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Jumper News from Week II of the Atlanta Fall Classics

Michael Tokaruk and Ilan [Alison Hartwell Photography]

The $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome kicked off the high stakes jumper action and awarded Michael Tokaruk of Germantown, Tennessee and Maarten Huygens’ Ilan the blue ribbon after turning in double clear rounds.

The first round time allowed was 84 seconds and saw twelve advance to a second round opportunity.  Tokaruk was the first to turn in a clear in the irons of Klee Hellerman’s Cupid Shuffle. Although their second round time of 40.255 was well within the time allowed of 62 seconds, four jump faults would have them finish in tenth place. Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina and Seth Vallhonrat’s Conbalou followed Tokaruk with a clear first round and also went clear in their second round in a time of 40.255 seconds and set the new time to beat. Pelham Bay, owned and ridden by Lee Hughes of Redwood City, Georgia, followed with the next set of double clear rounds, but their second round time of 42.369 seconds would find them finishing in seventh place overall.

Tokaruk followed with the next clear first round on his second ride, Ilan, posting a clear second round in a time of 39.364 and took the lead.

Elizabeth Boyd of Camden, South Carolina and Stela Styslinger’s Cassiana followed with double clear rounds, but their second round in a time of 41.609 would find them finishing in sixth place overall. Thomas John Russell of Columbus, North Carolina and Vick Russell’s Ragnar followed with the next set of double clear rounds but their second round time in 42.396 seconds would find them finishing in seventh place overall.

Meredith Bryans of Newborn, Georgia and her own Guidam Sid followed in the order with double clear rounds, but their second round time of 51.616 seconds saw them finish in ninth place overall.

Taylor Land of Atlanta, Georgia and Pinetree Farms, Inc.’s Falco V turned in the next double clear rounds, but their second round time in 41.500 would see them finish in fifth place.

Tokaruk returned for his third ride, this time in the irons of Mattie Hatcher’s Cristiano with double clear rounds and a second round time of 40.889 which secured fourth place.

Last to go was Tokaruk with Cassie Kime’s Tenacious D, turning in double clear rounds with their second round time of 40.884 locking in third place.

Geitner and Kenwood Victorious in $25,000 Sidelines Grand Prix

The $25,000 Sidelines Grand Prix, presented by EMO, took place Saturday night and awarded Daniel Geitner and the Kenwood Syndicate’s Kenwood the blue ribbon.

The first round was set at 88 seconds time allowed and Taylor Land of Atlanta, Georgia and Pinetree Farms, Inc.’s Falco V were the first to go clear. David Jennings of Franklin, Tennessee and Deerfield Farm, LLC’s Tyson Uno followed in the order and insured a jump off with their clear first round.

Eight more horse and rider teams would qualify for the jump off round including Geitner with Kenwood and Conbalou, Tokaruk with Cupid Shuffle and Ilan, Glenn Hartigan of Alpharetta, Georgia and his own Z Coco Cabana, Lee Hughes of Redwood City, Georgia and Pelham Bay, and Thomas John Russell and Vick Russell’s Shining de Reve.

Of the nineteen horse and rider teams entered, ten advanced to the jump off with a jump off round time allowed of sixty seconds.  Jennings and Tyson Uno were the first to turn in a clear round in a time of 44.528 seconds, setting the new time to beat. Geitner and Kenwood followed with their own clear jump off round in a time of 41.607 seconds, taking the lead. Hughes and Pelham Bay followed with the next clear round in the jump off, but their time of 46.006 would find them finishing in third place overall. Russell and Shining de Reve followed with the last clear jump off round with their own 47.639 seconds and finished in fourth place, leaving Geitner and Kenwood as victors and Jennings and Tyson Uno in second place.

Geitner also picked up a fifth place ribbon with Conbalou for their four fault jump off round in a time of 42.403 seconds and sixth was awarded to Taylor Land and Falco V for their four fault jump off round in a time of 42.754 seconds.

Z Coco Cabana and Glenn Hartigan earned a seventh place finish and Quite Dark 2, ridden by Haley Gassel and owned by Westwind Equine Training Center placed eighth. Ninth and tenth places went to Tokaruk with Cupid Shuffle and Ilan, respectively, and Mattie Hatcher and her own Cristiano placed eleventh. Chasen Boggio and his own Co Pilot wrapped up the class with a twelfth place finish.

Arenus Jr/Amateur Owner Jumper Classics

The $3,500 Arenus Jr/Amateur Owner Jumpers 1.30 m welcomed ten horse and rider teams to the arena and only three advanced to a second round opportunity.

First to go Chasen Boggio and his own Co Pilot turned in double clear rounds and their second round time of 41.029 seconds beat the time allowed of 57 seconds, setting the new time to beat.

Erin McGuire of Cornelius, North Carolina and her own Kasarr followed in the order and also turned in double clear rounds. Their second round in a time of 38.610 seconds pushed Boggio out and she would eventually win the class with that time.

Haley Gassel and Westwind Equine Training Center’s Werner 61 were the last horse and rider team to turn in double clear rounds. Their second round time in 40.003 seconds would finish them in second place and move Boggio and Co Pilot to a third place ribbon.

Emma Willsky of Aspen, Colorado and her own Donegue placed fourth with their first round in a time of 87.786 seconds, which earned them two time faults. The fastest of the four faulters, Boggio and his own Conway, earned a fifth place ribbon for their first round in a time of 82.398 seconds and Bryan Dietz of Little Rock, Arkansas in the irons of his own Poppin Tags placed sixth for their four-fault first round in a time of 88.854 seconds.

Seventh was awarded to Shanna Beyer of Collierville, Tennessee and her own Invictus and eighth was awarded to Thomas Beazley and his own TKO Quincy for their eight-fault first round in a time of 84.194 seconds. Ninth was awarded to Nancy McFadden of Germantown, Tennessee and her own Catori.

The $2,500 Arenus Jr/Amateur Owner Jumpers 1.20 m saw big numbers with seventeen horse and rider teams competing for the blue.

