Category Archives: Competitions

Fred Whitfield & Hunter Herrin to Compete for $10k at Battle in the Saddle Match Roping

The American Quarter Horse Journal, May 24, 2010 – A match roping between Texan Fred Whitfield and Oklahoman Hunter Herrin will be held July 9 at the inaugural Battle in the Saddle competition at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. In the Texas versus Oklahoma duel, accuracy will be the name of the game and more than state pride is on the line. The roper with the most catches will ride away with $10,000 and a pair of commemorative Battle in the Saddle spurs.

Whitfield and Herrin, both professional tie-down ropers, will rope in five rounds for a $10,000 winner-take-all purse. State Fair Park and the American Quarter Horse Association have teamed up to present Battle in the Saddle, the first-of-its-kind equestrian event. The event is owned by Oklahoma State Fair Inc. and managed by AQHA and is a premier equine competition showcasing five western disciplines. Competitors will shoot it out in five fast-paced, exciting events: ranch horse, reining, working cow horse, roping and cutting.

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One for the Record Book! Minikus and Raether Tie for the Top in $55,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix at Kentucky Spring Classic

Todd Minikus and Pavarotti tied with Cara Raether and Ublesco for the first place prize in the $55,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix at the Kentucky Spring Classic. Photo By: Lindsay Y McCall/PMG.

Lexington, KY – May 22, 2010 – Tonight’s amazing finish in the $55,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington, will go down in history.  The crowd went wild when Todd Minikus and Pavarotti crossed the finish line in an exciting 35.24 seconds to take over the lead during the jump-off, but when Cara Rather and Ublesco managed to stop the timers at the same 35.24 seconds the night became historical.

The fantastic grand prix at the Kentucky Spring Classic was held in the Main Stadium, site of the show jumping events for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, with the course designed by Conrad Homfeld. The first round had 16 jumping efforts that included a liverpool, a double combination, and a triple combination. Ten riders were able to complete the first round without fault and advance to jump-off. The short course began over a single vertical and a made a sharp right turn to a single oxer before making a left turn to the oxer-vertical double combination. Riders then made a made dash to a single vertical, which they had to slice before continuing to a single oxer. Finally they made a full circle to a single vertical before galloping home over a large oxer towards the gate.

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NFHJA and FCHJA Hunter Jumper Equitation Schooling Horse Show Is Last Weekend in May

NFHJA logo

NFHJA (North Florida Hunter Jumper Association) and FCHJA (First Coast Hunter JumperAssociation) will be again sharing a horse show weekend in May. FCHJA will be Saturday, May 29th and NFHJA will be Sunday, May 30th.  We hope everyone will do their best to exhibit at both shows.  It is sure to be an affordable weekend and great practice for all before the brutal heat of the summer hits!  Many exciting things are in store for exhibitors who participate in both shows this weekend: very special High Point prizes, drawings, awards and even a cookout.  We are very thankful for our sponsors: The Gift Horse, the title sponsor of the weekend, The Riding Habit, Feedin’ Time, Horses in the South & Casual Creation Photography, whose combined efforts made this very special weekend possible.  Please be sure to read the prize list carefully and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  Both shows are NFHJA & FCHJA sanctioned.  We look forward to seeing everyone soon!




NFHJA wishes to thank the generous sponsors of:


Where Every Horse & Rider Has A Special Gift

The Gift Horse

Sponsors: The Gift Horse, The Riding Habit,  Feedin’ Time,  Casual Creation Photography and

NFHJA Also wishes to thank our friends at FCHJA, Nancy Wines & Patty Runk for their cooperation, hard work and dedication!!

The Gift Horse NFHJA May Schooling Show

Where Every Horse & Rider Has A Special Gift

Sunday, May 30, 2010
FCHJA Sanctioned

Following the FCHJA May Schooling Show
Saturday, May 29th
Clay County Agricultural Center – Green Cove Springs, Florida

PRE-ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010. ALL STALLS MUST BE PRE-PAYED OR RESERVED BY CREDIT CARD TO GUARANTEE RESERVATION. PLEASE MAIL pre-entries to NFHJA, Post Office Box 24031, Jacksonville, FL 32241. Post entries will be charged a late fee of $10.00 per entry.  Entries close: FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010. A $12.00 schooling fee will be charged per entry. There is no schooling fee for Walk, Walk/Trot or Lead Line. Stalls are available for $30 & MUST BE PREPAID. STALLS RESERVED AFTER THE CLOSING DATE OF ENTRIES WILL BE $40 IF AVAILABLE.

The Gift Horse High Point Awards

The Highpoint Horse/Rider of the following Divisions will be awarded on Sunday at the conclusion of the Show. Horse/Rider must have competed at both the NFHJA show on Sunday & the FCHJA show on Saturday to be eligible to win.

Pony Hunter/Schooling Pony Hunter/Children’s Pony Hunter

Amateur Owner/Adult Amateur Hunter

Baby Green/Low Working Hunter

Junior/Children’s Hunter

Stepping Stone Hunter

Pre-Children’s Hunter

Beginner Rider/Beginner Hunter

Intermediate Hunter

Short Stirrup Hunter

Pleasure Horse/Pony

Pre-Adult Hunter

Cross Bars



Novice Jumper

Hopeful Hunter

Low Children’s/Adult Jumper

High Children’s Adult Jumper

Junior/AO Jumper

The Riding Habit “Good Habits” Awards

Best Groomed Horse/Pony

High Point Hunter

The Gift Horse Giveaways

$100 Drawing for all Trainers

$100 Drawing for all Exhibitors

Drawing for the Barn with the most Entries

“Green” Drawing for all Riders 12 & Under

“Silver” Drawing for all Riders 45 & Over

The Feedin’ Time Cookout

Saturday, May 29th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Under the Pavillion between the outdoor Hunter Rings.  Come feed your horse sized appetite at a cookout with hotdogs and refreshments after showing all day!


For Exhibitors that participate in the FCHJA show on Saturday, May 29th

Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center Prepares for Special Olympic State Equestrian Games

Thomas Mickel represented Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center aboard Belle in a Western Equitation class with the help of volunteer Jamie Miller during the Special Olympic Area Equestrian Games. Photo Courtesy of VTRC

 Loxahatchee, FL – May 18, 2010 – Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (VTRC) is currently preparing to participate in the Special Olympic State Equestrian Games, which will be held May 21-22, 2010, in Tampa, Florida. Sixteen riders qualified for the Games after competing at the Area level March 27, 2010, in Ft. Pierce, FL.

During the Special Olympic State Equestrian Games riders will have the opportunity to compete in English and western equitation, trail ride competition, dressage, and pole bending. The riders representing VTRC range from needing full support with a leader and two sidewalks to independent riders who walk, trot, and canter on their own. They also have several riders competing in the training level dressage tests.

The qualified riders have been working on dressage test, equitation skills, pole bending, and barrel racing to prepare for the exciting competition. In addition to the 12 students traveling to the Games, six horses and 17 volunteers will be in Tampa for the event to support VTRC.

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The United States Para-Dressage Team Thanks Kentucky Equine Research for Housing before World Equestrian Games

Kentucky Equine Research Logo. Photo © 2010 Courtesy of Client.

Thousand Oaks, CA – May 19, 2010 – The United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) would like to thank Kentucky Equine Research whose offices in Versailles, KY will house the ten United States Para-Dressage Team horses prior to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.  This opportunity allows the horses a week to relax from travel before their debut at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Lexington, KY.

The USPEA is grateful to the entire Kentucky Equine Research group especially Founder and President Joe Pagan.  Hope Hand, President of the USPEA noted, “We are so thankful that Joe and the Kentucky Equine Research facility are lending their facilities to us prior to the World Equestrian Games.  The World Equestrian Games will be our first competition as the United States Para-Equestrian Team, so we want to make sure our horses are ready to perform to the best of their ability.  The Kentucky Equine Research team is an important factor in our Road to Kentucky.”

