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Aiken Summer Classic Week I Wrap Up

Kim Farlinger of Wellington, Florida had the jumper competition “shakin’” in Aiken Week I of the inaugural Aiken Summer Classics winning both first and second place in the $7,500 Aiken Classic Welcome and the $25,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix, presented by Aiken Saddlery.

Farlinger rode into the winner’s circle Saturday night with both the first and second place rides in the $25,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix, presented by Aiken Saddlery, besting a field of 31 horse and rider teams. She earned the blue ribbon aboard Keren Halperin’s Free Style and second place with Kindle Hill Affiliates’ Maharees Rock.

“My horses were spectacular, obviously, and you can’t ask them to do any better than they did,” said Farlinger. “They tried their hearts out for me and I was blessed,” she commented.

“This was Freestyle’s first Grand Prix. He’s done a few Welcomes and did a $15,000 1.40 m last winter at The Ridge, but this is the first won he won,” commented Farlinger.

“I’ve been riding him [Free Style] for about six to seven months. He’s done really well. He’s interesting, very scopey, careful and deceivingly fast. He has all three ingredients going for him,” said Farlinger. “I always thought he could be a winner and he has proved me right,” she added.

“I’ve ridden Saly Glasman’s horse Rocky [Maharees Rock] for about a year and we’ve done some grand prix. She has a lot of blood and she really pulled it all together. She couldn’t catch Freestyle, but maybe if she had been my first ride, who knows? Maybe she would have won,” said Farlinger.

The course was designed by Steve Stephens and the first round was set with a time allowed of 84 seconds. Only eleven advanced to the jump off round where the time was set at 47 seconds.

First to go, Jenna Friedman of Morriston, Florida aboard her own Glorix Van De Mispelaere, had a rail in a time of 34.958 seconds which would finish them in sixth overall. She was followed by Farlinger and Free Style who turned in the first clear round in a time of 34.662 seconds and set the time to beat.

Doug Payne of Aiken, South Carolina and Jane Dudinsky’s Quintessence were next in the order, but their time of 35.132 seconds and four jump faults would finish them in seventh overall.

Genevieve Edwards of Guyton, Georgia in the irons of her own Vantablack De Muze followed Payne but four faults in in 36.517 seconds would see them in eighth place.

Adrian Jones of Shamong, New Jersey and Santa Catalina Farm’s Cruising Altitude followed with an eight fault jump of round in 37.891 seconds, finishing them in eleventh overall.

Payne returned to the grand prix arena, this time in the irons of Wendy Luce’s Marshal M. Dillon. Eight jump faults in a time of 36.243 seconds would place them tenth overall.

Farlinger returned with her second mount, Kindle Hill Affiliates’ Maharees Rock. Although clear, their time of 37.497 seconds put them in second behind Free Style.

Kris Killam of Naples, Florida and Empire Show Stables’ Boreale De Talma followed in the order, turning in a four fault round with a time of 33.905 seconds which would see them finish in fourth place.

Friedman returned to tackle the course, this time in the irons of her own Zidoctro. Four jump faults in a time of 38.780 seconds saw them finish in ninth overall.

Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina and Oak Ledge Farm’s Fazous followed Friedman with a four fault round in 33.994 seconds put them in fifth overall.

Michael Kearins of Wellington, Florida aboard his own Sligo Balou Boy sat in the enviable last to go position. Although the pair turned in a fault free round, their time of 37.705 seconds would finish them in second place.

“I am so appreciative of the support I receive from my owners, riders, and sponsors. Without them, I wouldn’t be here. And I love my sponsors, Antares, Fabbri Boots, and Ride Every Stride — they are wonderful and make us ready for the show ring,” she added.

Farlinger Takes Top Two in $7,500 Welcome Class

The jumper action kicked off Week I with the $7,500 Aiken Classic Welcome, which saw 34 horse and rider teams compete for the blue over a course designed by Steve Stephens.

Kim Farlinger did a bit of foreshadowing when she won both the first and second placings in the Welcome with Keren Halperin-Guy’s Free Style and Kindle Hill Affiliates’ Maharee’s Rock, respectively.

Of the nineteen horse and rider teams to advance to a second round opportunity, only twelve went clear over the course with a time allowed of 50 seconds.

Jenna Friedman and Zidoctro were first to go in the second round and set the new time to beat at 41.810 seconds. The Welcome became a horse race, with most every horse and rider beating Friedman’s time. It was only until Farlinger and Free Style’s clear second round in a time of 35.615 seconds that set the time no one could beat. Only Farlinger herself and Maharee’s Rock came close with their clear second round time in 36.561 seconds.

“Rocky [Maharee’s Rock] is really learning how to be a winner and she really pulled it together this week in both classes,” commented Farlinger.

