TRYON, NC, USA - April 20, 2018 - The FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG) Test Events for Dressage, Driving, and Para-Dressage disciplines at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), commenced with a victory for Kasey Perry-Glass (USA) aboard Diane Perry's 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding (Diamond Hit x Ferro), Goerklintgaards Dublet, who bested the FEI CDI 3* competition presented by Adequan®. Perry-Glass and "Dublet" earned a score of 73.935% from the judging panel, as they headed into Sunday's FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 3* on top form. Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Elizabeth Juliano's 2003 Oldenburg mare Horizon (Hot Line x Don Schufro), captured second place with a score of 71.957%, while third place honors were awarded to Belinda Trussell (CAN) and her own 2003 Westfalen gelding, Tattoo 15 (Tuareg x Ramiro's Son), receiving a 70.043%.
Perry-Glass is a first-time competitor at the venue, which will host FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 competition from September 11-23, 2018, and said she was thrilled when she first drove on property. "It's amazing. I think this place is world-class and will be especially when it's all done for the FEI World Equestrian Games™. I love it here. They've done a great job with all the stabling, the arena, and the atmosphere, so I'm excited for them to have the WEG here."
Although the Tryon Stadium will host Para-Dressage CPEDI and the Dressage phase of the Eventing CCI come September and not Dressage competition, Perry-Glass complimented the overall venue atmosphere. "To ride in that arena [Tryon Stadium] is very inviting, and especially when it's going to be full. It's going to be really nice." Dressage will be hosted in the main stadium at the venue, which will seat 20,000 spectators and will be assembled this summer, positioned adjacently to the existing Tryon Stadium.
In their second outing after an eight-month break from competition, Perry-Glass was pleased with her 2016 Olympic Bronze Medal mount. She elaborated, "He already feels better than he has ever felt. It's just really fine-tuning the small things and getting his nerves out of the arena and focusing on me a little bit more, and the connection. Other than that he's just a spectacular horse, so I feel very lucky to be on him. We're hopefully shooting for a spot on the European selection squad, and then we'll go from there and see what shows we can do in Europe."
Para-Dressage Athletes Dominate on Day One of FEI CPEDI 3* Competition at FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 Test Event
The Para-Dressage Test Event showcased athletes from Canada and the United States in the main Tryon Stadium for the first time this season to familiarise with the ring that many will be competing in this September at the WEG. Victory in the Grade I Individual Test went to Roxanne Trunnell (USA) and Kate Shoemaker's 2012 Hanoverian gelding Dolton (Danone I x Londonderry), receiving a score of 73.155%. The Grade II Individual Test was championed by Sharon Buffitt (CAN) aboard her own Elektra II, a 2005 Oldenburg mare (Radjah Z x Rastar), after riding to a score of 66.716%. Rebecca Hart (USA) rode Rowan O'Riley's 2010 Oldenburg gelding (Fidertanz 2 x Don Romantic), Fortune, to the blue in the Grade III Individual Test, receiving a 70.147%.
Grade IV saw Kate Shoemaker (USA) secure first place in the Individual Test on her own 2009 Hanoverian stallion Solitaer, riding to a score of 71.341%.
"I really liked how consistent he was throughout the test," commented Shoemaker. "It was an error-free test - there was never a moment that I thought, 'Oh gosh, that wasn't okay,' so it's really good to have that kind of consistency throughout the test. He stayed with me the whole time and it produced a really good result in the end."
Grade V competitor Katie Jackson (USA) has only been with current mount Diesel, a 2003 Oldenburg gelding (De Niro x Welt Hit II), for eight weeks, but has her eyes set on WEG as well. "It's been a bit of a whirlwind," she explained. "We've been together with the focus of coming here for the Test Event for only a month and I've been riding him for about eight weeks, but Diesel is just a really incredible horse."
Wrigley-Miller Claims Took Leading Position Ahead of the Marathon in CAI 2* Driving Competition
Following the conclusion of the Dressage phase of FEI CAI 2* competition as part of the venue's inaugural Driving event, Misdee Wrigley-Miller (USA) held the lead heading into the Marathon on a score of 39.99. Chester Weber (USA) sat in second with 41.12 points, and third place was controlled by Allison Stroud (USA) after receiving a score of 49.97.
For the first Driving competition ever held at the venue, Wrigley-Miller said she was very impressed with the facility and looked forward to testing the Marathon track . "It's looking like it's going to be amazing. Number one, the barn facilities are the best I've ever seen at a show facility - the safety of the barns - it's all top, top class," she commented. "There's no question that the venue is just absolutely gorgeous. We were going along by the creek today and it's going to be very soothing tomorrow to hear the creek - it'll be like a zen fountain!"
Wrigley-Miller has a busy schedule ahead of her this summer, as she plans to balance both her passion for Driving, as well as her love for competing Saddlebreds. She explained, "I'm headed to Europe from here and the horses will travel over to our base in Holland with Boyd Exell in his yard, and we'll do Windsor to start. We're not sure what's after that because I'm the crazy woman that does two disciplines and my Saddlebred trainer has actually requested that I come back to the United States and do some Saddlebred shows. I'm just going to have to take a deep breath, but it might work out really well. I'll come back to the States for a couple of weeks and do some shows and then we'll ship everyone over here and wait for the decision of the selectors."
To access all results from both WEG Dressage and Para Dressage Test Events, click HERE.