Tryon, NC — September 25, 2010 — A family type atmosphere enveloped the ring, complete with loud cheering and picnic cloths spread around as the 2010 Tri State Equitation Finals crowned champions Saturday afternoon in the spotlighted event celebrating 20 years of the Tryon Fall Classic.
Currently held at the Foothills Equestrian Center, the Fall Classic, one of the earliest USEF A rated horse shows in the tri state area, was created two decades ago by Bob Bell and Carol Kent. Both Bell and Kent recall a time when age group equitation classes were a dominate section of A rated events. “Reviving the Age Group Equitation is something I believe will help make our young riders stronger competitors when they do head to the big equitation classics and finals at shows like Washington International, Harrisburg, and even the ASPCA Maclay Championships. Given the current economic crunch many riders are feeling there are probably several who won’t be traveling to the big Indoor circuits as they did in the past, but we wanted to recognize their excellence at our Fall show in Tryon,” Bell said. He explained the focus of Classic Company’s Tri State Equitation was on top riders from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, “to honor their achievements this season and to aid those riders who will be heading to Indoors by providing a tune up opportunity.”
Johns Island, SC — July 26, 2010 — The Charleston Summer Classics’ final week of competition at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on Johns Island, SC found most attendees weren’t so anxious to head home, but rather thinking of extending their stay at nearby Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island beach resorts.
Sunny skies and ocean breezes provided another perfect backdrop last week for not only competition in the arenas, but at area golf courses and nearby beaches as well. “We really have been fortunate with the weather here. With classes starting at 7:30 each morning many of the families have been able to hit the beaches by early afternoon and enjoy all this area offers,” Bob Bell of Classic Company said.
July 18, 2010 – We just finished a great week in Charleston. The weather was warm but there was always a great breeze, the benefit of being only a few miles from the ocean.
To start I want to thank Red’s Ice House for a great Welcome party at Bohicket Marina, along with a big thank you to Poplar Grove and Seabrook Island Equestrian Centers for the great parties for the Hunter Classic and the Jumper Classic on Friday and Saturday.
On Saturday, 4300 people lost power on Johns Island, Seabrook Island and Kiawah Island. The power outage was caused by a truck hitting a power transformer. The show was without power for five hours. I want to thank all the exhibitors for their understanding and for keeping the show going so well without much sound.
July 1, 2010 – The Charleston Summer Classic starts in two weeks from today and we still have about 50 stalls for week one and about 100 for week two still available. The temporary stalls will go up right after the July 4th weekend so if you need stalls, call our office so we put up the right number. We will only have 450 stalls this year.
Three other things.
1. If you are interested in renting a golf cart, please call the office. We do not have an onsite vendor and are trying to find carts in town. 843 768 5503 – speak to Tissy.
2. You are welcome to arrive on Saturday the 10th of July if you like. We will have a VERY limited staff but if you call about shavings early, you are welcome to come. Please do not arrive without calling us. 843 768 5503.
3. There was a misprint in the prize list for the $7,500 Jumper Classic. The specs implied that the class was only for Jr AO Jumpers. That is not true. It is an open jumper classic, open to all horses and riders.
We had a great week in Conyers for the Atlanta Summer Classic I. We had lots of exciting classes so I have lots to share.
To start, this week was a WCHR event and we hosted the USHJA Hunter Classic and USHJA International Hunter Derby.
The winner of the Hunter Classic was Snowday owned by Triple Creek Farm and ridden by Lindsey Chestnut. The class was showcased and started at 10 am with lots of spectators watching. The Classic Company plans many USHJA Hunter Classics in the future.
The winner of the International Hunter Derby was Brunello, owned by Mrs. Elizabeth Peterson and shown by Elizabeth Boyd. The class was held in the 400 x 450 Grand Prix ring under lights and was well attended with “tailgaters”. It was an exciting class and Allen Rheinheimer and Joe Carnicom made a challenging course. There were also many comments among the spectators that they missed the “opening of the gate” and they hoped that the committee will see fit to allow it next year…. it was not a gimmick jump.
