Week II of the Atlanta Fall Classics was jumping at the Georgia International Horse Park, home of the 1996 Olympics.
The jumper action kicked off Thursday with the $7,500 Horseflight Open Welcome and nineteen horse and rider teams competed for the big check over a course designed by world-renowned designer Manuel Esparza.
The first round time allowed was set at 83 seconds and only seven went clear and advanced to the second round.
Derek Petersen of Archer, Florida and his own Diamant’s Legacy was the first to go clear in a time of 78.588 seconds and although their second round time of 35.730 seconds beat the 57 seconds time allowed, a heartbreak rail at the last fence would penalize them with four jump faults.
His son Jared Petersen, also of Archer, Florida, and Derek’s own Titus 2:11 followed and advanced to the second round after posting a time of 78.588 seconds. After going clear in a time of 36.042 seconds, they would take the lead and set the new time to beat.
Five trips later, Aida Sanchez Long of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Nelson Long’s ML Hartwick turned in a clear first round effort in a time of 78.248 seconds. Although the pair looked to take the lead with their clear second round, their time of 36.512 seconds would see them sitting in second place. However, there were still many rides to go.
David Jennings of Franklin, Tennessee and KM Farms’ KM Corina turned in a clear first round in a time of 72.280 seconds, advancing to the second round. Their time of 36.530 wasn’t fast enough to take the lead and they moved behind Jared Petersen, bumping Sanchez Long into the third position. But with eight to go, it was still anyone’s class.
Taylor Land of Atlanta, Georgia and Kim and Jay Land’s Nepal followed with the next double clear rounds in times of 79.654 and 38.967 seconds, respectively, which would find them temporarily in fourth place.
Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina and Kelly Sims’ Charisma followed and turned in double clear rounds, but their second round time would not take the lead and they would finish in seventh place overall.
Geitner returned with November Hill’s Vesta De Lavardin in the enviable last to go spot and turned in a clear first round in a time of 79.573 seconds. Their second round effort had them drop a rail in the combination in a time of 36.060 seconds which saw them finish in sixth place overall, leaving Jared Peterson and Titus 2:11 the victors.
Aida Sanchez Long and ML Hartwick finished in second place while Jennings and KM Corina finished in third. Land and Nepal rode away with the fourth place ribbon while Derek Peterson and Diamant’s Legacy earned a fifth place ribbon.
Geitner picked up the sixth and seventh place ribbons with Vesta De Lavardin and Charisma, respectively, and Abby Sjoberg of Ila, Georgia and Maggie Sjoberg’s Something Gained finished in eighth place. Ninth went to Ricardo Villa of Campobello, South Carolina in the irons of Pablo Mejia’s Reglissetop and tenth was awarded to Sarah Scheiring of Stockton, New Jersey and Molly Ben-Menachem’s Dontez. Jorge Ludwig of Newbury Park, California and his own Lamarique finished in eleventh place and Derek Petersen in the irons of his own Redeemed wrapped the class up with twelfth.
$35,000 Sidelines Grand Prix, presented by EMO
The $35,000 Sidelines Grand Prix, presented by EMO, was the final Classic Company Grand Prix for 2016 and took place Saturday night, welcoming sixteen horse and riders to the Olympic Arena.
Course designer Manuel Esparza set the first round time to beat at 95 seconds and only seven returned for the jump off round. Glenn Hartigan of Canton, Georgia and his own Z-Coco Cabana were the first to go clear in the first round, posting a time of 93.758 seconds.
Welcome winner Jared Petersen, in the irons of his father Derek’s Titus 2:11, insured there would be a jump off after posting a clear first round in a time of 89.300 to the delight of the crowd.
Taylor Land and Kim and Jay Land’s Nepal joined the duo after posting a clear first round in a time of 90.857 and Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina and the Kenwood Syndicate’s Kenwood followed Land and Nepal and added themselves to the jump off roster after posting their clear first round in a time of 93.139 seconds.
Michael Tokaruk and Charlie Jayne’s Cupid Shuffle also turned in a clear first round in a time of 87.788 seconds to join the jump off round.
Winner of the Week I Grand Prix, Fabio Andres Rodriguez, and Raylyn Farm’s Venus added themselves to the jump off order with their clear first round in a time of 89.425 seconds. The final clear first round was Jordan Coyne of High Springs, Florida and her own Lazaro with their time of 93.117.
Hartigan and Z-Coco Cabana were the first to go and went clear, setting the new time to beat at 45.186 seconds. Derek Petersen and Titus 2:11 followed with their own clear round and beat Hartigan’s time with their own 44.394 seconds.
Land and Nepal followed and dropped a rail, earning four jump faults in a time of 47.897 seconds which would find them finishing in seventh place overall.
Geitner and Kenwood followed with a clear jump off round in a time of 42.632 and set the new time to beat, taking the lead.
