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Aiken Summer Classic Wraps Up

Daniel Geitner and November Hill’s Cilia M rode away with the win in the $25,000 Aiken Saddlery Grand Prix, presented by Purina Animal Nutrition Week II of the Aiken Summer Classic, besting a field of twenty-eight horse and rider teams over a course designed by Steve Stephens of Palmetto, Florida.

The course proved to be challenging with only three horse and rider teams turning in clear first rounds. Doug Payne of Aiken, South Carolina in the irons of Jane Dudinsky’s Quintessence was the first pair to post a clear first round in a time of 78.431 seconds. Four rides later ensured a jump off when Hanna Toering of Waterford, Virginia piloted her own Balou Moon BHF through the timers after a clear first round in a time of 76.779 seconds.

Four rides later, Geitner and Cilia M added themselves to the jump-off roster with their clear first round in a time of 78.703 seconds. “It was a very technical course and definitely big enough,” said Geitner. “Since I had rails with my earlier rides, I was able to use that to my advantage to help navigate that first round. Cilia is still a little inexperienced and hasn’t had nearly the mileage the other horses have. She jumped really well in the first round and handled those technical questions pretty easily,” he said.

Stephens set the jump off round with a time allowed of 44 seconds. Payne and Quintessence were the first to go but a heartache rail at the last fence gave them four jump faults in a time of 39.814 seconds. Toering and Balou Moon BHF followed in the order and turned in a clear round with a time of 36.055 seconds. The heat was on for Geitner and Cilia M.

The pair turned in clear round and galloped through the timers in 34.804 seconds. “She was on her game,” said Geitner, “and to be honest, she’s been a bit of a hard luck story and I’m glad she pulled through,” he added.

Madeline Reich of Birmingham, Alabama and Lyons Creek Sporthorses, LTD’s Harakiri Z placed fourth with their first round performance with one time fault in 83.070 seconds.

Geitner and Oak Ledge Farm’s Fazous also picked up the fifth place as the fastest of the four-fault first rounds with their time of 75.012 seconds and also earned a sixth place with November Hill’s Vesta De Lavardin for their four fault first round in a time of 75.734 seconds.

Tom Foley of Wellington, Florida rode Carson Grisham’s Blaze of Glory II to a seventh place finish with their four fault first round in a time of 75.737 seconds. Eighth place was awarded to Sydney Long of Atlanta, Georgia and her own Take Two for their four fault first round in a time of 77.528 seconds.

Catogi, owned and ridden by Grant Seger of Aiken, South Carolina, finished in ninth place for their four fault first round in a time of 78.330 seconds. Tenth place was awarded to Kris Killam of Naples, Florida aboard Empire Show Stables’ Boreale De Talme and eleventh went to Kyle Dewar of Ocala, Florida and Joan Burke’s F Gunsmoke RHF. Jamie Gibson of Ocala, Florida and Lucky Horses, LLC’s Caddie R wrapped up the class with a twelfth-place finish.

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Aiken Summer Classic Wraps Up Successful Week I

After a long hiatus, the Classic Company kicked off Week I at the Aiken Summer Classic with sold-out stalls. “We are so happy to be back in the ring,” commented Bob Bell, President of the Classic Company. “We have implemented Covid-19 protocol geared to making the exhibitors’ showing experience the safest it can be,” he added. “We’ve added extensive, additional services in the office,” said Bell.

Daniel Geitner Sweeps $25,000 Marshall & Sterling Grand Prix

As the first show back after the Covid-19 shutdown, Geitner made up for lost time bringing home four ribbons, including the blue with November Hill’s Vesta De Lavardin in Saturday’s $25,000 Marshall & Sterling Equisport Insurance Grand Prix, presented by EMO. “It was great to be back in the show ring,” he said. “We really missed it!”

Twenty-six entries competed over the course designed by Michel Vaillancourt and only eight of the horse and rider teams advanced to the jump off round.

