Press release from Tryon International Equestrian Center
Santiago Lambre (MEX) and his mount, Dingeman, took first place honors in the Tryon Summer 6 $37,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), stopping timers at 28.935 seconds. Caelinn Leahy (USA) and Coldplay 31, a 2009 Westphalian gelding (Cassini ll x Phantom) owned by Steve Schaefer, took second place on a clear jump-off performance of 29.585 seconds, while Aaron Vale (USA) and Elusive, a 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Rodrigoo x Capfucino) owned by Thinks Like A Horse, claimed third-place honors on a fault-free effort in 29.773 seconds.
The Ken Krome (USA)-designed course saw 37 horse and rider combinations in the first round, with 15 pairs returning for the jump-off. Lambre and the 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Nintender x Darnels), owned by Aurora Rangel De Alba and Gestut Lewitz, were first to go in the shortened second round, so he took all risks once he walked into the ring, ensuring he would not be bested by the competition. “It was all or nothing to win; there was no room for adding strides!” he said with a grin.
Today’s victory has been culminating for years; Lambre has owned Dingeman for the last nine years and they have had great success throughout their partnership. “I bought him when he was four and he is 13, so I’ve known him for a long time. He’s won many ranked classes so far. He’s a super horse! I showed him today in the Welcome and then I’ll jump others tomorrow in the Grand Prix, but this one is done for the week!”
Lambre has spent the past few weeks collecting wins at TIEC, and he will return home after this week’s competition to give his horses a well-earned break. He hopes to return to the “amazing facility” in the fall for more FEI competitions.
“The organization here is fantastic,” he stated. “Tryon always puts these kinds of classes early in the morning so the horses are in the best condition. The footing is great, and they do a lot of work on it during the week. On Mondays, I always see them working on the footing, so this place is always amazing and always improving. We can’t ask for more!”