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Geitner and Creativo Win Week II $15,000 Horseflight Open Welcome

Daniel Geitner and Creativo.

The $15,000 Horseflight Open Welcome took place Thursday and top riders tackled the course set by Olympic Course Designer Steve Stephens of Palmetto, Florida. Daniel Geitner and Lionshare Farm’s Creativo, victors in the Week I $15,000 Horseflight Open Welcome, made their way back to the winner’s circle for the Week II installment after besting a field of fourteen horse and rider teams.

Stephens set the first round with a time allowed of 76 seconds. Only four advanced to the jump off round and Geitner had two of those rides. Geitner was the fourth to go and the first to go clear in a first round time of 72.576 seconds with the Kenwood Syndicate’s Kenwood. Their second round had one rail in a time of 52.134 seconds, but with much of the class yet to go, it was still anyone’s win.

Seven trips later, Jorge Ludwig of Newbury Park, California and his own Lamarique posted the next clear first round in a time of 74.750 seconds. Although their second round was clean, their time of 56.227 resulted in one time fault.

Geitner followed Ludgwig and returned to the Olympic Arena, this time in the irons of Creativo. The pair turned in a clear first round in a time of 74.131 seconds and a fault free second round in a time of 54.140 seconds, setting the new time to beat and taking the lead!

Jared Petersen of Archer, Florida sat in the last to go position in the irons of Derek Petersen’s Titus 2:11. Although they went clear in their first round in a time of 72.073 seconds, their second round had two rails in a time of 53.603 seconds, which would see them finish in fourth overall and clinch the win for Geitner and Creativo.

Ludwig and Lamarique finished in second and Geitner brought home the yellow ribbon with Kenwood.  Fifth place was awarded to the fastest four-faulter from the first round, Derek Petersen of Archer, Florida and his own Diamant’s Legacy, after posting a time of 72.577 seconds. Aaron Vale of Williston, Florida and Amatoville Enterprises’ Carlo placed sixth with their four fault first round in a time of 73.369 seconds, and Kyle Dewar of Ocala, Florida and his own Gomez Van De Withoeve took home the seventh place ribbon after a four fault first round in a time of 74.782 seconds. Haley Waters of Sparr, Florida and Chuck Waters’ Galous placed eighth after earning eight faults in the first round in a time of 72.178 seconds.

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Geitner and Creativo Win the $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome

Daniel Geitner and Creativo.

Creativo, owned by Lionshare Farm and ridden by Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina, won Thursday’s $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome besting a field of twenty-five horse and rider teams in the Olympic Grand Prix arena at the Georgia International Horse Park, home of the 1996 Olympics.

Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana, Technical Coordinator for the Classic Company show jumping events and the 2015 World Cup Finals, designed the course. “I built it to 1.40 m and tried to make it inviting so that the horses and riders would feel confident going into the Grand Prix on Saturday night,” commented Rheinheimer.

Rheinheimer set the first round time allowed at 85 seconds and had more than half of the class turn in clear first rounds, advancing to a second round opportunity. The second round was set at 43 seconds and only ten horse and rider teams posted double clear rounds.

Daniel Geitner and The Kenwood Syndicate’s Kenwood were the first to post double clear rounds in times of 77.422 seconds and 33.280 seconds, setting the new time to beat.

Luis Larrazabal of Wellington, Florida, in the irons of San Francisco Stables’ Quintus Fabius, rose to the occasion and beat Geitner and Kenwood’s second round time with their own 32.560 seconds, setting the new time to beat.

Aaron Vale of Williston, Florida and Sarah Turner’s Acolina R were the next horse and rider team to turn in double clear rounds, but their second round time of 34.170 would not be fast enough to take the lead and they would settle in eighth place overall.

Kyle Dewar of Ocala, Florida and his own Gomez Van De Withoeve followed Vale and Acolina R with back to back clear rounds and turned in a second round time of 34.109 seconds, which would find them finishing in seventh place overall.

Luis Muro’s Raino Du Jardin, ridden by Sabischy Hassler of Wellington, Florida, followed in the order with double clear rounds and posted a second round time of 34.205 seconds. The pair earned the ninth place ribbon.

Jordan Coyne of New Port Ritchey, Florida and her own Lazaro posted a clear second round in a time of 31.697, which temporarily took the lead and set the new second round time to beat.

