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It’s Hunter Season at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic

Sarah Young pilots Beyond Time to the win in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby.

Week III of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic is underway! Perfect blue, sunny skies and pleasant temperatures were the backdrop to the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Tucci, that saw a field of twenty-seven horse and rider teams take to the hunt over a course designed by Tommy McIntyre of Batavia, Illinois.

Taylor Singleton’s Riesling, ridden by Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, trifecta winner of last week’s $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, earned the highest Classic Round score of 85. Samantha Hall’s Beyond Time, ridden by Sarah Young of Spring Hill, Kansas, finished right behind her in the first round with a score of 84, setting the stage for an interesting Handy Round.

Durgin Park, owned by Henrietta Hall and ridden by Sarah Invicta Williams of Santa Fe, New Mexico, were behind Beyond Time with a first round score of 83.5, and Whitny, owned by Gabrielle Smoller and ridden by Young, finished fourth in the Classic Round with a score of 83.

Micaela Kennedy’s Magnus Hermes, ridden by D. Samuel Pegg of Sutton West, Missouri, sat in fifth place after the first round with a score of 82.5.

Julie Curtin of Woodstock, Georgia was first to go in the Handy Round in the irons of Enticement, owned by Charlotte Warren, after earning a first round score of 76. Their Handy Round score of 85, for an overall score of 160, moved them into a seventh place finish overall.

Whitny and Young followed Curtin in the Handy Round after earning a first round score of 83. Their second round score of 87 for a combined total of 170 which would see them finish in fourth place overall.

Carrera, owned and ridden by Melanie Jeanes of Dallas, Texas, returned for their Handy Round after earning a first round score of 77. Their Handy Round score of 75 for a combined total of 152 would see them finish in tenth place overall.

Sabina Holtzman’s Re Chiste, ridden by Pegg, stood in sixth place after the first round, earning a score of 82.5. However, their Handy Round Score of 87 and combined overall score of 170 would move the pair up to third place overall.

Molly Ben Menachem’s Abstract, ridden by Sarah Scheiring of Stockton, New Jersey, returned for the Handy Round after earning a first round score of 79. Their second round score of 48 would see them drop from eighth to a twelfth place finish overall with a combined score of 127.

In seventh position after a first round score of 80, Mia Mask-Wittman’s Qirius, ridden by Ann De Michele of Haymarket, Virginia, earned a Handy score of 80 for a total score of 160, which would see them finish in eighth place overall.

Durgin Park and Invicta Williams were sitting in third place when they entered their Handy Round, but a second round score of 89 for a total of 171.5 would move them up to second place overall.

Sue Takata of Athens, Texas, in the irons of Stoneridge Farm’s A Timely Affair, sat in tenth place before their Handy Round with a score of 77.5. Their second round score of 70 for a combined total of 147.5 awarded them the eleventh place ribbon.

Beyond Time and Young sat in second place after their Classic Round. Their second round score of 90 moved them into first place with a combined score of 174, but Shepherd and Reisling had yet to go.

Happenstance, owned by Stonebridge Farms and ridden by Lauren Takata of Athens, Texas, sat in ninth place after a Classic Round score of 78. Their Handy Round score of 76 for a combined total of 154 would see them finish in ninth place overall.

Shepherd and Riesling sat in the last to go position and had the lead going into their Handy Round; however, a second round score of 83 for a combined total of 168 would see them finish in fifth place overall and secure the win for Young and Beyond Time.

The Gulf Coast Winter Classic is open season for the Hunters. All Hunters! With the second largest amount of prize money awarded in a USHJA International Hunter Derby in the country this year, the hunters are flocking to the Gulf Coast Winter Classic. The $77,700 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Brook Ledge Horse Transportation, is scheduled for Week V, Friday, March 11 and some of the top hunter riders in the country will be competing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

In the meantime, the Hunter divisions are heating up and entries continue to grow each week. The epic $5 Pre-Green Division offering has the rings packed with horses looking to earn valuable mileage and owners and riders looking to save some green!

The 3′ Pre-Green Division yesterday exceeded Week II entries and riders from New Jersey, Texas, West Virginia, Virginia, Missouri, Alabama, Louisiana, Maryland, Georgia and Canada were well represented.

Rappaport, owned by Brianna Johnson and ridden by Thomas Brennan of Charleston, West Virginia, was crowned the 3′ Pre-Green Hunter Champion and Cecilia Halsey’s Who Dat, ridden by Terry Brown of Canton, Georgia, was Reserve Champion.

Tim Maddrix and Capisce
Tim Maddrix and Capisce

The 3’3 Pre-Green Hunter Championship was awarded to Cheryl Rubinstein, LLC’s Capisce, ridden by Tim Maddrix, and Reserve Champion went to Frances Porter’s Pappernich ridden by Jason Berry.

The Baby Green Hunter Championship was awarded to D’Artagnon, owned by Rachael Murphy and ridden by Breezy Sambola, and Reserve Champion honors went to Gambling Joy, owned and ridden by Ivy Nyberg.

The Hopeful Hunter Championship was awarded to Brazos, owned by Kathryn Luke and ridden by James Hensen. Salomon, owned by Susan Schwartz and ridden by Grace Prichard, earned the Reserve Champion honors.

For complete results, click here.

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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Bob Bell
The Classic Company, Ltd.
www.ClassicCompany.com
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Post Office Box 1311 Johns Island SC 29457

Lochnivar and Cyphert Win the $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome

Matt Cyphert and Lochnivar.

Lenkart and Emilios Win the $7,770 Hester Equestrian Jumper Classic

The $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome Week II of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic saw twenty-six horse and rider teams compete over a course designed by Olympic Medalist and Pan American Course Designer Michel Vaillancort of Tryon, North Carolina. The course was set on the world class grass grand prix field at the Harrison County Fairgrounds which is considered to be the one of the best in North America.

While a majority of the class went clean in their first rounds, the real challenge came with the abbreviated second round when only five of the twenty six would finish double clean.

The first round time allowed was set at 82 seconds. The first to go and the first to post a double clean effort was Francois LaMontagne of Saint Eustache, Quebec, Canada in the irons of his own Dalton. The pair finished a fault-free first round in a time of 81.376 seconds and finished their second round effort in a time of 40.956 seconds, well within the 47 seconds time allowed and set the new time to beat.

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, who earlier in the day took the top three placings in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, transitioned into the jumper arena in the irons of Loretta Patterson’s Skymiles. The pair posted double clean rounds in times of 79.666 and 40.096 seconds, respectively, which would take the lead from Dalton and LaMontagne and set the new time to beat.

Specialized, owned by Missy Nolan and ridden by Tim Maddrix of Birmingham, Alabama, also posted double clean rounds in times of 78.029 and 38.751 seconds and took the lead from Skymiles and Shepherd.

Penny Brennan of Buhl, Alabama and Meco Equestrian, LLC’s Cord II followed Maddrix with double clear rounds in times of 76.322 and 38.162 seconds and set the new time to beat.

