17th Charity II Horse Show a Success!
The 17th edition of the July Charity II Horse Show was held at Tryon International Equestrian Center over the July 4th holiday weekend with 780 horses from all over the country competing. Spectators were not allowed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Strict Covid-19 protocols were enforced.
Nine TR&HC perpetual trophies were awarded over the course of the week. Of special note is local junior rider Caroline Maude Hedges and “A Picobello Star Z” who are the 2020 recipients of the “Penny Ante” Grand Children’s Hunter Champion Perpetual Trophy. Caroline is a local third generation horsewoman, and granddaughter to the late Maude Carr of Hidden Hollow Farm in Tryon.
Other special highlights of the week included two derbies and the Grand Prix. The $40K USHJA International Hunter Derby won by derby specialist Kelly Farmer and her new mount “Meaningful.” Farmer topped the 24-horse field in the two round class with a total score of 377 points. This was Meaningful’s second competition in America. He was also champion in the 4’ High Performance Hunter Division winning every class. He is one to watch and is already well on his way to becoming a top hunter.
The $10k Pony Hunter Derby was won by Marion Gefaell (Winston-Salem, NC) and her mount “Home Run Bound.” Her combined two round score of 158 bested 28 entries.
The $137k Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3* was won by Nicole Shahinian-Simpson (USA) and “Akuna Mattata.” 38 horse/rider pairs competed, with 7 horses advancing to the jump off. Akuna Mattata was the fastest of two double clears in the jump off, winning by 1.6seconds over Leslie Burr-Howard (USA) and “Donna Speciale”. Burr-Howard and Donna Speciale were the winners of the TR&HC Charity 1 Grand Prix in June.
Charity Horse Show Gallery
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