Wyndmont, Inc. Debuts Newest Hunter Game Changed at Tryon Summer Series

Tryon, NC – July 14, 2016 – Ronnie Beard and Michael Dorman have added a new horse to their supreme roster, Game Changed. The 6-year-old Selle Francais represented Wyndmont, Inc. proudly at the 2016 Tryon Summer 2 CSI3* show series, earning the reserve championship honors in the 3’3” Pre-Green Hunter during his first competition stateside.

Longtime friend and former student of Beard and Dorman, Colin Syquia, took the reins on the young horse over the weekend. The professional rider and trainer was asked to ride Game Changed upon his arrival at Tryon. Syquia worked alongside Beard and Dorman as a rider and barn manager for about five years, before stepping out on his own and establishing Eurasia, Inc.

“Both Michael and Ronnie provided me with the background, experiences and education I needed to run a successful riding and training business,” Syquia said. “It feels like it’s all come full circle. It’s a privilege to be asked to ride for them and validation that everything I’ve worked for has paid off. The fact that they can turn to me and ask me to help them out with one of their horses is a testament to all their hard work and mine.”

The rider-and-horse duo took no practice rounds before competing. Together, they earned two blue ribbons, in addition to a second place in the Pre-Green Hunter division to secure the tricolor award. Syquia and the new, up-and-coming hunter also claimed second in the Open Hunter class.

“He hadn’t shown in hunters and just got better and better every day,” Syquia said. “He’s a really nice horse. He’s very willing to learn and a good jumper. He rides like a classical hunter. He likes to be ridden soft and lets his neck get long. He canters right up to the jump and is very willing to do anything. He’s a real athlete.”

Syquia will be making his next appearance aboard Game Changed at the Vermont Summer Festival, where he expects Game Changed to continue to improve. Syquia continued, “He seems to really like being a hunter. We want to work on getting his ride ability ready for someone that would be interested in purchasing him.”

Beard and Dorman saw promising potential in the young gelding over the weekend and are excited to prepare him for his bright future in the amateur and professional world.  

“It’s always nice to see Colin,” Beard said. “Michael and I are very proud of him and we were ecstatic with how he rode Game Changed in his debut. We look forward to seeing Game Changed continue to grow and improve. He’s a fantastic horse and we’re excited that he’s a part of our team at Wyndmont.”

Another top 6-year-old found and produced by Wyndomt is Amai Du Bourgeonet. With Matt Williams in the irons, the pair took home a second and fourth place award in the 6-Year-Old Young Jumper division during Tyron Summer 2. Williams was also aboard Motitz W for Sarah Scarnechia in the 1.30m Open Jumpers to earn the third place award.

Founded by Beard with Michael Dorman, Wyndmont, Inc. provides classical horsemanship to annual and seasonal equestrian clientele. For more information, visit Wyndmont.com or find them on Facebook!