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Hunter News from the Atlanta Fall Classics

Holly Shepherd and Kodachrome [Alison Hartwell Photography]

Seasoned derby riders, Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama and Tim Maddrix of Leeds, Alabama, battled it out for the top placings in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby over a course designed by Paul Jewell of Lambertville, New Jersey.

Twenty-five horse and rider teams took to the oval arena and it was Derby Queen Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama and Nina Moore’s Kodachrome who took home the blue ribbon for their overall score of 375.

Special, owned by Missy Nolen and ridden by Tim Maddrix of Leeds, Alabama, earned a second place ribbon with their overall score of 363, and Shepherd returned for a third place ribbon in the irons of Belle Rolfe’s Cesar De Lison Z for their overall score of 362. Maddrix returned to the winner’s circle for the fourth place ribbon, this time aboard Margaret Camp’s Cascaron, for their overall score of 349.

Michael Leon of West Hollywood, California took the fifth, sixth, and seventh placings with Kelly Sims’ True Enough [348.50], his own Nil Du Buffan [347.50], and Sims’ True Story [347].

Sarah Milliren of Athens, Georgia and Liddy Strickland’s Valentine placed eighth, ninth was awarded to Allison Reichenbach’s High Life, ridden by Danielle Grice of Northfield, Tennessee, and tenth went to Vick Russell of Columbus, North Carolina and his own Tall Paul. Eleventh and twelfth were awarded to West Meadow Farm, LLC’s Fergus, ridden by Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina, and Wimberly Debono’s Indecision, ridden by Maddrix.

“It was great to see so many compete in the International Hunter Derby,” commented Bob Bell, President of Classic Company. “We’ve had a strong showing in the hunter divisions both weeks I and II.”

Julie Curtin and Cheryl Rubinstein’s Capisce Victorious in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Julie Curtin of Woodstock, Georgia took the top two placings in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Kruse Cushion Ride, besting a field of 23 horse and rider teams over a course designed by Paul Jewell. Curtin and Cheryl Rubinstein’s Capisce took the class with their combined score of 179.5, but beating Curtin’s second ride, Rebekah Warren’s Cassico, by only half a point.

“In the Handy round, Capisce and I had a couple of options. We took the inside turns and he was really smooth and extremely handy which made for a good trip. He just edged out my other horse, so it was really close,” she said.

Final results had Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama taking the third and fourth placings with Belle Rolfe’s Boure and Micaela Kennedy’s Magnus Hermes, respectively, with overall scores of 175 and 174.

Kelly Sims’ Eleventh Hour, ridden by Michael Leon of West Hollywood, California, placed fifth with their overall score of 171.5, and Eleese Shillingford’s Odyssey, ridden by Carolyn Bell of Alpharetta, Georgia, placed sixth with their overall 171.

Sabina Holtzman of Clayton, Missouri and her own Jerez Mail earned a seventh place ribbon and Cassino Royale, owned by Anna Huggins and ridden by Clay Alder of Germantown, Tennessee, placed eighth. Shanna Beyer’s Lacoste, ridden by Mary Mielenz of Collierville, Tennessee, earned a ninth place finish, and Curtin returned for a tenth with Select Sport Horses’ Hudson for a tenth place ribbon. SLF Bellarena, ridden by Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina and owned by Helen Byrd, placed eleventh, and Hannahlea, owned by Kelly Sims and ridden by Maggie Diehl of Alpharetta, Georgia, wrapped up the class with a twelfth place.

“I’ve ridden Cheryl’s horse before, but I rode him as a Pre Green. I was excited when Phoebe and Cheryl asked me about a week ago to ride him,” said Curtin. “He’s [Capisce] has really matured and grown up a lot and we just clicked right away. He’s a wonderful horse and I felt so comfortable on him.

“Paul used the same course for us as the International Hunter Derby and it rode really well for both heights,” she added. “It was open, flowing and there were lots of single jumps. Because the arena is very long, but not as wide, he did a great job on making it flow. He put a couple of jumps at the end of the ring because it was so long he had to use some of the width. The very first jump was on the end of the ring and the horses had to pay attention at Jump 1,” she commented. “But Paul let us finish with a nice long run to an oxer for our last jump which was really nice.

“It was so nice to see both the International and National Hunter Derbies with big numbers, especially now at the end of the year,” she added. “I’m looking forward to Gulfport this winter and plan on doing four weeks there.”

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Jumper Action Wraps Up Week IV at the Gulf Coast Winter Classics

Holly Shepherd and Sky High [Photo Credit: Alison Hartwell Photography]

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama and Loretta Patterson’s Sky High galloped away with their first Grand Prix win in the $40,777 Kruse Cushion Ride Grand Prix, presented by the City of Gulfport, on a course designed by former Assistant Olympic Course Designer for the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2016 Games, Manuel Esparza of Mexico City, Mexico.

Esparza set the first round time allowed at 83 seconds. “The course was well designed and had a nice flow to it. Early on the course looked pretty good, and there weren’t any big tricks, but it rode a little backwards,” commented Shepherd. “You’d jump in fast but then have to slow it down, hurry up, slow down,” she said. “The jumps were big and the time allowed was really tight,” she added.

Carson Grisham of Southlake, Texas and her own Crack De Muze, winners of the $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome two days earlier, were the first horse and rider team to turn in a clear first round in a time of 49.566 seconds.

Four rides later, Shepherd and Sky High insured there would be a jump off with their clear first round in a time of 82.345 seconds.

Shannon Hicks of Lake St. Louis, Missouri and Helen Gilbert’s C’Havinia followed Shepherd with the next clear first round in a time of 82.706 seconds and would round out the jump off roster.

Grisham and Crack De Muze were the first to go in the jump off and turned in a fault free round, beating the time allowed of 59 seconds with their own 49.566 seconds. Shepherd and Sky High were next to go.

“My jump off plan was to leave the strides out, rather than slow it down,” she said when asked about her strategy. “He loves the field, and he’s a great galloper,” Shepherd said. “He’s a little slow in the air, but he has such a big stride it’s really beneficial,” she added.

And beneficial it was. Shepherd and Sky High, also known as “Pete”, turned in a fault free second round in a time of 48.745 seconds, setting the new time to beat. When Hicks and Emir D retired from the second round, Shepherd and Sky High were crowned the victors.

“I’ve had him for about nine months. He’s got a great personality, loves to be scratched all over and is a really great horse. We’ve been doing the Grand Prix and he’s ribboned quite a bit, but this is our first win. We did a bit change a couple of weeks ago in order to maintain his step and shape, and I think we maybe found the magic. I feel like we’re on the right path and we’ll be showing here the next two weeks,” said Shepherd.