Only six riders advanced to a second round opportunity over a course with the time allowed of 57 seconds. Madison Akins of Bogart, Georgia and her own Chasm Z rode home with the blue ribbon with their clear second round in a time of 38.373 seconds. Second place was awarded to Christina Cooper and her own Cora for their clear second round in a time of 40.288 seconds. Lily Bennett of Atlanta, Georgia and her own Zimba placed third for their 40.559 clear second round. Fourth was awarded to Kathleen Feely and her own Albrecht and fifth went to Accomplice owned and ridden by Grace Asbury of Atlanta, Georgia.

Kiersten Sudlow of Germantown, Tennessee and her won Athena Du Rouet placed sixth and Kaitlyn Smith of Carmel, Indiana and her own S’Envoler earned a seventh place ribbon.  Heather Zuber of Zionsville, Indiana and her own Firebird placed eighth, and ninth was awarded to Carson Ruff of Jackson, Missouri and Sabina Holtzman’s Magnus Quequen Mail. Julia Tait of Marietta, Georgia and Falcon Ridge Stables’ Limited Edition earned a tenth place finish.

$5,000 Elite Equine Sport Horse Medicine and Lameness Child Adult Jumper

The $5,000 Elite Equine Sport Horse Medicine and Lameness Child Adult Jumper 1.20 Classic saw seventeen horse and rider teams tackle the course in the Olympic arena and it was Cathy Reed of and her own Emporio who took home the blue ribbon. Audrey Muscari in the irons of her own Ricardo placed second and Grayson Fallon rode Hope Rousseau’s Bad & Boujee to a third place ribbon.

Fourth was awarded to Nelson Long and his own Merlerault and fifth went to My Wing Man, owned and ridden by Deborah Knowles. Sixth went to Kaitlyn Smith and her own VDL Casanova, and seventh was awarded to Alayna Myers of Maryville, Tennessee and Amanda Melton-Finger’s Reprieve. Smithwick, owned and ridden by Madison Massey of Pelham, Alabama, earned an eighth place finish, and Lynn Seithel of Johns Island, South Carolina and her own Jumping Jil Z placed ninth. Meredith Darst, LLC’s Quester De Virton ridden by Heather Hooker placed tenth, and EWSZ Quinetta, owned and ridden by Macie Atwood earned an eleventh place finish. Abigail Beaty of Indian Springs, Alabama and her own Via Dolorosa wrapped up the class with a twelfth place finish.

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Julia Curtis and Isarus Win the $25,000 Voltaire Design Grand Prix

Julia Curtis and Isarus [Photo Credit: Alison Hartwell Photography]

It was a happy anniversary for Julie Curtis of Villa Rica, Georgia and her own Isarus when they won the $25,000 Voltaire Design Grand Prix, presented by EMO, under the lights in the Olympic Arena.

“He’s nine coming ten years old and I got him one year ago here at the Atlanta Fall Classics,” said Curtis. “Kyle Timm called my trainer Harrison [Ford] and told him that he thought he had a perfect horse for me,” she said. “I really wasn’t even looking,” she added. “I was a junior then and only rode him in the 1.20 Low Juniors last year. Then we came here in the spring and got a third in our first Grand Prix but this is our first win together!” exclaimed Curtis.

Curtis and Isarus were the only horse and rider team to turn in a clear round in this Grand Prix. “When my trainer Harrison and I walked the course, we thought it was going to be simple and not so technical,” she said. “But once we got in the arena, there were no places to take a rest and you had to keep moving throughout the whole course,” commented Curtis.

“After the triple there was a bending seven to a wide oxer and my trainer said that once you got through the triple, the seven would come up tight,” she said. “Lots of horses had the back rail because they got there so tight,” she added.

“But my horse has a really hard left drift and since that part of the course was the hardest for me, when I jumped out of the triple, I used his drift to my advantage in order to get down the seven without coming in too tight to the oxer,” she said.

That strategy worked well for Curtis and she and Isarus were the only horse and rider team to go clear in a time of 74.535 seconds, beating the first round time allowed of 77 seconds. Glenn Hartigan of Canton, Georgia and his own Z Coco Cabana kept the rails up in the first round, but their time of 77.281 earned them one time fault and a second place ribbon.

The fastest of the four fault rounds, Danielle Grice of Northfield, Tennessee and Highridge Farm, LLC’s Kaprio placed third with their time of 71.488, and Summer Hill of Lexington, Kentucky, in the irons of Andrea Simpson’s Vendome DH Z, earned a fourth place ribbon with their four fault round in a time of 71.859 seconds.

Fifth was awarded to Seth Valhonrat’s Conbalou, ridden by Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina, for their four fault first round in a time of 71.875 seconds. Guidam Sid, owned and ridden by Meredith Bryans of Newborn, Georgia, placed sixth with their four fault first round in a time of 74.303 seconds, and seventh was awarded to Chasen Boggio of Canton, Georgia and his own Co Pilot for their eight fault round in a time of 71.799 seconds.

Haley Gassel of Lenoir City, Tennessee and Werner 61, owned by Westwind Equine Training, placed eighth and she also earned a ninth place ribbon with Westwind’s Quite Dark 2. Vick Russell’s Shining De Reve, ridden by Thomas John Russell of Columbus, North Carolina, placed tenth, and Madison Dehaven’s Chanel, ridden by Sarah Meier of Lexington, Kentucky, wrapped up the class with an eleventh place finish.

“I’m a freshman at the University of Kentucky and studying psychology, but have been horse showing the last two weeks,” commented Curtis. “I rode in the National Horse Show last week with a hunter I own and we got eighth in one of the rounds and jogged in two of them. Then I left Kentucky on Thursday and drove here to show this weekend,” she said. “Tomorrow I have another horse here to do the Barry Lane and then I need to head back to Lexington and be a student again,” she said.

