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Peterson Family Dominates $7,500 Horseflight Open Welcome Week I of Atlanta Fall Classics

Derek Peterson and Diamant’s Legacy.

The jumper action got under way Week I of the Atlanta Fall Classics with Thursday’s $7,500 Horseflight Open Welcome and saw a field of 21 take to the Olympic Stadium over a course designed by Michel Vaillancourt. Vaillancourt, originally from Montreal, Canada, was the Course Designer for the 2015 Pan American games in Canada and was the first Canadian equestrian athlete to win an Individual Olympic medal during the 1976 Olympic Games. He became the head of the Canadian Olympic team as their Chief d’Equipe, was inducted into the Jump Canada Hall of Fame in 2009 and is considered one of the top course designers in North America.

Fourteen advanced to a second round opportunity with a time set at 45 seconds. Only eight had double clear rounds and the Peterson family of Archer, Florida dominated the standings.

Redeemed, owned and ridden by Derek Peterson, was the first to go double clear in times of 72.312 and 33.014 seconds, respectively and set the time to beat. David Jennings of Franklin, Tennessee and Ally Moyer’s Beorn followed with the next double clear round, but their second round time of 35.910 seconds would have them finish in eighth place overall.

Aida Sanchez Long of Ooltewah, Tennessee and Nelson Long’s ML Hartwick also had double clear rounds and their second clear round in a time of 33.728 seconds, would find them in seventh place overall.

Jennings returned with the next double clear rounds, this time in the irons of KM Corina, owned by KM Farms. Their clean second round in a time of 32.654 seconds moved them temporarily to the lead. Peterson and his own Co Pilot rose to the challenge. They returned to the Olympic Arena and posted double clear rounds in times of 72.349 and 32.806 seconds, respectively, just missing taking the lead and seating them behind Jennings and KM Corina.

Jared Peterson followed his father in the irons of Derek Peterson’s Titus 2:11 and bested his father’s time after posting double clear rounds in times of and 74.060 and 32.016 seconds, respectively, taking the lead from Jennings and KM Corina.

Stepping up to his son’s challenge, Derek returned to the ring this time with his own Diamant’s Legacy and took the lead after posting double clear rounds in times of 70.455 and 31.116 seconds, respectively.

The finals placings saw Derek Peterson in the first place position with Diamant’s Legacy and fifth and sixth placings with Co Pilot and Redeemed. His son Jared Peterson rode home with the second place ribbon in the irons of his father’s Titus 2:11. Jordan Coyne of High Springs, Florida took third place honors with her own Lazaro and Jennings collected the fourth, eighth and tenth place ribbons with KM Farm’s KM Corfina, Ally Moyer’s Beorn and Full Circle Farm’s Blue Moon 22. For full results, click here.

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Six Bar a Success at the Atlanta Summer Classic Week II

Martien Van Der Hoeven and Easy Touch 4 make it look easy. Flashpoint Photography.

What a night! The Classic Company’s inaugural $10,000 Six Bar class was the talk of the horse show community Friday night at the Georgia International Horse Park which took place center stage in the Olympic Arena.

The event coincided with the Annual Outback Steakhouse Charity Dinner to benefit the Hope Clinic. The Hope Clinic was founded in 2002 by Dr. William Martin to provide an affordable alternative to the hospital emergency room for the primary care medical needs of the uninsured. The clinic is a vital part of Gwinnett’s healthcare safety net and supplies over half of the available charitable primary care capacity in the county. Dr. Martin and the team of providers at the Hope Clinic specialize in internal medicine and chronic care diagnosis. The Classic Company has supported the Hope Clinic for the past 8 years. “This is an incredibly worthy group. They provide a tremendous amount of services to the local community and provide the less fortunate with needed medical services. The Classic Company is one of their largest fundraising groups and we are so happy to work with them and help make a difference.”

“The six bar class was amazing. There must have been 1,000 at the grand prix. Literally everyone at the show was watching!” commented Classic Company President Bob Bell.

“The class is a straight line of six fences. We started the first fence at 3’9. As each rider went clean, the fences were raised. We did four rounds and ended with the last fence at 5’10”. We ended up with a three way tie and the crowd just loved it!” said Bell.

Derek Petersen and Cassevel fly over the Six Bar challenge. Flashpoint Photography.
Derek Petersen and Cassevel fly over the Six Bar challenge. Flashpoint Photography.

The three victors were Martien Van Der Hoeven of Spring, Texas in the irons of Courtney DeHechavarria’s Easy Touch 4, Michael Murphy of Apopka, Florida riding Suzanne Dennis’ Bunny Hop, and Derek Peterson of Archer, Florida in the irons of Madddie Skimming’s Cassevel.

Paul McCrea of Alpharetta, Georgia rode Krista Jones’ Diamond DeLuxe and made it to the fourth round. But eight jump faults would keep them from the winner’s circle.

Van Der Hoeven also rode Augusta Pines Farm’s Nuateloe. The team was out after Round 3 saw them with four jump faults. Round 3 also claimed Sherry Hill of Cordele, Georgia on her own Bellami and Randii Goble of Friendsville, Tennessee aboard Icon Sporthorses, LLC’s Queen of Calla, both with four jump faults at the last fence. Round two spared all of the horse and riders and round one claimed Mary Katherine Hargreaves and her own Jump Start with eight jump faults.

During the event, the Annual Silent Auction also took place for those looking to make a win outside of the ring in the sold out tent. Outback Steakhouse served ribs, chicken breasts, Caesar salad and deserts. “The food was delicious and everyone had a great time,” said Bell.

$5,000 Open Welcome Jumpers

Thursday night the Open Jumpers saw 29 take to the course designed by internationally known course designer, Steve Stephens of Palmetto, Florida, but only 10 went clean. Stephens has designed courses for the Olympics and the Pan Am Games. He is one of the most well-known course designers in the world.

Of the ten that went clean, Derek Petersen’s Titus 2:11, ridden by Jared Petersen of Archer, Florida, won the class with a double clean round and jump off time of 31.013 seconds, well within the time allowed of 47 seconds. Trapatoni, owned by Billie Dorouet and ridden by David Jennings of Franklin, Tennessee, came in second after turning in double clear rounds and a jump off time in 32.06 seconds. Third place finisher was David Blake of Parkland, Florida aboard Doma Sue, owned by Pine Hollow Farm, after turning in double clear rounds and a jump off time of 33.221 seconds.

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.
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