American rider Kristen Vanderveen returned to the winning path, dominating the first class of the 2017 Tryon Summer Series. Andrea Torres Guerrero of Colombia in second place. (Photo © Sportfot)
American rider Kristen Vanderveen was reunited with the victory, to dominate the $35,000 1.45m Suncast Commercial Welcome Stake CSI 3*, being this the first class of 2017 Tryon Summer Series, site that undoubtedly has been the one of greater satisfactions for the winner.
On a course designed by Canadian Michel Villancourt for a total of 27 pairs, Kristen Vanderveen performed with 12-year-old stallion Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili (Berlin x Darco) owned by Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC, completing his tiebreaking round at 32.03 seconds to lead a group of 11 classified, which took 50 World Ranking points, representing his second 2017 FEI victory.
The great surprise of the competition would be the representative of Latino Ranking Andrea Torres Guerreiro of Colombia, obtaining the best result of its career, to occupy the second place with 9-year-old gelding Fifty Shades (Call Me Number One x Sion) in time of 32.53 seconds. For Andrea, who currently holds spot number 1792 in World Ranking, had 45 points for her account, where she had accumulated 35 points to date, being fifth in Ocala in last February her best FEI result.
The Top five was complete by young American Kaely Tomeu in third place, recording a time of 33.67 seconds with 11-year-old mare Gentille (Heartbreaker x Kannan), for fourth place was Olympic representative and world champion Eric Navet of France accompanied by 10-year-old gelding Catypso (Catoki x Calypso II) in 33.90 seconds, while fifth place was American rider Lacey Gilbertson with 10-year-old mare Baloppi, recording a time of 34.52 seconds.
For the Latinos headed by Andrea Torres Guerreiro, the family sported a world in the first CSI 3* class with the seventh place of the also Colombian Manuel Torres, being the last clear round of the jump-off in 36.71 seconds with 10-year-old gelding Christofolini H (Corner x Balou du Rouet). Also scored World Ranking points Santiago Lambre from Mexico in 11th place with 9-year-old stallion Ibabco (Nabab de Reve x Darco) totaling 8 fouls in 33.68 seconds and out of the jump-off were Emanuel Andrade from Venezuela in 13th place with fastest 4-foul regular round in 72.89 seconds alongside 11-year-old gelding Bonjovi (Verdi x Corland), closing the Colombians riders Carlos Ramirez at 14th with Happy Wandor van’T Roosakker (Wandor van de Mispelaere X V Cento) and John Perez in 15th place accompanied by 16-year-old mare Utopia (Irrogando x Notaris) in course of 4 fouls and 75.83 seconds.
The two best seeders of the competition were Irish rider Shane Sweetnam, World No. 41 and American rider Todd Minikus, World No. 56, being the first-one best placed in ninth place, while Minikus was in 16th place.