Vale followed Coyne with Amatoville Enterprises’ Carlo and posted a second round time of 31.234 seconds, taking the lead from Coyne and moving her to the third place ribbon.

The heat was on to best Vale and Carlo’s time and Gustavo Prato of Wellington, Florida and Equus Forte, LLC’s Carna Z did just that! They turned in a clear second round in a time of 31.901 seconds, taking the lead and setting the new time to beat. Vale and Carlo would finish in second place overall.

Vale had one more ride to go on Thinks Like a Horse’s Bonzini S. Although they posted double clear rounds, their second round time of 34.452 seconds would find the pair finishing in tenth overall.

Geitner and Lionshare Farm’s Creativo sat in the enviable last to go spot. The pair turned in double clear rounds and a second round time of 30.150 seconds, winning the class!  Carna Z and Prato placed fourth and fifth place was awarded to Quintus Fabius and Larrazabal.  Geitner returned for the sixth place ribbon in the irons of Kenwood.

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Countdown to the Atlanta Summer Classics

Martien Van Der Hoeven in the irons of Easy Touch finished in the top three in the 2014 $10,000 Six Bar Class.

The first leg of the Great Magnolia Show Jumping Tour kicks off at the Atlanta Summer Classics June 15th through the 26th at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Georgia. Have you entered and reserved your stalls? Prize lists and time schedules are online; you can enter online for no additional fees at horseshowsonline.com and stall reservation requests can be made by emailing Jonathan@classiccompany.com.

Week I starts off on Monday with the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program. The USHJA Emerging Athletes Program takes place Monday, June 13 through June 16 which welcomes young riders accepted into the program who look toward furthering their education, not only as riders, but as complete horsemen.

During the extensive four-day training sessions, riders at the Atlanta Summer Classic have the opportunity to work with top riding clinicians and some of the country’s leading stable managers. Riders and horses participating in Regionals will be instructed on flat work, gymnastics, related distances and course work, as well as an intensive stable-management curriculum that will incorporate proper care and grooming, horsemanship skills, and barn management. Riders will also complete a written test as part of their evaluation for the National Training Session.

Week I of the Atlanta Summer Classic continues with the USHJA Children’s/Adult Regional Championships Friday and Saturday. The $15,000 Horseflight Open Welcome is slated for Thursday and the $10,000 Six Bar Class takes place Friday evening in the Olympic Stadium along with the lavish Outback Steakhouse Dinner to benefit the Hope Clinic. Wonderful silent auction items will be available and tickets are available at $25 or purchase a table for eight for $200. Saturday the $35,000 Outback Steakhouse Grand Prix will take center stage in the Olympic Arena and VIP seating is also available. Email Grace to reserve your tables now, and while you’re at it, reserve your tables for Week II also.

Week II kicks off on Monday, June 20 with a complimentary Zone 4 Riding Clinic for all hunter, jumper and equitation riders. The clinic is FREE for Zone 4 Riders and is filled on a first come, first served basis. Be sure to reserve your spot now and email Janet McCarroll at gcclassic@aol.com.

Week II continues with the $15,000 Horseflight Open Welcome and the $35,000 Sidelines Grand Prix, presented by EMO, as well as the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby which takes place in the Olympic Stadium on Friday. Add the $5,000 Futures Class to that schedule and a class for everyone in your barn and these two weeks are a winner!

The Georgia International Horse Park installed new footing and since the Atlanta Spring Classic has been further improved and fine-tuned, so expect to be pleased with the upgraded rings.

All sponsorship and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Director of Marketing and Sponsorship, at lisa@classiccompany.com.

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Atlanta Summer Classic Is on Deck

Derek Peterson and Cassevel compete in the popular $10,000 Six Bar Class offered Friday night Week I.

Next up on the Classic Company calendar of events is the Atlanta Summer Classic, scheduled to gallop into the Olympic venue at the Georgia International Horse Park, June 15 through the 26th. The Atlanta Summer Classic is the first leg of the Great Magnolia Show Jumping Tour that spans three classic show destinations: the home of the 1996 Olympics at the Georgia International Horse Park, Brownland Farm located outside of Nashville, Tennessee and the Charleston Summer Classic, located on Johns Island, South Carolina. Points will be earned and tallied and Champions will receive a silver trophy the final week of the Charleston Summer Classic.

