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Hunter News from Week I of the Atlanta Fall Classic

Hunt Tosh and Bastogne [photo by Alison Hartwell Photography]

The highly anticipated $30,000 Green Hunter Classic, sponsored by Ariat and Friends of Ellen Veitch, took to the Olympic Arena at the Georgia International Horse Park and welcomed twenty-one finalists to the inaugural Classic championship.

Riders showed their horses in the Sidelines Green Hunter 3′ and 3’3″ Divisions all year hopeful to qualify for this inaugural Classic. The first round of the 3′ class had fourteen horse and rider teams and the 3’3″ saw seven horse and rider teams.

Bastogne, owned by Doug Wheeler and ridden by Hunt Tosh of Milton, Georgia, galloped away with the first place honors and their $9,000 share of the prize money, besting twenty other horse and rider teams. “Bastogne is five years old and we only started him in the Green Hunter Division in the Spring. He hasn’t even been doing this a full year! He is one of our greener horses but he went really well today. We went early in the first round and we turned in a really nice first round and his second round was more of a handy course for the Green Hunters and he did well in that too, turning in two solid, nice rounds,” commented Tosh.

Bastogne and Tosh’ s total score of 176 led the pack followed by Walkabout Investments, LLC’s Godric Gryffindor, ridden by Erin Mccabe Clayton of Zionsville, Indiana, with their overall score of 171. Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina in the irons of Liz Hudspeth’s Limelight, LTD earned an overall score of 169, awarding them a third place.

Tosh returned for a fourth place ribbon this time in the irons of Ceil Wheeler’s Lights Out with their overall score of 167. “He’s only six and we started him out in Florida last winter and he ended up winning the future hunter championships. He’s had a bit of a break but he went really nicely here. He had a little rub in the one round which kept him from placing higher, but we were happy with him,” commented Tosh. “This class was great for him and we’re excited about starting him the First Year Greens in 2018,” he added.

Kelly Sims’ Eleventh Hour, ridden by Michael Leon of West Hollywood, California, placed fifth with their overall score of 161.5, and Isabella Lafferty’s Argento, ridden by Carolyn Bell of Alpharetta, Georgia, placed sixth with their overall score of 160.

Tosh picked up a seventh with Douglas Wheeler’s Uptown for their overall score of 159.5. “Uptown is a six-year-old and has been really doing well and although we had a little mistake in the first round, we did well in the second round and overall went nicely. He’s a blast to ride!”

David Jennings of Franklin, Tennessee picked up eighth and ninth places with Belle Rolfe’s Boure [overall score 157.5] and Sabina Holtzman’s Jerez Mail [overall score 150].

Karen Lackinger’s Gratis, ridden by Elizabeth Boyd of Camden, South Carolina, placed tenth with their overall score of 145, and Eleese Shillingford’s Odyssey, ridden by Carolyn Bell, placed eleventh for their 126 overall score. Cypress, owned by Missy Nolen and ridden by Tim Maddrix of Leeds, Alabama, wrapped up the class with twelfth place and an overall score of 124.

“To get three nice checks was really great,” said Tosh. “Classes like this make you feel like you’re ready to move up to the 1st Year Greens. The Classic gives the owners, riders and trainers something to look forward to and to jump for $30,000 is really great.

“Our horses did well and everyone in the class did a great job,” Tosh continued. “I think it’s great that Bob offers the Green Hunters for $5 a division and gives everyone something to shoot for with this $30,000 Green Hunter Classic,” he added. “We have the Capital Challenge and then we’re finished. To have this class come later is perfect and Paul [Jewell] did a wonderful job with the course.

“Because of classes like these, we’re able to develop our horses and move them up next year. Now we have some new young ones to school and we’ll definitely be back to show in the Classic Company Green Hunters,” he added.  Tosh also received a pair of Fabbri Boots from Susan Benson and Somerset Sport Equestrian Trading.

Bob Bell commented, “We are so pleased with the success of our inaugural $30,000 Green Hunter Classic. We are committed to the development of our hunter horses and feel that by offering the Division for only $5 and then producing a $30,000 Finals Classic helps the horses, owners and riders continue to produce quality hunters,” he said. “To dedicate this Classic to our dear friend Ellen Veitch makes it that more special,” he added. “We are appreciative to everyone who supported our efforts this year and would like to especially thank Ariat for its sponsorship.”

True Enough and Michael Leon Win the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Kruse Cushion Ride

Michael Leon of West Hollywood, California and Kelly Sim’s True Enough bested a field of twenty-five horse and rider teams to take the win in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Leon had four horses in the class and guided three of them to finish in the top twelve. “It was fun,” said Leon. “The course was nice and open and he [True Enough] jumped really bright which let me show off how scopey he is with a couple of nice long gallops to a single. In the handy, he was really on it – very bright and strong,” he said. “He’s one of those horses that just wants to win,” he added.

“True Enough is seven coming eight and I’ve been riding him since last June in the Green Divisions. This is our third National Derby win,” he commented.

Leon also picked up the second place ribbon with his own Nil Du Buffant Rouge, also known as ‘Frenchy’. “He is a veteran,” commented Leon. “He’s 15 years old and I’ve won more than ten National Derbies and three International Derbies with him. I did it for fun and to be competitive. I try equally on all of the horses I ride, whether they are mine or my clients’,” he said. “Frenchy jumped beautifully, but he had a little swap at the last jump which moved him down in the placing.”

Third place was awarded to Tim Maddrix and Missy Nolen’s Special, and Cassico, owned by Rebekah warren and ridden by Julie Curtin, finished in fourth place.

Sue Gibbs’ Gioia, ridden by Vick Russell of Columbus, North Carolina, earned a fifth place finish, and Leon returned with Kelly Sims’ True Story for a sixth place ribbon.

Kat Fuqua of Atlanta, Georgia and her won RS Levitation placed seventh, and Matt Martin of Petersburgh, Tennessee rode Jessica Dicampli’s Berlinka to an eighth place finish. Shane Powell of Sterling, Massachusetts rode Sydney Mannon’s One Love to a ninth place finish, and Kat Fuqua took home the tenth place ribbon with her own High Noon 3E. Curtin and her own Honey Badger finished in eleventh place, and Russell returned for the twelfth place ribbon, this time in the irons of Skipping Foal Sport Horses’ Corton Charlemagne.

“This is my first year here,” said Leon. “I showed here in June and then relocated to the area from California so this is the first time for me making it to all of these shows,” he said. “Bob does a fantastic job. It’s been a breath of fresh air for me to experience Classic Company shows and their team. The show management and staff all the way to the folks who work the in gate – everyone is nice, the show runs on time, and you can just feel how much this horse show cares about the horses, competitors and owners. It really makes a difference how the Classic Company really cares about the professionals and stays on top of everything. Bob is out at the rings, the staff is always eager to help you out and everyone is so nice,” he said.  “We’ll be here next week too and I’m looking forward to riding four in the International.”

