Year End Awards Wrap Up to Rave Reviews at the Atlanta Fall Classic

Colorful fall foliage, warm days and cool evenings made for a perfect close out to the Classic Company 2013 show calendar.  Riders traveled from around the country to compete at the Olympic venue November 6 through the 17th.

Classic Company President Bob Bell commented, “We love this horse show since it gives us all a chance to catch up with our horse show families before the holidays.  We appreciate all of the support from the equestrian community and especially those who consistently show at our events,” he added. “We wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!”

The $25,000 Barry Lane Memorial Jumper Classics

The Barry Lane Memorial Jumper Classics kicked off opening week and saw a record increase in numbers. “These classics are very popular.  We have a lot of riders compete in them and it’s a great way to honor our friend and horsewoman, Barry Lane, who passed away far too soon,” commented Bell.

Belle Nuit and Julia Tedesco take the win in the $25,000 Barry Lane Jumper Classics. Flashpoint Photography.
Belle Nuit and Julia Tedesco take the win in the $25,000 Barry Lane Jumper Classics. Flashpoint Photography.

Belle Nuit, owned and ridden by Julia Tedesco and trained under the watchful eye of Paulo Santana, took first place honors both Saturday and Sunday which put a grand total of $5,200.00 in her pocket.  Kasaar, owned and ridden by Erin McGuire, won second place honors.

Adequan Pre-Green Hunter Classic Championship

The Adequan Pre-Green Hunter Classic Championship took place during the second week of the Atlanta Fall Classic.  “Total entry fees throughout the year for the Adequan Pre-Green Classes are added up and then doubled by Classic Company and offered as prize money at the Atlanta Fall Classic,” commented Bell.  This year’s Adequan Pre-Green Hunter Classic Championship offered $20,700 in prize money.

Honor, owned by Salter Hydinger and ridden by Timothy Maddrix of Birmingham, Alabama, collected first place honors and the big check with a score of 80.  Maddrix was on a roll and also rode Special, owned by Missy Nolen, to a second place finish with a score of 77.

National Classic Equitation Finals Crown Equitation Superstars!

The National Classic Equitation Finals were again a huge Classic success.  Equitation riders showed under the Covered Arena at the Georgia International Horse Park as families and trainers sat comfortably in the VIP.  “This is an important event in our industry because it showcases the up and coming riders and rewards them for their hard work throughout the year spent qualifying for the Finals,” commented Bell.

The National Classic Junior Equitation Medal Finals was won by Addison Howe, trained by Tim Sweat.  Annie Kunansky finished as Reserve Champion and she is trained by Matthew Le Master.

The Child Adult National Classic Equitation Finals was won by McKenzie Maloney, trained by Julie Curtain.  Reserve was awarded to Caroline Wilson, trained by Jane Olsen.

The Short Stirrup/Children’s Hunter Pony Equitation Finals winner was Anna Schwarzkopf who rode Elliott, owned by Leslie Jessee and trained by Bradd Spragg.  Reserve was awarded to Whitney McKinley, who rode her own Courtash Kaleidoscope.  The pair is trained by Kathryn Mulkey.

The Pre-Children’s Adult National Classic Equitation Finals winner was awarded to Natalie Weisman, riding her own Sophie, trained by Carolyn Bell.  Reserve was awarded to Katie Kittrell, riding her own Tikki trained by Kathryn Mulkey.

Zemmie Stegger rode Ella McDonald’s Snowday to the National Classic Equitation Pony Equitation Finals Championship.  The pair is trained by Matt Martin.

The Classic Company Children’s Hunter 15-17 High Point Circuit Award was won by Bella Blue, owned by AM Free Inc. and ridden by Madison Free. The pair is trained by Hunt Tosh.

The Classic Company’s Children’s Hunter High Point Pony Circuit Award was won by Sky Blue, owned and ridden by Lily Bennett and trained by Janet Salem.

Rave Reviews!

Billy the Kid and Jennings won the Welcome Class Week 1. Flashpoint Photography.
Billy the Kid and Jennings won the Welcome Class Week 1. Flashpoint Photography.

Everyone enjoyed themselves at the Atlanta Fall Classic at the Georgia International Horse Park.

David Jennings’ Full Circle Farm packed all of the rings with an assortment of hunter and jumper talent.  Jennings made weekly trips to the Winner’s Circle after winning the Classic Welcome classes.  “It was fun winning the Welcome both weeks in a row!  I appreciate all of my customers and the opportunity they give me to show their horses; I’m very fortunate,” he said.

“We really love showing here,” said Joshua VanderVeen of Bull Run Jumpers, LLC of St. Charles, Illinois. “We’ve had a great time and we will definitely be back next year!” he added.

“We had a great two weeks at Conyers and we’re looking forward to the best winter ever,” said Bell. “We have over a million dollars in prize money up for grabs at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Winter Classics and everyone is really excited about showing with us this winter!” he added.

On Deck!

Now, all eyes turn to Pensacola and the Mississippi Gulf Coast which will be offering more than a million in prize money this year.  Combine that with the new barns, world class footing, complimentary riders’ lounges and weekly special events and complimentary exhibitor parties… let the good times roll!

Pensacola kicks off January 8 for three weeks of AA shows, followed by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Winter Classic which gets underway February 5 for six weeks of AA show jumping action and OVER A MILLION DOLLARS in prize money!  Add that fact to the new, permanent barns, complimentary riders’ lounges and the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast and it will make you want to say, “Let’s go for the show and stay for the fun!”  Come and enjoy Gulf Coast Classic Company’s world class customer service, beautifully decorated rings, big prize money, great events and fun for all!  Email Jonathan at or call the office at 843.768.5503.  Remember, you can also sign up for the Pensacola and Gulf Coast Winter Classics by visiting the Classic Company’s Official Service Partner, Equestrian Connect.

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 surcharge added for credit card payments. 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 the Classic Company, the Gulf Coast Winter Classics, the Southeast Medal Finals and their exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at 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

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See you at the ring,
Bob Bell
The Classic Company, Ltd.
Phone/FAX:  (843) 768-5503
Post Office Box 1311  Johns Island  SC 29457

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