Helen Gilbert’s Emir D, ridden by Shannon Hicks of Lake St. Louis, Missouri, posted double clean rounds and looked to challenge Brennan and Cord II’s time, but the pair finished their second round in a time of 43.174 seconds which would see them finish in sixth place overall.

Matt Cyphert of Northlake, Texas and his own Lochinvar followed with the next double clean round in times of 76.139 and 36.999 seconds which would take the lead and set the new time to beat. But Tim Maddrix had yet to go so the win was not one for the books quite yet.

Maddrix returned in the enviable last to go position in the irons of Baily Martin’s Contador De Bornival Z, but eight jump faults and one time fault would keep the pair out of the ribbons and secure the win for Cyphert and Lochinvar.

Brennan and Cord II took second place, Maddrix and Specialized were awarded third, Skymiles and Shepherd received fourth, LaMontagne and Dalton were fifth, and sixth place went to Emir D and Hicks. Chanel du Calvaire and LaMontagne finished in seventh place as the fastest of the four-faulters in a time of 38.947 seconds, while eighth place was awarded to Bull Run’s T-Mac, owned and ridden by Konstanze Wachholtz, who posted a four fault second round in a time of 41.627 seconds. Ninth place went to Hester and Lorstakov; tenth was awarded to Hannah Donald of Highland Village, Texas and her own Commissario 6. Wender and Hester took eleventh place, while Hicks wrapped it up with twelfth place in the irons of Helen Gilbert’s Caritz Donz.

Emilios Wins the $7,770 Hester Equestrian LLC Jumper Classic

The $7,770 Hester Equestrian Jumper Classic was held Saturday and welcomed twenty-one horse and rider teams to a course designed by Michel Vaillancort. The class is geared toward horses not competing in the grand prix.

Scott Lenkart and Emilios
Scott Lenkart and Emilios

One third of the class had the opportunity to advance to the second round, but only two went double clean. Lauren Hester and Hester Equestrian’s Daister L posted double clear round in times of 77.941 and 40.128 seconds, respectively. The pair looked to win the Jumper Classic until last to go Scott Lenkart of Argyle, Texas and La Primera Hacienda’s Emilios posted double clear rounds in times of 73.844 and 38.209 seconds, respectively, taking the lead and putting Hester and Daister L in second place overall.

The fastest of the four faulters, Baritone 40, owned and ridden by Isabelle Potts of Aledo, Texas, posted a fault free first round in a time of 81.761 seconds and a four fault second round in time of 42.393 seconds. Fourth place was awarded to Loretta Patterson’s Silverstone, ridden by Holly Shepherd, who finished their clean first round in a time of 82.082 seconds and their four fault second round in a time of 49.319 seconds.

Thomas Welsh of New York, New York, in the irons of his own Prosper, placed fifth overall; sixth was awarded to Abby Maxwell of Cedar Rapids, Iowa in the irons of her own Kidogo. Lenkart returned for seventh place, this time aboard Fleur De Lis Farm’s Valina Du Cuirassier, and Welsh returned for the eighth place ribbon, this time in the irons of his own Newtown Jumping Jack. Jason Berry of Verona, Virginia and Willoughby Stables’ Varios placed ninth overall, and Francois LaMontagne was awarded tenth place in the irons of his own Vigo Massuere. Cerulean Stables’ Downton Abbey, ridden by Amanda Forte of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, placed eleventh overall, and Shepherd, riding Dejan Krunic’s Belle Clara DKS, wrapped up the class in twelfth place.

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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Bob Bell
The Classic Company, Ltd.
www.ClassicCompany.com
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Hester and Clueless P Win Opening Week $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome

Lauren Hester and Clueless P.

Lauren Hester of Lexington, Kentucky started this year’s Gulf Coast Winter Circuit in the winner’s circle, besting a group of 14 horse and rider teams in the $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome in the irons of Hester Equestrian, LLC’s Clueless P.

Course designer Nancy Wallis of Lambertville, New Jersey set the course with a first round time allowed of 88 seconds.

Hester was first to go in the class in the irons of Hester Equestrian, LLC’s Wender. Hester and Wender had a good run at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Pensacola Circuit and won the $10,000 EMO Jumper Classic Week I. Yesterday, the pair jumped a clean first round in a time of 79.242 seconds, but had two rails down in the second round in a time of 33.978 seconds. “He’s a super careful horse, so I was kind of shocked he had two down in the jump off round,” commented Hester. The pair would finish in ninth place overall.

Penny Brennan of Ocala, Florida and Meeco Equestrian’s Cord 11 turned in the next clean first round in a time of 87.134 seconds and advanced to the second round. A heartbreak rail at the last fence in a time of 36.396 seconds would see the pair finish in seventh place overall.

Hester returned to the grand prix field, this time in the irons of Hester Equestrian’s Dutch Warmblood, Arly. The pair turned in double clear rounds in times of 81.459 seconds and 37.150 seconds, respectively, and took the lead. “He’s really big and we made a couple of big turns,” Hester commented. Their lead would be temporary and the pair finished in fifth place overall.

Willoughby Stables’ Varios, ridden by Jason Berry of Verona, Virginia, grabbed the lead from Hester and Arly after turning in double clear rounds in times of 77.889 seconds and 34.623 seconds, respectively.

Brooke Kemper of Culpeper, Virginia followed Berry in the irons of her own Classified and posted double clear rounds in times of 83.377 seconds and 36.186 seconds, which would find the pair finish in fourth place overall.

Chanel Du Calvaire, owned and ridden by Francois Lamontagne of Saint-Eustache, Quebec, Canada, followed Kemper with double clear rounds in times of 82.066 seconds and 35.008 seconds, respectively, which would award them with third place honors overall.

Hester returned to the field, this time in the irons of Hester Equestrian, LLC’s Clueless P. “She was really spooking at the second jump,” commented Hester. “She really peeked at the triple bar and I was kicking her up to it,” she added. “She is so little and she chipped to it, so I just kept her galloping the rest of the course,” Hester said. The pair turned in double clear rounds in times of 80.146 seconds and 33.665 seconds, which would take the lead and eventually win the class. “I like little horses,” said Hester. “They turn easily and are closer to the ground, in case you fall off,” she laughed. “I was happy with how we did,” she said.

Amanda Forte of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania followed with the next double clear rounds in the irons of Cerulean Stables, LLC’s HHS Louis in times of 87.310 seconds and 39.379 seconds, respectively. The pair would finish in sixth place overall.

Molly Ben-Menachem’s Dontez, ridden by Sarah Scheiring of Stockton, New Jersey, turned in a four-fault first round in time of 86.626 seconds and finished in tenth place overall.

Hester and her fourth ride in the class, Hester Equestrian, LLC’s Lorstakov, turned in the final round of the class with a clean first round in a time of 82.470 seconds and a four fault second round in a time of 38.479 seconds. The pair would finish in ninth place overall. “I didn’t expect him to go clear, but he jumped really well,” said Hester. “He has come a long way,” she added. “He needs to jump bigger because he is just not so impressed with the smaller jumps,” she said.