The Atlanta Summer Classic offers more than $350,000 in cash and awards and classes for everyone! As host of the USHJA Children’s/Adult Regional Championships, the Atlanta Summer Classic will also produce the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program and the Emerson Burr Program for Pony Riders which awards scholarships for equestrian youth.

The Emerson Burr Horsemanship Fund was created in 2002 by friends and family of the late Emerson Burr to promote and perpetuate proper horsemanship in equestrian youth. Emerson Burr served the horse industry tirelessly as he balanced the acts of leading young pony riders to victories and serving as Chairman Emeritus of the USA Equestrian Hunter/Jumper Pony Committee. Emerson won countless honors throughout the years including the 1998 AHSA Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Emerson Burr Horsemanship Grant is awarded at the Zone and National level. Each winner at the zone level will received a $100 grant to be used towards educational or equestrian related expenses. Each Emerson Burr winner during Pony Finals will receive a $500 grant to be used towards educational or equestrian related expenses.

Riders competing in Regular Hunter Pony, Green Hunter Pony, Pony Medal, Pony Jumpers or Children’s Hunter Pony are eligible to participate in this program. Participants are divided into four age groups: 8 and under, 9-11, 12-14, and 15-17. Each participant will take a short, written multiple choice test on horsemanship, which contains no more than 20 questions. At the Zone level, individuals will be awarded the grant based on the results of the exam and their response to a short essay question. The US Pony Finals, however, will continue to host the second phase of the test – the hands-on portion. The four individuals in each age group which score the highest on the written test move on to the hands-on horsemanship test. The hands-on portion consists of a series of questions in which the participant is asked to demonstrate various skills and knowledge ranging from how to brush a horse to deciphering signs of colic. After the hands-on test, a winner will be chosen from each age group based on his/her horsemanship skills and knowledge.

In addition to the great equestrian programs, the Atlanta Summer Classic will also offer the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Week II, the $10,000 Six Bar Class Week I and weekly $35,000 Grand Prix and $15,000 Horseflight Open Welcomes. From Pony Jumpers to Grand Prix and Hunter and Breeding classes, the Atlanta Summer Classics offer it all!

Get a leg up on the Great Magnolia Show Jumping Tour competition and enter for no additional fees at horseshowsonline.com then email jonathan@classiccompany.com to reserve your stalls now.

All sponsorship and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Director of Marketing and Sponsorship, at lisa@classiccompany.com.

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Redfield Farm Ruled the Hunter Division Week II at the Jacksonville Spring Classic

Cassandra Kahle and Amari.

Redfield Farm of Califon, New Jersey owned the Hunter Division Week II at the Jacksonville Spring Classic!

The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Legend, awarded Amari, owned by Emma Richardson and ridden by Cassandra Kahle of Califon, New Jersey, the win after earning a first round score of 91 and a Handy score of 92 for a total score of 183.

Whiskey Tango, owned by Lee Cesery and ridden by Megan Young of Jacksonville, Florida, earned a Classic score of 89 and a Handy score of 88 for a total of 177, which took second place.

Meadowood Farm’s Sandrimo, ridden by Lauren Schweppe of Ocala, Florida, placed third overall after earning a Classic score of 85 and a Handy score of 89 for an overall score of 174.

Kahle also picked up fourth through sixth place. Fourth was awarded to Redfield Farm’s Nino Nacho after earning a first round score of 88 and Handy score of 83 for an overall 171. She rode Redfield Farm’s Balouette to a fifth place finish with a Classic score of 86 and a second round score of 85 for a total of 171. She placed sixth with Isabel Stettinius’ Guest of Honor with an overall score of 169.

Lee Cesery’s Swagger, ridden by Camryn Hulsey of Saint Augustine, Florida, placed seventh, followed by Janine Pappas’ Romanov, ridden by Claire Lee of Ponte Vedre, Florida. Ninth place went to Peggy Fuller’s Entreprenur, ridden by Nashea Powell of Jacksonville, Florida.