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Hunter News from Week I of the Atlanta Fall Classic

Hunt Tosh and Bastogne [photo by Alison Hartwell Photography]

The highly anticipated $30,000 Green Hunter Classic, sponsored by Ariat and Friends of Ellen Veitch, took to the Olympic Arena at the Georgia International Horse Park and welcomed twenty-one finalists to the inaugural Classic championship.

Riders showed their horses in the Sidelines Green Hunter 3′ and 3’3″ Divisions all year hopeful to qualify for this inaugural Classic. The first round of the 3′ class had fourteen horse and rider teams and the 3’3″ saw seven horse and rider teams.

Bastogne, owned by Doug Wheeler and ridden by Hunt Tosh of Milton, Georgia, galloped away with the first place honors and their $9,000 share of the prize money, besting twenty other horse and rider teams. “Bastogne is five years old and we only started him in the Green Hunter Division in the Spring. He hasn’t even been doing this a full year! He is one of our greener horses but he went really well today. We went early in the first round and we turned in a really nice first round and his second round was more of a handy course for the Green Hunters and he did well in that too, turning in two solid, nice rounds,” commented Tosh.

Bastogne and Tosh’ s total score of 176 led the pack followed by Walkabout Investments, LLC’s Godric Gryffindor, ridden by Erin Mccabe Clayton of Zionsville, Indiana, with their overall score of 171. Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina in the irons of Liz Hudspeth’s Limelight, LTD earned an overall score of 169, awarding them a third place.

Tosh returned for a fourth place ribbon this time in the irons of Ceil Wheeler’s Lights Out with their overall score of 167. “He’s only six and we started him out in Florida last winter and he ended up winning the future hunter championships. He’s had a bit of a break but he went really nicely here. He had a little rub in the one round which kept him from placing higher, but we were happy with him,” commented Tosh. “This class was great for him and we’re excited about starting him the First Year Greens in 2018,” he added.

Kelly Sims’ Eleventh Hour, ridden by Michael Leon of West Hollywood, California, placed fifth with their overall score of 161.5, and Isabella Lafferty’s Argento, ridden by Carolyn Bell of Alpharetta, Georgia, placed sixth with their overall score of 160.

Tosh picked up a seventh with Douglas Wheeler’s Uptown for their overall score of 159.5. “Uptown is a six-year-old and has been really doing well and although we had a little mistake in the first round, we did well in the second round and overall went nicely. He’s a blast to ride!”

David Jennings of Franklin, Tennessee picked up eighth and ninth places with Belle Rolfe’s Boure [overall score 157.5] and Sabina Holtzman’s Jerez Mail [overall score 150].

Karen Lackinger’s Gratis, ridden by Elizabeth Boyd of Camden, South Carolina, placed tenth with their overall score of 145, and Eleese Shillingford’s Odyssey, ridden by Carolyn Bell, placed eleventh for their 126 overall score. Cypress, owned by Missy Nolen and ridden by Tim Maddrix of Leeds, Alabama, wrapped up the class with twelfth place and an overall score of 124.

“To get three nice checks was really great,” said Tosh. “Classes like this make you feel like you’re ready to move up to the 1st Year Greens. The Classic gives the owners, riders and trainers something to look forward to and to jump for $30,000 is really great.

“Our horses did well and everyone in the class did a great job,” Tosh continued. “I think it’s great that Bob offers the Green Hunters for $5 a division and gives everyone something to shoot for with this $30,000 Green Hunter Classic,” he added. “We have the Capital Challenge and then we’re finished. To have this class come later is perfect and Paul [Jewell] did a wonderful job with the course.

“Because of classes like these, we’re able to develop our horses and move them up next year. Now we have some new young ones to school and we’ll definitely be back to show in the Classic Company Green Hunters,” he added.  Tosh also received a pair of Fabbri Boots from Susan Benson and Somerset Sport Equestrian Trading.

Bob Bell commented, “We are so pleased with the success of our inaugural $30,000 Green Hunter Classic. We are committed to the development of our hunter horses and feel that by offering the Division for only $5 and then producing a $30,000 Finals Classic helps the horses, owners and riders continue to produce quality hunters,” he said. “To dedicate this Classic to our dear friend Ellen Veitch makes it that more special,” he added. “We are appreciative to everyone who supported our efforts this year and would like to especially thank Ariat for its sponsorship.”

True Enough and Michael Leon Win the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Kruse Cushion Ride

Michael Leon of West Hollywood, California and Kelly Sim’s True Enough bested a field of twenty-five horse and rider teams to take the win in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Leon had four horses in the class and guided three of them to finish in the top twelve. “It was fun,” said Leon. “The course was nice and open and he [True Enough] jumped really bright which let me show off how scopey he is with a couple of nice long gallops to a single. In the handy, he was really on it – very bright and strong,” he said. “He’s one of those horses that just wants to win,” he added.

“True Enough is seven coming eight and I’ve been riding him since last June in the Green Divisions. This is our third National Derby win,” he commented.

Leon also picked up the second place ribbon with his own Nil Du Buffant Rouge, also known as ‘Frenchy’. “He is a veteran,” commented Leon. “He’s 15 years old and I’ve won more than ten National Derbies and three International Derbies with him. I did it for fun and to be competitive. I try equally on all of the horses I ride, whether they are mine or my clients’,” he said. “Frenchy jumped beautifully, but he had a little swap at the last jump which moved him down in the placing.”

Third place was awarded to Tim Maddrix and Missy Nolen’s Special, and Cassico, owned by Rebekah warren and ridden by Julie Curtin, finished in fourth place.

Sue Gibbs’ Gioia, ridden by Vick Russell of Columbus, North Carolina, earned a fifth place finish, and Leon returned with Kelly Sims’ True Story for a sixth place ribbon.

