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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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How the USEF Vaccination Requirement Affects Horsemen

Boehringer Ingelheim Sponsors the Jacksonville Spring Classic

The Classic Company is proud to announce that Boehringer Ingelheim has signed on to sponsor the Jacksonville Spring Classic April 13 through the 24 at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center located in Jacksonville, Florida and will be hosting a special forum on the USEF vaccination requirements on Friday, April 15 at 5 pm entitled Inside Out Protection.

The forum will be led by Dr. Scott Hancock, a Professional Services Veterinarian for Boehringer Ingelheim. Dr. Hancock grew up in Kentucky and after much racing industry experience, attended the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. He worked in Wayne and Holmes Counties, Ohio until 1989 when he built an equine referral practice outside Atlanta, Georgia. His practice included ambulatory and referral lameness, reproduction and surgical cases as well as international consultations on pre-purchase exams, herd health and embryo transfer. His background includes his work with the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta in 2003 which developed a herd of hyper-immune draft horses to create antibodies against bio-warfare toxins which led to the creation of an FDA licensed product for treating American citizens exposed to deadly bio-warfare toxins.

As of December 1, 2015, all USEF events will require horses entering the grounds to have documentation of vaccinations prior to competing. Vaccines for both EHV (Equine Herpesvirus) and EIV (Equine Influenza Virus) are required and must be administered no more than six months prior to entering show grounds. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica carries a wide variety of vaccines that meet USEF criteria.

All are welcome to attend the Inside Out Protection forum 5 pm, Friday, April 15 at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center in the stadium concourse adjacent to the horse show office. Food and beverages will be served and a question and answer session will follow Dr. Hancock’s talk about the history leading up to the latest USEF vaccination mandate and what this rule means to competitive equestrians in all disciplines.

The Jacksonville Spring Classic takes place at the world-class Jacksonville Equestrian Center facility which features a large indoor coliseum with seating for 3,700, two outdoor rings, and a turf arena, plus schooling rings and 500 permanent stalls. There are also 78 full hook-up RV spaces available.

Featured events include weekly $35,000 Grand Prix, $10,000 Horseflight Welcomes, $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derbies, presented by Legend, $1,000 3′ and 3’3″ Pre-Green Divisions for only $5 per horse, $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Glen Kernan Golf and Country Club Week I, and more than $200,000 in cash and awards!

Those competing in the International Hunter Derby will have a chance to hunt for the blue on the beautiful grass turf field on Friday, April 15 Week I. In usual Classic Company style, there will be a special brunch for everyone to enjoy while watching the world class hunters compete on the stunning turf hunter field.

Grand Prix competition takes place in the world class indoor stadium on Saturday nights and VIP seating will be available along with an open bar!

The Equestrian Center is conveniently located off of Interstate 295, I-10 and US 301 and in close proximity to the Jacksonville International Airport as well as the Cecil Field Regional Airport. The location is ideal for those traveling back from the winter circuits and for all Florida equestrians.

The prize list is online and entering is easy with horseshowsonline.com. Reserve your stalls now by emailing jonathan@classiccompany.com.

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Lucky 7s for the Jumper Riders at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic

Andy Kocher and Cantu 5.

The $50,777 Sidelines Grand Prix, presented by Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, closed out the 2016 Gulf Coast Winter Classic and the USHJA Dash for the Cash King, Andy Kocher of Ocala, Florida, galloped away with the win in the irons of Evalyn Grace, LLC’s Cantu 5.

Of the twenty-eight that tackled the course designed by Paul Jewel of Lambertville, New Jersey, only eight turned in clear first rounds advancing to the jump off.

Kocher rode Postage Stamp Farm’s Prof De La Roque as the first to go and posted a clear round in a time of 82.486 seconds, well within the 89 seconds time allowed.

Kocher then piloted his own Leconte to a clear first round in a time of 84.603 seconds. He now had two rides in the jump off!