Tenth was awarded to Masterpiece, owned and ridden by Paige Moose of Tampa, Florida. Eleventh was awarded to TM Hills Farm International’s Ingo De Kalvaire, ridden by Dominque Gonzalez of Dunellen, Florida, and Seven Hills, LLC’s Conradi 10, ridden by Kristin Martiniello, wrapped it up in twelfth place. For full results, click here.

Redfield Farm’s Giovanni, ridden by Cassandra Kahle of Califon, New Jersey, brought home the Championship in the 3′ Division along with almost $200 in prize money, all for a $5 entry fee! King, owned by Tracy Treace and ridden by Chad Watridge, was Reserve Champion.

Kahle went on to win the 3’3″ Pre-Green Hunter Division Championship in the irons of Emma Richardson’s Amari and collected close to $250 in prize money for the $5 entry fee. Redfield Farm’s Nino Nacho, ridden by David Wilbur, rode away with the Reserve Champion honors.

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Lamontagne and Chanel du Calvaire Victorious in $35k Crescent Grove Advisors Grand Prix

François Lamontagne and Chanel du Calvaire.

The $35,000 Crescent Grove Advisors Grand Prix took place Saturday night in the indoor stadium and 21 horse and rider teams tackled the course set by Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana, Technical Coordinator for the 2015 World Cup Finals and the Classic Company show jumping events.

The first round time allowed was set at 84 seconds and David Jennings of Franklin, Tennessee, in the irons of Emily Willsky’s Donegue, was first to go, turning in the first clear round in a time of 77.135 seconds.

Amanda Flint of Long Valley, New Jersey and the Coverboy Group, LLC’s Superbad went clear in a time of 80.072 seconds, insuring there would be a jump off round!

Jennings returned to the arena, this time in the irons of Lexander Farm, LLC’s Divace, and winner of Thursday’s $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome. They went clear in the first round in a time of 74.963 seconds and would return for the jump off round.

MTM Farm’s S & L Elite, ridden by Dorothy Douglas of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, followed Jennings and turned in a clear first round in a time of 77.405 seconds.

François Lamontagne of Saint Eustache, Quebec, Canada followed with his own Chanel du Calvaire with a clear first round in a time of 81.578 seconds and joined the jump off roster.

Aaron Vale of Williston, Florida and Sarah Turner’s Acolina R were the next to qualify for the jump off, after posting a clear first round in a time of 77.809 seconds.

Flint returned to the arena in the irons of the Coverboy Group, LLC’s Cairo with the next clear first round in a time of 83.609 seconds, also qualifying for the jump off.

MTM Axel, owned by MTM Farm and ridden by Douglas, turned in the next fault free first round in a time of 75.039 seconds and added themselves to the jump off round.

Vale and Thinks Like a Horse’s Spirit of Alena were the last pair to turn in a clear first round effort in a time of 76.407 seconds, making nine the final number of jump off rounds.

Rheinheimer set the jump off round time allowed at 49 seconds and Jennings and Donegue were the first to go. Although their time of 41.116 seconds was well within the time allowed, four jump faults would see the pair finish in sixth place overall.

Flint and Superbad followed in the order with a clear second round in 45.308 seconds and set the new time to beat. Jennings returned to the arena with Divace, but four jump faults in a time of 41.265 would see them finish in seventh place overall.

Douglas and S & L Elite followed with a clear jump off round, setting the new time to beat in 39.717 seconds. The lead would be short lived though, as Lamontagne and Chanel du Calvaire followed with a fault free jump off round in a time of 38.759 seconds, setting the new time to beat!

Vale and Acolina R followed and although their time of 38.175 seconds was the fastest in the jump off round, a heartbreak rail at the final fence would give them four faults and they would finish in fourth place overall.

Jennings and Divace returned for the jump off round, but their time of 47.317 seconds along with four jump faults would finish them in ninth place overall.

Douglas and MTM Axel had the first rail in the jump off round which gave them four jump faults in a time of 40.838 seconds and they finished in fifth place.

Vale and Spirit of Alena were the last to go, but four faults at the first fence in a time of 45.667 seconds would see them finish in eighth place overall giving Lamontagne and his own Chanel du Calvaire the win!  This is the first time Chanel Du Calvaire won a grand prix.

“The last show I did with her was in Gulfport. She came in second in the CWD Grand Prix Week III. Last winter was the first time she left Quebec for the winter. She would just stay home and do flat work. I bought her when she was five and now she’s eight and she is getting there. I thought she was ready to go, so she went on the road with us this winter,” he said.

