July 22, 2012 – The twentieth anniversary of the Charleston Classic closed yesterday with a bang with the $25,000 KnickerDoodles Pony Hunter Derby. This was the second installment of the largest pony hunter purse in the country and the ponies were out in full force! Twenty five pony and rider combinations tackled the course designed by Allen Rheinheimer and Joe Carnicum which saw Paige Parker riding Champlain Sovereign, owned by The Hill Farm, in the winner’s circle with a combined score of 176 points. In second place was Bergen Sanderford riding Center Ice, owned by Maria Yzerman, with a total score of 162, and third place honors went to Grace Gresset riding her own Daisy Due Blue with a combined effort of 156 points.
“This is only the second time we have offered this class and we were very pleased with the turnout. It was a great way to celebrate our twentieth anniversary of the Classic Company,” said Bob Bell, President of Classic Company.
The Classic Company’s twentieth anniversary of the Charleston Classic kicked off Wednesday with the young pony classes. The Thirsty Thursday “Come as you are” party, held and sponsored by Red’s Ice House and Bohicket Marina, was a huge success! All exhibitors were treated to a night of cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres.
Friday night, all eyes were turned toward the $2,500 USHJA International Hunter Derby sponsored by Kiara Barnet. The ringside was packed as all enjoyed complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
Twenty-three riders negotiated the course designed by Allen Rheinheimer and Joe Carnicom. Elizabeth Boyd of Camden, SC, rode Roc My World, owned by Tequestrian Farms, LLC of Wellington, FL, to the win with a combined score of 183, just beating out her second place score of 181 aboard Marksmann, owned by Marilla Van Buerren of Middleton, RI.
Charleston, South Carolina: Happy 4th of July! Wow! How are you, your horses and family surviving this heat? Beat the heat and head to the Classic Company’s Charleston Horse Shows that kick off July 11 and run through July 21 at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center located in John’s Island, South Carolina!
The Charleston Horse Shows are the most well-loved, perfect horse shows for the entire family. They are located just miles from the breathtaking beaches of Charleston, the historic charm of downtown and they just ooze with Southern hospitality. Classic Company will again be pulling out all the stops to make sure your horse show competition is the best both in and out of the ring. The Classic Company is celebrating its 20th anniversary at the Charleston site, and will be hosting its $25,000 Pony Hunter Derby Classic during Charleston II.
Bob Bell, President of Classic Company, said, “This is a special show for those trainers with fun loving customers. We limit the stalls, only have four show rings and make sure there’s a social event each day for everyone! And, it is very close to the beach!”