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Amanda Forte and MHS Automatic Victorious in the $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome

Amanda Forte and MHS Automatic.

Twenty-eight horse and rider teams tackled the $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome at the Charleston Summer Classic.

Ten advanced to the second round and only seven turned in double clear rounds over a course designed by Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana, who set the first round time allowed of 81 seconds and second round time of 43 seconds.

Hayley Iannotti of Wellington, Florida, in the irons of Sandalwood’s Vanda Gabbana, was the first to go, turning in a fault free effort in a time of 79.960 seconds. Their second round was also clear and their time of 41.764 seconds set the new time to beat.

Doug Payne of Aiken, South Carolina and Debi Crowley’s Vandiver followed several rounds later and turned in clear first round in a time of 74.167 seconds and bested Vanda Gabbana’s time with their own fault free 38.489 seconds, taking the lead.

Iannotti returned to the jumper ring, this time in the irons of Pumpkin Patch Farm, LLC’s Carlos G. They advanced to the second round after going fault free in their first round in a time of 76.440 seconds. However, eight jump faults in their second round in a time of 40.349 seconds would keep Payne in the lead.

Paul Macrae of Alpharetta, Georgia and Maartin Huygins’ Corini followed with the next clear first round in a time of 77.112 seconds. They also turned in a fault free second round in a time of 38.145 which took the lead and set the new time to beat.

Christoph Schroeder and his own Heliante Ter Wilgen, winners of last week’s $35,000 Devoucoux Grand Prix, followed with the next clear first round in a time of 77.160 seconds. However, their second round in a time of 37.778 seconds with eight jump faults would keep the lead with Macrae and leave them in finishing in ninth place overall.

Payne returned to the arena, this time in the irons of Courtney Young Alston’s Botanja, for a clear first round effort in a time of 75.536 seconds. Although their second round was the fastest thus far in a time of 32.802 seconds, two rails for a total of eight jump faults would have them finish in eighth overall.

Amanda Forte of Glenview, Pennsylvania and Cerulean Stables, LLC’s MHS Automatic, second place finishers in last week’s $35,000 Devoucoux Grand Prix, followed in the order and turned in double clear first and second rounds in times of 76.241 seconds and 34.297 seconds, taking the lead and setting the new time to beat!

Schroeder followed Forte, this time with Nuvolari Holdings, LLC’s Commissario. The pair turned in double clear rounds in times of 77.447 seconds and 37.238 seconds which would keep Forte in the lead and have them finish in fourth place overall.

Missy Clark’s Baluga, ridden by Michael Kocher of Tryon, North Carolina, was the next horse and rider team to turn in double clear rounds in times of 78.004 seconds and 36.796 seconds, which would earn them third place honors overall.

Schroeder and Faith Davis’ Dekadenz was the last to turn in double clear rounds. However, despite their fault free efforts in times of 77.558 and 36.589 seconds, respectively, their time could not beat Forte and MHS Automatic, which would have Schroeder and Dekadenz finish in second place overall, leaving Forte and MHS Automatic victors!

“Automatic went great!” commented Forte. “We showed last winter in Gulfport and then he injured himself in turnout so he’s been on a break,” she said. “He’s just coming back and we’re getting to know each other again,” she added. “He’s very talented and I’m really happy with how he is progressing,” she said.

All sponsorship and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Director of Marketing and Sponsorship, at lisa@classiccompany.com.

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Christoph Schroeder Wins the $35,000 Devoucoux Grand Prix

Christoph Schroeder and Heliante Ter Wilgren.

Why does Christoph Schroeder of Wellington, Florida love the Charleston Summer Classic? Well, besides winning the Week I $5,000 Horseflight Welcome, he rode away with the win on Marion Head’s Heliante Ter Wilgren in Friday’s $35,000 Devoucoux Grand Prix, coached his student KC Aarem to third and fifth place finishes, grabbed eleventh place with Faith Davis’ Dekadenz, and will be spending Saturday trail riding on the more than 23 miles of beautiful scenic trails at the Equestrian Center while planning a day of beach riding on Sunday with six of his horses!

“We love showing, vacation and our family,” Schroeder said. “We are so glad we came here!” he added.

Twenty-three horse and rider teams tackled the $35,000 Devoucoux Grand Prix last night before a sold out VIP tent, sponsored by Seabrook Equestrian Club and Schroeder rode away with the blue ribbon and big check. Schroeder has been riding Heliante since November last year. “She’s only nine and has the best character in the world,” commented Schroeder. “This was her first win with me,” he said happily.