“I did two weeks in Pensacola, then Gulfport and then I went back to Quebec for five weeks and came all the way back here to do these shows for two weeks. I guess she didn’t just want to get here to just be a tourist, she wanted to make it count for her,” he laughed.

“The course was pretty light, fair and not too big. We saw a lot of clear rounds and I was expecting a fast jump off because in the Welcome there were a lot of clear rounds and they were fast. I was the slowest of all clear and came in eighth in the Welcome and I was five seconds behind the winner. So I knew I had to try something different if I wanted to have a good result,” he said.

“I thought my mare was ready for it today and we really tried,” he said. “She cannot always go like that, and she needs classes that help her think it’s easy. She is brave and careful but she can be difficult sometimes just the way she canters and moves,” he added.

“We’re here for next week too. I have two other seven year old geldings and I did 1.20 m and 1.30 m this week and they went well and maybe next week they’ll do the Welcome and maybe one or two in the grand prix; we’ll see,” he said. “I really like the Classic Company shows!” he added.

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Farmer Is Fabulous in the International and Williams Is Wonderful in the National

Kelley Farmer and It’s Me.

The top hunter riders in the country competed in the Jacksonville Spring Classic’s $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Glen Kernan Golf and Country Club, Friday afternoon.

Kelley Farmer of Keswick, Virginia, winner of the $77,700 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Brook Ledge Horse Transportation, won the class with Bibby Hill’s It’s Me. She also took the second place ribbon with Amanda Hone’s Publicized. She took fourth with Dani Brown Swanston’s Need I Say More as well as eighth and ninth places in the irons of Jane Gaston’s Taken and Kensel, LLC’s Clever Conversation and then wrapped up the class with Gaston’s Because in twelfth place.

Farmer led the way earning the highest Classic score of 172 with It’s Me. Their second round score of 194 locked them in for a total of 366 and the win.

Farmer and Publicized earned a first round score of 166. Combined with their Handy score of 192.50, their combined score of 358.50 would find them in second place.

Emily Williams of Ocala, Florida and Amanda Flint’s Cabana VDL earned a first round score of 163. Their Handy score of 189 for a total of 352 would see them finish in third place. Farmer returned to the winner’s circle to pick up her fourth place with Need I Say More after earning a Classic Round score of 163 and a Handy score of 189 for a total of 352.

Emily Williams and Heartthrob
Emily Williams and Heartthrob

Artillery Lane, LLC’s Chances R, ridden by Gregory Prince of Sherborn, Massachusetts, placed fifth overall after earning a Classic score of 151 and a Handy score of 185 for a total of 336.

Kris Killam of Naples, Florida in the irons of Barbara Fishman’s Mr. Big finished in sixth place overall after earning a first round score of 156 and second round score of 175 for a total score of 331.

Farmer returned for seventh with Jane Gaston’s Taken after earning a Classic score of 124 and a Handy score of 171 for a total of 295.

Emily Terry Peterson of Naples, Florida rode Leslie Terry’s Pet Rock to the eighth place ribbon with a combined score of 280, and Farmer returned for ninth place in the irons of Kensel, LLC’s Clever Conversation with a combined score of 260. Megan Young of Jacksonville, Florida rode Lee Cesery’s Rockaway to the tenth place finish after earning a combined score of 258, and Claire Lee White of Ponte Vedra, Florida rode Janine Pappas’ Romanov to eleventh place after earning a combined score of 243.

Farmer wrapped up the class with a twelfth place finish in the irons of Jane Gaston’s Because with a combined score of 237.

For full results on this class, click here.

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Jennings and Divace Win Horseflight Welcome in Jacksonville

David Jennings and Divace.

The $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome kicked off the jumper action Thursday afternoon and saw a field of 26 horse and rider teams compete in the indoor stadium at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana, Course Designer and Technical Coordinator for the 2015 World Cup Finals, designed the course and set a first round time allowed of 90 seconds and second round time allowed of 45 seconds. David Jennings of Franklin, Tennessee in the irons of Masie McSwain and Full Circle Farm’s Blue Moon 22 were the first to go and turned in back to back clear rounds in times of 87.620 seconds and 41.261 seconds which set the new time to beat.

Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas and MTM Farm’s MTM Full House were the next horse and rider team to turn in double clear rounds, taking the lead and setting the new time to beat at 38.801 seconds. Donegue, owned and ridden by Emma Willsky of Aspen, Colorado, turned in a clear first round effort in a time of 83.105 seconds. Although they turned in a second round with a time of 39.963 seconds, four faults would see the finish in ninth place.

Aaron Vale of Williston, Florida and Thinks Like a Horse’s Spirit of Alena turned in a clear first round in a time of 82.948 seconds. However, eight jump faults and ten time faults in a second round time of 54.708 seconds would see them finish in eleventh place overall.

MTM Axel, owned by MTM Farm and ridden by Dorothy Douglas of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, turned in the next double clear rounds in times of 83.146 and 41.734 which would see them finish in fifth place overall.

Jennings returned to the arena, this time in the irons of S & L Farm’s S & L Puppy Love, and turned in double clear rounds in times of 82.546 seconds and 38.870 seconds.

Chanel Du Calvaire, owned and ridden by Francois Lamontagne of Saint Eustache, Quebec, Canada, followed Jennings with double clear rounds in times of 86.230 and 43.934 seconds which would see them finish in eighth place overall.

Kyle Dewar of Ocala, Florida and his own Russell followed Lamontagne and posted a clear first round in a time of 83.527 seconds. Their second round in 46.942 seconds had eight jump and two time faults which would find them finish in tenth place overall.

Fenney returned to the arena, this time in the irons of MTM Farm’s MTM Como No. The pair turned in double clear rounds in times of 87.137 seconds and 42.609 seconds, respectively, which would see them finish in seventh place overall.

Jennings2Jennings returned to the arena for his third ride in the irons of Lexander Farm, LLC’s Divace. After turning in a clear first round in a time of 84.528 seconds, Jennings knew he had to beat Fenney’s second round time of 38.801 seconds. Jennings did it! The pair turned in a clear second round in a time of 38.597 seconds and took the lead!

Amanda Flint of Long Valley, New Jersey and the Coverboy Group’s Coverboy followed with the next clear first round in a time of 86.599 seconds. Four jump faults and fourteen time faults in a time of 58.117 seconds would see the pair finish in twelfth place overall.

Final results had Jennings taking the win with Divace as well as third and fourth place ribbons with S & L Puppy Love and Blue Moon 22, respectively. Fenney took the second place honors with MTM Full House and seventh with MTM Como No. Dorothy Douglas grabbed the fifth and sixth place honors with MTM Axel and S & L Elite.

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Hunters Take Over Week II of the Atlanta Spring Classics

Marylisa Leffler with Headlines.

Mary Lisa Leffler Rides Headlines to the Win in the International Hunter Derby

Friday was a double header Derby Day during Week II of the Atlanta Spring Classics when the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Nalley Toyota Stonecrest, and the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Legend, took center stage.

Jason Berry of Staunton, Virginia, winner of last week’s $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, and Stacey McFadden, LLC’s Wistful led the Classic round after earning a score of 174. Headlines, owned by Felicia Harrsch and ridden by Mary Lisa Leffler of Brookeville, Maryland, followed in second place after the first round with a score of 169.

North C, owned and ridden by Jaime Steinhaus of Milton, Georgia, followed in third place in the Classic round after earning a score of 164. Elizabeth Boyd of Camden, South Carolina, in the irons of Stella Styslinger’s O’Ryan, sat in fourth position after earning a score of 164. Boyd also had the fifth place position after the first round with Finally Farm’s Shamrock, earning a first round score of 162. Kris Killam of Naples, Florida and Barbara Fishman’s Mr. Big sat in sixth place with their score of 160. Boyd also had the seventh place horse after earning a first round score of 158.5. Berry held both the eighth and ninth place positions after the first round with Willoughby Stables’ Falcor and their score of 158 and Oakledge Farm’s Cobalt Blue R with a score of 150. Tenth place after the Classic round saw Why, owned by Charlotte Warren and ridden by Julie Curtin of Villa Rica, Georgia, earn a first round score of 150. Sitting in eleventh place after the first round was Liddy Strickland’s Valentine, ridden by Sarah Milliren of Jenks, Oklahoma, with a score of 149; Redfield Farm’s Fandango HX, ridden by Cassandra Kahle of Califon, New Jersey, sat in twelfth place after earning a score of 133.