Matt Cyphert of Northlake, Texas picked up fourth and fifth place ribbons in the irons of Hannah Donald’s Hector for their one time fault first round in 83.209 seconds and his own Lochnivar who earned three time faults in their first round in a time of 85.314 seconds.

Sixth place went to Frank Owens of Windcrest, Texas and MTM Holdings, LLC’s MTM Twenties Girl with their four fault first round in a time of 78.874 seconds, and Penny Brennan of Buhl, Alabama and her own Sun Tzu placed seventh with their four fault first round in a time of 79.737 seconds.

Hicks and Helen Gilbert’s C’Havinia placed eighth with their four fault first round in a time of 80.742 seconds and Dominique Damico of Berwyn, Pennsylvania and her own Canoso placed ninth. Tenth was awarded to Jorge Ludwig of Newbury Park, California and his own Lamarique, Colleen Acosta of Roanoke, Texas and Evalyn Grace LLC’s Himini earned eleventh, and Laura Connaway of Little Rock, Arkansas and her own Ceralena wrapped up the class with a twelfth place finish.

The $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome took place on Friday and sixteen horse and rider teams tackled the course designed by Manuel Esparza.

The first round was set with a time allowed of 89 seconds and eight horse and rider teams advanced to a second round opportunity. Shannon Hicks and Helen Gilbert’s Emir D were the first horse and rider team to turn in a clear first round, and their clear second round in a time of 46.642 seconds, set the new time to beat.

Frank Owens and DS Holdings, LLC’s MTM Twenties Girl followed Hicks with double clear rounds. Their clear second round in a time of 43.967 moved Hicks and Emir D into second position and they took the lead.

The lead was short lived when Jorge Ludwig and his own Lamarique followed suit, turning in double clear round and a second round in a time of 43.365 seconds and set the new time to beat.

Laura Connaway of and her own Ceralena followed Ludwig with a clear first round and advanced to the second round. Four faults in a time of 48.168 would see the pair finish in eighth place overall.

Cerulean Stables, LLC’s HHS Louis, ridden by Penny Brennan, were the next horse and rider team to turn in a clear first round. Their fault free second round in a time of 43.721 seconds would see the pair finish in third place overall.

Holly Shepherd and Loretta Patterson’s Sky High followed with the next clear first round effort. Their second round resulted in four jump faults in a time of 44.630 seconds which would find them with a seventh place finish.

Carson Grisham and her own Crack De Muze followed Shepherd and Sky High with double clear rounds and a second round time of 42.222 which took the lead.

Matt Cyphert and Hannah Donald’s Hector, winner of last week’s $25,000 CWD Grand Prix, followed Grisham, but their second round saw four jump faults in a time of 43.126 seconds which would find them finishing in sixth place overall.

Final results had Grisham and Crack De Muze with the win and Ludwig and Lamarique in second. Brennan and HHS Louis picked up third and Owens and MTM Twenties Girl placed fourth. Hicks and Emir D finished in fifth and Cyphert and Hector picked up sixth place.

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It’s All about the Hunters Week II at the Gulf Coast Winter Classics

Holly Shepherd and White Lightening [Photos: Alison Hartwell Photography]

The $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby kicked off the hunter action Week II at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit. Helen Gilbert’s White Lightening, ridden by Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, galloped away with the blue ribbon after earning the highest Classic and Handy Round scores of 174 and 189.5, respectively, for a combined 363.5.

The second place ribbon was awarded to Fairfax, owned and ridden by Liz Hudspeth of Alpharetta, Georgia, after earning a Classic Round score of 160 and a Handy score of 187 for a combined 347.

Love Game, owned by EMC International and ridden by Evan Coluccio of Middleburg, Virginia, earned a third place ribbon with their first round score of 162 and Handy Round score of 174 for a total of 336 combined points.

Coluccio returned for a fourth place ribbon in the irons of Larry Antonini’s Six Pack after earning a Classic Round score of 159 and a Handy score of 155 for a total of 314.

Estander, owned and ridden by Leah Toscano of Chesterfield, New Jersey, placed fifth after earning 150 points in their Classic Round and a score of 154 for a total of 304.

In the Black B, owned and ridden by Liana Brown of Carmel, Indiana, took home the sixth place ribbon after earning a first round score of 140 and a Handy round score of 163 for a combined 303. Seventh was awarded to Allure, owned and ridden by Gianna Cobb of Marietta, Georgia, for their combined score of 302. Nemesis, owned by Daniel Damen and ridden by Dominique Damica of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, was awarded eighth place. Coluccio returned to the arena for both the ninth and tenth place ribbons with Ellen Addison’s El Tindo and Mary Antonini’s Rocking the Boat. Autograph, owned and ridden by Tim Sweat of Milton, Georgia, placed eleventh.

Jason Berry and Cammarata

The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby followed the International Hunter Derby and Jason Berry of Verona, Virginia and Kirsten Martin’s Cammarata took the win, besting sixteen horse and rider teams. Enticement, owned by Rebekah Warren and ridden by Julie Curtin of Woodstock, Georgia, was awarded a second place while Kaitlyn Williams of Wayne, Pennsylvania and her own Balouette placed third. Berry returned with EMO Stables’ Capiche to pick up the fourth place ribbon and Katie Thomas’ Yahtzee, ridden by Kelley Buringa of Northlake, Texas, earned fifth place. Liana Brown of Carmel, Indiana rode her own Marengo to a sixth place finish. Curtin returned to the winner’s circle to pick up the seventh place ribbon this time in the irons of Wesley Wilson’s Whitny and Robin Hood, owned by Jacob Brupbacher and ridden by Mary Antonini of New Orleans, Louisiana, placed eighth. HC Sport Horses’ HC San Patrignano, ridden by Lucy Heaton of Clarksdale, Mississippi, placed ninth and Katrina Seitz’ Notre Montrachet, ridden by Amy Tilson Ochoa of Zionsville, Indiana, finished in tenth place. Lily Gumenick of Richmond, Virginia rode her own Summit to an eleventh place finish and Hil Cat Farm’s Casting Call, ridden by Catherine Castle of Folsom, Louisiana, finished in twelfth place.

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The hunter grooms were recognized Friday thanks to Sheila and Shirley Murphy. Tito Aguilar won the class and the cash award. Second place went to Missie Morrissey and third place was awarded to Josette Ward. “The grooms are often the unsung heroes of the horse show world and this class is a great opportunity to thank them for their commitment to the well-being of our horses,” said Bob Bell, President of the Gulf Coast Classic Company.

