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Aiken Fall Festival: Week 2 Wrap-Up

Photo: Emilia and David Blake.

There was no shortage of camaraderie and competition during our second week of the Aiken Fall Festival, even with an amended schedule. Like Week 1, our specialty classes saw full fields and we want to congratulate the following horse and rider combinations:

  • $5,000 Aero-Equine Welcome Stake – Brando Du Rouet owned and ridden by Kirk Webby
  • The R. Bruce Duchoissois $25,000 Grand Prix sponsored by Jack Wetzel – Emilia, ridden by David Blake for owner Pine Hollow Farm
  • $2,500 National Derby – String of Pearls, ridden by Gavin Moylan for owner Penny Denegre

Plans are underway for our Tryon show October 10th-14th along with our Holiday Premier Show November 29th – December 2nd at Bruce’s Field. We hope to see all of you in the coming weeks.

Finally, we are elated to announce that we have been awarded the 2019 Zone 3 & 4 Children’s and Adult Hunter Championships to be held Week 2 of the 2019 Aiken Fall Festival. Stay tuned for qualifying details.

All the best,
Megan and JP Godard
Horse Show Managers, Equus Events

Aiken Fall Festival: Week 1 Highlights

Photo: Erin McGuire and Kasarr, Winners of the $5,000 Welcome Stake.

The Aiken Fall Festival, Week 1, was the place to be this past week. With over 400 horses competing in full divisions there was not a quiet moment and the buzz of our busy show resulted in two features on the local news.

Beyond the great competition, we had many new faces taking part in our horse show and getting to know Aiken for the first time.

When they weren’t riding, David Jennings and Freddie Vazquez jumped in as Aiken ambassadors, sharing their excitement for Bruce’s Field as first-time competitors in local press interviews.

Kyle Dewar and Clever Van De Helle came out of the gate with a win in the Saturday night American Standard Grand Prix sponsored by Aiken Saddlery and Gavin Moylan made the trek down from Upperville looking to get his young jumpers some positive miles in their first Grand Prix. Mission accomplished!

Classic Winners from the week include:

  • Lindsay Maxwell and Precedent, A/O Hunter Classic
  • Maggie Hill and Cassanto, Junior Hunter Classic
  • Chloe Watrous and Casual, Children’s Hunter Classic
  • Maddie Tosh and Love Me Tender, Pony Hunter Classic
  • Haley Gassel and Werner 61, 1.30 A/O Jumper Classic
  • Christina Webb and Lalainy, 1.20 A/O Jumper Classic
  • Stephanie King and Co-Starr, High Child/Adult Jumper Classic

We will continue to have exhibitor parties each night, with Friday night set aside for the 7th Annual Bridles & Birdies fundraiser. Tickets can be bought in the show office or by clicking here.

Hurricane Florence Update

We are continuing to monitor the ever changing track of Hurricane Florence. The safety and wellness of all of our animals, competitors, and staff is of the upmost importance. At the request of our competitors who will be staying with us through the weekend, we are planning to run a consolidated two day schedule for the Aiken Fall Festival II, starting Thursday and ending Friday.

We encourage those who plan to show to enter as soon as possible. The more information we have from our competitors, the more ability we’ll have to tailor a schedule that effectively addresses the challenges we are facing.

At this time, our team is sorting through stabling. Once all of the horses are resettled, we anticipate having the ability to offer additional stabling to evacuees. Please contact our office at 803-266-8410. We will remain on site throughout the weekend to assist with any feed and bedding orders that our guests might have, as well as to provide hospitality each day.

We know that our competitors are saddened and frustrated about these circumstances, and we share those sentiments. With that in mind, we now turn our focus to making the best of a difficult situation and providing any assistance we can offer to those who may need it.

Thanks to all for your patience and understanding.

Megan & JP Godard,
Horse Show Managers, Equus Events

Camryn Halley Concludes Southeast Medal Finals with Junior Medal Finals Win

Photo: Camryn Halley and I’ll Say JSF.