Hester Equestrian, LLC’s Clueless P, ridden by Lauren Hester of Lexington, Kentucky, followed Kocher and posted a clear first round in a time of 79.972 seconds and added themselves to the jump off roster.

Charlie Jayne’s Cupid Shuffle, ridden by Michael Tokaruk of Germantown, Tennessee, added themselves to the jump off round after posting a clear first round in a time of 79.117 seconds.

Kocher returned to the grand prix field, this time in the irons of Cantu 5. The pair posted a clear first round in a time of 82.881 seconds, making it his third horse to qualify for the jump off.

Christopher Schroeder of Wellington, Florida and his own Catungee also turned in a clear first round effort in a time of 87.767 seconds, qualifying for the jump off round. Missy Nolan’s Specialized, ridden by Tim Maddrix of Leeds, Alabama, joined the jump off roster after posting a clear first round effort in a time of 87.386 seconds.

Schroeder and Marion Head’s Heliante were the last to go and clear they went in a time of 87.532 seconds and sat in the enviable last to go spot in the jump off order.

Paul Jewell set the jump off time allowed at 57 seconds. Kocher and Prof De La Roque were the first to go, but an unintentional dismount would keep the pair out of the winner’s circle and settling for eighth place overall.

Kocher and Leconte were next in the order but four faults in a time of 51.455 seconds would finish them in seventh place overall.

Hester and Clueless P followed Kocher, but four faults in a time of 50.064 seconds would see them finish in fourth place overall. Tokaruk and Cupid Shuffle followed Hester in the order. Four faults in a time of 50.154 seconds would have move them into the lead as the fastest four-faulter, but with four rides left to go, there was still a chance for someone to go clear.

And that’s exactly what happened when Kocher and Cantu 5 followed Tokaruk and turned in the first clear round in a time of 52.745, taking the lead and setting the new time to beat.

Schroeder and Catungee challenged Kocher’s time and although they went clear, their time of 56.569 seconds would put them in second place behind Kocher and Cantu 5.

Maddrix and Specialized followed Schroeder in the jump off order, but four faults in a time of 50.593 seconds would find them finish in sixth place overall. Schroeder and Heliante sat in the enviable last to go position and although they turned in the fastest jump off round in a time of 49.104 seconds, a heartbreak rail at the final fence would have them finish in third place, giving Kocher and Cantu 5 the win.

“This was a great event and congratulations to Andy Kocher and Cantu 5 on their win today,” commented Bob Bell, President of the Gulf and Classic Companies as well as Classic Publications. “This is the first Sidelines Grand Prix since Classic Publications has purchased the magazine and I thank all of those who competed today,” he said. “All of you are part of Sidelines history now,” he added.

Finishing in ninth place with one time fault was GK Performance Horses’ Diamant De Revel, ridden by Christopher Schroeder. Scott Lenkart and Fleur De Lis Farms’ Ziezo earned tenth place after posting the fastest four-fault round, and Sun Tzu, owned and ridden by Penny Brennan, placed eleventh. Brooke Kemper and Classified wrapped up the class with a twelfth place finish.

Holly Shepherd and Bella Clara DKS
Holly Shepherd and Bella Clara DKS

Shepherd Takes the $10,777 Legend Jumper Derby

Twenty-three horse and rider teams tackled the highly anticipated $10,777 Legend Jumper Derby on the world class Grand Prix field Saturday afternoon. The 1.30 m jumper classic, open to all horses not competing in the Grand Prix, had a time allowed of 120 seconds which only saw three go clean.

Christopher Schroeder of Wellington, Florida and Elizabeth Win’s Dubai B were the first to go and posted a clear round in a time of 101.824 seconds, setting the new time to beat. Newtown Jumping Jack, owned and ridden by Thomas Welsh of New York, New York, followed Schroeder and while they beat Schroeder’s time with their own 100.219 seconds, four jump faults would finish in eighth place overall.