“It was a nice class and a really well-designed course,” commented Geitner. “You want a third to a quarter of the class clean and Michel [Vaillancourt] hit that number. He [Vaillancourt] is so good; he’s an excellent judge of how tough and technical he can make the course,” said Geitner.

Geitner rode four of the eight jump-off qualifiers! His first ride, Cilia M, owned by November Hill, took two rails at the final combination for a combined 8 jump faults in a time of 35.580 seconds. “She was great, but she lost a shoe after the fourth jump and that kind of threw her off a bit. We all knew it would be a fast jump off and a tight turn to the final combination which gave some of us problems,” said Geitner.

Kyle Dewar of Ocala, Florida and his own Clever Van De Helle were next to tackle the course but the same combination earned him a four jump faults and he finished in 35.963 seconds.

Geitner returned to the arena, this time in the irons of his own Gigolo. The pair turned in a fault-free round in 36.662 seconds.

“He’s [Gigolo] a new mount for me and this is actually his first Grand Prix. I wanted to be quick enough but make sure I was clean and we accomplished that goal which put a little pressure on everyone after me,” he said.

Jamie Gibson of Ocala, Florida, in the irons of Lucky Horses, LLC’s Caddie R, followed in the order. The pair grabbed the same rail at the last combination for a total of four jump faults in a time of 35.521 seconds.

Hanna Toering of Waterford, Virginia and her own Balou Moon BHF followed in the order with four jump faults in a time of 37.515 seconds which would see them finish in seventh place.

Geitner returned with this third ride in the jump off, November Hill’s Vesta De Lavardin, and turned in another fault-free round in a time of 34.043, setting the new time to beat.

Geitner commented, “She’s [Vesta De Lavardin] is really fast and very experienced. I knew I could take some chances with her and the only person I needed to get pressure on at that time was Grant Seger. That’s her game going fast… she’s naturally quick and is as competitive as I am,” he said.

Grant Seger, also of Aiken, and his own Catogi followed Geitner and Vesta De Lavardin with a fault-free round, but their time of 35.327 would keep Geitner in the lead.

Geitner was last to go in the Grand Prix with Oak Ledge Farm’s Fazous. Four jump faults in a time of 34.425 seconds would earn them a fourth-place ribbon overall. “He’s [Fazous] a younger horse and I knew there were only three double cleans so I went as quick as I could, but knew that even with a rail I could still get a fourth,” Geitner commented.

The final results had Geitner awarded the blue ribbon with Vesta De Lavardin, third with Gigolo and fourth with Fazous as well as an eighth with November Hill’s Cilia M. Seger and Catogi earned second place as well as a tenth and eleventh with Hillary Drummond Sport Horses’ Idalgo and Grey Fox Crossing’s Cantucchini, respectively. Gibson finished in fifth place with Caddie R and Dewar earned a sixth place with Clever Van De Helle. Doug Payne finished in ninth with Jane Dudinsky’s Quintessence and Penny Brennan of Buhl, Alabama wrapped up the class in twelfth place with her own Vertigo Delorme.

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Aiken Summer Classic – Not Business as Usual

Pending any further updates from the Federation or State or local government, we are cautiously making plans for the Aiken Summer Classics. Currently we are sold out of stalls and have a wait list. We will be taking the following steps at all of our Aiken Summer Classic events moving forward:

  • No general public or spectators will be allowed on the show grounds.
  • Social distancing will be observed.
  • We ask that you not gather anywhere on the show grounds except with people you have been quarantined with.
  • There will be no VIP tent nor hospitality this year.
  • Shade tents and tables will be provided.
  • Food service will be limited. Please observe social distancing at the concession stand as they are taking steps to prepare also.

Show Office Procedures:

  • Entries, Add/Scratches should be done online at HorseShowsOnline.com or using the new QR code on time schedules (coming soon).
  • New Mandatory Waiver must be signed by all participants and sent in advance!
  • One person per stable should organize and pick up numbers, one person per Secretary, will be allowed in the show office at a time.
  • Face masks must be worn in the show office and on the grounds when not mounted.
  • Please practice social distancing outside of the show office.
  • New Online mobile tools will be available.
  • Splits must be done in advance. Absolutely no splitting will be allowed on Sunday. Trainers will be sent invoices on Saturday to review.
  • Mobile numbers and email addresses for each entry must be provided. New this year, invoices will be emailed to the responsible party on Sunday and should be paid with the link sent with the email. Stable representatives should take care of closing out any leftover balances or invoices paid by check for their barn.