Tampa, Fla. – Sept. 2, 2018 – The 2018 Southeast Medal Finals concluded Sunday, September 2, with horses and riders returning to the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center to vie for championship titles. Coming off of a win in the Equitation Team Challenge, Camryn Halley and I’ll Say JSF, owned by Laura Barrett-Gurtis, brought home another blue as they claimed first place in the Junior Medal Finals sponsored by One K. Later in the afternoon, Marcelo Barros and Falcon Eye WB rode to victory in the $2,500 1.15m Mini Prix sponsored by CWD.

The first class of the morning, the Junior Medal Finals, drew a competitive field of young riders to the Lykes Indoor Arena. The technical course offered riders the chance to showcase their handiness and adjustability through bending lines and opportunities to take an inside track. After the first round, Halley and I’ll Say JSF led the class with a score of 83. Madison Ryan and Caprio, owned by Jai Smith Rezac, followed close behind with their score of 81. Also in contention for the top spot was third place rider Makaylah Jones riding Zeeland, owned by Alexandra Daley, with their score of 80.

For the work-off round, the judges elected to challenge riders to compete over fences. The course remained the same as round one; however, the work-off asked riders to trot the second fence, halt after the end jump, and counter-canter to the final fence. The second round could earn any of the top three riders the leading title, but it was Halley’s impressive skill in the ring that put her on top. Halley executed a flawless round and caught the attention of the judges as she was the only rider to land in a counter-canter prior to heading to the final fence. She received the top second round score of 90 to secure the first place finish with a total score of 173.

Ryan and Caprio would hold their second place position after earning a score of 81 for a total score of 162. Rounding out the top three would be Jones and Zeeland after receiving their work-off score of 80 and a final total of 160.

One of the other highlight events of the day, the $2,500 1.15m Mini Prix sponsored by CWD, attracted plenty of hopeful competitors to the Grand Prix ring for their shot at the purse. It was Barros riding Falcon Eye WB, owned by WB Equestrian Enterprise, that came out on top to earn the lion’s share of the pot. Barros was the first rider on course, going clean and setting the standard for the jump-off time with a time of 38.260 seconds.

Riders that followed would attempt to catch his speedy time, but Barros was the only rider to carefully complete a double clear round. Juan Gamboa aboard Classic Z, owned by Jennifer Gamboa, rode a faster jump-off than Barros, finishing in 35.078 seconds, but had an unfortunate rail on course. Gamboa would ultimately receive second place for his efforts. Rounding out the top three was another quick, 4-fault jump-off contender, Amy Foster riding Persimmon, owned by Leeann Ablin. Foster and Persimmon dropped the last rail on course, finishing their jump-off in 36.204 seconds.

For more information, please visit www.southeastmedalfinals.com.

Halley, Dayner, Jones, and Buda Come Out on Top in SMF Equitation Team Challenge

Photo: Camryn Halley and I’ll Say JSF.

Tampa, Fla. – Sept. 1, 2018 – Horses and riders returned to the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa, Florida for the second day of the 2018 Southeast Medal Finals. Saturday marked the first rounds of finals getting underway in all three rings. Outside of finals competition, the day also featured the crowd-favorite Equitation Team Challenge, sponsored by SmartPak, as well as the Pony Handy Hunter Classic.

The highlight event of the evening, the Equitation Team Challenge, tasked three teams of young riders to form and execute a plan around an equitation course without any help from a trainer. The composite score from each of the team’s four members would total a final score, dropping the lowest score for each team. Each individual rider had the option to jump at either the 2’6” or 3′ height, with the majority electing to tackle the higher fences.

Camryn Halley and I’ll Say JSF, members of Team 3, held the highest score for their team as well as the entire class with an 86. Also on Team 3 was Schuyler Dayner and Gambino riding to an 81, Makaylah Jones and Zeeland receiving a 73, and Emily Buda aboard By Design. After dropping the lowest score, Team 3 would ultimately come out on top with a composite score of 240 – a whopping 18 point lead over the second place team.

Team 2 would finish in second place for their total score of 222, with efforts from Hadley Wimsatt, Macie Sousa, Valerie Vogel, and Mckenzie Kreilich. Third place was awarded to Team 3, which included Caitlin Hooper, Sydney Bounds, Alexis Cruz, and Leah Harrison for their total score of 173.