Alex Turner’s Vanrock, ridden by Michael Tokaruk of Germantown, Tennessee, posted a clear round and set the new time to beat at 97.926 seconds, taking the lead.

Amanda Forte of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania and Cerulean Stables’ Rincoola Black Adder challenged Tokaruk and Vanrock’s time with their own 89.980 seconds. However, eight jump faults would find them out of the ribbons.

Trapp O’Neal of Magnolia, Texas and Carolyn Elsey’s Quilona Z followed Forte and posted an eight fault jump round in 97.953 seconds, which would see them finish in twelfth place overall.

Margaret Camp’s Charmeur, ridden by Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, tackled the course, but their time of 98.555 seconds with four jump faults would see them finish in seventh place overall.

Eagle Valley Partners’ Coconut, ridden by Andy Kocher, followed Shepherd and turned in an eight fault round in a time of 93.638 seconds, which would find them finish in eleventh place overall.

Kocher returned with his own Red Lady, but with eight jump faults in a time of 89.002, the pair would have them finish in tenth place overall.

Rico S, owned and ridden by Sara Dees of Chatom, Alabama, followed Kocher and Red Lady and posted a four fault round in a time of 96.931 seconds and would finish in sixth place overall.

O’Neal followed Dees in the order, this time in the irons of TKO Partnershjp’s Camero, and turned in a four fault round in a time of 100.990 seconds. They finished in ninth place overall.

Riptide, owned by Christina Van Patten and ridden by Brooke Kemper of Culpeper, Virginia, followed O’Neal and turned in a four fault round in a time of 93.509 seconds and placed fourth overall.

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama and Dejan Krunic’s Belle Clara DKS followed Riptide and turned in a lightning fast clear round in 91.474 seconds, taking the lead and moving Tokaruk and Vanrock into second place.

Sitting in the enviable last to go spot was Kocher and Showcase 81, LLC’s Mullentine Imperial. The pair posted a time of 93.751 seconds, but four jump faults would see them finish in fifth place overall.

“The $10,777 Jumper Derby is one of the most popular events at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic,” commented Bob Bell, President of the Gulf Coast Classic Company. “We are delighted that Merial and its product Legend sponsored this competition and appreciate their support,” he added.

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This Bud’s for Brennan and Sun Tzu, Winners of the $35,000 Budweiser Grand Prix

Penny Brennan pilots Sun Tzu to the win.

The sunny, blue skies and warm temperatures returned to the Gulf Coast Winter Classic, just in time for yesterday’s $35,000 Budweiser Grand Prix.

As the 2 pm start time neared, the crowds filed into the bleachers and around the world class grand prix field to catch a good seat to watch 29 horse and rider teams prepared to tackle the course designed by one of the most famous and well-respected course designers in the world, Leopoldo Palacios of Caracas, Venezuela.

“In the beginning I wanted ten to seven to jump off and as far as double cleans, maybe we’d have six or five,” commented Palacios. Palacios was right on the money and eight went clean in the first round.

The most challenging aspect of the first round, according to Palacios was the position of the triple combination. “I designed it so the VIP, sponsors and audience could see it close up. The position of the triple combination and the distance was a normal one to a little bit long and sometimes when you push too much, you get the front pole. Come in too fast and the middle is tight, you’ll drop a back rail. This was the toughest part of this course,” he commented.

Frank Owens of Windcrest, Texas in the irons of DS Holdings, LLC’s Capricello 2 turned in the first clear round in a time of 79.254 seconds, well within the 83 seconds time allowed.

Second to go clear was crowd favorite Matt Cyphert of Northlake, Texas and his own Lochinvar. The pair turned in clear first round in a time of 76.931 seconds and insured there would be a jump off!

Scott Head’s Carjo Z, ridden by Christoph Schroeder of Wellington, Florida, joined the jump off roster after posting a clear first round in a time of 79.733 seconds.

