The Charleston Summer Classic Is Underway

Mary Huitt pilots her own Honfleur over the Horseflight jump to the win in the $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome.

The Great Magnolia Show Jumping Tour has headed to the ‘showcation’ destination at the Charleston Summer Classic and Week I is a sold-out show!

The $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome yesterday saw a field of fifteen compete for the prize money in the new grand prix arena at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center. Only eight of the fifteen turned in clear first round efforts and Balizo Z, owned and ridden by Anna Beth Athey of Enid, Oklahoma, was the first to do so in a time of 80.290 seconds, well within the 83 seconds time allowed. Their second round effort was also fault-free and in a time of 36.77 seconds, bested the time allowed of 50 seconds and set the new time to beat.

Mary Huitt of Savannah, Georgia and her own Honfleur followed Balizo Z and rose to the challenge, turning in double clear rounds in times of 80.194 seconds and 34.814 seconds, taking the lead.

Osiris, owned by Julie Lee and Gemma Paternoster of Wellington, Florida, gave Huitt a run for the money after turning in fault-free rounds in times of 78.367 and 35.273 seconds, respectively, and was able to move into second place behind Huitt and Honfleur.

Capricello 2, owned by DS Holdings, LLC and ridden by Frankie Owens of San Antonio, Texas, followed with a clear first round in a time of 78.304 seconds. They went clean in their second round effort with a time of 36.109 seconds which would find the pair finishing fourth overall.

Susan Strecker’s Vancouver IV, ridden by Christina Jason of Aiken, South Carolina, turned in a fault-free first round in a time of 79.550 seconds. Their clean second jump effort in a time of 40.007 would see the pair finish in eighth place overall.

Calligraphy, owned by Krisley Hill Equine Investments and ridden by Haley Lubow of Nashville, Tennessee, turned in clean first and second round efforts in times of 79.040 seconds and 35.875 seconds, respectively, and would find themselves move into third place overall.

Whitney Owens of Wind Crest, Texas rode DS Holdings, LLC’s S & L Shoe Guru in back to back clean rounds in times of 82.801 and 37.857 seconds, respectively, and finished in seventh place overall.

Ann Beth Athey’s Serena, ridden by Jordan Gilchrist of Flower Mound, Texas, turned in double clear efforts in times of 79.556 and 36.574 seconds, respectively, which would see the pair finish in fifth place overall.

A determined Huitt pilots Honfleur to the winner's circle
A determined Huitt pilots Honfleur to the winner’s circle

The class wrapped up with Honfleur and Mary Huitt in the lead followed by Osiris and Paternoster in second place.

Tonight’s $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby is set to take the stage this evening before a sold out VIP tent and 38 horse and rider teams are expected to compete. Besides a beautifully catered dinner by restaurant partner CRAVE, and sponsored by Seabrook Island Equestrian Center, the VIP is going to be HOT HOT HOT! The Charleston Summer Classic’s Official Charity Partner, the Charleston Animal Society, will be bringing their poster boy firemen from the special Charleston Animal Society’s Calendar from 6-7:30 pm for photo opportunities. Time to refresh that profile picture! For only $10.00 pose with the hottest firemen in South Carolina, or buy a calendar and get your photo for free, all for a good cause. Stop by the VIP tonight and be sure to bring your camera or smartphone.

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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