Out of the 45 entries in the $50,000 Rushy Marsh Farm Grand Prix CSI 2*, 11 went clear to contest the jump-off. As the final competitor to enter the jump-off, 25-year-old Catherine Tyree (USA) rode Mary Tyree’s BEC Lorenzo to the top time of 40.05 seconds.
Catherine Tyree and BEC Lorenzo. Photo © Sportfot.
She was chasing a time of 40.24 seconds set by Lacey Gilbertson (USA) and Seabrook LLC’s Baloppi, who would settle for second place. Third place went to Ali Wolff (USA) riding Double H Farm’s HH Venice Beach, who were clear in 40.35 seconds.
“I saw Ali’s jump-off,” Tyree recalled. “I didn’t get to see Lacey’s, but she wins so much with that horse and she’s very fast. I actually didn’t quite like the jump-off for my horse. We have a little bit of a hard time turning, but he was really great with that today, and I was able to use that to my advantage one to two. I did seven strides there, and I think everybody else did eight. He was really game and answered all the questions that I asked.”
This was the first FEI-level grand prix for BEC Lorenzo, a nine-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding by Livello x Guidam. Tyree is excited for his future and pleased with the progress they have made in the past year. “It’s really gratifying to know that the hard work has paid off,” she said. “We’ve all put a lot of effort into him, and I have to give a big thank you to John Brennan, Missy Clark, and his groom Ally Bradley.”
Lacey Gilbertson and Baloppi. Photo © Sportfot.
Fellow 25-year-old rider Gilbertson relied on her longstanding relationship with Baloppi, her 12-year-old Danish Warmblood mare. They had great success in the Hermès Under 25 Grand Prix Series in 2018, which Gilbertson believes helped prepare them both for bigger competition.
Gilbertson terms Baloppi as “magical” and continued, “She’s amazing. She’s so consistent; it doesn’t matter what ring it is, whether it’s a small indoor or a stadium or on the grass. Every single time she walks into the ring she is always game, she always tries her hardest, and she’s very forgiving when I make a mistake.”
“I loved the Under 25 [Series],” she stated. “It’s such a good transition between the highs and these bigger classes. It teaches you how to go fast and be competitive. I started jumpers a bit late when I was 19 so I never had all those years of running around in the [Low Jumpers]. It’s nice to have that.”
Ali Wolff and HH Venice Beach. Photo © Sportfot.
Wolff (29) just got the ride on HH Venice Beach in December 2018 when Double H Farm rider/trainer Quentin Judge asked her to take over the ride as the horse is for sale. “He thought it was more of a girl’s ride,” said Wolff. “She’s like a wind-up toy. She loves her job and wants to win all the time. If I don’t get in the way she most likely will. I pulled and that’s probably why I was third instead of first. She has the biggest heart and such a great attitude.”
Final Results: $50,000 Rushy Marsh Farm Grand Prix CSI 2*
1 BEC LORENZO: 2010 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Livello x Guidam
CATHERINE TYREE (USA), Mary Tyree: 0/0/40.05
2 BALOPPI: 2007 Danish Warmblood mare
LACEY GILBERTSON (USA), Seabrook LLC: 0/0/40.24
3 HH VENICE BEACH: 2009 Hanoverian mare by Voltaire x Escudo I
ALI WOLFF (USA), Double H Farm: 0/0/40.35
4 CALIFORNIA 19: 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Cornets Prinz x Grannus
RODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Pessoa Stables LLC: 0/0/40.98
5 ALL IN: 2005 KWPN gelding by Aachen x Indoctro
KATHERINE STRAUSS (USA), Katherine Strauss LLC: 0/0/41.07
6 FAIR PLAY: 2010 KWPN gelding by Gaillard de la Pomme
AIDAN KILLEEN (IRL), Andrea Hippeau Vogel: 0/0/41.33
7 LUIS P: 2009 German Sport Horse gelding by Lord Pezi
CHLOE REID (USA), Live Oak Plantation LLC: 0/0/43.75
8 LE VIO: 2009 Hanoverian gelding by Van Gogh x Drosselklang II
PABLO BARRIOS (VEN), Gut Einhaus LLC: 0/4/40.65
9 EXTRA MINKUS: 2009 KWPN gelding by Carthino Z x Emilion
JOHN PEREZ (COL), John Perez: 0/4/41.67
10 ILUNA: 2008 BWP mare by Emerald van’t Ruytershof x Darco
RAMIRO QUINTANA (ARG), Smith Hogan LLC: 0/4/43.26
11 VALENTINO D’ELTE: 2009 Selle Francais gelding by Castronom Z*de Hus x Windsor
VANESSA MANNIX (CAN), Vanessa Mannix: 0/8/44.64
12 CAPTAIN COOPER: 2007 KWPN gelding by Namelus R x Corland
HILARY MCNERNEY (USA), Hilary McNerney: 1/71.14