Kris Killam of Naples, Florida and Empire Show Stables’ Boreale De Talma, winners of the Week I $25,000 EMO Grand Prix, returned Week II of the Charleston Summer Classic to collect the blue in the $25,000 Bohicket Marina Grand Prix, presented by Sidelines Magazine Friday night. He also earned the second and third place ribbons with Helene Jones’ Gangster CHS and Empire Show Stables’ Memory Lane, respectively.
“I’ve had a pretty epic two weeks here in Charleston,” said Killam. “I won first, second, and third in the Week II grand prix, which I have never done before! Pretty darn awesome, I would say! But I really just need to thank my owners and Empire Show Stables and most importantly, my staff. They have worked so hard here over the past two weeks and while I get all the glory, they are working putting horses away. Everyone from the folks back home, to my wife to my staff here at the show, they put it all together and really deserve the credit. I’d also like to thank Bob Bell and the Classic Company for putting on such a great show,” he added.
Six of the fifteen horse and rider teams advanced to a jump off round opportunity. The jump off round was set with a time allowed of 49 seconds. First to go, Chase Boggio of Canton, Georgia and Victoria Press’ Quesada D’Elle, went clear and their time of 40.420 seconds set the new time to beat.
Killam and Helene Jones’ Gangster CHS followed Boggio and Quesada D’Elle with a fault free round in 39.108 seconds and took the lead.
Rodney Harkey of Charlotte, North Carolina and his own Equador followed Killam and Gangster CHS in the order, but four jump faults in a time of 38.476 seconds would see them finish in fifth place overall.
Killam returned to the grand prix arena, this time in the irons of Empire Show Stables’ Memory Lane and turned in a fault free jump off round in 39.712 seconds. Boggio, this time aboard his own Co Pilot, followed Killam and with four jump faults in a time of 40.545 seconds would finish in sixth overall.
Killam sat in the enviable last to go spot with Boreale De Talma and flew through the course fault free in a time of 38.433 seconds, securing the win and the second and third placings. Boggio and Co Pilot earned a fourth place.
Daniel Pizarro Rosas of Milton, Georgia rode his own Ontario Eclipse to a seventh place finish, and Cool Down S, owned and ridden by Mary Meghann Huitt of Savanah, Georgia, placed eighth. Ninth place was awarded to Dana Noga of Ocala, Florida and her own Obos Pepperpot, and tenth was awarded to Legacy Stables’ Chaventyno, ridden by Sarah Middleton of Wellington, Florida. Huitt returned for an eleventh place ribbon with Robin Huitt’s Chiara, and Michael Kearins of Wellington, Florida and his own Evloien wrapped up the class with a twelfth place finish.
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