“I’m showing all of them in the $25,000 Foley RV Center Grand Prix on Sunday,” said Hester. “The grass field here felt really good; it’s really nice. We weren’t slipping on it and it’s not too hard. I hate hard grass and this is really lovely,” she said.

For complete results on the $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome, click here.

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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Bob Bell
The Classic Company, Ltd.
www.ClassicCompany.com
Phone/FAX: (843) 768-5503
Post Office Box 1311 Johns Island SC 29457

Dash for Cash King Kocher Closes Out Pensacola on Winning Streak

Andy Kocher pilots Rooney IV to the win in Saturday night’s $25,000 Nutrena Grand Prix.

The 2014 and 2015 USHJA King of Cash recipient Andy Kocher of Ocala, Florida continued his winning streak to close out the 2016 Gulf Coast Winter Classic Pensacola Circuit yesterday and won the $25,000 Nutrena Grand Prix in the irons of BTS Entertainment and Sales’ Rooney IV.

Nineteen horse and rider teams tackled the course designed by Paul Jewel of Lambertville, New Jersey and only four went clean, including two horses piloted by Kocher. The first to go clean in the first round was Helen Gilbert’s Emir D, ridden by Shannon Hicks of Lake St. Louis, Missouri in a time of 74.749 seconds, well within the 81 seconds time allowed. Four more horse and rider teams followed with faults until Tim Maddrix of Leeds, Alabama entered the ring in the irons of Missy Nolan’s Specialized. The pair went clean in a time of 75.870 seconds, ensuring a jump off round!

Rooney IV and Kocher were the next to post a clean first round effort in a time of 73.359 seconds adding themselves to the jump off roster. Kocher returned as the last to go in the irons of Eagle Valley Partners’ Ciana and added themselves to the jump off trio after posting a clear round in time of 72.779 seconds.

The jump off round was set with a time allowed of 48 seconds. Hicks and Emir D were the first to go and went clean, setting the time to beat at 40.376 seconds. Maddrix and Specialized followed with a clean round in a time of 40.714 seconds and Kocher, winner of the Week II and III Horseflight Open Welcomes and the Week II $25,000 EMO Grand Prix, had the remaining two rides to go.

Kocher and Rooney IV were next to go and finished with a clean round in a fast 37.966 seconds taking the lead and setting the new time to beat for himself with his final ride, Ciana.

Ciana and Kocher turned in the final and the last clean round in a time of 42.320 seconds which put them in fourth place after he secured the win with Rooney IV. Hicks and Emir D finished in second; Maddrix and Specialty finished in third.

Fifth place went to the fastest four-faulter, Clueless P, owned by Hester Equestrian, LLC and ridden by Lauren Hester of Lexington, Kentucky, in a first round time of 70.356 seconds. Kocher returned for a sixth place ribbon in the irons of his own Red Lady, after posting a four fault first round in a time of 72.264 seconds. Seventh was awarded to Quasi Modo, owned by Daryl Nolen and ridden by Jennie Nolen of San Antonio, Texas, after the pair posted a four fault first round in a time of 72.392 seconds. Cassuro Tsp, owned and ridden by Christian Rogge of Spring, Texas, was awarded eighth place after turning in a four fault first round in a time of 73.744 seconds. Ninth place went to Carlot, owned by Rolling Acres Farm and ridden by Marylisa Leffler of Brookeville, Maryland, after turning in a four fault first round in a time of 75.006 seconds. Francois Lemontagne of Saint-Eustache, Quebec, Canada and his own Chanel Du Calvaire earned tenth place honors, followed by Rolling Acres’ Bling Bling, ridden by Leffler, who was awarded eleventh place. Hailey Henderson of Lafayette, Louisiana and her own Zine Dine finished up the class in twelfth place.

Today closed out the 2016 Gulf Coast Winter Classic Pensacola Circuit, which will now move down the coast to the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Gulfport Circuit for six AA weeks of show jumping competition set to kick off on February 10th. If you haven’t sent your entries in yet, go to horseshowsonline.com and enter today. Come experience why the grass is greener on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

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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Red Lady Takes the Blue! Wins Week III $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome

Andy Kocher and Red Lady.

The $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome Class kicked off the high jump action Thursday Week III of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Pensacola Circuit. Sixteen horse and rider teams tackled the course designed by Paul Jewel of Lambertville, New Jersey. Jewel set the first round time allowed at 83 seconds and the second round at 45 seconds.

Andy Kocher, of Ocala, Florida, continued his Week II winning streak and added the Week III $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome blue ribbon to his resume in the irons of his own Red Lady, after posting double clear rounds in times of 75.347 seconds and 33.482 seconds, respectively. He returned to the winner’s circle for second place in the irons of Eagle Valley Partners’ Coconut after posting double clear rounds in times of 76.562 seconds and 33.680 seconds.

“Red Lady is thirteen. She’s been ridden by a lot of good riders and she knows the drill,” commented Kocher. “I got her in England last October but we just started showing her,” he said. “She needed to get fit and conditioned, and her feet needed attention too. She’s going great and she just keeps getting better and better every time,” Kocher said.

“Paul Mcteer owns her and he owns some of the other ones I ride,” added Kocher. “It would be great if she won the Grand Prix this Sunday, but who knows? I’m riding a lot of great horses here,” he said.

Kocher, recipient of the USHJA 2014 and 2015 Dash for the Cash award, rode five horses in the class and besides grabbing first and second place ribbons, earned eighth and tenth placings in the irons of BTW Entertainment & Sales’ Rooney IV and Craig Morrison’s Four Roses Di Vie Z.

Kocher has eleven horses with him in Pensacola. “We had a really great day today; the weather was perfect and just awesome,” he said. “One of the girls I teach, Sarah Dees, just moved up to the Junior Amateur level last week and won her first class with her horse Rico S today and everyone at the barn was really excited about that,” he added.

Lauren Hester of Lexington, Kentucky and Hester Equestrian’s Clueless P posted double clear rounds in times of 75.008 seconds and 34.147 seconds, respectively, and took third place honors.

Helen Gilbert’s Emir D, ridden by Shannon Hicks of Lake Saint Louis, Missouri, earned fourth place after going double clean in times of 78.605 seconds and 36.317 seconds.

Francois Lamontagne, of Saint-Eustache, Quebec, Canada, in the irons of his own Chanel Du Calvaire, took the fifth place ribbon with double clear rounds in times of 79.547 seconds and 36.784 seconds, while Specialized, owned by Missy Nolen and ridden by Tim Maddrix of Leeds, Alabama, grabbed sixth place honors after posting back to back clean rounds in times of 77.846 seconds and 37.713 seconds. Christian Rogge of Spring, in the irons of his own Cassuro Tsp, earned seventh place honors after posting double clean rounds in times of 78.232 seconds and 39.979 seconds, respectively.

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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Bob Bell
The Classic Company, Ltd.
www.ClassicCompany.com
Phone/FAX: (843) 768-5503
Post Office Box 1311 Johns Island SC 29457

Winning Week II for Kocher at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Pensacola Circuit

Kocher pilots Ciana to the win in the $25,000 EMO Grand Prix.

