Skymiles and Holly Shepherd Open Week I with a Win in the $5,000 Open Welcome Jumper Class

Skymiles and Holly Shepherd sail over a fence on their way to the win at the Charleston Summer Classic’s $5,000 Open Jumper Welcome Class. Flashpoint Photography.

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama rode Skymiles, owned by Loretta Patterson, to the win in yesterday’s $5,000 Open Welcome Jumper Classic that saw fifteen tackle Allen Rheinheimer’s course.

Christopher Schroeder of Andersonville, Tennessee was the first to go aboard GK Performance Horses, LLC’s Enrique Van Het Vennehof.  Although the pair beat the 84 second time limit, with a time of 76.160 seconds, the four faults they acquired at fence 10 would place them in eighth place overall.  Second to go was Frank Owens of San Antonio, Texas in the irons of DS Holdings, LLC’s Capricello.  But the pair earned four time faults with their time of 87.556 seconds which knocked them out of ribbon contention.

Schroeder returned to the ring, this time aboard GK Performance Horses, LLC’s Una Bella who completed their first round with a time of 78.372 seconds, but with four jump faults at fence 7, would finish the pair out of the ribbons.

The first clean round was Danielle Grice of Northfield, Minnesota and her own Boisterous who posted a time of 80.330 seconds.  Their second round saw them earn four jump faults at fence 4 with a time of 39.706 seconds, which would place them in fourth place overall.  Next to go was Josh Dolan of Bluffton, South Carolina aboard his own Slfannie Lennox; the pair turned in a clear round in 83.748 seconds, but with four time faults in the second round with a time of 43.476 seconds, would finish in sixth overall.

Christian Rogge of Cypressq, Texas was next to go with his own Lissa TSP and turned in a clear first-round effort in 76.654 seconds.  Four faults in the second round with a time of 37.700 seconds would finish them in third place overall.  Angel Karolyi of Aiken, South Carolina riding Hollow Creek Farm’s Amigo was next to go and turned in a clean first-round with a time of 79.980 seconds.  Their second round resulted in four jump faults and a time fault in 41.160 seconds which placed them in fifth overall.

Frank Owens of San Antonio, Texas was the next up aboard DS Holdings, LLC’s MTM’s Twenties Girl.  Their time of 84.297 earned them a time fault and with four jump faults, would place them out of the ribbons.

Holly Shepherd was next to go aboard Skymiles and went clean with a time of 79.378 seconds.  Their second round saw another clean round and the pair posted the fastest second round in a time of 36.879 seconds securing the win.

Schroeder returned for another ride this time aboard GK Performance Horses, LLC’s Diamant De Ravel.  The pair had four jump faults in a time of 80.587 seconds which would keep them out of the ribbons.

Victor Segovia of Wellington, Florida riding The Romeo Group’s Romeo turned in the next clear first-round in a time of 80.094 seconds.  Their second round effort resulted in ten time faults which would keep them from the winner’s circle.

Whitney Owens and DS Holdings, LLC’s S & L Show Guru turned in a first round effort in 76.512 seconds and seven jump faults.  Grice, this time aboard Rapid Rewards owned by Loretta Patterson, turned in a first-round effort in 84.502 seconds and four jump faults and a time fault.  The pair would not place.

Schroeder was last to go in the class and brought his third mount, his own Catungee, as his final effort of the day to steal the lead from Shepherd.  However, despite a clear first-round in 80.931 seconds, their second round time of 42.203 seconds would give them two time faults, placing them in the second position overall.

The action continues tonight when forty three horse and rider teams tackle the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by FarmVet at 5pm.  Dinner and drinks will be served ringside for VIP patrons and special guests Cenegenics of the Carolinas will be on hand to meet with those interested in living well longer.

For those of you still “on the fence”, there are some stalls still available for next week. What a great opportunity to give your young horses some grand prix experience and everyone a chance in your barn to do it all – surf and show!

In other news:

Social Calendar!

Don’t miss the action packed social calendar while at the opening week of the Charleston Summer Classic.  Tomorrow night, 5 to 7 pm, VIP patrons will enjoy drinks and dinner during the USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by FarmVet. Saturday evening, VIP table holders will enjoy appetizers and cocktails ringside and Sunday features the popular Ringside Mimosas for everyone!

Jumpers, Jumpers, Jumpers!

The $25,000 grand prix Week I and II are great for your jumpers and especially for those young horses looking to get a leg up on grand prix competition. The $2,500 Jr./AO Jumper Division is perfect for the rest of the barn.

Something for Everyone!

Due to popular demand, Classic Company has added a 1.20m Training Jumper to the schedule for both weeks along with a Walk-Trot Division.

Don’t Hoof It!

With all the action at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, you may consider renting a golf cart from the Official Golf Cart Company, Garrett Golf Carts, or call them at 843-881-8894. Weekly rentals for two-seaters are only $225 and only $275 for the four-seaters. Make sure to contact them and reserve your cart now – your barn and trainer will thank you!

Got Rooms?

Get a jump on it and book today!  This location is beautiful and a vacation destination.  So make sure to book your rooms and condos now! Classic Company’s Official Lodging Partner is the pet-friendly Land’s Inn at 2545 Savannah Highway in Charleston.  The Land’s Inn is approximately 18 miles from the show grounds and looks forward to welcoming you, your families and your four legged friends.  You can call them at 843-763-8885 or visit them on the web at  Make sure to mention you will be attending the Charleston Summer Classic shows.

If condo is the way you like to go and the phrase “seven miles from the show grounds” sounds good to you, the Classic Company recommends several and they are listed in the prize list. Most are located on Seabrook Island and Kiawah Island and all offer close proximity to the show and the beach. Classic’s newest lodging partner is Coastal Getaways of South Carolina and can be reached via web or at 843-789-4438. Make sure to book now for the show and vacation experience you will never forget!

Make sure to book now for the show and vacation experience you will never forget.

If you haven’t reserved your stalls or sent in your entries yet, please contact Classic Company immediately at 843.768.5503 or send them an email at

For those looking save the cost of postage, paper and personal time, make sure to go to Equestrian Connect, Classic Company’s Official Service Provider, to submit your entries today!

Equestrian Connect is Classic Company’s Official Service Provider and allows exhibitors to store their data one time, on the web, and then use that data to automatically fill out hunter/jumper entry forms across the country.  The service offers a free 45 day trial period for new members.  At the conclusion of the trial period, Equestrian Connect offers an annual subscription, or a “pay as you go” service. The service allows exhibitors to save both time and money.  This is the one-minute online entry service that will help you get your entries in on time and you to the show!

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 fee added for credit card payments.

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 this summer.  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.

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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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