We ask that if you are sick, please stay at home or if you have come into contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid 19.

We look forward to providing great competition for you and your horses while doing everything we can to provide a healthy environment for all.

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Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit 2020 Crowns the Champs

Pictured: Chello, owned by Kara Jones.

The 2020 Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit wrapped up two weeks early with Week V.

“The Gulf Coast Winter Classic was fantastic and we, along with everyone else, are disappointed it had to end early. We stand with the USEF’s decision to cancel horse shows and put the safety of our competitors and horse show families as our top priority,” said Bob Bell, President of the Gulf Coast Classic Company. “Our No Entry Fee Grand Prix was a huge success and we appreciate everyone who showed with us here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We hope to see everyone at the ring at our Aiken Summer Classic,” he said.

Congratulations to the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Champions!

Sportsmanship Award: Mary and Larry Antonini and Loretta Patterson

Baby Green Hunter Circuit Champion: Asterix, owned by Mary Collier Childress

Children’s Hunter 14 & Under Circuit Champion: High Regard, owned by Erica Van Dyken

Children’s Hunter 15-17 Circuit Champion: Chancellor’s Reign, owned by BAM Sporthorses

Children’s Hunter 2’6” Circuit Champion: Carasco, owned by Gabriella Deflece

Children’s Hunter Pony Circuit Champion: Cherrybrook Dark Secret, owned by Annalise Gabert

Confirmation Hunter Circuit Champion: True Enough, owned by Kelly Sims

Green Hunter 3’6” Circuit Champion: Chancellor’s Reign, owed by BAM Sporthorses

Green Hunter 3’9” Circuit Champion: MTM Amour owned by Jeanne Pitre

Green Pony Hunter Circuit Champion: Cherrybrook Blue Jersey, owned by William Grace, LLC

Junior Hunter 3’3” 15 & Under Circuit Champion: Coco owned by Olivia Hershey

Junior Hunter 3’3” 16-17 Circuit Champion: Rocketeer, owned by Riley King

Opportunity Circuit Champion: Mr. Monk, owned by IAL Equine Racing & Sales, LLC

Performance Circuit Champion: Nina, owned by BAM Sporthorses

Pony Large Hunter Circuit Champion: Marvel Comic, owned by Kaylin Sculthorpe

Pony Medium Hunter Circuit Champion: Charmer owned by Honor Hill Farm, LLC

Pony Small Hunter Circuit Champion: Captain Jack Sparrow, owned by Honor Hill Farm

Short Long Stirrup Hunter Circuit Champion: Hampton, owned by Valerie Thibaut

Sidelines Green Hunter 3’ Circuit Champion: Secrets Out, owned by DLJ Performance

Sidelines Green Hunter 3’3” Circuit Champion: High Regard, owned by Equine LLC and Erica Van Dyken

1.20 m Junior/Amateur Owner Circuit Champion: P. Diddy, owned by Donald Stewart

1.30 m Junior/Amateur Owner Circuit Champion: Cumlaude, owned by Abigail Bergin

Child Adult Jumper 1.0 m Circuit Champion: Chicobello, owned by Riley Townsley

Child Adult Jumper 1.10 m Circuit Champion: Bubka D’Armanville, owned by Katelyn North