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The Atlanta Fall Classics Are on Deck

Welcome Fall! The Indoors are coming up and the Atlanta Fall Classics will be here before you know it.

The Classic Company kicks off its 21st anniversary at the Georgia International Horse Park, home of the 1996 Olympics, on November 9th through the 20th. Be sure to visit horseshowsonline.com and enter for free!

Big Money for the Jumpers

The $25,000 Barry Lane Jumper Classic takes place Week I starting Thursday with the $5,000 Barry Lane Classic, then Saturday with the $10,000 Barry Lane Classic, and wraps up Saturday with the second installment of the $10,000 Classic.

Saturday Week II offers the $10,000 Child Adult Jumper Classic. The Jr. Amateur 1.40 Classics are offered both weeks as well as the $7,500 Horseflight Open Welcome Thursday nights as a prelude to the Saturday night $35,000 Grand Prix, presented by EMO, both Weeks I and II.

Hunters

The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derbies, presented by Legend, take place both Weeks I and II and the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby takes place Friday evening, Week II. The $1,000 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Challenge takes place each week as well as the Take II Thoroughbred Hunter Division.

The Atlanta Fall Classic is offering the $7,500 Pony Hunter Division, the $7,500 Junior Hunter Division, $2,000 Amateur Owner Section, $2,500 High Performance Working Hunters and the list goes on. The Hunter Breeding class will be held Friday mornings Week I and II. This class is double judged so be sure to enter now.

National Classic Equitation Finals

The top ribbon winners in the Classic Company Equitation classes are invited to compete in this prestigious Finals competition that highlights the up and coming talent in the sport of show jumping. Besides winning top honors in the National Classic Equitation Championship Finals, the winning rider and his or her trainer will receive the coveted letterman jackets. Did you qualify? Click here to see if your name is on the list. Each trainer on record in our database was sent a list of competitors that qualified. If you think you qualified and did not see your name on the list, please contact our office at info@classiccompany.com. Time is of the essence, so be sure to call the office if you have any questions.

National Classic Equitation qualifiers take place Friday week II and the top six are invited to return for the Finals that evening under the covered, spacious arena. There is no entry fee for those riders who qualified.

EMO Equitation Classics

The EMO Equitation Classics take place Week I and the EMO National Classic Equitation Championship Finals take center stage Week II.

Celebrate in the Winner’s Circle Week II

The USHJA Jumping Seat Medal Finals, the EMO Equitation Finals, the Zone 4 Finals, the National Classic Equitation Championship and the Circuit Awards, presented by Practical Horseman, round out the two weeks of the Atlanta Fall Classic.

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Jennings and KM Corfina Win the $35,000 Classic Grand Prix

David Jennings and KM Corfina.

Michel Vaillancourt, originally from Quebec, Canada, former Olympian and 2015 Pan American Games course designer, put the riders to the test in last night’s $35,000 Classic Grand Prix, presented by EMO.

David Jennings of Franklin, Tennessee was the first to go in the irons of Masie Mcswain and Full Circle Farm’s Blue Moon 22. Although the pair beat the time allowed of 83 seconds with their time of 80.384 seconds, a rail at the triple combination would cost them four faults and they finished in fourth place overall.

Nobody was able to turn in a clean first round effort until Haley Gassel of Lenoir City, Tennessee, Jennings’s student and winner of last week’s $35,000 Classic Grand Prix, presented by EMO, and her own Quite Dark 2 turned in the first clear round in a time of 80.487 seconds.

Gassel sat in the lead until her mentor, Jennings, returned to the Olympic Arena, this time in the irons of KM Farms’ KM Corfina. The pair turned in the second clear round in the prix in a time of 76.548 seconds and to the delight of the crowd, ensured there would be a jump off round!

None of the riders following Jennings in the jump order turned in clear rounds and the stage was set for the teacher versus student jump off round.

“Michel set a very technical course,” commented Jennings. “I have ridden many of Michel’s courses and have found they are built according to who is in the class,” he added. “While the course wasn’t too big, it was a tough, technical ride,” he said.

Vaillancourt set the jump off round with a time allowed of 48 seconds. Gassel and Quite Dark 2 were first to go, turning in a clear round and setting the time to beat at 37.094 seconds. But her mentor Jennings and KM Corfina followed and posted a fault-free round in a time of 36.912 seconds, securing the win.

“It is really rewarding to ride against one of my students,” commented Jennings. “Haley has worked her way up the ranks and has been progressing really well,” he added. “When I ride against anyone, including my students, I do my best,” he said. “I ride to win and hopefully my students can see what I am doing so they can emulate that in their future rides,” he said.

KM Corfina is an 8 year old mare Jennings and KM Farm imported last January. “This is her second grand prix and her second win,” said Jennings. “She is progressing nicely and looks to be a great amateur or grand prix horse,” he said. “She is one of our sale horses and we expect great things from her this winter,” he added.

Final placings for the $35,000 Classic Grand Prix awarded third place honors to the fastest four-fault round, turned in by Michael Tokaruk of Germantown, Tennessee and A Propos, owned by Ilan Ferder, in a time of 72.741 seconds. Fourth place went to Jennings in the irons of Blue Moon 22, and fifth was awarded to Kelly Arani of Dover, Massachusetts and Marigot Bay Farm, LLC’s Artani, 2 who turned in a first round time in 83.585 seconds with four jump faults and one time fault.

Leann Kelly of Valatie, New York and Honorway Farm, LLC’s Leander placed sixth with eight jump faults in a time of 77.056 seconds, and seventh was awarded to Amy Yoder’s Stitch, ridden by Carlos Aramburo of Red Banks, Mississippi. David Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina in the irons of Lionshare Farm’s Creativo received eighth place after posting an eight fault first round in a time of 80.043 seconds. Ninth was awarded to Gassel and her own Werner 61 after turning in an eight fault first round in a time of 81.750 seconds.

The Atlanta Fall Classic is wrapping up the competition today at the Georgia International Horse Park, home to the 1996 Olympics. More than $300,000 in prize money is offered over the two AA weeks and riders have the opportunity to compete in the Olympic arena and participate in the Zone 4 Finals, the $25,000 Barry Lane Memorial Jumper Classics, EMO Equitation Finals and the National Classic Equitation Finals. The facility recently installed new footing in all of the arenas and with more than 300,000 in prize money offered, world-class stabling and arenas, top show management staff and a division for everyone in your barn, there is no better place to be in November. From the jumper ring to the short stirrup arena, each competition ring is highly decorated and staffed with top-notch, friendly professional show staff.

The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States. For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at classiccompany.com 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 lisa@classiccompany.com.

