Samuel Parot and Dazzle White in their presentation ceremony with Cameron Scott of Wellington Equestrian Realty and Roger Smith of Tryon Equestrian Partners. (Photo © LizCrawleyPhotography)
Samuel Parot (CHI) and Dazzle White made an impressive dash to the finish in the $130,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), capping the class with a time of 39.03 seconds in the jump-off round. Adam Prudent (FRA) and Vasco, winner’s of the $35,000 1.50m Suncast® Welcome earlier in the week, finished in second place, crossing through the timers in 39.25 seconds, while Emanuel Andrade (VEN) and Boy IV earned third place with a time of 41.39 seconds. Competition at Tryon Summer II concludes tomorrow, July 10, featuring the $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix and the $10,000 High Junior/Amateur Owner Classic in the George H. Morris Arena.
Parot and Dazzle White were the final pair to secure a place in the jump-off round, which featured seven combinations. Prudent and Vasco earned the first clear trip of the evening early in the class and went on to set a quick pace in the second round, which seemed to be too difficult to catch. Parot, a notoriously fast rider, managed to shave just enough time off the clock to take his first major grand prix win aboard Dazzle White this season.
“This horse is new. I rode him the first time at Split Rock in Lexington, KY, two months ago and have been working with him since. He’s a very good horse. He had a good show this week and I’m happy with the win,” commented Parot.
To begin the night, 37 entries tested the track set by Martin Otto (GER), which featured a number of wide set oxers, tight rollback turns, and a difficult time allowed, which was adjusted to 80 seconds after the first three riders contested the course. Parot and Dazzle White were in the final group of riders and enjoyed the opportunity to watch majority of the other rounds, but the veteran rider was confident that his mount would handle the course with ease.
“He’s a top horse. He’s eight years old and he’s very young at this level. He has scope and he is careful. I think he’s going to be a very important horse,” explained Parot, describing the quality of the young 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Calvino Z x Narcos II) owned by Parot.
“This was not an easy course. The course design was strong and the time allowed was very tight. There was no extra time on course,” he added, discussing his thoughts after his initially course walk. “I think it wasn’t easy but it was a good CSI 3* with great prize money.”
Dazzle White looked fiercely competitive as he and Parot entered the ring as the last pair of the night.The duo began with a quick start through the course and took an efficient route to the one stride line before galloping to the final three fences on course. Five of the original seven combinations qualified for the short course completed the evening with a double clear effort.
“I talked with my friends and they said that if I wanted to win I needed to take a longer spot at the last jump because that’s where I would make up the remaining time,” he detailed. “He did it and I think that is how we won the class.”
Parot and his team have become familiar faces at TIEC throughout the Spring and Summer Series, which have featured numerous FEI classes for international competitors. Parot mentioned that he feels his horses perform exceptionally well at the venue and the accessibility around the facility is one of the reason he continues to return to compete.
Final Results $130,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix CSI 3*
1. DAZZLE WHITE, 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Calvino Z x Narcos II
SAMUEL PAROT (CHI), Samuel Parot: 0/0/39.03
2. VASCO, 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Andiamo x Clinton
ADAM PRUDENT (FRA), Plain Bay Sales: 0/0/39.25
3. BOY IV, 2007 Oldenburg gelding by Sandro Boy x Lansing
EMANUEL ANDRADE (VEN), Emanuel Andrade: 0/0/41.39
4. REUS DE LA NUTRIA, 2005 Selle Francais mare by Zandor Z x Kannan
CELSO ARIANI (BRA), Fam. Romero: 0/0/41.83
5. CANTARA 59, 2006 Hanoverian mare by Cristo x Cassone
SARAH SEGAL (USA), Robert Segal: 0/0/47.67
6. WIRMA, 2003 Dutch Warmblood mare by Hors La Loi II x Lux
BRIANNE GOUTAL (USA), Remarkable Farms LP: 0/4/42.37
7. FOR FREEDOM Z, 2005 Zangersheide gelding by For Pleasure x Baloubet Du Rouet
KEEAN WHITE (CAN), Angelstone Partners: 0/12/41.28
8. ADAMO, 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Lupicor x Ekstein
ABIGAIL MCARDLE (USA), Plain Bay Sales: 1/80.49
9. HECTOR BY PICOBELLO, 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Arlande-V x Orlando
ILAN BLUMAN (COL), Daniel Bluman: 1/80.75
10. THUNDER D AMAURY, 2007 Selle Francais gelding by Quidam De Revel x Plein D’Espoir
DARRAGH KERINS (IRL), Darragh Kerins and Maarten Huygens: 1/81.93
11. QUATTRO, 2006 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Quasimodo Z x Celano
DANIEL BEDOYA (BOL), Daniel Bedoya: 4/75.13
12. LADY MARIA BH, 2006 Holsteiner mare by Cartani x Corrado I
AMANDA DERBYSHIRE (GBR), David Gochman: 4/76.76
Source: Carly Weilminster from TIEC