Katie Tyler of Old Lyme, CT, had the speed to finish first and third in the $10,000 Voltaire Designs Mini Prix on Saturday, September 30, at the 2017 Old Salem Farm Fall Classic, running through Sunday, October 1, at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY.
Nine horses advanced to the tie-breaking jump-off with Tyler on two mounts. She broke the timer beam in a blistering 37.05 seconds after leaving all the rails up over the short course riding her own Shet du Thot. The time bumped the previous leader, Sydney Shulman of Greenwich, CT, aboard Quidam 13, to second with a time of 39.96 seconds. Tyler was also third riding her own Surf de la Cense after jumping double clear again in 44.01 seconds.
Tyler has had the ride on Shet du Thot, an 11-year-old Selle Français gelding (Quick Star x Rosire) she calls “Biggie” around the barn, since she imported the mount two years ago. Together, they have stepped into the grand prix ranks with success.
“This is the horse of a lifetime! He was a derby horse in Europe and when he gets on grass he takes the reins and just does it for me. He is so brave, careful, and fast; [he is] just an unreal horse. I tried to add a stride in the outside line and he said, ‘Absolutely not,’” continued Tyler. “Once he got in gear, there was no stopping him.” ~ Katie Tyler
Hear what Katie had to say about her round!
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