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Barry Lane Memorial Jumper Classics Offer Trifecta to Children’s/Adult Riders

Madison Akins pilots her own Chasm Z to the win in Friday’s $5,000 Barry Lane Memorial Jumper Classic in the Olympic Arena Week I at the Atlanta Fall Classic.

Week I of the Atlanta Fall Classic offered the Barry Lane Memorial Jumper Classics totaling $25,000 in prize money. These popular Children’s/Adult Jumpers Classics kicked off on Friday at a 1.10m, followed by the 1.10m Saturday and wrapped up Sunday with a 1.15m Classic.

Friday’s $5,000 Barry Lane Memorial Jumper Classic welcomed 34 horse and rider teams to a course designed by former Assistant Olympic Course Designer, Manuel Esparza.

The first round was set at 74 seconds time allowed and fourteen went clear. The second rounds saw only eight go double clear and Natalie Geller of Canton, Georgia and her own Caletto V led the way with a time of 38.059 seconds, well within the 55 seconds time allowed. Madison Akins of Winder, Georgia in the irons of her own Chasm Z challenged Geller’s time and set the new time to beat at 35.030 seconds. Geller and Caletto V would finish in seventh place overall.

Fairfield Farm, LLC’s Whip Jet 41, piloted by Baily Martin of Birmingham, Alabama, followed Akins and Chasm Z, but their second round time of 37.902 would see them finish in sixth place overall.

Natalie Hughes of Spring Hill, Florida and her own Ramona Quimby were the next to turn in a second round, but four faults in a time of 34.855 would have them finish in ninth place. Mary Elise Nolan of Leeds, Alabama in the irons of her own Take a Chance looked to beat Geller, but their time of 36.724 seconds would find them finishing in fifth.

Hannah Fuller of Green Village, New Jersey and her own Sonrisa’s second round effort resulted in four jump faults and their time of 60.523 seconds earned six time faults; the pair would finish in thirteenth place.

Wimberly Debono of Birmingham, Alabama and her own Indecision turned in a second round effort in a time of 46.588 seconds, but with four jump faults, would finish in twelfth place overall. Cahal, owned and ridden by Mattie Worsham of Cumming, Georgia, turned in a second round effort in a time of 36.341 seconds with four jump faults placing them in tenth place.

Fit to Print Farm’s Camera Ready, ridden by Sydney Crenshaw of Canton, Georgia, turned in a fault-free second round in a time of 32.905 seconds, stealing the lead from Akins and Chasm Z.

Alexandra Lundin of Austin, Texas and her own Pantera returned for a second round effort, but after posting four faults in a time of 27.262 seconds, would finish in eleventh place overall. Bailey Martin of Birmingham, Alabama and her own Contador De Bornival tried to beat Akins’ time, but after posting a fault-free second round effort in 35.620 seconds, would find themselves in second place. Makoa, owned by Kaitlyn Timblin and ridden by Hannah Fuller, also turned in a second round fault-free performance. Their time of 38.759 seconds would not beat Akins and Chasm Z and the pair finished in eighth place overall. Captivate, owned by Charity Durgin and ridden by Isabel Harbour of Alpharetta, Georgia, also advanced to the second round; however, their fault-free time of 35.960 seconds would not catch Akins and they finished in fourth place overall, leaving Akins and Chasm Z the victors.

Barry Lane Memorial Jumper Classics Part II
The second installment of the Barry Lane Memorial Jumper Classic 1.10m took place Saturday and offered a purse of $10,000. Thirty eight horse and rider teams navigated the course, but only nine advanced to the jump off round.

Isabel Harbour, in the irons of Charity Durgin’s Captivate, was the first to tackle the course in a time of 75.422 seconds, within the 76 seconds time allowed. Their jump off round resulted in another fault-free effort in 46.129 seconds, within the 64 seconds time allowed and set the time to beat.

Hannah Fuller, in the irons of Kaitlyn Timblin’s Makoa, posted a first round effort in a time of 75.422 seconds and followed Harbour with a fault-free jump off round in 41.982 seconds, ousting Harbour and Captivate from the lead position.

Steven Turilli’s Raphael IV, ridden by Austin Cumming of Madison, Georgia, turned in a first round effort in a time of 75.925 seconds. They followed Fuller in the jump off order and turned in a four fault round in 44.264 seconds, which landed them in eighth place overall. Helen Julianov of Paris, Kentucky in the irons of Palmer Divide Ranch’s Castelli advanced to the jump off round after posting a first round effort in 75.481 seconds. A rail and a time of 50 seconds would see the pair finish in ninth place overall.

Heather Zuber of Zionsville, Indiana riding her own Hawkeye turned in a first round effort in a time of 73.690 seconds and a clear jump off round in a time of 45.837 seconds, which set the new time to beat.

Isabel Harbour and Fit to Print Farm’s Camera Ready turned in a first round effort in a time of 74.025. Their jump-off round in time of 41.910 seconds took the lead from Zuber.

Mary Elise Nolan and her own Take a Chance posted a first round effort in a time of 76.384 seconds. Their jump off round time of 38.379 put them in the lead although two additional horse and rider teams had yet to go in the jump off round.

Meghan Flanagan and Fairfield Farm’s Fitz followed Nolan in the jump off order and posted a time of 41.548 seconds with four jump faults which would place them in seventh place overall. Akins and Chasm Z were in the last to go position and tried to beat the new time set by Nolan, but their time of 38.833 seconds and four jump faults saw the pair finish in sixth place overall, leaving Nolan and Take a Chance in the winner’s circle.

Barry Lane Memorial Jumper Classics Part III
Sunday the $10,000 Barry Lane Memorial Jumper Classic was set at 1.15 m and saw twenty five horse and rider teams tackle the first round.

Eleven riders advanced to a second round opportunity and Samantha Johnson of Skillman, New Jersey and her own Airport Duchateau Hollogne led the pack. They followed their first round in a time of 72.009 seconds, within the 76 seconds time allowed, with a clear second round in a time of 33.031 seconds and set the time to beat.

Mattie Worsham of Cumming, Georgia and her own Cabal were the next to go clean in their first round with a time of 69.025 seconds. Their second round effort saw the pair drop a rail earning four jump faults in a time of 30.276 seconds which would place them in ninth place overall.

Christian Currey of Franklin, Tennessee and Page Tredennick’s Vigaro posted a first round effort in a time of 75.396 seconds and a fault-free, second round in a time of 30.751 seconds, setting the new time to beat.

Annie Miller of Salt Lake City, Utah and her own HJ Dudinka followed Currey with a first round effort in a time of 70.121 seconds and turned in a fault-free, second round in a time of 30.264 seconds, ousting Currey and Vigaro from the lead position.

