Jacqueline Ruyle and Cyramo Z Snag First CSI3* Win Together in Traverse City

It’s not often one bets on the first pair in the ring, but money would have been safe with Jacqueline Ruyle (USA) in the opening FEI class of the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament at Flintfields Horse Park on Thursday afternoon. First to go of 37 entries, she blazed around the $38,700 CSI3* Corcoran Group Realty Two-Phase with Cyramo Z and made the rest of the field try to catch her.

“This is really my speed horse,” she said of the 12-year-old Zangersheide mare (Clarimo x Vigo D’Arsouilles STX). “To the first combination is where I started really letting her roll. I found both combinations forward and fast and I think that’s where I made up a lot of time.”

Ruyle’s time of 39.64 seconds in the speed phase created a convincing win as the class ended. The only two pairs to come close were in the 41-second range, with Samuel Parot (CHI) on his own Cap West taking second and Ali Wolff (USA) in third with Casall, owned by Blacklick Bend Farm.

Jacqueline Ruyle (USA) and Cyramo Z in their winning presentation, pictured with the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament’s Jeff Papows. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Ruyle could lean on the experience she has with Cyramo Z for the win, saying, “This horse I’ve had for about five years. I got her as a 7-year-old, and we’ve had a long time to grow a partnership. She’s so much fun to ride and she’s competitive and careful.”

The weather in Traverse City has been starkly different from Ruyle’s home state of Texas, from where she came just in time for the Tournament of Champions.

“The day before we left it was 113 degrees at home,” she laughed. “We came here to get out of the heat and it’s a good break for us in between our summer and fall circuits. This is my first time coming here and it’s been fun. You just have a smile on your face the whole time. It is really an enjoyable experience.”

The victory marks the first in Cyramo Z’s career at the CSI3* level, though she’s proven herself at the CSI2* level with several wins this year so far.

“I haven’t won a class in a while,” remarked Ruyle. “I’ve been gaining confidence and working on other things. Going into the class today I was ready to win. I put in a really fast round and I knew the very start of the jump-off I thought there was a little leeway that someone would leave a stride out and beat my time. I went to ride another horse and tried not to think about it. Thirty horses went by and I was still in the lead.

See full results from the $38,700 CSI3* Corcoran Group Realty Two-Phase here.

The Silver Oak Jumper Tournament still has two FEI classes to go with a large field of international competitors lined up. The jumpers continue on Friday with the $38,700 GGT CSI3* Welcome Stake.


Orchid De L’Isle and Danielle Urban Win 4-Year-Old USHJA Young Jumper Final


Danielle Urban and Orchid De L’Isle. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

The USHJA Young Jumper Championships calls the Traverse City Horse Shows Tournament of Champions home this week alongside the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament. The championship provides a unique opportunity for young horses and their owners and trainers, allowing them to step in the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel International Ring, the very ring that often welcomes CSI5* action, and begin their jumping careers.

Judged on jumping penalties and style, broken into categories of front legs, hind legs, bascule, rideability, instincts, scope, and movement, the 4-year-olds jumped three rounds over three days. The ultimate champion on Thursday was Orchid De L’Isle, owned by Rose All Day LLC, with Danielle Urban aboard.

“I’ve always loved working with young horses, so to get to attend this event, which I’ve wanted to do for the last couple years, was an exciting thing to do,” Urban, of Elkhorn, NE, said of the USHJA Young Jumper Championships. “My business is typically coaching and training, so this was a fun, new experience for us. It’s an exciting event for the young horses. It tests their capabilities at the end of the year after seeing how much preparation you put into them over the summer.”

At a very impressionable age, Orchid De L’Isle, plus Urban’s other competitor, Color Of Money, have very limited experience in the show ring but have had plenty of exposure to handle a difficult task when it’s presented.

Danielle Urban and Orchid De L’Isle. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

“Our 4-year-olds have had a really light year,” Urban went on. “We’d show and then give them some time off. They don’t need to be jumping a lot, and they don’t jump a lot at home. We do a lot of flatwork and ground poles, so this is probably the biggest these 4-year-olds have ever jumped today at the final championship.”

Orchid De L’Isle, which Urban calls “Vespa”, is not only showing promise in the ring, but also at home and in situations outside of the ring, especially given that her primary rider is an amateur.

“We try to get them off property, and we try to get them new experiences,” Urban said of her philosophy behind bringing up a show horse at a young age. “Vespa is ridden primarily by an amateur rider, Emily Gordon. Emily rides her probably four out of the five days at home and lessons on her and takes her on trail rides and tries to get her experience in all things out of the arena if possible.”

Urban returned to Traverse City Horse Shows for this event for the first time in nearly a decade, in awe of the changes that have been made across the property.

“It’s probably been eight years since I’ve been here,” she shared. “Now that we’re back, we really want to come back next year for several weeks. There are way more rings than last time I was here, and it’s more organized with the jumpers on top and the hunters below. The footing seems to be great, especially since we got so much rain yesterday and you can’t even tell today. The jumps look great. It’s a beautiful facility.”

Reserve Champion honors in the 4-Year-Old Final resulted in a tie between Taylor Flury’s two mounts HFF Coronet’s in the Black, owned by High Finance Farm, and Bliss Starlite. Bliss Starlite, bred and owned by Melissa Hirt of nearby Maple City, MI, received the U.S. Breeder Award at the conclusion of the USHJA 4-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship.

Taylor Flury and Miss Starlite, reserve champion and winner of the U.S. Breeder Award for owner/breeder Melissa Hirt, at the conclusion of the USHJA 4-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography