Charleston Summer Classic II Sees Record Numbers in Hunter Derby

Julie Curtin and Fabrege bested forty five horse and rider teams last night to take the win in the $2,500 USHJA Hunter Derby. Flashpoint Photography.

Holy Hunters! Forty-six horse and rider teams went on the hunt for the win in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by Contender Boats last night before a sold out VIP party sponsored by Seithel Law Firm, LLC. This was the largest Hunter Derby every seen at a Classic Company event!

Julie Curtin of Roswell, Georgia had the honors of turning in the top two round in the class and secured first and second place with Fabrege, owned by Sara Stephens, and Ramano, owned by Patricia Husted, respectively. Fabrege and Curtin were third in last week’s class of more than 40.

Jordan Gilchrist of Flower Mound, Texas also continued her winning streak last night when she rode Mary Easterwood’s Lavasco to a third place finish. Gilchrist won the $5,000 Open Welcome Wednesday evening which also happened to be her birthday.

Emily Hertz of Eads, Tennessee in the irons of David Pelllegrini’s Outspoken came in fourth, and Cathartic, owned and ridden by Ashley Hixon of San Antonio, Texas, came in fifth place. Katie Jones of Alpharetta, Georgia rode Barbara Britt’s Rio Viva to a sixth place finish. Carlos Aramburo rode Ellen Herrington’s Belvedere to a seventh place finish overall, and Curtin returned in eighth place, this time in the irons of Michelle Hegarty’s Promise. Madison Johnson of Matthews, North Carolina rode her own Ferrarri to a ninth place finish, and tenth place saw Lynn Seithel of Johns Island, South Carolina aboard her own Versace. Whitney Owens of San Antonio, Texas rode DS Holdings, LLC’s DSH Anka to 11th place, and Madison Games of Silex, Missouri rode her own Gigi to the twelfth place finish.

There is still one more day left to enjoy the show-cation destination and Charleston, recently named by Conde Nast as the top destination city in the USA. Tonight the $25,000 Bohicket Marina Grand Prix will kick off about 5 pm and the VIP party will be sponsored by Atlanta Hunt Club, Ridgewater Show Stables and New Vintage Farm. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar will be offered to VIP patrons.

There are a couple of VIP tables still left, so make sure to email in order to make sure you’re not left out in the cold.

The Charleston Summer Classic

For twenty-two years, the Charleston Summer Classic has been offering riders, their families and friends the opportunity to jump the waves and the jumps. Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, located on Johns Island, South Carolina, is twenty minutes from downtown historic Charleston with its abundance of historic southern mansions, fabulous seafood, dining, art galleries, horse and buggy tours and world class shopping.

The show grounds are even closer to the beach! Yes, about 5 miles away from the show grounds, you can be on the Atlantic Ocean. And that is really what helps to make the show so cool. The show’s close proximity to the ocean keeps the temperature just perfect in the grand prix arena and hunter rings. Miles of scenic, wooded trails meander through the show grounds and exhibitors love kicking back and trail riding if they are not enjoying the pristine beaches or competing in the arenas.

Does someone in your family enjoy fishing?   Kayaking? Sailing? The Bohicket Marina is about a four minute drive from the show grounds and offers charters and rentals as well as dolphin watching tours. Golf anyone? Some of the best golf courses in the world are located no more than 10 minutes from the show grounds. There is a reason why the Charleston Summer Classic is the perfect show-cation with its packed social schedule, boutique feel and pristine show grounds. More than ever, riders are falling in love with the Charleston Summer Classic.

Make sure to book your condos now for next year. The dates are July 7-11 and the 14 through the 18th! Book now before the rate increase in 2015!

On Deck!

Everyone is enjoying the summer but fall will be here before you know it! And as the summer transitions to autumn, all eyes will be on the prestigious Atlanta Fall Classic set to kick off on November 5th through the 16th at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Georgia. The Classic Company calls the Olympic venue home for two weeks each year and welcomes new and familiar faces to the iconic show grounds.

Finals events, such as the Pre-Green Hunter Finals and the National Classic Equitation Finals, will highlight the two weeks of show jumping in addition to the crowning of the Classic Circuit Champions.

Riders are traveling from across the country to participate in these events. If you haven’t checked your status, now is the time to do so!

Week I opens up with the $10,000 Open Jumper Welcome class and the $65,000 EMO Grand Prix as well as the $15,000 Barry Lane Jumper Classic and the $1,500 Take 2 Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper Division. The $10,000 Child Adult Jumper Classic, the $5,000 Open Jumper Welcome Class, the $45,000 EMO Grand Prix and the International Hunter Derby take place Week II as well as the National Classic Equitation Finals, the Pre-Green Finals and the crowning of the Circuit Champions.

It’s not too late to enjoy the last Classic Show of the year. There is always something for everyone at Classic Company shows and the Atlanta Fall Classic shows are no exception. So make sure to bring everyone to the Georgia International Horse Park in November and enjoy Classic Company’s world class customer service, beautifully decorated rings, big prize money, great events and fun for all! Email Jonathan at or call the office at 843.768.5503.

The prize list will be on-line by August 1 and starting that date, you can sign up for the Atlanta Fall Classic on-line and for free using The Classic Company just rolled out the new on-line entry system in time for Charleston and many exhibitors have already experienced the ease of entries on-line with no hustle and no rush to the post office and NO ADDED FEES – just entries made easy! allows you to not only sign up for the shows, but you can also see orders of go, how many, ring schedules and complete results. Credit card information is completely secure and encrypted. This may be the easiest way to sign up for a show. And for a limited time, the service is completely free. Yes, free.

The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States. Together, they offer the best exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events each winter. Please visit them on the web at 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

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

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