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Hunter News from Week II of the Atlanta Summer Classic

Daniel Geitner pilots Raffle to the win [Alison Hartwell Photography]

The Hunters invaded the Georgia International Horse Park Week II of the Atlanta Summer Classics and saw big numbers in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby and the Sidelines Green Hunter 3′ and 3’3″ Divisions, both qualifiers for the $30,000 Green Hunter Classic slated for Week I of the Atlanta Fall Classic.

Raffle, owned by Janet Peterson and ridden by Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina, took the blue in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby after besting a field of 20 with leading scores in both the Classic and Handy Rounds. Shutterbug, owned by Alina Dumitrescu and ridden by Tim Maddrix of Leeds, Alabama, earned a third place finish in the Classic Round with their score of 93, but their Handy round score of 102 pushed them to a second place finish. Hunt Tosh of Milton, Georgia and Ceil and Kenny Wheeler’s Flamingo-K took third place honors.

Geitner returned to the winner’s circle to collect the fourth place ribbon in the irons of Kelly Sims’ True Story. Fairy Tale Farms’ Little Manhattan, ridden by Elizabeth Boyd, placed fifth, and Maddrix returned to pick up the sixth place ribbon in the irons of Wimberly Debono’s Indecision. Sophia Zuckerman’s Rutherford, ridden by Ashley Hotz of Eads, Tennessee, took home the eighth place ribbon, and Nil Du Buffant Rouge, owned and ridden by Michael Leon of West Hollywood, California, placed ninth. Valentine, owned by Liddy Strickland and ridden by Sarah Milliren of Athens, Georgia, earned a tenth place ribbon. Leon and Kathleen Feeley’s Capstone placed eleventh, and Carsten S, owned by Barbara Kravetz and ridden by Jennifer Tate of Bourne, Massachusetts, wrapped up the class with a twelfth place finish.

The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Kruse Cushion Ride, welcomed twenty-seven horse and rider teams to the course, which was the same track used in the International Hunter Derby.

Sky Pilot, owned by Alex Stevens and ridden by Caroline Willard of Oak Ridge, North Carolina, took the win with their leading combined score of 180.

Second place went to Pacino, owned by Kathyrn Morris and ridden by Mary Eufemia of Palm Harbor, Florida, for a combined score of 176. Valducchy, owned by Sorensen Stables and ridden by Grace Bridges of Eatonton, Georgia, took third place, and Julie Curtin of Woodstock, Georgia rode her own Honey Badger to a fourth place ribbon. Fifth was awarded to Amara, owned by Catherine Merrill and ridden by Megan Wexler of Reddick, Florida. Davinci, owned by Carita Palmer and ridden by Allan Palmer of Eads, Tennessee, placed sixth.

The Sidelines Green Hunter 3′ and 3’3″ Divisions, qualifiers for the upcoming $30,000 Green Hunter Classic slated for Week I of the Atlanta Fall Classics, crowned Cavalier, ridden by Hunt Tosh, the Champion in the 3’3″ Division and Reserve honors to Frederica, ridden by Elizabeth Boyd. Tosh returned for the Championship in the 3′ Division, this time in the irons of Bastogne, and Momento, ridden by Carolyn Bell, was Reserve Champion.

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Daniel Geitner Pilots Chapeau to the Win in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Daniel Geitner and Chapeau.

Nineteen horse and rider teams were on the hunt for the blue in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Legend, but it was Josie Baird’s Chapeau, ridden by Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina, who took the win earning a combined score of 174.

Hilary Baylor of Alpharetta, Georgia and her own Naddel gave Geitner and Chapeau a run for the money with their combined score of 170.5 which would earn them second place.

Third place honors went to Katharine Torrey’s The Stig, ridden by Jeremy Greene of Jasper, Georgia. The pair earned a first round score of 84 and a Handy score of 81 for a grand combined 169.

Barbara Fishman’s Mr. Big, ridden by Kris Killam of Naples, Florida, rode away with the fourth place ribbon after earning a combined score of 168.

Capriccio, owned by Samantha Kench and ridden by Carolyn Bell of Alpharetta, Georgia, earned a fifth placing with their combined score of 166 and Charlotte Warren’s Enticement, ridden by Julie Curtin of Woodstock, Georgia, placed sixth.