Kat Fuqua of Atlanta, Georgia and her won RS Levitation placed seventh, and Matt Martin of Petersburgh, Tennessee rode Jessica Dicampli’s Berlinka to an eighth place finish. Shane Powell of Sterling, Massachusetts rode Sydney Mannon’s One Love to a ninth place finish, and Kat Fuqua took home the tenth place ribbon with her own High Noon 3E. Curtin and her own Honey Badger finished in eleventh place, and Russell returned for the twelfth place ribbon, this time in the irons of Skipping Foal Sport Horses’ Corton Charlemagne.

“This is my first year here,” said Leon. “I showed here in June and then relocated to the area from California so this is the first time for me making it to all of these shows,” he said. “Bob does a fantastic job. It’s been a breath of fresh air for me to experience Classic Company shows and their team. The show management and staff all the way to the folks who work the in gate – everyone is nice, the show runs on time, and you can just feel how much this horse show cares about the horses, competitors and owners. It really makes a difference how the Classic Company really cares about the professionals and stays on top of everything. Bob is out at the rings, the staff is always eager to help you out and everyone is so nice,” he said.  “We’ll be here next week too and I’m looking forward to riding four in the International.”

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Week I of Show-Cation at the Charleston Summer Classic a Win-Win

Chase Boggio and Co Pilot [Photo credit: Alison Hartwell Photography]

It was a winning Week I at the Charleston Summer Classic for Chase Boggio of Canton, Georgia who rode off with the blue ribbon on Nancy Boggio’s Co Pilot in the $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome and went on to win both first and second places with Nancy Boggio’s Conway and Co Pilot, respectively, in the Grand Prix.

“We bought both horses from Derek Peterson about seven months ago,” said Boggio. “My parents were nice enough to go in on them with me. We bought them so we could have some fun with them and they are great horses, but quite different from one another,” he said.

“Conway is ten years old and completely opposite from Co Pilot. He’s almost 18 hands and has a huge stride. He jumps like he could touch the moon! He’s a little slower but he’s a little greener. Derek [Peterson] discovered his jump and threw him right in the ring. I usually ride him in the Amateur classes, but this show was the perfect place to get him into a Grand Prix and I’m happy we did so well,” he said.

“Co Pilot is eleven and has lots of experience having been ridden by Derek [Peterson] and before that Aaron [Vale]. We recently started to click. He’s a little quirky but we’ve been really consistent. We’ve placed in the last three Grand Prix we’ve done. Considering Conway is a little greener, it’s great to have a horse with a bit more experience,” he said.

The jumper action continued in the $2,000 Arenus Jr/Amateur Owner 1.25m Jumper Classic and awarded Christine Couper of Port Wentworth, South Carolina and her own Cora the blue ribbon after her double clear rounds.

Couper purchased the Hanoverian mare in June 2014 and brought her to compete at the Charleston Summer Classic as her first show three years ago and they were victorious. “She has gotten better,” said Couper. “I recently moved her up to the 1.25m and haven’t campaigned her as much as in the prior years. We’ve been working on the height and she just keeps getting better the more we show. Since Charleston is so close to us, we’ve been commuting back and forth to the show. To have a AA show here in Charleston is great. The footing felt really good and the weather was awesome,” she added.

“My horse is kept about thirty minutes from the show but I live in downtown Charleston,” she said. Originally from outside Boston, Massachusetts, Couper went to college in Charleston and then decided to stay. “For out of town folks, I recommend that they make the trip to downtown – it’s a blast! Go out for the night, check out the architecture and history, there are great restaurants and it’s really such a beautiful city,” she said.

The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby took place Week I and welcomed Liza Boyd and Finally Farm’s Clemens to the winner’s circle after the pair bested the field of fifteen horse and rider teams with an overall score of 180.

“These are so useful for the hunters in the pipeline,” said Boyd. “Clemens is a first year horse and 7, so this is great opportunity to have an atmosphere of an international derby with VIP tent, the party, the 5 pm start and the excitement of the environment. There were people from town lying on blankets, picnicking near the ring and lots of distractions-typical of what may be going on during an international derby,” she said.

“He’s [Clemens] scopey so I’m not concerned about his ability, but it’s more important at this stage to acclimate him to the environment. He’s actually won an international derby and can jump a mountain and he’s very handy. I don’t want to jump his legs off, but I’ve got to train him. Allen [Rheinheimer] designed the course with tons of bending lines and I really need to practice that. I even skipped the first years with him this week and did a jumper class which went in the same ring as the derby. The horse and I need to get to know each other in that way and answer those questions we’re going to come across in the international derbies. And, the derby really had some great competition. With Jason [Berry] and his wife riding against me, I thought,’Oh gosh, they are going to make me do those turns’,” she laughed.

“I really appreciated show management making the effort to switch up the Derby jumps. They added some with no ground lines, brought in some spookier jumps and really did a nice job,” she said.

“We did one week in Charleston and have returned home to take a week off before we head out onto the road again. We stayed in a condo on Kiawah and really had a great time. It’s a boutique horse show and it was fun to be somewhere different and go to the beach, go shopping, boating and tubing. My girls and husband had a great time and my clients really enjoyed themselves. I would recommend it for anyone!” she said.

Central Park, owned by Lee Cesery and ridden by Jason Berry, earned a second place with their overall score of 172, and Michael Cline’s Esprite De Corps, ridden by Alisa Berry, placed third.

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Hunter News from Week II of the Atlanta Summer Classic

Daniel Geitner pilots Raffle to the win [Alison Hartwell Photography]

The Hunters invaded the Georgia International Horse Park Week II of the Atlanta Summer Classics and saw big numbers in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby and the Sidelines Green Hunter 3′ and 3’3″ Divisions, both qualifiers for the $30,000 Green Hunter Classic slated for Week I of the Atlanta Fall Classic.

Raffle, owned by Janet Peterson and ridden by Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina, took the blue in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby after besting a field of 20 with leading scores in both the Classic and Handy Rounds. Shutterbug, owned by Alina Dumitrescu and ridden by Tim Maddrix of Leeds, Alabama, earned a third place finish in the Classic Round with their score of 93, but their Handy round score of 102 pushed them to a second place finish. Hunt Tosh of Milton, Georgia and Ceil and Kenny Wheeler’s Flamingo-K took third place honors.