Tokaruk and Cupid Shuffle looked to beat Geitner and Kenwood’s time, but a rail in the combination cost them four jump faults with a time of 42.848 seconds. Rodriguez and Venus followed in the jump off order with a clear round, but their time of 45.721 would see them finish in fifth place overall.
Coyne and Lazaro sat in the enviable last to go spot and while their clear round in a time of 42.736 seconds was fast, it wasn’t fast enough to catch Geitner and Kenwood and the pair would settle for second place. Jared Petersen and Titus 2:11 took third and Hartigan and Z-Coco Cabana placed fourth.
The morning started out with the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Legend, and Wesley Wilson’s Whitney, ridden by Julie Curtin of Woodstock, Georgia, galloped away with the blue besting thirteen horse and rider teams to win the class with a combined score of 182. Curtin and Whitney led the class after posting the highest round score of 90 and maintained their lead in the Handy round after earning a second round score of 92.
Naddel, owned by Hilary Baylor and ridden by Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina rode home with a second place finish, after posting a first round score of 86 and a second round score of 91 for a combined total of 177.
Right behind Geitner and Naddel and grabbing the third place ribbon was Karen Bailey’s Troubadour, piloted by Sarah Milliren of Jenks, Oklahoma, after earning a first and second round score of 88 for a combined total of 176 points.
Cheryl Rubinstein’s Capisce, ridden by Ashley Hotz of Eads, Tennessee, placed fourth after earning a first round score of 87 and second round score of 85 for a combined total of 172.
Cappriccio, owned by Samantha Kench and ridden by Carolyn Bell of Alpharetta, Georgia, earned a fifth place ribbon after posting a first round score of 89 and second round score of 74 for a combined total of 163.
Sixth place honors went to Charisma, owned and ridden by Shea Taylor of Germantown, Tennessee, after earning a combined score of 157, and seventh place was awarded to Sue Gibbs’ Gioia, ridden by Vick Russell of Columbus, North Carolina, after posting an overall score of 155.
Stephanie Von Bidder of Aiken, South Carolina piloted her own Ariana to an eighth place finish, while After Party, owned and ridden by Caitlin Davies of Milton, Georgia, placed ninth.
My BFF, owned and ridden by Erin Cummins of Carmel, Indiana, placed tenth, and Tim Sweat of Milton, Georgia and his own Autograph placed eleventh. Perfect Gentleman, owned and ridden by Brittany Wyatt of Fayetteville, Georgia, wrapped up the class in twelfth place.
Friday night the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby took to the Olympic Arena over a beautiful course designed by Classic Company Course Designer Joe Carnicom.
More Optimistic, owned by Maida Clifton and ridden by Ashley Hotz of Eads, Tennessee, stole the show and took the win after earning an overall score of 348.
Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina took both the second and third place ribbons with True Story, owned by Kelly Sims and Jordan Carlson’s Avignon, both earning overall scores of 341; however, True Story was awarded four bonus options in their Handy round which secured the second place ribbon.
Valentine, owned by Liddy Strickland and ridden by Sarah Milliren of Jenks, Oklahoma, placed fourth with their combined score of 331, and fifth place went to Tall Paul, owned and ridden by Vick Russell of Columbus, North Carolina, with an overall score of 324.
Milliren returned to the winner’s circle, this time in the irons of Liddy Strickland’s Judgement Call for the sixth place ribbon after posting a combined score of 310, and seventh was awarded to Chuck Waters’ Caruso, ridden by Ashley Scott Armstrong of Atlanta, Georgia.
Geitner returned to collect the eighth place ribbon with Allison Mills’ Sky Pilot, and ninth was awarded to La Roxx, owned and ridden by Isabel Harbour of Alpharetta, Georgia.
“We all really enjoyed watching the hunters compete under the lights in the Olympic Arena,” commented Bob Bell. “The course was just stunning,” he added.
The highly anticipated $25,000 Barry Lane Classics wrapped up at the Georgia International Horse Park to close out the first week of the Atlanta Fall Classics.
Friday’s $5,000 installment of the Barry Lane Classics saw 32 horse and rider teams compete over the 1.10m class. With a first round time allowed of 72 seconds, only eleven qualified for a second round opportunity over a course with a time allowed of 48 seconds. Heather Zuber of Zionsville, Indiana and her own Firebird were the first horse and rider team to post double clear rounds in times of 70.075 and 36.578 seconds, respectively and set the new time to beat.
Sarah Thompson of Aiken, South Carolina and her own Carignan followed with the next double clear rounds and in times of 67.298 and 35.73 seconds, respectively, took the lead.
Mary Elise Nolen of Leeds, Alabama and her own Celebes Robusta rose to the challenge and took the lead from Thompson and Carignan after posting clear rounds in times of 68.897 and 34.105 seconds and set the new time to beat.
