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The Genn Men Dominate the $50,000 CWD Grand Prix

Wilhelm Genn and his own Happy Z fly over a fence on the CWD fence en route to the winner’s circle. Photo by MH Hamm.

Patriarch Wilhelm Genn of Lebanon, Ohio and his sons Ryan and Theo took the top three placings in Sunday’s $50,000 CWD Grand Prix at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Winter Classic in Gulfport Sunday.

World-renowned, international course designer Michel Vaillancourt, originally from Montreal, Canada and now living in Aiken, South Carolina, designed the course.  Vaillancourt made history by becoming the first Canadian equestrian athlete to win an Individual Olympic medal.  Even more meaningfully, it was a feat he accomplished in his hometown of Montreal during the 1976 Olympic Games.

Due to the less than perfect weather last weekend, Technical Adviser, Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana, decided to run the class in one of the all-weather footing jumper arenas.  Theo Genn commented on the move of rings: “It was the right call to put it on the sand and off the grass. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen them move the grand prix from the turf field to sand in the past seven years. But even though the weather had been less than nice, Michel [Vaillancourt] designed a pretty tough course.  It was a pretty good height and technical I’m sure because of that new rule that requires a certain amount of meter fifty jumps, and it was tough.”

Bob Bell, President of the Gulf Coast Classic Company, said, “Janet, Allen and I sat ringside and made a plan because of the weather forecast.  We decided to put up a second VIP tent and prepare for either rings.  The morning of the grand prix, we had both VIP tents up and ready with tables, champagne and centerpieces.  The weather would decide which tent and which ring was going to be used.  Since the rain continued, although not pouring, just raining, we went with the all-purpose ring, Jumper 2, and opted out of the turf grand prix field,” he said.  “The tent was filled and all went great.  The rain stopped when they were building the course and there was no rain during the class.”

“I give Allen Rheinheimer a salute for his foresight and planning.  We revised the entire schedule because of the weather last weekend.  The hunters finished about noon on Sunday since Saturday’s schedule was revised and all in all, everyone, including the management team, was pleased with the how we handled the schedule and the rings while planning for the weather,” he concluded.

Cookie Monster and Ryan Genn clear the CWD jump last Sunday at the Harrison County Fairgrounds. Photo by MH Hamm
Cookie Monster and Ryan Genn clear the CWD jump last Sunday at the Harrison County Fairgrounds. Photo by MH Hamm

But despite the weather, the Genn men were the only three to go clean in the class.  Wilhelm Genn rode his own Happy Z to the win in a first round score of 74.578 seconds, while his son Ryan rode Wilhelm’s Cookie Monster to a second place finish in 81.752 seconds and Theo Genn rode Thomas Bruinsma’s Paradox to the third place finish in a time of 76.614 seconds.  In view of the weather, the Genn trio opted to not jump off and call it a tie.  “We were the only three to go clean, so we’re going to split up the prize money evenly.  We all really won,” commented Theo Genn of Lebanon, Ohio.

The fastest of the four-faulters was CWD sponsored rider, Devin Ryan of Long Valley, New Jersey, who rode Sima Mogrello’s Chantilly to the fourth place finish with four jump faults and a time of 74.741 seconds.  Trapp O’Neal of Magnolia, Texas rode TKG Partnership’s Capitano to fifth place in a time of 77.098 seconds and four jump faults while Jay Land of Alpharetta, Georgia rode his and Kim Land’s own Nepal to a sixth placing in a time of 82.881 seconds and four jump faults.  Eagle Valley Partners’ LLC’s Boucanier, ridden by Devin Ryan, turned in a time of 76.682 seconds and eight jump faults, finishing in seventh, while Christi Israel of Birmingham, Alabama piloted her own Cracky Z to an eighth place finish with a time of 77.637 seconds and eight jump faults.  Loretta Patterson’s horses Rapid Rewards, ridden by Dani Grice of Northfield, Minnesota, and Skymiles, ridden by Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, finished in ninth and tenth places, respectively.

Wilhelm Genn commented, “This is our last winter circuit for Happy [Z] before we retire her and start her second career as a brood mare, so we’re very happy to see her win and add yet another grand prix to her resume.  We’re hoping that she can hold onto the title of the most grand prix won in America.”  Genn continued, “That’s for all mares, geldings and stallions. She has been amazing.  She is a once in a lifetime horse and we have a very special relationship.”

