Category Archives: Hunter/Equitation

Tunica, Mississippi Shows Stay High and Dry!

Many of you know all too well about the flooding that has been taking place in the mid-south.  I for one as a Memphis girl at heart am saddened to see some parts of my hometown and the surrounding areas going through such a hard time.  With that said, I am excited to pass on the good news that the Tunica, MS Horse Shows~ Delta Blues June 15-19 and Tunica High Rollers June 22-26 will go on as scheduled.  Both shows offer “AA” rated hunter divisions and a $15,000 Jumper Prix each week.  In addition there will also be a $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby week II.  The show series is held at the Paul Battle Jr. Arena and Exposition Center in Tunica, MS~ just a short drive away from Memphis, TN.  The facility boast a large climate controlled state of the art indoor arena that seats 4000 people and has an adjacent covered warm up ring.  The Covered annex arena is 600′ x 275′ and there is also an outdoor lunging and schooling area that is 150′ x 275′.  The facility contains 600 permanent stalls that are all indoor and 6 turnout pens.  There is an on site campground with full hookups. Next to the Arena, within walking distance is a Swim/Tennis/Fitness Center open to the Public.

There has been some flooding in the area but no water near the facility at all.  The fabulous Gold Strike Casino and Hotel is reopening today, Thursday May 19th, and other casinos plan to open in the next week. The Tunica casino scene with all of the gaming, restaurants, concerts, and more will be in full swing by June!  Please go to www.tunicatravel.com to see where all the “action” is in Tunica.  The area is also offering many discounts so it is a great time to book your accommodations. The Gold Strike Casino is offering $55 rate during the week and Microtel has a rate of $39.  HELP US HELP THIS COMMUNITY!

If you need a prize list or need help with hotels, stalls, or entries please do not hesitate to contact us or go to www.tunicahunterjumpershows.com.

Thanks for your support of these wonderful shows and the Tunica, MS community!

Suzanne Mayo tunicashows@aol.com
Carol Vos unovos@aol.com
Patrick Rodes pdrntx@aol.com

Megan Godard
Equus Events, Inc.
Meybohm Realtors
803-295-2094
www.equusevents.com
Meganvgodard@gmail.com

Historic ASPCA Maclay National Championship Finds a Home in Kentucky

PHOTO: ©2010 Rebecca Walton - 2010 ASPCA Maclay National Champion Hayley Barnhill winners circle presentation

Lexington, Kentucky – May 17, 2011 – The 2011 Alltech National Horse Show has made the move to Lexington, Kentucky, and along with the glitz, the glamour, the prestige and the big money classes at this classic American tradition, the show will also feature one of the nation’s longest running and most coveted national championships, the ASPCA(R) (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Maclay National Championship.

The Alltech National Horse Show, 128th edition, will be staged at the Alltech Arena at the world-renowned Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, site of last year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The show runs from November 2-6, 2011, with the Maclay Finals taking center stage on the final Sunday.

Over the years the ASPCA Maclay Finals have been termed the “proving ground of champions” and the ultimate test for America’s young riders. And in the case of this classic test of horsemanship skills, that’s certainly more fact than hype.

“It’s the culmination of a long year of competition, it’s the final national championship, and with all of the history behind it, it’s just a great event to be a part of,” said top trainer Missy Clark, who, during the course of her stellar career as one of the nation’s very best teachers, has sent nine different ASPCA Maclay National Champions to the ring. “If you look back at the names on the Maclay trophy, you see so many names of riders that have gone on to do great things in their careers. If you can get through the Maclay Finals, you can go on and do anything. If you win that class, you’ve got the goods; you’ve got the ingredients to do great things.”

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Busy Weekend for the Atlanta Spring Premiere Horse Show

Jordan Coyne and Lazaro. Pictures by Shawn McMillen Photography

May 16th, 2011 – It was a busy weekend for the 2011 Atlanta Spring Premiere Horse Show.  The first show of a two week series wrapped up yesterday at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Georgia.  “We had a great horse show and unbelievable weather,” said show manager J. P. Godard of Equus Events.  Indeed, the week started off quite warm and sunny, but the weekend led way to lovely cooler temperatures and with the rain holding off it made for an absolutely wonderful finale to the week’s events.

