Sharn Wordley and Famoso D Ive Z Take Home Top Honors in $35,000 1.45m Horseware Ireland Opener CSI 3* On First Day of Tryon Summer I.

Sharn Wordley and Famoso D Ive Z. (Photo © LizCrawleyPhotography)

Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Famoso D Ive Z owned by the Sky Group & Sharn Wordley, kicked off the first day of competition at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) ringing in the start of the 2016 Tryon Summer Series with an impressive win in today’s $35,000 1.45m Horseware Ireland Opener CSI 3*. The pair clinched the win with a hasty time of 69.14 seconds, besting a talented field of 33 competitors. Competition at TIEC continues tomorrow with the $35,000 1.50m Suncast® Welcome CSI 3* before welcoming the $130,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI 3* on Saturday, July 2.

Finishing in a close second place position was David O’Brien (IRL) aboard his mount O’Splendido with a time of 71.40 seconds, while Cantara 59, piloted by Sarah Segal (USA), produced another fast time clear round, crossing the timers in 71.05 seconds for third place.

Wordley and Famoso D Ive Z, a 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding (For Pleasure x Chin Chin), have been partners for little over a year now, and have exhibited their talents in multiple FEI classes so far this season across the United States, as well as at TIEC. Wordley mentioned that Famoso D Ive Z is a spooky horse, yet he continues to deliver winning rounds and improve his technique.

“Famoso D Ive Z has won several opening classes, which is a little humorous because he is such a spooky horse. You would think he would get better as the week continues on, but he seems to be superior on the first day,” said Wordley.

He went on to speak of the challenging speed track set by Oscar Soberon (MEX), saying, “In the beginning of the course, it suited me to go quite fast. In the later part though, I had to go slower than some of the other competitors, but he jumped fantastic.”

Famoso D Ive Z excels in any type of class, which Wordley elaborated is a major component of his versatility and athleticism. The duo had amassed a string of consistent performances throughout the spring circuit and Wordley has fine-tuned what makes the gelding truly competitive in the ring.

“He has a massive stride and you can go really fast into big jumps and combinations,” he detailed. “I made up a lot of time between fences two and three because I could keep galloping down the long approach to the combination.”

“He is just an extremely fast horse. When he is clean, he is hard to beat. He is great to have on my team,” he elaborated. “Looking forward for the rest of the week, Famoso D Ive Z will compete in tomorrow’s FEI ranking class, and then my main mount, Casper, will also contest the ranking class tomorrow and the Grand Prix on Saturday night.”

Wordley is no stranger to TIEC, having solidified an impressive record at the facility throughout the spring season. Wordley and his team will remain in Mill Spring, NC, for all four weeks of the summer series, as well as for the full duration of the 2016 Tryon Fall Series beginning in September. Wordley noted that he’s eager to stay at venue, especially after the quality finishes his string has produced in the major classes hosted so far this year.

Final Results $35,000 1.45m Horseware Ireland Opener CSI 3*

1. FAMOSO D IVE Z, 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding by For Pleasure x Chin Chin
SHARN WORDLEY (NZL), Sky Group & Sharn Wordley: 0/69.14

2. O’SPLENDIDO, 2002 Selle Francais stallion by Burggraaf x Voltaire
DAVID O’BRIEN (IRL), Spy Coast Farm, LLC: 0/70.4

3. CANTARA 59, 2006 Hanoverian mare by Cristo x Cassone
SARAH SEGAL (USA), Robert Segal: 0/71.05

4. EMPIRE VAN WUITENSHOF, 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Malito De Reve x Alme
EUGENIO GARZA (MEX), El Milagro: 0/72.15

5. CARRERA VAN HET WESTLEVEN Z, 2004 Zangersheide mare by Canadian River x Calypso III
KEEAN WHITE (CAN), Harthill Farm: 0/72.15

6. CORETTE, 2007 Dutch Warmblood mare by Lupicor x Clinton
ERYNN BALLARD (CAN), Angelstone Farms and Javier Salvador Stables BV: 0/73.87

7. NOKIA DE BREKKA, 2001 Selle Francais gelding by Quick Star x Apache D’Adriers
EMANUEL ANDRADE (VEN), Emanuel Andrade: 0/74.91

8. CARLOTTA 168, 2007 Holsteiner mare by Cormint x Acobat II
ANDREW BOURNS (IRL), Bernd Melcher: 0/75.02

9. VALINSKI S, 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Nijinski x Julius
MATTTHEW WILLIAMS (AUS), Matthew Williams, Michael Dorman, & Wyndmont: 0/75.49

10. QUABELLE, 2004 Selle Francais mare by Helios De La Cour II x Kannan
BLYTHE MARANO (USA), Riverview Farm LLC: 0/77.80

11. UBRIS, 2004 Holsteiner mare by Caretino x Corrado I
SARAH SEGAL (USA), Chartwell: 0/78.27

12. HAPPY WANDOR VAN’T ROOSAKKER, 2007 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Wandor Van De Mispelaere x V Cento

CARLOS RAMIREZ (COL), Carlos Hernando Ramirez: 0/81.20

Source: Liza Goodlett for TIEC