When you’re building a cross-country course from scratch, you have the chance to imagine the best possible version of it—to reinvent the wheel in some ways.
And that’s what happened at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C.—this year’s site of the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships and next year’s spot for The Fork CIC***— when the minds behind it started setting a brand new track on their brand new piece of property.
Kelli Cruciotti had a breakout year in 2015, winning the $100,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon (Pa.) with her Chamonix H, and this year she’s followed that up with some big results in the Under-25 grand prix classes, including winning the Artisan Farms Under-25 series during the Winter Equestrian Festival (Fla.)
Kristen Vanderveen got the first Fédération Equestre Internationale victory of her career here at the Tryon International Equestrian Center last year with Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili. So it was only fitting that she followed that up with another first in Tryon—her first CSI***** win in the $380,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix, also on “Frosty.” This was also the first five-star held at the Tryon facility.
Grand Prix dressage stallion Uthopia, who helped Great Britain to team gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games with Carl Hester aboard, sold at public auction May 27 for $241,056, or 165,000 British Pounds. The buyer is currently unknown.
HITS Inc. announced today, May 27, the purchase of Balmoral Park, a former harness racing track in Crete, Ill. In partnership with Pat Boyle of Showplace Productions, the facility will host up to 14 hunter/jumper shows yearly beginning in May 2017.
The last race was held at Balmoral Park in December of 2015, and then the facility, which was built in 1925 and originally called Lincoln Fields, was auctioned in a bankruptcy sale earlier this spring.
After Michael Jung galloped through the finish timers with his clear round at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI****, he pumped his fist in the air and smiled widely. Then, as he galloped by one set of stands, he lowered his gaze for a second to the neck of La Biosthetique Sam FBW and slowly shook his head. It was a very “I can’t believe this just happened” kind of moment.
If you missed any of the action from yesterday's cross-country course at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI****, the show's posted a short clip of highlights. There are a few fences of Michael Jung's ride with La Biosthetique Sam and then an amazing save by Mark Todd on Leonidas II.