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What You Need To Know: Tryon International Three-Day Event

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The spring three-day season in the U.S. draws to a close this weekend in North Carolina, where the Tryon International Three-Day Event has taken the place of the erstwhile Jersey Fresh International as the site of the spring’s major CCI4*-L.

The event, running today through May 14 at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina, also offers a CCI4*-S as well as long- and short-format CCI divisions in the one- through three-star levels and an advanced horse trials division. But it is the marquee CCI4*-L that will showcase many of the East Coast’s best four-star horses as well as five-star horses looking for a confidence-builder after being re-routed from Kentucky two weeks ago. 

Here’s all you need to know to follow the action.

Fedarman B and Boyd Martin, the winners of the 2022 Tryon International CCI4*-L, will be contesting the CCI4*-S this weekend in Mill Spring, N.C. Shannon Brinkman Photo

When: 

Wednesday, May 10: First horse inspection at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Thursday, May 11: Dressage for all CCI-S divisions begins 9 a.m., with advanced at 2 p.m. and the CCI-L divisions starting at 3:30 p.m.

Friday, May 12: Dressage continues for the CCI-L divisions at 8:30 a.m. Show jumping begins at 12:30 p.m. with the CCI4*-S and advanced divisions, followed by the remaining CCI-S divisions.

Saturday, May 13: Cross-country begins with the CCI4*-L (9 a.m.), followed by the CCI4*-S (10:30 a.m.), advanced (11:55 a.m.), CCI3*-L (12:40 p.m.), CCI3*-S (1:55 p.m.) and CCI2*-L (3:20 p.m.)

Sunday, May 14: Second horse inspection at 8 a.m. Show jumping will begin with the CCI3*-L (10 a.m.), followed by the CCI4*-L (11:25 a.m.) and CCI2*-L (12:50). Cross-country for the CCI2*-S and CCI1* will begin at 10 a.m.

Who:

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Hot off their win at the Cosequin Lexington CCI4*-S, held concurrently with the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, Canada’s Karl Slezak and Hot Bobo will be in Tryon ready to prove their outstanding performance in Kentucky was no fluke. This pair won the CCI3*-L in Tryon last autumn and will be hoping to repeat that victory over bigger fences this weekend.

Also entering the CCI4*-L fresh from Kentucky will be the winners of last year’s CCI4*-S here, Jacob Fletcher and Fabian (sixth in the Cosequin Lexington CCI4*-S), Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Nutcracker (ninth in Lexington), Tamie Smith and Elliot V (10th in Lexington), and Hayley Frielick and Dunedin Black Watch (12thin Lexington), among others in the 19-horse field.

If you’re looking to watch five-star horses competing outside their normal environment, you’ll be able to spot Jollybo (Hawley Awad) and Tsetserleg (Boyd Martin), both of whom retired on cross-country at the Kentucky CCI5*-L two weeks ago, entered in the CCI4*-L and CCI4*-S, respectively. Pfun, who Will Faudree has retired from the five-star level, is entered in the advanced horse trials. Also back on course after being sidelined by an injury last year is Martin’s 2021 Maryland Five-Star winner On Cue, who is entered in the CCI3*-S, as well as Martin’s Luke 140—originally selected as his mount for the Tokyo Olympic Games until he, too, was injured—in the CCI4*-S.

Martin also has last year’s CCI4*-L winner, the Goodwin Syndicate’s Fedarman B, entered in the CCI4*-S.

How To Follow: A detailed schedule for the weekend and ride times are available on the tryon.com site. There is no livestream for the event, but live scores will be posted here.

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