Ryan Genn is a full time student at SCAD [Savanah College of Art and Design] in Charleston, South Carolina and was unavailable for comment.  However, his brother Theo spoke on his behalf: “Ryan is a full time student at SCAD and it’s really hard for him to balance his time between riding and school… but he does it. It is really impressive that he can fly in on a Friday and jump so well on Cookie Monster and go clean on him, especially since he [Cookie Monster] is still pretty green in the grand prix. Ryan is an extremely talented rider and he will undoubtedly be one of the best in the sport,” he added.

Why did only the Genn horses go clean?  Theo Genn provided his perspective: “Our horses are jumping just incredible.  On Sunday, I tried to jump less in the warm up, so I jumped half of the jumps I would usually jump. I just tried to stretch him out.  My Dad and Ryan and I all do our own thing in the warm up, but I would guess they probably did the same thing.”

Happy Z continues her reign as the most winning grand prix horse in the country. Flashpoint Photography
Happy Z continues her reign as the most winning grand prix horse in the country. Flashpoint Photography

What is the secret of their success?  “I think we just try to keep the horses happy.  We’re trying not to over work them. And when we work, we’re having fun with them and I think that makes them happy and love to do their job,” he added.

Genn continued, “Paradox is pretty experienced and he is having the best year he has ever had.  He is 14 this year and I think he’s hitting his prime.  He was a difficult, nervous horse when he was younger but as he matures, he is starting to relax and is jumping with a lot of confidence.  We bought him in Germany as an un-shown six year old and brought him to the States.  Thomas Bruinsma bought him from us but has kept him in training with us in order to support me and allow me to ride him.  He has been very supportive and helpful and what can I say, he is an amazing, very selfless man,” he said.

“Paradox has been jumping the grand prix like they are schooling classes.  Out of the last five grand prix, he has been second twice, third, fourth and tied this one for first.  Top four in the last five grand prix – he is jumping so well!” he added.

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The remaining schedule for free, live, web casting is as follows:

Gulf Coast Mid-Winter Classic IV
Friday February 28 at 3:00 pm $25,000 Welcome
Sunday March 2 at 2:00 pm $50,000 Grand Prix

Gulf Coast Sunshine Classic V
Friday March 7 at 8:00 am USHJA International Hunter Derby
Friday March 7 at 3:00 pm $25,000 Welcome
Sunday March 9 at 2:00 pm $77,700 Governor’s Cup Grand Prix

Gulf Coast Finale VI
Sunday March 16 at 2:00 pm $25,000 Grand Prix

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There is no better place to watch the action than the VIP tent.  Tables are only $325 a week and include complimentary wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres during the Welcome classes and Sunday’s luncheon catered by the Official Restaurant Partners of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic along with a complimentary bottle of champagne. Make sure to see Jonathan in the show office to secure your table today!

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 on the web at www.ClassicCompany.com or call them at 843.768.5503.

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Conquer the Water Jump and Liverpool at USHJA Zone 4 and Gulf Coast Winter Classics FREE Clinics

Gulfport, MS – February 24, 2014 – If you have struggled with going clear over an open water jump or if the idea of jumping a water or liverpool fence sends you or your horse running for the hills, you are not going to want to miss the Mississippi Gulf Coast Winter Classics’ free clinics. On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, Wilhelm Genn will present a Water Jump Clinic and on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, Devin Ryan will offer a Liverpool Clinic.

Both clinics will be held at no cost at the Harrison County Fairgrounds & Equestrian Center in conjunction with the 16th Annual Gulf Coast Winter Classics, which run February 5 – March 16, 2014.

The opportunity to ride with accomplished grand prix riders Wilhelm Genn and Devin Ryan is presented free to riders thanks to the generous support of USHJA Zone 4 and the Gulf Coast Classic Company.  Participation in the clinics is on a first come, first served basis, and each clinic will accept 20 riders.

The Wilhelm Genn Water Jump Clinic will offer two sessions of 10 riders each on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. The first session will run from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., and the second session will be held 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The same format will be followed for the Devin Ryan Liverpool Clinic on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Sessions will run from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. with 10 riders in each session.

To reserve your spot in the clinics today, please call (228)669-2687. Auditors are welcome to attend at no cost.

Gulf Coast Winter Classics Fast Facts:

What:
Gulf Coast Winter Classics USEF AA-Rated/Jumper Levels Four and Five
Click here for the prize list.