Andy Kocher, recipient of the 2015 and 2014 USHJA Dash for the Cash Award, is well on his way to making it another winning year! Kocher, of Ocala, Florida, in the irons of Eagle Valley Partners, LLC’s Ciana, won Saturday night’s $25,000 EMO Grand Prix, besting a field of twenty horse and rider teams at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Pensacola Circuit.

Kocher rode four horses in the competition and two of them qualified for the jump off round. Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana, course designer and Technical Coordinator for the 2015 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, set the time allowed in the first round at 80 seconds. “It really was a good class and a perfect course to get my horses going this winter,” commented Kocher. “Not too big, good prize money and exactly what we need for our younger horses,” he said.

First to go in the class was Penny Brennan of Ocala, Florida and her own Japan. Although the pair finished in a first round time in 71.064 seconds, a heart break rail at the last fence would see them with four faults. Kocher was second to go in the class the irons of Eagle Valley Partners, LLC’s Coconut and the first to turn in a clean first round effort in a time of 71.355 seconds. “This was his first grand prix,” commented Kocher.

The nine that followed Kocher’s clean round had rail after rail and it wouldn’t be until Jennie Nolan of San Antonio, Texas and her own Quasi Modo turned in a clean round in a time of 76.429 seconds to the delight of the crowd. There would be a jump off round!

Tim Maddrix of Leeds, Alabama and Missy Nolan’s Specialized turned in a clean first round effort in a time of 76.454 seconds and joined the pair for the jump off round.

Kocher followed Maddrix in the first round line-up with Eagle Valley Partners’ Ciana with a fault-free first round time of 73.385 seconds and made it a foursome for the jump off round.

Kocher was the first to go in the irons of Coconut. The course was set at 46 seconds and Kocher and Coconut finished with one rail down in a time of 42.723 seconds. “My horses are small and catty and naturally fast enough,” he said. “I can do two strides in the same amount of time it takes the others to do one stride,” he said. “Coconut had a rail, but this is his first grand prix and I thought he did really well,” he added.

Nolen and Quasi Modo followed Kocher and turned in a fault free round in a time of 43.711 seconds, taking the lead! But with two left to go, it was still anyone’s win.

Kocher returned with Ciana. “I thought if I just jumped her around at her normal pace, she would leave them up,” he said. “She’s naturally fast and if she was going to knock one down, it would most likely be on the straightaway,” he added. “I ended up doing a lot more strides than anyone else in the lines and I can make tighter turns too,” he added. “I made the one inside turn and it worked out,” he said. The pair finished clean in a time of 40.104 seconds. Last to go was Maddrix and Specialty. With two rails and time faults, they would finish in fourth place overall and Kocher would take the win.

“This was Ciana’s second grand prix win,” said Kocher. “She won one in Ocala and she just jumped the 1.50 m classic in Wellington, which made this look very appealing to her,” he said. “She was really ready for it,” he added. Karen Cobb, head of Eagle Valley Partners, LLC and Ciana’s owner, bought the horse last spring in Holland. “She is just coming nine,” said Kocher, “We campaigned her last year and are really pleased with how she is going,” he said. “We will likely have her in Gulfport this winter,” he added.

Final results for the class had Kocher with first and third placings in the irons of Ciana and Coconut, respectively, Debbie Nolen and her own Quasi Modo in second place, Tim Maddrix in fourth with Specialized, and Brennan and Japan in fifth place as the fastest four-faulter.

Sixth was awarded to Kocher and his own Red Lady after turning in a four-fault first round in a time of 71.422 seconds. Rolling Acres’ Bling Bling, ridden by Marylisa Leffler of Brookeville, Maryland, earned seventh place after posting a four-fault first round in a time of 72.417 seconds, and Hester Equestrian’s Clueless P, ridden by Lauren Hester of Lexington, Kentucky, placed eighth after posting a four-fault first round in a time of 73.919. Ninth was awarded to Kocher and Eagle Valley Partners, LLC’s C’Havinia after turning in a four-fault first round in a time of 74.061 seconds, and tenth place went to Hester Equestrian’s Arly, ridden by Hester, in a time of 74.857 seconds and four faults. Eleventh and twelfth placings were awarded to Chanel Du Calvaire, owned and ridden by Francois LeMontagne of St. Eustache, Quebec, Canada, and Helen Gilbert’s Emir D, ridden by Shannon Hicks of Lake St. Louis, Missouri, respectively.

Tim Maddrix not only received the fourth place honors, but was also awarded the Kastel Denmark Style of Riding Award, selected by the Classic Company staff as the rider who exhibited the best American style of riding and possessed the respectful, dignified, courteous and workmanlike manner of a true sportsman Week II of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Pensacola Circuit.

Kocher Triumphant in $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome

Kocher kicked off his Week II winning streak when he won the $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome on Thursday night riding his own Red Lady. One of twenty-four in the Horseflight Welcome, Kocher turned in a clean first round effort in a time of 61.258 seconds, within the time allowed of 71 seconds. His second round clean effort in a time of 27.880 seconds was well within the time allowed of 41 seconds and set the time to beat.

Tim Maddrix rode Audrey Muscari’s Cartograna to an overall second place finish after posting double clean rounds in times of 66.054 and 28.728 seconds, respectively. Penny Brennan and Meco Equestrian, LLC’s Cord II took the third place win after posting double clean rounds in times of 65.717 seconds and 29.278 seconds. Hester and Hester Equestrian, LLC’s Clueless P finished fourth overall after two clean rounds in times of 66.095 and 29.479 seconds, respectively. Hester also returned for the tenth place ribbon, this time in the irons of Hester Equestrian, LLC’s Arly, after posting double clear rounds in times of 66.983 seconds and 32.327 seconds, respectively. Kocher returned for fifth place with Eagle Valley Partners’, LLC’s C’Havinia, Jason Berry of Staunton, Virginia rode Willoughby Stables’ Varios to a sixth place finish, Maddrix rode Missy Nolen’s Specialized to a seventh place finish, and eighth was awarded to Rolling Acres’ Bling Bling, ridden by Marylisa Leffler of Brookeville, Maryland. Ninth went to Cassuro Tsp, owned and ridden by Christian Rogge of Spring, Texas.

Kocher pilots his own Red Lady to the win in Thursday's $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome
Kocher pilots his own Red Lady to the win in Thursday’s $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome

“Red Lady is my horse and the rest are Karen Cobb’s horses,” said Kocher. “Red Lady is 14 years old, but the rest are younger,” he said. “She [Karen Cobb] likes to buy them younger, bring them along and then sell them. She’s been doing this for a long time and this is my second year working for her,” commented Kocher. “She’s awesome to work with!” he added.

“Pensacola is a perfect show for us,” said Kocher. “It’s the same weather here as in Ocala, but we get to start at 9 am and finish by 3 pm. It’s low stress and you’re not freaking out because the jumps are too high. I didn’t want to jump somewhere where the courses would really be over their heads,” he continued. “This show really is great for our younger horses; it builds confidence and it gets the ball rolling for all of us,” he said.