Upset de Talma, owned and ridden by Abigail Poss of Locust Grove, Georgia, placed seventh and Karen Bailey rode Troubadour, owned by Sarah Milliren of Jenks, Oklahoma, to an eighth place ribbon. Breaking News, owned and ridden by Isabel Harbour, placed ninth and Curtain returned for the tenth place ribbon in the irons of Rebekah Warren’s Silver Charm. Allure, owned and ridden by Gianna Cobb of Marietta, Georgia, finished in eleventh place and Tim Sweat of Milton, Georgia and his own Autograph wrapped it up with a twelfth place finish.

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Adam Prudent and Vasco Deliver Impressive Win in $35,000 1.50m Suncast Welcome CSI 3*

Adam Prudent and Vasco. Photos ©LizCrawleyPhotography.

Daniel Geitner and Aviator Take $10,000 Pre-Green Hunter Classic

Mill Spring, NC – July 7, 2016 – Adam Prudent (FRA) and his mount Vasco produced two fast clear rounds with a jump off time of 34.213 seconds to earn themselves the blue ribbon in the $35,000 1.50m Suncast® Welcome CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Trailing closely behind to finish in second place was Amanda Derbyshire (GBR) and Lady Maria BH, stopping the clock in 34.720 seconds. Third place honors were claimed by Todd Minikus (USA) and Vita 24, finishing in 34.823 seconds.

Prudent and Vasco, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Andiamo x Clinton), have solidified themselves as a competitive team and have been partnered together for three years. The duo has traveled the world to compete in multiple FEI competitions and spent ample time at the venue throughout the 2015 season. Prudent was thrilled with his win, which he said started off their week on the right foot. With only six out of 41 competitors advancing to the jump off, Prudent spoke about the technicality of the track set by Martin Otto (GER).

“For the second class of the week, it was quite a hard course; however, it was very well built and the fences were inviting, yet technical. Not many made it to the jump off, which attests how tough the track rode,” he detailed.

Amanda Derbyshire and Lady Maria BH
Amanda Derbyshire and Lady Maria BH

Prudent was second to last in the jump-off order, which played to his favor as he was able to observe the rounds of other riders before strategizing the win. Vasco is a notoriously fast mount for Prudent and can execute tight turns at blazing speeds during the open gallop portions of the track. Derbyshire, who finished in a close second, nearly took the win, but Prudent felt the extra time observing and preparing ultimately helped him to steal the win.

“I was able to watch Amanda go and she did a six up the first line. I tried to get the six, but I was not able to make that happen, so I settled in and did seven strides,” he explained. “I wasn’t worried because my horse is incredibly fast so I planned on cutting corners to make up for the extra stride.”

“I knew what I had to do today, and I executed the plan,” he added.

Prudent spoke about his growing relationship with Vasco and the strengths that allow them to earn exciting victories, similarly to the one they secured Thursday. He said, “Vasco is not only extraordinarily fast; he is also very careful. In the middle of the course he will open up his stride and allow us to cover an impressive amount of ground.”

Looking forward to the remainder of the week after their win, Prudent and Vasco will be a pair to watch on Saturday, July 9, in the $130,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix CSI 3*. Prudent feels confident that the duo will maintain their consistency, especially coming off of their strong win in such a competitive class early in the week.

Prudent and the Plain Bay Sales team will remain based at TIEC for the remainder of the Tryon Summer Series, contesting their abilities each week in numerous national and international classes.

Prudent touched on the expansion and continual growth occurring at TIEC, stating, “I love Tryon. It gets bigger and bigger and better and better every year! Each time we come back there is something new and I’m already enthusiastic about the new derby field because I really enjoy showing on grass footing.”

Daniel Geitner and Aviator Top $10,000 Pre-Green Hunter Classic at Tryon Summer II

Daniel Geitner of Aiken, SC piloted Aviator, owned by Katie Kittrell, to a first place finish in the $10,000 Pre-Green Hunter Classic at Tryon Summer II, besting a class of 10 entries, and securing the victory with a two round score of 163. Pomme Du Coeur, ridden by Samantha Senft of Wellington, FL and owned by Sandalwood Farms, finished in second, collecting a total score of 161, while Jennifer Hannan of Wakefield, RI and Commodore, owned by Jennifer Smith, earned third place, receiving an overall score of 160 for their performance in the class.

