Tryon Fall 3 Starts with Back-to-Back Wins for Adam Prudent and Baloutinue

The start of FEI Jumping competition at Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort (TIEC) resulted in back-to-back wins for Adam Prudent (USA) and Baloutinue, claiming both Wednesday’s $10,000 EquiSafe Global Power & Speed Stake CSI 2* and Thursday’s $37,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 2*. Besting a field of 73 entries around the Catsy Cruz (MEX) course, Prudent and Baloutinue stopped the jump-off timers at 33.62 seconds to earn the Welcome Stake win. In second, Fernando Cardenas Jr. (COL) piloted Quincy Too, the 2009 Zangersheide gelding (Unknown x Unknown) owned by Fernando Cardenas, to a time of 34.39 seconds, while Beezie Madden (USA) sped to third aboard Breitling LS, the Abigail Wexner-owned 2006 Dutch Warmblood stallion (Quintero x Acord II), clearing the short course in 34.41 seconds.

Adam Prudent on Baloutinue. Photo by Sportfot.

Prudent and the 2010 Hanoverian gelding (Balou Du Rouet x Landor S) owned by Plain Bay Farm were one of 21 horse-and-rider pairs to challenge the jump-off track, and he relayed that focusing on speed has been paying off this week: “He’s a work in progress, but an amazing horse. He’s top quality. With this week being a little smaller [at the two-star level], the plan was to really teach him to go fast. We’ve never really gone fast,” Prudent elaborated. “We have the first round nearly to a tee. He goes clear most of the time, but in the speed round, he can be a little all over the place. We worked on going fast with the smaller fences this week, and it’s paid off!”

Fernando Cardenas Jr. on Quincy Too. Photo by Sportfot.

To successfully best a competitive field, Prudent shared that he had to leave some strides out around the course, which he called a “great build. It was a great course all in all, and was a pleasant ride,” he reported. “There were leave-outs between the jumps and my plan was to get those, which I usually don’t get. He handled it beautifully!”

Beezie Madden on Breitling LS. Photo by Sportfot.

Prudent, who will call TIEC home for the next four weeks, was last at the venue for the 2019 Tryon Fall Series and commented on the Tryon Stadium’s newly re-engineered footing, saying, “I like the footing, and the change was nice. It doesn’t get as deep as it used to. I like it! The horses are jumping great on it. My experience at Tryon has been fantastic, and it’s a pleasure to be here.”

Looking ahead, Prudent has several up-and-coming FEI mounts that will have an opportunity to shine in international competition, but in the meantime, Baloutinue will have the opportunity to go three for three in Saturday afternoon’s $73,000 Tryon Resort Grand Prix CSI 2*.

$10,000 Equisafe Global Power and Speed Stake CSI2*

Adam Prudent (USA) and Baloutinue sped through the speed phase of Wednesday’s $10,000 EquiSafe Global Power and Speed Stake CSI 2* in 30.979 seconds to top a field of 59 entries. In second, Luis Larrazabal (VEN) and Luminaria LS La Silla, the 2011 Mexican Sport Horse mare (Unknown x Unknown) owned by San Francisco Stables, LLC, put in a 32.798 second round, while Doug Payne (USA) and Quintessence, Jane Dudinsky’s 2011 Holsteiner gelding (Unknown x Unknown), stopped the clock at 35.286 seconds to take home third.

Adam Prudent on Baloutinue. Photo by Sportfot.

Prudent and the 2010 Hanoverian gelding (Balou Du Rouet x Landor S) owned by Plain Bay Farm avoided collecting time faults in the first round where many were caught out, he relayed, and put in a tight time that couldn’t be caught in the speed phase. “It was a nice course. The power phase was a bit tight on time, with a lot of time faults there, but my horse managed that very well, and the second part was quite speedy! We got it done.”

Luis Larrazabal on Luminaria LS La Silla. Photo by Sportfot.

While he believes that most competitors were using the first FEI class of the week to warm up, and not pushing for a win, Prudent was using the class to educate Baloutinue on speed.

“I think not a lot of people were trying to go too fast, but this is a horse that doesn’t really know how to go fast yet, so we managed, and came out with a win. He’s been doing the bigger classes, and we’ve gotten the first rounds down quite well at a higher level. But,” Prudent added, “we’ve had a little bit of a learning curve in the speed rounds, so right now we’re dropping down a level and teaching him how to go fast over fences, before going back into the bigger classes.”

Doug Payne on Quintessence. Photo by Sportfot.

Tryon Fall 3 continues with Friday’s $6,000 Speed Stake CSI 2* hosted in Tryon Stadium at 1:00pm.