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December 12, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: General

DOUBLE HEADER DERBY FRIDAY WEEK II AT THE ATLANTA FALL CLASSICS!

November 21, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: General

DOUBLE HEADER DERBY FRIDAY
 WEEK II AT THE ATLANTA FALL CLASSICS!
Julie Curtin pilots Whitney over a jump on their way to the win in yesterday’s $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Legend
For Immediate Release:  November 19, 2016
[Conyers, Georgia]
It was a double header Derby Day yesterday, Week II of the Atlanta Fall Classics held at the Georgia International Horse Park.
The morning started out with the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Legend and Wesley Wilson’s Whitney, ridden by Julie Curtin of Woodstock, Georgia, galloped away with the blue besting thirteen horse and rider teams to win the class with a combined score of 182. Curtin andWhitney led the class after posting the highest round score of 90 and maintained their lead in the Handy round after earning a second round score of 92.
Naddel, owned by Hilary Baylor and ridden by Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina rode home with a second place finish, after posting a first round score of 86 and a second round score of 91 for a combined total of 177.
Ribbon Marshall Drew Coster greets Julie Curtin and Whitney in the winner’s circle
Right behind Geitner and Naddell and grabbing the third place ribbon was Karen Bailey’s Troubadour, piloted by Sarah Milliren of Jenks, Oklahoma, after earning a first and second round score of 88 for a combined total of 176 points.
Cheryl Rubinstein’s Capisce, ridden by Ashley Hotz of Eads, Tennessee, placed fourth after earning a first round score of 87 and second round score of 85 for a combined total of 172.
 
Cappriccio, owned by Samantha Kench and ridden by Carolyn Bell of Alpharetta, Georgia, earned a fifth place ribbon after posting a first round score of 89 and second round score of 74 for a combined total of 163.
Sixth place honors went to Charisma, owned and ridden by Shea Taylor of Germantown, Tennessee, after earning a combined score of 157 and seventh place was awarded to Sue Gibbs’ Gioia, ridden by Vick Russell of Columbus, North Carolina after posting an overall score of 155.
Stephanie Von Bidder of Aiken, South Carolina, piloted her own Ariana to an eighth place finish, while After Party, owned and ridden by Caitlin Davies of Milton, Georgia, placed ninth.
My BFF, owned and ridden by Erin Cummins of Carmel, Indiana, placed tenth and Tim Sweat of Milton, Georgia and his own Autograph placed eleventh.  Perfect Gentleman, owned and ridden by Brittany Wyatt of Fayetteville, Georgia, wrapped up the class in twelfth place.
Ashley Hotz and More Optimistic fly over an oxer in the Olympic Arena on their way to the win in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby last night
Friday night the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby took to the Olympic Arena over a beautiful course designed by Classic CompanyCourse Designer Joe Carnicom.
 
More Optimistic, owned by Maida Clifton and ridden by Ashley Hotz of Eads, Tennessee stole the show and took the win after earning an overall score of 348.
Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina took both the second and third place ribbons with True Story, owned by Kelly Sims and Jordan Carlson’s Avignon, both earning overall scores of 341, however, True Story was awarded four bonus options in their Handy round which secured the second place ribbon.
Valentine, owned by Liddy Strickland and ridden by Sarah Milliren of Jenks, Oklahoma, placed fourth with their combined score of 331 and fifth place went to Tall Paul, owned and ridden by Vick Russell of Columbus, North Carolina with an overall score of 324.
Milliren returned to the winner’s circle, this time in the irons of Liddy Strickland’s Judgement Call for the sixth place ribbon after posting a combined score of 310 and seventh was awarded to Chuck Waters’ Carusoridden by Ashley Scott Armstrong of Atlanta, Georgia.
Classic Company President Bob Bell and Ribbon Marshall Drew Coster greet Ashley Hotz and More Optimistic in the winner’s circle
Geitner returned to collect the eighth place ribbon with Allison Mills’ Sky Pilot and ninth was awarded to La Roxx, owned and ridden by Isabel Harbour of Alpharetta, Georgia.