Child Adult Jumper 1.15 m Circuit Champion: Consistency, owned by Mclain Ward

Open Jumper Circuit Champion: Rocabella, owned by Royal Crown Stables

Amateur Owner Hunter 3’6” 18-35 Circuit Champion: Chello, owned by Kara Jones

Adult Amateur 18-35 Circuit Champion: Cancara, owned by Pamela Hersey

Adult Amateur 36-49 Circuit Champion: Marble Arch, owned by Lindsay Stephenson

Adult Amateur 50 & Over Circuit Champion: Sunkist, owned by Holly Sims

Adult Amateur 2’6” Circuit Champion: Nina, owned by BAM Sporthorses

Amateur Owner 3’3” 18-35 Circuit Champion: Gidget, owned by Sarah Morris

Amateur Owner 3’6” 36 & Over Circuit Champion: Remington, owned by Mary Antonini

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Week V Wraps Up the 2020 Gulf Coast Winter Circuit

Week V of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic experienced big numbers for what turned out to be the grand finale of the highly celebrated winter circuit.

Holly Shepherd and Loretta Patterson’s CHS Krooze certainly had a grand finale, winning the $25,000 Harrah’s Grand Prix.

Ten of the twenty-four horse and rider teams qualified for the jump off and the time to beat was set at 78 seconds.

Isabel Harbour of Alpharetta, Georgia aboard IMH Equine, LLC’s Reposado were first in the jump off round and had four jump faults with a time of 40.32 seconds. Laura Connaway of Little Rock, Arkansas and her own Ceralena followed in the order and turned in a clear jump off round in a time of 42.480 seconds. Dylan Daly of Wellington, Florida and Burgundy Farms’ Domino Van Lange Weeren were next and with eight jump faults in a time of 36.836 seconds would finish in ninth place overall.

Shepherd and Loretta Patterson’s HG Swing Time followed with a clear round and their time of 42.146 would temporarily take the lead. Reid Ricket of North Port, Alabama and his own Banderas de Bornival followed Shepherd with a clear jump off round in a time of 40.388 seconds and took the lead. Blaze of Glory, owned by Carson Grisham, and Tom Foley of Wellington, Florida were next up and four jump faults in a time of 38,227 would earn them a seventh place ribbon.

Matt Cyphert of Argyle, Texas and Heathman Farm, LLC’s Cortani FBH went clear in their jump off round in a time of 40.921 seconds and finished in fourth place overall.

Shepherd was up next with CHS Krooze. The pair flew across the grass grand prix field in a fault free time of 36.187 seconds taking the lead.

Connaway returned to the grand prix field, this time in the irons of her own Quite Funny. The pair went clear, but their time of 40.843 seconds saw them finish in third place. Sitting in the enviable last to go position were Tom Foley and Andy Kocher’s Carel Van Don Deren. Eight faults in a time of 41.799 seconds had them finish in tenth place.

Shepherd CHS Krooze took the win and Reid Rickett and Banderas De Bornival took second.

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The Gulf Coast Winter Classic is sadly ending its seven-week circuit two weeks early due to the Corona virus in line with the USEF’s announcement that all rated shows are to be cancelled for one month and for everyone’s health and safety. We hope all will join us in 2021 and discover why everyone has more fun on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

The Classic Company will also not be holding the Jacksonville Spring Classics in 2020 due to the USEF announcement that cancels all Rated shows for one month and for everyone’s health and safety. We hope to be jumping in Jacksonville in 2021, but in the meantime be safe and we hope to see you at the ring soon.

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Charleston Summer Classic Cancelled for 2020

The Charleston Summer Classic has been the flagship show of the Classic Company for the past twenty-seven years. “It is with great sadness that I am announcing that the Charleston Summer Classic will not be running in 2020. Due to a combination of challenges, we have decided to take a break this year, a vacation from the ‘show-cation’ if you will,” commented Classic Company President, Bob Bell. “The future of this Heritage Competition will be made in September,” added Bell.

The historic silver and crystal trophies will be moved to the Aiken Summer Classic in June. “We certainly hope that our cancellation of the 2020 show will not greatly inconvenience anyone,” he said.

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The Atlanta Fall Classic Wraps Up and the Champs Are Crowned

Leigh Hartrampf and Anglonorman Platiere.