Geitner returned to the winner’s circle to collect the fourth place ribbon in the irons of Kelly Sims’ True Story. Fairy Tale Farms’ Little Manhattan, ridden by Elizabeth Boyd, placed fifth, and Maddrix returned to pick up the sixth place ribbon in the irons of Wimberly Debono’s Indecision. Sophia Zuckerman’s Rutherford, ridden by Ashley Hotz of Eads, Tennessee, took home the eighth place ribbon, and Nil Du Buffant Rouge, owned and ridden by Michael Leon of West Hollywood, California, placed ninth. Valentine, owned by Liddy Strickland and ridden by Sarah Milliren of Athens, Georgia, earned a tenth place ribbon. Leon and Kathleen Feeley’s Capstone placed eleventh, and Carsten S, owned by Barbara Kravetz and ridden by Jennifer Tate of Bourne, Massachusetts, wrapped up the class with a twelfth place finish.

The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Kruse Cushion Ride, welcomed twenty-seven horse and rider teams to the course, which was the same track used in the International Hunter Derby.

Sky Pilot, owned by Alex Stevens and ridden by Caroline Willard of Oak Ridge, North Carolina, took the win with their leading combined score of 180.

Second place went to Pacino, owned by Kathyrn Morris and ridden by Mary Eufemia of Palm Harbor, Florida, for a combined score of 176. Valducchy, owned by Sorensen Stables and ridden by Grace Bridges of Eatonton, Georgia, took third place, and Julie Curtin of Woodstock, Georgia rode her own Honey Badger to a fourth place ribbon. Fifth was awarded to Amara, owned by Catherine Merrill and ridden by Megan Wexler of Reddick, Florida. Davinci, owned by Carita Palmer and ridden by Allan Palmer of Eads, Tennessee, placed sixth.

The Sidelines Green Hunter 3′ and 3’3″ Divisions, qualifiers for the upcoming $30,000 Green Hunter Classic slated for Week I of the Atlanta Fall Classics, crowned Cavalier, ridden by Hunt Tosh, the Champion in the 3’3″ Division and Reserve honors to Frederica, ridden by Elizabeth Boyd. Tosh returned for the Championship in the 3′ Division, this time in the irons of Bastogne, and Momento, ridden by Carolyn Bell, was Reserve Champion.

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Hunter Action at the Atlanta Spring Classics Week I

Erin McGuire and Cassallo [Photo Credit: Alison Hartwell Photography]

The Hunters were happening Week I of the Atlanta Spring Classic at the Georgia International Horse Park.

The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Kruse Cushion Ride, awarded the blue ribbon to Cassallo, owned and ridden by Erin McGuire of Cornelius, North Carolina.  McGuire and Cassallo held the lead after the first round with their score of 88 and topped that with a second round score of 90 for a combined 178.

McGuire commented, “The course was great. Allen [Rheinheimer] always does a great job. The Derby had a great first round and the second round had lots of options and you could make it as Handy as you wanted,” she said. “I just kind of cruised around and had a blast,” she said.

“I’ve had Casallo for about six years. He was my Junior Hunter and we leased him to one of Bob Crandall’s clients and I just got him back maybe in November or December,” said McGuire. “Bob was the one who bought and imported Casallo as a four year old and got him started and I then I bought him when he was seven. Leasing him back to Bob really brought everything full circle,” she said.

“I know him really well and he’s my heart and soul,” said McGuire. “He gives me all he’s got and I give him the same,” she said. “I focused so much on qualifying for the big shows when we did the Juniors and to show him again is just icing on the cake. Now it is so much fun to just go to horse shows and have fun,” she added. “He’s still available for lease or purchase, but for now I’m just enjoying the opportunity to ride and show him,” McGuire said.

Allure, owned and ridden by Gianna Cobb of Marietta, Georgia, earned a second place ribbon after earning a first round score of 83 and Handy score of 82 for a total of 165.

Sarah Milliren of Athens, Georgia piloted Don’t Tell, owned by Courtenay Billings, and Saint Oliver, owned by Karen Bailey, to a third and fifth place showing, respectively. Don’t Tell earned a combined score of 161 and Saint Oliver earned a total combined score of 157.

Perfektionist, owned and ridden by Phoebe Topping of Sagaponack, New York, placed fourth with their combined score of 158.

Pansy Winters’ Wheels of Fortune, ridden by Cindy Ball of Covington, Georgia, earned a sixth placing for their combined first and second round scores of 152.

Seventh went to Capriccio, owned by Samantha Kench and ridden by Carolyn Bell of Alpharetta, Georgia, and eighth was awarded to Americana, owned by Wind Haven Farm and ridden by Heather Zuber of Zionsville, Indiana.

Perfect Gentleman, owned and ridden by Brittany Wyatt of Fayetteville, Georgia, placed ninth and Seaside Tony, owned and ridden by Karema Moheisen of Southport, Florida, placed tenth.  Blue Dane Equine Investment’s Essential, ridden by McKala Cass of Alpharetta, Georgia, placed eleventh and Duchesse, owned and ridden by Grace Skillman of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, wrapped the class up in twelfth place.

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Jumper Action Wraps Up Week IV at the Gulf Coast Winter Classics

Holly Shepherd and Sky High [Photo Credit: Alison Hartwell Photography]

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama and Loretta Patterson’s Sky High galloped away with their first Grand Prix win in the $40,777 Kruse Cushion Ride Grand Prix, presented by the City of Gulfport, on a course designed by former Assistant Olympic Course Designer for the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2016 Games, Manuel Esparza of Mexico City, Mexico.

Esparza set the first round time allowed at 83 seconds. “The course was well designed and had a nice flow to it. Early on the course looked pretty good, and there weren’t any big tricks, but it rode a little backwards,” commented Shepherd. “You’d jump in fast but then have to slow it down, hurry up, slow down,” she said. “The jumps were big and the time allowed was really tight,” she added.

