Christina Webb & FVF Sailor Man Ride for the Win in $25,000 Jumper Classic at Tryon

Mill Spring, North Carolina, USA – April 3, 2022 – Tryon Welcome 2 concluded Sunday, more than doubling the previous week’s entries across Hunter, Jumper and Equitation divisions at Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort (TIEC). Topping Sunday’s Regional Standard Jumper Classic was Christina Webb (USA) and FVF Sailor Man, besting 22 other entries over the Dean Rheinheimer (Sheridan, IN) course design. The penultimate duo to challenge the track in a 13 horse jump off, Webb and “Oliver” stopped the timers in 30.326 seconds for the win.

Webb (USA) and the 2006 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Popeye K x Baby Grande) owned by Fox View Farm took advantage of a windy day, she relayed. “Oliver was very good, obviously and a little fresh, but I think that worked to our advantage. I always like it when he’s a little frisky!”

Doug Payne (USA) & Quintessence

Doug Payne (USA) and Quintessence, the 2011 Holsteiner gelding (Quinar x Victoria’s Secret) owned by Jane Dudinsky, held the lead for the majority of the second round and finished in reserve on a time of 30.369 seconds.

After 11 pairs had already challenged the jump off and chasing Payne’s time of 30.369 seconds, Webb’s strategy was to slice where she could and to keep her eyes on the next fence. “In the jump off, everything worked out, right out of stride. It’s always nice when that happens! I knew I wanted to get a little wide angle to the first jump so I could have an easy time getting down the seven,” she detailed.

Heather Hooker Boggio (USA) & Charles 82

Heather Hooker Boggio (USA) rounded out the podium with Charles 82, her own 2010 Holsteiner gelding (Cachas x V-Carica), clearing the short course in a time of 30.667 seconds.

“My goal was to look early through all the turns and hope that I was able to find the distance right out of stride. And luckily, it was my day.” Webb will compete in Tryon Welcome 3 at TIEC before heading home and returning to the venue again in the summer, hoping to continue her current success.

Webb (USA) was thrilled with the day’s result after a successful first week at the venue, emphasizing her relationship with her horse over the placing. “Oliver is 16 this year. We always joke that we don’t talk about age or height around him, because he’s a little old man, but he doesn’t know it, thankfully,” she said of the homebred. “Everyday I ride him I tell him how thankful I am. It’s always nice to win, but my horse went really well, too.”

Christina Webb & FVF Sailor Man in their presentation ceremony

Final Results – $25,000 Jumper Classic

1) Christina Webb (USA) & FVF Sailor Man – 0 / 0 – 30.326

2) Doug Payne (USA) & Quintessence – 0 / 0 – 30.369

3) Heather Hooker Boggio (USA) & Charles 82 – 0 / 0 – 30.667

Source: Press Release by Sarah Madden for TIEC – Tryon International Equestrian Center

Photos: ©TIEC