The Atlanta Fall Classic wrapped up after two weeks of top competition at the Georgia International Horse Park to close out the 2019 Classic Company show calendar. “Thank you to all who came to our shows over the year and especially to those who showed with us here in Conyers. We wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving and look forward to seeing you next at the Gulf Coast Winter Classics February 13th!” said Bob Bell, Classic Company President.

The popular $25,000 Barry Lane Jumper Classics took place over the two weeks of the Atlanta Fall Classic.

The first installment Week I, the $5,000 Barry Lane Jumper Classic awarded Leigh Hartrampf and Alexandra Howard’s Anglonorman Platiere the first-place ribbon and lion’s share of the prize money, besting a field of 18 horse and rider teams.

The $7,500 NAL WIHS Barry Lane Jumper Classic awarded Kathryn Currey and her own Alil Evil the first-place honors.

Week II awarded the blue ribbon in the $5,000 Barry Lane Jumper Classic to Lane Brown Park and her own Zazoe while Leigh Hartrampf returned to the winner’s circle in today’s $7,500 NAL WIHS Barry Lane Jumper Classic with Anglonorman Platier and also received the overall championship.

Tracy Magness and John Bartko’s Chopin Du Chateau Hollogne 2 won the Week I $15,000 Jumper Classic, presented by EMO. Dylan Daly and Burgundy Farms’ Domino Van Lange Weeren won the Week I $5,000 Welcome and Week II, grabbed the win in the $15,000 Jumper Classic, presented by EMO.

Sydney Swarr, in the irons of Derek Petersen’s Titus 2:11 won the Week II $5,000 Welcome.

The Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby took place both Weeks I and II.

Livie Guyton’s Christophe, ridden by Carolyn Bell, won the $2,000 Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby Week I. Sarah Caswell aboard her own Ocelot won the Marshall & Sterling 3′ Classic Hunter Derby $250 Non-Pro Rider Bonus. Charlotte Sprague and her own McNamera won the Marshall & Sterling 3’3″ Classic Hunter Derby Non-Pro Rider Bonus.

Week II welcomed Jo Ann Forman’s Haiku, ridden by Aida Sanchez Long, to the winner’s circle. Sarah Bucholz and her own Encore won the Marshall & Sterling 3′ Classic Hunter Derby $250 Non-Pro Rider Bonus, and Josie Evans and her own QVF Colt Seavers won the Marshall & Sterling 3’3″ Classic Hunter Derby $250 Non-Pro Rider Bonus.

For more information and results, please visit horseshowsonline.com.

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Kris Killam Scores a Trifecta Win in the $25,000 Bohicket Marina Grand Prix

Kris Killam of Naples, Florida and Empire Show Stables’ Boreale De Talma, winners of the Week I $25,000 EMO Grand Prix, returned Week II of the Charleston Summer Classic to collect the blue in the $25,000 Bohicket Marina Grand Prix, presented by Sidelines Magazine Friday night. He also earned the second and third place ribbons with Helene Jones’ Gangster CHS and Empire Show Stables’ Memory Lane, respectively.

“I’ve had a pretty epic two weeks here in Charleston,” said Killam. “I won first, second, and third in the Week II grand prix, which I have never done before! Pretty darn awesome, I would say! But I really just need to thank my owners and Empire Show Stables and most importantly, my staff. They have worked so hard here over the past two weeks and while I get all the glory, they are working putting horses away. Everyone from the folks back home, to my wife to my staff here at the show, they put it all together and really deserve the credit. I’d also like to thank Bob Bell and the Classic Company for putting on such a great show,” he added.

Six of the fifteen horse and rider teams advanced to a jump off round opportunity. The jump off round was set with a time allowed of 49 seconds. First to go, Chase Boggio of Canton, Georgia and Victoria Press’ Quesada D’Elle, went clear and their time of 40.420 seconds set the new time to beat.

Killam and Helene Jones’ Gangster CHS followed Boggio and Quesada D’Elle with a fault free round in 39.108 seconds and took the lead.