Brooke Kemper of Culpeper, Virginia and her own Classified followed with a clear first round in a time 80.932 seconds and became the fourth to qualify for the jump off round.

Loretta Patterson’s Triompf, ridden by Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, turned in a clear first round in a time of 78.966 seconds and joined the jump off roster.

Ciana, owned by Eagle Valley Partners, LLC, and ridden by Andy Kocher of Ocala, Florida, winners of last week’s $35,000 Apollo Jets Grand Prix, added themselves to the jump off list after posting a clear first round time in 77.331 seconds.

Penny Brennan of Buhl, Alabama and her own Sun Tzu posted the next clear round. This was the second ride for Brennan and her first to go clear in a time of 79.411 seconds.

Helen Gilbert’s Emir D, ridden by Shannon Hicks of Lake St. Louis, Missouri, added themselves to the jump off roster and became eighth to go clear in the first round after posting a time of 80.264 seconds.

Palacios set the jump off round with a time allowed of 60 seconds. Owens and Capricello 2 were first to enter the jump off phase and earned a four fault round in a time of 45.963 seconds.

Cyphert and his own Lochinvar followed fellow Texan Owen and posted the first clear jump off round in a time of 42.450 seconds to the delight of the crowd.

Schroeder and Helianta followed Cyphert and posted a clear second round in a time of 41.697 seconds, setting the new time to beat and temporarily taking the lead.

Kemper and Classified were next to go in the order of go. Their jump off round in a time of 43.329 seconds with eight jump faults would have them finish in eighth place overall.

Shepherd and Triompf followed Kemper and posted a clear second round in a time of 41.762 seconds.

Ciana and Kocher followed Triompf and beat Schroeder’s time in a lightning fast clear second round in a time of 41.596 seconds taking the lead.

The lead wouldn’t last for long. Brennan and Sun Tzu came in for their turn at the jump off and posted the fastest clear round in a time of 39.160 seconds, bringing the cheering crowd to their feet!

Hicks and Emir D sat in the desirable last to go spot, but four faults in a time of 47.796 would see them finish in seventh place and leave Brennan and Sun Tzu in the winner’s circle.

“I didn’t know we had the class until I looked up and saw the scoreboard,” said Brennan. “I knew it was going to be close, but I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the 39,” she said. “Hearing the crowd cheer was just awesome,” she said happily.

“My plan for the jump off was don’t pull on the reins,” she laughed, “That’s all I had,” she said. “TJ has been helping me here and he told me when I walked the course, ‘Don’t walk it faster; walk it shorter,’ and that made a world of difference to me,” she said.

“I gave myself an extra stride back to two which was more than anyone else. But I approached it more straight and everyone else sliced it more,” Brennan commented. “When you slice it, it kind of swings the turn. When you jump it straight, you can just swing right back and that made a huge difference. Taking a stride to two saved me two strides on landing,” Brennan commented. “When I did the liverpool I was super deep and I was nearly at a standstill and he [Sun Tzu] just jumped like a cat. But that made the five stride easy because it rode a little tight and walked three feet short,” she added.

“What a great jump off,” she continued. “It was just a run. I ran flat straight out to that vertical 24′ and Sun Tzu knew exactly what I was doing. We’ve been together a long time,” she said. “He jumped in there and took a tiny little bunny hop and jumped right out. TJ told me to open my right rein on landing and give it all I had for the last jump and that made the difference,” she said. “I can’t thank him enough and I dedicate this win to him,” she added. “This course was a little bit technical and I think it had to be ridden more than people may have given it credit for,” she added. “I absolutely loved it and had a blast. Leopoldo really designed a beautiful course,” she said.

The Gulf Coast Winter Classic continues for one more week and there is still time to join us on the Mississippi Gulf Coast at the best winter circuit show! Email jonathan@classiccompany.com and then go to horseshowsonline.com to enter for no additional fees.