Geitner and Aviator tied with Josh Dolan of Wellington, FL and Hidden Lane, owned by Page Tredennick, for the highest first round score, as both combinations received an 86 from the judging panel. Geitner made his move for the win in the second round, earning a 77 to solidify the victory. Geitner will return to the hunter ring Friday, July 8, as he will pilot two mounts in the $2,500 USHJA National Derby, which is set to showcase more than 30 entries.

Competition resumes Friday at TIEC with the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, before international jumper competition returns this weekend. On Saturday, July 9, the $5,000 Pony Hunter Derby will take to the George H. Morris Arena before the popular “Saturday Night Lights” series, which will present the $130,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix CSI 3* beginning at 8:00 p.m. For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit www.tryon.com.

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.

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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.

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Geitner and Creativo Win the $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome

Daniel Geitner and Creativo.

Creativo, owned by Lionshare Farm and ridden by Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina, won Thursday’s $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome besting a field of twenty-five horse and rider teams in the Olympic Grand Prix arena at the Georgia International Horse Park, home of the 1996 Olympics.

Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana, Technical Coordinator for the Classic Company show jumping events and the 2015 World Cup Finals, designed the course. “I built it to 1.40 m and tried to make it inviting so that the horses and riders would feel confident going into the Grand Prix on Saturday night,” commented Rheinheimer.

Rheinheimer set the first round time allowed at 85 seconds and had more than half of the class turn in clear first rounds, advancing to a second round opportunity. The second round was set at 43 seconds and only ten horse and rider teams posted double clear rounds.

Daniel Geitner and The Kenwood Syndicate’s Kenwood were the first to post double clear rounds in times of 77.422 seconds and 33.280 seconds, setting the new time to beat.

Luis Larrazabal of Wellington, Florida, in the irons of San Francisco Stables’ Quintus Fabius, rose to the occasion and beat Geitner and Kenwood’s second round time with their own 32.560 seconds, setting the new time to beat.

Aaron Vale of Williston, Florida and Sarah Turner’s Acolina R were the next horse and rider team to turn in double clear rounds, but their second round time of 34.170 would not be fast enough to take the lead and they would settle in eighth place overall.

Kyle Dewar of Ocala, Florida and his own Gomez Van De Withoeve followed Vale and Acolina R with back to back clear rounds and turned in a second round time of 34.109 seconds, which would find them finishing in seventh place overall.

Luis Muro’s Raino Du Jardin, ridden by Sabischy Hassler of Wellington, Florida, followed in the order with double clear rounds and posted a second round time of 34.205 seconds. The pair earned the ninth place ribbon.

Jordan Coyne of New Port Ritchey, Florida and her own Lazaro posted a clear second round in a time of 31.697, which temporarily took the lead and set the new second round time to beat.

Vale followed Coyne with Amatoville Enterprises’ Carlo and posted a second round time of 31.234 seconds, taking the lead from Coyne and moving her to the third place ribbon.

The heat was on to best Vale and Carlo’s time and Gustavo Prato of Wellington, Florida and Equus Forte, LLC’s Carna Z did just that! They turned in a clear second round in a time of 31.901 seconds, taking the lead and setting the new time to beat. Vale and Carlo would finish in second place overall.

Vale had one more ride to go on Thinks Like a Horse’s Bonzini S. Although they posted double clear rounds, their second round time of 34.452 seconds would find the pair finishing in tenth overall.

Geitner and Lionshare Farm’s Creativo sat in the enviable last to go spot. The pair turned in double clear rounds and a second round time of 30.150 seconds, winning the class!  Carna Z and Prato placed fourth and fifth place was awarded to Quintus Fabius and Larrazabal.  Geitner returned for the sixth place ribbon in the irons of Kenwood.

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Hunter Riders Compete for a Blue-Ribbon Victory in Ocala Week V

(C) ESI PHOTOGRAPHY. Daniel Geitner and Sky Pilot.

Ocala, FL (February 23, 2016): Riders at HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida had another opportunity to garner a distinguished hunter victory in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix and the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix. Many riders are preparing for the biggest hunter week of the season, the Ocala Masters, February 23-28, which features the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, the World Championship Hunter Rider Week and the return of the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Zone 4 Handy Hunter Classics.