Where:
Harrison County Fairgrounds and Equestrian Center
15321 County Farm Rd.
Gulfport, MS 39503

When:
February 5 – March 16, 2014

Highlights include:
Weekly USHJA National Hunter Derby & Classics, Week 5 International Hunter Derby
Week 1  $ 5,000 Welcome – $25,000 Grand Prix
Week 2  $25,000 Welcome – $35,000 Grand Prix
Week 3  $25,000 Welcome – $50,000 Grand Prix
Week 4  $25,000 Welcome – $50,000 Grand Prix
Week 5  $25,000 Welcome – $77,000 Grand Prix, $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Week 6  $ 5,000 Welcome – $25,000 Grand Prix, Plus Rodeo

Contacts:
President Bob Bell                             bob@classiccompany.com                  843.768.5503
Coordinator Janet McCarroll          janet@gulfcoastclassiccompany.com 228.669.2687
Office Manager Jonathan Rabon    jonathan@classiccompany.com          843.729.2818
Advertising Drew Coster                  drew@classiccompany.com                843.754.2266
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Sponsorship Lisa Enge                   llisa@classiccompany.com                 908.310.6248

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Pensacola Wrap Up

Genn and Happy Z fly over an oxer in Thursday’s $5,000 Open Welcome Class. Photos: A&S 2014.

Wilhelm Genn from Lebanon, Ohio and his own Happy Z had a lot to be happy about when they closed out the Gulf Coast Winter Classic’s Pensacola shows with a win in the $5,000 Open Welcome class Thursday night and the $25,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Grand Prix Saturday night. “We had a great week,” commented Genn, “My horse Happy is sixteen years old and she just loves her job. She jumped just beautifully,” he said.  “But I’m equally proud of the younger horses.  They did so well,” he added.

Genn was definitely riding a hot streak after Thursday’s class results landed him in the top three spots with his own Happy Z, followed by Ann Anastasio’s Welome Cor and Eduardo Leon’s Bugatti.  The sixteen horse and rider combinations tackled the course designed by Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana and the senior Genn was the only one to have double clear rounds.  “These seven year olds were great.  I am so pleased how well they did,” he said.  “It was especially nice having their owners here too, so they could see how well their horses are going,” he added.

Penny Brennan of Ocala, Florida finished fourth in the Welcome riding her own Sun Tzu in a fault-free first round in 83.732 seconds and a second round time of 35.548 seconds with four jump faults.  Fifth was Tony Font of Magnolia, Texas riding Calotta, owned by Ashton Galo Paley, who finished a fault-free first round in a time of 84.648 seconds and a jump off round in 39.976 seconds with four jump faults.

Hanley Morrison of Madison, Mississippi and her own SCS Luigi finished in sixth after turning in a clean first round effort in 84.493 seconds and a second round in a time of 40.862 seconds with eight jump faults.  For full results, click here.

Happy Z and Genn fly over an oxer in the $25,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Grand Prix
Happy Z and Genn fly over an oxer in the $25,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Grand Prix

Genn continued to collect his prize money right through Saturday for the $25,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Grand Prix.  Rheinheimer designed the course and brought back six rides for the jump off and Genn rode two of the contenders.  Happy Z was second to go after turning in a first round clean effort in 76.566 seconds, well within the 82 seconds time allowed.  Speed was the name of the game as the two entered the jump off and made it clean again in a time of 47.760 seconds.  “She was so excited to jump that day. Happy just loves her job and after doing this for as many years as she has, that’s great.”

Font was next to go in the jump off riding Ashton Galo Paley’s Calotta.  Although the pair was clean, their time of 47.760 seconds would not unseat Genn and Happy Z’s lead spot.  Wilhelm’s son, Theo Genn, also of Lebanon, Ohio, was next in the jump off in the irons of Eduardo Leon’s Asirea Fortuna. Despite their lightning fast round in a time of 42.555 seconds, four faults at the combination would leave the pair in fifth place overall.  Danielle Grice of Northfield, Minnesota was next to enter the ring riding Loretta Patterson’s Rapid Rewards.  The pair turned in a clean round but with 44.555 seconds on the clock, would not beat Genn’s time and would finish with a red ribbon.  Wilhelm Genn found himself in the enviable last to go spot this time aboard Eduardo Leon’s Bugatti.  While the pair went clean, their time of 46.587 seconds would put them in third place overall.  For full results, please click here.

