Sharn Wordley and Gatsby Sweep the Week to Win the $72,000 St. Luke’s Hospital Grand Prix CSI 2*

Sharn Wordley and Gatsby ©TIEC

Mill Spring, NC – May 4, 2019 – Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Gatsby kicked off the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) “Saturday Night Lights” 2019 series with a win in the $72,000 St. Luke’s Hospital Grand Prix CSI 2*, stopping the jump-off timers in 39.018 seconds to take a second win on the week. Annabella Sanchez (USA) and Incitatus, her own 2009 Oldenburg gelding (Stakkatol x Con Air), was just behind on a time of 39.154 seconds to earn second, while Fernando Cardenas Jr. (COL) and Quincy Car, a 2004 Oldenburg stallion (Galiani Car x Amour Parfait) owned by Fernando and Meredith Cardenas, dashed around the short course in a time of 39.941 seconds to secure the final podium spot. 

Course designer Manuel Esparza (MEX) tested 20 entries over his first-round course, with eight pairs accepted back for the jump-off round. The entire podium all finished just under 40 seconds, and Wordley explained that he and Gatsby would have been more comfortably in front had they not had a little hiccup on course: 

“My strategy [in the jump-off] was to go not crazy fast, but to keep all the jumps up. The second-to-last jump, on the rollback, it didn’t quite work out the way I wanted to and I had to add an extra stride,” he said. “That’s why I was on the same second as the second and third [place riders] – I was planning on being a bit faster than what I was, so I got lucky there.” 

Annabella Sanchez and Incitatus ©TIEC

His advantage, then, came from his naturally fast horse, Wordley detailed. “I just have a very fast, smart horse. That’s where I had the advantage – I have a great horse. The other riders have great horses, too, and it was very close. But, I could’ve been beaten at that one line – I got lucky.”

Fernando Cardenas Jr. and Quincy Car ©TIEC

Wordley and his 2004 Irish Sport Horse stallion (Simba x Cruise On) also took the win in Thursday’s $36,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake, and he was quick to compliment the course build for a competitive field under the lights in Tryon Stadium: “Fantastic week. I love Tryon. It was a very good course,” Wordley continued. “I thought he had the time just right – it was tight enough. Because the time was quite tight, it forced a few faults that riders wouldn’t have had otherwise. It was a very good course: very square and very wide.”

Sharn Wordley, Annabella Sanchez, and Fernando Cardenas Jr. in their prize giving ceremony alongside (L-R): Tryon Equestrian Partners Jennifer and Roger Smith; Michelle Fortune, CEO of St. Luke’s Hospital. ©TIEC

Wordley will be back in the irons with Gatsby at Tryon International Equestrian Center throughout the season, “planning to be at every FEI show here this summer,” he concluded. Wordley will also compete on another mount, Rye Val De Mai, in Sunday’s $36,000 1.45m Sunday Classic at approximately 10:00 a.m. in Tryon Stadium.

Final Results of $72,000 St. Luke’s Hospital Grand Prix CSI 2* 

1. Gatsby, 2004 Irish Sport Horse stallion by Simba x Cruise OnSharn Wordley (NZL), Sharn Wordley: 0/0/39.018 

2. Incitatus, 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Stakkatol x Con AirAnnabella Sanchez (USA), Annabella Sanchez: 0/0/39.154 

3. Quincy Car, 2004 Oldenburg stallion by Galiani Car x Amour ParfaitFernando Cardenas Jr. (COL), Fernando and Meredith Cardenas: 0/0/39.941 

4. Walnut, 2010 Colombian Sport Horse mare by Costello x PotomacRicardo Villa (COL), Haras Santa Maria: 0/0/40.643 

5. Maraca LS La Silla, 2007 La Silla mare by Quintero x Capitol IScott Keach (AUS), Abrahamson Equestrian LLC: 0/0/40.647 

6. Atlantis, 2003 Zangersheide gelding by Andiamo x Royal Bravour LSamuel Parot (CHI), Samuel Parot: 0/4/38.08 

7. Ibabco, 2008 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Nabab De Reve x DarcoSantiago Lambre (MEX), Santiago Lambre: 0/4/38.289 

8. Uxanna, 2010 Württemberger mare by Ustinov x CentesimoJimmy Torano (USA), Dr. Hermann Flaig: 0/8/41.377 

9. Keoki, 2009 Holsteiner male by Catoki x Cassini IDavid Blake (IRL), Pine Hollow Farm: 1/79.69 

10. Catungee, 2006 Holsteiner gelding by Contact Me x LiatosCatherine Tyree (USA), Mary Tyree: 1/79.82 

11. El Pacho, 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Cardento 933 x GoodtimesAlberto Michan (ISR), Pablo Mejia Villa: 1/81.56 

12. Quite Funny, 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Quite Easy I x Quat’sousLaura Connaway (USA), Laura Connaway: 2/85.91

 To view results for all entries, click here. 

Photo credit ©TIEC. These photos may be used once in relation to this press release. 

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