$5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix
Thirty-eight took to the ring to show off their talent and contend for the glory in Saturday’s $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix, a qualifying opportunity for the prestigious $500,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix at the HITS Championship in September 2016.

Hot off a $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix win in Week III and a second place finish in Week IV, Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina swooped in yet again to capture the first place title, as well as a third place finish.

Geitner and Sky Pilot, owned by Allison Mills, earned the highest score of the first round, an impressive 92, which combined with their second-round score of 86, totaled 178 for the win. Geitner’s other mount, Damocles, owned by Janet Petersen, earned a first-round score of 88 and second-round score of 85, which awarded them third place for their efforts with a total of 173.

In between Geitner’s two finishes was second place Notorious, owned and ridden by Devon MacLeod. The equestrian from East Kingston, New Hampshire piloted Notorious to earn scores of 90 and 84, respectively, for a total of 174.

Fourth place went to Liz Hudspeth of Milton, Georgia and her own Fairfax, and Tricia O’Connor of Williston, Florida and Inferno, owned by Marita Zuraitis, finished in fifth.

$1,500 Platinum Performance
Only one horse and rider could claim the top spot in HITS Ocala V’s $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix, a qualifying opportunity for the $250,000 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix Final at the HITS Championship in September 2016. Out of the field of thirty-six, the team to beat was Emily Noble of Concord, Massachusetts and Claudio, owned by Volo Farm, Inc.

(C) ESI Photography. Emily Noble and Claudio
(C) ESI Photography. Emily Noble and Claudio

Last but certainly not least in the order, Noble and Claudio earned a first-round score of 81, improving to an 83 for a total of 164 to garner the win.

Second place was awarded to Extraordinary, owned and ridden by Sydney DeGrazia of Rochester, New York. They put in consistent rounds in the two-round classic, but came in just behind Noble with a first-round score of 80 and second-round score of 82 for a total of 162.

Jess Lusty of York, Maine, aboard her own Anucci, earned the third place title with an 80.5 in the first-round combined with a second-round score of 76 to total 156.5.

In fourth place was Paramount, owned and ridden by Amy Lloyd Thompson of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. New York, New York equestrian Jillian Rosenwasser navigated Summer Vay-K, owned by Donna Rosenwasser, to finish out the top five.

The Ocala Masters, Week VI’s hunter extravaganza, will feature a Platinum Performance Hunter Prix with an increased $5,000 prize purse. The World Championship Hunter Rider Week will also allow for feature hunter classes and classics to be held in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium.

Don’t miss the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby LIVE on HITS TV on Saturday, February 27 at 3pm.

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Lucky Friday the 13th for Geitner and Sky Pilot

Daniel Geitner and Sky Pilot.

Friday the 13th was anything BUT unlucky for Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina in the irons of Allison Mills’ Sky Pilot who won the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby last night in the Olympic Arena at the Georgia International Horse Park.

Eighteen horse and rider teams took to the hunt on a beautiful course under the lights designed by Joe Carnicum.

After the first round, Tim Maddrix of Birmingham, Alabama sat in the lead with Missy Nolan’s Special and a combined first round score of 176. Geitner and Sky Pilot were right behind Special and Maddrix with a combined first round score of 174. LPF Woodford, owned by LPF, LLC and ridden by Parker Wright, finished their first round on the heels of Sky Pilot and earned a combined first round score of 172.

The Handy round proved to be challenging and significantly reshuffled the final standings.

Kalifornia, owned and ridden by Heather Zuber of Zionsville, Indiana, was first to go in the Handy round and earned a score of 84. Combined with their first round score of 146, the pair would finish in eleventh place overall.

Maddrix and Alina Dumitrescu’s Shutterbug earned a second round score of 115 and, combined with their first round score of 148, would finish in ninth place overall.

Casanova, owned by Ruth Bley and ridden by Elizabeth Boyd of Camden, South Carolina, followed Shutterbug and Maddrix in the Handy Round and earned a score of 144. Combined with their first round score of 159, the pair would move up to finish in sixth place overall.

North C, owned and ridden by Jaime Steinhaus of Milton, Georgia, earned a score of 154 in their Handy Round and, combined with their first round score of 159, moved up to finish in fourth place overall.