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Brennan Continues Winning Streak with Japan in Hester Equestrian Lucky 7s Jumper Classic

Penny Brennan of Buhl, Alabama continued her winning streak in the jumpers when she and her own Japan won the $7,770 Hester Equestrian, LLC Jumper Classic yesterday.

World renowned course designer Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela designed the course and set the first round time allowed at 75 seconds. Despite heavy rains on Friday, the KCR all weather footing in Jumper 1 provided a slip free surface and saw five return for the second round.

Trapp O’Neal of Magnolia, Texas, in the irons of Carolyn M. Elsey’s Quilona Z, was the first horse and rider team to turn in a clear first round in a time of 73.500 seconds. Their second round was also clear and beat the time allowed of 52 seconds with their own 39.239 seconds, and set the new time to beat.

Andy Kocher of Ocala, Florida and Jodie Cambergh’s Destiny Van De Noordheuvel advanced to a second round after posting a clear first round in a time of 69.709 seconds. Twelve jump faults in their second round in a time of 46.489 seconds would see the pair finish in fifth place overall.

Phoenix, owned and ridden by Heather Zuber of Zionsville, Indiana, followed Kocher with a clear first round in a time of 73.884 seconds. Their second round had four jump faults in a time of 41.292 seconds and would see the pair finish in fourth place overall.

Cathleen Driscoll of Elk Hills, Maryland and her own Forever Blue had the next clear first round in a time of 68.705 seconds. Four faults in their second round in a time of 39.299 seconds would have them finish in third place overall.

Brennan and Japan sat in the desirable last to go spot for their second round after posting a clear first round in a time of 68.647 seconds. All eyes were on the pair as they went in for the final second round and flew around the course turning in a super-fast clear jump off round in a time of 35.922 seconds, taking the win.

“I love Japan!” said a beaming Penny Brennan. “I am so happy and can’t tell you enough how great this footing is,” she said. “The weather was horrible yesterday and it is still so safe to ride on it,” she said. “My horses love it and they are still flying around these courses,” she added.

Final results in the class had Brennan and Japan with the win, followed by O’Neal and Quilona Z. Driscoll and Forever Blue earned a third place ribbon and Zuber and Phoenix received fourth place honors. Kocher and Destiny Van De Noordheuvel earned fifth, and Amanda Forte of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania earned sixth with Cerulean Stables, LLC’s Rincoola Black Adder as the fastest four-faulter in a first round time of 73.534 seconds. Kocher and Showcase 81, LLC’s Mullentine Imperial received seventh place after posting a four fault first round in a time of 73.606 seconds. Kocher returned for eighth place with his own Bennenton Van De Bluekhove. Ninth was awarded to Lisa Hankin’s Garbanzo R, ridden by Leann Kelly of Valatie, New York, and tenth went to Zeldenrust Z, owned and ridden by Natalie Hansen of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Eleventh and twelfth went to Amicelli, owned and ridden by Mattie Hatcher of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Brooke Kemper of Culpeper, Virginia and Christina Van Patten’s Riptide, respectively.

The usefnetwork will be live streaming top events through March 20 including next week’s $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome, the $10,777 Legend Jumper Derby, and the $50,777 Sidelines Grand Prix, presented by Beau Rivage. Don’t miss the excitement – go to usefnetwork.com and watch it live.

Microchipping is now a requirement!

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) now requires horses to be microchipped by December 1, 2017 in order to be eligible for Horse of the Year awards. Get ahead of this requirement at a very reasonable price while showing at the Gulf Coast Winter Classics. Dr. Patrick Cleveland, the Official Veterinarian of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic, is offering those showing in Gulfport a discounted rate of only $28 to microchip your horse. Dr. Cleveland is available to discuss any questions you have about microchipping and Mary Babick, United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Hunter Vice President, is also available for questions about the rule change.

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Brennan and Cord 11 Clinch the $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome

It may be a celebration of the Hunters Week V at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic, but the jumper action continues to be hot!

