Leslie Burr-Howard and Donna Speciale Blaze to Win $75,000 Grand Prix at TIEC

Leslie Burr-Howard and Donna Speciale ©TIEC

Highlights from Tryon Spring 6/92nd Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Charity Horse Show

Charity Spotlight: Three Local Nonprofits Receive TR&HC Recognition & Funds

Mill Spring, NC – June 7, 2020 – Leslie Burr-Howard (Newtown, CT) guided Donna Speciale to a win in Saturday’s $75,000 Grand Prix at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) at Tryon Resort, stopping the jump-off timers at 33.71 seconds. Alex Granato (Wellington, FL) and Page Tredennick’s Carlchen W, a 2008 Mecklenburger gelding (Chacco Blue x Celline-W), claimed second on a time of 34.6 seconds, while Daniel Bedoya (Magnolia, TX) rounded out the top three aboard Abracadabra WKT, a 2008 Holsteiner mare (Casaii x Famousgirl II) owned by Monica Hanks, after their 35.013 second jump-off round. 

The highlight Jumper class of the Tryon Spring 6/92nd Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Charity Horse Show welcomed 45 entries to test the Michel Vaillancourt (Aiken, SC) course design, with ten horse-and-rider pairs qualifying for the jump-off. Burr-Howard and the 2008 Dutch Warmblood mare (Cavalier x Paris) noted that the course design was “quite clever” in the questions it asked of competitors:

“I thought it was a super course. Where he [Vaillancourt] put that last in-and-out was quite clever,” she explained. “You had rails falling all over [the course], but nobody got hurt. It was a great course! It’s always a pleasure to come here.”

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Highlights from Tryon Spring 6/92nd Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Charity Horse Show

Hunter Highlights
Joy Janouskovec (Raleigh, NC) and Sharon Winnie’s Casadoble claimed champion honors in the High Performance Hunter 4’ Division, with reserve awarded to Brian Feigus of Colts Neck, NJ, riding Camelot BF for Hammer-Jadick Hunters LLC.

The USHJA Hunter 3’ Division named More Than Words its champion with Vick Russell (Columbus, NC) in the irons for Christina Fisher. Reserve honors were awarded to Robert Stucky (Waxhaw, NC) aboard Allie Rae Hayes’ The Girl from Ipanema.

Jimmy Torano (Wellington, FL) rode Moonlight to champion the Green Hunter 3’ Division for Isalou, Inc., while reserve went to Justin Thyme piloted by Erica Quinn of Wellington, FL. 

Jumper Highlights
The Nutrena® 1.40m Open Jumper Division recognized Michael Murphy (Apopka, FL) and Ransome Rombauer’s Lord Up as champions on the week, with a tie for reserve champion: Shane Sweetnam (Lexington, KY) aboard Labalou for Triple S Group and Todd

Minikus (Loxahatchee, FL) riding Juju VDM for Todd Minikus LTD. 
Harold Chopping (Southern Pines, NC) swept the 1.35m Open Jumper Division, claiming champion with Fantom for Andrew Philbrick and earning reserve aboard Gerderieka II VL for Rein Family LLC.

Michael Britt-Leon (Marietta, GA) and his own Bendelacreme championed the 1.10m Jumper Division, with reserve split between Alex Granato (Wellington, FL) aboard Micki Mickado van de Nethe for Rebdeck Farms LLC and Madison Kondracki (New Smyrna, FL) riding her own Sweet Encore.

Charity Spotlight: Three Local Nonprofits Receive TR&HC Recognition & Funds

The Tryon Spring 6/92nd Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Charity Horse Show featured donations to three deserving local nonprofits made by the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club. Get to know this year’s recipient nonprofits and learn more about the history of this USEF Heritage Horse Show and its dedication to supporting the community through generous giving by watching the video below.