Heather Zuber and her own Phoenix were the next pair to turn in a clean first-round effort in a time of 73.290 seconds. However, their second round in a time of 33.213 seconds wouldn’t beat the time to beat and the pair would finish in seventh place overall. Isabel Harbour and Charity Durgin’s Captivate turned in a clean first round with a time of 75.789 seconds. Their fault-free, second round in a time of 33.026 seconds placed them in fifth place overall.

Camera Ready, owned by Fit to Print Farm and ridden by Isabel Harbour, turned in a fault-free first round in a time of 73.048 seconds. Their second round effort resulted in a fault free time of 32.145 seconds, which would place them in third place overall.

Madison Akins and her own Chasm Z had a clear first round effort in a time of 73.209 seconds; however, a fall in the second round would find them finishing in eleventh place overall. Meghan Flanagan and Fairfield Farms LLC’s Whip Jet 41 turned in a clean first round effort in a time of 73.789 seconds; however, eight jump faults in a time of 33.951 seconds would see the pair finish in tenth place overall.

Zuber returned to the Olympic Arena, this time in the irons of her own Hawkeye and turned in a fault-free, first round effort in a time of 75.763 seconds. Their second round resulted in a time of 32.806 seconds, ensuring Miller and HJ Dudinka the win and placing Zuber and Hawkeye in fourth place overall. Currey and Vigaro finished in second place, followed by Harbour and Camera Ready.

These Children’s/Adult Jumper Classics memorialize Barry Lane, the well-respected Atlanta horse trainer who was a strong supporter of the Atlanta Classics. “These Classics are something that has grown in popularity over the years,” commented Bob Bell, President of Classic Company. “We look forward to offering more of these jumper classics at our 2016 shows,” he added.

The 20th anniversary show of the Atlanta Fall Classic kicked off at the Georgia International Horse Park, home to the 1996 Olympic Games, on Wednesday. There are few stalls available, so if you haven’t sent your entries in yet, call the office at 843.768.5503 or email jonathan@classiccompany.com to reserve your stalls now. Then enter online at horseshowsonline.com and remove the hassle from filling out entries!

The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States. For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at classiccompany.com 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 lisa@classiccompany.com.

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Gassel Pilots Quite Dark 2 to the Winner’s Circle in the $35,000 Classic Grand Prix

The $35,000 Classic Grand Prix, presented by EMO, took place Saturday night in the Olympic arena at the Atlanta Fall Classic. Former Olympic Assistant Course Designer, Manuel Esparza, set the first round time allowed at 82 seconds and only five horse and rider teams advanced to the jump off.

The field of Grand Prix riders competing in Saturday night’s $35,000 Classic Grand Prix, presented by EMO, are all well known, but it was the youngest amateur rider, Haley Gassel of Lenoir City, Tennessee and her own Quite Dark 2, who won the class.

“I’m kind of the underdog here,” said Gassel. “This is just my second full year showing Grand Prix and I’ve had ‘QD’ [Quite Dark 2] for about two and a half years,” she said. “I worked my way up, starting with the Highs then the Grand Prix. After I won my first one [Grand Prix] last July, I always thought that if I could win one per year, that would be good,” she said. “I knew that this year was almost done and although I have had good placings, I was trying not to be too hard on myself if I didn’t make my goal,” she said.

Gassel and Quite Dark 2 were the last to go clean in the first round, posting a time of 78.098 seconds, earning the enviable last to go spot in the jump off round.

Gemma Paternoster of Wellington, Florida, winner of Thursday’s $7,500 Horseflight Open Welcome, and fresh back to the competition ring after recovering from a broken shin bone, was the first to take on the jump off round on her own Osiris. The pair had turned in a clear first round effort in a time of 77.767 seconds and followed it with a fault-free jump off round in a time of 49.612 seconds, well within the 66 seconds time allowed.

Lauren Hester of Lexington, Kentucky, in the irons of Hester Equestrian LLC’s Clueless P, followed Paternoster and turned in a clear round with a time of 43.958 seconds and set the new time to beat.

One of most well-known, high speed Grand Prix riders, Laura Linback of Morriston, Florida, followed Hester in the irons of Rolling Acres Farm’s Whittaker MVNZ. The pair turned in a fault-free jump off round in a time of 42.613 seconds and took the lead.

Glenn Hartigan of Canton, Georgia, riding his own Z-Coco Cabana, followed Linback in the jump off round. A rail at the second fence with a time of 46.678 seconds would see the pair finish in fifth place overall.

Hassel and Quite Dark 2 were up next. “I’ve gone up against Laura for the past couple of years and I know she is extremely fast,” commented Hassel. “When I ride against her, I have to find ways to beat her,” she said. “But I didn’t watch her go and I didn’t know her time. I only watched Gemma and part of Glen’s and it worked out,” she said. “Sometimes I imitate what they are doing and by not watching them, it allowed me to have my own ideas on what to do and that worked out for me,” she added. Gassel turned in a fault-free round in a time of 40.729 seconds, winning the $35,000 Classic Grand Prix, presented by EMO.

“The jump off was really fun,” commented Gassel. “He [Esparza] made it so you couldn’t run around the whole course, which I prefer. There were a few tight roll backs and my horse is really good at turning tight. Even though he is huge and almost 18 hands, he can really turn that fast,” she added. “I thought he did a great job with the course and included lots of galloping and turns,” she said.

“I love Manuel Esparza courses,” she continued. “He is very fair and builds according to who is in the classes and he builds appropriately. The jumps were plenty big enough at m 1.40-m 1.50 and the technicality was right on,” said Gassel.

With Gassel and Quite Dark 2 stealing the lead, Linback and Rolling Acres Farm’s Whittaker MVNZ would finish in second place. The yellow ribbon was awarded to Hester and Hester Equestrian LLC’s Clueless P. Fourth place honors went to Paternoster and her own Osiris. This is the last horse show Osiris will compete in before being shipped back to England to enjoy retirement.

Hartigan and his own Z-Coco Cabana finished in fifth, followed by Daniel Geitner of Aiken , South Carolina and Lionshare Farm’s Creativo. Geitner and Creativo turned in a four-fault, first round effort in a time of 73.383 seconds.

Linback returned for the seventh place ribbon, this time in the irons of Woodrun Acres Farm’s HH Dauphin. The pair turned in a first round effort in a time of 73.514 seconds and four jump faults.

Leann Kelly of Valatie, New York and Honorway Farm LLC’s Leander finished in eighth place after a first round effort resulting in eight jump faults in a time of 80.034 seconds.

Richard Cheska of Waukesha, Wisconsin and his own Alonso du Monselet finished in ninth place, followed by Amy Yoder’s Stitch, ridden by Carlos Aramburo of Red Banks, Mississippi. Paternoster returned with her own Zonneglans to pick up the eleventh place ribbon.

“I’m really excited that I won,” said Gassel. “I have been coming here since I was a kid showing Short Stirrup. So just to be out there with them makes me happy,” she added.

