Tryon Summer 5 Recap: Hardin Towell and Billy Manjaro Stride to $25,000 Sunday Jumper Classic Win

Jack Hardin Towell and Billy Manjaro ©Sportfot

Mill Spring, NC – July 13, 2020 – Jack Hardin Towell (Camden, SC) and Billy Manjaro left out a few strides in the jump-off to take the $25,000 Sunday Jumper Classic win at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) to wrap up Tryon Summer 5 competition, stopping the clock at 27.795 seconds. Dena Sienne, the 2008 Dutch Warmblood mare (Van Gogh x Animo) owned by Waldman Horses BV and piloted by Roberto Teran Tafur (Wellington, FL), claimed second on a time of 28.393 seconds, while third went to Kristen VanderVeen (Wellington, FL) aboard Bull Run’s Prince of Peace, the Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC owned 2009 Holsteiner gelding (Cardenio x Contender), clearing the short course in 29.001 seconds.

Towell and the 2010 British Warmblood stallion (Animo x Cevin Z) owned by Whiterock Farm LTD. left not one, but two strides out to fly into first place, Towell explained: “He has such a big stride. In the first round, there was an eight-stride line and I did six strides there in the jump-off. I think I was the only person to do it in six, which was a little bit crazy, but the horse has such a big stride.”

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Rowan Willis and Wellington Grandorie ©Sportfot

Rowan Willis and Wellington Grandorie Whip Up $6,000 Speed Stake CSI 2* Win

July 10, 2020 – Rowan Willis (AUS) and Wellington Grandorie handled the $6,000 Speed Stake CSI 2* by more than four seconds, stopping the clock in 61.75 seconds to take top honors aboard the 2011 British Warmblood mare (Balloon x Grandira) Willis co-owns with Lady Mornington. Grant Seger (USA) and Idalgo, the 2010 Westphalian stallion (Indoctro x Clinton) owned by Hillary Drummond Sport Horses, LLC, cleared the Guilherme Jorge (BRA) course design in 66.03 seconds to claim second. Lillie Keenan (USA) piloted El Balou Old, the 2012 Oldenburger stallion (Eldorado VD Zeshoek x Balou du Rouet) owned by Chansonette Farm LLC, to third on a time of 66.86 seconds to round out the podium in a field of 22 entries.

David Syquia and Durant ©Sportfot

Colin Syquia and Durant Dominate $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

July 10, 2020 – Posting a two-round score of 173, Colin Syquia (Wellington, FL) and Durant, the 2011 Hanoverian gelding (Stakkato x Chamira) owned by Eurasia Inc., topped the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. A half-point behind, reserve went to Daniel Geitner (Aiken, SC) and Madison Pan-Kita’s Grande Impression, the 2014 Holsteiner gelding (Nekton x Cassalina), scoring 172.5. In third, Ashley Conkle (Wellford, SC) and Tomcat earned 171.5 after two rounds over the Andy Christiansen course design, piloting the 2004 Warmblood gelding (Mezcalero x Kitten) for Agneta Currey.

Hunter Highlights:
Daniel Geitner (Aiken, SC) swept the Performance Hunter 3’6” Division, piloting Hudson to champion honors for Claire de Lune Farm and riding Gaminka to reserve for Rowan Oaks Farm.

Olivia Loheac (Columbus, NC) piloted Honor Roll for Rolling Hills Show Stables to champion in the Children’s Pony Hunter Division, and McKenzie MIller (New Bern, NC) rode Hakuna Matata to reserve for Paige Parsons. 

The Coca-Cola® Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” Division saw Carly Hoft (Raleigh, NC) rode Coretto to champion honors for Deveny Hoft. Kristen Hair (Charlotte, NC) claimed reserve with her own Sea Smoke.

Jumper Highlights:
Megan Wexler (Ocala, FL) and Deborah Ball’s Veneto DH Z championed the 1.20m Open Jumper Division, with reserve named to Harold Chopping (Southern Pines, NC) aboard Firoza S for Rein Family LLC. 

The FarmPaint 1.15m Jumper Division congratulated Southfields Farm’s Condor and Margaret Oberkircher (Collegeville, PA) as champions on the week, with reserve honors resulting in a tie: Brooke Kemper (Reddick, FL) rode MHS Automatic for Cerulean Stables LLC, while Rebecca Conway (Wellington, FL) also grabbed reserve with Stairway to the Stars for owner Melissa Welker. 

Todd Minikus (Lake Worth, FL) and Louisburg Farm’s Napoleon of Picobello claimed champion honors in the Nutrena® 1.40m Open Jumper Division, while Jack Hardin Towell (Camden, SC) and Carollo, owned by Anton Marano, took reserve. 

For all Division Results from Tryon Summer 5, click here.

For full results from the $25,000 Sunday Jumper Classic, click here.

For full results from the $6,000 Speed Stake CSI 2*, click here.

For full results from the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, click here.

The Tryon Summer Series concludes July 19, 2020, with Tryon Summer 6 featuring CSI 3* competition. Competitions are currently closed to all spectators, but highlight classes are available to live stream for free at For more information, contact Photo credit ©Sportfot. Competitors can sign up for weekly packages These photos may only be used once in relation to this press release with proper credit. Contact with questions.

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