Earlier in the day, pony riders took to the Stampede covered arena to compete in the $500 Pony Handy Hunter Classic, sponsored by KL Select. The class was judged over only one handy round of competition, and without a classic phase to rely on, each rider needed to put their best foot forward during their only turn on course. Small, medium and large ponies and their riders all competed in the class, jumping the series of fences set at 2′, 2’6″ and 2’9″ dependent upon size.

The class winner was 12-year-old Kendall Dean and Zoolander, a large pony owned by Madison Spangle, claiming the blue with a score of 82. Finishing second to Dean was Isabel Bertelsen riding her own mount Tazmanian Devil with a score of 70. Rounding out the top three in the class was Emma Arnhols riding Cecilia Perry’s Colorful Scenario to a score of 69.

For more information, please visit www.southeastmedalfinals.com.

Entries for 2018 American Gold Cup Close Sept. 6

Photo: Lucy Deslauriers and Hester at the 2017 American Gold Cup.

North Salem, N.Y. – Aug. 31, 2018 – The closing date for entries for the 2018 American Gold Cup, returning to Old Salem Farm Sept. 26-30, is fast approaching with a deadline of Thursday, Sept. 6! Don’t miss your chance to compete at one of the most highly regarded show jumping events in the country.

Exhibitors can conveniently submit entries electronically via Show Management System™. In addition, FEI exhibitors must also be entered by their national federation into the FEI entry system. Definite entries are due by Sept. 16. Download the prize list and entry forms.

Competition in 2018 will play host to a number of important FEI ranking events, culminating with the prestigious $204,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York CSI4*-W on Sunday, Sept. 30, where top athletes will compete for the illustrious American Gold Cup.

The American Gold Cup has been selected as one of only seven events that comprise the East Coast division of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League. Athletes compete in the league at events all across North America in order to qualify for the prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final to be held next in Gothenburg, Sweden, April 3-7, 2019.

In addition, the American Gold Cup will feature a full array of jumper classes including divisions for Children and Adult Jumpers, Low and High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers and the exciting Open Jumpers.

For ticketing and more information, visit theamericangoldcup.com.

Fuqua and Brighton Power to New Heights

Kat Fuqua and Brighton (Photo courtesy of Shawn McMillan)

Lexington, Kentucky (August 31, 2018) – A new gold standard set by a golden pony and his rider: the 2018 USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm saw the birth of a new superstar partnership and a new era in Pony Hunter competition. Kat Fuqua and Brighton were a world apart: sweeping their division and leading the field by over 30 points was the beginning; being crowned Overall Grand Pony Hunter Champion for the entire Finals was the bridge. And to clinch their extraordinary effort, having just turned 11 years old, Fuqua may be the youngest and highest scoring USEF Pony Finals Champion in the event’s history.

Fuqua, who came to have the ride on Brighton just a few months ago, went into the USEF Pony Finals aboard the flaxen maned pony with an undefeated record. They were to quickly prove their mettle by sweeping all three classes, a rare achievement, and garnering an impressive 1063.65 points, the highest cumulative score for a USEF Pony Finals competitor. With over 30 points differentiation between Champion and Reserve, Fuqua galloped to Overall Grand Pony Hunter Champion and is one of the youngest, if not the youngest ever, Grand Pony Finals Champions. Her trainer, Michael Newman, was awarded the Emerson Burr Perpetual Trophy, which recognizes the trainer of the Overall Champion at USEF Pony Finals and their contribution to the advancement of youth riders.

“Michael doesn’t put a lot of pressure on me, and even when I’m nervous before a big show like USEF Pony Finals he always finds a way to make me laugh before I go in the arena,” said Fuqua. “It teaches me the importance of being relaxed in the saddle. Brighton is such an easy, happy pony; I think that is what has made us click so well even though I haven’t known him that long.” Channeling this happy attitude instilled by her trainer, Kat’s team, including her mom and a few friends, decided to have a dance off to Earth, Wind, and Fire’s classic “Let’s Groove,” while waiting for her ride. Despite some level of embarrassment, Kat admits that the positive, relaxed atmosphere has contributed to her high scores in the show ring.