Kastel Denmark Style of Riding Award

Annie Miller of Salt Lake City, Utah, winner of Sunday’s $10,000 Barry Lane Memorial Jumper 1.15 m Classic, was awarded the Kastel Denmark Style of Riding Award. This honor is awarded to the rider who exhibits the best American style of riding and possesses the respectful, dignified, courteous and workmanlike manner of a true sportsman.

The 20th anniversary show of the Atlanta Fall Classic kicked off at the Georgia International Horse Park, home to the 1996 Olympic Games, on Wednesday. There are few stalls available, so if you haven’t sent your entries in yet, call the office at 843.768.5503 or email jonathan@classiccompany.com to reserve your stalls now. Then enter online at horseshowsonline.com and remove the hassle from filling out entries!

The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States. For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at classiccompany.com 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 lisa@classiccompany.com.

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

Fantastic Friday at the Atlanta Fall Classic

Sydney Crenshaw pilots Camera Ready to the win in the $5,000 Barry Lane Jumper Classic.

Atlanta Fall Classic Crowns NCE Champions, $5,000 Barry Lane Jumper Classic Results, and Curtain Wins $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

The Atlanta Fall Classic was hopping yesterday with nonstop activity in the jumper, hunter, equitation and breeding divisions at the Georgia International Horse Park!

The Week I featured favorite, the $5,000 Barry Lane Jumper Classic, saw 34 horse and rider teams take to the 1.10 m course with a first round time allowed of 74 seconds. Fit to Print Farm is regular in the winner’s circle in this event and 2015 proved to be no different. Of the eight who turned in double clear efforts, Fit to Print Farm’s Camera Ready, piloted by Sydney Crenshaw of Canton, Georgia, turned in double clear efforts in times of 64.491 seconds and 32.095 seconds, respectively. Chasm Z, owned and ridden by Madison Akins of Winder, Georgia, turned in the second fastest double clean effort in times of 69.978 and 35.030 seconds, respectively, securing second place honors. Bailey Martin’s Contador De Bornival came in third with times of 67.915 and 35.620 seconds, respectively, while fourth place honors went to Charity Durgin’s Captivate, ridden by Isabel Harbour, in times of 71.133 and 35.960 seconds, respectively. For complete details on this class, click here.

Tonight the prize money increases to $10,000 in the second installment of the Barry Lane Jumper Classics and it is shaping up to be an exciting competition!

The National Classic Equitation Finals

Last night under the covered arena, the riders competed for the National Classic Equitation Championship honors. Riders competed throughout the year in Classic Company NCE Classes in order to earn an invitation to compete in the Finals. “These Finals are so important to the growth of our industry and sport and provide recognition for the riders and their horses who have worked hard for a chance to compete,” said Bob Bell, President of Classic Company.

Congratulations to all National Classic Equitation Finalists and the Champions!

Curtin is victorious in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Julie Curtin of Woodstock, Georgia, in the irons of Charlotte Warren’s Enticement, was on the hunt for the blue in yesterday’s $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby! Their combined first and second round scores of 180 points bested fourteen horse and rider teams and secured the win!

Julie Curtin and Enticement
Julie Curtin and Enticement

Second place was awarded to Lord Nelson, owned by Renee Gruenthal and ridden by Leah Rodman of Miami, Florida, who earned a combined first and second round score of 168.5 points. With a combined score of 168 points, third place honors were awarded to Braemer Road’s Midnight Hour, ridden by Emma Wilson of Savannah, Georgia. Fourth place was awarded to Ruth Bley’s Casanova M, ridden by Elizabeth Boyd of Camden, South Carolina, after earning a combined score of 160 points. Valentine, owned by Wendy Arndt and ridden by Liddy Strickland of McDonough, Georgia, received a combined score of 159.5 points and was awarded fifth place overall. For complete results, click here.

Next week Friday’s $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby will be followed by the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, scheduled to take place in the Olympic arena under the lights. Make sure to reserve your VIP table now since it is always in high demand! For those who fly charter, you are invited to sit at the Apollo Jets table, compliments of Brian Hillen. Simply contact Brian at bhillen@apollojets.com or call him at 908.307.1822 in order to reserve your seat! Otherwise, be sure to reach out to jonathan@classiccompany.com to order your table. Prices are only $300 for a table of eight and include two bottles of wine.

The 20th anniversary show of the Atlanta Fall Classic kicked off at the Georgia International Horse Park, home to the 1996 Olympic Games, on Wednesday. There are few stalls available, so if you haven’t sent your entries in yet, call the office at 843.768.5503 or email jonathan@classiccompany.com to reserve your stalls now. Then enter online at horseshowsonline.com and remove the hassle from filling out entries!

The Remaining Schedule:

  • Saturday: $10,000 Barry Lane Classic
  • Saturday: $35,000 Atlanta Classic Grand Prix, presented by EMO
  • Sunday: $10,000 Barry Lane Classic

Week II:
Zone 4 Finals All Week!

  • Thursday: $7,500 Nalley Toyota Stonecrest Open Welcome
  • Friday: EMO Equitation Classic Finals
  • Friday: $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby
  • Friday: Hunter Breeding Classes – double judged
  • Friday evening: $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
  • Saturday: $10,000 Child Adult Jumper Classic
  • Saturday: $35,000 Atlanta Classic Grand Prix, presented by EMO
  • Sunday: Circuit Awards, presented by Practical Horseman

The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States. For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at classiccompany.com 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 lisa@classiccompany.com.

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

Classic Company Celebrates 20 Years at the Olympic Venue

Carolyn Aurand and Eternal Optimist won last year’s first round in the $25,000 Barry Lane Jumper Classic.

Time flies when you’re having fun! The Atlanta Fall Classic will be celebrating its 20th anniversary November 4-15 at the Georgia International Horse Park, home of the 1996 Olympic Games. The prize list is online, so be sure to visit horseshowsonline.com and enter for free now! This is a big year for the Classic Company at the Atlanta Fall Classic and you are invited to join in the festivities.

JUMPERS!

The $25,000 Barry Lane Jumper Classic takes place Week I starting Friday with the $5,000 Barry Lane Classic, then Saturday with the $10,000 Barry Lane Classic, and wraps up Sunday with the second installment of the $10,000 Jumper Classic. Sunday, Week II, offers the $10,000 Child Adult Jumper Classic. The Jr. Amateur 1.40 Classics are offered both weeks as well as the $7,500 Horseflight Open Welcome Thursday nights as a prelude to the Saturday night $35,000 Grand Prix, presented by EMO, both Weeks I and II.

HUNTERS!

Although not listed on the prize list, the Hunter Breeding class WILL be held Friday mornings Week I and II. This class is double judged so be sure to enter now.

The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derbies take place both Weeks I and II and the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby takes place Friday evening, Week II. The $1,000 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Challenge takes place each week as well as the Take II Thoroughbred Hunter Division.