“We had a great three weeks in Pensacola,” said Genn.  “My entire barn did so well. Eduardo Leon won the 1.15m, Mary Kate Hassett was 1.15m champion, Amy Lefferding was Amateur Circuit Champion and Taylor Reid had very good placings in the Amateurs,” he commented.  “I am proud of all of my horses and riders,” he said.

“This was a great horse show for us,” commented Bob Bell, President of the Gulf Coast Classic Company.  “Pensacola is a great precursor for our Gulfport shows and by all reports, we think we will have an excellent six weeks on the Gulf Coast this winter.”

“I’m bringing 35 to 40 horses to Gulfport this winter,” said Genn.  “We are on our way with our first load of 25 right now and then will bring the rest next week.”

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!

If you have special stabling requests or have any questions about this winter, please contact Jonathan Rabon at jonathan@classiccompany.com.  Don’t forget the five new barns, extra wide aisles and pristine stalls will be awaiting you.  And with over a million dollars in prize money and awards, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Winter Classic will be jumping!

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 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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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.

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Genn Family Takes Top Spots in $30,000 WeatherTech Grand Prix at Showplace Fall Classic Championship

Ryan Genn following his victory aboard Umberto. Photo by Emily Riden.

Wayne, IL – September 14, 2014 – Perfect weather, a newly remodeled Grand Prix Ring and a beautiful course set the stage for another great show day at the Showplace Fall Classic Championship Horse Show at Lamplight Equestrian Center. The headline event for the day was the $30,000 WeatherTech Grand Prix presented by WeatherTech.com.

Hector Loyola designed the course to test the twenty-four competing horse and rider combinations. The course used every inch of the Grand Prix Ring, weaving from one side to the other and down to the very end. A triple combination to the half wall-half plank Chicago Equestrian jump at the end of the course seemed to be the true test for most horses. Passing all the tests with flying colors to earn the victory was Ryan Genn of Lebanon, OH aboard Umberto.

Brother Theo Genn was the first of eight to attempt the jump off on Paradox, owned by Thomas Bruinsma of Ada, MI. The youngest Genn set the bar high with a clear round and a time of 45.259 seconds.

Next to take on the jump off track were Lisa Goldman and Centurion B, known for their speedy jump-offs. The pair pulled a rail at the WeatherTech jump, ending up with 4 faults and a time of 45.366 seconds.

Fourteen-year-old Giavanna Rinaldi of Wayne, IL, in her first Grand Prix attempt, pulled the plank at the Chicago Equestrian jump but put in a good time of 44.706 seconds on GPS Brilliant Disguise. The pair placed third in their first Welcome Stake earlier in the week.

Putting in a fast time of 44.342 seconds was Athena and Kelsey Thatcher of Bluffdale, UT, but they unfortunately pulled a rail on the out of the combination for four faults.

Taking another turn was Theo Genn on his second mount, Palim Palim owned by Nancy Gooding of Larkspur, CO. Taking his time in hopes of adding another clean round to the list, Genn had a slower time of 48.562 seconds, but he pulled a rail as he angled the second to last jump.

Happy Z with Wilhelm Genn is a Chicago favorite with long record of wins. Returning for the jump-off Wilhelm Genn now had a chance to take over the lead from son, Theo and Paradox. Wilhelm Genn set another fast time with 44.354 seconds, but he had two rails for eight faults.

It was then back to Ryan Genn, who would not be outdone with his mount Umberto, owned by North Star of East Aurora, NY. Ryan managed to one-up brother Theo with the only other clear round and a faster time of 44.065 seconds.

Ryan Genn and Umberto
Ryan Genn and Umberto

“Theo’s horse doesn’t like to turn left, and my horse turns amazingly so I just flew around. My horse is like a little motorcycle so I knew I had him in the left hand turns,” said Ryan Genn.

In usual fashion as the last one to jump off, Lisa Goldman and Zacantos Z put in a very quick round for the fastest time of the class in 43.945 seconds, but they pulled a plank at the Chicago Equestrian jump. The round landed her in the third place slot, and she also took sixth on Centurion B.

The Genn family proudly took home first, second, sixth and seventh place, but the win today was more than that for the group. The boys’ grandfather passed away just a few days ago, and the three decided they wanted to try to win one for the grandpa they were so close to – and they did.