The featured class of the weekend was the $25,000 Atlanta Spring Premiere Grand Prix which was held Saturday evening under beautiful skies in the International Arena.  An exhibitor and sponsor reception sponsored by Equus Events and the show’s “hospitality” sponsors was also held in conjunction with the class featuring southern delights such as barbeque pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw, and an assortment of desserts.  It was an exciting night as some of the best horses and riders in the southeast contended against a challenging course designed by Pierre Jolicoeur.  After the first round, just 6 competitors moved on to the jump off including Daniel Geitner aboard Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bostwick’s Sympa, Jordan Coyne and her Lazaro, Kristin Vanderveen aboard her Bull Run’s La Bamba, Chase Boggio and Aslan 193, and Taylor Land with two mounts Merlin and Nepal.  With a fast time of 36.369 and no jumping faults it was all about Lazaro and owner rider Jordan Coyne!  They took home the blue ribbon and a custom cooler donated by Integrity Fine Equestrian Linens just edging out professional rider Daniel Geitner and Sympa finishing second with a time of 37.023.  St. Charles, Illinois resident Kristen Vanderveen and her Bull Run’s La Bamba took home the third place ribbon with a time of 37.135.  Complete Results are as followed:

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Stransky Mission Farm’s Team Step by Step Riders Top Competition at Kentucky Spring Horse Shows

Trainer & Teens Champion Children’s Charity & Take Lead in $30k Challenge & Junior Competitions

Hector Florentino piloting Ultimo to victory in the $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. Photo by Rebecca Walton, Phelps Media

Lexington KY – May 15, 2011 – The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, held May 11-15, featured the exciting debut of the 2011 Hagyard Challenge Series, consisting of seven grand prix classes to be held during the 2011 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the final event, a cash prize of $45,000 will be awarded to the rider accumulating the most points throughout the series. The top riders from across the nation gathered to compete over a challenging course during the lead off event on Thursday night’s $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, CSI 2*. At the end of the two round competition, it was Hector Florentino aboard Stransky Mission Farm’s Ultimo in the winner’s circle.

Florentino, the head trainer and rider at Stransky Mission Farm in Wellington, Florida, now leads in the standings. The talented rider from the Dominican Republic is not only riding for owner Liliane Stransky but is a member of “Team Step by Step,” a group of riders of different levels, ages, and countries, who compete on the Hunter & Jumper A-Circuit to help raise awareness and funds for her international children’s charity, Step by Step Foundation (www.stepbystepfoundation.com).

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Competition Is Under Way at the 2011 Atlanta Spring Premiere and Atlanta Spring Challenge Series

Hunt Tosh and Cloud Harbor. All photos: Shawn McMillen photography

May 13th, 2011 – Competition kicked off this week to beautiful sunny skies at the 2011 Atlanta Spring Premiere Horse Show at the Georgia International Horse Park in Atlanta, Georgia.  Aiken, South Carolina resident J. P. Godard and his Equus Events manage the annual two week series which takes place May 11th-15th and 18th-22nd.

The professional hunter divisions took center stage in the hunter rings on Wednesday and Thursday while the jumpers tried their hand in the International Arena at courses designed by international jumper course designer Pierre Jolicoeur.  Hunt Tosh of Milton, GA had a stellar start to the week coming away with three tricolors on three Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Wheeler owned entries.  Tosh took home the First Year Green Hunter Championship aboard Triton Z, the Second Year Green Hunter Championship on Good Humor, and the Conformation Hunter Championship aboard Cloud Harbor.  Tosh is no stranger to the winners circle as he capped off an incredible 2010 season with a win in the coveted $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby finals in Lexington, KY on Lonestar as well as a Grand Hunter Championship and Leading Hunter Rider award at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, just to name a few.  He was also the recipient of the United Equestrian Federation’s Emerson Burr Trophy in 2010.

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Charlotte Jacobs Dominates St. Clements Horse Show in Saratoga

Charlotte Jacobs and Bring It On. Photo Credit: Heather Bellock for Phelps Media Group

East Aurora, NY – May 11, 2011 – Junior rider Charlotte Jacobs had an impressive weekend as she competed in Saratoga, New York during the first week of the St. Clements Horse Show.

Jacobs, who has just returned from a successful trip to the European Youngsters Cup Competition in Leipzig, Germany, had an extremely successful first show back in the United States. Throughout the week, Jacobs was awarded various winning titles, including Grand Junior Hunter Champion with Bring It On.

