Mill Spring, North Carolina, USA – April 18, 2022 – Grant Seger (USA) celebrated Easter with a string of four horses in the jump-off and a full Easter brunch crowd in attendance, taking the win in the $25,000 Jumper Classic with Plot Z, also claiming fourth, seventh and tenth. Seger and the 2011 Warmblood gelding (Plot Blue x Salome) owned by Grey Fox Crossing flew through the short course in a time of 35.024 seconds to clinch the win.
Fabian Herrera (USA) and Emperor, his own 2012 Warmblood gelding (Eldorado van de Zeshoek x Imperija ESH 577), slipped into second place with a time of 35.663, while Charlotte Clark (USA) and Kinsella, her own 2012 Irish Sport Horse mare (Capitalist x Jerpoint Mist), charged to third place on a time of 36.447 seconds. Just off the podium, Seger earned fourth place honors on a time of 38.024 seconds with the 2010 Hanoverian gelding (Quaid I x Stella) owned by Fox Lair Performance, LLC, Yoghi FLP.
Eleven of 14 total entries were able to best the first-round track set by Keith Bollotte (Hendersonville, NC) and return to the jump-off phase. Despite a chaotic morning switching between multiple horses, Seger shared that he was grateful to have multiple shots at the top prize. “It was a little hectic, but it’s always nice to jump good horses. I felt like I had a couple of cheap rails on some of my others, but Plot hung in there and won.”
After winning the $5,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake in similar fashion earlier in the weekend, Seger reflected that his TIEC experience was “great, but it’s always great. We live just two and a half hours away, so we come here a lot.” Seger will return home to support some hometown charity shows before returning to TIEC, and will be a name to watch in international competition, he concluded. “We’ll be back here all summer to jump all the FEI dates!”
Final Results – $25,000 Jumper Classic
1) Grant Seger (USA) & Plot Z – 0 / 0 – 35.024
2) Fabian Herrera (USA) & Emperor – 0 / 0 – 35.663
3) Charlotte Clark (USA) & Kinsella – 0 / 0 – 36.447
Source: Press Release by Sarah Madden for TIEC – Tryon International Equestrian Center
Photos: © TIEC I Reagan Ibach