The family has a program for getting multiple horses organized and ready for their posted order of go. Having enough staff is key so the next horses can be brought down, and each rider has a jump setter so they can warm up at their own pace.

“It’s a lot of fun to compete against each other,” Ryan said. “We’re really competitive, but it doesn’t get to the point where someone gets mad. I definitely wanted to beat Theo when I went in there, but I would have been just as happy if he would’ve come right behind me and beat me. We want each other to do their best.”

“We’re all on the same team,” remarked Wilhelm. “We’re happy for each other but individually we all like to win. We’re a pretty competitive family.”

The boys are eager to learn and improve and are hard workers.

“When you lose that you lose your edge. I’m very proud of them,” said Wilhelm, “especially today.”

$5,000 Marshall and Sterling Children’s/Adult Jumper Championship

Another of the Championship classes held at the Showplace Fall Classic was the $5,000 Marshall and Sterling Children’s/Adult Jumper Championship held in the Grand Prix ring and sponsored by Luxmax USA and the Scarnechia Family. Luxmax USA is a manufacturer of LED video displays for architecture and concerts. The company has produced the background screen displays for such groups as Maroon 5, Keith Urban, The Rolling Stones, Springsteen, Michael Jackson and Beyonce’s Superbowl halftime show.  Vice President of the company, Robert Scarnechia, has two daughters, Sarah and Emily, who ride with Lisa and Mary Goldman, and he decided to get involved.

“I’m really impressed with the professionalism of the show and the facility is amazing,” said Scarnechia. “I think our company and our sponsorship can do some good here.”

Daughter Sarah recently attended the Children’s Adult Jumper Championships in Saugerties, NY. The Children’s team from Illinois was guided by Chef Mary Goldman and included team members Caelinn Leahy, Louisa Brackett, Sarah Scarnechia and Grace Knox. The team won the gold. Scarnechia also placed third today in the Marshall and Sterling Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic today.

Today, thirty-eight horse and rider combinations tackled the thirteen jump course for the M&S Children’s/ Adult Jumper Classic Championship. The course included a triple combination midway through and oxers, which allowed for turning and galloping. The jump off also demanded turning and galloping with an additional oxer-vertical combination. The course produced eight double clear rounds, but one rider clearly rose above the rest. Grace Knox, 14, of North Barrington, IL and Rapidash set a speedy time of 35.743 seconds for the win. Knox had an interesting dismount at the end of the course, thankfully just after going through the timers.

“I tried to turn inside the jump on the landing to shut the timers off faster, but he turned really quickly and I didn’t,” laughed Knox. “He really tried hard. I wasn’t mad at all.”

Knox was also part of the Gold Medal Team at the Championships in Saugerties and also placed third in the individual competition. She plans to show in Ocala this winter and complete online school.

Competition continues tomorrow with the anticipated Illinois Hunter Jumper Association Medal Finals and more Marshall and Sterling Championships. For more results, please visit www.showplaceproductions.com.

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Happy Z and Wilhelm Genn Happy to Win $30,000 WeatherTech Grand Prix

Genn stops for fan to reward Happy Z with a treat.

Everything and Thatcher Try to Catch the Lead

Wayne, IL – June 9, 2013 – Threatening thunder storms missed Wayne making it a great day for a Grand Prix.  Showplace Productions’ $30,000 WeatherTech Grand Prix was the first Grand Prix to be held in the newly remodeled Grand Prix ring at Lamplight Equestrian Center in front of a supporting Chicago crowd.

A field of 30 horse and rider combinations competed in the first round leaving 12 for the jump off.  Out of the 12 first round jumps in the course designed by renowned course designer, Guilherne Jorge of Brazil, no particular jump took its toll on the riders. The jumps varied from a very airy gate and rail to a very solid wall.  In the jump off, the course allowed for a long gallop between fences one and two, which was the solid wall.  The triple became a one stride with another good gallop to fence six with a sharp left turn and gallop to the final sailboat oxer by the ingate.

Setting the time early was Lisa Goldman and Centurion B, with 41.599 but caught a rail for 4 faults.  Maggie Bracco and Manneken Du Cory were almost clean but had a rail at the last sailboat oxer and a time of 42.411

Kelsey Thatcher and Everything
Kelsey Thatcher and Everything

Kelsey Thatcher and Everything were the first clean with a time of 43.110. Right after Thatcher, Wilhelm Genn and Happy Z were the only other clear round and a faster time of 41.723, taking the lead.

