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Announcing the 2018 Atlanta Spring Classics

Photo credit Alison Hartwell Photography.

The Gulf Coast Winter Classic six-week circuit kicks off on February 7th. The show moves directly from the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast to the home of the 1996 Olympics at the Georgia International Horse Park for the Atlanta Spring Classics which start on March 22nd and run through March 31st – no horse show on Easter Sunday.

Two weeks of exciting competition at the world-famous facility offer more than $200,000 in cash and awards. Special events include the Sidelines Green Hunter 3′ and 3’3″ Divisions which will count as qualifiers for the second installment of the $30,000 Green Hunter Classic scheduled for the Atlanta Fall Classics. The top 20 qualifiers will receive an invitation to compete in this Finals competition for no entry fee.

Don’t miss the new $5,000 Classic Hunter Derby offered both Weeks I and II at the Atlanta Spring Classic. In addition to the $3,000 prize money, a $2,000 Rider Bonus will be awarded to a non-professional hunter rider each week.

For the jumpers, the $5,000 Open Welcome is offered both Weeks I and II as well as the $15,000 1.35m Jumper Classic. There’s plenty of prize money for the Jr/Amateurs at the 1.20m and the 1.30m/1.40m as well as the Open Jumpers, 1.20m, 1.30m and 1.40m. Check the prize list, now online, for details.

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Hunters Take Over Week II of the Atlanta Spring Classics

Marylisa Leffler with Headlines.

Mary Lisa Leffler Rides Headlines to the Win in the International Hunter Derby

Friday was a double header Derby Day during Week II of the Atlanta Spring Classics when the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Nalley Toyota Stonecrest, and the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Legend, took center stage.

Jason Berry of Staunton, Virginia, winner of last week’s $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, and Stacey McFadden, LLC’s Wistful led the Classic round after earning a score of 174. Headlines, owned by Felicia Harrsch and ridden by Mary Lisa Leffler of Brookeville, Maryland, followed in second place after the first round with a score of 169.

North C, owned and ridden by Jaime Steinhaus of Milton, Georgia, followed in third place in the Classic round after earning a score of 164. Elizabeth Boyd of Camden, South Carolina, in the irons of Stella Styslinger’s O’Ryan, sat in fourth position after earning a score of 164. Boyd also had the fifth place position after the first round with Finally Farm’s Shamrock, earning a first round score of 162. Kris Killam of Naples, Florida and Barbara Fishman’s Mr. Big sat in sixth place with their score of 160. Boyd also had the seventh place horse after earning a first round score of 158.5. Berry held both the eighth and ninth place positions after the first round with Willoughby Stables’ Falcor and their score of 158 and Oakledge Farm’s Cobalt Blue R with a score of 150. Tenth place after the Classic round saw Why, owned by Charlotte Warren and ridden by Julie Curtin of Villa Rica, Georgia, earn a first round score of 150. Sitting in eleventh place after the first round was Liddy Strickland’s Valentine, ridden by Sarah Milliren of Jenks, Oklahoma, with a score of 149; Redfield Farm’s Fandango HX, ridden by Cassandra Kahle of Califon, New Jersey, sat in twelfth place after earning a score of 133.

The Handy Round of the Derby saw Kahle and Fandango earn a score of 147 for a total of 280, which would finish in twelfth place overall. Milliren and Valentine moved up to tenth place overall after earning a second round score of 160 for a total of 309. Curtin and Why moved to an eleventh place overall placing after earning a second round score of 143 for a total of 293.

Berry and Cobalt Blue R moved from a ninth place position to finish in fifth place overall after earning a second round score of 186 and overall 336. Berry also moved from the eighth place spot to sixth place overall with Falcor, earning a total score of 335.

Boyd and Cellino moved from seventh place to third overall after earning a Handy score of 185 and an overall 343.5. Killam and Mr. Big moved to finish in ninth place overall after earning a Handy score of 154 and an overall 314. Boyd and Shamrock moved up to finish in fourth place overall after earning a Handy score of 180 and an overall 342. Boyd and O’Ryan moved from a fourth place standing after the Classic round to an overall second place finish after earning a Handy score of 187 and an overall 351.