Carson Grisham of Southlake, Texas and her own Crack De Muze, winners of the $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome two days earlier, were the first horse and rider team to turn in a clear first round in a time of 49.566 seconds.

Four rides later, Shepherd and Sky High insured there would be a jump off with their clear first round in a time of 82.345 seconds.

Shannon Hicks of Lake St. Louis, Missouri and Helen Gilbert’s C’Havinia followed Shepherd with the next clear first round in a time of 82.706 seconds and would round out the jump off roster.

Grisham and Crack De Muze were the first to go in the jump off and turned in a fault free round, beating the time allowed of 59 seconds with their own 49.566 seconds. Shepherd and Sky High were next to go.

“My jump off plan was to leave the strides out, rather than slow it down,” she said when asked about her strategy. “He loves the field, and he’s a great galloper,” Shepherd said. “He’s a little slow in the air, but he has such a big stride it’s really beneficial,” she added.

And beneficial it was. Shepherd and Sky High, also known as “Pete”, turned in a fault free second round in a time of 48.745 seconds, setting the new time to beat. When Hicks and Emir D retired from the second round, Shepherd and Sky High were crowned the victors.

“I’ve had him for about nine months. He’s got a great personality, loves to be scratched all over and is a really great horse. We’ve been doing the Grand Prix and he’s ribboned quite a bit, but this is our first win. We did a bit change a couple of weeks ago in order to maintain his step and shape, and I think we maybe found the magic. I feel like we’re on the right path and we’ll be showing here the next two weeks,” said Shepherd.

Matt Cyphert of Northlake, Texas picked up fourth and fifth place ribbons in the irons of Hannah Donald’s Hector for their one time fault first round in 83.209 seconds and his own Lochnivar who earned three time faults in their first round in a time of 85.314 seconds.

Sixth place went to Frank Owens of Windcrest, Texas and MTM Holdings, LLC’s MTM Twenties Girl with their four fault first round in a time of 78.874 seconds, and Penny Brennan of Buhl, Alabama and her own Sun Tzu placed seventh with their four fault first round in a time of 79.737 seconds.

Hicks and Helen Gilbert’s C’Havinia placed eighth with their four fault first round in a time of 80.742 seconds and Dominique Damico of Berwyn, Pennsylvania and her own Canoso placed ninth. Tenth was awarded to Jorge Ludwig of Newbury Park, California and his own Lamarique, Colleen Acosta of Roanoke, Texas and Evalyn Grace LLC’s Himini earned eleventh, and Laura Connaway of Little Rock, Arkansas and her own Ceralena wrapped up the class with a twelfth place finish.

The $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome took place on Friday and sixteen horse and rider teams tackled the course designed by Manuel Esparza.

The first round was set with a time allowed of 89 seconds and eight horse and rider teams advanced to a second round opportunity. Shannon Hicks and Helen Gilbert’s Emir D were the first horse and rider team to turn in a clear first round, and their clear second round in a time of 46.642 seconds, set the new time to beat.

Frank Owens and DS Holdings, LLC’s MTM Twenties Girl followed Hicks with double clear rounds. Their clear second round in a time of 43.967 moved Hicks and Emir D into second position and they took the lead.

The lead was short lived when Jorge Ludwig and his own Lamarique followed suit, turning in double clear round and a second round in a time of 43.365 seconds and set the new time to beat.

Laura Connaway of and her own Ceralena followed Ludwig with a clear first round and advanced to the second round. Four faults in a time of 48.168 would see the pair finish in eighth place overall.

Cerulean Stables, LLC’s HHS Louis, ridden by Penny Brennan, were the next horse and rider team to turn in a clear first round. Their fault free second round in a time of 43.721 seconds would see the pair finish in third place overall.

Holly Shepherd and Loretta Patterson’s Sky High followed with the next clear first round effort. Their second round resulted in four jump faults in a time of 44.630 seconds which would find them with a seventh place finish.

Carson Grisham and her own Crack De Muze followed Shepherd and Sky High with double clear rounds and a second round time of 42.222 which took the lead.

Matt Cyphert and Hannah Donald’s Hector, winner of last week’s $25,000 CWD Grand Prix, followed Grisham, but their second round saw four jump faults in a time of 43.126 seconds which would find them finishing in sixth place overall.

Final results had Grisham and Crack De Muze with the win and Ludwig and Lamarique in second. Brennan and HHS Louis picked up third and Owens and MTM Twenties Girl placed fourth. Hicks and Emir D finished in fifth and Cyphert and Hector picked up sixth place.

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Matt Cyphert and Hector Victorious in $25,000 CWD Grand Prix

Matt Cyphert and Hector [Photos: Alison Hartwell Photography]

Matt Cyphert of Northlake, Texas and Hannah Donald’s Hector won the $25,000 CWD Grand Prix over a course designed by world-renowned course designer Leopoldo Palacios.

“I think it’s really interesting how the course designers have such different styles. Last week we had Michel Vaillancourt and he is just brilliant and this week to have Leopoldo [Palacios]! Both are amazing and have such unique styles. We’re so lucky and fortunate to have those experiences with the top designers here in Gulfport,” he said.

“Leopoldo used the whole field and you galloped the whole thing. There weren’t a lot of related distances,” commented Cyphert.  Of the fourteen horse and rider teams, only three qualified for the jump off and Cyphert had two in the mix.

Cyphert and his own Lochnivar were first to go in the jump off order and turned in a clear round in a time of 49.811 seconds, within the 60 seconds time allowed, setting the new time to beat. “I was first to go and I thought I was really fast on Lochnivar and thought he was really good. I’m at the in gate discussing strategy with my girlfriend Kelly and I turned to Pedro Tamayo who is my longtime groom and in charge of Hector and said, ‘I don’t think I can go that fast on Hector’. Then Jorge [Ludwig] went in and beat our time! Pedro turned to me and said, ‘Well I guess you have to now’,” he laughed. Jorge Ludwig of Newbury Park, California and his own Lamarque beat Lochnivar and Cyphert’s time with their own 49.042 seconds.