Third place finisher, Maryann Charles of Southern Pines, North Carolina and Tyler Bunn’s Callione, rode a fault free second round in a time of 37.109 seconds. Adrian Jones and Jamie Stryker’s Cavello earned a fourth place ribbon for their fault free second round in a time of 37.775. Genevieve Edwards and Vantablack De Muze finished in fifth place with their fault free second round in 37.775 seconds. Sixth was awarded to Michael Kearins and his own Sligo Balou Boy for their fault-free second round in a time of 38.037 seconds.

Dash for the Cash!

Friday night the exciting $5,000 Fabbri Boots Dash for Cash Non Pro 1.15 m Jumper Classic took place, welcoming a field of twenty horse and rider teams to the grand prix arena.

Erin Mcguire of Cornelius, North Carolina and her own Kasarr rode away with the blue after turning in the fastest clear round in a time of 62.094 seconds.

Isabel Harbour of Alpharetta, Georgia and her own Ramiro Cruise took second place, and Ryleigh Threatt of Mooresville, North Carolina and Crown Sage/Vartech Systems’ All In earned third place.

Fourth place was awarded to Tori Bilas of Charlotte, North Carolina and her own Brisbane, and Chelo, owned and ridden by Quorine Harwood of Napa, California, finished in fifth place.

Arianna Tucker of Kannapolis, North Carolina and her won Polly Pocket placed sixth, and Austin Cumming of Madison, Georgia rode Lily Bennett’s Westpoint Baros to a seventh place finish.

Alexandra Doyle of Canton, Georgia and her own Wrozbita were awarded eighth place honors, and Christina Webb of Bahama, North Carolina rode Fox View Farm’s Lalainy to a ninth place ribbon.

Tinita Hughes of Athens, Georgia and her own Proxio placed tenth, and Celeste Kohl of Alpharetta, Georgia rode Maarten Huygens’ Une Etoile De L’Eclypse to an eleventh place finish. Shelby Sapienza of Ocala, Florida wrapped up the class with a twelfth place ribbon in the irons of Paige Moose’s Flint.

Killam Pilots Ayla to the Win in $5,000 Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby

The $5,000 Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby saw 34 horse and rider teams compete for the blue ribbon and Ayla, owned by Empire Show Stables, piloted by Kris Killam of Naples, Florida, bested all of them with their leading score of 85.

Second place with a score of 84.5 was awarded to True Enough, owned by Kelly Sims and ridden by Michael Leon-Britt of Marietta, Georgia.

Ravello, ridden by Elizabeth Boyd of Camden, South Carolina and owned by Micaela Kennedy, placed third for their overall score of 82.5.

Fourth place honors for their score of 81.125 went to Fitz, owned and ridden by Isabel Harbour of Alpharetta, Georgia. The pair also won the Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby 3’3” $500 Non Pro Rider Bonus.

Absolu De Bloye, owned by Kyle Dewar and ridden by Elizabeth Boyd, earned a fifth place finish, and To-Kalon Z, owned by Quorine Harwood, ridden by Kim Farlinger of Wellington, Florida, placed sixth.

Helen Byrd’s SLF Bellarena, ridden by Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina, earned seventh, and Eleventh Hour, owned by Kelly Sims and ridden by Michael Britt-Leon, took eighth place honors.

Kelly Sims of Alpharetta, Georgia and her own Private I earned a ninth place ribbon as well as the Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby 3’ $500 Non Pro Rider Bonus.

Basalt, owned by Allison Mills and ridden by Cathy Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina, earned a tenth place ribbon, and Jerez Mail, owned by Micaela Kennedy and ridden by Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, placed eleventh. Wrapping up the class with a twelfth place finish was Empty Nest, owned by Linda Gavit and ridden by Stephanie Von Bidder of Aiken, South Carolina.

Carnaval Elite, owned and ridden by Whitney Lind of Bethesda, Maryland, won the Marshall & Sterling Hunter Classic Hunter Derby 3’ $300 Non Pro Rider Bonus, and Cake Walk, owned and ridden by Lily Hiller of Statesboro, Georgia, was awarded the Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby 3’ $200 Non Pro Rider Bonus.

Dress Balou, owned by Donald Stewart and ridden by Tyler Bunn of Cary, North Carolina, won the Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby 3’3” $300 Non Pro Rider Bonus, and Remington, owned and ridden by Mary Antonini of New Orleans, Louisiana, was awarded the Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby 3’3” $200 Non Pro Rider Bonus.

“This was a magnificent class and we couldn’t be happier with the turn out,” commented Bob Bell, Classic Company President. “We’re looking forward to another exciting Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby next week,” he said.

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Kim Farlinger Wins $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix

(C) ESI Photography. Kim Farlinger and Charming Force B.

This week is Great American Million week at HITS Ocala, where the best of the best will travel from near and far to compete for the sport’s richest prize purse in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium.

Last Sunday, there was still plenty of competition to witness in the $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix. Canadian equestrian Kim Farlinger took home the win in a thrilling 11-horse jump-off aboard Charming Force B, owned by her own Kim Farlinger Stables Ltd.