The $2,000 Sidelines 3′ and 3’3″ Green Hunter took place and for an entry fee of $5, Jason Berry and Kirsten Martin’s Cammarata won the 3’3″ Green Hunter Championship and Julie Curtin and her own Honey Badger won the 3′ Sidelines Green Hunter Championship. Twenty-three horse and rider teams competed in Week II’s $2,000 Sidelines Green Hunter Division and it continues to be successful, largely in part of Sidelines Magazine’s sponsorship of the Green Hunter Division offered for only a $5 entry fee. “Sidelines is happy to sponsor this division which is so important to the development of our Hunter horses,” commented Bradley Spragg, Publisher of Sidelines Magazine.

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Lucky 7s for the Jumper Riders at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic

Andy Kocher and Cantu 5.

The $50,777 Sidelines Grand Prix, presented by Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, closed out the 2016 Gulf Coast Winter Classic and the USHJA Dash for the Cash King, Andy Kocher of Ocala, Florida, galloped away with the win in the irons of Evalyn Grace, LLC’s Cantu 5.

Of the twenty-eight that tackled the course designed by Paul Jewel of Lambertville, New Jersey, only eight turned in clear first rounds advancing to the jump off.

Kocher rode Postage Stamp Farm’s Prof De La Roque as the first to go and posted a clear round in a time of 82.486 seconds, well within the 89 seconds time allowed.

Kocher then piloted his own Leconte to a clear first round in a time of 84.603 seconds. He now had two rides in the jump off!

Hester Equestrian, LLC’s Clueless P, ridden by Lauren Hester of Lexington, Kentucky, followed Kocher and posted a clear first round in a time of 79.972 seconds and added themselves to the jump off roster.

Charlie Jayne’s Cupid Shuffle, ridden by Michael Tokaruk of Germantown, Tennessee, added themselves to the jump off round after posting a clear first round in a time of 79.117 seconds.

Kocher returned to the grand prix field, this time in the irons of Cantu 5. The pair posted a clear first round in a time of 82.881 seconds, making it his third horse to qualify for the jump off.

Christopher Schroeder of Wellington, Florida and his own Catungee also turned in a clear first round effort in a time of 87.767 seconds, qualifying for the jump off round. Missy Nolan’s Specialized, ridden by Tim Maddrix of Leeds, Alabama, joined the jump off roster after posting a clear first round effort in a time of 87.386 seconds.

Schroeder and Marion Head’s Heliante were the last to go and clear they went in a time of 87.532 seconds and sat in the enviable last to go spot in the jump off order.

Paul Jewell set the jump off time allowed at 57 seconds. Kocher and Prof De La Roque were the first to go, but an unintentional dismount would keep the pair out of the winner’s circle and settling for eighth place overall.

Kocher and Leconte were next in the order but four faults in a time of 51.455 seconds would finish them in seventh place overall.

Hester and Clueless P followed Kocher, but four faults in a time of 50.064 seconds would see them finish in fourth place overall. Tokaruk and Cupid Shuffle followed Hester in the order. Four faults in a time of 50.154 seconds would have move them into the lead as the fastest four-faulter, but with four rides left to go, there was still a chance for someone to go clear.

And that’s exactly what happened when Kocher and Cantu 5 followed Tokaruk and turned in the first clear round in a time of 52.745, taking the lead and setting the new time to beat.

Schroeder and Catungee challenged Kocher’s time and although they went clear, their time of 56.569 seconds would put them in second place behind Kocher and Cantu 5.

Maddrix and Specialized followed Schroeder in the jump off order, but four faults in a time of 50.593 seconds would find them finish in sixth place overall. Schroeder and Heliante sat in the enviable last to go position and although they turned in the fastest jump off round in a time of 49.104 seconds, a heartbreak rail at the final fence would have them finish in third place, giving Kocher and Cantu 5 the win.

“This was a great event and congratulations to Andy Kocher and Cantu 5 on their win today,” commented Bob Bell, President of the Gulf and Classic Companies as well as Classic Publications. “This is the first Sidelines Grand Prix since Classic Publications has purchased the magazine and I thank all of those who competed today,” he said. “All of you are part of Sidelines history now,” he added.

Finishing in ninth place with one time fault was GK Performance Horses’ Diamant De Revel, ridden by Christopher Schroeder. Scott Lenkart and Fleur De Lis Farms’ Ziezo earned tenth place after posting the fastest four-fault round, and Sun Tzu, owned and ridden by Penny Brennan, placed eleventh. Brooke Kemper and Classified wrapped up the class with a twelfth place finish.

Holly Shepherd and Bella Clara DKS
Holly Shepherd and Bella Clara DKS

Shepherd Takes the $10,777 Legend Jumper Derby

Twenty-three horse and rider teams tackled the highly anticipated $10,777 Legend Jumper Derby on the world class Grand Prix field Saturday afternoon. The 1.30 m jumper classic, open to all horses not competing in the Grand Prix, had a time allowed of 120 seconds which only saw three go clean.

Christopher Schroeder of Wellington, Florida and Elizabeth Win’s Dubai B were the first to go and posted a clear round in a time of 101.824 seconds, setting the new time to beat. Newtown Jumping Jack, owned and ridden by Thomas Welsh of New York, New York, followed Schroeder and while they beat Schroeder’s time with their own 100.219 seconds, four jump faults would finish in eighth place overall.

Alex Turner’s Vanrock, ridden by Michael Tokaruk of Germantown, Tennessee, posted a clear round and set the new time to beat at 97.926 seconds, taking the lead.

Amanda Forte of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania and Cerulean Stables’ Rincoola Black Adder challenged Tokaruk and Vanrock’s time with their own 89.980 seconds. However, eight jump faults would find them out of the ribbons.

Trapp O’Neal of Magnolia, Texas and Carolyn Elsey’s Quilona Z followed Forte and posted an eight fault jump round in 97.953 seconds, which would see them finish in twelfth place overall.

Margaret Camp’s Charmeur, ridden by Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, tackled the course, but their time of 98.555 seconds with four jump faults would see them finish in seventh place overall.

Eagle Valley Partners’ Coconut, ridden by Andy Kocher, followed Shepherd and turned in an eight fault round in a time of 93.638 seconds, which would find them finish in eleventh place overall.

Kocher returned with his own Red Lady, but with eight jump faults in a time of 89.002, the pair would have them finish in tenth place overall.

Rico S, owned and ridden by Sara Dees of Chatom, Alabama, followed Kocher and Red Lady and posted a four fault round in a time of 96.931 seconds and would finish in sixth place overall.

