Adam Prudent and Romeo de Villaret Dominate in the $134,000 Adequan® CSI 3* Grand Prix at TIEC
Adam Prudent and Romeo de Villaret prevailed in the $134,000 Adequan CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), stopping the jump-off timers at 42.412 seconds. Fernando Cardenas Jr. and Quincy Car, a 2004 Oldenburg stallion owned by Fernando and Meredith Cardenas, followed with a second-place performance of 49.35 seconds in the short course. Finishing out the podium, Sharn Wordley aboard Sky Group’s Casper, a 2006 Oldenburg gelding, claimed third-place honors on a four-fault effort in 42.769 seconds.
Alan Wade, who also designed the course for the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 at TIEC, set a track that truly tested the 30 pairs attempting the first round course, as only six pairs returned for the jump-off round. “It was a good course for this horse,” Prudent revealed. “By the end of the course he was definitely a little tired with the heat here, but he managed to come through quite well and, I think, with the jump-off being a little cooler he really dug in and showed what he had.”
Prudent and the 2005 Selle Francais stallion, owned by Plain Bay Sales, were one of only two pairs to finish the jump-off round fault-free. Although Prudent and the stallion have only been teamed together for a month, Prudent kept his strategy simple heading into the six-person jump-off: “My strategy heading into the jump-off was just turn and go fast!” Prudent elaborated, “I planned to do seven strides in the last line but had to add one [more stride] last moment because I just didn’t see it coming up, but that was the only thing I hadn’t been expecting.”
“He [Romeo de Villaret] is a great horse and I feel great heading into next week [Tryon Summer 5 Series at TIEC] with him.” Prudent continued, “This was my first FEI show with him, so I’m very happy with his performance. I’ve just been starting to get to know him and just figuring him out.” Prudent also revealed that this was his own personal first Grand Prix win in Tryon Stadium.