The Handy Round of the Derby saw Kahle and Fandango earn a score of 147 for a total of 280, which would finish in twelfth place overall. Milliren and Valentine moved up to tenth place overall after earning a second round score of 160 for a total of 309. Curtin and Why moved to an eleventh place overall placing after earning a second round score of 143 for a total of 293.

Berry and Cobalt Blue R moved from a ninth place position to finish in fifth place overall after earning a second round score of 186 and overall 336. Berry also moved from the eighth place spot to sixth place overall with Falcor, earning a total score of 335.

Boyd and Cellino moved from seventh place to third overall after earning a Handy score of 185 and an overall 343.5. Killam and Mr. Big moved to finish in ninth place overall after earning a Handy score of 154 and an overall 314. Boyd and Shamrock moved up to finish in fourth place overall after earning a Handy score of 180 and an overall 342. Boyd and O’Ryan moved from a fourth place standing after the Classic round to an overall second place finish after earning a Handy score of 187 and an overall 351.

Steinhaus and North C moved to finish in seventh place overall after earning a Handy score of 160.5 and an overall 324.5.

Sitting in second place after the Classic Round, Leffler and Headlines earned a Handy score of 187.5 for a total of 356.5 which moved them into the lead.

Berry and Wistful were in first place after the Classic Round, but after earning a Handy score of 145 for a total of 318, finished in eighth place overall.

The heavy rains had moved through the area earlier that morning, so the main hunter event was moved to the Oval Ring. Liza Towell Boyd, whose resume includes three time Overall World Champion Hunter Rider as a Junior, four time recipient of the Best Child Rider Award at the Washington International Horse Show, and second place finisher in the Washington International Equitation Finals, as well as a multitude of National and International Hunter Derby wins, commented, “I was pleasantly surprised, that with all the rain the night before and how wet everything was, how great the rings held up,” she said. “I woke up, looked outside and thought that we may not even be able to show. You know, the Derbies are the equivalent of the Hunter Grand Prix and we were really looking forward to showing,” she said. “They moved the Derby to the Oval Ring which is so big and impressive and it’s actually even better for the younger generation of the up and coming Derby horses,” she said. “It was amazing how well the footing held up. It was really perfect. We were able to do those inside turns and the footing was great,” Boyd commented.

Sarah Milliren with Don't Tell
Sarah Milliren with Don’t Tell

Don’t Tell and Sarah Milliren Win the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Legend, followed the International Derby and saw Courtney Billings’ Don’t Tell, ridden by Sarah Milliren, win the class after earning first round score of 86 and second round score of 91 for a combined 177. Davinci, owned and ridden by Josie Baird, placed second after earning a first round score of 82 and Handy score of 88 for a combined 170. Third place honors went to Charlotte Warren’s Enticement, ridden by Julie Curtin, after posting a first round score of 80 and second round score of 87 for a total of 167.

Suntrust, owned by Sandra Ward and ridden by Jacqueline Ward, earned a first round score of 77 and second round score of 83 for a total of 160 and fourth place. Fifth was awarded to Replax du Plant, owned and ridden by Libby Greene. I’ve Been Spotted, owned and ridden by Rebecca Hollman, won sixth place; Iamwhatiam, owned by Dawn Mason and ridden by Jason Berry, placed seventh overall. Click here for more results.

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A Blue for Carracci Blue and McKenzie Kasper at the Atlanta Spring Classics

Thursday the $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome kicked off the jumper action in the Olympic Arena for Week II of the Atlanta Spring Classics.

Fourteen horse and rider teams tacked the course designed by Paul Jewel of Lambertville, New Jersey. “The course was a great opener for Week II,” commented Jewel.  “The goal here is to make the course inviting, yet challenging,” he added.  “It definitely accomplished this,” he added. The first round time allowed was set at 78 seconds and a majority of the horse and rider teams advanced to the second round.

Mary Lisa Leffler of Brookeville, Maryland and Rolling Acres’ Bling Bling were the first to go and turn in a clear first round effort in a time of 73.718 seconds. Their second round resulted in four jump faults in a time of 38.689 seconds which would see them finish in eighth place overall.