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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Comanche Soars and Gray Street Victorious at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Pensacola Circuit

Megan Young pilots Comanche to the win in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.

The $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Apollo Jets, kicked off the second weekend of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Pensacola Circuit yesterday and saw 15 horse and rider teams hunt for the blue. Paul Jewel of Lambertville, New Jersey designed the course.

The first round put Megan Young of Jacksonville, Florida and Lee Cesery’s Comanche in the lead with a first round score of 180. The pair was followed by Willoughby Stable’s Falcor, ridden by Jason Berry of Staunton, Virginia, who posted a first round score of 178. Tim Maddrix of Leeds, Alabama stood in third position with Alina Dumitrescu’s Shutterbug after posting a first round score of 175. Standing in fourth place after the first round with a score of 172 was Charlotte Warren’s Enticement, ridden by Julie Curtin of Woodstock, Georgia. Cobalt Blue R, owned by Oak Ledge Farm and ridden by Jason Berry of Staunton, Virginia, earned a first round score of 162 which placed them in fifth position after the first round while Rockaway, owned by Lee Cesery and ridden by Megan Young of Jacksonville, Florida, earned 159 total first round points and stood in sixth place going into the Handy round.

Standing in seventh place after the first round was Charlotte Warren’s Why, ridden by Julie Curtin after earning a first round score of 159, and standing in eighth place with a total of 156 points was Jeanne Pitre’s Player, ridden by Thomas Le Blanc of Folsom, Louisiana. Also with a score of 156 points after the first round was Showcase Limited’s Essence, ridden by Terry Brown of Canton, Georgia, who stood in ninth place going into the Handy round.

In tenth position after the first round with a score of 155 was Fig Street’s Duchess, owned by Cynthia Hallman and ridden by Christina Jason. Standing in eleventh with a first round score of 147 was Helen Gilbert’s White Lightening, ridden by Andy Kocher of Ocala, Florida. Stone Lane Farm’s Premium Blend, ridden by Alyssa Mansfield of Wellington, Florida, stood in twelfth place after the first round with a score of 145.

The Handy round had Mansfield and Premium Blend earning a second round score of 174 and a combined total of 319 points. Kocher and White Lightening followed and after turning in a second round score of 159 and earning a total score of 306, the pair would move into twelfth position and move Mansfield and Premium Blend into eleventh place.

Christina Jason and Fig Street’s Duchess returned for their second round and after earning 168 points for a total of 323, the pair would hold their tenth place position overall.

Curtin and Why returned for their second round and earned a Handy score of 179 for an overall total of 338. Their score would move them up to finish in sixth place.

Young and Rockaway earned a second round score of 177 and an overall score of 336 which would see the pair finish in seventh place.

Berry and Cobalt Blue R returned for their Handy round and earned a score of 190 which boosted them to a total score of 352, putting them in a fourth place finish.

Brown and Essence followed and after earning a Handy score of 170 and total score of 326, the pair moved to a ninth place finish.

Le Blanc and Player returned for their Handy round and earned a score of 188 for a total of 344. The pair would move to finish in fifth place overall. Enticement and Curtin finished their Handy round with a score of 157 and overall 329 which would move the pair to the eighth place finish.

Maddrix and Shutterbug maintained their third place standing in the class after posting a score of 180 and earning a total score of 355. Berry returned with Falcor for the Handy round and would also maintain their second place standing after earning a score of 179.5 and an overall 357.50 points. Last to go was Young and Comanche and they earned an impressive 200 in their Handy round for a total of 380 overall points and the championship. “I watched Jason and Tim go before me,” commented Young. “I saw them both take the other option and knew that in order to hold my lead, I needed to really showcase his [Comanche] handiness and just go for it,” she said.

Comanche, also known as Floyd, is only eight years old and this is only his sixth Derby. “I plan on showing in Gulfport this winter and hope to be able to compete in the $77,700 Derby Week V,” she added.

Gray Street Wins $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Legend, took place yesterday after the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Apollo Jets, and saw a field of eight horse and rider teams compete for the win over a course designed by Paul Jewel of Lambertville, New Jersey.

Gray Street, owned and ridden by Alexandra Penetta, sails over an oxer on their way to the win yesterday in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby
Gray Street, owned and ridden by Alexandra Penetta, sails over an oxer on their way to the win yesterday in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Gray Street, ridden by Alexandra Panetta of Brookeville, Maryland, won the class after earning a first round score of 87 and a Handy score of 83 for a grand total of 170 points. Carino, owned by Catherine Kologinczak and ridden by Christian Rogge of Spring, Texas, received second place after posting scores of 82 and 79, respectively, for a total score of 161. Third Day, owned by Abigail Beaty and ridden by Christina Jason of Aiken, South Carolina, received third place after earning a combined score of 158.

Motivation, owned and ridden by Salter Hydinger of Mountain Brook, Alabama, was awarded fourth place for their combined score of 144 and A Perfect Gentleman, owned and ridden by Brittany Wyatt of Fayetteville, Georgia, earned fifth after earning a total of 142 points.

Liddy Strickland’s Valentine, ridden by Sarah Milliren of Jenks, Oklahoma, received sixth place with a combined score of 136. Madison Barksdale’s New Dream, ridden by Christian Rogge, earned seventh place with a total combined score of 133 and Hailey Henderson of Lafayette, Louisiana, in the irons of Christian Rogge’s Cassia TSP, wrapped up the class in eighth place with a total score of 132.

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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Wender Wins $10,000 EMO Jumper Classic at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Pensacola Circuit

Lauren Hester pilots Wender to the win.

Saturday’s featured class, the $10,000 EMO Jumper Classic, saw fifteen horse and rider teams tackle the course designed by Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana.

Lauren Hester of Lexington, Kentucky and Hester Equestrian’s Wender galloped off with the blue ribbon after posting a first round time in 68.966 seconds and a clean second round in a time of 40.50 well within the 48 seconds time allowed.

Hester competed five horses, all owned by Hester Equestrian, LLC. “I missed watching all the other horses go because I was jumping off and on all of mine,” said Hester. “I have three people helping me here, and I’m thankful that we’re stabled so close to the ring that they could bring them up as I was getting off,” she added.

Hester was the first to go in the class in the irons of Hester Equestrian’s Katie Riddle and the pair posted a time of 69.631 seconds with four jump faults. “I haven’t had her quite that long, but she has a big stride and after I walked the course, I felt like it was geared for a more normal horse stride. Most of the lines were set really nice. The last line walked a touch long, but since it was the last line heading toward the gate, I knew it would come up short,” she said. “I just rode it pretty normal and was very satisfied with how she [Katie Riddle] went and I couldn’t ask more of her,” she said.

Christi Israel in the irons of her own Cracky Z followed and turned in a clean first round effort in a time of 76.050, just within the time allowed of 77 seconds. Their second round resulted in four jump faults and the pair finished in seventh place overall.