That lead would be temporary, as Mattie Worsham of Cumming, Georgia and Fit to Print Farm’s Camera Ready followed and posted double clear rounds in times of 66.496 and 27.384 seconds, taking the lead.
Skylar Rose, also of Cumming, Georgia and her own Fernhill Pursuit followed with double clear rounds, but their second round time of 32.672 would place them in fourth overall.
Michelle Newman and UK Equestrian Team’s Royal Blue rose to the challenge to catch the lead. Even though their double clear rounds in times of 63.261 and 31.965 seconds were close, they could not catch Camera Ready and the pair would settle in second place overall.
Sydney Crenshaw of Canton, Georgia in the irons of Elinor Halevi’s Cedric turned in clear rounds but their second round time of 35.784 seconds would not be fast enough to take the lead and the pair would settle for seventh place overall.
Brie Tiffany of Aiken, Cary, North Carolina and Riad Cha Dwes Aucels also turned in double clears, but their second round time of 39.044 would find them finishing in ninth place overall.
Isabel Harbour of Alpharetta, Georgia and her own Captivate were the last horse and rider team to turn in double clear rounds with a second round time of 31.776 seconds which would place them in third overall, leaving the win with Camera Ready and Mattie Worsham.
Day 2: New Jersey Native Kelly Mcinerney and Dinletto RK Win Saturday’s $10,000 1.10m Barry Lane Classic
Thirty-two returned for Saturday’s $10,000 1.10m Barry Lane Jumper Classic and saw only four post double clear rounds. The first round was set at 74 seconds with a second round set at 48 seconds.
Holly Bachor of Franklin, Tennessee and Full Circle Farm’s Harvest Moon were the first to turn in double clear rounds in times of 73.991 seconds and 41.619 seconds, respectively, setting the time to beat.
Six rides later, Anna Claire Smith of Atlanta, Georgia and her own Bilbo Baggins took the lead after posting double clears in a second round time of 40.864 seconds.
Brie Tiffany of Cary, North Carolina and her own Riad Cha Dwes Aucels looked to unseat Smith and Bilbo Baggins with their double clear rounds but their second round time of 43.947 seconds wasn’t fast enough and the pair would settle for a fourth place finish overall.
The last to post double clear rounds, Kelly Mcinerney of Chester, New Jersey and her own Dinletto RK, had a clear second round in a time of 39.297 setting the new time to beat. With no clear first rounds following, the pair would remain the victors and have Smith and Bilbo Baggins finish in second place. Bachor and Harvest Moon finished in third place while Tiffany and Riad Cha Dwes Aucels finished in fourth.
Fifth place honors went to the fastest second round four-faulter, Corri Goldman of Edgewater, Maryland and her own Undelie De Roset, after posting a time of 35.428 seconds. Sixth place went to Sawyer Evans of Canton, Georgia and her own Contendra after turning in a second round time of 35.501 seconds and four faults.
Seventh place was awarded to Fit to Print Farm’s Camera Ready, ridden by Mattie Worsham of Cumming, Georgia, for their 37.265 second round with four faults. Rachel Dees of Birmingham, Alabama and her own Fleetwood earned four jump faults in their second round with a time of 38.176 seconds, and an eighth place ribbon while ninth was awarded to Sarah Thompson of Aiken, South Carolina and her own Carignan for their four-fault second round in a time of 41.658 seconds.
Heather Zuber of Zionsville, Indian and her own Firebird placed tenth, Kris Kennedy’s Gentleman, ridden by Michael Kennedy of Newtown, Pennsylvania, placed eleventh, and Grayanna Grigg of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina wrapped up the class with the twelfth place ribbon in the irons of Ilan Ferder’s A Propos.
Day 3: The Grand Finale! Corri Goldman and Undelie De Rose Win the $10,000 1.15m Barry Lane Jumper Classic
Twenty-six returned for the third installment of the Barry Lane Classics, the $10,000 1.15m class, with only seven posting double clear rounds.
The second round was set at 45 seconds and the first horse and rider team, Skylar Rose of Cumming, Georgia and her own Fernhill Pursuit, made it look easy, turning in back to back clear rounds in times of 73.307 and 30.907 seconds, respectively, setting the new time to beat.
It was several trips later when the next double clear round ridden by Anna Claire Smith of Atlanta, Georgia and her own Bilbo Baggins posted double clears in times of 76.529 and 32.158 seconds putting them temporarily in the second place position. But with many yet to go, it was still anyone’s class.
Two trips later, Corri Goldman of Edgewater, Maryland and her one Undelie De Roset took the lead after posting double clear rounds in times of 72.863 and 29.664 seconds, respectively, and took the lead.
Faith Davis of Gurley, Alabama and her own Dekadenz followed and although they too posted double clear rounds, their second round time of 33.189 would find them finishing in sixth place overall.
Sarah Thompson of Aiken, South Carolina and her own Carignan followed with double clear rounds and a second round time of 31.902 seconds, which would find them finish in fourth place overall.