Rodney Harkey of Charlotte, North Carolina and his own Equador followed Killam and Gangster CHS in the order, but four jump faults in a time of 38.476 seconds would see them finish in fifth place overall.

Killam returned to the grand prix arena, this time in the irons of Empire Show Stables’ Memory Lane and turned in a fault free jump off round in 39.712 seconds. Boggio, this time aboard his own Co Pilot, followed Killam and with four jump faults in a time of 40.545 seconds would finish in sixth overall.

Killam sat in the enviable last to go spot with Boreale De Talma and flew through the course fault free in a time of 38.433 seconds, securing the win and the second and third placings. Boggio and Co Pilot earned a fourth place.

Daniel Pizarro Rosas of Milton, Georgia rode his own Ontario Eclipse to a seventh place finish, and Cool Down S, owned and ridden by Mary Meghann Huitt of Savanah, Georgia, placed eighth. Ninth place was awarded to Dana Noga of Ocala, Florida and her own Obos Pepperpot, and tenth was awarded to Legacy Stables’ Chaventyno, ridden by Sarah Middleton of Wellington, Florida. Huitt returned for an eleventh place ribbon with Robin Huitt’s Chiara, and Michael Kearins of Wellington, Florida and his own Evloien wrapped up the class with a twelfth place finish.

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Charleston Summer Classic Week I Wrap Up

Killam Pilots Boreale De Talma to the Win in the $25,000 EMO Grand Prix

The $25,000 EMO Grand Prix took place Friday evening in the grand prix arena and Kris Killam of Naples, Florida in the irons of Empire Show Stables’ Boreale De Talma rode into the winner’s circle to collect the blue ribbon and his share of the prize money.

The jump off time was set at 55 seconds. Killam, in the irons of Empire Show Stables’ Memory Lane, was the first to go and with their clear round in a time of 42.06 set the new time to beat.

Chasen Boggio of Canton, Georgia and his own Co Pilot followed in the jump off round, but four faults in a time of 51.28 seconds would see them finish in sixth place overall.

Sarah Middleton of Wellington, Florida and Legacy Stables, LLC’s Chaventyno followed Boggio in the jump off order. The pair turned in a fault free round in a time of 54.89 seconds, earning fourth overall.

Daniel Pizarro Rosas of Milton, Georgia and his own Ontario Eclipse earned four jump faults in the jump off round and their time of 49.443 had them finish in fifth overall.

Doug Payne of Aiken, South Carolina and Jane Dudinsky’s Quintessence gave Killam and Memory Lane a run for the money with their fault free jump off round in 45.349 seconds, taking the lead.

However, Killam and Boreale De Talma sat in the last to go spot. Their fault free time in 44.886 seconds won the class and moved Payne and Quintessence into the second place position. Killam also grabbed the third place ribbon with Memory Lane.

“I’ve been chasing Doug Payne now for two months and we finally beat him in a grand prix, so that was awesome,” said Killam.

Doug Payne and Jane Dudinsky’s Quintessence Win the $5,000 Fabbri Boots Welcome

The $5,000 Fabbri Boots Welcome kicked off the jumper action at the Charleston Summer Classic and welcomed Doug Payne to the winner’s circle, in the irons of Jane Dudinsky’s Quintessence.

As the first to go, the pair turned in a clear first round and second round, setting the time to beat at 30.967 seconds. Killam got close to beating Payne’s time with Helene Jones’ Gangster CHS with their clear second round time in 33.016 seconds and even closer with the last entry of the class, Empire Show Stables’ Boreal De Talma, with their clear second round in a time of 32.812 seconds. But those times could not beat Payne’s time and Killam placed second and third.

Chasen Boggio and Victoria Price’s Quesada D’Elle picked up fourth place for their double clear rounds and Darby Pease of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina aboard Katie Dalsimer’s First Lady BH earned a fifth place for their double clear rounds. Payne also picked up a sixth place as the fastest four faulter in the irons of Wendy Luce’s Marshal M. Dillon.

Boggio returned for a seventh place ribbon in the irons of his own Co Pilot and Killam and Empire Show Stables’ Memory Lane earned an eighth place finish.