Mary Lisa Leffler of Brookeville, Maryland and Rolling Acres’ Bling Bling followed Israel and were the first pair to turn in double clean rounds in times of 70.460 seconds and 43.333 seconds, respectively, setting the new time to beat.

Southland Stables’ Vancouver IV, piloted by Christina Jason, followed Leffler and Bling Bling, but with four jump faults in a time of 70.158 seconds, would finish in ninth place overall.

Hester returned to the arena, this time in the irons of Hester Equestrian’s Lorstakov. The pair posted a first round time in 71.635 seconds with eight jump faults. “I’ve had him a little over a year,” commented Hester. “He is just seven and has all the scope in the world but we are working on his ‘rideability’ because he is a little difficult,” said Hester. “He jumps really well but then gets really excited and fast. I forget he is so young because he jumps so well,” she continued. “Basically, he’s really young and green, but I was really happy with his round,” she said. The pair finished in twelfth place overall.

Francois Lamontagne, of Saint-Eustache, Quebec, Canada, followed Hester in the irons of his own Chanel Du Calvaire. Four jump faults in a time of 75.649 seconds would see the pair finish in eleventh place overall.

Leffler and Bling Bling continued to hold the lead until Jason Berry and Willoughby Stable’s Varios turned in double clean rounds in times of 71.893 seconds and 40.639 seconds, respectively, setting the new time to beat.

Leffler returned to the ring, this time in the irons of Rolling Acres’ Carlot. Although the pair posted double clean rounds in times of 71.865 seconds and 42.298 seconds, respectively, their time was not fast enough to take the lead from Berry and the pair would settle for third place overall.

Hester and Wender followed Leffler. “He [Wender] turns really tight and smooth,” commented Hester. “I don’t need to gallop and I can just let him go. He knows his job and likes to win,” said Hester. The pair turned in double clean rounds in time of 68.966 seconds and 40.501 seconds, respectively, grabbing the lead and setting the new time to beat.

Christi Israel of Birmingham, Alabama and her own Clouseau followed Hester and Wender, but after posting a four-fault, first round time in a time of 72.550 seconds, the pair would finish in tenth place overall.

Hester returned to the ring again, this time in the irons of Hester Equestrian’s Clueless P. After turning in a clean first round in a time of 70.708 seconds, a rail in the second round in a time of 40.745 seconds would see them receive the sixth place ribbon. “We’ve had Clueless for less than a year and she was third in the Atlanta Grand Prix,” commented Hester. “She [Clueless] has a shorter stride which helped us in the jump off because I had to gallop her more,” said Hester. “She could have beat Wender but after I got the rail, I slowed her down a bit,” she added. “She’s 10 year old and only 15.1 hands. People say, oh look at the pony! And I tell them not to say that because we just let her think she is a big horse,” she laughed.

Hester also had the last ride in the class, in the irons of Hester Equestrian’s Arly. Despite double clean rounds in times of 72.360 and 44.390 seconds, respectively, the pair would finish in fourth place overall. “We just bought Arly and we’ve had him about a year. He was kind of hanging out after recovering from an injury and I’ve been bringing him back slowly,” commented Hester. “He is a grand prix horse and since he is on his way back, I didn’t want to run him around and he just jumped it so easy,” she said.

Gulf Coast Winter Classic Show Coordinator, Janet McCarroll, presents the awards for the $10,000 EMO Jumper Classic to Wender and Hester

“I’m really excited how well Wender is going,” said Hester. “Last year he was sick for a long time,” she said. “He was found to have PSSM Type 2 which is basically an insulin resistance for horses,” she said. “It’s a genetic disorder and he can’t have any sugar. For instance, he gets celery instead of carrots,” she said. “He has just been coming back into competition again and I just started showing in November. He has been doing really well and I anticipate that he will continue to do so all winter,” she added.

“This is our first time showing in Pensacola,” said Hester. “We like it a lot here! It’s very warm, and the people are so nice!” she said. “I couldn’t believe it, that about a week and half before the show they [Classic Company staff] called me and asked for our order of shavings, feed, hay and I just couldn’t believe the level of service! I never got this sort of treatment from another show,” she said happily.

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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Pensacola Count Down Is ON!

The Escambia County Equestrian Center is home to the Gulf Coast Winter Classics in Pensacola for three weeks starting January 13 and offers a huge covered arena, beautiful outdoor arenas, plenty of stabling in permanent barns with large stalls, indoor wash racks and roomy aisles. On-site RV pads with water and electric hook up are available and scenic riding trails are also a part of the equestrian center.

Top hotels are just minutes from the show grounds, offering plenty of lodging choices for those with and without pets. World class shopping and dining on the Gulf of Mexico, just a fifteen minute drive from the show grounds, make for great Mondays for everyone in your barn! Truly the most perfect stop for those heading to the Gulf Coast Classic Winter Shows.

Offering classes, prize money and jump heights for all levels, USEF Premier for Hunters week II, USHJA National Hunter Derby Week II, $25,000 Grand Prix weeks II and III and a USHJA International Hunter Derby Week II, $5.00 Pre Green Hunter divisions with $1,000 prize money and USHJA Pre Green Incentive and Challenge are offered.

We invite you to prep your horses and riders at this world class facility. One of the first European settlements in the United States, Pensacola offers great restaurants, a wide variety of lodging, a wonderful boutique town and Gulf Coast waterfront just a short drive from the show grounds.

The Pre-Green Division will be only FIVE DOLLARS per horse this winter in both Pensacola and Gulfport!

This year marks the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Pensacola Circuit’s fifth anniversary and to celebrate, all Pre-Green entries are only $5.00. That’s right – five dollars! This epic offering is a testament to the Gulf Coast Classic Company’s commitment to the development of the young horses in the sport.

In addition to the $5.00 Pre-Green Division, the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Pensacola Circuit will also offer weekly grand prix, national hunter derbies, $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome Classes in addition to some feature competitions such as Week I’s $10,000 EMO Open Jumper Classic, Week II’s $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and $25,000 Nutrena Classic Grand Prix and Week III’s $25,000 eAwardz Grand Prix. With something for everyone, this is THE circuit to get valuable mileage for young horses and riders, prize money and experience the award-winning Classic Company service.

The prize lists are online and entering could not be easier! Just click here to go to Classic Company’s service partner horseshowsonline.com and enter your entire barn for no additional fees!

Gulf Coast Winter Classic Gulfport Circuit

The secret is out! Gulfport, Mississippi is THE place to show! With more than a million in prize money and awards, the best footing in the show world and the best management staff, add to that its Mississippi Gulf Coast location complete with beachfront hotels and condos and some of the best seafood and fishing in the country, and you have a winner!

Six hundred eight permanent stalls and more than 500 tent stalls are available. Strict bio-security measures have always made these show grounds a safe haven for all horses. Complimentary riders’ lounges at the jumper and hunter rings, VIP tent, exhibitor parties every week and fun for the whole family with a class for everyone is what sets the Gulf Coast Winter Classic apart from other winter competitions.

