bull Run's Faustino de Tili, a 16-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion owned by Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC. The dynamic duo posted a second phase time of 30,18 seconds, which would prove unbeatable for the final combination on course, leaving Vanderveen and Frosty in their leading position. The red ribbon waq ultimately awarded to Vale and the 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, Major, while Farrington rounded out the top three with Austria 2, a 13-year-old Holsteiner mare.
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Source: Press release