Lily Bennett of Atlanta, Georgia, in the irons of Alexandra Mcready’s Zimba, followed with a clear second round time of 33.307 seconds which would finish them in seventh place overall.
Mary Elise Nolen of Leeds, Alabama and her own Celebes Robusta looked to take the lead from Goldman and Undelie De Roset, but their second round time of 30.843 seconds would put them in second place overall, leaving Goldman and Undelie De Roset victorious.
“We are thrilled with the continued strong turnout for the Barry Lane Classic Memorial Class,” commented Bob Bell, President of Classic Company. “The class memorializes a wonderful horsewoman and it is nice to recognize her every year through this popular competition,” he added.
The top ribbon winners in the Classic Company Equitation classes competed Friday and looked to earn an invite to compete in the evening’s National Classic Equitation Championship Finals under the lights of the covered arena. Only the top six were called back for the evening’s Finals.
Agents Steve Way and Rachel Gonter of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers sponsored the National Classic Equitation Championships Reception last night and everyone enjoyed a dinner of delicious shrimp, chicken, vegetable and beef kabobs, refreshments and deserts.
Children’s 3′ Equitation Champion: Victoria Willetts in the irons of her own Sirachi
Res. Champion: Halle Brandt riding her own Absalon
Amateur Owner Equitation 3’/Adult Equitation 3′ Champion: Michelle Newman riding UK Equestrian Team’s Royal Blue
Res. Champion: Libby Greene riding Edie Caldwell’s Petra
Short Stirrup/Pre-Children’s/Pony Champion: Isabelle Aldridge and Woodlands Misty Rain, owned by Aldridge Equestrian
Res. Champion: Isabella Griffin riding her own Happily Ever After
Junior Champion Champion: Isabel Harbour riding Greer Hindle’s Freedom
Res. Champion: Abigail Poss riding her own Upset de Talma
“We were happy to offer this no class fee Finals Competition to our loyal competitors and we were thrilled to have the support of Steve Way and Rachel Gonter of Better Homes and Garden Real Estate Metro Brokers,” commented Bob Bell, President of the Classic Company. “The event went really well and we congratulate all of our NCEC Champions!” he added.
Nineteen horse and rider teams were on the hunt for the blue in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Legend, but it was Josie Baird’s Chapeau, ridden by Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina, who took the win earning a combined score of 174.
Hilary Baylor of Alpharetta, Georgia and her own Naddel gave Geitner and Chapeau a run for the money with their combined score of 170.5 which would earn them second place.
Third place honors went to Katharine Torrey’s The Stig, ridden by Jeremy Greene of Jasper, Georgia. The pair earned a first round score of 84 and a Handy score of 81 for a grand combined 169.
Barbara Fishman’s Mr. Big, ridden by Kris Killam of Naples, Florida, rode away with the fourth place ribbon after earning a combined score of 168.
Capriccio, owned by Samantha Kench and ridden by Carolyn Bell of Alpharetta, Georgia, earned a fifth placing with their combined score of 166 and Charlotte Warren’s Enticement, ridden by Julie Curtin of Woodstock, Georgia, placed sixth.
Upset de Talma, owned and ridden by Abigail Poss of Locust Grove, Georgia, placed seventh and Karen Bailey rode Troubadour, owned by Sarah Milliren of Jenks, Oklahoma, to an eighth place ribbon. Breaking News, owned and ridden by Isabel Harbour, placed ninth and Curtain returned for the tenth place ribbon in the irons of Rebekah Warren’s Silver Charm. Allure, owned and ridden by Gianna Cobb of Marietta, Georgia, finished in eleventh place and Tim Sweat of Milton, Georgia and his own Autograph wrapped it up with a twelfth place finish.
The jumper action got under way Week I of the Atlanta Fall Classics with Thursday’s $7,500 Horseflight Open Welcome and saw a field of 21 take to the Olympic Stadium over a course designed by Michel Vaillancourt. Vaillancourt, originally from Montreal, Canada, was the Course Designer for the 2015 Pan American games in Canada and was the first Canadian equestrian athlete to win an Individual Olympic medal during the 1976 Olympic Games. He became the head of the Canadian Olympic team as their Chief d’Equipe, was inducted into the Jump Canada Hall of Fame in 2009 and is considered one of the top course designers in North America.
Fourteen advanced to a second round opportunity with a time set at 45 seconds. Only eight had double clear rounds and the Peterson family of Archer, Florida dominated the standings.
Redeemed, owned and ridden by Derek Peterson, was the first to go double clear in times of 72.312 and 33.014 seconds, respectively and set the time to beat. David Jennings of Franklin, Tennessee and Ally Moyer’s Beorn followed with the next double clear round, but their second round time of 35.910 seconds would have them finish in eighth place overall.