The Atlanta Fall Classic is offering plenty of prize money for the Pony Hunters, the Junior Hunters, the Amateur Owners, the High Performance Working Hunters, and the list goes on. Check the prize list for all the hunter offerings.

NATIONAL CLASSIC EQUITATION FINALS!

The top ribbon winners in the Classic Company Equitation classes are invited to compete in this prestigious Finals competition that highlights the up and coming talent in the sport of show jumping. There is no entry fee for those qualified for the Finals competition and besides winning top honors in the National Classic Equitation Championship Finals, the winning rider and his or her trainer will receive the coveted letter man jackets.

Jordan Coyne and Lazaro won last year's Week II Grand Prix under the lights in the Olympic Stadium.
Jordan Coyne and Lazaro won last year’s Week II Grand Prix under the lights in the Olympic Stadium

Friday, Week I, the National Classic Equitation qualifiers compete and the top six ribbon winners are invited to return for the Finals which take place that evening under the covered, spacious arena.

Did you qualify? Click here to see if your name is on the list. Time is of the essence, so be sure to call the office at 843.768.5503 if you have any questions.

EMO EQUITATION CLASSICS!

The EMO Equitation Classics take place Week I and the EMO National Classic Equitation Championship Finals take center stage Week II.

CELEBRATE IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE WEEK II!

The EMO Equitation Finals, the Zone 4 Finals, the EMO National Classic Equitation Championship, and the Classic Company Circuit Awards, Presented by Practical Horseman, round out the two weeks of the Atlanta Fall Classic. The Zone 4 HOTY Finals Classes and/or sections are open to all competitors residing within Zone 4. In order to earn Zone Bonus Points, the owner of the horse or pony must reside within Zone 4 and be Active members of the USEF and USHJA and the horses/ponies must be recorded and registered with these organizations. For more details, please see the prize list.

OLYMPIC VENUE AND FALL FOLIAGE AS THE BACKDROP TO UNBRIDLED EXCITEMENT!

Held at the Georgia International Horse Park, home to the 1996 Olympics, riders have the opportunity to compete in the Olympic arena and ride for some of the top prize money offered this fall. New footing has been installed in all of the arenas and with more than 300,000 in prize money offered, world-class stabling and arenas, top show management staff, and a division for everyone in your barn, there is no better place to be in November. From the jumper ring to the short stirrup arena, each competition ring is highly decorated and staffed with top-notch, friendly professional show staff. “This is going to be a fantastic two weeks of showing and we’re looking forward to celebrating our 20th anniversary with our horse show family!” said Bob Bell, President of Classic Company.

VIP SEATING AND SERVICE!

The Classic Company considers everyone a VIP, but in order to get the best food, drink and ringside seating, make sure to reserve your table when you place your entries. Tables have sold out at every event, so don’t wait! Table seat 8 and are only $300 per week or $50 a seat. See Jonathan in the show office or email jonathan@classiccompany.com.

The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States. For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at classiccompany.com 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 lisa@classiccompany.com.

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

EMO Circuit Champs Crowned at the Atlanta Fall Classic

Lisa Goldman and Centurion B fly over the Horseflight jump on their way to the win in Week II’s $10,000 Open Welcome class. Flashpoint Photography.

Classic Company Closes Out Its 2014 Season

It’s a wrap! The Classic Company closed out its 2014 show calendar at the Atlanta Fall Classic yesterday at the Georgia International Horse Park, home of the 1996 Olympics. “We had a great show,” commented Classic Company President, Bob Bell.

Lisa Goldman of Hawthorne Woods definitely had a great show after securing wins in both the Week I and Week II Welcomes and the Week I $45,000 EMO Grand Prix. She closed out the two weeks as the fastest four-faulter in Saturday’s $45,000 Cedar Street Advisors Grand Prix, presented by EMO, and received a third place. Goldman also received the Kastel Denmark Style of Rider Award for the jumpers Week I during the championship presentation.

Jordan Coyne of New Port Ritchey, Florida rode her own Lazaro to win Saturday night’s $45,000 Cedar Street Advisors Grand Prix, presented by EMO under the lights in the Olympic Arena at the Georgia International Horse Park. Former Chef d’Equipe of the Canadian Olympic team and the 2015 Pan American Games Course Designer challenged the field of horses and riders with a course that only saw two go clear. Aaron Vale of Williston, Florida battled it out with Coyne leaving the crowd on the edge of their seats.

Fridays celebrated the hunters and the Week I USHJA $2,500 Hunter Derby saw Matt Martin of Petersburg, Tennessee take the win and go back for seconds, in the irons of Wonder C, owned by Alliah Kassem and Ellie Kimmel’s Cooper, respectively. Week II offered the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, in addition to the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Kat Chyrsostom’s Samba Sensation won the National Derby, ridden by up-and-coming talented fifteen-year-old Lindsey Ayres of Lenoir City, Tennessee, and Kelley Farmer of Keswick, Virginia took home the first place honors in the International Derby in the irons of Why, owned by DL Glefke and Kensey LLC. Kastel Denmark presented its Kastel Denmark Style of Riding Award to Liza Boyd and Week II’s recipient was Haley Gassel.

Why and Kelley Farmer won the $15,000 USHJA International Derby Week II. Flashpoint Photography.
Why and Kelley Farmer won the $15,000 USHJA International Derby Week II. Flashpoint Photography.

Week I was action packed and included the $25,000 Barry Lane Classics as well as the National Classic Equitation Championship Finals. The National Classic Equitation Finals was held under the covered arena and trainers and families enjoyed a complimentary buffet during the event. “We love producing the NCE Finals because of its focus on the up and coming talent in the show jumping world,” commented Bell.

Sponsors Cedar Street Advisors, EMO, Kastel Denmark and GGT Footing representatives all stopped by the horse show to watch some of the best in show jumping. Kastel Denmark, the Official Jacket of the Atlanta Fall Classics, also sponsored the wine during the Week I $45,000 EMO Grand Prix.

“Thank you to all of our exhibitors who made our Atlanta Fall Classic a success,” said Bob Bell, President of Classic Company. “We hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did and we wish everyone safe travels a very happy Thanksgiving,” he added.

9 Weeks + 1 Circuit = a Perfect Gulf Coast 10!

The Pensacola and Gulf Coast Winter Classic prize lists are online and Pensacola is on deck! What are you doing this winter? The Classic Company is going to the beach! Join them on the Gulf of Mexico for the best in show jumping action! This circuit has received rave reviews and equestrians travel from around the country to get their “leg up” on the competition. After three beautiful weeks on the Gulf in Pensacola, Florida, only an hour and a half drive away is the Gulf Coast Winter Classics, in Gulfport, Mississippi, consistent winners of the USHJA Members Choice Award and home to the best footing, best show management and top prize money around this winter!

