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Atlanta Fall Classics – Week One

Patricia Hennessy and Little Tom Win $25,000 Barry Lane Memorial Jumper Classic; Megan Edrick and Cadence Victorious in $25,000 EMO Insurance Grand Prix

Patricia Hennessy & Little Tom ©Flashpoint Photography

Conyers, GA — Nov 13, 2011 — The 10th Annual Barry Lane Memorial Jumper Classic kicked off the action of the Atlanta Fall Classics at the Georgia International Horse Park. “This is always a personal event to the horse show staff. Barry Lane was not only a great supporter of the Atlanta events, but a dear friend to many of us. We all feel her presence here and hope she’s enjoying this class,” Bob Bell, President of Classic Company, said. This year’s Jumper Classic boasted 59 entries.

The format of the classic was changed this year, Bell explained. “For the past eight years we’ve offered $25,000 in a single classic to the Adult and Children jumpers but rules have changed, so rather than give up our Barry Lane Memorial we ran it as two classes. The first on Saturday evening under the lights of the Olympic arena for $10,000 and the second class on Sunday afternoon prior to the Grand Prix for $15,000. They were both a great success.”

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Atlanta Fall Classic Highlights

We had a great week in Conyers.  The weather got a little chilly a few mornings but warmed up perfect for showing.

This week we hosted the annual Barry Lane Memorial Children’s Adult Jumper Classic.  As we have for the past eight years we offered $25,000, but because of all the hoops the jumper committees want us to jump through for permission to offer such a class (and we were told not to ask again until we offered more money to the Jr AOs or the Open horses), we ran two classes, a $10,000 and a $15,000 class.  They were a great success.  We had 59 compete for the big bucks.  One class held on Saturday under the lights in the Olympic stadium and one on Sunday before the Grand Prix.

The winner of the first class was Little Tom and Patricia Hennessy trained by Chris Kappler.

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Jacksonville, Pensacola and Gulfport 2012

The 2012 Winter Circuits are just around the corner.  We posted our three winter circuits today on our website: Jacksonville (Jan. 11-29), Pensacola (Jan. 11-29), and Gulfport (Feb. 8 – Mar. 18).

Come join us for nine great weeks of showing.  The prize lists will be in the mail on Friday Nov. 18th so you should get them the week of Thanksgiving.

If you want to download them, they are posted at the following web address:

I am flying to all three locations Monday and Tuesday so I will report.

We hope you will join us. If you have any questions please call the Classic Company at 843-768-5503 or email

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

Zone 4 Finals in Atlanta

The Zone 4 Finals – North, as you know, have been moved to the Atlanta Fall Classic I (Nov. 9-13) at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.

These zone finals are a great way to get bonus points for year end zone awards.

The following divisions will have awards for zone members. The divisions will be the first three classes of the division:

2011 Atlanta Fall Classic

Just a reminder, the Atlanta Fall Classic (November 9-20) is just around the corner. The prize lists have been mailed and are posted online. The highlights of the show include the National Classic Equitation Finals sponsored by Equestrian Travel.

A list of those qualified is posted on the home page. The Classic Company Horse of the Year standings sponsored by EMO are also posted on our home page. Both Atlanta fall events will add points for the standings.

The show will also have our National Hunter Jumper finals which is our double money classic, and a $25,000 Welcome along with the weekly Grand Prix class.

This year the annual $25,000 Barry Lane Memorial class will be divided into a $10,000 class and a $15,000 class. This was changed due to USEF rules and hoops.

If you have any questions, please call our office at 843-768-5503.

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

Classic Company Launching New Winter Circuit for 2012

Terry Brown and 2006 Horse of the Year Sequel. Photo © Flashpoint Photography

October 1, 2011 – Pensacola, FL – If you’re looking for a change from the same ole same ole in your winter showing plans, Classic Company president Bob Bell has the answer to your dilemma: three weeks of USEF AA rated Hunter/Jumper classes in Pensacola, FL at the Escambia County Equestrian Center from January 11th through the 29th.

This isn’t the first time Classic Company has visited Pensacola. Following hurricane Katrina’s visit in 2005 to the Gulf Coast and the damages at the Harrison County Equestrian Center in Gulfport, the 2006 Gulf Coast Winter Classics were invited by the Pensacola community to hold an abbreviated version of the annual winter circuit at the Escambia locale, rather than be forced to cancel the event altogether. “The facility, the staff, and the surrounding community were all so welcoming to us,” Bell said, “and our three weeks in Pensacola were simply wonderful. I’ve never forgotten their hospitality or how much exhibitors enjoyed the series, so when I learned of some open dates in their calendar my idea of new winter option became a reality.” Since Classic Company’s last visit, the facility has undergone a million dollar renovation along with new footing in the hunter rings.

