Champions! Boyd and Tsetserleg Win at Tryon

Owner Chris Turner looks on as Boyd and Tstetserleg are named the 2020 USEF CCI4*-L Champions at the MARS Tryon International Three-Day Event. Photo: Shannon Brinkman for the USEF.

After a long and difficult year, Boyd and Thomas pulled out all the stops to win the Buckeye Feed/USEF National CCI4*- Championship at the MARS Tryon International Three-Day Event in Tryon, North Carolina. With three horses competing in this division, Boyd had a couple of chances to get around the course and settle his nerves by the time Thomas entered the arena. They put in a foot-perfect round, and when overnight leader Liz Halliday-Sharp had the final rail down with Deniro Z, the win was in the bag.

On Cue finished 17th overall and Blackfoot Mystery was 28th. In the CCI3*-L Boyd finished second overall riding Club Contessa’s lovely mare, Contessa.

Everyone will head back to Pennsylvania for a well-deserved break (though Boyd still has a few clinics on the calendar for 2020), and the Windurra Eventing team will head to their winter base at Stable View in Aiken, SC at the beginning of the new year.

Boyd checked in from the airport:

I’m thrilled for Thomas to win the big 4*- L Championship this weekend! He’s a champion horse and was absolutely brilliant in all three phases. With 80 horses in the field it was one of those competitions where you really couldn’t make a mistake, and I’m really pleased that Thomas got to perform at a big-time event this year. He’s really, really seasoned now as a competitor and just awesome to ride at these big events.

I was also very proud of On Cue and Blackfoot Mystery this weekend. We’ve had multiple interruptions this year and they didn’t have a lot of preparation for this event; my main goal was to give them a run that would set them up for next year. Both horses dug deep under circumstances that weren’t ideal due to the weather. After a good rest I think they’ll come out blazing in 2021.

In the 3*-L Contessa put forward a sensational result. She’s a beautiful horse and one of those animals that could be a real player in the future. She finished on her dressage score this weekend which is all that we could ask from this mare. I look forward to moving her up to the four-star level next year.

Tryon put on an absolutely sensational championship this weekend. This venue is the ultimate spot for an event of this caliber; even with a massive storm the footing was excellent. I must tip my hat to all the people who made the event possible, with more than 30 of the grounds crew draining off water and making sure the footing was good so we could have a crack at the cross country course.

I’m personally looking forward to going home and having a little rest before building the horses up for next year.


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