M.I Hartwick, owned by Nelson Long and ridden by Aida Sanchez Long of Ooltewah, Tennessee, followed Leffler in the order. After posting a clear first round in a time of 74.042 seconds, four faults in their second round in a time of 37.870 seconds had them finish in seventh place overall.

Mandy Killam’s Black Diamond, ridden by Kris Killam of Naples, Florida, winners of the Week I $25,000 Nalley Toyota Stonecrest Grand Prix, presented by EMO, turned in the next clear first round effort in a time of 70.291 seconds. Four faults in their second round in a time of 37.366 would see them finish in sixth place overall.

Diablo D’Raquelmes, owned by Ronda Stavisky and ridden by Jennifer Ramsey of Chrystal Beach, Ontario, Canada, had a fault free first round in a time of 74.549. They had one time fault in their second round after posting a time of 44.302 and finished in fourth place overall.

Darragh Kerin’s Corini, ridden by Paul Macrae of Alpharetta, Georgia, followed with a clear first round in a time of 74.360 seconds. Their second round was also clear, and with a time of 41.907 seconds, would set the new time to beat and advance to first place.

McKenzie Kasper of Alpharetta, Georgia, in the irons of her own Carracci Blue, followed Macrae in the order and turned in a clear first round effort in a time of 75.741 seconds. Their second round was also clear and their time of 39.333 would take the lead and set the new time to beat.

HHS Louis, owned by Cerulean Stables, LLC, ridden by Amanda Forte of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, followed Kasper. Their clear first round in a time of 76.998 seconds advanced them to the second round. Although they went clean, their time of 41.962 seconds would see them finish in third place overall.

Kasarr, owned and ridden by Erin McGuire of Cornelius, North Carolina, turned in the next clear round effort in a time of 74.126 seconds. Four jump faults and four time faults in their second round in a time of 48.972 seconds would see them finish in tenth place overall.

Jason Berry of Staunton, Virginia, winner of the Week I Horseflight Welcome, followed Kasarr in the irons of Sandra Mazur’s Luca Toni. Their clear first round in a time of 72.945 seconds advanced them to the second round, but eight jump faults in a time of 39.045 seconds would see them finish in ninth place overall.

Killam returned to the Olympic Arena in the enviable last to go position, this time in the irons of Helene Jones’ Skyfall. They turned in a clear first round in a time of 69.078 seconds, but four faults in their second round in a time of 37.069 seconds would see them finish in fourth place overall.

McKenzie Kasper, the sixteen year old and youngest rider of the field, won the Welcome on her own Carracci Blue!

“The second round had a lot of options.  He [Jewel] left it open so you could be as quick and neat as you wanted to be, or you could ride the more technical options and make it a little harder,” Kasper commented.  “I added in one line so I could make an inside turn, which was a little risky,” she said.  “Because I knew if I had a rail, I would have been a lot slower,” she added.  “But, thankfully, I didn’t!

“I had a really great 1.20 m horse which brought me to my first Children’s Nations Cup when I was 14 in Wellington,” she said.  “I sold her and had one in between before we got Lenny a little over a year ago,” commented Kasper.  “I started Lenny [Carracci Blue] from the beginning in the 1m and then 1.10m.  I did Child Adult jumpers last year with him and to be able to compete here now and be where we are is amazing!” commented Kasper.  “I love Bob’s shows and am so thankful he runs these shows here.  It’s such a great experience for us!” she added.

“The new footing is so much better!  It really poured last night and I’m looking at it now and it’s perfect,” Kasper said.

“We’re going to the High Junior Amateur Classes and then maybe in the Fall, Lenny and I will try a grand prix,” she said.

Kasper and her family live on a farm outside of Conyers and have Lenny as well as two miniature horses. “I am so thankful for my family’s support,” commented Kasper.  “Especially my sister Olivia,” she added.  “She has been helping me so much and been working so hard,” said Kasper.  “I know she would like to be in the show ring and I am so thankful and appreciative of her,” she said.

What’s next for Kasper?  “I always wanted to be on the Young Rider Team and compete on the grand prix level before I go off to college,” she said.  “I’m not sure what the future holds for me, so I’m just going to keep working as hard as I can now,” she added.

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