Come show on the Gulf Coast with the Classic Company this winter and discover your new favorite show!

The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States. For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at classiccompany.com 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 lisa@classiccompany.com.

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

Friday Is Derby Day at the Atlanta Fall Classic Week II

Lindsey Ayres pilots Samba Sensation to the win in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby yesterday. Flashpoint Photography.

Some of the best in the hunters took to the Olympic arena at the Georgia International Horse Park yesterday. A very talented, seasoned field took some of the top ribbons as well as the up and coming hunter riders.

The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby started the Friday festivities. Kat Chyrsostom’s Samba Sensation won the class, ridden by up and coming, talented fifteen-year-old Lindsey Ayres of Lenoir City, Tennessee with an overall score of 172. In second position was Auto Correct, owned by Julie Curtin and Harbor Hill Farm. Curtin, of Roswell, Georgia, rode Auto Correct to an overall score of 171. Pommegranate, owned by Heather Geller and ridden by Natalie Geller of Canton, Georgia, secured the third position with an overall score of 169.

Fourth place was awarded to Cooper, owned by Ellie Kimmell and ridden by Matt Martin of Petersburg, Tennessee. The pair earned an overall score of 164. Spatz, owned by Christopher Ford and ridden by Richard Mathews of Odessa, Florida, placed fifth with an overall score of 161. Martin returned to the winner’s circle for his sixth place ribbon, this time in the irons of Alliah Kassem’s C Wonder; the pair earned an overall score of 144.5.

The ‘Who’s Who’ in the Hunter World were all on site for the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby which took center stage last night to wrap up the hunter festivities for the day. Joe Carnicom of Toledo, Ohio designed a beautiful course which consisted of long flowing lines and high options at the first fence for both the first and handy rounds. The first round also offered high options at fences three, four and ten and the handy round had high options at fences three, five and seven.

Kelley Farmer pilots Why, owned by DL Glefke and Kensey LLC, over an oxer en route to the win in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Flashpoint Photography.
Kelley Farmer pilots Why over an oxer en route to the win in the USHJA International Hunter Derby. Flashpoint Photography.

Well-known hunter rider Kelley Farmer of Keswick, Virginia, in the irons of DL Glefke and Kensey, LLC’s Point Being, kicked off the competition as the first to go and earned a score of 176 in their classic round, which held the lead until Farmer returned to the ring on Why, also owned by DL Glefke and Kensey LLC; the pair earned a score of 180 in their classic round. Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina went fourth in the line-up in the irons of DSJ Stables, LLC’s Checklist and sat in third place after the classic round with a score of 174.

The handy round started off with Unspoken, owned by DL Glefke and Kensey, LLC and ridden by Farmer, earning a second round score of 86. Their combined score of 237 would see them finish in twelfth place overall.

Haley Gassel of Lenoir City, Tennessee aboard Westwind Equine Training Center’s Werner 61 was next to go and the pair earned a second round score of 149; their overall score of 304 would see them finish in eight place overall.

I’LI Say Jsf, owned by Glefke, Pinney and Schafer, ridden by Farmer, received an overall score of 154 in the handy round and their combined score of 309 would see them finish in seventh place overall.

Jaime Steinhaus of Milton, Georgia was next to go riding her own North C and earned a score of 101 in their handy round which gave them an overall score of 258 and a tenth place overall.

Farmer was back in the ring, this time riding LPF Woodford, owned by LPF, LLC of Ocala, Florida, and was awarded a second round score of 181. Their overall score of 336 would see them finish in fourth place overall.

Signal Hill, owned by Thomas Visconsi and ridden by Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina, earned 99 points in their handy round and a total score of 266.5 which would place them in ninth place overall.

Ava, owned and ridden by Kathryn Jarriel of Collins, Georgia, was next to go under the lights and the pair earned a score of 167; their overall score of 324 would see them finish in fifth place overall.

Phoebe Weseley’s Answer Me This, ridden by Brady Mitchell of Bedminster, New Jersey, earned a handy round score of 145 and an overall score of 310 which would see the pair finish in sixth place overall.

Caramo, owned by Caroline Russell Howe and ridden by Harold Chopping of Southern Pines, North Carolina, earned a handy score of 188. Their total score of 360 would see them finish in fourth place overall.

Point Being and Farmer were next up and earned a second round score of 79. Their combined score of 255 would have them finish in second.

Checklist and Geitner earned a handy score of 191 and a total score of 365 which place them in third position overall.

Why and Farmer were last to go and earned the highest handy score of 200; their combined score of 380 locked in the win.

When asked ‘Which was her favorite ride of the evening?’ she answered, “I enjoyed all of them, but I liked this one [Why] best – because we won!” she said.

Kastel Denmark Hunter Style of Riding Award

With the “Who’s Who” in the hunter world ringside, the Kastel Denmark Style of Riding Award was presented after the $15,000 USHA International Hunter Derby. The Classic Company staff chose Haley Gassel of Lenoir City, Tennessee as this week’s recipient of the Kastel Style of Riding Award for Hunter Riders. “Haley is a great horseman and consistently displays excellent sportsmanship,” commented Allen Rheinheimer, Classic Company Technical Coordinator. “We’re happy to award Haley the Kastel Denmark Style of Riding Award for Hunters this week,” said Bob Bell, President of Classic Company. “Her good sportsmanship should be recognized,” he added.

It’s Pizza Time!

It’s Saturday so be sure to look for the complimentary pizza lunches brought to you ringside by Classic Company staff! Enjoy!

Flashpoint Photography News

As a note to all, this will be the last weekend Flashpoint Photography will be photographing the Classic Company shows. Be sure to place your orders now.

Dinner Call!

Did you reserve your table for tonight’s $45,000 Cedar Street Advisors Grand Prix, presented by EMO? The heaters are warm, the tables are ringside and the food is out of this world, with complimentary bottles of wine! The dinner menu tonight is: Grand Prix Surf and Turf Kabobs Grilled on Site * Montreal Seasoned Beef Tips, Sweet Onions, Bell Pepper, Sweet Onion * Teriyaki Chicken, Red Onions, Pineapple, Red Pepper Grilled Citrus Shrimp, Lemons, Limes, Oranges * Vegetable Kabobs, Assorted Vegetables Wild Rice Pilaf Grilled Fall Vegetables Desserts: Assortment of Proof’s Posh Puddings, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, Banana, Key Lime

Order your table now in the show office. Individual seats are only $50 each – last call!

Final Weekend for the 2014 Classic Experience!

This is the last weekend to enjoy the Classic Company’s 2014 show season at the Georgia International Horse Park! Tonight, the $ $45,000 Cedar Street Grand Prix, presented by EMO, takes place in the Olympic Arena and tomorrow the celebrated EMO Circuit Champions are crowned.