International Course Designer Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela was on hand to design the course and set a first round time allowed of 83 seconds. Despite Friday’s rainy skies, sixteen competed in the $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome and saw five return for the jump off round.

Amanda Comley of Waller, Texas and Joshua Tabor’s Cancum 2 were the first to go clear in the first round in a time of 79.931 seconds. Their second round was also clear and set the time to beat at 38.962 seconds, well within the time allowed of 54 seconds. Andrew Kocher of Ocala, Florida in the irons of Postage Stamp Farm’s Prof De La Roque followed with a clear first round in a time of 80.084 seconds and a clear second round in a time of 38.070 seconds, taking the lead.

Comley returned to the ring, this time riding her own Can Do It 16 and posted double clear rounds in times of 76.464 seconds and 36.690 seconds, respectively, which temporarily took the lead from Kocher and set the new time to beat.

Penny Brennan of Buhl, Alabama and Meco Equestrian LLC’s Cord 11 followed with the next clear round in a time of 79.753 seconds and a super-fast clear second round in a time of 33.552 seconds, setting the new time to beat. Kocher, winner of last week’s $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome and the $35,000 Apollo Jets Grand Prix, followed with Eagle Valley Partners’ Coconut. They turned in a clear first round in a time of 81.813 seconds but their second round had two rails for a total of eight jump faults in a time of 36.047 seconds.

Brennan and her own Japan were last to go in the class, but two time faults in their first round in a time of 84.252 seconds, would see them finish in eighth place overall and leave her in the winner’s circle with Cord 11.

Brennan commented, “Cord 11 was so fast that I couldn’t beat that time with any of my other horses,” she said. “I love Leopoldo’s courses,” Brennan continued. “Given the weather, it was a really fair course,” she said. “This KCR footing is really amazing,” she added. “We didn’t slip at all, my horses went great and Cord 11 must really like it, because he just flew through this course,” she said.

Final placings in the class had Brennan and Cord 11 with the win followed by Comely and Can Do It 16. Andy Kocher won third place with Prof De La Roque and Comley returned for a fourth place ribbon with Cancum 2. Kocher and Coconut earned fifth place, and Brooke Kemper of Culpeper, Virginia and her own Classified finished in sixth place with one time fault in their first round in a time of 83.167 seconds. Amanda Forte of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania and Cerulean Stables’ HHS Louis took seventh with one time fault in the first round in 83.983 seconds. Brennan returned for an eighth place ribbon in the irons of her own Sun Tzu after earning two time faults in their first round with a time of 84.252 seconds, and she also collected ninth with her own Japan. Tenth and eleventh was awarded to Eagle Valley Partners’ Ciana, ridden by Andy Kocher, and Kocher’s own Red Lady, respectively. Niki Wilcox of Parker, Colorado and her own J.E.S. Quito wrapped up the class with twelfth place.

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Kocher and Ciana Fly into the $35,000 Apollo Jets Grand Prix Winner’s Circle

Mid-seventies, sunny skies and bleachers packed with an audience was the backdrop to today’s $35,000 Apollo Jets Grand Prix that welcomed twenty-five horse and rider teams to the world renowned grass grand prix field on a course designed by Assistant Olympic Course Designer, Manuel Esparza of Mexico City, Mexico.

Andy Kocher of Ocala, Florida and Eagle Valley Partners’ Ciana, winners in Friday’s $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome, returned to the winner’s circle today in the $35,000 Apollo Jets Grand Prix. Kocher also received a $5,000 gift card toward future Apollo Jets Charter Jet Travel, compliments of Brian Hillen, the Official Jet Charter Consultant for the Gulf Coast and Classic Companies.

The first round time allowed was set at 86 seconds which saw ten horse and rider teams advance to the jump off round.

“I loved Manuel’s course,” commented Kocher. “I thought it was going to be a course where a lot were going to be clear, but I think that was the goal. He wanted nine or ten. It was a beautiful day and a great crowd,” he continued. “It really turned out perfectly,” Kocher added.