Aida Sanchez Long of Ooltewah, Tennessee and Nelson Long’s ML Hartwick also had double clear rounds and their second clear round in a time of 33.728 seconds, would find them in seventh place overall.
Jennings returned with the next double clear rounds, this time in the irons of KM Corina, owned by KM Farms. Their clean second round in a time of 32.654 seconds moved them temporarily to the lead. Peterson and his own Co Pilot rose to the challenge. They returned to the Olympic Arena and posted double clear rounds in times of 72.349 and 32.806 seconds, respectively, just missing taking the lead and seating them behind Jennings and KM Corina.
Jared Peterson followed his father in the irons of Derek Peterson’s Titus 2:11 and bested his father’s time after posting double clear rounds in times of and 74.060 and 32.016 seconds, respectively, taking the lead from Jennings and KM Corina.
Stepping up to his son’s challenge, Derek returned to the ring this time with his own Diamant’s Legacy and took the lead after posting double clear rounds in times of 70.455 and 31.116 seconds, respectively.
The finals placings saw Derek Peterson in the first place position with Diamant’s Legacy and fifth and sixth placings with Co Pilot and Redeemed. His son Jared Peterson rode home with the second place ribbon in the irons of his father’s Titus 2:11. Jordan Coyne of High Springs, Florida took third place honors with her own Lazaro and Jennings collected the fourth, eighth and tenth place ribbons with KM Farm’s KM Corfina, Ally Moyer’s Beorn and Full Circle Farm’s Blue Moon 22. For full results, click here.
The Atlanta Fall Classics will host the annual National Classic Equitation Finals take place Friday, November 11 at 6 pm in the covered arena at the Georgia International Horse Park, home of the 1996 Olympics.
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. The first round of the National Classic Equitation Finals takes place Friday afternoon, Week I 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.
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“The National Classic Equitation Finals recognize the top, up and coming riders in our sport,” commented Bob Bell, President of Classic Company. “We look forward to the Finals as it recognizes those high scoring Classic Company exhibitors who have shown with us throughout the year,” he added.
The Classic Company kicks off its 21st anniversary at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Georgia on November 9th through the 20th.
With so much happening at the Atlanta Fall Classics, from Zone 4 Finals to the USHJA 3’3″ Jumping Seat Medal Championship Class, from the hundreds of thousands of prize money offered and National and International Derbies, it’s time to reserve your stall and submit your entries. “This is one of our largest shows of the year and wraps up our 2016 Classic Company calendar,” said Bell. “With the indoors wrapping up and the equestrian migration south, it’s always a big event for us and we want to make sure no one is left without a stall,” he added. And reserving your stall couldn’t be made any easier with Classic Company’s new online reservation form. It’s easy – just click here.
The highly popular $25,000 Children’s/Adult Jumper Barry Lane Classics takes place Week I over three days: Thursday, the $5,000 Barry Lane Classic, Saturday the $10,000 Barry Lane Classic and Sunday culminates with the final $10,000 Barry Lane Classic. Awesome prize money for the Children’s/Adult Jumpers.
The $35,000 Sidelines Grand Prix, presented by EMO, takes place Weeks I and II as well as the $7,500 Horseflight Open Welcomes.
The Atlanta Fall Classics offer a lot for the hunters including weekly $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derbies, presented by Legend and the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby held Friday night, Week II in the majestic Olympic Stadium.
How about entering in the Hunter Breeding Classes held Friday both Weeks I and II? The class will be double judged – enter today.
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. That Atlanta Fall Classics will also offer the $1,000 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Challenge both Weeks I and II as well as the Take II Thoroughbred Hunter Division.
CELEBRATE IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE WEEK II
The USHJA 3’3″ Jumping Seat Medal Championship, the Zone 4 Finals, the National Classic Equitation Championship and the Classic Company Circuit Awards, presented by Practical Horseman, round out the two weeks of the Atlanta Fall Classic.
OLYMPIC VENUE PROVIDES 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 seeing our horse show family!” said Bob Bell, President of Classic Company.
Gemma Paternoster rode her own Zonneglans to the win in the opening $7,500 Horseflight Open Welcome Week I.
The Atlanta Fall Classics celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Georgia International Horse Park, home to the 1996 Olympics, and wrapped up two weeks of AA shows last week to close out the 2015 Classic Company calendar of world-class show jumping events.
“I can’t believe it’s already been twenty years,” commented Bob Bell, President of Classic Company. “We appreciate the support of the trainers and riders who have shown with us over the past twenty years,” he continued. “We have enjoyed watching the riders and horses develop with us and feel very fortunate to call our customers our friends,” he added. “Our success is a testament to their support,” he said. “We will continue to improve our shows over the next twenty years and look forward to future generations competing at the Classic Company shows and becoming part of our family,” he added.