“We all really enjoyed watching the hunters compete under the lights in the Olympic Arena,” commented Bob Bell. “The course was just stunning,” he added.

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THE ATLANTA FALL CLASSICS
The Olympic Venue Provides Backdrop to Unbridled Excitement!
Held at the Georgia International Horse Park, home to the 1996 Olympics, riders have the opportunity to compete in the Olympic arena and ride for some of the top prize money offered this fall. New footing has been installed in all of the arenas and with more than 300,000 in prize money offered, world-class stabling and arenas, top show management staff and a division for everyone in your barn, there is no better place to be in November. From the jumper ring to the short stirrup arena, each competition ring is highly decorated and staffed with top-notch, friendly professional show staff.  Weekly Grand Prix and Hunter Derbies with a class for everyone from lead line to Grand Prix, the Classic Company shows in Conyers are a must on your show calendar.
Phone/Fax:  (843) 768-5503
Post Office Box 1311, Johns Island, SC 29457

Better Homes and Garden Real Estate Metro Brokers Sponsors the National Classic Equitation Championship Finals Dinner at the Atlanta Fall Classics FridayNight

November 09, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: General

Better Homes and Garden Real Estate Metro Brokers Sponsors the National Classic Equitation Championship Finals Dinner at the Atlanta Fall Classics FridayNight
For Immediate Release:  November 9, 2016
[Conyers, Georgia]
The Classic Company  is proud to announce that Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers is the sponsor of the National Classic Equitation Championships Reception Friday night, November 11th held Week I at the Atlanta Fall Classics under the covered arena at the Georgia International Horse Park. The dinner kicks off in conjunction with the NCEC Finals and will serve delicious kabobs, refreshments and deserts for the qualified riders, trainers and their families.
Rachel Gonter

Real estate agents Rachel Gonter and Steve Way are proud to

Steve Way

sponsor this event. Way is no stranger to the equestrian scene. A former competitor, Way is happy to support the National ClassicEquitation Championships Finals’ Reception Friday night. “We are proud to support the National ClassicEquitation Championship Finals’ Reception Friday night to recognize the top up and coming riders who earned this opportunity.”

Gonter and Way of Better Homes and Garden Real Estate Metro Brokers, understand the Finalists’ commitment to excellence. As specialists in who pride themselves on providing distinctive properties for distinctive people, contact Rachel Gonter and Steve Way when searching for you distinctive property, farm or home in Atlanta and surrounding communities at 404-843-2500.
Agents Rachel Gonter and Steve Way are proud to present this 24-acre Longview horse farm, only 5 minutes from the Horse Park
“We are thrilled to have the support of Steve Way and Rachel Gonter of Better Homes and Garden Real Estate Metro Brokers,” commented Bob Bell, President of the ClassicCompany. “We appreciate their support of the up and coming riders and hope those looking for real estate in the Atlanta area will reach out to them when locating their next home,” he added.
Gonter and Way specialize in distinctive properties for distinctive people
The top ribbon winners in the ClassicCompany Equitation classes are invited to compete in this prestigious Finals competition that highlights the up and coming talent in the sport of show jumping. Besides winning top honors in the National Classic Equitation Championship Finals, the winning rider and his or her trainer will receive the coveted NCEC champion jackets. The National Classic Equitation qualifiers take place Friday week I and the top six are invited to return for the Finals that evening under the covered, spacious arena. There is no entry fee for those riders who qualified.
Did you qualify? Click here to see if your name is on the list. If you think you qualified and did not see your name on the list please contact the office at info@classiccompany.com.
The Classic Company kicks off its 21st anniversary at the Georgia International Horse Park, home of the 1996 Olympics tomorrow through the 20th.
There’s a lot happening at the Atlanta Fall Classics, from the Zone 4 Finals to the USHJA 3’3″ Jumping Seat Medal Championship Class, and the hundreds of thousands of prize money offered to the National and International Derbies! “This is a special show for us each year as it wraps up our 2016 ClassicCompany calendar,” said Bell.
The prize list is online and entries are accepted on horseshowsonline.com for no additional fees. For those needing an extra stall, click here for the easy online stall reservation form.
Want to win before you even walk into the ring? Fill out the online lodging form and earn a chance to win a free stall for a week! One lucky winner each week, just for filling out a lodging form!
BIG JUMPER MONEY!