O’Neal followed Dees in the order, this time in the irons of TKO Partnershjp’s Camero, and turned in a four fault round in a time of 100.990 seconds. They finished in ninth place overall.

Riptide, owned by Christina Van Patten and ridden by Brooke Kemper of Culpeper, Virginia, followed O’Neal and turned in a four fault round in a time of 93.509 seconds and placed fourth overall.

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama and Dejan Krunic’s Belle Clara DKS followed Riptide and turned in a lightning fast clear round in 91.474 seconds, taking the lead and moving Tokaruk and Vanrock into second place.

Sitting in the enviable last to go spot was Kocher and Showcase 81, LLC’s Mullentine Imperial. The pair posted a time of 93.751 seconds, but four jump faults would see them finish in fifth place overall.

“The $10,777 Jumper Derby is one of the most popular events at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic,” commented Bob Bell, President of the Gulf Coast Classic Company. “We are delighted that Merial and its product Legend sponsored this competition and appreciate their support,” he added.

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Holly Shepherd and Re Chiste Win National Hunter Derby

Pre-Greens Continue to Show Strong Numbers

The last $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby of the 2016 Gulf Coast Winter Classic took place yesterday and twenty horse and rider teams took to the hunt over a course designed by Allen Rheinheimer, Gulf Coast Classic Company’s Course Designer and Technical Coordinator.

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, who Week II earned the top three ribbons in the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit’s $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, proved herself again to be the ‘Derby Queen’ of the Gulf Coast after she led both the Classic and Handy Rounds in the irons of Sabina Holtzman’s Re Chiste. The pair earned a first round score of 88 and a Handy score of 89 for a total of 177 which awarded them a first place ribbon.

Ramble On Farm’s Little Rock, ridden by Kaitlyn Williams of Wayne, Pennsylvania, finished in second place after earning a first round score of 87 and Handy score of 79 for a total of 166. Roland Park, owned by Mount Fair Equine, LLC and ridden by Dudley MacFarlane of Crozet, Virginia, followed in third with a first round score of 80.5 and second round score of 85 for an overall score of 165.5.

Kathleen Caya of Oconomowo, Wisconsin, in the irons of Andy Kocher’s Icali, earned a fourth place ribbon after earning a Classic round score of 83 and a Handy score of 81.5 for a total of 164.5.

Sarah Percy MacMillan’s Space Cadet, ridden by Callie Schott of Versailles, Kentucky, earned a first round score of 78 and a Handy score of 83 for a total of 161 and a fifth place ribbon.  Sixth was awarded to Megan Martin’s Signature, ridden by Caroline Wilson of Germantown, Tennessee, after earning a Classic round score of 79 and Handy score of 83 for a total of 161.

Honor, owned and ridden by Salter Hydinger of Birmingham, Alabama, earned a seventh place ribbon after earning a first round score of 76 and a second round score of 82 for a total of 158. Williams returned for the eighth place ribbon, this time in the irons of Ramble on Farm’s Shaq, after earning a first round score of 77.5 and a Handy score of 77 for a combined total of 154.5.

Cathleen Driscoll of Elk Mills, Maryland rode her own Good Times to a ninth place finish after earning a first round score of 80 and a second round score of 74 for a combined total of 154. Hydinger returned for a tenth place ribbon, this time in the irons of her own Motivation, and Shepherd returned for eleventh place in the irons of Helen Gilbert’s White Lightening. Williams and Ramble On Farm’s Casan wrapped up the class in twelfth place.

The two weekly $1,000.00 Pre-Green Hunter Divisions, offered for only $5.00 per horse, continued to see big numbers Week VI.  Twenty-one horse and rider teams competed for the championship in the 3′ Division which welcomed Miki Moto, owned and ridden by Jennifer Jones of Ocala, Florida, to the winner’s circle. Reserve Champion honors went to Mindy Wurzburg, LLC’s Shipshape, ridden by Tim Maddrix of Leeds, Alabama.

The $1,000 3’ Pre-Green Division awarded Rio Vista Farm’s Casswell, ridden by Jordan Gilchrist of Flower Mound, Texas, the Championship, and Reserve Champion honors went to Zorro, owned and ridden by Kathleen Caya of Oconomowo, Wisconsin.  That was a $5.00 Division fee worth spending!

“We are very happy that riders and owners took advantage of this special $5 Division offering at our Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit in Pensacola and here in Gulfport,” commented Bob Bell, President of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic. “In view of the popularity of this offering we are delighted to be offering the weekly $1,000 Pre-Green Divisions for only $5.00 per horse at the inaugural Jacksonville Spring Classics this April,” he said.

Next week the Atlanta Spring Classic gallops onto the historic Georgia International Horse Park for two weeks of AA competition and more than $200,000 up for grabs! It’s not too late to reserve a stall. Email Jonathan@classiccompany.com and then enter online for no additional fees at horseshowsonline.com.

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Shepherd Pulls Hat Trick in $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Holly Shepherd and Triompf.

Just for Now Wins $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby; the Gulf Sees Record Pre-Green Entries

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama established herself as the Derby Queen when she pulled a hat trick Friday morning, taking the top three placings in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on a course designed by Nancy Wallis of Lambertville, New Jersey.

Shepherd held the top two highest scores after the first round with Loretta Patterson’s Triompf with a score of 183 and Helen Gilbert’s White Lightning with a score of 163. Tim Maddrix of Birmingham, Alabama and Alina Dumitrescu’s Shutterbug sat in third position after earning a first round score of 162. Amanda Forte of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania sat in fourth with Rebecca Patterson’s Vecchia Murano with a score of 161, and Shepherd and Barbara Risius’ Longstreet were on their heels with a score of 161.50.

Shepherd held the lead with Triompf in the Handy round after posting a score of 203 for a combined total of 386 which would win the class. White Lightning earned a second round score of 190 and a combined 353 which would award them the second place ribbon. Longstreet earned a second round score of 192 and combined with their first round score of 161.50, moved them into third place. Dergin Park, owned by Henrietta Hall and ridden by Sarah Invicta Williams of Santa Fe, New Mexico, finished in ninth place in the first round with a score of 154.4, but after earning a Handy round score of 192, moved up to an overall fourth place finish with a combined score of 346.5.

Isabelle Potts’ Fusagers Carma, ridden by Jordan Gilchrist of Flower Mound, Texas, had an eighth place finish in the first round with a score of 156 but their Handy round’s score of 187 and combined 343 moved the pair up to a fifth place finish overall.

Maddrix and Specialty sat in the third place position after the first round, but after posting a second round score of 174.5, would find themselves moving into sixth place overall.

