Friday Night Fun Week I at the Atlanta Summer Classic

Miguel Ventura and Helen fly over the final fence in last night’s $10,000 Six Bar Class.

The entire show grounds packed the VIP tent and the stone walls surrounding the Olympic Arena last night as the second annual $10,000 Six Bar Class, presented by Regions Private Wealth Management, took center stage.

A field of fourteen horse and rider teams took to the series of six jumps which began at a height of 1.20 meters (3’11”). After two rounds the six fences were reduced to a series of four fences and after four rounds, were raised to a final fence height of 1.70 meters (5’7″). Only seven horses advanced to the final stage.

Courtney Osborne of Marietta, Georgia and Roger Seitzmeir’s Hibiscus were the first to tackle the final round and had a heartbreak rail at the final fence. Glenn Hartigan of Alpharetta, Georgia was next to go in the irons of Phyllis Hines’ Ace of Spies. The heartbreak rail at the final fence had them tied with Osborne and Hibiscus.

Michael Kocher of Tryon, North Carolina was next to challenge the four jumps in the irons of Judith Habeeb’s Secretive. However, a rail at the third fence with four jump faults had him tying with Osborne and Hartigan.

Lizzie Van Der Walde from Ann Arbor, Michigan and Anne Gardner’s Zippo Ii were next to go. However, after a rail at the third fence and refusal at the fourth, they elected to retire.

Richard Matthews of Odessa, Florida and Sheetal Patel’s No Doubt Vt followed Van Der Walde, but had rails at fence three and four.

Aaron Vale and Okla Homa go clean over the final fence, tying for first place
Aaron Vale and Okla Homa go clean over the final fence, tying for first place

Aaron Vale of Morriston, Florida in the irons of Donald Stewart’s Okla Homa were next to go and the first to go clean to the delight of the crowd!

Miguel Ventura of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Allison Ventura’s Helen were the last to go in the class and also turned in a clean round! The packed VIP tent and arena walls lined with spectators erupted with cheers!

“The Six Bar Class was very exciting and a competition that everyone can understand. The crowd was really on the edge of their seats. For many, it was the first time they have seen such a class,” commented Bell. “It was especially great to have our sponsors Regions Private Wealth Management with us to experience this well-loved, exciting event,” he added.

“To run this event in conjunction with the Annual Outback Steakhouse Dinner to benefit the Hope Clinic is fantastic. This is such a great charity and we are thrilled that we can partner with them in their fundraising efforts. Giving back is what true horse people do and I feel that our clientele embodies this sentiment.” Bell believes that philanthropic efforts not only give to worthy organizations, but also give back to the individuals participating in them ‘ten-fold.’ “It feels good to give back to the community,” he said.

The Hope Clinic provides affordable alternatives to the hospital emergency room for the primary care/ internal medicine medical needs of the uninsured in Gwinnett County, Georgia. The Hope Clinic was founded on March 29, 2002 by Dr. William Martin. After 30 years of practicing internal medicine in Gwinnett County, Dr. William Martin was seeing a trend he couldn’t ignore – an ever-growing number of needy patients falling through the cracks of the medical system.

The Hope Clinic’s mission is to provide the very highest quality of medical care to those with limited or no access to healthcare and to treat each patient with the utmost respect and kindness without regard to language, national origin, or ability to pay.

A total of 3,159 patients were served in 2014. Total visits provided by the Hope Clinic in 2014 were 7,538. 56% of all patients are female with 46% of Hope’s patients being Female Head of Household. 17.3% of the Hope Clinic’s female patients are totally dependent on others for food, shelter and clothing and considered indigent. Services include Chronic Care Management for those suffering multiple diagnosis, mental health care, well-women care and acute care. The Hope Clinic’s goal is to provide a medical home to those who need it the most.

The Outback Steakhouse Charity dinner raises approximately $30,000 each year towards the Hope Clinic’s mission to provide services to the uninsured and indigent of Metro Atlanta through sponsorships and ticket sales.

  • Saturday, June 13: $35,000 Outback Steakhouse Grand Prix
  • Friday, June 19: $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
  • Saturday, June 20: $35,000 Atlanta Summer Classic Grand Prix, presented by EMO

VIP opens at 6:30 pm. Tables of 8 are $450 per week and a cash bar is available each week. Be sure to see the office and purchase your table now for the best views, meals and events at the Atlanta Summer Classic. For those on the run, feel free to call Grace at 843.786.5503 to reserve your table.

The Atlanta Summer Classic is the first stop on the Great Magnolia Show Jumping Tour which combines three show-destination circuits. The Olympic spirit of the Atlanta Summer Classic, Brownland Farm’s pastoral venue in close proximity to America’s music scene in Nashville, Tennessee and the show-cation destination of the Charleston Summer Classic on Johns Island, South Carolina make up the Tour that offers more!

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.

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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