Mill Spring, North Carolina – June 27, 2021 – Competition was tight in the $25,000 Roger’s Diner Grand Prix with the top three riders finishing within tenths of a second of each other at Tryon International Equestrian Center and Resort (TIEC) to close out Tryon Summer 2 competition. Darragh Kerins (IRL) rode to a blue ribbon finish aboard NRG Farm LLC’s Delight M-G C De Leuze, winning with a jump-off time of 42.489 seconds.
Twenty-five horse-and-rider pairs made their way through the first round of the Jason Shelley-designed course. Of those 25, eight qualified for the jump off. Shelley’s short course tested the eight riders with tight rollbacks and challenging lines. After his win, Kerins noted, “I thought the course was good! Jason did a great job. It was quite technical and careful. In the jump off he gave us lots of lines to really challenge us. The inside turn was just luck of the draw! I saw the others go and just had to take chances and luckily it worked out for me.”
Clearing the timers in 42.911 seconds and taking a second place ribbon was owner/rider Jacqueline Ruyle (USA) on Cyramo Z, a 2011 Zangersheide mare (Clarimo x Cyprus).
Chasen Boggio (USA) piloted his own Co Pilot, a Westphalian gelding (Coney Obellnsty x Pauline), to third, finishing just behind Ruyle with a time of 42.985 seconds.
Kerins (IRL) and his 2009 Belgian Warmblood mare (Armitage x Vox Dei M-G C De Leuze) have been chomping at the bit for a win in the Grand Prix at TIEC, placing second in last week’s class. “She’s such an extravagant jumper. She gives 100% every time,” Kerins said enthusiastically. With Delight M-G C De Leuze giving her best effort to nail the jump-off course, Kerins ended the weekend with a win.
The weekend has been a successful one for Kerins’ entire family, he noted after they joined him in the presentation ceremony to celebrate the win. Daughter Khloe had a clean sweep of the .80m Jumper II Division, earning first in every class. Kerins’ son, Daniel, took home third place in the $400 Medium Junior/Amateur Jumper 1.30m class and competed alongside his father in the Grand Prix.
The Kerins family will continue competing at TIEC for the rest of the summer and will be back to compete in the fall as well. With a smile on his face, Kerins remarked, “It’s like home away from home and we’re looking forward to the rest of the summer! We had a great time at the PBR rodeo the past couple of nights and this win is a great way to top off the weekend.”
Final Results – $25,000 Roger’s Diner Grand Prix
1) Darragh Kerins (IRL) & Delight M-G C De Leuze – 0 / 0 – 42.489
2) Jacqueline Ruyle (USA) & Cyramo Z – 0 / 0 – 42.911
3) Chasen Boggio (USA) & Co Pilot – 0 / 0 – 42.985
Source: Press Release by Allie Hay for TIEC – Tryon International Equestrian Center
Photos: © Sportfot