Classic Company Course Designer and Technical Coordinator, Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana, set a first round course with a time allowed of 84 seconds, which included a combination that saw many in the first round dropping rails. Only six would go clear and advance to the second round.

The time allowed in the jump off round was 41 seconds and had both Schroeder with one and his student, KC Van Aarem, with two in the lineup. “I had to get my horse ready, but I had to help KC too. I didn’t want to slow the class down, so I’d rather take time away from me and my horses and help her,” he added.

KC Van Aarem, of Woodbine, Maryland, in the irons of her won Temple Run, was the first to go in the order and had two rails for a total of eight jump faults in a time of 37.535 seconds.

Gemma Paternoster of Wellington, Florida and her own Demi followed Aarem with a four fault round in a time of 36.335 seconds, which temporarily took the lead. “I was really happy with her performance,” said Paternoster. “She is only eight and has gone two for two in advancing to the jump off rounds for her first Grand Prix,” she said.

MHS Automatic, owned by Cerulean Stables, LLC and ridden by Amanda Forte of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, followed Paternoster and turned in the first clean jump off round in a time of 31.592 seconds and took the lead from Paternoster.

Michael Kocher of Tryon, North Carolina followed in the order in the irons of Missy Clark’s Baluga; however, two refusals at the first fence of the combination would have them eliminated and finishing in sixth place overall.

Schroeder and Heliante Ter Wilgren followed Kocher and Baluga. “My plan for the jump off with Heliante was I wanted to try a five instead of a six at the first line and a four instead of a five on the last line, and in between, keep the turns tight,” he said. “We’ve been getting to know each other and she is the kind of horse where you need to listen to her more than you need to have her listen to you,” he said, “She knows that if I depend on her, she gives a lot,” he continued. “She can turn well and then she even gets more active,” he said. “When you have a really scopey horse like her, the tighter turns make it more interesting for her and she jumps even better,” he said. “And I guess that’s the trick,” he added. The pair turned in a clear round in a time of 30.254 seconds, taking the lead and setting the new time to beat.

Sitting in the enviable last to go position, Aarem followed Schroeder with her second mount Mastermind. Despite their clear round, their time of 31.654 seconds would not be fast enough to take the lead and the pair would settle into a third place finish.

Finishing in seventh place was Maggie Sjoberg’s Something Gained, ridden by Abbly Sjoberg of Ila, Georgia, with a first round time of 84.933 seconds with one time fault.

Eighth place honors went to the fastest four fault first round, Kasarr, owned and ridden by Erin McGuire of Cornelius, North Carolina, after posting a time of 74.192 seconds.

Mackenzie McGehee of Jacksonville, Florida and her own Fiona Van’t Paradus placed ninth with their four fault first round in a time of 80.246 seconds, and Doug Payne of Aiken, South Carolina rode Courtney Young Alston’s Botanja to tenth place with an eight fault first round in a time of 76.526 seconds.

Schroeder returned for eleventh place with Ruth Davis’ Dekadenz, and Megan Wexler of Reddick, Florida wrapped up the class in twelfth place in the irons of Penny Lane Farm’s Maximus.

“My horses went really well here,” said Schroeder. “We want to keep moving Heliante up and I’m really happy with her progress,” he added.

“We’re thrilled with the attendance this year,” commented Bob Bell, President of Classic Company.  “We have so many new people here showing with us from all over the country enjoying our ‘show-cation’ horse show, the beautiful islands of Kiawah and Seabrook and Charleston, which is Conde Naste’s #1 Destination city in the country,” he said.  “We have all had a blast this week and are looking forward to another week of blue ribbons and beaches!”

All sponsorship and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Director of Marketing and Sponsorship, at lisa@classiccompany.com.

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Tim Maddrix Pilots Shutterbug to the Win in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Tim Maddrix and Shutterbug.

The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by Geddaway Farm, was the featured hunter event Friday night and 34 horse and rider teams took to the course designed by Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana.

Tim Maddrix of Leeds, Alabama and Missy Nolen’s Shutterbug led the first round with a score of 91 and combined with their second round score of 88, for a total of 179 points, found themselves in the winner’s circle!

Southland Stables’ End Game, ridden by Christina Jason of Aiken, South Carolina, earned second place honors with a first round score of 85 and a second round score of 84 for a total 169 points.

