Ketchum & Vodka Bay Take $10,000 Chattahoochee Jumper Classic at Atlanta Summerfest Finale

Sara Ketchum and Vodka Bay (Holley Ridge Photography)

August, 27th 2012 – The second annual Atlanta Summerfest II came to a close yesterday.  The event was part of a two week show sold out show series managed by J. P. Godard and his Equus Events team taking place at Chattahoochee Hills Equestrian Center in Fairburn, GA.

The week was filled with beautiful weather and lots of exciting hunter and jumper action culminating with the $10,000 Chattahoochee Hills Jumper Classic Saturday evening.  17 entries competed over the course designed by J. P. Godard which looked straight forward, but ended up being tricky with only two horse rider combinations making it to the jump off.   The night belonged to Columbus, NC native Sara Ketchum and Still Creek Farm’s Vodka Bay as they put in two flawless rounds jumping clear in the jump off with a time of 39.513 to edge out Ace of Spades and owner rider Phyllis Tuggle.  Sara took home the blue ribbon as well as a Centaur Turbo Dry Dress sheet, custom Frederique Poulain platter, and a gift from Free Rein designs.  Riders and spectators were treated to an exhibitor’s party during the Jumper Classic sponsored by the 2012 Atlanta Summerfest Hospitality Sponsors: Brad Spragg and The Atlanta Hunt Club, Christina Jason and Cn’C Stables, Elizabeth Warmington and Brooksgate Stable, Inc., The Friedman Family, J. F. Gagne and Carsten Peters/Gagne International, Julie Curtain and New Vintage Farm, Lauren Marcinkoski and Swamp Fox Farm, Matt Martin and Raffi Kechejian/Windy Oaks Farm, Sunny Stevens and Stevehaven Stables, and the Tack Room of Camden, SC.

Mckenzie Kasper and her Tum Tum had two very successful weeks of showing at the Atlanta Summerfest.  The pair captured the $1,500 Junior Amateur Owner Jumper Classic win both weeks of the show series and capped their week off with a solid debut in the $10,000 Jumper Classic Saturday evening.  The Atlanta, GA resident along with sister Olivia train with DFG Stables and Daniel and Cathy Geitner out of Aiken, SC.

Tum Tum and Mckenzie Kasper (Holley Ridge Photography)

Other champions this week included:

High Performance Hunter – Hanover On The Rocks owned by Morgan Connely and ridden by Julie Curtain

Performance Hunter 3’6″ – Blackmail owned by Davis Equine and ridden by Julie Curtain

Performance Hunter 3’3″ – Benedetto owned by Noelle Johnson and ridden by Kelci Crenshaw

Pre Green Hunter – Confetti owned by Mimi Washburn and ridden by Carolyn Bell

Amateur Owner Hunter – Caruso and Kelli Sherril

Amateur Owner 3’3″ – Island Time and Missy Nolan

Small Junior Hunter – Amsterdam and Brittany Davis

Small Junior Hunter – Blackmail owned by Davis Equine, LLC and ridden by Brittany Davis

Small Pony Hunter – Macgyver and Britney Jarman

Medium/Large Pony Hunter – Hudson owned by Nicole Gunthrie and ridden by Aleece Jarman

Adult Hunter 18-35 – Lead Story and Charity Durgan

Adult Hunter 36 and over – Arriviste and Kelly Wilson

Children’s Hunter 14 and under – Veraldea Magic Z and Sydney Hannon

Children’s Hunter 15-17 – Benedetto and Noel Johnson

Children’s Hunter Pony – Casanova and Britney Jarman

High Children’s Adult Jumper – Mackenzie Park and Andrea Horowitz

Low Children’s Adult Jumper – Lordano and Mary Elise Nolan

Junior Amateur Owner Jumper – Forget Me Not and Elana Alana

For complete horse show results please visit  Equus Events is now gearing up for its popular Aiken Fall Festival Horse Show taking place at Highfields Events Center in historic Aiken, SC.  Entries close Thursday, August 30th and stalls are very limited.  Please contact Equus Events at 803-643-5698 or for stall reservations.

Upcoming dates to remember:

Aiken Fall Festival I and II
September 6-15
Highfields – Aiken, SC

Harvest Classic
October 12-14
Highfields – Aiken, SC

Contact: Equus Events, Inc.

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