Forte and Vecchia Murano moved from third position to seventh place overall, after earning a second round score of 175 for a combined total of 336. Shepherd and Margaret Camp’s Cascaron finished twelfth in the first round with a score of 149, but after earning a second round score of 183 and a combined total of 332, moved into eighth place overall.

Courtney Calcagnini and Just for Now
Courtney Calcagnini and Just for Now

Just for Now wins the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

The hunter excitement continued as the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Tucci, saw nineteen horse and rider teams compete for the win. Just for Now, owned by Lori Matthews and ridden by Courtney Calcagnini of Argyle, Texas, was awarded with the first place honors, followed by Protocol, owned and ridden by Lilah Babineaux of Lafayette, Louisiana. Third place honors went to Redfield Farm’s Quidam, ridden by Kaitlyn Williams, while fourth place was awarded to Carita Palmer’s Grey Goose, ridden by Jason Schnelle of Collierville, Tennessee. Fifth place went to Sabina Holtzman’s Magnus Hermes, ridden by D. Samuel Pegg of Sutton West, Ontario, Canada. Sixth went to Stonebridge Farm’s A Timely Affair, ridden by Sue Takata of Athens, Texas.

Big Numbers in the $5 Pre-Green Division

The Pre-Green Division led off the big hunter numbers for the week in the 3′ section and 3’3″ division. Jacqueline Roberts-McQueen and Holly Calantoni Houser’s Quadrolino led the 3′ Pre-Greens, while Leopold, owned by Grace Gambel and ridden by Livia Steffee, and Amy Ilson Ochoa and Angela Brown’s Turbo alternated first and second place positions in the 3’3″ Pre-Green Division. “We are really excited that riders and owners are earning valuable mileage for their young horses in the $5 Pre-Green Division,” commented Janet McCarroll, Gulf Coast Classic Show Coordinator. “People couldn’t believe that we were offering this division for only $5.00, but by the looks of the entries, I think word has now spread,” she added. “We couldn’t be happier that horsemen are taking advantage of this special offering,” she said.

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Mark Bluman and Uitteraard Collect Win in $5,000 1.45m Challenge at Tryon Spring 7

Mark Bluman and Uitteraard. Photos ©Sportfot.

Holly Shepherd and Longstreet Claim $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Mill Spring, NC – May 29, 2015 – Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) offered a day of rest from FEI competition today, but that did not stop top international talent from taking to the George H. Morris Stadium in the $5,000 1.45m Challenge. Mark Bluman (COL) and Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc.’s Uitteraard finished atop the class of 16 entries, crossing the timers in the jump-off round at 33.289 seconds. Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Ashland Stable’s Uppie De Lis finished second with a time of 34.262 seconds, and Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Spy Coast Farm, LLC’s Beluga placed third in 35.459 seconds. Competition continues tomorrow with the largest class of the week being the showcase $127,000 Kingsland FEI CSI 3* Grand Prix. The grand prix begins at 7pm with doors opening to the general public at 5pm.

Bluman, who began riding for the Stransky family at Stransky’s Mission Farms this year, has enjoyed a very successful start to the summer season with top placings aboard several horses, including a top-ten finish in the $34,000 Suncast® FEI Tryon Welcome at TIEC this week. Stransky’s Mission Farms is currently building a summer base in Tryon and Bluman is looking forward to spending his time at TIEC during the summer months.

“I was here last fall and the expansion is unbelievable. I love this place and our horses love this place. I don’t ever have to leave the show. I stay in one of the cabins and can be with my horses at the barn in two minutes,” said Bluman. “It’s so quiet and peaceful. It’s really unbelievable. I’m really happy to be here and they’re doing a great job. I’m also so thankful to Lily Stransky and Stransky’s Mission Farms for giving me this opportunity, and to Step-by-Step Foundation who I also ride for. It’s nice to win for them.”

Uitteraard, a 2001 Dutch Warmblood gelding, has an extensive FEI record, competing in competitive international classes throughout his career. Bluman has enjoyed riding the experienced gelding, as he always delivers in the ring.

“This has been a season to get to know my horses since I joined Lily Stransky and Stransky’s Mission Farms earlier this year in Florida. The horses are great. The horse I’m riding is very experienced and has jumped 1.60m with other riders. He is the easiest horse,” commented Bluman about Uitteraard. “He’s just a sweetheart in the barn and a solid citizen. He does his job every time he goes in the ring and always tries his hardest.”

The class saw seven clear trips move forward to the jump-off round, where Bluman was able to ride to the top of the class finishing one second faster than Wordley. He also finished fourth aboard Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc.’s Copa Cabana. The course was designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA), who has been the course designer for each of the FEI classes this week at TIEC.

“The course today was built great for the class and it was competitive. It’s nice to have a class like this available alongside the FEI classes here this week,” added Bluman. “There were several clear rounds which made the jump-off very fast and I was really pleased with both of my rounds.”

Bluman is set to ride Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc.’s Califa LS in tomorrow night’s $127,000 Kingsland FEI CSI 3* Grand Prix. The experience of competing under the lights with a large crowd is always a highlight for Bluman, who is looking forward to riding in the competitive class. He also is aiming his mount Califa LS at the Pan American Games, which will be held in Toronto, Canada in July.

“It’s going to be a really competitive class. It is always nice to jump under the lights and there’s a little bit more excitement. It’s great to have people cheering and yelling for you during your round,” concluded Bluman. “I’m really looking forward to staying here through the remainder of the season and I’m hoping that it allows me to qualify for the Pan American Games. That’s my main goal right now.”

Holly Shepherd Takes Top Honors in $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, AL and Barbara Risius’ Longstreet scored an impressive 178 in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby to handily take the class of 23 original entries.

“Both of my horses were really comfortable today and they’re not the most experienced at the 3′ level, but I felt like they really went out there and gave me consistent rounds,” said Shepherd. “I think I was the only trip to do a double inside turn in the handy round on Longstreet to the trot fence which definitely helped add to my score.”

Holly Shepherd and Longstreet
Holly Shepherd and Longstreet

Shepherd, who has dominated the circuit so far at TIEC, continues to accumulate top finishes in both the jumper and hunter rings aboard several different mounts.

“I’ve been riding him since Gulfport in February and we’re planning on doing Tryon for the Summer Series and then we’ll head to Chicago for the Derby at the end of July and of course Derby Finals in Lexington, KY in August,” she stated. “The big plan is to keep doing really well across the board and in the FEI classes for my jumper horses. We’ll have a pretty light week next week, but I have several clients who are shooting for the moon right now,” she smiled.