Third place honors went to Fit to Print Farm’s Homepage, ridden by Holly Sims of Atlanta, Georgia, with a Classic round score of 84 and a second round score of 80, for a total of 164.

Lord Baltimore, owned and ridden by Katie Ramsey of Mount Juliet, Tennessee, placed fourth after earning a first round score of 83.5 and a Handy score of 79 for a total of 162.5.

Barn Rat, LLC’s Nobel Laureate, ridden by Erika Jakobson of Boca Raton, Florida, placed fifth after earning a first round score of 78 and a second round score of 82 for a total of 160 points.

Matt Martin of Petersburg, Tennessee rode Karen Kogon’s Casino Royal to the sixth place ribbon after earning a first round score of 86 and a Handy score of 72 for a total of 158.

Pumpkin Patch Farm’s Vermeer, ridden by Emmanuelle Greenberg of Boca Raton, Florida, earned a Classic score of 78.5 and a Handy score of 76 for a total of 154.5 which saw them finish in seventh place overall.

Eighth was awarded to Gene Cone’s Cash in Hand, ridden by Alex Joerg of Collierville, Tennessee, after earning a first round score of 80 and a Handy score of 74 for a total of 154 points.

Martin returned for the ninth place ribbon in the irons of Jessica Dicampli’s Sparticus after earning a first round score of 77.5 and handy score of 76 for a total of 153.5 points.

Jason returned for the tenth place ribbon in the irons of Carline Clark’s Caballero after earning a Classic score of 84.5 and a Handy score of 68 for a total score of 153.5.

Liza Thompson’s Promise, ridden by Eliza Hay of Johns Island, South Carolina, took eleventh place honors after earning a Classic score of 82 and a 64 in the Handy round for a total of 146.

Lalique, owned and ridden by R. Meggin Patterson of Malvern, Pennsylvania, wrapped up the class with a twelfth place finish.

All sponsorship and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Director of Marketing and Sponsorship, at lisa@classiccompany.com.

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Christoph Schroeder and Catungee Win $5k Horseflight Open Welcome at Charleston Summer Classic

Christoph Schroeder and Catungee.

Christoph Schroeder of Wellington, Florida and his own Catungee won the $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome, besting a field of 27 horse and rider teams over a course designed by Classic Company’s Course Designer and Technical Coordinator Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana.

Schroeder was a busy man! He rode four horses in the class. “Three of the four that I rode today need the experience and this class was great for them,” he said. Schroeder competed at the Charleston Summer Classic three years ago and decided to return this year. “It’s been a great time for us and we’re glad we came!” he commented.

Rheinheimer’s first round course was very inviting and he set the time allowed at 86 seconds. Schroeder and Catungee were the second to go and the first to turn in back to back clear rounds, setting the new time to beat at 39.790 seconds.

Mastermind, owned and ridden by KC Van Aarem of Woodbine, Maryland, followed Schroeder in the order and turned in a clear first round. While their second round time of 39.288 seconds beat Schroeder’s leading time, four jump faults would find them finishing in ninth place overall.

Maggie Syoberg’s Something Gained, ridden by Abby Syoberg of Ila, Georgia, turned in the next set of double clear rounds, but their time of 45.492 seconds would see them settle in eighth place overall.

Schroeder returned to the arena in the irons of Faith Davis’ Dekadenz. They turned in double clear rounds, but their second round time of 43.065 seconds would see them finish in sixth place overall.

Kasarr, owned and ridden by Erin McGuire of Cornelius, North Carolina, followed in the order with double clear rounds. However, their second round time of 42.692 seconds would see the pair finish in fourth place overall.

Mackenzie McGehee of Jacksonville, Florida and her own Fiona Van’T Paradus also earned double clear rounds; however, their second round time of 45.391 seconds would find them finishing in seventh place overall.

Ann Horrell Glaus of Ocala, Florida and Troy Glaus’ Darling GR followed with clear rounds and a second round time of 42.860 which would finish them in fifth place overall.

Gemma Paternoster of Wellington, Florida and her own Demi followed with double clear rounds. Their second round time of 42.528 seconds finished them in third place overall.

Amanda Forte of Glemoore, PA and Cerulean Stables, LLC’s MHS Automatic had the last double clear round and posted a time of 39.801 seconds for their second round which earned them a second place ribbon behind Schroeder and Catungee.

