Tryon Summer Classic Wrap Up

Daniel Geitner and Jumbo Jet. Just Beautiful Animal Photography.

June 4th, 2012 – Tryon, NC ~ The 2013 Tryon Summer Classic came to a close on Sunday wrapping up a busy week of exciting hunter and jumper action.  The event, held at FENCE (Foothills Equestrian Nature Center) in beautiful Tryon, NC, took place May 30 – June 2 and is managed by Aiken, SC based J. P. Godard and Equus Events.  The event benefitted the Tryon Hounds and featured a $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby on Friday evening and a $10,000 Jumper Classic sponsored by The EMO Insurance Agency and Martha Hall on Saturday evening.

Daniel Geitner of Aiken, SC went two for two this weekend capturing wins in both the USHJA National Hunter Derby on Friday evening and the $10,000 EMO Jumper Classic on Saturday.  Friday night’s impressive win came on the Liz Tarumianz owned entry of Contemporary.  The pair topped a challenging field of 31 competitors, bringing home scores of an 89 in round 1 and a 95 in round two, finishing up with a two round total of 184 to take home the blue.  Geitner also took home second place honors on Lindsey Rigney’s Calypso.  Contemporary is a 10 year old Holsteiner gelding that Tarumianz of Charlotte, NC has owned just under a year.  Not to be outdone, she also had her share of the blue ribbons on her partner earning the amateur owner hunter championship and the Frederick B. Farwell Grand Amateur Owner Hunter Perpetual Trophy over the weekend.  Tarumianz enjoys coming to the Tryon Summer Classic each year.  She went on to say, “It is one of my favorite shows and is always on my schedule because of the hospitality, courses, footing, and management are always top notch.  The hunter derby under the lights made the class feel extra special; can’t wait to be back next year.”

Daniel Geitner went on to finish off a stellar weekend by taking home the blue in the $10,000 EMO Insurance Agency Jumper Classic on Ann Ritter’s Jumbo Jet on Saturday evening.  The pair was one of five to tackle the jump off course galloping to a fast and clean finish in a time of 32.459 over second place finisher David O’Brien and Hollow Creek Farm’s Various who also finished clean in a time of 34.219.  Sydney Swarr and her Kirin took home third place honors, J. F. Gagne and GIS Inc.’s Runaround Sue were fourth and hometown favorite Lincoln Russell and Richard Kosa’s Winona O M2RS rounded out the top five spots.

Parade of Tryon Hounds. Don West Photography

The Tryon Summer Classic has always been known for its hospitality and this year was no exception.  The Tryon Hounds treated exhibitors to a derby barbeque on Friday evening during the USHJA National Hunter Derby and on Saturday evening held their annual fundraising benefit dinner under the VIP tent.  Hot To Trot Boutique hosted a wine and cheese reception Saturday afternoon and Martin Klein and Benchmark Farm hosted riders and trainers hospitality by the ring during the Jumper Classic Saturday night.

Sunday, the final day of the show, capped off a beautiful week of horse showing as many of the Tryon Hounds’ perpetual trophies were awarded to some of the show’s Grand Champion and High Point riders.  Some of the winners included:

  • Hoffman Van Wieren Trophy for Grand Champion Hunter – Bethel’s Peri and Bruce Christison
  • Frederick B Farwell Grand Champion Amateur Owner – Contemporary and Liz Tarumianz
  • The Fox Creek Farm Challenge Trophy Grand Junior Hunter – Bethel’s Peri and Grace Howard
  • The Red Frazier Memorial Grand Pony Hunter – Pussycat Doll and Isabella Di Benedetto
  • Grand Adult Hunter – Morris and Tori Bilas
  • Grand Children’s Hunter – Louis Vuitton and Maddy Parker

Equus Events would also like to thank its corporate sponsors and sponsors of the 2013 Tryon Summer Classic Horse Show:

The Tryon Hounds, The EMO Insurance Agency and Martha Hall, Fenwick Equestrian, Equifit Inc., The Mark Lexton Collection, Dietrich and Company Equine Insurance, One K Helmets, Daniel F. Geitner Stables, The Barn Book, Sidelines Magazine, Gamboa Veterinary Services, The Farm House, Hot To Trot Boutique

The competition continues this week at FENCE with the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club June Charity Horse Show June 6-9.  For complete results and more information please contact Equus Events at 803-643-5698 or

Contact: Equus Events, Inc.

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