The Classic Company’s 20th Anniversary Reception took place at Cherokee Run Golf Course, located down the street from the Georgia International Horse Park. Bob Bell, city managers and officials from the Georgia International Horse Park, as well as trainers and riders, attended the gathering.
Top course designers, Manuel Esparza and Michel Vaillancort, were on hand Weeks I and II, respectively, created challenging courses in the Olympic Arena Week I and II. The arena acted as the backdrop to firsts and lasts for grand prix rider Gemma Paternoster, formerly from England now residing in Wellington, Florida. The Atlanta Fall Classic debuted her return to the grand prix arena after having recovered from an accident in August whereby she broke her shin bone. She returned to the competition ring complete with titanium and pins and won the Atlanta Fall Classic’s opening $7,500 Horseflight Open Welcome in the irons of her own Zonneglans and rode her beloved Osiris in his last competition before retiring him and sending him back to England. “He was supposed to retire in August, but after I got hurt, I knew that once I learned to walk again, he would be integral to my ‘saddle rehabilitation’,” commented Paternoster.
Week II saw David Jennings and KM Farms’ KM Corfina and his student, Haley Gassel, riding her own Quite Dark 2, as the only two of the field returning for the jump off in a technically challenging course designed by Vaillancort. Jennings won the class with KM Corfina making it their second win of the two grand prix the pair had competed in. Gassel came in second on her own Quite Dark 2. Jennings commented that “it was really rewarding to ride against one of my students.” In addition to the prize money, Jennings was also awarded a $1,000 Gift Card from Brian Hillen of Apollo Jets, the Official Charter Jet Aviation Company of the Classic Company, toward Apollo Jets’ Chartered Air Travel.
Gassel won the Week I Classic Grand Prix, presented by EMO, and it was only her second grand prix win in the irons of her own Quite Dark 2. “I consider myself the underdog riding against these grand prix riders,” she commented. Gassel also won the Kastel Denmark Style of Riding Award Week II.
Kaitlyn Campbell won the $7,500 Nalley Toyota Stonecrest Open Welcome Week II. She hadn’t ridden at the Atlanta Fall Classics since her days of short stirrup and she raved that since that time, the facility has undergone many improvements. “The stalls are so nice and the improvements are great,” she said. “This is a great show for our younger horses. The classes are big enough but we can just keep going until we get it right,” she added.
Despite the less than desirable weather week I, the new footing in the arenas held up well. “I thought the footing was good,” said Jennings. “No one was slipping and the horses seemed to go really well,” he said.
Barry Lane Jumper Classics – Trifecta of Child Adult Jumper Classics
The popular $25,000 Barry Lane Jumper Classics took place during the opening weekend and kicked off with the $5,000 Classic which awarded Fit to Print Farm’s Camera Ready, ridden by Sydney Crenshaw of Canton, Georgia, first place honors. Saturday the $10,000 Classic was won by Mary Elise Nolan and her own Take a Chance. Annie Miller and her won HH Dudinka won Sunday’s $10,000 Classic and also went on to be awarded the Kastel Denmark Style of Riding Award.
The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derbies were offered Weeks I and II and saw seasoned veteran hunter rider Julie Curtin and Charlotte Warren’s Enticement in the winner’s circle Week I and Rebekah Warren and her own Tasty awarded the blue ribbon Week II.
Week II welcomed the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Friday night under the lights in the Olympic Arena and a packed ringside watched Daniel Geitner ride Allison Mills’ Sky Pilot to the win. The VIP tent offered spectacular ringside seating and catered meal complete with carving stations as well as complimentary wine sponsored by Kastel Denmark.
The Atlanta Classics’ Official Veterinarian, Elite Equine Sport Horse Medicine & Lameness, sponsored the 1.20 m Junior Amateur Jumper Classics Weeks I and II and awarded Catori, owned and ridden by Nancy Mcfadden, the blue ribbon Week I and Amicelli, owned and ridden by Mattie Hatcher, was in the winner’s circle Week II.
Week I also crowned the National Classic Equitation Finals and Week II featured the EMO Equitation Finals and Zone 4 Finals as well as the Circuit Awards, presented by Practical Horseman.
Congratulations to all Circuit Champions!