Schroeder also earned tenth place in the irons of Scott Head’s Carjo Z and twelfth with Marion Head’s Heliante Ter Witgen. Doug Payne of Aiken, South Carolina rode Courtney Young Alston’s Botanja to eleventh place.

“Catungee has more experience than my other horses I rode today and that definitely gave us that winning advantage,” commented Schroeder. “They all went well and I plan on having five in Friday’s Grand Prix,” he added.

All sponsorship and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Director of Marketing and Sponsorship, at lisa@classiccompany.com.

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The Charleston Summer Classic Is on Deck

Gemma Paternoster.

It’s almost time for the Charleston Summer Classic, set to kick off on July 12 at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on Johns Island, South Carolina. It’s the 25th anniversary year of the original show-cation destination AA competition, located on scenic Johns Island, a few miles from downtown historic Charleston.

Class offerings this year not only include $35,000 Grand Prix and $2,500 National Hunter Derbies, but a class for everyone including a cross rails division, jumper divisions from .75 m to Grand Prix, and all levels of hunters and equitation catering to both novice and professional riders.

“We offer classes for every level so the entire family can attend,” commented Bob Bell, President of Classic Company.

The show runs from Tuesdays through Saturdays to allow for extra beach time and the social calendar is action packed.  On Wednesday, July 13th, the Annual Unbridled Affair, sponsored by Cerulean Stables and Bob Bell, takes place at the exclusive Seabrook Island Beach Club and welcomes all to the Charleston Summer Classic. A live band, sponsored by Anson Restaurant, heavy hors d’oeuvres and an absolutely beautiful setting make this a favorite among riders and their families.

On Thursday night, July 14th, the USHJA Derby Party takes place in the Grand Pavilion at 5 pm and offers an open bar and dinner sponsored by the Seabrook Equestrian Center. On Friday, the $35,000 Devoucoux Grand Prix takes place and Ridgewater Show Stables sponsors the open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres in the Grand Pavilion VIP tent.

Week II starts off with the Annual BBQ at Tissy’s Oak River Farm, hosted and sponsored by Tissy and Ralph Principe. All are welcome.

On Thursday night the festivities continue in the Grand Pavilion with an open bar and dinner sponsored by Seithel Law Firm and Lynn Seithel. On Friday night the $35,000 Sidelines Grand Prix takes place during the Grand Prix Reception, sponsored by Black Ankle Farm, in the Grand Pavilion with an open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

The show closes on Saturday July 23 and features the Farewell Brunch, sponsored by the Atlanta Hunt Club, in the Grand Pavilion, as well as ringside mimosas sponsored by Judy Porter. The Farewell Brunch also offers a Bloody Mary Bar, sponsored by Charleston Mix.

All events in the VIP Grand Pavilion, with the exception of the Farewell Brunch, require a table purchase of $400 per week or an individual ticket of $50 per person. Tables sell out quickly, so be sure to email Grace and reserve your table today.

Entering is easy!  Just go to horseshowsonline.com for no additional fees. Email Jonathan at jonathan@classiccompany.com to reserve your stalls.

All sponsorship and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Director of Marketing and Sponsorship, at lisa@classiccompany.com.

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Vale and Carlos Win the $35,000 Sidelines Grand Prix

Aaron Vale and Carlo.

Aaron Vale of Williston, Florida in the irons of Amatoville Enterprise’s Carlo returned to the winner’s circle in the $35,000 Sidelines Grand Prix, presented by EMO, Saturday night at the Olympic venue after winning the Atlanta Summer Classic’s Week I $35,000 Outback Steakhouse Grand Prix with Bonzini S.

Olympic Course Designer Steve Stephens of Palmetto, Florida is one of the most well-known course designers in the world. A USEF R licensed hunter course designer; 4* FEI course designer; R jumper course designer and judge, Stephens was the show jumping course designer for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

As a special treat to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the 1996 Olympics at the Georgia International Horse Park, Stephens replicated the individual Olympic track in the $35,000 Sidelines Grand Prix, presented by EMO, and set the first round time to beat at 84 seconds.

Vale and Sarah Turner’s Acolina R were the first to go and went clean in a time of 78.384 seconds. Kyle Dewar of Ocala, Florida and his own Gomez Van De Withoeve followed and insured a jump off after posting a clean first round in a time of 81.048 seconds.

Hayley Waters of Archer, Florida in the irons of Chuck Waters’ Galous made the jump off a trio when she posted a clear first round in a time of 75.687 seconds. Carlo and Vale followed Waters with their clear first round in a time of 79.958 seconds, adding themselves to the jump off round.