More than 130 RV spots complete with electric and water hooks ups are available as well as partnerships with world-class hotels located just a short drive from the show grounds.

The best news? The Gulf Coast Winter Classic offers the best showing experience for a fraction of the cost of other shows. Better footing, world renown course designers, a fun coastal town with world class shopping and dining, an airport just 15 miles away – what are you waiting for? Join the Gulf Coast Classic on the Gulf of Mexico in Gulfport, Mississippi this winter and discover why the grass is greener on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

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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The Classic Company Wraps Up Its 2015 Show Season at the Atlanta Fall Classics

Gemma Paternoster rode her own Zonneglans to the win in the opening $7,500 Horseflight Open Welcome Week I.

The Atlanta Fall Classics celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Georgia International Horse Park, home to the 1996 Olympics, and wrapped up two weeks of AA shows last week to close out the 2015 Classic Company calendar of world-class show jumping events.

“I can’t believe it’s already been twenty years,” commented Bob Bell, President of Classic Company. “We appreciate the support of the trainers and riders who have shown with us over the past twenty years,” he continued. “We have enjoyed watching the riders and horses develop with us and feel very fortunate to call our customers our friends,” he added. “Our success is a testament to their support,” he said. “We will continue to improve our shows over the next twenty years and look forward to future generations competing at the Classic Company shows and becoming part of our family,” he added.

The Classic Company’s 20th Anniversary Reception took place at Cherokee Run Golf Course, located down the street from the Georgia International Horse Park. Bob Bell, city managers and officials from the Georgia International Horse Park, as well as trainers and riders, attended the gathering.

Top course designers, Manuel Esparza and Michel Vaillancort, were on hand Weeks I and II, respectively, created challenging courses in the Olympic Arena Week I and II. The arena acted as the backdrop to firsts and lasts for grand prix rider Gemma Paternoster, formerly from England now residing in Wellington, Florida. The Atlanta Fall Classic debuted her return to the grand prix arena after having recovered from an accident in August whereby she broke her shin bone. She returned to the competition ring complete with titanium and pins and won the Atlanta Fall Classic’s opening $7,500 Horseflight Open Welcome in the irons of her own Zonneglans and rode her beloved Osiris in his last competition before retiring him and sending him back to England. “He was supposed to retire in August, but after I got hurt, I knew that once I learned to walk again, he would be integral to my ‘saddle rehabilitation’,” commented Paternoster.

David Jennings and KM Farms' KM Corfina won Week II's $35,000 Classic Grand Prix
David Jennings and KM Farms’ KM Corfina won Week II’s $35,000 Classic Grand Prix

Week II saw David Jennings and KM Farms’ KM Corfina and his student, Haley Gassel, riding her own Quite Dark 2, as the only two of the field returning for the jump off in a technically challenging course designed by Vaillancort. Jennings won the class with KM Corfina making it their second win of the two grand prix the pair had competed in. Gassel came in second on her own Quite Dark 2. Jennings commented that “it was really rewarding to ride against one of my students.” In addition to the prize money, Jennings was also awarded a $1,000 Gift Card from Brian Hillen of Apollo Jets, the Official Charter Jet Aviation Company of the Classic Company, toward Apollo Jets’ Chartered Air Travel.

Gassel won the Week I Classic Grand Prix, presented by EMO, and it was only her second grand prix win in the irons of her own Quite Dark 2. “I consider myself the underdog riding against these grand prix riders,” she commented. Gassel also won the Kastel Denmark Style of Riding Award Week II.

Kaitlyn Campbell won the $7,500 Nalley Toyota Stonecrest Open Welcome Week II. She hadn’t ridden at the Atlanta Fall Classics since her days of short stirrup and she raved that since that time, the facility has undergone many improvements. “The stalls are so nice and the improvements are great,” she said. “This is a great show for our younger horses. The classes are big enough but we can just keep going until we get it right,” she added.

Despite the less than desirable weather week I, the new footing in the arenas held up well. “I thought the footing was good,” said Jennings. “No one was slipping and the horses seemed to go really well,” he said.

Barry Lane Jumper Classics – Trifecta of Child Adult Jumper Classics

The popular $25,000 Barry Lane Jumper Classics took place during the opening weekend and kicked off with the $5,000 Classic which awarded Fit to Print Farm’s Camera Ready, ridden by Sydney Crenshaw of Canton, Georgia, first place honors. Saturday the $10,000 Classic was won by Mary Elise Nolan and her own Take a Chance. Annie Miller and her won HH Dudinka won Sunday’s $10,000 Classic and also went on to be awarded the Kastel Denmark Style of Riding Award.

The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derbies were offered Weeks I and II and saw seasoned veteran hunter rider Julie Curtin and Charlotte Warren’s Enticement in the winner’s circle Week I and Rebekah Warren and her own Tasty awarded the blue ribbon Week II.

Week II welcomed the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Friday night under the lights in the Olympic Arena and a packed ringside watched Daniel Geitner ride Allison Mills’ Sky Pilot to the win. The VIP tent offered spectacular ringside seating and catered meal complete with carving stations as well as complimentary wine sponsored by Kastel Denmark.

The Atlanta Classics’ Official Veterinarian, Elite Equine Sport Horse Medicine & Lameness, sponsored the 1.20 m Junior Amateur Jumper Classics Weeks I and II and awarded Catori, owned and ridden by Nancy Mcfadden, the blue ribbon Week I and Amicelli, owned and ridden by Mattie Hatcher, was in the winner’s circle Week II.

Week I also crowned the National Classic Equitation Finals and Week II featured the EMO Equitation Finals and Zone 4 Finals as well as the Circuit Awards, presented by Practical Horseman.

Congratulations to all Circuit Champions!

Pre-Green Hunter Circuit Champion: Valhalla, owned by the Wheeler family and ridden by Hunt Tosh

Green Working Hunter Champion: Special, owned by Missy Nolan and ridden by Tim Maddrix

Green Conformation Hunter Champion: Scripted, owned by Pony Lane Farm and ridden by Elizabeth Boyd

Performance Hunter Circuit Champion: Shutterbug, owned by Alina Dumitrescu and ridden by Tim Maddrix

A-O Hunter 18-35 Circuit Champion: All the Best, owned and ridden by Christina Fisher

A-O Hunter 36+ Circuit Champion: Three Olives, owned and ridden by Anna Wells-Sharp

A-O Hunter 3’3″ Circuit Champion: Ruby, owned and ridden by Holly Labry

Small Junior Hunter Circuit Champion: Confidential, owned and ridden by Bergen Sanderford

Large Junior Hunter Circuit Champion: Mystical, owned and ridden by Bergen Sanderford

Junior Hunter 3’3″ Circuit Champion: Special, owned by Missy Nolan and ridden by Mary Elise Nolan

Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Circuit Champion: Enchanted Evening, owned and ridden by Lizabeth Fisher

Adult Amateur Hunter 36-49 Circuit Champion: Dark Star, owned by Black Ankle, LLC and ridden by Ansley Johnson

Adult Amateur Hunter 50+ Circuit Champion: Hutton, owned by Don Stewart and ridden by Laura Tison