She also accomplished a tough feat, winning all three major equitation classes at the horse show.  This included the top call in the USEF Medal, the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search class and the Washington International Horse Show Equitation, all aboard Stallone VDL who is owned by North Star Ventures.

Jacobs was also unbeatable in the jumper ring, winning the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, this time with Karonda V. Schl’Hof CH.

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High Performance Hunter Championship Goes to Louise Serio and Do Tell at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Louise Serio and Do Tell earned the High Performance Hunter Championship at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Photo By: Holly Whiteman/PMG.

Lexington, KY – May 12, 2011 – It was another beautiful day at the Stonelea Ring for horses and riders showing during the first week of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows at the Kentucky Horse Park.  On this summer-like day, competitors showcased their talents, leading up to the championship and reserve championship prize in the professional hunter divisions, presented later in the day.

In the High Performance Hunters, Louise Serio and Do Tell brought home the championship with two firsts and two second place finishes.  Brian Walker and Garfield garnered the reserve championship with a blue, a red and two yellows.  Serio rides Do Tell for owner/rider Bridget Hallman, who will compete in the Amateur-Owner Hunters starting tomorrow.

Hallman raved, “He’s a big sweetheart.  He really wants to try his best every time.”  Serio added, “Do Tell was really good, he hasn’t shown since Florida. He hasn’t done the working that many times anyway, so I was really happy with him. He’s such a nice horse to ride; he’s so light in his mouth, really, really nice.”

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Perfect the Two-Point with Shane George

Balance over your horse’s center of gravity in the two-point position.

By AQHA Professional Horseman Shane George with Christine Hamilton for The American Quarter Horse Journal

The red shaded areas in this photo show common problems riders have with the half seat: hands and arms too far back, poorly positioned or swinging lower leg, and rounded shoulders and back. Journal illustration.

There are two basic seats for a hunter rider: full seat and half seat. For the hunters and jumpers, it’s important to have the ability to use both.

In a “full seat,” you have contact with your seat in the saddle. You sit on the horse’s back, riding each stride in a collected manner. It’s the seat you use in rail work.

In a “half seat,” you get up off your seat, out of the saddle and find a balance that’s a little more forward. It allows you to get your balance up and over your lower leg and over the horse’s center of gravity in his shoulder and wither. It’s a dynamic position, giving the rider more flexibility in how he moves with the horse.

How much your seat is out of the saddle depends on what you’re doing at the moment. If you’re in between jumps in a course, you might ride with your seat up but closer to the saddle, almost hovering over it. But if you’re going over a jump, your seat will be clearly up out of the saddle.

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Atlanta and Charleston Summer Classics

Just a reminder that both Summer Shows are coming up soon.  The Atlanta Summer Classic (June 15-26) prize list is online.  This show will have a new format; lots of money has been added along with a new schedule.  The show will have a $25,000 Hunter Derby and two $35,000 Grand Prix classes along with two USHJA Hunter Classics and a Gamblers Choice.  We will also have two free clinics between the shows, one for pony models and one for jumping water.

The Charleston Summer Classic (July 13-23) prize list is also online. This show has a new 5 day schedule to allow more time at the beach and to enjoy the low country.  If you need help with condo or house rentals, let us know.

To reserve stalls, call Tissy at 843 768 5503.

See you at the rings,

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

Alltech National Horse Show Unveils Huge Prize Money for Debut at Kentucky Horse Park

$250,000 Alltech National Horse Show Grand Prix to be featured on Saturday Night

Alltech's Dr Pearse Lyons with Alltech National Horse Show President Mason Phelps and show jumper Kent Farrington at the Alltech Arena at Kentucky Horse Park. © 2011 by Rebecca Walton.

Lexington, KY – May 11, 2011 – The press conference for this year’s debut of the Alltech National Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park was held on Wednesday at the Farm House Restaurant, located on the grounds.

The Alltech National Horse Show, 128th edition, will be staged at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, site of last year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The show will be held from November 2-6, 2011.

National Horse Show of America, Ltd. President Mason Phelps, Jr. welcomed the large gathering and then introduced the participants, highlighted by Dr. Pearse Lyons, the Founder and President of Alltech, the title sponsor of the Alltech National Horse Show.

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