Atlanta Summer Classic Update

Glen Hartigan and Ace of Spies in the Olympic Arena at the Georgia International Horse Park. Flashpoint Photography.

Did you reserve your stalls yet for the Atlanta Summer Classic set to jump into gear June 11 at the Georgia International Horse Park? This is the largest summer show jumping competition in the Southeast United States and stalls go fast! Don’t get left out because you forgot to reserve a stall! Contact stabling at today and reserve your stalls today!

There are so many reasons to show at the Atlanta Summer Classic.

World Class Course Designers!

Jumper competitors will be treated to world class, Olympic course designers Manuel Esparza, Week I, and Steve Stephens, Week II. Esparza of Mexico City, Mexico was an Assistant Designer for the Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

Stephens from Palmetto, Florida will be designing the Olympic stadium during week II. A USEF R licensed hunter course designer, 4* FEI course designer, R jumper course designer and judge, Stephens has pretty much done it all, including tenure as the show jumping course designer for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Bergen Sanderford and Happenstance compete in the Large Junior Hunters at the Atlanta Spring Classic. Flashpoint Photography.
Bergen Sanderford and Happenstance compete in the Large Junior Hunters at the Atlanta Spring Classic. Flashpoint Photography.

Renowned and Respected Hunter Judges!

The best in the industry will be judging the hunter riders. Week I welcomes judges Susie Schoellkopf, Sue Ashe, Mindy Coleman and Jim Henson. Week II will welcome Frank Willard, Mike Rosser, Betsy Perry and Marlene Thomas to the hunter rings.

The Lineup!

The Atlanta Summer Classic kicks off with the USHJA’s Emerging Athletes Program June 9 through 12. The Zone 4 Town Hall meeting takes place on June 11 as well as the “Just Ask” Clinic with renowned horsewomen, trainers and judges Sue Ashe and Susie Schoellkopf.

There’s a class for everyone at the Atlanta Summer Classic! For the jumpers, Week I opens up with the $15,000 Open Jumper Welcome Class, the $5,000 Futures Class and the $35,000 UlcerGard Grand Prix.

For the hunters, don’t miss the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and Hunter Classics for every hunter section. Add the $7,100 Open Hunter section, the $6,000 Green Hunter Section and the $6,000 Amateur Hunter Section. There is also a $7,500 Pony Hunter Section.

Before getting into Week II, USHJA Zone 4 Clinic Series is pleased to offer a Horsemanship Clinic with respected horseman and USEF “R” Judge Pat Bostwick on June 16.

This is a free clinic offered to USHJA Zone 4 members.

Pat Bostwick has trained horses and riders on the National stage and also at the local level. Pat feels lucky to have worked with and for some great horsemen and women over the years. His philosophy is that you can always learn something new. The clinic will focus on the basics, foundation, and maintenance of a good working position for Hunters, Jumpers, and Equitation.

The Clinic will be filled on a first come first served basis with 30 open positions. Auditors are welcome and encouraged.   To reserve a spot and schedule ride times, contact clinic coordinator Janet McCarrol at 228-669-2687 or

Chantilly and Devin Ryan in the Olympic Stadium at the Georgia International Horse Park. Flashpoint Photography.
Chantilly and Devin Ryan in the Olympic Stadium at the Georgia International Horse Park. Flashpoint Photography.

Week II offers the $2,500 USHJA Hunter Classic, the Emerson Burr Program for Pony Riders, the $15,000 Welcome Class, the $5,000 Futures Class and the Atlanta Cup Equitation Classic for Horses.

Friday night is the celebrated Outback Steakhouse Charity Dinner and will feature a $10,000 Six Bar Class as the entertainment for the evening! Sunday offers the $35,000 Antares Sellier Grand Prix.

To wrap up two great weeks of showing, the Classic Company will award the Grand Puba Junior Hunter Championship Sunday of Week II.

So what are you waiting for? Reserve your stalls now for top competition at the Olympic venue in Conyers, Georgia June 11 through 22.

In other news… show-cation!

Did you book your beach condo? The Show-cation destination is coming up at the Charleston Summer Classic which starts July 8 through 19. Beach front condos a few minutes from the show grounds are where the riders stay, so don’t miss out on the best show-cation of your life! Bring the family, friends, dogs and horses! Minutes from the beach and only a short drive to historic Charleston, this is the show that offers something for everyone from fishing to kayaking, to shopping to wave jumping, from walk-trot to weekly grand prix and hunter derbies. This is your Show-cation destination!

Anyone who has shown with the Classic Company knows what sets them apart from the rest:  Classic Shows are FUN!  Friday night exhibitor parties, Saturday night grand prix, complimentary ringside Saturday pizza and luncheons all with the exhibitor in mind! And remember, Classic Company does not charge extra office fees for credit card transactions nor is there a scratch or add fee!  Classic Company wants to make your showing experience the best ever!

The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States.  For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at or call them at 843.768.5503.

All sponsorship, marketing and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Sponsorship, Marketing and Public Relations Director, at

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See you at the ring,
Bob Bell
The Classic Company, Ltd.
Phone/FAX:  (843) 768-5503
Post Office Box 1311  Johns Island  SC 29457

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