Mill Spring, North Carolina, USA – May 07, 2022 – Schuyler Riley (USA) and Robin de Ponthual rose to the top with a time of 38.187 in the $75,000 Tryon Resort Grand Prix on Saturday, May 7, 2022, kicking off the first grand prix of the Tryon Spring Series. Closely behind in second place was Santiago Lambre (BRA) and Cetano Van Aspergem Z, the 2009 Zangersheide gelding (Clinton x Ahorn Z) owned by Tal Milstein Stables, with a time of 38.203. Dorothy Douglas (USA) and MTM Cedrik, Nina Koloseike’s 2013 Holsteiner gelding (Colman x Contender), finished in third place with 41.509 seconds.
Riley raved about Peter Grant’s (CAN) grand prix course, sharing that “the first round rode beautifully. It actually rode bigger than I thought it walked. This is an impressive ring and you have an excellent course designer this week.”
Partnered for three years now, Riley praised the 2005 Selle Francais gelding (Elf d’Or x Calypso d’Herbiers), owned by Katherine Gallagher.
“Robin is amazing! I think he’s 17 this year, so he knows his job really well. He’s super scopey and we’ve now had a three year partnership, so we know each other very well. He tries every day to show up and give a hundred percent. I love that horse!”
Riley used “Robin’s” scope to her advantage, explaining that her “strategy in the jump-off was to utilize my stride because he’s got a huge stride, so I knew I could go really fast. I planned to do one less stride into the double, but when I looked up I saw that that was actually going to be a bit dangerous, so I did the emergency add. It worked out, and he was on fire the whole round. He felt amazing.”
A regular at TIEC and on the Tryon Stadium’s grand prix podium, Riley added that she is a big fan of the venue.
“I love Tryon. I’ve been coming here for years. I’ve won a lot of Grand Prix classes here and it’s great. I love Show Jumping here, especially when you get a crowd. The atmosphere is unbelievable. I can’t wait for Saturday Night Lights to come back!
Final Results – $75,000 Tryon Spring 1 Grand Prix
1) Schuyler Riley (USA) & Robin de Ponthual – 0 / 0 – 38.187
2) Santiago Lambre (BRA) & Cetano Van Aspergem Z – 0 / 0 – 38.203
3) Dorothy Douglas (USA) & MTM Cedrik – 0 / 0 – 41.509
Source: Press Release for TIEC – Tryon International Equestrian Center
Photos: ©TIEC / Natalie Suto