Kristen Vanderveen Starts Off FEI Season at Tryon International Equestrian Center With Win in $35,000 FEI 1.45m Horseware Ireland Speed Stake

Ph. Sharon Packer Photography
Ph. Sharon Packer Photography
Ph. Sharon Packer Photography

Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili were unbeatable today in the first FEI class of the season at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), as the duo picked up their first major win at the venue since last year, finishing the $35,000 FEI 1.45m Horseware Ireland Speed Stake with a time of 66.25 seconds. Samuel Parot (CHI) piloted both of his mounts to a top three finish, earning second place aboard Couscous van Orti, crossing through the timers in 67.34 seconds, while collecting third on Atlantis, who finished just off the pace in 67.42 seconds. Tryon Spring 3 continues tomorrow with the $35,000 FEI 1.50m Suncast® Open Welcome.

“This was his first class out since WEF 10. He’s had a bit of time off and a good vacation because he showed all the way through the circuit. I wasn’t sure if starting right away in the 1.45m was going to be a little bit too much, but apparently not,” she smiled.

In an effort to strengthen their growing partnership, Vanderveen felt the class gave her an opportunity to test Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili, as the pair have not contested many speed classes together. She explained, “Actually, it was great I got to do a speed. I haven’t had a real chance to practice a lot of speed classes or jump-off rounds, so I would love to see that keep developing. He’s a very fast horse, I just need to figure out how to push all of the right buttons.”

Competition at TIEC continues with Tryon Spring 3, hosting the $35,000 FEI 1.50m Suncast® Welcome Stake tomorrow, Thursday, May 5, and the first “Saturday Night Lights” event of the season, on Saturday, May 7, with the $130,000 FEI Asheville Regional Airport Grand Prix CSI 3* beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Top 12 $35,000 FEI 1.45m Horseware Ireland Speed Stake:

  1. BULL RUN’S FAUSTINO DE TILI, 2005 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Berlin x Bijou de Vijfheide
    KRISTEN VANDERVEEN (USA), Bull Run Jumpers Five, LLC: 0/66.25
  1. COUSCOUS VAN ORTI, 2002 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Nabab de Reve x Vroni van Orti
    SAMUEL PAROT (CHI), Samuel Parot: 0/67.34
  1. ATLANTIS, 2003 Zangersheide gelding by Andiamo x Dodana W
    SAMUEL PAROT (CHI), Samuel Parot: 0/67.42
  1. FAMOSO D IVE Z, 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding by For Pleasure x Radetzky
    SHARN WORDLEY (NZL), Sky Group & Sharn Wordley: 0/69.06
  1. ONIRA, 1996 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Nimmerdor x K.Ylona D
    BRIANNE GOUTAL (USA), Remarkable Farms LP: 0/70.96
  1. PARK LANE, 2005 Great Britain Sporthorse gelding by Pall MII H x Nistrea
    DAVID BLAKE (IRL), Pine Hollow Farm: 0/71.31
  1. UP AND BLUECHAPELLE, 2008 Selle Francais mare by Chacco Blue x Make Up of Chapelle
    LESLIE HOWARD (USA), Gabriel Guerra & Peter Howard: 0/71.77
  1. BELMONT, 2001 Canadian Warmblood gelding by Ahorn OT x Simply Irresistable
    ALISE OKEN (USA), Hi Hopes Farm, LLC: 0/72.70
  1. BACHELOR 4, 2002 Rhienlander gelding by Baloubet Du Rouet x Maike
    FREDDIE VAZQUEZ (PRI), Messenger Hill: 0/73.15
  1. BULL RUN’S HOLY SMOKES, 2004 Belgian Warmblood mare by Wunder Boy Van de Zuuthoeve x Belle
    KRISTEN VANDERVEEN (USA), Bull Run Jumpers, Inc.: 0/74.30
  1. COVERBOY, 2007 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Veron x Wuzora
    AMANDA FLINT (USA), The Coverboy Group: 0/75.33
  1. GENTILLE VAN SPIEVELD, 2006 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Heartbreaker x Tequila van Spieveld
    LESLIE HOWARD (USA), GJ Stable & Peter Howard: 0/78.22