Last to go in the jump off order was Hector and Cyphert. “I’ve had Hector for a couple of years and the Donalds purchased him for their daughter. She did the Young Riders with him last year and then went off to school. So, we just sort of needed him to do something and continue to show,” said Cyphert.

“Leopoldo used a large part of the field for the jump off. There was one set track and we all did the same turns, so I just really tried to let him gallop between the jumps. That was the first time I really called upon Hector and the first time I pushed it with him. He was really good, just wonderful and listening to me, coming back before the jumps. It was a really fast jump off and I went as fast as I could, especially to the last jump which was the CWD jump. When I talked to Jorge after the class, that’s where he thought I caught him,” said Cyphert.

Hector and Cyphert finished their fault free jump off round in a time of 48.207 seconds and took the win! “We will never underestimate Hector again!” commented Cyphert.

“Hector is one of the most athletic horses I have ever ridden and he just covered the ground and jumped out of his skin,” said Cyphert.  “The Donalds are fantastic people and clients and I’m so happy for them,” Cyphert added. “It’s a privilege to ride a horse that nice.”

The class wrapped up with Cyphert taking the first and third place ribbons with Hector and Lochnivar, respectively, and Ludwig taking the second place ribbon with his own Lamarique.

Sun Tzu, owned and ridden by Penny Brennan of Buhl, Alabama, picked up the fourth place ribbon as the fastest four-faulter with a time of 82.213 seconds, followed by Laura Connaway of Little Rock, Arkansas and her own Ceralena, who placed fifth with their four-fault first round in 83.852 seconds.

Sixth went to Sara Dees of Chatom, Alabama and her own Clearwater 5 for their four-fault first round in a time of 84.978 seconds. Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama earned a seventh and ninth place ribbon with Deja Krunic’s Belle Clara DKS and Loretta Patterson’s Sky High. Shannon Hicks of Lake St. Louis, Missouri picked up an eighth and twelfth place ribbon with Helen Gilbert’s Emir D and Al Pacini, respectively, while Dominique Damico of Berwyn, Pennsylvania and her own Canoso placed tenth. Brennan returned for an eleventh place ribbon in the irons on her own and Michelle Guardino-Dettelbach’s Mister Money.

“We were thrilled we won the class,” said Cyphert. “And then the craziest thing happened. I got a call from a friend with some terrible news. He told me that Jim Calareso who owned Fox Creek Mobile Equine Outfitters suddenly died of a heart attack this morning,” he said. “We were crushed. We went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. Jim was such an icon in Colorado. I’ve known Jim for half of my life. He lived life to the fullest; he loved his friends, vacation and the entire equestrian community. His loss is huge to the Colorado horse community and those that knew and loved him,” he said. “So I am dedicating my win today to Jim. He meant so much to me and others. He will be terribly missed,” he added.

The $8,000 Horseflight Open Welcome took place on Friday and fourteen horse and rider teams tacked the course designed by Leopoldo Palacios. Only four advanced to a second round opportunity. Matt Cyphert and Suzanne Suitles Better Judgement turned in a clear second round in a time of 50.175 seconds, well within the 55 seconds time allowed and set the new time to beat.

Laura Connaway and Ceralena

Laura Connaway and her own Ceralena followed Cyphert and Better Judgement with a clear second round in a time of 48.697 seconds, moving Cyphert and Better Judgement into the second place position.

Penny Brennan and her own Sun Tzu were the next horse and rider team to advance to the jump off round. However, four faults in a time of 46.143 seconds would find them as the fastest four faulter and sitting in third place. Cyphert returned with Hector for their second round opportunity, but four faults in a time of 48.499 seconds would see them finish in fourth place overall.

Fifth was awarded to Dominique Damico and her own Canoso for their first round which suffered one time fault in a time of 86.330 seconds. Holly Shepherd and Hanley Morrison’s SCS Luigi placed sixth after earning two time faults for their first round in a time of 87.199 seconds.

Evan Coluccio of Middleburg, Virginia and EMC International’s Fluttersby placed seventh with their first round in a time of 87.672 seconds which earned them two time faults.

Brennan and her own and Michelle Guardino-Deffelbach’s Mister Money earned an eighth place ribbon after turning in a four fault first round in a time of 82.534 seconds.

Sara Dees of Chatom, Alabama and her own Clearwater 5 placed ninth after a four fault first round in a time of 84.940 seconds and Jorge Ludwig and his own Lamarique placed tenth.

The Arenus Jr/Amateur Owner Jumper Classics 1.20 m and 1.30 m awarded Madison Akins of Bogart, Georgia and her own Chasm Z the blue in the 1.20 m and Lila Sessums of Clinton, Mississippi and her own Jet the win in the Arenus 1.30 m Jr/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic.

Only six riders in the 1.20 m earned a second round opportunity and Akins and Chasm Z were the fastest on the field, turning in a clear second round in a time of 32.341 seconds. Olivia Epple of Palmetto, Georgia and Livhaven Stables’ Corini earned a second place ribbon with their clear second round in a time of 35.446 seconds.

The Arenus 1.30 m Jr/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic had only two horse and rider teams return for a second round opportunity and the first to go in the order, Jet and Sessums, soared fault free over the beautiful grass grand prix field in a time of 33.158 seconds, setting the new time to beat. Second place finisher Heather Zuber of Zionsville, Indiana and her own Phoenix also advanced to the second round. Although their round was fault free, their time of 35.946 seconds would see them finish in second place.

The $4,777 Jumper Classic, always a favorite at the Gulf Coast Winter Classics, saw eighteen horse and rider teams go for the blue. Penny Brennan and her own Japan rode away with the win after turning in lightning fast double clear rounds in times of 72.675 seconds and 32.643 seconds. Lila Sessums and her own Jet earned the second place ribbon after their double clear rounds and second round time of 35.040.

