Centurion and Camargo Win the $35,000 UlcerGard Grand Prix

German Camargo and his own Centurion fly over an oxer on their way to the win in the $35,000 UlcerGard Grand Prix. Flashpoint Photography.

The Olympic Arena at the Georgia International Horse Park was the backdrop for the $35,000 UlcerGard Grand Prix, designed by International Course Designer, Manuel Esparanza, of Mexico City, Mexico. No stranger to the Classic Company and the Georgia International Horse Park, Esparanza has designed courses for Spruce Meadows, the Beijing games, and has acted as an Assistant Designer for the 1996 Olympic Games held at the Atlanta facility.

Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina was first to go in the irons of Kenwood, owned by the Kenwood Syndicate. While the pair beat the 91 seconds time allowed in their time of 86.999 seconds, their 8 jump faults would not advance them to the jump off. Derek Peterson of Archer, Florida was next to go in the irons of his first of two mounts, Catchafire. With four jump faults at fence four and a time of 82.245 seconds, they would finish in fifth place overall. Werner 61, owned by Westwind Equestrian Training Center and ridden by Haley Gassel of Lenoir City, Tennessee, was next to go but also picked up four faults at fence four and another four at fence 11. Their eight faults and time of 85.694 seconds would see them finish in twelfth place overall.

Gemma Paternoster and Julia Harrison-Lee’s Osiris were next to go. The pair took their time in an effort to go fault-free, but suffered a heartbreak at the last fence and time faults resulting in 10 overall faults in a time of 96.174 seconds.

Ian Silitch of Ocala, Florida was next up in the irons of Cordovo, owned by Gaston Family Investments, LLC. Their time of 88.620 seconds and four jump faults would see them finish in tenth overall.

Zidoctro, owned and ridden by Jenna Friedman, was next to go and after posting four jump faults in a time of 84.614 second, would finish in seventh place overall.

There was still not a clear round, until Jordan Coyne from New Port Ritchey, Florida entered the ring on her own Lazaro. The pair took no prisoners as they galloped through the timers fault-free with a time of 84.986 seconds. Finally, a clean round!

International Hunter Derby winner Harold Chopping of Southern Pines, North Carolina was next to go aboard Kendra Bullington’s Basje. The pair finished with a total of eight jump faults and a time of 87.182 seconds.

Penny Brennan of Buhl, FL and her own Sun Tzu were next up and finished with 8 jump faults and a time of 88.258 seconds.

Quite Dark 2, owned by Westwind Equine Training Center and ridden by Haley Gassel of Lenoir City, Tennessee, was next up and turned in an eight fault effort in a time of 86.497 seconds.

Jared Peterson of Archer, Florida was next to go in the irons of his father’s Titus 2:11. But after turning in a four fault effort in a time of 80.827 seconds, the pair would finish in fourth place overall.

David Blake of Parkland, Florida followed Peterson in the irons of Pine Hollow Farm’s Doma Sue. With four faults at fence 9 and a time of 85.960 seconds, Blake and Doma Sue would finish in eighth overall.

It looked like there may not be a jump off, but then German Camargo of Loxahatchee, Florida entered the ring riding his own Centurio. The pair’s fault free round in a time of 81.578 seconds gave the crowd the jump off they wanted!

Five horse and rider teams followed and none went clean.

Esparanza revamped the course for the jump off and set the time to beat at 67 seconds. Coyne and Lazaro were first to go and the crowd was on the edge of their seats. The team tackled the course in a fast time of 44.708 seconds, but with four jump faults, left the win on the table for Camargo and Centurio. When Camargo galloped passed the timers, the scoreboard announced a fault free round in a time of 53.024 seconds.

“It was a tough course, a really technical course, but with Jordan having dropped a rail, I was able to take my time a bit to make sure we’d go clean,” he said.

“I got him 4 years ago as a four year old in Europe. This is one of his first grand prix. He is a strong horse and he jumps really well,” said Camargo. Originally from Colombia, Camargo has been in the Wellington area for fourteen years.   He travels to the shows with his family and his wife and son are always ringside to lend a hand. “I don’t have a groom,” he said. “My family helps me.”

“I have other horses and customers, etc. One of the reasons I came here is because of the ring,” he said. “And the weather here has been great – it is so hot in Wellington.”

The final results had Camargo winning with Centurion, Coyne second with Lazaro, and Silitch rode Vanita, owned by Gaston Family Investments, LLC, to a third place finish with a fast, four fault round in 79.098 seconds.

On Deck!

Week II starts off tomorrow with a complimentary Riders’ Clinic sponsored by Zone IV and taught by Pat Bostwick, so make sure to reserve your spot by contacting Janet McCarroll at 228.669.2687 or email her at gcclassic@aol.com. These spots go fast so make sure to reserve your place today!

Next Friday night features the annual Outback Steakhouse Dinner during the inaugural $10,000 Six Bar Class, so be sure to reserve your table today! This is a charity event that benefits the Hope Clinic and is always a fun time for all.

Saturday night features the $35,000 Antares Sellier Grand Prix so be sure to book your VIP table today!

Next week also offers the $2,500 USHJA Hunter Classic, the Emerson Burr Program for Pony Riders, the $5,000 Welcome Class, the $5,000 Futures Class and the Atlanta Cup Equitation Classic for Horses.

To wrap up two great weeks of showing, the Classic Company will feature Junior Hunter Frenzy Week II and award the Grand Puba Junior Hunter Championship the final Sunday of the show.

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 now through June 22!

In other news… show-cation!

Did you book your beach condo? The Show-cation destination is coming up at the Charleston Summer Classic which starts July 8 through 19. Beach front condos a few minutes from the show grounds are where the riders stay, so don’t miss out on the best show-cation of your life! Bring the family, friends, dogs and horses! Minutes from the beach and only a short drive to historic Charleston, this is the show that offers something for everyone from fishing to kayaking, to shopping to wave jumping, from walk-trot to weekly grand prix and hunter derbies. This is your Show-cation destination!

Anyone who has shown with the Classic Company knows what sets them apart from the rest: Classic Shows are FUN! Friday night exhibitor parties, Saturday night grand prix, complimentary ringside Saturday pizza and luncheons all with the exhibitor in mind! And remember, Classic Company does not charge extra office fees for credit card transactions nor is there a scratch or add fee! Classic Company wants to make your showing experience the best ever!

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 www.ClassicCompany.com or call them at 843.768.5503.

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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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