Catherine Tyree wins $50,000 CSIO5* Grand Prix Qualifier at Palm Beach Masters

Catherine Tyree and Bokai
Credit : Kathy Russell Photography

Friday 15 February - 09h49 | Edited press release

Catherine Tyree wins $50,000 CSIO5* Grand Prix Qualifier at Palm Beach Masters

The United States’ Catherine Tyree and Bokai came out on top of a field of 35 horse-and-rider pairs in the $50,000 CSIO5* Suncast Grand Prix Qualifier Thursday, outpacing two show jumping stars in a three-horse jump-off as the Palm Beach Masters Series starts up again in Wellington, Florida.

 - Catherine Tyree wins $50,000 CSIO5* Grand Prix Qualifier at Palm Beach Masters

Todd Minikus was second on Chaventyno and four-time Olympic veteran and reigning Longines FEI World Cup Final Champions Beezie Madden and Breitling LS finished third.

“Going first, I knew I had Beezie and Todd behind me, and both are very fast,” Tyree said afterwards. “So, I thought I would give it a good shot. I knew there were only three for the jump-off, and I was guaranteed a top three finish no matter what, so I really wanted to use that to my advantage and gain experience going fast at this level. I’m finally getting comfortable at that,” said Tyree. “I was really happy with my horse and how everything played out. He was really great in the jump-off. He fought for me, and I really appreciate it when he does that.”

Minikus, however, did not appreciate it. He also was clear over the Alan Wade-designed jump-off course but crossed the Longines timers a little too late. He finished the shortened track in 41.74 seconds, just behind Tyree’s 40.60.

“He didn’t turn very well after the oxer, so I got carried wide at the vertical,” said Minikus. “That was probably where I couldn’t catch Catherine. These girls look like they’re very nice girls, but they’re not. They were supposed to play ‘old guy wins’ this week, but so far they’re not doing that.”

Madden and Breitling LS had eight faults in the jump-off. However, she was not disappointed with their performance.

“Right now, my plan is to use Breitling in the [CSIO5* Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup USA] on Sunday, so I didn’t want to put the pedal to the metal too much. I just wanted to give him a nice round again,” said Madden. “I felt his first round was good, but he hasn’t showed a lot lately, so I wanted to give him one more lap around and make sure he was confident and paying attention. I was happy with the way my jump-off went, and hopefully it will be a good result on Sunday.”

Tyree competed at the Palm Beach Masters Series two years ago, and she is happy to be back at Deeridge Farms. “The Jacobs family has been involved with the sport for so long, and it’s really something special that they plan this as their way to give back to all of us,” said Tyree. “They put on a great event, and I feel very lucky that we have it as an option, and every time that I have been here, it’s been nothing but great and run very well, so I’m very happy to be here.”

The CSIO5* Nations Cup week at Deeridge Farms is showcasing 60 Olympic-caliber athletes from 13 countries who are competing with 115 horses for $716,500 in prize money. On Sunday, the marquee event, the $230,000 CSIO5* Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup USA will showcase teams from Canada, Colombia, Ireland, Israel, Mexico and USA navigating courses set by one of the world’s most respected course designers, Ireland’s Alan Wade. The event gets underway Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1:30 PM ET. 

In addition to the six countries with teams, Australia, Brazil, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and Venezuela have riders competing as individuals. Headlining this group are some of the sport’s most accomplished riders, including Great Britain’s Ben Maher, currently the seventh-ranked rider in the world in the Longines Jumping Rankings, and Martin Fuchs of Switzerland, who made his Olympic debut in 2016 and was the individual silver medalist at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games. CSIO5* competition continues Friday, Feb. 15, with the CSIO5* $210,000 Longines Grand Prix of the Palm Beach Masters highlighting the schedule at 2:00 PM ET. 

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