Pre-Green Hunter Circuit Champion: Valhalla, owned by the Wheeler family and ridden by Hunt Tosh
Green Working Hunter Champion: Special, owned by Missy Nolan and ridden by Tim Maddrix
Green Conformation Hunter Champion: Scripted, owned by Pony Lane Farm and ridden by Elizabeth Boyd
Performance Hunter Circuit Champion: Shutterbug, owned by Alina Dumitrescu and ridden by Tim Maddrix
A-O Hunter 18-35 Circuit Champion: All the Best, owned and ridden by Christina Fisher
A-O Hunter 36+ Circuit Champion: Three Olives, owned and ridden by Anna Wells-Sharp
A-O Hunter 3’3″ Circuit Champion: Ruby, owned and ridden by Holly Labry
Small Junior Hunter Circuit Champion: Confidential, owned and ridden by Bergen Sanderford
Large Junior Hunter Circuit Champion: Mystical, owned and ridden by Bergen Sanderford
Junior Hunter 3’3″ Circuit Champion: Special, owned by Missy Nolan and ridden by Mary Elise Nolan
Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Circuit Champion: Enchanted Evening, owned and ridden by Lizabeth Fisher
Adult Amateur Hunter 36-49 Circuit Champion: Dark Star, owned by Black Ankle, LLC and ridden by Ansley Johnson
Adult Amateur Hunter 50+ Circuit Champion: Hutton, owned by Don Stewart and ridden by Laura Tison
Children’s Hunter 14 and Under Circuit Champion: Equanimity, owned by Black Ankle, LLC and ridden by Laura Neely
Children’s Hunter 15-17 Circuit Champion: Waccamaw, owned by Braemer Road, LLC and ridden by Mary Margaret Dodd
Small Pony Hunter Circuit Champion: Baby Blue, owned by Bibby Hill and ridden by Libbie Gordon
Medium Pony Hunter Circuit Champion: Mind Your Step, owned by Ashland Farms and ridden by Campbell Key
Large Pony Hunter Circuit Champion: Woodlands Misty Rain, owned and ridden by Isabelle Aldridge
Small/Medium Green Pony Hunter Circuit Champion: Royal Moment, owned and ridden by Maddie Stiles
Large Green Pony Hunter Circuit Champion: Orchard Hills Ghiradelli, owned by Alexandra Mager and ridden by Lindsey Ayres
Children’s Pony Hunter Circuit Champion: Incredibly Happy, owned by Ellie Aronson and ridden by Kat Fuqua
Short Stirrup Hunter Circuit Champion: Lions Share, owned and ridden by Judy Porter
Children’s 2’6″ Hunter Circuit Champion: Good Deal, owned and ridden by Dina Van Dyken
Adult 2′ 6″ Hunter Champion: Clark Kent, owned and ridden by Tricia Conahan
Children’s Jumper Circuit Champion: Captivate, owned by Charity Durgin and ridden by Isabel Harbour
Adult Jumper Circuit Champion: Camera Ready, owned by Fit to Print Farm and ridden by Sydney Crenshaw
Junior A/O Low Jumper Circuit Champion: Benedetto, owned and ridden by Mary Katherine Hargreaves
Junior A/O High Jumper Circuit Champion: Kasaar, owned and ridden by Erin McGuire
Zone 4 Performance Working Hunter 3’6″ Champion: Chaperone, owned by Izzy Humphries
Reserve Champion: Pet Rock, owned by Leslie Terry
Zone 4 Performance Working Hunter 3’3″ Champion: Numinous, owned by Lizabeth Fisher
Reserve Champion: Autumn Glory, owned by Maggie Lewis
Zone 4 Green Working Hunter Champion: Intrigue, owned by Charlotte Warren
Reserve Champion: Jus D’O, owned by Select Sport Horses
Zone 4 Amateur Owner Hunter 3’6″ Champion: Premium Blend, owned by Stone Lane Farm
Reserve Champion: Truffle, owned by Chelsea Koornick
Zone 4 Amateur Owner Hunter 3′ 3″ Champion: Ruby, owned by Holly Labry
Reserve Champion: Cartier R, owned by Danielle Ford
Zone 4 Junior Hunter Small 15 and Under Champion: Rose Gold, owned by Abigail Dubose
Reserve Champion: Sympatico, owned by Charlotte Anguiano
Zone 4 Junior Hunter Large 15 and under Champion: Lilly Wood, owned by Donald Stewart
Reserve Champion: Breaking News, owned by Isabel Harbour
Zone 4 Junior Hunter Small 16-17 Champion: Perspective, owned by Bergen Sanderford
Reserve Champion: Can’t Touch This, owned by Sydney Hannon
Zone 4 Junior Hunter Large 16-17 Champion: Valentine, owned by Wendy Arndt
Reserve Champion: Mystical, owned by Bergen Sanderford
Zone 4 Junior Hunter 3’3″ Champion: Sinful, owned by Grace Bridges
Reserve Champion: Autumn Glory, owned by Maggie Lewis
Zone 4 Pony Hunter Small Champion: Baby Blue, owned by Bibby Hill
Reserve Champion: Flower Girl, owned by Bibby Hill
Zone 4 Medium Pony Hunter Champion: Dance With Me, owned by Bibby Hill
Reserve Champion: Lady Madonna, owned by Liana Gavidia
Zone 4 Large Pony Hunter Champion: Valentino, owned by Ashley Vail-Aycox
Reserve Champion: Caleche, owned by Laura Barrett-Gurtiss
Zone 4 Small/Medium Green Pony Hunter Champion: Royal Moment, owned by Maddie Stiles
Zone 4 Children’s Hunter Pony Champion: Birtley’s Crowned Jewel, owned by Maddie Tosh
Reserve Champion: My Freetyme, owned by Leila Waits