June 17, 2010 – Just a few updates and reminders….
The Atlanta Summer Classic I, II are both sold out for both weeks. We sold out so late we could not put up a tent and I am very sorry for those 70 horses that could not get in. Please call us early this fall for the show in November.
The Charleston Summer Classic I, II (July 14-24) – The office phone has been ringing and the mail has been heavy for the shows on Johns Island. We can only have 450 stalls this year so if you are planning to attend, please call our office. Both stalls and campers are limited and we want all of you that are planning to come to get in so let us know. This year we added more jumper classes and have classes that do not require membership to USEF or USHJA.
The Tryon Fall Classic (September 24-26) will celebrate 20 years this fall. Carol Kent and I are looking forward to our show this year. This year we will offer the Tri State Age Group Equitation Finals. The top 15 riders in the 11 and Under, 12-14 and 15-17 from SCHJA, NCHJA, and GHJA will be invited for a special class with great awards. Mark your calendar.
The Tryon May Classic was a great success again this year. I am not sure it was the sterling silver trophies, the great footing, the small numbers in the classes, the mimosa served ringside on Sunday or just the fact that Harmond Field and Tryon being a great place for horse shows, but everyone seemed to have a good time. For those who attended, thanks for your support and hope to see you again next year.
Grand Champion Hunter – The Irene Acker Trophy was won by Cezanne, owned and shown by Lillian Hahn.
The Gordon Wright Amateur Trophy was also won by: Lily and Cezanne. Lily told me during the photo shoot receiving the trophy that this show was a great show to get ready for Devon next weekend. Best of luck for Lily and Cezanne.
The Tryon May Classic (May 28-30) will be held next week at Harmond Field. This USEF A-Rated event will be a small show since there are only 144 stalls and we still have stalls available. If you would like stalls please call our office at 843 768 5503.
The Atlanta Summer Classic I, II (June 16-27) – The prize list has been mailed and is also available online. We are not planning on any tents so we only have 690 stalls. Lots of new classes for hunters and jumpers this June.
The Charleston Summer Classic I, II (July 14-24) – The prize list is at the printer and is available online: http://www.classiccompany.com/showdocs.php#chz. This will be a fun show this year again and the biggest change is a shorter schedule, jumper classic and the USHJA hunter classic. We do limit the show to 450 so don’t delay on making your reservations.
All of the shows have prize lists online. If you have any questions or want to reserve stalls, call Tissy at our office. 843 768 5503
Conyers, GA — March 31, 2010 — Classic Company’s president Bob Bell announced the first ever Musical Freestyle Hunt Seat Equitation Championship will premiere at the upcoming Atlanta Summer Classics, June 16-27, in the former Olympic Grand Prix arena of the Georgia International Horse Park.
The idea came to Bell while outside a schooling ring on an off day of his show, sitting in a golf cart chatting on his phone the sound of a nearby stereo drifted over causing his attention to shift towards the horse and rider working over the fences to the beat of the music playing. “I saw the look of pure enjoyment on the rider’s face. Both horse and rider were having a great time with the music as a backdrop to their workout, so it started me on a quest to recreate that fun in our class offerings,” Bell mused.
We had another great week in Jacksonville. This week we were minus our leader, Tony Weight, the President of NFHJA, because he had shoulder surgery, but somehow we made it through. We all wish Tony a speedy recovery. It’s hard to believe that four weeks have gone by this fast.
The Jacksonville Winter Series is quickly drawing to a close. Four exciting weeks have flown by, but there is still another week of fun! The Jacksonville Finale boasts yet another $25,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, Feb. 6th at 7:00 p.m. The $10,000 Bruning Foundation Equitation Classic presented by Jerry Parks Insurance Group will be held Friday, Feb. 5th at 7:00 p.m. Come out and cheer on your favorite horse and rider in both of these exciting events! Plans are already underway for 2011.