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Doug Payne Pilots Quintessence to the Win in the $25,000 EMO Grand Prix

Twenty-seven horse and rider teams competed in the Saturday night $25,000 EMO Grand Prix Week II at the Aiken Summer Classic over a course designed by world renowned International Course Designer Michel Vaillancourt, of Aiken, South Carolina.

Of the twenty-seven entered, thirteen advanced to the jump off round with a time allowed of 48 seconds.

First to go in the jump off order was Doug Payne of Aiken, South Carolina and Wendy Luce’s Marshall M. Dillon. Their fault free round in a time of 37.732 seconds set the new time to beat.

Winner of the Week I $7,500 Welcome and the $25,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix, Kim Farlinger of Wellington, Florida and Kindle Hill Afiliates’ Maharees Rock, followed Payne in the jump off order, but earned four jump faults at the first fence and finished with a time of 40.007 seconds which would finish them in ninth place overall.

Payne returned to the grand prix arena, this time in the irons of Jane Dudinsky’s Quintessance. Their fault-free round in 35.769 seconds took the lead.

“The horse [Quintessance] is a freak!” said Payne. “He’s just got athleticism, is quick and has the sharp mental state to tackle this. He was supposed to be an event horse, but I thought he would be more suited to the jumpers and it’s turned out well for him. The only thing he is lacking is experience. At this point he’s only 8 and his future looks really bright,” he added.

“The challenge in the jump off was that there we so many of us, you had to really go for it to get a ribbon,” he said. “What I did differently was I chose to do the 8 strides from fence 1 to 2 which let me turn over the oxer to the second jump. Everyone who did the seven made the turn more difficult. I took the time to set him up for a smooth rest of the course which paid off,” he said.

Megan Bennett of Raleigh, North Carolina aboard her own Sherlock Homes 21 followed Payne in the order, but four jump faults in a time of 41.188 seconds would see them finish in eleventh overall. Fandango, owned and ridden by Rachel Kennedy of Brookeville, Maryland, was up next. They also had four jump faults and with their time of 45.636 seconds, would settle into a twelfth place finish.

Adrian Jones of Shamong, New Jersey in the irons of Jamie Stryker’s Cavello joined the jump off bunch, but with four jump faults in a time of 39.994 seconds, they would finish in eighth place.

Kara Jones of Cornelius, North Carolina and her own End Game earned four jump faults in a time of 45.886 seconds and would finish in thirteenth position.

Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina and November Hill’s Vesta De Lavardin followed in the order. A four fault round in a time of 35.905 seconds would earn them the sixth place ribbon.

Laura Gaither Ulrich of Raleigh, North Carolina and Euro Equine Imports’ Garda posted a clear jump off round in a time of 41.581 seconds which was not enough to unseat Payne, but earned her a fifth place ribbon overall.

Chasen Boggio of Canton, Georgia aboard his own Co Pilot followed in the order with a clear jump off round in a time of 39.864 seconds, winning them a fourth place ribbon. Farlinger returned to the grand prix arena, this time in the irons of Keren Halperin’s Free Style. Their fault-free second round in a time of 36.083 seconds would move them to a second place finish and Killam and Boreale De Tala to a third place overall.

Killam and Empire show Stables’ Memory Lane were next to go but four jump faults in a time of 41.108 seconds would see them finish in tenth place overall.

Geitner and Dayna Gant’s Ghiradelli were in the desirable last to go position but four jump faults in a time of 36.130 seconds would see them finish in seventh place, moving Payne and Quintessance into the winner’s circle.

“He [Quintessence] is really is an exceptional horse and I’m lucky to have the opportunity to ride him so a big thank you to his owner Jane Dudinsky,” said Payne.

Payne has to do a final check before he competes in the Pan Am Games but will then be heading to the Charleston Summer Classic for Week I. “Charleston is the best. We stay at our friend’s place at the beach and we’re just a few minutes from the show. Our son is a year and half old and he’s all about it,” said Payne.

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