Continuing the season at TIEC is a highlight for Shepherd, who enjoys the convenience the facility offers to riders with horses in both the jumper and hunter classes throughout the day.

“The horse show has been fantastic both times I’ve been here, including last fall. We’re really happy with everything and everybody has been tremendously nice and so helpful,” commented Shepherd. “The crew is amazing. They help to make my job so much easier. It’s great to be able to have a team to help me balance all of my horses and have a great show staff that is so willing to adjust and work with us.”

Margaret Camp and Cascaron finished in second with a 172 and Paige Caskey aboard Waterford VDL rounded out the top three with a total score of 170.

Competition continues at TIEC with the highlight $127,000 Kingsland FEI CSI 3* Grand Prix tomorrow, May 30, beginning at 7pm and the $25,000 Grand Prix on Sunday, May 31, starting at 2:15pm.

For more information on TIEC and a full schedule, please visit www.tryon.com. Please “Like” the TIEC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tryonresort to be eligible for various contests and promotions.

About Tryon International Equestrian Center

The Tryon International Equestrian Center is destined to become one of the premier centers in the equestrian world. This new facility opened in June 2014 with sanctioned horse shows and initial supporting amenities including 10 riding arenas, 850 permanent stalls, a covered riding facility and fitness center. Future expansion includes a sports complex, two hotels, sporting clay course, and an 18-hole golf course plus a full calendar of equestrian competitions and activities. It is a spring, summer and fall haven for eastern and northeastern American equestrian competitors and enthusiasts. For more information, call 828-863-1000 or visit www.tryon.com.

Holly Shepherd Wins First Day of $1,000 Adequan 1.30m Open Jumper

Holly Shepherd and Belle Clara DKS. Photos ©Sportfot.

David Blake and Zelaleen Take $1,000 Animo 1.20m Open Jumper at Tryon Spring 6

Mill Spring, NC – May 20, 2015 – Competition was underway at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TEIC) today with the start of Tryon Spring 6, the sixth installment of the 2015 Tryon Spring Series. Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, AL finished in first and second in the $1,000 Adequan® 1.30m Open Jumper piloting Dejan Krunic’s Belle Clara DKS to first and Loretta Patterson’s Copycat to second place. David Blake of Wellington, FL topped the $1,000 Animo® 1.20 Open Jumper aboard Pine Hollow Farm’s Zelaleen. Tryon Spring 6 will continue through Sunday, May 24, and the Tryon Spring Series will conclude on Sunday, June 7.

Holly Shepherd dominated the $1,000 Adequan® 1.30m Open Jumper class at TIEC, finishing first aboard the Belle Clara DKS, riding the jump-off round in 36.65 seconds to secure the win. Shepherd then put in another fast clear round riding Copycat, crossing the timers in 67.246 seconds in the first round and jumping clean in 36.66 seconds in the jump-off, just a hundredth of a second slower than her ride aboard Belle Clara DKS.

The class of 25 entries battled for the fastest time around J. P. Godard designed course, which entailed several quick rollback turns, creating faults in several trips. Belle Clara DKS handled the tight course with ease, suggesting good things to come for the pair who has started their week at TIEC in strong fashion.

Jordan Coyne, winner of the Tryon Spring 5 $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, rode Christoph Schroeder’s Catori to third place, completing their first round in 67.975 seconds and finishing the jump-off in 39.812 seconds.

David Blake and Zelaleen Top First Day of $1,000 Animo 1.20 Open Jumper

David Blake and Pine Hollow Farm’s Zelaleen topped the first class of the $1,000 Animo 1.20 Open Jumper at TIEC, besting a class of 22 entries. The duo finished the first round on course in 61.457 seconds and completed the jump-off in 40.718 seconds to seal the win.

David Blake and Zelaleen
David Blake and Zelaleen

“Zelaleen is owned by the Dvorkins and is ridden by their daughter, Carly, who typically competes the horse. We decided to give it a run before she arrives this weekend,” said Blake. “She’ll be competing him in the Low Junior classes this weekend and I just wanted to basically give him a good round before she comes to compete.”

TIEC will serve as the summer base for Blake and Pine Hollow Farm team, as they will continue to compete throughout the remainder of the spring and summer seasons at the venue. This week is their first week of competition at TIEC and Blake was pleased with the course design he saw today.

“It was a lovely course and the ring is really nice to ride in. There’s plenty of space and you know it’s not too big or too small for what we need,” commented Blake. “This facility is just state of the art; we were here last fall and it was lovely and now it’s just 200% more.”

Blake had several rides throughout the first day of competition with mounts in both the 1.30m and 1.40m classes today and is looking forward to the larger classes to come later in the week.

“Basically today was about getting on and helping them get used to a new place. We’re hoping to do a few in the big class tomorrow and then a few on Saturday night in the Grand Prix as well and a couple in the Under 25 Grand Prix on Sunday,” he stated. “It’s a busy enough week for us for sure. It’s good to be busy and that’s why we enjoy it here.”

Ricardo Villa aboard his own Dulana finished in second place, finishing the jump-off clear in 40.743 seconds and Holly Shepherd with Loretta Patterson’s Win a Date finished in third, completing the jump-off in 41.028 seconds.

For more information on TIEC and to learn more about the June 6th schedule, please visit www.tryon.com. Please “Like” the TIEC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tryonresort to be eligible for various contests and promotions.

About Tryon International Equestrian Center

The Tryon International Equestrian Center is destined to become one of the premier centers in the equestrian world. This new facility opened in June 2014 with sanctioned horse shows and initial supporting amenities including 10 riding arenas, 850 permanent stalls, a covered riding facility and fitness center. Future expansion includes a sports complex, two hotels, sporting clay course, and an 18-hole golf course plus a full calendar of equestrian competitions and activities. It is a spring, summer and fall haven for eastern and northeastern American equestrian competitors and enthusiasts. For more information, call 828-863-1000 or visit www.tryon.com.

Shepherd Pilots Skymiles to the Win in the $25,000 Nutrena Grand Prix

Holly Shepherd pilots Skymiles over an oxer in the covered arena in Pensacola to the Nutrena Grand Prix win.

The Pensacola community flocked to the Escambia Equestrian Center last night to watch world class show jumping action in the $25,000 Nutrena Grand Prix last night during the second week of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Pensacola shows.

A seasoned group of grand prix riders as well as newcomers to the scene made up the order of go.  Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana designed the course.  “It was a pretty tricky course, but the riders prevailed and we had a good jump off,” he said. “It was great to see everyone here. Pensacola is such a great show to get tuned up for the season.”

