The Charleston Summer Classic Is Jumping

Ellen Herrington pilots her own Belvidere over a fence on their way to the winner’s circle during the $2,500 USHJA Hunter Derby. Flashpoint Photography.

Sweet Home Alabama!

A field of 31 horse and rider teams tackled the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by FarmVet last night at the Charleston Summer Classic while VIP patrons enjoyed dinner and drinks ringside.

Belvidere, owned and ridden by Ellen Herrington of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, locked in the win after earning an 86 in the first round and an 88 in the handy round, totaling 174 total points.

Second place Blue Steel, owned and ridden by Madison Maners of Matthews, North Carolina, earned a first round score of 87 and a second round score of 79, totaling 166 points.  Fabrege, owned by Sarona, LLC and ridden by Julie Curtin of Roswell, Georgia, earned a third place after a first round score of 81 and a second round score of 84, totaling 165 points. Fourth position was awarded to Legacy, owned by Sandy Creek Stable, LLC and ridden by Isabel Coleman of New Orleans, Louisiana. The pair earned a score of 80 in their first round, an 84 in their handy round totaling 164 points.

Taboo, owned by Churchill McMurrain and ridden by Rebekah Livingston of Peachtree City, Georgia, received a fifth after earning a score of 83 in their first round, and a 79 in their handy round, totaling 162 total points.  Sixth place was awarded to Darkest Hour, owned by Gene Cone and ridden by Alex Joerg of Collierville, Tennessee. The pair received a 79.5 in their first round, a 69 in their handy round for a total of 148.5 points.  Seventh place was awarded to At 1st Glance, owned and ridden by Caroline Hargreaves of Alpharetta, Georgia; the pair earned a first round score of 82.5 and a handy round score of 64, totaling 146.5 total points.  Eight place finisher, Rising Debonair, owned by Emilie Terry and ridden by Helen Kirbo of Talahassee, Florida, earned a 78 first round score and a 67 handy score, totaling 145 points.  Ninth place was awarded to Bocelli, owned by Kathryn McFadden and ridden by Whitney Owens of San Antonia, Texas, after earning a 78 first round score and a 65 handy score, totaling 142.5 points.

A first round score of 82 and a handy score of 54, totaling 136 points and a tenth place finish was awarded to Rainbow Row, owned by Golinski Equine LLC and ridden by Julie Curtin of Roswell, Georgia. The eleventh position was awarded to Versace, owned and ridden by Lynn Seithel of Johns Island, North Carolina.  The pair earned a first round score of 85 and a handy score of 45, totaling 130 points.  Amsterdam, owned and ridden by Brittany Davis of Atlanta, Georgia, wrapped up the class in twelfth place after earning a 79 first round score and a 49 handy score, totaling 128 points.

As an added bonus, Sidelines’ winner of the Charleston Classic Course Design Contest was Annie Bolling of Fairhope, Alabama of Accolade Farm, who had the opportunity to design the course with the assistance of Professional Course Designer Allen Rheinheimer.  “It was really nice to work with Allen.  He kept the course I designed pretty much as I wrote it and just changed portions of it technically. I didn’t realize how technical it was!  Just the placement and how you have to think about where the judge is looking, how the course is set, can the judge see all of the fences… it was really cool and I was really glad I got to do it!  Allen taught me a bunch and the Classic Company crew was great to work with when we built the course,” said Bolling.  “I actually know the person who won it!  I promise, I didn’t rig it!”  Bolling just turned 15 and does the Child Adult jumpers.  I’ve done a Junior Hunter Class once before, but haven’t been in the hunter ring lately,” commented Bolling.   She will be entering her sophomore year at Bayside Academy in Daphne, Alabama.  “This was my first time here at the Charleston Summer Classic and my barn already said that we’re coming back again next year – it was a great show!” she added.

Christopher Schroeder sails over an oxer in the irons of GK Performance Horses, LLC's Diamont De Ravel to the win
Christopher Schroeder sails over an oxer in the irons of GK Performance Horses, LLC’s Diamont De Ravel to the win

Schroeder Wins the $5,000 Open Jumper Welcome Class!

Christopher Schroeder of Andersonville, Tennessee rode GK Performance Horses, LLC’s Diamont De Ravel to win in the $5,000 Open Jumper Welcome Class Thursday night, beating out fifteen other horse and rider teams.  The pair posted a first round clean time in 78.257 seconds and sealed the deal with a clean jump off time of 32.903 seconds.

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama rode Loretta Patterson’s Skymiles in a first-round clean score of 78.214 and a clean jump-off round in 33.37 seconds.  Shepherd also won third place aboard Silverstone, also owned by Loretta Patterson, in a first-round clean time of 83.095 seconds and a clean jump-off round of 34.022 seconds.

