Wellington, FL (February 21, 2020) – Ireland’s Willie Tynan remains a force to be reckoned with on the 2020 Turf Tour, and is on the road to potentially recapture his 2019 title of Turf Tour Leading Rider! Wednesday’s $5,000 1.30M Rising Star Classic was set against the emerald green grass of The Ridge at Wellington’s home farm, where the field was recently expanded and enhanced to accommodate Turf Tour competitors. Over courses designed by Eric Hasbrouck on both grass and sand, competitors jumped the brightly colored jumps at heights ranging from .80M t0 1.30M during Wednesday’s show, with Friday promising the same competition with the addition of the $15,000 1.40M Turf Tour Grand Prix. The Turf Tour’s 2020 Leading Rider based on collective points from the Rising Star, Grand Prix, and 1.20M divisions will once again be awarded a tricked out golf cart courtesy of Iron Horse Transit!
With only three double clears in the class of 15 riders, Tynan’s 40.867 second jump off time with the always fast Freya put him squarely in the lead. A new horse for Tynan, Ballinteskin Joe, showed impressive scope and talent to also go double clear, jumping off in 43.694 for second place. Both Freya and Joe are owed by Michelle Guardino-Dettelbach from Delray Beach, Florida. Wednesday’s third and final double clear in the Rising Star went to another Irishman and Turf Tour regular, Jordan Coyle, aboard Elan Farm’s Bold Prinz. The pair’s jump off time of 47.259 settled them into third.
Tynan’s victory in Week 4’s To-Kalon Farm Rising Star, in addition to bringing him closer to a second Iron Horse Transit Golf Cart, also earned him a magnum of The Vineyard House’s rare Cabernet Sauvignon, courtesy of second generation vinter Jeremy Nickel and owner of both The Vineyard House and To-Kalon Farm. The Cabernet magnums will again be presented to winners of the Rising Star and Grand Prix during Turf Tour 9, held March 4-6 Turf Tour at To-Kalon Farm!
Join the Turf Tour at beautiful venues around Wellington, weekly USEF Equitation Tuesday events, and even a Hunter Derby on April 4! The Ridge will also host for the first time the Garden State Horse Show at their gorgeous New Jersey facility in the spring of 2020! Visit www.RidgeShowJumping.com for prize lists and more information., and enter online at www.HorseShowing.com!
More shots from Wednesday’s 1.30M Rising Star Classic!
Don’t forget special deals and exclusive offers from our Turf Tour sponsors including $100 in Hygain Feed, the exclusive horse feed of the Turf Tour, for exhibitors, easy equine transport with Iron Horse Transit, and awesome tack & performance fit saddles from Prestige Italy! Visit their websites for more information and details on these unique Turf Tour deals.
About the 2020 Wellington Turf Tour, Hunter Derby Days, USEF Equitation Tuesdays, and The Ridge Schooling Shows
The 2020 Wellington Turf Tour features 12-weeks of hunter, jumper, and equitation competition at all heights and prize money classes including weekly $15,000 1.40-1.45M Grand Prix and $5,000 1.30M Rising Star Classics, all held at beautiful venues around Wellington. This year’s destinations include The Ridge’s home farm, Black Watch Farm, To-Kalon Farm, and Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. In 2020, The Ridge will donate $10 for every horse entered in the 2020 Turf Tour to the Kevin Babington Foundation.
USEF Equitation Tuesday runs each Tuesday afternoon at The Ridge’s home farm (14415 Palm Beach Point Blvd) featuring pony equitation, adult equitation, junior equitation, and Medal Maclay. New this year for the Equitation Tuesdays, unrecognized hunter divisions and Marshall & Sterling Classics!
The Turf Tour and its hunter/jumper/equitation events are a unique addition to Wellington’s winter circuit, offering riders top-tier competition, generous prize money, and an unparalleled atmosphere. Young horses and advancing riders are able to test their mettle in classes ranging from junior and amateur jumpers to the Grand Prix, and at a variety of venues reminiscent of the large European tours. Organized by US Olympic show jumper Nona Garson and George D’Ambrosio, the vision that inspired the tour’s conception was to stage competitions on turf and natural surfaces away from the intensity of other show grounds.
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