Zone 4 Children’s Hunter Horse 14 and Under Champion: Excurs, owned by Hannah Echols
Reserve Champion: Norway De La Fosse, owned by Edie Ringger
Zone 4 Children’s Hunter Horse 15-17 Champion: Black Patent Stilleto, owned by Camryn Lindsey
Reserve Champion: Kahlua, owned by Isabelle Aldridge
Zone 4 Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Champion: Amara, owned by James Fisher
Reserve Champion: Jackson, owned by Emily Weeks
Zone 4 Adult Amateur Hunter 36-49 Champion: Overseas, owned by Mindy Wurzburg, LLC
Reserve Champion: Remix, owned by Kelly Sims
Zone 4 Adult Amateur Hunter 50+ Champion: Riesling, owned by Cheryl Rubenstein, LLC
Reserve Champion: Maxwell Smart, owned by Tricia Conahan
Zone 4 Pre-Green Hunter Champion: Enamor, owned by Showcase, Ltd
Reserve Champion: Capisce, owned by Cheryl Rubenstein, LLC
Zone 4 Low Junior Amateur/Owner Jumper Champion: Chasm Z, owned by Madison Akins
Reserve Champion: United, owned by Castle Point Farm, LLC
Zone 4 Children’s Jumper 1.10 m Champion: Via Dolarosa, owned by Abigail Beaty
Reserve Champions: Zibon 2 owned by Grace Asbury and Coutoure Z owned by Caitlin Howie
Zone 4 Adult Jumper 1.10 m Champion: Camera Ready, owned by Fit to Print Farm
Reserve Champions: Commander in Chief, owned by Christa Prater and Cora, owned by Christina Couper
Zone 4 High Child Adult Jumper 1.15 m Champion: Jacobs Ladder, owned by Sydney Johnson
Reserve Champion: Captivate, owned by Charity Durgin
“Awarding excellence is what the Classic Company is all about,” commented Bell. “We are so pleased to have been selected to host the Zone 4 Finals and during our 20th anniversary show made it even more special for all of us,” he added.
The Atlanta Fall Classics concludes the 2015 Classic Company show season. “We had a fantastic year and want to let all of the folks who showed with us that we attribute our success to all of you!” commented Bell. “We look forward to seeing everyone in Pensacola where we will be celebrating our fifth anniversary on the Florida Gulf Coast and offering the $5.00 Pre-Green Division,” he said. “We look forward to providing the best shows for you next year and hope you will join us at the Gulf this year-Pensacola and Gulfport,” he continued. “Come show with us and find out for yourself why the grass is greener on the Florida and Mississippi Gulf Coasts!” he said.
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.
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Patricia Hennessy and Little Tom Win $25,000 Barry Lane Memorial Jumper Classic; Megan Edrick and Cadence Victorious in $25,000 EMO Insurance Grand Prix
Conyers, GA — Nov 13, 2011 — The 10th Annual Barry Lane Memorial Jumper Classic kicked off the action of the Atlanta Fall Classics at the Georgia International Horse Park. “This is always a personal event to the horse show staff. Barry Lane was not only a great supporter of the Atlanta events, but a dear friend to many of us. We all feel her presence here and hope she’s enjoying this class,” Bob Bell, President of Classic Company, said. This year’s Jumper Classic boasted 59 entries.
The format of the classic was changed this year, Bell explained. “For the past eight years we’ve offered $25,000 in a single classic to the Adult and Children jumpers but rules have changed, so rather than give up our Barry Lane Memorial we ran it as two classes. The first on Saturday evening under the lights of the Olympic arena for $10,000 and the second class on Sunday afternoon prior to the Grand Prix for $15,000. They were both a great success.”
Conyers, GA — November 14, 2010 — Classic Company’s Season Finale event, the Atlanta Fall Classics, is a virtual cornucopia of equestrian competition with everything from Zone Championships to a $25,000 Adult-Child Jumper Classic to a show jumping Grand Prix just in the first week. “We always like to end our year big!” Classic Company President Bob Bell quipped.
Friday’s kick off of head to head competition began with the USHJA National Hunter Classic. This event is considered a stepping stone to the regular Hunter Derbies for many and designer Joe Carnicone gave riders a taste of that experience with a layout offering four higher option fences to garnish bonus points. Top scores were invited to return for a handy round in which an overall point total would determine the victor. Round one found Camden, SC favorite Elizabeth Boyd riding the Lee Cesery owned Marquis to an early lead, but the young talents of Marlena Parker and Edie Ringger were right on her coat tails. And when the scores were tallied it was Edie Ringger of Midland, GA with her mount Norway de la Fosse taking the number one position.