Mill Spring, North Carolina – April 10, 2022 – Fabian Herrera (USA) and Emperor staked their claim on the $25,000 Jumper Classic win during Tryon Welcome 3 at Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort (TIEC). With a time of 37.575, Herrera and his own 2012 warmblood gelding (Eldorado Van De Zeshoek x Imperija Esh 577) were one of only two horse and rider pairs out of a field of nine to advance to the jumpoff.
In second place with a time of 39.995 was Charlotte Clark (USA) and her own Kinsella, the 2010 Irish Sport Horse mare (Capitalist x Jerpoint Mist). Tryon Welcome 3 Welcome Stake winner Elizabeth Schumann landed third place aboard mount Ivanhoe, the 2014 Warmblood gelding of unknown breeding owned by Light Speed Equestrian, LLC. With two faults, their round one time was 79.137.
Herrera (USA) felt well prepared for the Dean Rheinheimer (Sheridan, IN) course saying, “it actually rode really nice. It was a great course and a good start to the year. We just tried to go fast [in the jump-off]. It rode exactly how we were thinking and it was very good.”
While he and Emperor have been partners for two years, Herrera is preparing the horse for a future rider.
“We’ve had him for maybe two years now. He was doing the Hunters for a little while but was a bit too spooky for that, so we started him in the Jumpers about a year ago. We’ve been doing the 1.40m for around four months. He’s ten years old, and he’s for sale!” explained Herrera.
Herrera’s chances of reappearing in the winners’ circle are strong as he plans to base from TIEC this year. “We’ll be here for the rest of the year pretty much and then go to Wellington for the winter. Until then, we’ll be here at least two weeks out of every month.”
Final Results – $25,000 Jumper Classic
1) Fabian Herrera (USA) & Emperor – 0 / 0 – 37.575
2) Charlotte Clark (USA) & Kinsella – 0 / 0 – 39.995
3) Elizabeth Schumann (USA) & Ivanhoe – 2 / 79.137
Source: Press Release by Michelle Yelton for TIEC – Tryon International Equestrian Center
Photos: © TIEC