Tryon August 2: Victoria Colvin and Gemino Grab $30,000 Sunday Jumper Classic Win

Victoria Colvin and Gemino ©TIEC

Mill Spring, NC – August 16, 2020 – Victoria Colvin (Loxahatchee, FL) and Gemino bested a nine-horse jump-off to take the $30,000 Sunday Jumper Classic at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), stopping the jump-off timers in 43.57 seconds. Kristen VanderVeen (Wellington, FL) and Bull Run’s Almighty, the Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC-owned 2008 Hanoverian gelding (Caspar x Quidam De Revel), claimed second place on a time of 44.39 seconds, with Hector Florentino (Rutherfordton, NC) earning third aboard Carnaval, the 2005 Oldenburg gelding (Chacco-Blue x Landadel) owned by Spruce Meadows Ltd., in a time of 46.824 seconds.

Course designer Nick Granat (Wellington, FL) saw 43 entries test the first-round track, with nine pairs qualifying for the short course. Colvin was chasing a speedy time from VanderVeen, and said that her goal was really just to “go in and have fun, and see what [Gemino] could do. I haven’t done a Grand Prix in a while, so it was a bit different for me, since it’s been a couple months,” Colvin revealed. “He’s only eight, and it was probably my fourth time riding him, ever. I’m riding a couple for Lauren [Hough] right now since she’s injured, but he’s super fast as it is,” she said of the 2012 Dutch Warmblood stallion (Manhattan x Democraat) owned by Chester Siuda.

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Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Almighty

Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Almighty Ace $15,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake

August 14, 2020 – Friday’s $15,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake resulted in a win for Kristen VanderVeen (Wellington, FL) and Bull Run’s Almighty, after their 34.889-second jump-off performance. Andrea Torres Guerreiro (Waterford, VA) and Fifty Shades, her own 2008 Westphalian gelding (Call Me Number One x Sion), took home second place on a time of 36.301 seconds, while John Angus (Fort Lauderdale, FL) rounded out the podium aboard Ecanto J, Barnhill and Cheska’s 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Canturano x Verdi), in 37.562 seconds.

Hunter highlights:
In the Marshall & Sterling Insurance Adult-Amateur Hunter 36-49 Division, Paige Miller (New Bern, NC) piloted her own Shamrock to championship honors, with reserve named to Michelle Drum (Campobello, SC) aboard her own Drumfields Ellusion.

Tommi Clark (Tryon, NC) topped the Green Hunter 3’ Division aboard Amber Hill Farm’s Balou du Joule, and Michael Britt-Leon (Canton, GA) claimed reserve on the week with Protege for Kate Marie Davis.

Ruth Kilgo’s Hard to Be Humble with Ashley Conkle (Wellford, SC) in the irons dominated the Foothills Hunter 2’6” Division, while Colin Syquia (Wellington, FL) earned reserve riding Champion de Coeur for Eugenie Redman.

Jumper highlights:
The Adult-Amateur Jumper 1.10m Division congratulated Madison Orr (Canton, GA) and Kelly Sims’ Delta Work as champion on the week, with Megan Davis (Wellington, FL) riding her own Phineas to reserve.

In the MD BarnMasters Medium Junior/Amateur Jumper 1.30m Division, Alexandra Pielet (Highland Park, IL) rode David Raposa’s Elarina to top honors, with reserve going to Faith Davis (Gurley, AL) aboard her own Cardiff CR.

The Developing Jumper Series Six-Year-Old Young Jumper 1.20-1.25m Division saw a win for David O’Brien (Lexington, KY) and Octavius SCF, the Spy Coast Farm LLC entry, while Mario Gracia (Lake Worth, FL) guided his own Cyrus to reserve.

For all Tryon August 2 Division Results, click here.

The Tryon August Series continues through August 23, 2020, with one week remaining of Hunter A/Jumper 4 competition. Though competitions remain closed to spectators, highlight classes are live streamed for free at With questions, contact

For full results from the $30,000 Sunday Jumper Classic, click here.

For full results from the $15,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome stake, click here.

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