Thomas John Russell of Columbus, North Carolina aboard his own Karenina was first to go and turned in a clean first round in 80.177 seconds. Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama was next to go riding Foxridge Farm’s Play to Win, but with four jump faults and three time faults, their time of 92.154 seconds would find them in the eleventh place overall.

Wilhelm Genn of Lebanon, Ohio was next to show aboard his own Cookie Monster, the first of his two rides for the evening.  The pair turned in a clean effort with a time of 81.25 seconds, guaranteeing a jump off.

Wilhelm’s son, Theo Genn of Lebanon, Ohio, was next to go in the irons of Bridlebourne Stables LLC’s Winchester. The pair turned in a clear round in 80.945 seconds and would join the jump off lineup.

Danielle Grice of Northfield, Minnesota riding Rapid Rewards, owned by Loretta Patterson, was next to go and turned in a four fault round a time of 83.884 seconds. The pair would finish in tenth overall.

Christian Rogge of Spring, Texas, riding his own Lissa TSP, was next to go and turned in a clean round in 79.557 seconds.

Fifteen year old Devon Monroe from Chevy Chase, Maryland, the youngest rider of the field, was next to go in the irons of Paulexi LLC’s Quastor Van De Helle Z. The pair turned in a clean round in 81.621 seconds.

Shepherd returned to the covered arena, this time aboard Loretta Patterson’s Silverstone.  The pair earned four jump faults and six time faults with their time of 91.793 seconds and would finish in twelfth place overall.

Timothy Maddrix of Birmingham, Alabama was next to go in the irons of Claudia Styslinger’s KT Cher. He and KT Cher won the $10,000 Open Jumper Class last week.  The pair looked to go for a repeat when they turned in a clear effort in a time of 77.585 seconds, gaining entry into the jump off round.

Wilhelm Genn on his second ride of the night, Happy Z, picked up four jump faults and a time of 79.760 seconds and would finish in ninth place overall.

His son Theo was next to go, riding Eduardo Leon’s Asirea Fortuna, and turned in a clean round in 78.643 seconds. Shepherd returned as the final first round competitor aboard Skymiles, owned by Loretta Patterson, and the pair would go clean in a time of 79.653 seconds.

The jump-off time was set at 47 seconds and some tricky turns challenged the field of horse and rider teams. “We picked the jumps up a bit and made the third jump pretty tough with the inside turn which caught some of them up,” said Rheinheimer, “and the tight 6a b combination caught the rest,” he added.  First to go was Thomas John Russell and Karenina and the two picked up four jump faults, two time faults and a time of 48.242 seconds. The pair would finish in seventh place overall.

Wilhelm Genn and his own Cookie Monster were next to go, turning in a clean round and set the time to beat at 44.377 seconds.  Theo Genn riding Bridlebourne Stables, LLC’s Winchester was next to go, but after some trouble at the third, fourth and sixth jump, opted to withdraw; the pair would finish in eighth overall.

Rogge and his own Lissa TSP were next up and although turning in a clean round, earned three time faults in a time of 49.202 seconds, landing them in third place overall.

Monroe and Paulexi, LLC’s Quastor Van De Helle Z turned in the fastest jump off round at that point with a time of 43.291 seconds, but with four jump faults would finish in sixth place overall.   Maddrix entered the ring with KT Cher and although the pair turned in the fastest jump off round in 40.593 seconds, four jump faults at the third jump would see them finish in fourth place overall.  Theo Genn and Eduardo Leon’s Asirea Fortuna were next to go. The pair suffered four jump faults at the third fence and turned in a time of 41.698 seconds placing them in fifth place overall.

Shepherd sat in the enviable last to go spot with Loretta Patterson’s Skymiles and turned in a clean round in 42.607 seconds, taking the win and putting Wilhelm Genn and Cookie Monster in second place.

“It was a great class,” commented Bob Bell, President of Classic Company.  “The stands were full of folks from the community.  They were cheering and having a great time, and I’m sure the riders really enjoyed their enthusiasm,” he added.

Let’s Go!

Only one week more to go, so when looking to book your accommodations for the Pensacola shows, please book with the Official Gulf Coast Classic Company lodging partners.

Just minutes from the Escambia Equestrian Center, beach, airport and quaint Gulf side restaurants and shops, Gulf Coast Classic Company’s Official Lodging Partners are ready to offer you award winning service and accommodations.  The Best Western Plus Blue Angel Inn, located at 2390 West Detroit Boulevard, offers its customer friendly service along with complimentary high-speed Internet access, microwaves, refrigerators and cable satellite televisions.  An outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, free parking and complimentary daily hot breakfast will give you a leg up on your busy show day.  Make sure to call them directly to ensure the horse show rate.

The Red Roof Inn Pensacola West, located at 2591 Wilde Lake Boulevard welcomes you and your pets to the Gulf Coast Classic Pensacola shows.  Conveniently located in close proximity to the show grounds, this pet-friendly hotel offers complimentary Internet access, breakfasts and parking.  Select rooms offer microwaves and mini-fridges.  Coin laundry is also available.  Call directly to secure your horse show rate!

On Deck

The Gulf Coast Classic is set to take to the turf starting February 5. That’s right – the most beautiful turf field in the country is located right in Gulfport, Mississippi and will be welcoming thousands of horses to the Gulf Coast Winter Classic this year.  What does the Gulf Coast have to offer? Click here for some great video footage!

The Gulf Coast Winter Classic Pensacola shows are considered to be the most exhibitor-friendly and ideal show to earn valuable AA hunter points early in the year. The Pensacola shows act as a perfect proving ground for the more novice horses and riders, and if that wasn’t enough, the Gulf Coast location and weather simply complete the entire ideal horse show experience.

The Gulf Coast Classic Company and the Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States.  Together, they offer the best exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events each winter.  Please visit them at www.gulfcoastclassiccompany.com and classiccompany.com or call them at 843-768-5503.  All sponsorship, marketing and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Sponsorship, Marketing and Public Relations Director, at lisa@classiccompany.com.

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Bob Bell
The Classic Company, Ltd.
www.ClassicCompany.com
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Post Office Box 1311  Johns Island  SC 29457

Genn, Maddrix, and Shepherd All Winners

Wilhelm Genn aboard Bugatti. Photos: A&S 2014.

Genn Tops the $5,000 Open Welcome in Pensacola

Pensacola welcomed riders in the $5,000 Open Welcome from Texas, Minnesota, Maryland, North Carolina, and Ohio, but it was Ohio superstar Wilhelm Genn of Lebanon, Ohio in the irons aboard Eduardo Leon’s Bugatti, which secured the win Thursday night after thirteen tackled the course set by Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana.