Danielle Grice of Northfield, Minnesota, rode her own Boysterous to the fourth place ribbon in double clean rounds in 78.522 seconds and 34.106 seconds, respectively.  S&L’s Shoe Guru, owned by DS Holdings, LLC and ridden by Whitney Owens of San Antonio, Texas, placed fifth after posting a clean first round in 78.522 seconds and a clean jump-off round in 34.106 seconds.  Schroeder’s second mount, Una Bella, owned by GK Performance Horses, LLC, placed sixth after going clean in the first round in a time of 75.380 seconds, while dropping a rail in the jump-off round in a time of 34.283 seconds.

Frank Owens of San Antonio, Texas rode Capricello2, owned by DS Holdings, LLC, to the seventh place position after posting a clean first-round time of 78.751 seconds and a jump-off round of 37.228 seconds with four faults.  Josh Dolan of Bluffton, South Carolina rode his own SLF Annie Lennox to the eighth place position after riding a clean first-round in a time of 76.741 seconds and a jump-off round time of 52.336 with eight jump faults and thirteen time faults.  Eleventh place was awarded to Schroeder, this time in the irons of Catungee, owned by GK Performance Horses, LLC; the pair posted a four fault first round in time of 77.135 seconds.

Pony Mania Closes Out Week I and the Party Scene Has Been Jumping Week II

The ponies rocked the Charleston Summer Classic Week I with the crowning of the Pony Kahuna Winners.

Total points were added in the Pony Model, Hunter and Under Saddle Classes and the results were as follows:

The Small Pony Grand Kahuna Champion was Church Mouse, owned by Peacock Farm and ridden by Catherine Sharp, with 309 points and a 162% over fences.  Small Pony Reserve Grand Kahuna was Neon Moon owned and also ridden by Catherine Sharp, with 309 total points and a 150% over fences score.

Medium Pony Grand Kahuna Champion was Woodlands PickPocket, owned and ridden by Lindsey Ayres, with 345 points, while Farmore Punctual, owned by Matt Martin and ridden by Anna Tootle, received Medium Pony Grand Kahuna Reserve Champion with 330 points.

Large Pony Grand Kahuna Champion was Entourage, owned by the Yandell Family Farm, LLC and ridden by Sarah Clifton Yandell, with 333.5 points, while Champlain Sovereign, owned by The Hill Farm and ridden by Nicole White, received a total score of 331.5 points and the Large Pony Grand Kahuna Reserve Champion honors.

The Small Green Pony Kahuna Championship was awarded to Whymsical, owned by Matt Martin and ridden by Anna Tootle, with 299 points, while Text Me Later, owned and ridden by Laura Neely, received the Green Pony Grand Kahuna Reserve Champion title with 275 points.

The Large Green Grand Kahuna Championship was awarded to To The Moon & Back, owned and ridden by Amber Dunn, with a total of 323 points, while the Reserve Grand Kahuna Championship was awarded to Deal Me In, owned and ridden by Alexandria Weaver, with a total of 305 points.

On Deck!

The $25,000 Bohicket Marina Grand Prix is scheduled for this evening and there are sixteen horse and rider teams paired up for the challenge!  This will be the final grand prix offered at the Charleston Summer Classic, so don’t miss it!

The Classic Company produces twenty weeks of world class show jumping competitions in the Southeast United States and is proud to partner with Equestrian Connect as its Official Service Partner.  For those entering Classic competitions and looking to save the cost of postage, paper and personal time, make sure to go to Equestrian Connect, Classic Company’s Official Service Provider, to submit your entries today!

Equestrian Connect is Classic Company’s Official Service Provider and allows exhibitors to store their data one time, on the web, and then use that data to automatically fill out hunter/jumper entry forms across the country.  The service offers a free 45 day trial period for new members.  At the conclusion of the trial period, Equestrian Connect offers an annual subscription, or a “pay as you go” service. The service allows exhibitors to save both time and money.  This is the one-minute online entry service that will help you get your entries in on time and you to the show!

Anyone who has shown with the Classic Company knows what sets them apart from the rest:  Classic Shows are FUN!  Complimentary exhibitor parties, luncheons, Saturday pizzas and the friendliest show management team anywhere work hard to make your showing experience the best.  Classic Company never charges an add or scratch fee for those last minute changes and there is no office fee added for credit card payments.

So, whether you are a seasoned veteran or novice looking for a positive show experience, look to the Classic Company shows and join them in Atlanta this summer.  The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States.  For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at or call them at 843-768-5503.

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See you at the ring,
Bob Bell
The Classic Company, Ltd.
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