Daniel Geitner pilots Raffle to the win [Alison Hartwell Photography]
The Hunters invaded the Georgia International Horse Park Week II of the Atlanta Summer Classics and saw big numbers in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby and the Sidelines Green Hunter 3′ and 3’3″ Divisions, both qualifiers for the $30,000 Green Hunter Classic slated for Week I of the Atlanta Fall Classic.
Raffle, owned by Janet Peterson and ridden by Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina, took the blue in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby after besting a field of 20 with leading scores in both the Classic and Handy Rounds. Shutterbug, owned by Alina Dumitrescu and ridden by Tim Maddrix of Leeds, Alabama, earned a third place finish in the Classic Round with their score of 93, but their Handy round score of 102 pushed them to a second place finish. Hunt Tosh of Milton, Georgia and Ceil and Kenny Wheeler’s Flamingo-K took third place honors.
Geitner returned to the winner’s circle to collect the fourth place ribbon in the irons of Kelly Sims’ True Story. Fairy Tale Farms’ Little Manhattan, ridden by Elizabeth Boyd, placed fifth, and Maddrix returned to pick up the sixth place ribbon in the irons of Wimberly Debono’s Indecision. Sophia Zuckerman’s Rutherford, ridden by Ashley Hotz of Eads, Tennessee, took home the eighth place ribbon, and Nil Du Buffant Rouge, owned and ridden by Michael Leon of West Hollywood, California, placed ninth. Valentine, owned by Liddy Strickland and ridden by Sarah Milliren of Athens, Georgia, earned a tenth place ribbon. Leon and Kathleen Feeley’s Capstone placed eleventh, and Carsten S, owned by Barbara Kravetz and ridden by Jennifer Tate of Bourne, Massachusetts, wrapped up the class with a twelfth place finish.
The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Kruse Cushion Ride, welcomed twenty-seven horse and rider teams to the course, which was the same track used in the International Hunter Derby.
Sky Pilot, owned by Alex Stevens and ridden by Caroline Willard of Oak Ridge, North Carolina, took the win with their leading combined score of 180.
Second place went to Pacino, owned by Kathyrn Morris and ridden by Mary Eufemia of Palm Harbor, Florida, for a combined score of 176. Valducchy, owned by Sorensen Stables and ridden by Grace Bridges of Eatonton, Georgia, took third place, and Julie Curtin of Woodstock, Georgia rode her own Honey Badger to a fourth place ribbon. Fifth was awarded to Amara, owned by Catherine Merrill and ridden by Megan Wexler of Reddick, Florida. Davinci, owned by Carita Palmer and ridden by Allan Palmer of Eads, Tennessee, placed sixth.
The Sidelines Green Hunter 3′ and 3’3″ Divisions, qualifiers for the upcoming $30,000 Green Hunter Classic slated for Week I of the Atlanta Fall Classics, crowned Cavalier, ridden by Hunt Tosh, the Champion in the 3’3″ Division and Reserve honors to Frederica, ridden by Elizabeth Boyd. Tosh returned for the Championship in the 3′ Division, this time in the irons of Bastogne, and Momento, ridden by Carolyn Bell, was Reserve Champion.
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