“The most challenging part of the first round was the Horseflight jump to the Sidelines jump. Those two were toward the end of the course, the horses were getting a little tired, and going away from the gate you really needed to put your leg on. Then, they would be too strong for the Sidelines jump,” commented Kocher.

Kocher was the first to go in the jump off round in the irons of Postage Stamp Farm, LLC’s Prof De La Roque. Although their time of 45.725 seconds beat the time allowed of 62 seconds, they pulled a rail giving them four jump faults. “I was trying to be careful and not go with a lot of speed,” he said.

Amanda Comley of Waller, Texas in the irons of Joshua Tabor’s Cancum 2 followed Kocher in the jump off round. A rail at the second fence in a time allowed of 49.926 seconds would see them finish in tenth place overall.

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama was next to go in the irons of Loretta Patterson’s Silverstone. They posted a clear round in a time of 49.996 and moved to second position behind Kocher.

Fleur de Lis Farms’ Ziezo, ridden by Scott Lenkart of Bartonville, Texas, followed up with a four fault jump off round in a time of 45.900 seconds which would put them in eighth place overall.

Kocher returned, this time in the irons of Ciana. “Since I was too careful the first time, I came at it with more speed this time,” commented Kocher. “There was this little girl, maybe 3 or 4 years old, at the end of the arena with her grandparents,” said Kocher. “I walked by before I started my jump off round and she was saying ‘1 2 3 takeoff! 1 2 3 takeoff!’ Her grandparents tried to hush her and I looked at her and said, ‘Okay, 1 2 3 takeoff!’ and I just went,” he said.

Take off they did as they turned in the fastest, fault free jump off round in a time of 44.991 seconds. “After I was awarded my blue ribbon, I rode over and gave it to her,” he said. “She looked really happy,” he added.

Nicki Wilcox of Parker, Colorado, in the irons of her own J.E.S. Quito, followed Kocher and Ciana. Although the pair went clear, their time of 51.671 seconds would have them finish in fifth place overall.

Honorway Farm’s Leander, ridden by Leann Kelly of Valatie, New York, turned in the next clear jump off round in a time of 45.956 seconds which moved them up to a third place finish.

Crowd favorite Lochinvar, owned and ridden by Matt Cyphert of Northlake, Texas, also turned in a clear round in a time of 45.725 seconds. Not quite fast enough to beat Kocher and Ciana, their time would find them finishing in second place overall.

Shepherd returned to the jump off round, this time in the irons of Patterson’s Triompf. A heartbreak rail at the final fence earned them four faults in a time of 43.688 seconds and a sixth place ribbon overall.

DS Holdings, LLC’s Capricello 2 and Frank Owens of Windcrest, Texas were last to go and also suffered a rail at the final fence in a time of 47.742 seconds which would see them finish in ninth place overall.

“Ciana is a great horse,” said Kocher. “She won the second week in Pensacola and the Welcome this week. She just did her first FEI class and did some of the ranking classes in the Nations Cup,” he added. “This course looked really nice to her,” he said.

“Ciana is nine years old and belongs to Karen Cobb. She owns most of the horses I have ridden over the past year and a half,” Kocher said. “I have about eight showing here right now and some down the road at friend’s farm. We just got four more in and we’ll have more next week,” he added. “I sold a boat load of horses here last year,” said Kocher. “I actually sold more than half a million in horses here last year and no doubt, we will be selling a more for the rest of the circuit,” he added.

“I am very pleased with how the Apollo Jets Grand Prix went today,” commented Brian Hillen of Apollo Jets. “The crowd was amazing, the riders and horses were extremely talented and the grand prix field was beautiful,” he said. “I think Bob and Janet did a super job ordering up the beautiful weather we had and I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to sponsor this world class event,” Hillen added.