Home to the 1996 Olympics, riders have the opportunity to compete in the Olympic arena and ride for some of the top prize money offered this fall. With more than 300,000 in prize money offered, world-class stabling and arenas, top show management staff and a division for everyone in your barn, there is no better place to be in November. From the jumper ring to the short stirrup arena, each competition ring is highly decorated and staffed with top-notch, friendly professional show staff.

Pssst… Pensacola is on deck! What are you doing this winter? The Classic Company is going to the beach! Join them on the Gulf of Mexico for the best in show jumping action! This circuit has received rave reviews and equestrians travel from around the country to get their “leg up” on the competition.

The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States. For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at classiccompany.com 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 lisa@classiccompany.com.

Stay up to date: Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter!

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

Goldman Is Unstoppable! Atlanta Fall Classic Week II Welcome Results

Lisa Goldman and Centurion B clear the CWD Oxer on their way to the win in yesterday’s $10,000 Open Jumper Welcome. Flashpoint Photography.

Lisa Goldman of Hawthorne Woods, Illinois appears to be unstoppable at the Atlanta Fall Classic. After winning both the Welcome and last Saturday’s $45,000 EMO Grand Prix, she was back again yesterday to win the $10,000 Open Welcome Class, this time in the irons of Mary Goldman’s Centurion B over a course designed by French-Canadian 2015 Pan American Games Course Designer, Michel Vaillancourt.

Vaillancourt not only won a medal at the 1976 Olympic Games with the Canadian team, but also became the head of the Canadian Olympic team as their Chief d’Equipe. He is considered one of the top course designers in the country. “It’s always a pleasure to work with Michel,” commented Allen Rheinheimer, Classic Company’s Technical Coordinator. “We’re very excited that he will be the course designer for the 2015 Pan American Games in Canada and it’s simply an honor to have him here,” he added.

Goldman commented, “It was a difficult course and the triple combo rode really big,” she said, “but even though it was challenging, it was a really good course,” she added.

Twenty-three horse and rider teams took to the Olympic Arena but only nine advanced to the jump off. “Morocco had a rail earlier, but it was fine because he was so good last week,” she added. “He can share with his brothers,” she laughed.

Aaron Vale of Morriston, Florida was first to go riding 2Vr Showjumpers’ Zippo Ii. The pair went clean in a first round time of 72.367 seconds, but four faults in the second round in a time of 38.645 seconds would see the pair finish in fifth place overall. Louise Graves of Nashville, Tennessee and her own Zavira turned in a clean first round in a time of 72.908 seconds followed by a clean second round in a time of 41.677 seconds which set the time to beat. Seven horses later, all with jump faults, followed Graves. Vale was next to go, this time aboard Troy Glaus’ Quidam’s Good Luck, and after a clean first round in a time of 72.367 seconds, his second round yielded no faults and a time of 38.645 seconds, pushing Graves out of that leading spot. Liz Atkins of Hampshire, Illinois was the next to go clean aboard Benchmark Stables LLC’s Esconial in a first round time of 76.426 seconds. However, four jump faults in her second round in a time of 41.208 seconds would see the pair finish in seventh place overall.

Goldman was next to go aboard Centurion B and the pair turned in a clean first round effort in a time of 71.748 seconds and clean second round in 37.713 seconds taking the lead and pushing Vale to second place.

David Jennings of Lenoir City, Tennessee followed Goldman in the irons of Westwind Training Center’s Werner 61 and turned in a clean first round effort in 74.835 seconds. However, a rail in their second round in a time of 40.436 seconds would see them finish in sixth place overall.

Ian Silitch of Ocala, Florida turned in the next clear first round effort in the irons of Gaston Family Investments’ Cordova in a time of 76.679 seconds, but eight faults and a time of 40.696 seconds in their jump-off round would see the pair finish in ninth place overall.

Jared Peterson of Archer, Florida rode his father Derek’s Titus 2:11 clean in the first round in a time of 73.450 seconds, but a heartbreak rail at the final fence in their second round with a time of 37.841 seconds would see the pair finish in fourth place overall.

Liz Atkins of Hampshire, Illinois and Benchmark Stables LLC’s Undine were the last horse and rider team to turn in a clean first-round effort in a time of 74.530 seconds. However, eight jump faults and a time of 39.464 seconds in their second round would see the pair finish in eighth place overall.

The final results had Goldman and Centurion B with the win, Vale and Quidam’s Good Luck in second and Graves and Zavira in third.

“I always hope to do this well,” commented Goldman. “It’s been really great!” she added.

“Leo [Centurion B] is in a corner stall. We heard from night watch that the deer were getting really close to his stall at night and he was pretty excited about that,” she said. “So we went to TJ Max and bought some shower curtains so he could get some rest at night,” she said. “That seemed to work since he has been resting well at night and is ready to show in the morning,” she said.

Has the drop in temperature affected Goldman’s riding and her horses? “I’m from Chicago, so I’m used to it. You just have to prepare for it,” she said.

Next up for Goldman is Saturday night’s $45,000 Cedar Street Advisors Grand Prix, presented by EMO. “Next for me is my three in the prix,” said Goldman. Considering the remarkable field of high performance jumpers and riders, this event will be one to watch!

On Deck:

The $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby takes to the Olympic Arena at 6pm tonight so don’t forget to buy your VIP table in the show office. Included in your VIP table purchase are two complimentary bottles of wine and a delicious buffet dinner. Tonight’s dinner menu includes: International Hunter Derby Chef’s Carving Station: * Roasted Turkey Breast * Jack Daniels Top Round of Beef * Smashed Garlic Potatoes, Creamy Sweet Potato Mash, Green Bean Almondine Desserts: Pumpkin Pie Mousse, Chocolate Pecan Pie and Martinis. The temperature has dropped, so come in from the cold and enjoy the class!

Last Call for the 2014 Classic Experience!

This is the last weekend to enjoy the Classic Company’s 2014 show season at the Georgia International Horse Park! Tonight the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby takes to the Olympic Arena and the $45,000 Cedar Street Advisors Grand Prix, presented by EMO takes place Saturday night. Sunday the celebrated EMO Circuit Champions are crowned.

Home to the 1996 Olympics, riders have the opportunity to compete in the Olympic arena and ride for some of the top prize money offered this fall. With more than 300,000 in prize money offered, world-class stabling and arenas, top show management staff and a division for everyone in your barn, there is no better place to be in November.   From the jumper ring to the short stirrup arena, each competition ring is highly decorated and staffed with top-notch, friendly professional show staff.

Pssst… Pensacola starts in 54 days! What are you doing this winter? The Classic Company is going to the beach! Join them on the Gulf of Mexico for the best in show jumping action! This circuit has received rave reviews and equestrians travel from around the country to get their “leg up” on the competition.

The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States. For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at classiccompany.com 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 lisa@classiccompany.com.

Stay up to date: Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter!

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