Joining the others, Seth Vallhonrat’s Dorella, ridden by Kirk Webby of Ocala, Florida, posted the next clear first round in a time of 80.714 seconds, as well as Kyle Dewar’s Eliza, ridden by Katherine Dewar of Oconomowoc, Florida, with their clear first round in a time of 82.413 seconds.

Vale added another mount to the jump off order, Chase Joyner’s Cassio, when he turned in a clear first round effort in a time of 82.451 seconds.

Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina and the Kenwood Group’s Kenwood joined the jump off after turning in a clear first round in a time of 79.155 seconds, and Jay Land’s Nepal, ridden by Taylor Land of Atlanta, Georgia, added themselves to the jump off roster after posting a clear first round in a time of 74.927 seconds.

Stevens set the jump off round time allowed at 58 seconds. Acolina R and Vale were the first to go and had a four fault round in a time of 43.363 seconds. Kyle Dewar and Gomez Van De Withoeve followed Vale and suffered a heart break rail at the last fence in a time of 43.553 seconds. Waters and Galous followed, but a rail at the combination in a time of 41.336 seconds left them as the fastest of the four fault jump off rounds.

Vale and Carlo were up next and turned in the first fault-free jump off round in a time of 40.309 seconds and set the new time to beat. Webby and Dorella were up next and although they turned in a fault free round, their time of 43.746 seconds would not be fast enough to take the lead.

Katherine Dewar and Eliza followed in the order, but with four faults in a time of 43.255 seconds, would find themselves finishing in seventh place overall.

Vale returned to the Olympic Stadium with Cassio and went clear in a time of 46.735 seconds which would not be fast enough to catch his own time to beat and would settle into fifth place overall.

Geitner, who was on a roll last week winning the $15,000 Horseflight Open Welcome and the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, looked to make it a trifecta week with Kenwood. They turned in a clear round and just missed Vale’s time to beat after posting their own 40.592 seconds.

Land and Nepal were the last team to go and although they turned in a clear round, their time of 42.195 seconds would see them finish in third place overall and secure the win for Vale and Carlo.

Geitner and Kenwood finished in second. Webby and Dorella took home the fourth place ribbon and Vale returned for fifth with Cassio. Waters and Galous finished in sixth and Katherine Dewar and Eliza took home seventh. Vale returned for both the eighth place ribbon with Acolina R and the twelfth place with Bonzini S, while Kyle Dewar and Gomez Van De Withoeve placed ninth. Derek Petersen and his own Diamant’s Legacy finished in tenth place, and son Jared followed his father in eleventh place with Derek Petersen’s Titus 2:11.

All sponsorship and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Director of Marketing and Sponsorship, at lisa@classiccompany.com.

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Atlanta Is Hot but Geitner Is on Fire! Wins $25,000 USHJA Int’l Derby

Geitner and True Story.

It may be hot in Atlanta, but Daniel Geitner is on fire! After securing back to back Week I and Week II wins in the $15,000 Horseflight Open Welcomes, he went on to win the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby with Kelly Sims’ True Story last night under the lights in the Olympic Stadium.

Geitner, of Aiken, South Carolina, held the highest score after the Classic Round with a score of 184 and topped the scores of the second round with his own 193 for an overall score of 377. Kelly Farmer with Bibby Hill’s It’s Me held the second highest score behind Geitner and True Story after the first round with their score of 178, but their Handy Round score of 119 for an overall score of 297 would drop them into ninth place overall.

Jennifer Bliss of Wellington, Florida and Harris Hill Farm, LLC’s Poker Face finished their Classic Round with a score of 176. Their Handy score of 186 for an overall 362 secured them second place in the featured hunter event.

Georgia’s own Julie Curtin of Woodstock, in the irons of Helen Brown’s Tybee, secured a first round score of 176. Their Handy round of 186 for a combined 360 took third place honors.

Ava, owned and ridden by Kathryn Jarriel of Collins, Georgia, sat in fifth place after the Handy round after earning a score of 174. Their Handy score of 173 and overall 347 would have them finish in fourth place.

Maida Clifton’s More Optimistic, ridden by Ashley Hotz of Eads, Tennessee, earned a first round score of 172 and a Handy score of 167 for an overall 339, which would see them finish in fifth place overall.

Upcountry Cuba, owned by Jamie Stryker and ridden by Megan Wexler of Reddick, Florida, finished in sixth place overall after earning a first round score of 152 and Handy round score of 170 for an overall 322.

