May 10, 2023

Fast Facts: 2023 Tryon International Spring Three-Day Event

By Lindsay Berreth - USEA Staff

The Tryon International Spring Three-Day Event is next up on the busy spring calendar. Held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina, this year’s top division, the CCI4*-L, features a group of 20 pairs, many who are coming from their final prep run in the Cosequin Lexington CCI4*-S (Lexington, Kentucky) two weeks ago.

The event also features a CCI1*-S, CCI2*-L, CCI2*-S, CCI3*-L, CCI3*-S, CCI4*-S, and an Advanced division for a total of 169 entries.

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The CCI4*-L Field

  • Fresh off a big win in the Cosequin Lexington CCI4*-S, Canada’s Karl Slezak and Hot Bobo will be vying for the win.
  • Sharon White and Claus 63, recent winners of the inaugural Ocala CCI4*-S, will also take a shot for the title.
  • Tamie Smith and her daughter Kaylawna Smith-Cook each have a horse in the division. Smith will ride Elliot V, who was 10th in Kentucky two weeks ago. Smith-Cook has brought Passepartout from her Southern California base.
  • Doug Payne will ride his gorgeous gray, the U.S.-bred Camarillo.
  • Boyd Martin will be the busiest rider in the division with two—new ride this year Commando 3 and Miss LuLu Herself.
  • Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Nutcracker are another pair who will challenge for the lead. They led the dressage in Kentucky but a pesky 11 penalties for activating a frangible device on cross-country dropped them to ninth place.
  • Hawley Bennett-Awad and her experienced campaigner Jollybo are rerouting from a retirement on cross-country at the Land Rover Kentucky CCI5*-L.
  • Of the 20 entries, five are mares (Jollybo, Miss LuLu Herself, Flower Girl, Hot Bobo, and Wakita 54)
  • The U.S., Canada, Sweden, and New Zealand will be represented this weekend.

The Facts

  • The FEI Technical Delegates are Kristof Verlinden (BEL) and Alec Lochore(GBR) with Sharyn Antico (USA) assisting.
  • For the CCI4*-L and CCI2*-S, the President of the Ground Jury is Jo Young (CAN). She’ll be joined by Polly Huntington (AUS) and Peter Gray (CAN). For the CCI3*-L and CCI4*-S ground jury, the president will be Robert Stevenson (USA), and he’ll be joined by Debbie Adams (USA) and Cindy Deporter (USA). For the CCI2*-L, CCI1*-S and CCI3*-S, the President of the Ground Jury is Sara Leary (USA), alongside Amy Nichols (USA) and Lela Wulf (USA).
  • · All cross-country courses besides the CCI1*-S are designed by Mark Phillips (GBR). Elizabeth Perkins (USA) is the assistant course designer for the CCI4*-L, CCI4*-S, and CCI3*-L and also designed the CCI1*-S.
  • · Marc Donovan is the show jumping course designer.
  • · CCI4*-L riders will ride FEI Four-Star test A.

The Competition Schedule

Wednesday, May 10

  • 3 p.m. EST First Horse Inspection

Thursday, May 11

Dressage - International Stadium (Two Rings)

  • 9 a.m. CCI2*-S
  • 9 a.m. CCI4*-S
  • 2 p.m. Advanced
  • 3:30 p.m. CCI3*-L
  • 3:30 p.m. CCI4*-L

Dressage - Rings 6/7

  • 9 a.m. CCI3*-S
  • 3:30 p.m. CCI2*-L

Friday, May 12

Dressage - International Stadium (Two Rings)

  • 8:30 a.m. CCI4*-L
  • 8:30 a.m. CCI3*-L

Dressage - Rings 6/7

  • 8:30 a.m. CCI2*-L
  • 10:50 a.m. CCI1*-S

Show Jumping - International Stadium

  • 12:30 p.m. CCI4*-S and Advanced
  • 2:25 p.m. CCI3*-S
  • 4:15 p.m. CCI2*-S
  • 6 pm. CCI1*-S

Saturday, May 13

Cross-Country - White Oak Course (Shuttles available!)

  • 9 a.m. CCI4*-L
  • 10:30 a.m. CCI4*-S
  • 11:55 a.m. Advanced
  • 12:40 p.m. CCI3*-L
  • 1:55 p.m. CCI3*-S
  • 3:20 p.m. CCI2*-L

Sunday, May 14

  • 8 a.m. Third Horse Inspection

Cross-Country - White Oak Course (Shuttles available!)

  • 10 a.m. CCI2*-S
  • 11:30 a.m. CCI1*-S

Show Jumping - Tryon Stadium

  • 10 a.m. CCI3*-L
  • 11:25 a.m. CCI4*-L
  • 12:50 CCI2*-L

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