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Classic Company May – June – July

The Tryon May Classic (May 28-30) will be held next week at Harmond Field.  This USEF A-Rated event will be a small show since there are only 144 stalls and we still have stalls available.  If you would like stalls please call our office at 843 768 5503.

The Atlanta Summer Classic I, II (June 16-27) – The prize list has been mailed and is also available online.  We are not planning on any tents so we only have 690 stalls. Lots of new classes for hunters and jumpers this June.

The Charleston Summer Classic I, II (July 14-24) – The prize list is at the printer and is available online: This will be a fun show this year again and the biggest change is a shorter schedule, jumper classic and the USHJA hunter classic.  We do limit the show to 450 so don’t delay on making your reservations.

All of the shows have prize lists online.  If you have any questions or want to reserve stalls, call Tissy at our office.  843 768 5503

See you at the rings,

Bob Bell

The Classic Company, Ltd.

Phone/FAX:  (843) 768-5503

Post Office Box 1311  Johns Island  SC 29457

Eventing Radio Episode 79 – PRO Initiatives & Boyd Martin Hosts

Sinead Halpin and Samantha Lendl from PRO tell us about some new initiatives and Jersey Fresh Course Designer, John Williams, joins us with a review of this year’s event plus some other news. Take a listen.

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Four Tricolored Ribbons for Hunt Tosh and His Mounts at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Hunt Tosh and Tasty Champions of the Regular Conformation Hunters. Photo © 2010 Lindsay McCall for PMG

Lexington, KY – May 13, 2010 – The second day of competition for the professional hunter divisions concluded today at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show located at the world-class Kentucky Horse Park.  In the Stonelea Arena, the hunters competed for their division championships right before a short but strong rain shower rolled through.  Hunt Tosh was the name to beat today.  He had numerous championship wins including the Green Conformation Hunters, aboard Trade Winds; the Regular Working Hunters, aboard Lonestar; and the Regular Conformation Hunters, on Tasty.  Lastly, Tosh added a reserve championship in the First Year Green Hunters aboard Good Humor.

Today’s competition began with the First Year Green Working Hunters followed by the Green Conformation Hunters, the Second Year Green Hunters, the Regular Conformation Hunters, and then finally the Regular Working Hunters.

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Youth Olympic Games Update

With a little more than three months to go before the first ever Youth Olympic Games, the FEI has posted a short video of the Open Day that took place recently at Glen Haven Park in Australia. It is here that a dedicated team is schooling the horses that will be paired with the young Olympic riders in Singapore.

A second video update will be posted on the FEI website in the next few days.

To watch the video, please visit and click the “Singapore 2010 – Open Day” link on the website’s homepage.

The first Youth Olympic Games will take place in Singapore from 14 to 26 August 2010.

Media queries in connection with the Youth Olympic Games should be addressed to:

Richard Johnson
FEI Director of Corporate Communications

British-based Riders Hit HSBC FEI World Cup Trail

12 May 2010 – British-based riders have their first chance to earn points in the valuable HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing series at Chatsworth (GBR) this weekend (May 15-16), and five nations are represented in the entry of 33.

Paul Tapner (AUS), fresh from his thrilling Badminton success, is two-handed with Kilfinnie ll and Tiger Flynne, and is joined by fellow Australians Bill Levett with Sea Oro and Sam Griffiths, having his first major international competition this year with Happy Times, third at Badminton and Burghley last year.

The Chatsworth CIC***-W has often proved a pointer to future international success, and Clayton Fredericks (AUS), who won this class in 2006 on Ben Along Time, is riding his smart new acquisition Bendigo lll, a German-bred horse proven in Grand Prix Dressage and Jumping which has been taking the national season by storm.

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