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Matt Cyphert Pulls a Trifecta Win in the $8,000 Horseflight Open Welcome

Matt Cyphert and Lochinvar [Photo Credit: Alison Hartwell Photography]

Matt Cyphert of North Lake, Texas arrived at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit Week II and kicked it off with a trifecta win in Friday’s $8,000 Horseflight Open Welcome and brought home the first, second and third place ribbons.

As the first to turn in double clear rounds on his own Lochinvar, with times of 70.036 seconds and 37.313 seconds, respectively, Cyphert set the new time to beat besting the 47 second round time allowed.

Only two other horse and rider teams advanced to the second round besides Cyphert and included last week’s $25,000 Domino’s Grand Prix winner Lincoln Case’s Canebrake, ridden by Whitney Boyce-Petrey of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Helen Gilbert’s Al Pacini, ridden by Shannon Hicks of Lake St. Louis, Missouri.

Canebrake and Boyce-Petrey followed Cyphert and Lochinvar with double clear rounds, but their second round time of 44.150 finished them in fourth place overall.

Cyphert followed Boyce-Petrey and Canebrake with Hannah Donald’s Hector with the next set of double clear rounds. Their second round time of 43.054 seconds rewarded them with a third place finish.

Hicks and Al Pacini were the next horse and rider team to turn in a clear first round and although their second round time was the fastest in 35.973 seconds, four jump faults had them finish in fifth place.

Cyphert and Suzanne Suttles’ Better Judgement sat in the last to go position. Going clean in their first round, the pair’s fault free second round time in 39.347 seconds would have them finish in second place overall.

Hicks returned for both sixth and seventh place ribbons in the irons of Helen Gilbert’s Emir D and C’Havinia after turning in four fault first rounds in times of 70.113 seconds and 70.181 seconds, respectively.

Penny Brennan of Buhl, Alabama and her own Sun Tzu earned an eighth place ribbon after turning in a four fault first round in a time of 71.089 seconds.

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Whitney Boyce-Petrey Pilots Canebrake to 1st Grand Prix Win in $25k Domino’s Grand Prix

Whitney Boyce-Petrey and Canebrake [Alison Hartwell Photography]

Whitney Boyce-Petrey of New Orleans, Louisiana and Lincoln Case’s Canebrake won the $25,000 Domino’s Grand Prix under sunny skies at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic. As their first Grand Prix win, the victory was especially sweet!

Course Designer Nancy Wallis of Lambertville, New Jersey set the first round time allowed at 79 seconds. “I think Nancy did a great job designing all week,” commented Boyce-Petrey. “She built all week and got everyone comfortable. Each class she designed would present us with a new challenge or question on the course leading up to the Grand Prix,” she added.

First to go Shannon Hicks and Helen Gilbert’s C’Havinia turned in a first round effort in a time of 73.434 seconds, but with four jump faults would finish in second place as the fastest four fault round.

Sara Dees of Chatom, Alabama in the irons of her own Clearwater 5 followed in a time of 75.961, but a heartbreak rail at the final fence had them finish in sixth place overall.

Penny Brennan and her own Sun Tzu, the victors in Friday’s $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome, had a rail at the second fence and their time of 75.067 would find them finishing in fifth place overall.

Boyce-Petrey had her first ride in the grand prix field on WRB Show Stables, LLC’s Mira, but their time of 79.688 seconds with five rails and time faults would find them finishing in eleventh place overall.

Dominique Damico of Berwyn, Pennsylvania and her own Cauoso followed with an eight fault first round in a time of 75.759 seconds, awarding them an eighth place overall.

Evan Coluccio of Middleburg, Virginia and EMC International’s Fluttershy also earned eight jump faults, and their time of 79.993 seconds added one time fault for an overall ninth place finish.

Hicks returned to the field, this time in the irons of Helen Gilbert’s Al Pachini. Four faults in a time of 74.495 seconds earned them a fourth place ribbon.

Brennan and Mister Money, owned by Brennan and Michelle Guardino-Dettelbach, followed in the order, but eight jump faults in a time of 74.762 seconds awarded them a seventh place finish.

Boyce-Petrey was up next, this time with Canebrake and the pair turned in the only first round leaving all the rails up. Their time of 79.049 seconds earned them one time fault, but also the win.

“The course walked nice and didn’t scare you when you walked it,” said Boyce-Petrey, “but it rode a little different,” she said. “It was fun and rode well, but it was a bit tougher,” she added.  Boyce-Petrey continued, “The Horseflight jump wasn’t near the in gate, but you had to ride toward the gate and then make a 90 degree turn to get to the Horseflight jump. With my first horse I rode, I overrode the one stride and then my horse spooked really hard at the Horseflight jump.  For my second ride, I made sure my horse saw the Horseflight jump,” she said.

Dees returned with her own Rico S for her second ride, but twelve jump faults in a time of 73.089 seconds saw them finish in tenth place overall.

Hicks and Helen Gilbert’s Emir D sat in the enviable last to go position, but four jump faults in a time of 73.862 seconds would see them finish in third place overall.

“We just got him [Canebrake] in the beginning of the fall and this was his first Grand Prix of the season and his first win,” Boyce-Petrey exclaimed. “We got him from a friend of mine in Ohio who got him as a Low Junior Jumper. She did some smaller classes with him and thought he could be something special and that’s when we bought him,” she said.

Boyce-Petrey continued, “We started working for the Case family about a year ago and they are just the loveliest and most supportive people. Since then, our business has grown tremendously. And we have a great staff! Heather Hays, Andrew Michael and Cullen Latimer are just amazing,” she added.

“We really like showing in Gulfport every year,” said Boyce-Petrey. “We brought nineteen horses with us and we’ll be here next week too. It’s a great show; we live in New Orleans so it’s an easy hour drive from home so we can run back and forth when we need to and the people here are so nice!”

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