Of the thirteen rounds, seven returned for the jump off. Although last week’s winner KT Cher looked to take the blue with clear first and second rounds in a jump off time of 31.715 seconds, Genn nailed the win when he jumped off as last to go with a clean round in a time of 31.322 seconds on Eduardo Leon’s Bugatti, landing KT Cher and Maddrix in second place.

And, in typical Genn style, a junior Genn was not far behind Wilhelm in the final placings. Theo Genn, also of Lebanon, Ohio, riding Winchester, owned by Bridlebourne Stables, LLC, turned in a double clean effort with a jump off time of 31.987 seconds finishing him in third place.  Wilhelm also placed directly behind Theo in fourth place, this time riding Welcome Cor, owned by Anna Anastasio, in a double clean effort and a jump off time of 32.660 seconds.

Marylisa Leffler of Brookville, Maryland finished in fifth place in a double clean effort and a second round time of 33.198 seconds riding Quastor Van De Helle Z in 33.198 seconds.  Sixth place was awarded to Akida, ridden by Wilhelm Genn and owned by Wilhelm Genn and Mark Atkins.

Tim Maddrix and Third Day win the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby
Tim Maddrix and Third Day win the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

$2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby Crowns Third Day

Tim Maddrix of Birmingham, Alabama returned to the winner’s circle in Pensacola yesterday to accept the win aboard Third Day, owned by Ken Stovel, in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby.  Maddrix won last week’s $10,000 Open Jumper Class. “Paul [Jewel] did a really great job designing the courses. It was really fun,” he said.

A total of fourteen horse and rider combinations took to the derby course designed by Paul Jewel.  Mackenzie Christian of Germantown, Tennessee rode Janet McCarroll’s horse Ultaire to the second place position with a combined score of 173, which was just two points shy of Third Day’s winning combined score of 175.  Zivago, owned by Kiana Fiore and ridden by Patty Foster, took the third place ribbon with a combined score of 172.  Hailey Henderson of Lafayette, Louisiana rode Christian Rogge’s Carrida to fourth place with a combined score of 157.  Fifth place was awarded to Maddrix, this time aboard Drambuie, owned by Alina Dumitrescu.  Sixth place went to Thomas Le Blanc of Folsom, Louisiana in the irons aboard Clementine, owned by Rebecca Hunter. The pair earned a combined score of 145.  Bernadette Coyle of Brookville, Maryland rode her own Lorca de Caryan to the seventh place finish with a combined score of 143 and in eighth place, with a combined score of 128 was Calgary, owned and ridden by Alliah Kassem of Fayetteville, Georgia.  Ninth place was awarded to Madison Barksdale of Franklin, Tennessee aboard Kathryn McFadden’s Bocelli, and Allison Bergmeyer of Lincoln, Nebraska wrapped up the top ten aboard Marion Lowry’s Dolce.

LPF Woodward wins the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Holly Shepherd and LPF Woodward clear an oxer on their way to the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby win
Holly Shepherd and LPF Woodward clear an oxer on their way to the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby win

High performance rider Holly Shepherd, paired with LPF Woodward, owned by LPF, LLC, bested twenty horse and rider combinations and won the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby yesterday with a combined overall score of 357.  Maddrix and Eloise, owned by Claudia Styslinger, finished in second position with a score of 353.  Maddrix returned for thirds aboard Quite Ruffy 840, owned by Ann Anastasio, with a combined score of 347.50.  A combined overall score of 346 earned Marylisa Leffler from Brookville, Maryland, riding Quintessential, owned by RAF, LLC, fourth place.  Fifth place went to Maddrix, riding Special, owned by Missy Nolen, with 342 points and sixth place was awarded to Shepherd, this time aboard Kleiner Ralli, owned by Suzan Larson.  The pair earned a combined score of 338.  Seventh place went to Christian Rogge of Spring, Texas aboard Carino, owned by Linda Viens; the pair earned a total score of 337 points.  Eighth place went to Matt Martin from Petersburg, Tennessee riding City of Angels, owned by Alliah Kassem.  Ninth place was awarded to Maddrix, riding Aragorn, owned by Anna Hymer, and tenth place went to Maria Rassmussen of Milwaukee, Wisconsin aboard Castlewellan.

Coming up next is the $25,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Grand Prix which kicks off tonight at 6!

Let’s Go!

Only one week more to go, so when looking to book your accommodations for the Pensacola shows, please book with the Official Gulf Coast Classic Company lodging partners.

Just minutes from the Escambia Equestrian Center, beach, airport and quaint Gulf side restaurants and shops, Gulf Coast Classic Company’s Official Lodging Partners are ready to offer you award winning service and accommodations.  The Best Western Plus Blue Angel Inn, located at 2390 West Detroit Boulevard, offers its customer friendly service along with complimentary high-speed Internet access, microwaves, refrigerators and cable satellite televisions.  An outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, free parking and complimentary daily hot breakfast will give you a leg up on your busy show day.  Make sure to call them directly to ensure the horse show rate.

The Red Roof Inn Pensacola West, located at 2591 Wilde Lake Boulevard welcomes you and your pets to the Gulf Coast Classic Pensacola shows.  Conveniently located in close proximity to the show grounds, this pet-friendly hotel offers complimentary Internet access, breakfasts and parking.  Select rooms offer microwaves and mini-fridges.  Coin laundry is also available.  Call directly to secure your horse show rate!

On Deck

The Gulf Coast Classic is set to take to the turf starting February 5. That’s right – the most beautiful turf field in the country is located right in Gulfport, Mississippi and will be welcoming thousands of horses to the Gulf Coast Winter Classic this year.  What does the Gulf Coast have to offer? Click here for some great video footage!

The Gulf Coast Winter Classic Pensacola shows are considered to be the most exhibitor-friendly and ideal show to earn valuable AA hunter points early in the year. The Pensacola shows act as a perfect proving ground for the more novice horses and riders, and if that wasn’t enough, the Gulf Coast location and weather simply complete the entire ideal horse show experience.

The Gulf Coast Classic Company and the Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States.  Together, they offer the best exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events each winter.  Please visit them at www.gulfcoastclassiccompany.com and classiccompany.com or call them at 843-768-5503.  All sponsorship, marketing and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Sponsorship, Marketing and Public Relations Director, at lisa@classiccompany.com.

Stay up to date:  Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter!

See you at the ring,
Bob Bell
The Classic Company, Ltd.
www.ClassicCompany.com
Phone/FAX:  (843) 768-5503
Post Office Box 1311  Johns Island  SC 29457