Steinhaus and North C moved to finish in seventh place overall after earning a Handy score of 160.5 and an overall 324.5.

Sitting in second place after the Classic Round, Leffler and Headlines earned a Handy score of 187.5 for a total of 356.5 which moved them into the lead.

Berry and Wistful were in first place after the Classic Round, but after earning a Handy score of 145 for a total of 318, finished in eighth place overall.

The heavy rains had moved through the area earlier that morning, so the main hunter event was moved to the Oval Ring. Liza Towell Boyd, whose resume includes three time Overall World Champion Hunter Rider as a Junior, four time recipient of the Best Child Rider Award at the Washington International Horse Show, and second place finisher in the Washington International Equitation Finals, as well as a multitude of National and International Hunter Derby wins, commented, “I was pleasantly surprised, that with all the rain the night before and how wet everything was, how great the rings held up,” she said. “I woke up, looked outside and thought that we may not even be able to show. You know, the Derbies are the equivalent of the Hunter Grand Prix and we were really looking forward to showing,” she said. “They moved the Derby to the Oval Ring which is so big and impressive and it’s actually even better for the younger generation of the up and coming Derby horses,” she said. “It was amazing how well the footing held up. It was really perfect. We were able to do those inside turns and the footing was great,” Boyd commented.

Sarah Milliren with Don't Tell
Sarah Milliren with Don’t Tell

Don’t Tell and Sarah Milliren Win the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Legend, followed the International Derby and saw Courtney Billings’ Don’t Tell, ridden by Sarah Milliren, win the class after earning first round score of 86 and second round score of 91 for a combined 177. Davinci, owned and ridden by Josie Baird, placed second after earning a first round score of 82 and Handy score of 88 for a combined 170. Third place honors went to Charlotte Warren’s Enticement, ridden by Julie Curtin, after posting a first round score of 80 and second round score of 87 for a total of 167.

Suntrust, owned by Sandra Ward and ridden by Jacqueline Ward, earned a first round score of 77 and second round score of 83 for a total of 160 and fourth place. Fifth was awarded to Replax du Plant, owned and ridden by Libby Greene. I’ve Been Spotted, owned and ridden by Rebecca Hollman, won sixth place; Iamwhatiam, owned by Dawn Mason and ridden by Jason Berry, placed seventh overall. Click here for more results.

All sponsorship and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel at lisa@classiccompany.com.

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A Blue for Carracci Blue and McKenzie Kasper at the Atlanta Spring Classics

Thursday the $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome kicked off the jumper action in the Olympic Arena for Week II of the Atlanta Spring Classics.

Fourteen horse and rider teams tacked the course designed by Paul Jewel of Lambertville, New Jersey. “The course was a great opener for Week II,” commented Jewel.  “The goal here is to make the course inviting, yet challenging,” he added.  “It definitely accomplished this,” he added. The first round time allowed was set at 78 seconds and a majority of the horse and rider teams advanced to the second round.

Mary Lisa Leffler of Brookeville, Maryland and Rolling Acres’ Bling Bling were the first to go and turn in a clear first round effort in a time of 73.718 seconds. Their second round resulted in four jump faults in a time of 38.689 seconds which would see them finish in eighth place overall.

M.I Hartwick, owned by Nelson Long and ridden by Aida Sanchez Long of Ooltewah, Tennessee, followed Leffler in the order. After posting a clear first round in a time of 74.042 seconds, four faults in their second round in a time of 37.870 seconds had them finish in seventh place overall.

Mandy Killam’s Black Diamond, ridden by Kris Killam of Naples, Florida, winners of the Week I $25,000 Nalley Toyota Stonecrest Grand Prix, presented by EMO, turned in the next clear first round effort in a time of 70.291 seconds. Four faults in their second round in a time of 37.366 would see them finish in sixth place overall.

Diablo D’Raquelmes, owned by Ronda Stavisky and ridden by Jennifer Ramsey of Chrystal Beach, Ontario, Canada, had a fault free first round in a time of 74.549. They had one time fault in their second round after posting a time of 44.302 and finished in fourth place overall.