Children’s Hunter 14 and Under Circuit Champion: Equanimity, owned by Black Ankle, LLC and ridden by Laura Neely

Children’s Hunter 15-17 Circuit Champion: Waccamaw, owned by Braemer Road, LLC and ridden by Mary Margaret Dodd

Small Pony Hunter Circuit Champion: Baby Blue, owned by Bibby Hill and ridden by Libbie Gordon

Medium Pony Hunter Circuit Champion: Mind Your Step, owned by Ashland Farms and ridden by Campbell Key

Large Pony Hunter Circuit Champion: Woodlands Misty Rain, owned and ridden by Isabelle Aldridge

Small/Medium Green Pony Hunter Circuit Champion: Royal Moment, owned and ridden by Maddie Stiles

Large Green Pony Hunter Circuit Champion: Orchard Hills Ghiradelli, owned by Alexandra Mager and ridden by Lindsey Ayres

Children’s Pony Hunter Circuit Champion: Incredibly Happy, owned by Ellie Aronson and ridden by Kat Fuqua

Short Stirrup Hunter Circuit Champion: Lions Share, owned and ridden by Judy Porter

Children’s 2’6″ Hunter Circuit Champion: Good Deal, owned and ridden by Dina Van Dyken

Adult 2′ 6″ Hunter Champion: Clark Kent, owned and ridden by Tricia Conahan

Children’s Jumper Circuit Champion: Captivate, owned by Charity Durgin and ridden by Isabel Harbour

Adult Jumper Circuit Champion: Camera Ready, owned by Fit to Print Farm and ridden by Sydney Crenshaw

Junior A/O Low Jumper Circuit Champion: Benedetto, owned and ridden by Mary Katherine Hargreaves

Junior A/O High Jumper Circuit Champion: Kasaar, owned and ridden by Erin McGuire

Zone 4 Performance Working Hunter 3’6″ Champion: Chaperone, owned by Izzy Humphries

Reserve Champion: Pet Rock, owned by Leslie Terry

Zone 4 Performance Working Hunter 3’3″ Champion: Numinous, owned by Lizabeth Fisher

Reserve Champion: Autumn Glory, owned by Maggie Lewis

Zone 4 Green Working Hunter Champion: Intrigue, owned by Charlotte Warren

Reserve Champion: Jus D’O, owned by Select Sport Horses

Zone 4 Amateur Owner Hunter 3’6″ Champion: Premium Blend, owned by Stone Lane Farm

Reserve Champion: Truffle, owned by Chelsea Koornick

Zone 4 Amateur Owner Hunter 3′ 3″ Champion: Ruby, owned by Holly Labry

Reserve Champion: Cartier R, owned by Danielle Ford

Zone 4 Junior Hunter Small 15 and Under Champion: Rose Gold, owned by Abigail Dubose

Reserve Champion: Sympatico, owned by Charlotte Anguiano

Zone 4 Junior Hunter Large 15 and under Champion: Lilly Wood, owned by Donald Stewart

Reserve Champion: Breaking News, owned by Isabel Harbour

Zone 4 Junior Hunter Small 16-17 Champion: Perspective, owned by Bergen Sanderford

Reserve Champion: Can’t Touch This, owned by Sydney Hannon

Zone 4 Junior Hunter Large 16-17 Champion: Valentine, owned by Wendy Arndt

Reserve Champion: Mystical, owned by Bergen Sanderford

Zone 4 Junior Hunter 3’3″ Champion: Sinful, owned by Grace Bridges

Reserve Champion: Autumn Glory, owned by Maggie Lewis

Zone 4 Pony Hunter Small Champion: Baby Blue, owned by Bibby Hill

Reserve Champion: Flower Girl, owned by Bibby Hill

Zone 4 Medium Pony Hunter Champion: Dance With Me, owned by Bibby Hill

Reserve Champion: Lady Madonna, owned by Liana Gavidia

Zone 4 Large Pony Hunter Champion: Valentino, owned by Ashley Vail-Aycox

Reserve Champion: Caleche, owned by Laura Barrett-Gurtiss

Zone 4 Small/Medium Green Pony Hunter Champion: Royal Moment, owned by Maddie Stiles

Zone 4 Children’s Hunter Pony Champion: Birtley’s Crowned Jewel, owned by Maddie Tosh

Reserve Champion: My Freetyme, owned by Leila Waits

Zone 4 Children’s Hunter Horse 14 and Under Champion: Excurs, owned by Hannah Echols

Reserve Champion: Norway De La Fosse, owned by Edie Ringger

Zone 4 Children’s Hunter Horse 15-17 Champion: Black Patent Stilleto, owned by Camryn Lindsey

Reserve Champion: Kahlua, owned by Isabelle Aldridge

Zone 4 Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Champion: Amara, owned by James Fisher

Reserve Champion: Jackson, owned by Emily Weeks

Zone 4 Adult Amateur Hunter 36-49 Champion: Overseas, owned by Mindy Wurzburg, LLC

Reserve Champion: Remix, owned by Kelly Sims

Zone 4 Adult Amateur Hunter 50+ Champion: Riesling, owned by Cheryl Rubenstein, LLC

Reserve Champion: Maxwell Smart, owned by Tricia Conahan

Zone 4 Pre-Green Hunter Champion: Enamor, owned by Showcase, Ltd

Reserve Champion: Capisce, owned by Cheryl Rubenstein, LLC

Zone 4 Low Junior Amateur/Owner Jumper Champion: Chasm Z, owned by Madison Akins

Reserve Champion: United, owned by Castle Point Farm, LLC

Zone 4 Children’s Jumper 1.10 m Champion: Via Dolarosa, owned by Abigail Beaty

Reserve Champions: Zibon 2 owned by Grace Asbury and Coutoure Z owned by Caitlin Howie

Zone 4 Adult Jumper 1.10 m Champion: Camera Ready, owned by Fit to Print Farm

Reserve Champions: Commander in Chief, owned by Christa Prater and Cora, owned by Christina Couper

Zone 4 High Child Adult Jumper 1.15 m Champion: Jacobs Ladder, owned by Sydney Johnson

Reserve Champion: Captivate, owned by Charity Durgin

“Awarding excellence is what the Classic Company is all about,” commented Bell. “We are so pleased to have been selected to host the Zone 4 Finals and during our 20th anniversary show made it even more special for all of us,” he added.

The Atlanta Fall Classics concludes the 2015 Classic Company show season. “We had a fantastic year and want to let all of the folks who showed with us that we attribute our success to all of you!” commented Bell. “We look forward to seeing everyone in Pensacola where we will be celebrating our fifth anniversary on the Florida Gulf Coast and offering the $5.00 Pre-Green Division,” he said. “We look forward to providing the best shows for you next year and hope you will join us at the Gulf this year-Pensacola and Gulfport,” he continued. “Come show with us and find out for yourself why the grass is greener on the Florida and Mississippi Gulf Coasts!” he said.

The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States. For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at classiccompany.com or call them at 843-768-5503.

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

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