Liz Halliday-Sharp Dedicates Tryon CCI4*L Win to Mom

The pressure was on Liz Halliday-Sharp and the Ocala Horse Properties’ + the Nutcracker Syndicate’s Cooley Nutcrackerc in the Tryon Spring International CCI4*-L as they went in to show jumping with only 0.2 penalties between them and Jacob Fletcher with Fabian.

Liz Halliday-Sharp dedicates her 4*L to mom Deborah Halliday this Mother’s Day. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Cooley Nutcracker, a 9-year-old Irish gelding by Tolant R, has proven to be reliable in the show jumping phase, which paid off again on Sunday. Adding only 3.6 cross country time penalties to their score, Liz Halliday-Sharp was able to secure Cooley Nutcracker’s first 4* win — and, believe it or not, Liz’s first career 4*-L win.

In celebration of Mother’s Day, Liz dedicated her win to her mother, Deborah Halliday, who is also part owner of Cooley Nutcracker. As the day also happened to be the birthday of Liz’s late father Don, the dedication of the win to her family serves a reminder of the team effort and support that goes in to each successful weekend.

Jacob Fletcher and Fabian finish on their dressage score for a second place finish in the 4*L. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

We saw an impressive showing from Jacob Fletcher and Fabian, who added nothing to their dressage score of 31.2. As previous 4*-S winners at both Tryon and TerraNova last year, Jacob and the 13-year-old KWPN gelding used their experience to keep the pressure on and jump around a clear show jumping track to finish just 0.2 penalty points away from first.

Boyd Martin’s partnership with Commando 3 might be new, but is a partnership to watch. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

This was the second FEI event we saw with Boyd Martin’s new partnership with DSN Equestrian Ventures’ Commando 3 (Connor 48 – R-Adelgunde). With a previous seventh place finish in the 4*S at Carolina, the new duo is off to a strong start, adding just 0.8 cross country time penalties to end on a 32.3 for third.

Boyd also saw success in the CCI4*-S at Tryon, claiming three of the top four final spots. Riding clear in both jumping phases and adding on a handful of cross country time to their score, Boyd and the Annie Goodwin Syndicate’s Fedarman B saw victory. This is the duo’s second win at Tryon, having won the CCI4*-L last year.

Runner-up to Boyd and Fedarman B was Boyd with the Turner family’s Tsetserleg. Wrapping up the top three we saw Tamra Smith with Solaguayre California coming off of their second place finish in the CCI4*-S in Kentucky a few weeks back.

In the CCI3*-L, Caroline Martin-Pamukcu and She’s The One maintain their lead throughout the weekend, followed by second place finishers Tamra Smith and Kynan and Sharon White and Shirsheen Ice in third, moving up after double clear show jumping and cross country rounds.

Bruce Davidson Jr. and Business Class were your CCI3*-S winners, followed by Ashley Adams and Charly, and Jenny Caras and Sommersby just 0.3 behind second.

A 2* AND 3* victory for Caroline Martin-Pamukcu. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Caroline Martin-Pamukcu and HSH Tolan King won the CCI2*-L with Lauren Billys Shady and Can Be Sweet in second, and Jenny Caras and Beaulieu’s Cecelia third.

Liz Halliday-Sharp takes another win this weekend in the CCI2*-S with Maybach, leading the competition from start to finish. Kim Severson and Arden Juju take second, with Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Shutterfly in third.

In the CCI1*-S, Meg Pellegrini and Cooley Wish Upon A Star moved up from third after double clear jumping phases, finishing on their dressage score of 32.8. Lucia Strini and Dassett Evermore finished second on their dressage score of 33.0, as did third place competitor Ariel Grald and Cullintra End Game, finishing on a 34.3.

It was a busy weekend, and a fun one to follow! Many thanks to Shannon Brinkman Photography for keeping us in the loops through her lens:

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