Steve Schaefer and Caribe blazed around the course in usual fashion for the fastest time of the day, 41.485, but an unfortunate hind rail on the out of the one stride.  The one stride struck again, this time on the “in” for Ryan Genn and Cookie Monster.

Wilhelm Genn of Lebanon, OH, is not a stranger to the Chicago area.  Happy Z, the 14-year-old warmblood mare, is quite a favorite to the fans.  Genn was the first rider in 2005 to hit the million-dollar mark for money won. He currently ranks third in the 2013 rankings with $1,769,070 in the USHJA Rider Lifetime Money Earned program.

Genn has three children, Wilhelm Jr., Ryan and Theo.  Ryan and Theo also had mounts in the Prix and Quite Ruffy 840, a second mount for Wilhelm. It was a good day the Genn family, collecting checks on four of their six horses.

Thatcher is a student at the University of Georgia studying Early Childhood Education but home is Bluffdale, Utah. Her mount, Everything, is owned by Pony Lane Farm.

“Everything was great,” said Thatcher. “He got better and better as the week went by. He’s incredible in the jump-offs because he can make any distance work and wants to win too. He has a fighting personality; he tries his hardest for me over the jumps and is known to bite every once in a while! He is an incredible athlete, and with that talent comes his sparky personality!”

Next week riders will have the chance to compete in the $30,000 Barrington Saddlery Grand Prix at Showplace Productions’ Spring Spectacular II at Lamplight Equestrian Center.

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The $25,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Grand Prix at Gulfport

Get Happy in Gulfport! The Genn clan keeps the money in the family!

Wilhelm Genn and Happy Z sail over an oxer in the Johnson Horse Transportation Grand Prix. Flashpoint Photography

Gulfport, Mississippi, February 10, 2013 – Johnson Horse Transportation kicked off the 2013 grand prix action yesterday when it pulled into town at the Harrison County Fairgrounds. A field of eighteen took to the course designed by Blake Adler of Germantown, Tennessee, but it was Wilhelm Genn and his sons, Theo and Ryan of Lebanon, Ohio, who kept the money in the family by securing first, second and third placings!  “This was the first time my sons and I finished in the top three spots,” said Wilhelm Genn. “This was a very special class for us!” he added.

First to go was Paradox ***, owned by Thomas Bruinsma and ridden by Theo Genn of Lebanon, Ohio.  But with eight faults in round one with a time of 91.40, the pair would not return for the jump-off. Second to go was Theo’s father, Wilhelm Genn of Lebanon, Ohio, aboard Nancy Gooding’s Palim Palim ***, who had four faults at fence 6 and finished with a time of 102.81 seconds.  Devin Ryan of Long Valley, New Jersey rode his own Roman Saluut*** and looked to be the first clear round of the day, but with four faults at the last fence and a time of 94.231, would settle for seventh overall.  Jay Land of Alpharetta, Georgia was next to go riding his and Kim Land’s Nepal and had the crowd on their feet as they locked in the first clean round of the day with a time of 93.655 seconds.  Gage Hodgen’s Cooper 59, ridden by Jordan Siegel of Flower Mound, Texas, finished with eight faults and a time of 94.996, followed by Thomas Le Blanc, riding Steel Horse Investment’s MTM Got Game, in a time of 101.338 seconds and sixteen faults.

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Wilhelm Genn and Happy Z Win $25,000 EMO Grand Prix Opening Week at Gulf Coast Classic

Wilhelm Genn pilots "Happy Z" to the win in the $25,000 EMO Grand Prix

Wilhelm Genn of Lebanon, Ohio and his own Happy Z took the win in the first Gulf Coast Classic $25,000 EMO Grand Prix of the winter at the Escambia Country Equestrian Center last night.