Player, owned by Jeanne Pitre and ridden by Thomas Le Blanc of Folsom, Louisiana, followed in the Handy order and earned a score of 97. Combined with their first round score of 160, the pair finished in tenth place overall.

Ricardo, owned and ridden by Audrey Muscari of Germantown, Tennessee, earned a second round score of 189. Combined with their first round score of 161, the pair would move to second place.

Kathryn Jarriel of Collins, Georgia, aboard her own Ava, followed Muscari and Ricardo in the order and earned a second round score of 148. Combined with their first round score of 162, the pair finished in fifth place overall.

Brandon Gibson of Greenback, Tennessee and Select Sport Horses’ Jus D’O earned 183 points in their Handy Round. When combined with their first round score of 166, the pair would move to third place overall.

Steeple Chase Farm, Inc.’s Lucretia, ridden by Taylor Adams of Memphis, Florida, earned a first round score of 167. Combined with their Handy Round score of 75, they would find themselves finishing in eleventh place overall.

Wright and Woodward LPF sat in third position after the first round. However, their Handy Round earned them a score of 116 and they finished in eighth place overall.

Sky Pilot and Geitner were next to go and their second round score of 196 was enough to move them temporarily into first place ahead of Maddrix and Special, with the first round leaders on deck.

Maddrix and Special were the last to go and looked to hold onto their lead. However, their second round score of 119 would find them dropping to seventh place overall and crowning Geitner and Sky Pilot the champions.

Warren and Tasty win the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Friday morning saw eighteen horse and rider teams come out to hunt for the blue under sunny skies in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Rebekah Warren and her own Tasty won the class with a combined score of 168.5.

Rebekah Warren and Tasty
Rebekah Warren and Tasty

Second place went to Steeple Chase Farm, Inc.’s Zachary, ridden by Taylor Adams, with a combined score of 168. Charlotte Warren’s Enticement, ridden by Julie Curtin, placed third with an overall score of 160.5. An overall score of 158 awarded fourth place to Foremost, owned by August Pines Farm and ridden by Emily Jones. Valentine, owned by Wendy Arndt and ridden by Jessica Thaxton, earned an overall score of 157.5 and picked up the fifth place ribbon while Katie Ramsey and her own Lord Baltimore won sixth place honors with an overall score of 155. An overall score of 154.5 and a seventh place ribbon was awarded to Sara Hunt’s Extraordinaire, ridden by Harrison Ford. Hitchcock, owned by Harbor Hill, LLC and ridden by Curtin, earned an overall score of 141 and finished in eighth place and Simple, owned and ridden by Gianna Cobb, finished in ninth place with an overall score of 140. For all results, click here.

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Tryon Summer Classic Wrap Up

Daniel Geitner and Jumbo Jet. Just Beautiful Animal Photography.

June 4th, 2012 – Tryon, NC ~ The 2013 Tryon Summer Classic came to a close on Sunday wrapping up a busy week of exciting hunter and jumper action.  The event, held at FENCE (Foothills Equestrian Nature Center) in beautiful Tryon, NC, took place May 30 – June 2 and is managed by Aiken, SC based J. P. Godard and Equus Events.  The event benefitted the Tryon Hounds www.tryonhounds.com and featured a $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby on Friday evening and a $10,000 Jumper Classic sponsored by The EMO Insurance Agency and Martha Hall on Saturday evening.

Daniel Geitner of Aiken, SC went two for two this weekend capturing wins in both the USHJA National Hunter Derby on Friday evening and the $10,000 EMO Jumper Classic on Saturday.  Friday night’s impressive win came on the Liz Tarumianz owned entry of Contemporary.  The pair topped a challenging field of 31 competitors, bringing home scores of an 89 in round 1 and a 95 in round two, finishing up with a two round total of 184 to take home the blue.  Geitner also took home second place honors on Lindsey Rigney’s Calypso.  Contemporary is a 10 year old Holsteiner gelding that Tarumianz of Charlotte, NC has owned just under a year.  Not to be outdone, she also had her share of the blue ribbons on her partner earning the amateur owner hunter championship and the Frederick B. Farwell Grand Amateur Owner Hunter Perpetual Trophy over the weekend.  Tarumianz enjoys coming to the Tryon Summer Classic each year.  She went on to say, “It is one of my favorite shows and is always on my schedule because of the hospitality, courses, footing, and management are always top notch.  The hunter derby under the lights made the class feel extra special; can’t wait to be back next year.”