With Brighton taking the blue in the 10 & Under Large Pony Hunter, the Owner/Rider Large Pony Hunter, the Large Pony Hunter Championship out of a field of 147 Large ponies, and Grand Pony Champion out of 417 ponies of all sizes, it would be fair to assume that Fuqua’s other ponies may have fallen by the wayside. That was not the case, however, as she piloted her medium gray pony mare, Sasha Fierce, to Reserve Champion Overall in the 10 & Under Medium Green Pony Hunter, 12th in the Model Medium Green Pony Hunter, and 17th Overall in the Medium Green Pony Hunter out of 72 entries. Her Medium pony, Finesse RF, a.k.a. Ladybug, was also well placed: 6th overall in the 10 & Under Medium Pony Hunter, 7th in the Under Saddle Medium Pony Hunter, and 25th in the Overall Medium Pony Hunter out of a field of 167.

Because the USEF Pony Finals restricts riders to only one pony per division, Fuqua passed the ride on her other large pony, Chic in Time, aka Spicey, to her friend and another prominent champion equestrian Caroline Passarelli. Spicey and Passarelli were 2nd in the Under Saddle Large Pony Hunter, 15th in the Model Large Pony Hunter, and 3rd in the Large Pony Hunter Combined Model & Under Saddle.

With the whirlwind of USEF Pony Finals behind her, Fuqua then stepped into the irons of her Junior Hunter, RS Levitation, a.k.a. Jett, to take home the Division Championship at the 2018 Atlanta Summerfest III, held August 16-19, 2018. The Junior Hunter division has been a natural next step for Fuqua as she expands her horizons beyond just ponies, and she states that her success in the show ring comes from the support of her family as well as the advice guidance of trainer Michael Newman.

She and Jett also placed 3rd in the country during July’s USEF National Junior Hunter Championships before setting her sights on USEF Pony Finals and the Atlanta Summerfest. Fuqua’s next outing will be September’s Brownland Fall Horse Show Series in preparation for indoors at Harrisburg and Washington Championship Shows in October.

Fuqua’s USHJA Zone 4 rankings, also as of August 27, 2018, currently sees Finesse RF as the #1 Medium Hunter Pony, Chic in Time as the #1 Large Hunter Pony, RS Levitation as the #1 Junior Hunter Small 15 & Under, and her other Junior Hunter mount, Calvaro, as the #3 Junior Hunter Small 15 & Under.

For more information on Kat Fuqua, visit her website at www.KatFuqua.com.

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Southeast Medal Finals Adds Breeding Classes to 2018 Horse Show

Tampa, Fla. – Aug. 28, 2018 – The organizers behind the Southeast Medal Finals are excited to announce a new roster of classes for exhibitors to compete in at the upcoming horse show. Already offering hunter, jumper and equitation competition for all levels and ages, the event will now also feature a collection of breeding classes for yearlings, 2-year-olds, and 3-year-olds. Make sure to submit your entries for the classes as soon as possible, as there are only a few days remaining until the competition.

“We are so thrilled to add a series of breeding classes to the horse show, and can’t wait to see the exhibitors that participate,” said Jennifer Adams, manager of Southeast Medal Finals. “Though the horse show is known for its annual awards to hunter and jumpers, we thought adding breeding classes would be a wonderful way to get more people involved and allow for more to join in on the fun.”

The breeding additions to the show schedule include:

Hunter Breeding – Yearlings
Hunter Breeding – Two Year Olds
Hunter Breeding – Three Year Olds
Best Young Horse
Pony Hunter Breeding – Yearlings
Pony Hunter Breeding – Two Year Olds
Pony Hunter Breeding – Three Year Olds
Best Young Pony

The classes will begin, in that order, Sunday morning at 7:45 a.m. in the Stampede Covered Ring.

