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Friday, September 18, 2020

Catherine Tyree won the $100,000 Grand Prix at Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID, N.Y.--Catherine Tyree of Chicago, Ill., rode BEC Lorenzo to win the $100,000 Grand Prix on June 30 at the first  of two Lake Placid Horse Shows.

Catherine Tyree on BEC Lorenzo The BookCatherine Tyree on BEC Lorenzo (Photo by The Book LLC)This was the first time that someone besides Laura Chapot or Kevin Babington won an open jumper class at Lake Placid, but both of them were still competitive.

Just four of 27 entries reached the jump-off by going clean over the 16-effort, first-round course designed by Eric Hasbrouck.

Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., who had won at least one class in the Grand Prix ring each day at this year's Lake Placid Horse Show, was first to try the eight-jump tiebreaker course on Thornhill Kate, the horse on which she won last year's $100,000 Grand Prix during Lake Placid's second week.

She finished with two knockdowns for eight faults.


IRISH OLYMPIC veteran Babington of Gwnedd Valley, Pa., the event's defending champion with Mark Q, was next to go on Shorapur, the 14-year-old, Hanoverian mare on which he won the class in 2016.

He blazed over the course and finished clean in 42.771 seconds to take the lead.

Tyree followed next on her 9-year-old, Irish Sport Horse gelding, and she moved into the lead with a clean ride in 41.514 seconds.

The final entry was Brianne Goutal-Marteau, who won the class in 2008 with Ralvesther.

She rode Viva Colombia to a clean ride and a time of 43.150 to finish third.

"I rode in my first Grand Prix here in 2013, and I think I've won every ribbon except the blue, so I'm really happy to win," said an elated Tyree, a 25-year-old Northwestern University graduate. "I didn't get to see Kevin go but I knew he had a fast time. I went in and took advantage of my horse's big stride and let him do his thing. He's so smart, and he was great at all the turns. The wet conditions didn't seem to bother him at all. He felt very comfortable all the way around. I really couldn't be any happier."

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