Tryon, NC – July 7, 2016 – The Fourth of July weekend festivities included top results and encouraging finishes for the Wyndmont, Inc. team at the 2016 Tryon Summer 1 CSI3* Show Series. Amateur rider Nicole Loochtan, and her horses have shown promising growth in the last several months and their combined talents did not disappoint over the weekend.
The Lincolnshire, Ill. native has been working closely with trainers Ronnie Beard and Michael Dorman for nearly a year. For months, the trio has worked together on not only improving Loochtan’s riding, but also finding her the perfect horses to work with and achieve a professional status on.
One of those horses is Carla de Kalvarie Z, who secured Loochtan a second-place finish in the $10,000 High Junior/Amateur Owner Classic with a time of 34.384. The powerful mare and young rider had the fastest time in the jump off, but with one rail down they captured the red-ribbon prize.
“I am very proud of Nicole and what she achieved this past weekend,” Beard said. “She has been working extremely hard and putting in the time every day to not only better herself, but her horses. Michael and I were able to see her reap those rewards this weekend and are encouraged to see how much potential she has.”
Aboard Carla de Kalvarie Z, Loochtan also locked in a fourth-place ribbon in the 1.35m Open Jumpers and an eighth-place finish in the 1.40m High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumpers.
Her 10-year-old Holsteiner, Memory Lane, also gave Loochtan great rides over the weekend. With no faults and a jump-off time of 38.199, the rider-and-horse duo secured second place in the Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper.
The 19-year-old was not the only member of the Wyndmont team to bring in top results for the elite farm. Australia’s Matt Williams has continued to prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games by riding, competing and representing Wyndmont at the 2016 Tryon Summer Show Series, as well.
Aboard his Games companion, Valinski S, Williams took home second place in the $130,000 Adequan Grand Prix CSI3*, having just a single time fault during the jump-off.
“With only weeks left until the Games, it’s crucial that Matt and Valinski don’t lose momentum and continue to prepare,” Beard said. “We are very excited to be traveling to Rio this month and want to make sure that Matt and Valinski have the best opportunity to succeed on the world stage. Tryon is a great place for them to build their confidence and continue to strengthen their partnership.”
Williams had other nice finishes on some of Wyndmont’s finest horses. Amai du Bourgeonet, the Selle Francais grey, and Williams secured a second- and third-place finish in the 1.25m 6-Year-Old Young Jumpers, as well as a third-place ribbon in the $500 1.25m YJC 6-Year-Old Qualifying Class. The Australian native and Cas, a Dutch Warmblood gelding, finished third in the 1.35m Open Jumpers.
Loochtan, Williams and the Wyndmont team will continue to compete at the 2016 Tryon Summer Show Series through the month of July.