Leslie Terry’s Pet Rock, ridden by Emily Terry Peterson of Naples, Florida, took seventh place honors after earning a Classic round score of 148 and Handy score of 157 for an overall score of 305.

Geitner and Geddaway Farm’s Bella Vida earned a Classic round score of 168 and a Handy score of 133 for an overall 301 which would see them finish in eighth place. Farmer and It’s Me earned ninth place and Jordan Carlson of Roswell, Georgia, in the irons of her own Avignon, placed tenth with an overall score of 293. Eleventh and twelfth placings were awarded to Lisa Chaney’s Cristal, ridden by Brandon Gibson of Greenback, Tennessee, and La Roxx, owned and ridden by Isabel Harbour of Alpharetta, Georgia.

True Story was also awarded the Jack Geitner Memorial trophy, awarded to the winner of the Atlanta Summer Classics International Hunter Derby winner. Especially touching is that the award is named in honor of Daniel Geitner’s brother Jacques “Jack”. An accomplished child rider, he competed in the hunters under the tutelage of trainers such as Pat Dodson and Sue Ashe. As a teen, Jack turned his attention to the jumper ring, and rode his horses Elan and The Energizer to numerous wins, including the Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic at the Charleston Summer Classic Horse Show, with the help of trainer Aaron Vale. He passed away suddenly as a result of a car accident at the age of 19 during his freshman year at Appalachian State University. He will always be remembered for his spirit, laughter and wit and his love for animals and his loyalty to his friends.

Julie Curtin and Fairfax
Julie Curtin and Fairfax

Double Header Derbies!

The hunter action continued with the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Legend. Fairfax, owned by Liz Hudspeth and ridden by Julie Curtin, took the win after earning a combined score of 185. Geitner followed Curtin for the second place ribbon in the irons of Hilary Baylor’s Naddel with their combined score of 184. Aberdeen Ventures, LLC’s Madewell, ridden by Aaron Vale of Williston, Florida, secured third place with an overall score of 181. Fourth place honors was awarded to Relax Jack, owned by Frances Robinson and ridden by Megan Wexler; the pair earned an overall score of 172.5.

Breaking News, owned and ridden by Isabel Harbour, took fifth place honors with their total score of 172. Sixth was awarded to Hanover on the Rocks, owned and ridden by Morgan Connely. Virginia Stearns’ THS Pia-Lena was ridden to the seventh place honors by Sarah Milliren after earning a combined first and second round score of 167.5. Charlotte Warren’s Enticement, ridden by Julie Curtin, finished in eighth place with their total score of 167. For further results, click here.

All sponsorship and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Director of Marketing and Sponsorship, at lisa@classiccompany.com.

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Geitner and Creativo Win Week II $15,000 Horseflight Open Welcome

Daniel Geitner and Creativo.

The $15,000 Horseflight Open Welcome took place Thursday and top riders tackled the course set by Olympic Course Designer Steve Stephens of Palmetto, Florida. Daniel Geitner and Lionshare Farm’s Creativo, victors in the Week I $15,000 Horseflight Open Welcome, made their way back to the winner’s circle for the Week II installment after besting a field of fourteen horse and rider teams.

Stephens set the first round with a time allowed of 76 seconds. Only four advanced to the jump off round and Geitner had two of those rides. Geitner was the fourth to go and the first to go clear in a first round time of 72.576 seconds with the Kenwood Syndicate’s Kenwood. Their second round had one rail in a time of 52.134 seconds, but with much of the class yet to go, it was still anyone’s win.

Seven trips later, Jorge Ludwig of Newbury Park, California and his own Lamarique posted the next clear first round in a time of 74.750 seconds. Although their second round was clean, their time of 56.227 resulted in one time fault.

Geitner followed Ludgwig and returned to the Olympic Arena, this time in the irons of Creativo. The pair turned in a clear first round in a time of 74.131 seconds and a fault free second round in a time of 54.140 seconds, setting the new time to beat and taking the lead!

Jared Petersen of Archer, Florida sat in the last to go position in the irons of Derek Petersen’s Titus 2:11. Although they went clear in their first round in a time of 72.073 seconds, their second round had two rails in a time of 53.603 seconds, which would see them finish in fourth overall and clinch the win for Geitner and Creativo.