Daniel Geitner went on to finish off a stellar weekend by taking home the blue in the $10,000 EMO Insurance Agency Jumper Classic on Ann Ritter’s Jumbo Jet on Saturday evening.  The pair was one of five to tackle the jump off course galloping to a fast and clean finish in a time of 32.459 over second place finisher David O’Brien and Hollow Creek Farm’s Various who also finished clean in a time of 34.219.  Sydney Swarr and her Kirin took home third place honors, J. F. Gagne and GIS Inc.’s Runaround Sue were fourth and hometown favorite Lincoln Russell and Richard Kosa’s Winona O M2RS rounded out the top five spots.

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Parade of Tryon Hounds. Don West Photography

The Tryon Summer Classic has always been known for its hospitality and this year was no exception.  The Tryon Hounds treated exhibitors to a derby barbeque on Friday evening during the USHJA National Hunter Derby and on Saturday evening held their annual fundraising benefit dinner under the VIP tent.  Hot To Trot Boutique hosted a wine and cheese reception Saturday afternoon and Martin Klein and Benchmark Farm hosted riders and trainers hospitality by the ring during the Jumper Classic Saturday night.

Sunday, the final day of the show, capped off a beautiful week of horse showing as many of the Tryon Hounds’ perpetual trophies were awarded to some of the show’s Grand Champion and High Point riders.  Some of the winners included:

  • Hoffman Van Wieren Trophy for Grand Champion Hunter – Bethel’s Peri and Bruce Christison
  • Frederick B Farwell Grand Champion Amateur Owner – Contemporary and Liz Tarumianz
  • The Fox Creek Farm Challenge Trophy Grand Junior Hunter – Bethel’s Peri and Grace Howard
  • The Red Frazier Memorial Grand Pony Hunter – Pussycat Doll and Isabella Di Benedetto
  • Grand Adult Hunter – Morris and Tori Bilas
  • Grand Children’s Hunter – Louis Vuitton and Maddy Parker

Equus Events would also like to thank its corporate sponsors and sponsors of the 2013 Tryon Summer Classic Horse Show:

The Tryon Hounds, The EMO Insurance Agency and Martha Hall, Fenwick Equestrian, Equifit Inc., The Mark Lexton Collection, Dietrich and Company Equine Insurance, One K Helmets, Daniel F. Geitner Stables, The Barn Book, Sidelines Magazine, Gamboa Veterinary Services, The Farm House, Hot To Trot Boutique

The competition continues this week at FENCE with the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club June Charity Horse Show June 6-9.  For complete results and more information please contact Equus Events at 803-643-5698 or www.equusevents.com.

Contact: Equus Events, Inc.
803-643-5698

2012 Aiken Fall Festival – That’s a Wrap!

Daniel Geitner and Kenwood. Shawn McMillen Photography

September 17th, 2012 – Sunday marked the final day of the 2012 Aiken Fall Festival Show Series. The show which took place at Highfields in historic Aiken, SC is a USEF “A” rated event and is managed by J. P. Godard and his team at Equus Events.

Gold sponsors of this year’s event included: Fenwick Equestrian, Equifit, Inc., The Mark Lexton Collection, Dietrich and Company Equine Insurance, One K Helmets, Daniel F. Geitner Stables, The Barn Book, Gamboa Veterinary Services, Integrity Fine Equestrian Linens, The Willcox and Oak Manor Saddlery. Silver sponsors included: Finally Farm, The Aiken Horse, Liz Tarumianz, Equi InStyle, Gagne International, Equestrian Connect, Booth Parker, Allison Mills, Laura Regan, Holly Carter Designs, Solo Show Stables, and Carolina Outdoors. The 2012 Aiken Fall Festival Hospitality sponsors were: Allison Mills, Booth Parker, The Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue, Beaver River Farm, DFG Stables, Cn’C Stables, Christison Stables, Dr. Juan and Jennifer Gamboa, Finally Farm, Hot To Trot Boutique, Gagne International, Liz Tarumianz, Solo Show Stables, The Tack Room, The Stables Restaurant and The Kasper Family.

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