The Pensacola series will offer an AA schedule similar to its larger sibling, the Gulf Coast Winter Classics, which will kick off six weeks of exciting equestrian action in Gulfport, MS on February 8th and continue through March 18th.  Each week in Pensacola will feature a $25,000 Show Jumping Grand Prix and the USHJA National Hunter Classic along with an array of rated classes for both hunters and jumpers. And for those riders just starting out, the popular Opportunity Classes will be offered to provide a fun experience and introduction to horse showing.

Exhibitors can also count on some wonderful social gatherings during the three weeks. “We have a reputation here at Classic for throwing great parties and the Pensacola event will not be deprived of that!” Bell teased.

Prize list for both the Pensacola Series and the Gulf Coast Classics will be available in mid-November. For early reservations or additional information, please call the office at 843-768-5503 or visit us on the web at and for great hotel or condo rates, contact

Tryon Fall Classic 2011

It is with great regret I send this message. After 25 years of management of the Tryon Fall Classic we have been forced to cancel this year’s event.  Single “A” shows across the country are failing to get enough entries.  Almost 25 percent of the all the USEF “A” shows have cancelled so far this year and the Tryon Fall Classic is now a statistic for 2011.

Carol Kent and I plan to get together soon and discuss plans for 2012 which could include a new venue and a different set of class offerings.  We did not work this hard and long to give up now.

Have a great fall and see you in Atlanta in November.  The prize list is in the mail and online.

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

Tryon Fall Classic – Stall Reservations

September 8, 2011 – The 21st Annual USEF A rated Tryon Fall Classic is two weeks away at Harmond Field, Sept. 23-25, and stall reservations are very light. We are trying to plan and maybe make a change to the schedule. If you are planning to attend, please call our office for reservations: 843 768 5503.

The Atlanta Fall Classic I & II, Nov. 9-20, will have many new classes this year along with the annual finals for NCE and NHJL. Qualified riders for NCE will be posted on our website this week and will be mailed next week.

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

Tryon Fall Classic and Other Classic Co. Updates

Just some updates and reminders.  The 21st Annual Tryon Fall Classic is three weeks away at Harmond Field, Sept. 23-25.  The highlight of the show will again be the Tri State Age Group Equitation Finals.  The top ten riders from the NCHJA, SCHJA and GHJA in 11 and Under, 12-14 and 15-17 will compete for a silver trophy for each age group.  A list of qualified riders is on our website home page at and invitations have been mailed.  If you think you have qualified and are not on the list, please call Tissy at our home office.  By moving the show from FENCE, we have reduced the costs of production and we have lowered the stall and entry fees from last year.  We have also added several opportunity classes that do not require membership to either USEF or USHJA to compete.  For those of you who have not competed at Harmond Field, you will be very impressed by the stabling and footing in the show rings.  Carol and I are looking forward to seeing you at our annual event.  Please call our office for reservations: 843 768 5503.

The Atlanta Fall Classic I & II, Nov. 9-20, will have many new classes this year along with the annual finals for NCE and NHJL.  Qualified riders for NCE will be posted soon on our website.

We are well into the planning for the winter shows: Jacksonville Jan. 11-29, Pensacola Jan. 11-29.  Both circuits will offer USEF AA rated hunters and $25,000 Grand Prix classes each week.  More details on both will be available soon.

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

Charleston Summer Classic Highlights 2011

Yesterday we finished the Charleston Summer Classic.  I want to thank all the sponsors and exhibitors for their support.  We all had a great time at the show this year.  We finished early each day as planned and everyone had fun at the marina, beaches and golf courses.

Grand Kahuna Pony

Small Pony – Howie Do It, Avery Morgan
Medium Pony – Swingtown, Bergen Sanderford
Large Pony – Champlain Sovereign, Paige Parker
Small Green Pony – Brownlands Boardwalk, Callie Rheinheimer
Medium Green Pony – Daisy Due Blue, Grace Gressett
Large Green Pony – Highlands Percival, Marielle Golden

Most Supreme Grand Puba – Champlain Sovereign, Paige Parker

Given a gift certificate from Essex Shirts

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