Maddrix Pilots KT Cher to the Win in the $10,000 Open Jumper Season Opener in Pensacola

Tim Maddrix pilots Claudia Styslinger’s KT Cher to the win in Saturday night’s $10,000 Open Jumper class.

The Pensacola community packed the stands Saturday night in the covered arena at the Escambia County Equestrian Center to watch some top show jumpers compete for the $10,000 Open Jumper purse.

Eighteen horse and rider combinations took to the course designed by Classic Company’s Official Course Designer, Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana.  “I designed this course to be welcoming for both horse and rider and I’m happy with the results,” Rheinheimer commented.

No one was happier than Timothy Maddrix of Birmingham, Alabama, who rode Claudia Styslinger’s KT Cher to the win, beating Eduardo Leon’s Bugati, ridden by Wilhelm Genn in a jump off round of 34.198 seconds.  Genn’s jump off time with Bugati was just a fraction of a second slower in 34.992 seconds which saw them finish with the red ribbon.  “To be honest, I thought Wilhelm had me,” commented Maddrix. “Wilhelm [Genn] was really fast and I just won by a fraction of a second.  The jump off round was really fun with some great turns and it was an overall fun time,” he added.

Of the eighteen rounds, only four returned for the jump-off round.  Big Promise, owned and ridden by Aleece Jarman of Pace, Florida, took third place in the class after double clean rounds and a jump off time of 37.445 seconds.  Fourth place was awarded to Akida, owned by Wilhelm Genn and Mark Atkins and ridden by Wilhelm Genn of Lebanon, Ohio. After a clean first round, the pair returned for the jump off but with nineteen faults and a time of 57.235 seconds, the duo would finish in fourth.

Jarman returned for the fifth place ribbon, this time aboard her own Cantori, with a first round time of 86.726 seconds and two time faults.  Sixth place was awarded to Theo Genn of Lebanon, Ohio, in the irons aboard Winchester, owned by Bridlebourne Stables, LLC, in a first round time of 86.915 seconds and two time faults.  Seventh place was awarded to Marylisa Leffler of Brookover, Maryland, riding Rolling Acres’ Carlot in a first round time of 87.477 and three time faults.

Tim Maddrix sails over an oxer Saturday night with KT Cher
Tim Maddrix sails over an oxer Saturday night with KT Cher

“This is my favorite Classic Company horse show,” said Maddrix.  “We’re going to finish up this Sunday before 4 and head to the beach for dinner.  My clients and I just love it here,” he added.

Week II on the Emerald Coast is shaping up to be a winner.  “We have a lot going on here this week,” said Bob Bell, President of the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Company.  “We’re offering a $5,000 Open Welcome Class, $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, a $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and $25,000 Grand Prix.  We’re all having a great time here on the coast, so come on down!” he added.

The Gulf Coast Winter Classic Pensacola shows are considered to be the most exhibitor-friendly and ideal show to earn valuable AA hunter points early in the year. The Pensacola shows act as a perfect proving ground for the more novice horses and riders and if that wasn’t enough, the Gulf Coast location and weather simply complete the entire ideal horse show experience.

Let’s Go!

When looking to book your accommodations for the Pensacola shows, please book with the Official Gulf Coast Classic Company lodging partners!

Just minutes from the Escambia Equestrian Center, beach, airport and quaint Gulf side restaurants and shops, Gulf Coast Classic Company’s Official Lodging Partners are ready to offer you award winning service and accommodations.  The Best Western Plus Blue Angel Inn, located at 2390 West Detroit Boulevard, offers its customer friendly service along with complimentary high-speed Internet access, microwaves, refrigerators and cable satellite televisions.  An outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, free parking and complimentary daily hot breakfast will give you a leg up on your busy show day.  Make sure to call them directly to ensure the horse show rate.

The Red Roof Inn Pensacola West, located at 2591 Wilde Lake Boulevard welcomes you and your pets to the Gulf Coast Classic Pensacola shows.  Conveniently located in close proximity to the show grounds, this pet-friendly hotel offers complimentary Internet access, breakfasts and parking.  Select rooms offer microwaves and mini-fridges.  Coin laundry is also available.  Call directly to secure your horse show rate!

Remember, the Gulf Coast Classic Company never charges a credit card fee charged by the show office and never an add/scratch fee – you pay only for what you show in! Make the Gulf Coast Winter Classics your showing destination this winter. Come for the show and stay for the fun!

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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