Genn’s son, Theo, who just celebrated his 23rd birthday on the 11th, was the first to go on his father’s horse Cola and finished with a fault-free first round time of 87.084 seconds which put him in the jump off and landed him in fifth place overall. Second to go was Lissa TSP ***, owned and ridden by Christian Rogge of Cypress, Texas, who finished the class in twelfth place.  Quite Ruffy 840, owned by Ann Anastasio and ridden by Wilhelm Genn, were the next to go and also went clean with a score of 83.362 seconds to place them in the jump off round and an overall third place finish. Indy, owned by RAF, LLC and ridden by Ashley Foster of Brookeville, Maryland, was next to go and finished with four faults and a time of 83.226 seconds, which put her in seventh place overall.  Zine Dine, owned and ridden by Hailey Henderson of Lafayette, Louisiana, was next to ride and finished with eight faults and a time of 77.874 seconds which placed the fastest fault ride in a final tenth finish. Mister Polite, owned by Sydney Johnson and ridden by Tommy-John Russell of Columbus, North Carolina, had eight faults and finished their round in a time of 84.836 seconds which placed them in a final eleventh place position.

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Wilhelm Genn Heats Up $30,000 Grand Prix of the Great Lakes in Traverse City

Wilhelm Genn, Alex Rheinheimer, and Marlo. Photo Credit: Katie Anich/PMG

Traverse City, MI – July 24, 2011 – Even mother nature took a break to catch this afternoon’s exciting Grand Prix at Horse Shows by the Bay, holding off on a rain shower until just after winner Wilhelm Genn’s victory gallop. The $30,000 Grand Prix of the Great Lakes was held today in beautiful Traverse City, MI, the third Open Jumper Grand Prix to take place at Flintfields Horse Park this month. Genn and his own gray mare, Marlo, triumphed in an extremely competitive class filled with crystal-clear rounds and lightning-fast times. Also making their mark were Charles Jacobs upon Leap of Joy, who came in second, and last week’s winner Blythe Marano on Urban, who came in third this time. Thanks to a VIP sponsor luncheon generously provided by Craig Rosenberg of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, the many fans at today’s event were able to relax and refresh while watching the amazing horsemanship on display in the ring below.

Prior to the first horse on today’s course, Betsy VanDyke Foster of Maple City, MI returned with another engaging dressage demonstration. The mounted sheriffs of Leelanau County were also in the Grand Prix ring this afternoon, graciously serving as the event’s color guard. After the sizable crowd stood for the national anthem, the class kicked off with an early clear round by David Beisel on Always Cullohill, owned by Harlow Invesment Enterprises LLC. The duo earned enthusiastic applause as they finished their turn in the ring, as today’s course featured several intimidating elements. A jump resembling the Mackinac Bridge was tricky for several horses, while a combination starting with a triple bar also proved insurmountable for some.

These obstacles failed to thwart last week’s winner Blythe Marano, though, who repeated her success with two clear rounds on Urban and Askaban, both owned by Riverview Farm LLC. Charles Jacobs also avoided faults on two different horses in the first round. Leap of Joy, owned by Deeridge Farms, and Flaming Star, owned by CMJ Sporthorse LLC, both blazed into the jump-off with Jacobs at the helm. The suspenseful second round saw 10 out of 31 riders return for a shot at the top prize, with Genn, like Marano and Jacobs, also making it to the jump-off on two different horses. Incurring just a few faults on his own Happy Z, Genn ultimately triumphed on Marlo. The pair fired up the crowd with an excellent time of 36.9 seconds, never missing a beat but always missing the rails. The first rider in the jump-off, Beisel on Always Cullohill, also elicited applause with a clear round and a time of 39.433 seconds. Following Beisel was a cool and steady Marano, who flew past the timers on Urban in just 38.163 seconds. Charles Jacobs and Flaming Star were the last to tackle the second round, and produced an astounding time of 34.244 seconds with just one fault.

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Atlanta Summer Classic Highlights 2011

Thank you to all the exhibitors that made such a wonderful two weeks in Conyers this year.  We had two sold out shows, great weather and wonderful competition.

On Tuesday we offered two USHJA Clinics free of charge.

A Pony Model Clinic with Bibby Hill and a Water Clinic with Wilhelm Genn.  Thanks Bibby and Wilhelm for donation of their time, I know the exhibitors and trainers alike enjoyed the clinic.

Thursday after the show, Practical Horseman sponsored a “Just Ask the Judges” clinic with Betty Oare, Scott Fitton and Barry Lobel.  It was a great experience with good questions.  I am sure Classic Co will pair with Practical Horseman again for another “Just Ask” clinic.

Friday the show offered the Atlanta Cup Equitation Challenge.  The class was won by Taylor Adams. This class was open to Jr Hunters.

Friday also offered the USHJA National Hunter Classic; this week was won by Julie Curtin aboard Vince, owned by Greg Burrow.

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