The 2018 Southeast Medal Finals will take place Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa, Florida. Exhibitors are conveniently offered two entry methods, which consist of printable copies located on the Southeast Medal Finals website that can be mailed or electronic entry at HorseShowsOnline.com. USEF-rated and sanctioned by the CFHJA, this regional competition is the perfect season culmination for riders seeking an affordable and attainable horse show experience. Join us!

For more information, please visit www.southeastmedalfinals.com.

Zetterman Bests ESP Summer III Competition at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center

Daniel Zetterman and Free Style. Photo Credit ©BarryKosterPhotos.

Wellington, FL – August 28, 2018 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) Summer III saw Daniel Zetterman of Lake Worth, FL take first place in the highlight class of the weekend, the $5,000 DeNiroBootCo Stakes class aboard Free Style, owned by Keren Halperin-Guy, flying through the timers with a fault-free victory. The class welcomed twenty-two horse and rider pairs to challenge the track, and Zetterman and Free Style were one of the eight pairs to return to contest the Hector Loyola designed fast track, with a winning time of 38.226 seconds.

Second place honors were awarded to Carlo Graziani of Loxahatchee, FL and his own Erato M, as the pair finished the second round with a competitive time of 38.914 seconds. Third place was obtained by Tanner Korotkin of Wellington, FL and Goldbreaker, owned by Castlewood Farm Inc., with a time of 38.925 seconds.

Sophia Thomson of Jupiter, FL and her own Bull Run’s Beat the Bullet took first place in the $250 .85 Classic, finishing with a jump-off time of 30.094 seconds. Emilia Garcia of Boca Raton, FL and C. Jack Sparrow Z, owned by Juan Carlos Garcia, captured second place after completing the short track in 30.518 seconds. Third place was awarded to Katherine Becker of New Smyrna Beach, FL aboard her own Guinness, completing the jump-off with a time of 33.952 seconds.

Reese Madden of Deerfield Beach, FL and Pine Hollow Farm’s Bella Donna took top honors in the M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic with a winning jump-off time of 37.942 seconds. Karina Rocha Mello of Delray Beach, FL and her own Deja Vue captured second place, completing the second round with a time of 38.13 seconds. Third place was awarded to Eileen O’Leary of Monte Verde, FL and her own Bahama Boy, with a jump-off time of 39.384 seconds.

Sterling Malnik of Ocean Ridge, FL and Star Bound’s Everyday Love, owned by Savannah Strasberg, topped the $500 Pony Hunter Classic. Second place was also awarded to Malnik, with Castlewood Farm Inc.’s Photobomb. Third place was captured by Carsyn Korotkin of Wellington, FL and Plumbago, owned by Charles Moorcroft.

Riley McKesson of Wellington, FL and her own Del Ray captured champion honors in the Children’s Pony Hunter U/S Division sponsored by The Wanderers Club; Sophia Ayers of Reddick, FL and her own Sugarbrook Too Blue took reserve champion.

Emily Wood of Wellington, FL rode the Quail Run Partnerships owned entry, Dolce, to top honors in the 3’3 Gold Coast Feed Performance Hunter Division, with reserve champion awarded to Sheila Motley of Keswick, VA aboard Fabriano, owned by Visse Wedell. Anabella of Davie, FL and her own Aurora claimed the champion title in the Low Child/Adult Division sponsored by Pilates Rocks. Cornelia Rutledge of Bethesda, MD and the heathfield Hunters LLC owned entry The Golden Compass took reserve champion.

Aaron Vale of Williston, FL and Maliclaire Glancy of Wilmington, NC, both aboard Felix 1996, owned by Clare Leach, were named champions in the Low Schooling Jumper Division (1.10m). Vale was also awarded reserve champion, alongside Kimberly Leslie of Ocala, FL, both aboard her own Tailwind.

The USHJA Hunter 2′, 2’6″, & 3′ Division saw Vinissa Blann of Delray Beach, FL and Rio D’oro, owned by Debbie Lovinger, take champion honors.  Blann also obtained reserve champion with Romina 58, owned by Pamela Boker.