Farlinger has ranked consistently among the top finishers at HITS Ocala this season, and each week, she and Charming Force B have climbed up the ranks to snag their blue-ribbon finish. They swooped in for the victory with a time of 40.430, a full two seconds ahead of the field of their peers.

Second place went to Harold Chopping of Southern Pines, North Carolina. Chopping rode Basje, owned by Kendra Bullington. They are no strangers to the ribbons at HITS Ocala, having won several Grand Prix during the HITS Holiday Series. They stopped the clock fault-free in 42.391 for the second-place prize.

Four more would go double clear to seal their spot in the top ribbons, including a rare tie between two riders who clocked in at the same time down to thousandths of a second: Mattias Tromp and Candice King. Tromp rode Avon, owned by Swede Ventures, LLC, and King piloted Calisto 26, owned by Ross Smith. Their time of 42.543 was just two-tenths of a second behind Chopping for the third-place tie up.

Hometown hero Aaron Vale garnered the final spot in the top five with Bonzini S, owned by Thinkslikeahorse. Their cool, clear round of 42.949 earned them the pink ribbon for the fifth-place prize.

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Tracy Fenney and MTM Timon Win the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

OCALA, FL (February 21, 2013) – Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas rode to a HITS Ocala hat trick with MTM Farm’s MTM Timon today, picking up her third grand prix win of the winter circuit. She and the13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding that carried her to three top-twenty finishes in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, and countless grand prix victories, were the best of 37 in today’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis.

Fenney characterized the course as fair for $25,000 and was one of eight to produce first-round clears and advance to the jump-off. Course designer Danny Foster of Milton, Ontario built a 13-obstacle course, which included a triple and double combination.

The jump-off saw four in a row go clean and Michael Hughes of Allendale, New Jersey aboard Christina Fried’s Luxina got it started. The 17-year-old rider posted a time of 45.16 seconds, which was quickly bested by Kristen VanderVeen of St. Charles, Illinois with Bull Run Jumpers’ Bull Run’s Eternal. She finished in 45.09 seconds, hinting that today’s class results would be determined by the clock.

With only one of her two mounts advancing, Fenney had to play her speed card early in the second round. Third to ride, she and Timon crushed the Great American Time To Beat by almost two full seconds and crossed the beam in 53.58 to sit first. She then waited, fingers crossed, for the remaining five trips, but the code had been cracked. Harold Chopping of Southern Pines, North Carolina produced one more clear round with Paddy Ann Burns’ Calando Z, but was two seconds too slow for the lead.

VanderVeen finished second and Hughes third. Chopping settled for fourth and Aaron Vale of Morriston, Florida capped the top five in the irons of 2VR Showjumpers’ Zippo II – the fastest of the four-fault rounds. SmartPak will continue to sponsor $25,000 grand prix each Thursday for the next three weeks, each presented by Zoetis.

Fenney has experienced surplus grand prix success at HITS Ocala in the past several years and swept the high-performance jumper classes during Week II this winter. She has her two top mounts, MTM Timon and MTM Centano, primed for Sunday’s $50,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, as well as anticipating a return to HITS Championship Weekend’s Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix this fall. She and husband Mike McCormick, however, may be thinking of taking their success west this year. “We own all of our horses, so we have some freedom as far as our schedule is concerned,” said Fenney. “We are considering taking a trip to California this season for the [AIG Thermal] $1 Million class out there as well as the [Zoetis] $1 Million in Saugerties.”

While some chase $1 million glory on the West Coast, East Coast riders will have their chance to ride for serious money during the same weekend. The $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix, presented by Great American Insurance Group, will return to HITS Ocala March 17.

$2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome
Canada was well represented in the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome this week at HITS Ocala and was the home country of three of the top five riders.

©ESI Photography. Kim Farlinger and her own Caprice van de Brouweshoeve on their way to winning the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome
©ESI Photography. Kim Farlinger and her own Caprice van de Brouweshoeve on their way to winning the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome

Kim Farlinger and Kelley Robinson, both hailing from Ontario, were one-two in the 1.40m event – Farlinger on her own Caprice van de Brouweshoeve and Robinson in the irons of Cimarron Farm’s Barretta. Farlinger topped 28 contenders for the win. Also from Ontario, Jean-Nicholas Goyette rode to fourth aboard his own Delgado Van Neerhoff.

Denise Wilson of Dousman, Wisconsin was third on Blue Gate Farm, LLC’s Aconito 5, while Ocala, Florida local My Weber capped the top five aboard AvailableJumpers.com’s Available Aphrodite.

Brook Ledge Horse Transportation will continue to present a weekly jumper class throughout the three weeks remaining in the circuit. Aside from the winner’s purse, Brook Ledge Open Welcome riders also compete for the Brook Ledge Rider Bonus, which includes a $1,500 shipping credit for the rider who accumulates the most points in those classes throughout the HITS Ocala circuit.

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