For Immediate Release
Mill Spring, NC – October 18, 2020 – Lorcan Gallagher (IRL) and Sangris Boy secured the win in the $25,000 Marshall & Sterling Insurance Grand Prix at Tryon International Equestrian Center and Resort (TIEC), stopping the jump-off timers in 36.574 seconds. Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) and the Starlight Farms 1 LLC mount Cadans Z, the 2009 Zangersheide mare (Carosso VDL x Navarone), barely missed first, taking second place with a time of 36.684. Hunter Holloway (USA) and Pepita Con Spita, the 2011 Westphalian Warmblood mare (Con Spirit 7 x Come On) owned by Hays Investment Corp., took third place honors with a final time of 37.793.
Sangris Boy’s long strides were a challenge in the first round, Gallagher said of the course designed by Guilherme Jorge (BRA), but came in handy in the jump-off. Out of 54 combinations, the duo delivered a strong win against nine jump-off competitors.
“My horse has a really big stride, so in the first round, a lot of the lines were quite short for me when they were normal for others. I was a little worried about the time allowed, but we turned tight and made it as efficient as we could. My horse jumped really well today so that made my life a lot easier! I knew there were a lot of fast people in the jump-off. The course had long gaps between each jump so I knew I could use the stride to my advantage. There were two rollbacks that I tried to be very tight and forward with,” explained Gallagher.
Gallagher’s relationship with the 2010 Sport Horse gelding (Sandro Boy x Griseldi L), owned by Heathman Farm, LLC, is only started this spring, but his new partner is showing great promise.
“I started riding him in May, but because of COVID, we didn’t really start until we came here [to TIEC] in July. We did a few shows here then went to Michigan, so I’ve only been riding him a few months. He’s one that has a lot of potential and I think he showed that today,” said Gallagher.
Gallagher was one of the first riders to compete at TIEC when it was being built and is pleased how the venue has developed.
“I came here for the first grand prix ever held in this ring. There was dirt everywhere and just a couple of tents. I’ve been coming every year since. I really enjoy it here. It’s been a lucky enough place for me!”