May 20thth, 2013 – It was a family affair for Megan Wexler and Cadence during the Atlanta Spring Challenge’s $30,000 Fenwick Equestrian Grand Prix. The pair came away the victors in the class topping a tough field of competitors over a course designed by Michel Vaillancourt. Wexler’s entire family including grandmother and grandfather were on hand to watch the 26 year old win the class and take part in the awards ceremony. The class took place out on the International field and featured 16 jumping efforts including a double and a triple combination. 11 riders returned for the jump off out of the original field of 22. Wexler and Cadence, a 12 year old Swedish Warmblood owned by Procedures, Inc., finished with a clear jump off round and a time of 36.899 almost 4 seconds quicker than the second place finisher Wilhelm Genn of Lebanon, Ohio and his Happy Z with a time of 40.068. Frances Land and her Merlin rounded out the top 3 spots with a time of 40.629. Wexler received amongst other goodies a custom cooler donated by Fenwick Equestrian as well as a sterling silver piece donated by the Mark Lexton Jewelry Collection of Camden, SC. Wexler rides for Don Stewart Stables out of Ocala, FL.
Not all of the action was located center ring. During the class the show’s annual Preakness Party was taking place ringside under the VIP tent. Exhibitors and spectators alike enjoyed dinner and drinks as well as a viewing of the 138th annual Preakness Stakes which was sponsored by DFG Stables and Daniel and Cathy Geitner of Aiken, SC. Saturday evening’s hospitality was just a taste of what else was offered during the 2013 Atlanta Spring Challenge. The show’s hospitality sponsors hosted a continental breakfast each morning of the show, a Derby party Friday night, and snacks and goodies daily at the show rings. The Meadow Hill Stable and The Porath Family also hosted a farewell pizza party at the rings on Sunday.
Don Stewart Stables continued their winning ways from the Grand Prix ring to the hunter and equitation rings over the weekend bringing home several championships and wins before heading on their way to Devon. Megan Flanagan won the WIHS overall as well as coming away with the large junior 16-17 championship with Sarah Milliren’s CR Moet. She also picked up the small junior 16-17 championship as well as the classic win aboard her own O’Ryan. Over in the pony ring Ashton Alexander had a banner weekend capturing the large pony championship and the classic win with Madison Goetzmann’s Happily Ever After while Devon Seek picked up the medium pony championship and the classic win on Christine Carlson’s Tiffany Blue.
For a complete list of results, please go to www.equusevents.com/results.html.
Equus Events would like to thank all of the 2013 Atlanta Spring Challenge Sponsors. Many thanks to Brick Church Farm and Reflections Farm for hosting the USHJA International Hunter Derby and to Fenwick Equestrian for hosting the $30,000 Fenwick Equestrian Grand Prix. Thank you to the Mark Lexton Collection for providing awards for the hunter classics, One K Helmets for providing helmets for the jumper classic winners and Integrity Linens for donating their beautiful wool coolers. Other sponsors include:
Brick Church Farm, Reflections Farm, 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, Sidelines Magazine
Integrity Fine Equestrian Linens, Hot To Trot Boutique, Finally Farm, Meadow Hill Stables and the Porath Family, Katherine Lily Equestrian, Oak Manor Saddlery
Equus Events continues its 2013 schedule with the Tryon Summer Classic May 30 – June 2 and the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club Charity Horse Show I June 6-9. Stalls are limited at both events so please contact Equus Events at 803-643-5698 to make reservations.
Equus Events is a horse show production company based in Aiken, SC. We are committed to producing unique exhibitor friendly events that excel in a high level of quality, competition, and hospitality. Equus Events is the current USHJA Members Choice award winning horse show company in zone 4 for an AA rated horse show.
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