Darragh Kerin’s Corini, ridden by Paul Macrae of Alpharetta, Georgia, followed with a clear first round in a time of 74.360 seconds. Their second round was also clear, and with a time of 41.907 seconds, would set the new time to beat and advance to first place.

McKenzie Kasper of Alpharetta, Georgia, in the irons of her own Carracci Blue, followed Macrae in the order and turned in a clear first round effort in a time of 75.741 seconds. Their second round was also clear and their time of 39.333 would take the lead and set the new time to beat.

HHS Louis, owned by Cerulean Stables, LLC, ridden by Amanda Forte of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, followed Kasper. Their clear first round in a time of 76.998 seconds advanced them to the second round. Although they went clean, their time of 41.962 seconds would see them finish in third place overall.

Kasarr, owned and ridden by Erin McGuire of Cornelius, North Carolina, turned in the next clear round effort in a time of 74.126 seconds. Four jump faults and four time faults in their second round in a time of 48.972 seconds would see them finish in tenth place overall.

Jason Berry of Staunton, Virginia, winner of the Week I Horseflight Welcome, followed Kasarr in the irons of Sandra Mazur’s Luca Toni. Their clear first round in a time of 72.945 seconds advanced them to the second round, but eight jump faults in a time of 39.045 seconds would see them finish in ninth place overall.

Killam returned to the Olympic Arena in the enviable last to go position, this time in the irons of Helene Jones’ Skyfall. They turned in a clear first round in a time of 69.078 seconds, but four faults in their second round in a time of 37.069 seconds would see them finish in fourth place overall.

McKenzie Kasper, the sixteen year old and youngest rider of the field, won the Welcome on her own Carracci Blue!

“The second round had a lot of options.  He [Jewel] left it open so you could be as quick and neat as you wanted to be, or you could ride the more technical options and make it a little harder,” Kasper commented.  “I added in one line so I could make an inside turn, which was a little risky,” she said.  “Because I knew if I had a rail, I would have been a lot slower,” she added.  “But, thankfully, I didn’t!

“I had a really great 1.20 m horse which brought me to my first Children’s Nations Cup when I was 14 in Wellington,” she said.  “I sold her and had one in between before we got Lenny a little over a year ago,” commented Kasper.  “I started Lenny [Carracci Blue] from the beginning in the 1m and then 1.10m.  I did Child Adult jumpers last year with him and to be able to compete here now and be where we are is amazing!” commented Kasper.  “I love Bob’s shows and am so thankful he runs these shows here.  It’s such a great experience for us!” she added.

“The new footing is so much better!  It really poured last night and I’m looking at it now and it’s perfect,” Kasper said.

“We’re going to the High Junior Amateur Classes and then maybe in the Fall, Lenny and I will try a grand prix,” she said.

Kasper and her family live on a farm outside of Conyers and have Lenny as well as two miniature horses. “I am so thankful for my family’s support,” commented Kasper.  “Especially my sister Olivia,” she added.  “She has been helping me so much and been working so hard,” said Kasper.  “I know she would like to be in the show ring and I am so thankful and appreciative of her,” she said.

What’s next for Kasper?  “I always wanted to be on the Young Rider Team and compete on the grand prix level before I go off to college,” she said.  “I’m not sure what the future holds for me, so I’m just going to keep working as hard as I can now,” she added.

All sponsorship and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel at lisa@classiccompany.com.

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Kris Killam and Black Diamond Win the $25,000 Nalley Toyota Stonecrest Grand Prix

Saturday the $25,000 Nalley Toyota Stonecrest Grand Prix, presented by EMO, galloped into the Olympic Stadium at the Georgia International Horse Park to close out the opening week of the Atlanta Spring Classics in Conyers, Georgia.

Five horse and rider teams turned in clear first rounds and advanced to the jump off phase. The time allowed was set at 47 seconds and Kris Killam and Helene Jones’ Skyfall were the first to tackle the second round and went clean in 37.990 seconds, setting the new time to beat.

Jason Berry of Staunton, Virginia and Willoughby Stables’ Varios, winners of the Week I $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome, followed Killam and Skyfall and also turned in a clear jump off effort in a time of 37.292 seconds and took the lead.