To learn more about PBIEC, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Classic Company Moves the 2019 Atlanta Summer Classics to Aiken

August 22, 2018 – Johns Island, South Carolina – The Classic Company has been approved and licensed to move the Atlanta Summer Classics from the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA to Bruce’s Field in Aiken, SC for the 2019 show season!

The shows will be USEF Premier Rated with Level 4 Jumpers. Both weeks will offer a $35,000 Grand Prix and, along with pending approval from USHJA, an International Hunter Derby will be held on the second week.

“All of us at Classic Company are pleased with the approval from the Federation and look forward to working with the Aiken Horse Park to produce a traditional horse show in South Carolina’s historic horse country,” commented Bob Bell, President of The Classic Company.

The prize list will be available online around Valentine’s Day. The class offerings will be similar to both the May shows and the classes offered in Conyers this past summer. Stabling will be limited so do make your plans early to attend. For more information about the show, contact info@classiccompany.com.

ClassicCompany.com
GulfCoastClassicCompany.com
Phone/Fax: (843) 768-5503
Post Office Box 1311, Johns Island, SC 29457

Victoria Colvin Rides to Back-to-Back USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships

Photo: Victoria Colvin and Private Practice.

Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 20, 2018 – Known for her prowess in the hunter ring, Victoria Colvin capped off a winning week in Kentucky at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show with her exceptional victory in the 2018 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship, making her one of only two riders in the program’s history to capture the tricolor more than once. The 2017 champion solidified her reign as one of the country’s elite hunter riders by besting more than 80 entries in the most premiere hunter competition of the year. This time, Colvin piloted Brad Wolf’s Private Practice to two days of standout scores in the classic and handy round to finish more than 16 points ahead of the rest of the pack, claiming the championship honors in impressive fashion.

“I am so thrilled to be on the top of the podium again this year! Private Practice is an outstanding horse with so much natural ability, and I have loved riding him this year. He certainly deserves this win, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for him,” commented Colvin. “I couldn’t have gotten here without the support of my sponsors, and I have to also congratulate owner Brad Wolf and trainer Tom Wright for producing such an incredible horse. Hopefully we can do it again next year!”

After the first day of competition, Colvin and Private Practice sat in second position just a handful of points behind the early leaders. During the final handy round of riding, the partners improved upon their performance, riding to a nearly perfect score of 327 comprised of individual marks of 95, 96 and 96 plus 12 bonus points and 28 handy points to jump to the top of the leaderboard with the highest score for the evening and overall.

In the post-event press conference, judge Carlton Brooks shed his insight on what set Colvin and Private Practice ahead of the rest:

“Tori’s horse jumped every jump exactly the same. She never changed her pace. It really separated her and there was no question. Tori never missed a lick. Tori walked in the ring and it was the Tori Colvin that we all know and love,” reflected Brooks.

The 8-year-old Private Practice is a newfound hunter after recently transitioning from the jumper ring, and this is his first year with Colvin in the irons. The solid partnership was led to victories in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby during the Palm Beach Masters Series’ Deeridge Derby and the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Aiken Charity Horse Show. Additionally, he has carried Colvin to fourth place in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival and sixth place in the prestigious $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Winter Equestrian Festival, not to mention countless prizes in upper-level hunter divisions at horse shows throughout the year.

With their 2018 win, Private Practice helped Colvin to add her to the history books, as she can now boast her status as the second athlete to champion the event more than once as well as the second athlete to win the rosette back-to-back during the program’s 10-year history. With two championships now under her belt, it is a good bet Colvin will continue to reign in the hunter ring and return to the 2019 finale for another shot at the top honors.

Following a highly successful junior career as one of the winningest young riders in history, Colvin launched her own enterprise in the hunter/jumper industry based just outside of Wellington, Florida. She offers clients the opportunity to train with an acclaimed show rider/trainer and compete in “AA” horse shows across North America during the spring and fall, as well as compete in Wellington at the world-famous Winter Equestrian Festival during the winter season. Outside of training and coaching services, Victoria Colvin, LLC also includes a strong focus on finding, developing, and selling quality young show horses.

For more information, please visit www.victoriacolvin.com.

Contact: Rebecca Walton
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