Ludwig and Lamarique finished in second and Geitner brought home the yellow ribbon with Kenwood.  Fifth place was awarded to the fastest four-faulter from the first round, Derek Petersen of Archer, Florida and his own Diamant’s Legacy, after posting a time of 72.577 seconds. Aaron Vale of Williston, Florida and Amatoville Enterprises’ Carlo placed sixth with their four fault first round in a time of 73.369 seconds, and Kyle Dewar of Ocala, Florida and his own Gomez Van De Withoeve took home the seventh place ribbon after a four fault first round in a time of 74.782 seconds. Haley Waters of Sparr, Florida and Chuck Waters’ Galous placed eighth after earning eight faults in the first round in a time of 72.178 seconds.

All sponsorship and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Director of Marketing and Sponsorship, at lisa@classiccompany.com.

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Vale Wins 1st and 2nd in $35,000 Outback Steakhouse Grand Prix

Aaron Vale and Bonzini S.

Aaron Vale of Williston, Florida bested a field of twenty-four horse and rider teams and brought home the first and second place ribbons with Thinks Like A Horse Farm’s Bonzini S and Quidam’s Good Luck, owned by Troy Glaus, in the $35,000 Outback Steakhouse Grand Prix, presented by EMO. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the 1996 Olympic Games at the Georgia International Horse Park and to help celebrate, Allen Rheinheimer, Classic Company Course Designer and Technical Coordinator, replicated the 1996 Olympic track, originally designed by Linda Allen.

Rheinheimer set the first round time allowed at 86 seconds and only six horse and rider teams advanced to the jump off round.

Derek Petersen of Archer, Florida in the irons of his own Diamant’s Legacy was the first to go in the jump off after posting a clear first round in a time of 79.271 seconds. However, the triple combination cost him a rail and although they turned in a jump off time of 32.880 seconds, well within the time allowed of 45 seconds, four jump faults would find them finishing in third place.

Gemma Paternoster of Wellington, Florida in the irons of her own Demi followed Petersen in the jump off order after turning in a fault free first round in a time of 81.353 seconds. They also suffered a rail on the combination element and four faults in a time of 38.696 seconds would see them finish in fifth place overall.

Vale and Bonzini S posted a clear first round effort in a time of 80.679 seconds and followed Paternoster in the jump off order. The duo posted the first double clear effort in a time of 33.261 seconds and set the new time to beat. “The course was nice and big enough and had a good feel to it,” commented Vale. “But the triple was hard,” he said. “It didn’t look short when you walked it, but it rode short,” he said. “There was a six stride to the triple so I added one because I didn’t want to come in too fast to a short two,” he said.

Jared Peterson of Archer, Florida, in the irons of his father Derek’s Titus 2:11, posted a clear first round in a time of 81.402 seconds and followed Vale in the jump off order. However, a rail at the triple combination with a time of 33.074 seconds would see the pair finish in fourth overall.

Vale was up with his second ride in the jump off, Quidam’s Good Luck, and posted a clean jump off round in a time of 34.845 seconds. “I rode a little conservative with my second horse just so I could get a clear round,” said Vale. “The two stride was more difficult on the jump off. Derek [Petersen] had it down, Derek’s son [Jared] did, and I thought Kyle might have one down too, trying to beat my first horse’s time,” said Vale. “Turned out I was right,” he said.

Vale’s prediction was spot on. Kyle Dewar of Ocala, Florida and his own Gomez Van Dehoe sat in the enviable last to go position, but with a rail at the triple combination and at the final fence, eight faults in a time of 33.483 seconds, would see them finish in sixth place overall and send Vale to the winner’s circle with Bonzini S.

“Bonzini has won a few classes before,” commented Vale. “He’s got a lot of ability and tries really hard,” he added. “He’s not always the most clever, but he is kind of putting it together,” he added.

Seventh place went to Glenn Hartigan of Canton, Georgia and his own Z-Coco Cabana after turning in a first round effort in 86.269 seconds which resulted in one time fault. Eighth went to the fastest four-faulter, Jordan Coyne of New Port Ritchey, Florida, in the irons of her own Lazzaro with a first round time of 77.820 seconds.

Hayley Water of Sparr, Florida and Chuck Waters’ Galous finished in ninth place after posting a four fault first round in a time of 77.948 seconds, and tenth place was awarded to Vale and Amatoville Enterprises’ Carlo after turning in a four fault first round in a time of 79.113 seconds.