Katie Barnette’s Catalyst, ridden by Aida Sanchez Long of Ooltewah, Tennessee, followed Berry. Although they turned in a clear round, their time of 38.535 seconds would not beat Berry and Varios’ time.

Paul Macrae of Alpharetta, Georgia and Darragh Kerrin’s Corini followed Catalyst in the order of go, but a heartbreak rail at the final fence in a time of 37.559 seconds would see them finish in fifth place overall.

Killam returned to the Olympic Arena in the enviable last to go position, this time in the irons of Mandy Killam’s Black Diamond. The pair turned in a clear jump off round in a time of 36.326 seconds and took the win.

Final placings had Berry and Varios in second place followed by Killam and Skyfall. Fourth place went to Catalyst and Sanchez Long, and fifth was awarded to Macrae and Corini. Sixth went to the fastest four fault first round, Donnatello, owned by Highridge Farm and ridden by Susan Fried of Macon, Georgia, who posted a four fault first round in a time of 79.798 seconds. Click here to see full results.

The jumper action continued in the $3,500 Elite Equine Sport Horse Medicine and Lameness Jr. A/O Jumper Classic which saw Lauren Palko of Roswell, Georgia and her own Copy Cat take the blue ribbon and first place prize money. Jacqueline Ward of Seabrook, Texas and her own Cayman took second place honors, and Isabel Harbour of Alpharetta, Georgia and her own Captivate placed third. Fourth place was awarded to McKenzie Kasper of Alpharetta, Georgia and her own Carracci Blue. Fedel, owned and ridden by Gwen Goodwin of New Boston, New Hampshire, took fifth place. Syndey Johnson of Canton, Georgia and her own Casey Jones received sixth place, and seventh was awarded to Courtney Osborne of Marietta, Georgia and her own Hibiscus. Ward returned for the eighth place ribbon, this time in the irons of her own Quinta.

All sponsorship and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel at lisa@classiccompany.com.

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Atlanta Spring Classic II

I am glad that we are done with our 11 weeks of shows in a row but sad that I won’t be with all my friends until June.   We had a great winter and a great last week here in Conyers.  Many more horses than expected so next year we are planning to add a ring.  I do have high hopes for 2013 between the economy that will get better and what seems to be a little change in migration of the exhibitors from Florida.

Anyway, we had a good week.  Great Weather. Last night we had the $25,000 EMO Grand Prix and we had the All-American meal of hot dogs, hamburgers and brownies during the class.   Again this week, it was not a big class; we had 18 riders but it was a great course built by Allen Rheinheimer and an exciting finish.   The class was won by Kenwood, owned by Kenwood Syndicate and ridden to win by Daniel Geitner.

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Atlanta Spring Classic I, II – Conyers

We are finishing up our winter circuit in Gulfport on Sunday and heading direct to Atlanta.  I will fly home for a day to pick up any mail and such but if you need stalls you need to call us at 843 768 5503 and leave a message or you can email me at bbell@earthlink.net.  We will be arriving on Monday so if you plan to arrive earlier, please let us know.  The horse park has stalls but they do need to know you are coming and get bedding delivered.

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Hunter Breeding will be held at Atlanta Spring Classic I, II, 2pm Friday

Performance Hunter 3’3″ and 3’6″ will be held on Thursday and Friday

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Atlanta Spring Classic 2012

Our Spring Shows, The Atlanta Spring Classics, starts on March 21 and runs until April 1st.  Our spring shows are USEF AA rated and we host a $25,000 Grand Prix each week. For the past few years these shows has been light and our grand prix has had less than 20 entries.  Being a light show, this is a great opportunity for barns seeking AA points and easier jumper money to join us and reap the rewards of a smaller AA show.

I want to remind you that the closing date for Atlanta Spring is February 25th.  Although many have learned to ignore the closing date of our shows, Classic Company does offer a $25 per stall savings if paid by closing date.  We know that with a two week show $50 is a savings on each stall price so we do encourage exhibitors to enter early. One of the Classic Company’s sponsors does make making your entries easy.  Equestrian Connect allows you to do your entries online and makes the process so easy and accurate.  I would suggest a visit to www.equestrianconnect.com and see what they have to offer.

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