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

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$7,770 Hester Equestrian, LLC Jumper Classic Awards Steffee and Warsteiner the Blue

The $7,770 Hester Equestrian, LLC Jumper Classic was a huge success yesterday and saw twenty horse and rider teams take to the world class grass grand prix turf over a course designed by Manuel Esparza of Mexico City, Mexico, former Assistant Designer for the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

“I love designing on this field,” commented Esparza. “This class is so great for horses to get experience on this turf,” he said. “I could design the course with fast options because there is so much room here and the footing is great,” he added.

Eight advanced to the second round and Andy Kocher of Ocala, Florida and Jodie Camberg’s Destiny Van De Noordheuvel set the time to beat at 39.000 seconds, well within the 42 seconds time allowed.

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama and Loretta Patterson’s HJ Platinum looked to beat Kocher’s time, but their clear second round in a time of 40.987 seconds would put them in second place temporarily.

Penny Brennan of Ocala, Florida and her own Japan also looked to beat Kocher’s time and turned in a lightning clear second round in a time of 37.002 seconds, taking the lead and setting the new time to beat.

Helen Gilbert’s Al Pacini, ridden by Shannon Hicks of Lake St. Louis, Missouri, was the fourth to advance to a second round, but their time of 43.513 seconds, would see them finish with two time faults.

Sara McCann of Flower Mound, Texas, riding Fleur de Lis Farms’ Bacchus S, also turned in a clear second round, but their time of 42.731 would result in one time fault.

Mikayla Foster’s Kleinzoon Van Chin Ree, ridden by Amanda Comly of Waller, Texas, followed in the jump off order, but their second round saw twelve jump faults in a time of 39.577 seconds.

Leann Kelly of Valatie, New York and Honorway Farm, LLC’s Undercover finished their second round with four jump faults in a time of 39.403 seconds.

Sean Steffee of New Orleans, Louisiana and Isabel Coleman’s Warsteiner sat in the last to go spot and used those fast options when he rode to the win in a fast and clear second round in a time of 36.311 seconds, stealing the lead from Brennan.

The class finished up with Brennan and Japan in second, Kocher and Destiny Van De Noordheuvel in third, Shepherd and HJ Platinum in fourth, McCann and Bacchus S in fifth, Hicks and Al Pacini in sixth, Kelly and Undercover in seventh, and Comly and Kleinzoon Van Chin Ree in eighth. Brooke Kemper of Culpeper, Virginia and Christina Van Patten’s Riptide earned ninth place honors as the fastest four faulter in a time of 76.401 seconds; Kelly and Sarah Hunter’s Graf Joe earned tenth place after posting a four fault first round in a time of 79.202 seconds. Eleventh place went to Heather Zuber of Zionsville, Indiana and her own Phoenix, and Lila Sessums of Clinton, Mississippi and her own Jet wrapped up the class in twelfth place.

The 1.25 m Jumper Classic is open to all horses not competing in the grand prix which is a perfect opportunity for them to gain valuable mileage on a world class grass grand prix field. Sponsor of the $7,770 Jumper Classic is Hester Equestrian, LLC. With a new location at Hilaur Farms in Lexington, Kentucky, Hester Equestrian is happy to compete on some fabulous new circuits like Pensacola and Gulfport. Coming from the West Coast, it is great to make new friends, and keep the old, and let the horses frolic in large green pastures in the bluegrass. They welcome training clients and always have a nice selection of sale horses. See hesterequestrian.com for all the information.

Microchipping is now a requirement!

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) now requires horses to be microchipped by December 1, 2017 in order to be eligible for Horse of the Year awards. Get ahead of this requirement at a very reasonable price while showing at the Gulf Coast Winter Classics. Dr. Patrick Cleveland, the Official Veterinarian of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic, is offering those showing in Gulfport a discounted rate of only $28 to microchip your horse. Dr. Cleveland is available to discuss any questions you have about microchipping and Mary Babick, United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Hunter Vice President, is also available for questions about the rule change.

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

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

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