Taylor Land of Atlanta, Georgia and Jay Land’s Nepal placed eleventh, and Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina finished in twelfth place with The Kenwood Syndicate’s Kenwood.

Vale recently lost his home in Williston due to a fire. “My customers set up a ‘Go Fund Me’ site and just the support from everyone in the horse world has made things easier for us during such a difficult time,” said Vale. “I can’t thank everyone enough for their support,” he added. “It’s nice to pick up some prize money and we had a good show last week in Upperville. With more successes like tonight’s in the ring, we will put things back together a bit quicker for us,” he added.

“We have thirty three horses here this week and I’ve been helping out Don too,” said Vale. “The facility is in great shape, the management is friendly and accommodating and we’re enjoying our couple of weeks here,” he said. “The weather was great this weekend and we will be here next week too,” he said.

All sponsorship and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Director of Marketing and Sponsorship, at lisa@classiccompany.com.

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$10,000 Parlanti Six Bar a Success

Sabischy Hassler and Raino Du Jardin.

The $10,000 Parlanti Six Bar Class was the featured event in the Olympic Stadium last night at the Georgia International Horse Park in front of a packed VIP tent and spectator lined arena.

The Six Bar Class is a featured favorite and consists of a course of six jumps starting at 1.10 m with the last two jumps set at 1.30 m and raised each round by 10 centimeters. A total of five rounds consisting of one round with four jump offs slowly eliminates the horse and rider teams until a winner or winners are declared. “These classes were very popular years ago and Spruce Meadows continues to produce this event. It’s all about going clear and the riders and spectators just love it,” commented Allen Rheinheimer, Technical Coordinator for the Classic Company and the 2015 World Cup Finals. “We started at 1.10 with the last two at 1.30 and finished off round four with the final fences at 1.70 m [5’6″],” he said.

All nine horse and rider teams turned in clear first round efforts and it wasn’t until the second round with fence five and six at 1.40 that the rails started to drop and the elimination procedure began.

First out in the second round, with rails at the five and six 1.40 m jumps was Return to Eden, owned and ridden by Erin Rayburn of Lookout Mountain, Georgia.  They would finish in ninth place overall.

The third jump off phase picked up the final two fence heights to 1.50. Paul Mcrae of Alpharetta, Georgia and Jacob Pope’s Blizzerd were eliminated and finished in eighth place. San Francisco Stables’ Quintus Fabius, ridden by Luis Larrazabal of Wellington, Florida, and Palm Sunday, owned by Amen Corner Farm, LLC and ridden by Tyler Frey of Jacksonville, Florida, both had rails and would tie for sixth place.

Only five remained for the fourth phase and the jumps were raised to 1.60 m. Jared Petersen of Archer, Florida and Derek Petersen’s Cornerstone were the first eliminated and would be joined by Kyle Dewar of Ocala, Florida and his own Russell as well as Courtney Osborne of Marietta, Georgia and her own Hibiscus.  The trio tied for third place.

Cooper Dean and Wee Quidam-Quidam
Cooper Dean and Wee Quidam-Quidam

Last to go in round five was Cooper Dean of Fayette, Alabama and William Upton’s Wee Quidam-Quidam. The crowd cheered as the duo cleared the last of the six jumps now set at 1.70 m! Sabischy Hassler of Wellington, Florida and Luis Muro’s Raino Du Jardin followed Dean and the crowd went wild when they also went clear, creating a tie for first place.

“That was so much fun!” they both commented. Bob Bell, President of Classic Company, said, “This class is enjoyed by everyone here at the show. We are excited that it was sponsored by Parlanti and we appreciate them being here to experience the Six Bar excitement.”

The $10,000 Parlanti Six Bar Class took place in conjunction with the Outback Steakhouse Dinner to benefit the Hope Clinic. The Hope Clinic’s mission is to provide the very highest quality of Medical Care to those with limited or no access to healthcare and to treat each patient with the utmost respect and kindness without regard to language, national origin, or ability to pay.

A total of 3,159 patients served were in 2014. Total visits provided by the Hope Clinic in 2014 was 7,538. 56% of all patients are female with 46% of Hope’s patients being Female Head of Household. 17.3% of their female patients are totally dependent on others for food, shelter and clothing and considered indigent. Services include Chronic Care Management for those suffering multiple diagnosis, mental health care, well women care and acute care. The Hope Clinic’s goal is to provide a medical home to those who need it the most.

All sponsorship and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Director of Marketing and Sponsorship, at lisa@classiccompany.com.

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