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Matt Williams and NLF Favorite Win $25,000 Tryon Grand Prix

Written by: Rebecca Walton
Client: Ronnie Beard & Wyndmont
Release Date: 2015-08-24

Tryon, NC – August 24, 2015 – The partnership between Wyndmont, Inc. and Nordic Lights Farm proved to be a winning one this weekend at the Tryon Finale as Australia’s Matt Williams piloted NLF Favorite to victory in the $25,000 Grand Prix. The only pair to produce a double clear effort, the talented mare owned by Nordic Lights Farm showcased her scope and style over the technical track under the guidance of trainers Ronnie Beard and Michael Dorman of Wyndmont, Inc.

Twenty-three horse and rider combinations competed during Sunday’s highlight event, but only four were able to traverse the first round track without error. Only one pair was able to duplicate their first round effort and complete the jump-off without error. Williams and NLF Favorite were foot-perfect, taking home the winning honors for Nordic Lights Farm and Wyndmont, Inc.

“This is our second show together, and she was jumping really well in the 1.40m on Friday so we put her in the grand prix,” explained Williams. “I had a really good feeling during the first round, and there were no clears in the jump-off, so I didn’t need to race around. She got better and better as the show went on, and it’s really exciting to ride a horse like that.”

Williams continued, “We’ve jumped NLF Favorite two weeks, and she’s had one rail down, which was a little bit of a mistake on my behalf. She’s a horse you have to trust and leave to her own way of going, but at the end of the day she is a horse that jumps the fences clean and is easy to ride. I have to say a big thank you to the Bruheims for letting me ride the horses and to Ronnie and Michael for all their help.”

Owner Eirin Bruheim of Norway added, ‘My horses seem happy and are performing superbly, and I'm so excited they're going well.” 

The third and fourth place ribbons also went to Wyndmont riders. Kyle Timm and Cornet’s Gold 2 captured the third place award, while amateur Christi Israel and Cracky Z were fourth. Williams picked up the ninth and tenth place ribbons with his other mounts Valinski S and Zephyr, respectively.

In the hunter ring, Nicole Loochtan had the dominating performance with Memory Lane. Capturing two first place ribbons and a second place ribbon, Loochtan and Memory Lane took home the Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship.

The reserve championship in the Children’s Jumpers went to Hailey Tyler and Out for Justice, who place second in two of the division’s classes and seventh in the Classic. 

Beard concluded, “I am very proud of all our horses and riders, and I am looking forward to our remaining weeks in Tryon.”

Founded by legendary horseman Ronnie Beard with Michael Dorman, Wyndmont Farm provides classical horsemanship to annual and seasonal equestrian clientele.  To find out more about Wyndmont Inc., please visit



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