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Catherine Tyree Wins 2010 Hunterdon Cup Against Record Number of Entries

August 4, 2010

Lexington, KY- Catherine Tyree bested the top junior talent in the nation by winning the 2010 Essex Classics/USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Class, held for the first time at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

Entering the third round in second place with a score of 173.5, Tyree of Chicago, IL., secured her victory in the prestigious equitation class, which boasted a record total of 75 entries, after switching mounts with reserve champion Hayley Barnhill, who was leading the competition with a 176.2 entering the last round.

The final scores between Tyree and Barnhill were 263.5 and 263.25, respectively.

“Going into the first round, I just wanted to start off smooth and keep moving. It was a really open course,” said Tyree, who has been riding the 9-year-old Westphalian Triple Lutz since November 2009. “In the second round, I just thought of it as another class and did what I did in the first round and it worked out well.”

Tyree admitted to being nervous going into the third round, “I didn’t really know how this horse (Podest) went, but I had seen him show a lot with Hayley so I went in and trusted my eye. He is a little slow and has a huge stride, so I kept him in front of my leg. He jumps great and turns wells.”

The 16-year-old Tyree has been with trainer Katie Kappler of Barington, IL, for about eight years. “She did great and I was really happy with her first round,” Kappler said. “Then she went in and really went for it in the second round and did all of the hard options. (In the third round) I was very impressed with how she got on a horse she has never been on before and have the test of her life. It was beautiful.”

The top 15 riders were called back to compete in the second round handy course. Course designer Bobby Murphy set a challenging course that tested the riders’ horsemanship skills. The course consisted of 10 jumps in the first and second round, with eight jumps in the third and final round.

At the end of the second round the judges Scott Fitton and Jimmy Torano called back the top six competitors —Catherine Tyree, Hayley Barnhill, Katherine Schmidt, Lillie Keenan, Chase Boggio, and Shawn Cassidy for the third and final round work off. Each of the riders switched mounts for the final round and were given two minutes to prepare in the schooling ring. Then all six riders were called back into the ring where they had their final work off.

The class began in 2005 and was developed as a unique equitation class that combines the precision of equitation and the handiness of hunters.

Title Sponsor, Essex Classics, provided each of the 75 riders their choice of a complimentary riding shirt. Awards sponsor Grand Prix provided the top two finishers hunt coats. The champion also received Pikeur riding breeches and a GPA Helmet as well as a saddle pad, trophy, cooler, and a ribbon and medal.
The top 10 winners were:
Champion – Catherine Tyree on Triple Lutz owned by Catherine Tyree
Reserve Champion – Hayley Barnhill on Podest, owned by Emily Gardner
3rd – Chase Boggio on Massimo owned by Massimo
4th – Shawn Cassidy on Worlds Fair, owned by Ashland Farm
5th – Katherine Schmidt on Cheyenne owned by Heritage Farm
6th – Lillie Keenan on Sir Neel owned by Madeline Turner
7th —Samantha Schafer on Pioneer owned by Heritage Farm
8th – Catlin Ziegler on Charleston Z, owned by Artisan Farms and Catlin Ziegler
9th – Catherine Cowie on Icon, owned by Addison Phillips
10th – Samantha Ramsey on Siroco, owned by Farniente Equine LLC

USHJA would like to thank the sponsors for 2010:
Title Sponsor: Essex Classics
Award Sponsor: Frantisi Incorporated

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