The highly popular $25,000 Children’s/Adult Jumper Barry Lane Classics takes place Week I over three days: Thursday, the $5,000 Barry Lane Classic, Saturday the $10,000 Barry Lane Classic and Sunday culminates with the final $10,000 Barry Lane Classic! Awesome prize money for the Children’s/Adult Jumpers!
The $35,000 Sidelines Grand Prix, presented by EMO takes place Weeks I and II as well as the $7,500 Horseflight Open Welcomes!
WELCOME HUNTER RIDERS!


The Atlanta Fall Classics offer a lot for the hunters including weekly $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derbies, presented by Legend and the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby held Friday night, Week II in the majestic Olympic Stadium!
Hunter Breeding Classes will be held Friday both Weeks I and II and the class will be double judged.
The Atlanta Fall Classic is offering the $7,500 Pony Hunter Division, the $7,500 Junior Hunter Division, $2,000 Amateur Owner Section, $2,500 High Performance Working Hunters and the list goes on. That Atlanta Fall Classicswill also offer the $1,000 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Challenge both Weeks I and II as well as the Take II Thoroughbred Hunter Division. Check the prize list for all the hunter offerings.
CELEBRATE IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE WEEK II!


The USHJA 3’3″ Jumping Seat Medal Championship, the EMO Equitation Finals, the Zone 4 Final and the EMO Circuit Awards, presented by Practical Horseman, round out the two weeks of the Atlanta Fall Classic!
OLYMPIC VENUE PROVIDES BACKDROP TO UNBRIDLED EXCITEMENT!


Held at the Georgia International Horse Park, home to the 1996 Olympics, riders have the opportunity to compete in the Olympic arena and ride for some of the top prize money offered this fall. New footing has been installed in all of the arenas and with more than 300,000 in prize money offered, world-class stabling and arenas, top show management staff and a division for everyone in your barn, there is no better place to be in November. From the jumper ring to the short stirrup arena, each competition ring is highly decorated and staffed with top-notch, friendly professional show staff. “This is going to be a fantastic two weeks of showing and we’re looking forward to seeing our horse show family!” said Bob Bell, President of Classic Company.
PENSACOLA ON DECK!


Set sail for the Gulf! The Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit kicks off in Pensacola, Florida January 11th through the 29th for three weeks of  show jumping excitement. The quaint waterfront town of Pensacola offers something for everyone including award winning dining, shopping, art, boating, kayaking and world famous beaches.
The prize list is online and your opportunity awaits to compete for big prize money in both the hunter and jumper divisions!
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The Atlanta Fall Classics
Ride in Olympic style at the Georgia International Horse Park located in Conyers, Georgia.  The International Grand Prix stadium and a multitude of rings, permanent stabling and state of the art facilities provide the perfect backdrop to big prize money, award winning show management, thousands of exhibitors and some of the top horses in the country.  Weekly Grand Prix and Hunter Derbies with a class for everyone from lead line to Grand Prix, the Classic Companyshows in Conyers are a must on your show calendar.

Connections Housing, Classic Company, and Delta Awards are giving away a free stall each of the Atlanta Fall Classics to one lucky participant who fills out their hotel reservation information.  Helping to track the hotel stays will help us with hotel participation.    Click Here
Exhibitor Information

(Click on the cover to download prize list)

Over $300,000 in Prize Money and Awards

Schedule

Entry Form

Camper Reservation

Lodging Partners
Hampton Inn
Hampton Inn
1340 Dogwood Dr SE
Conyers, GA 30013
770-483-8838

The Premier Lodging Partner of the Classic Company, the Hampton Inn, part of the Hilton family of properties, welcomes you to its beautiful hotel, just minutes from the Georgia International Horse Park and the Atlanta Classics!  Pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your four legged friends along!  The Hampton Inn offers well-appointed rooms complete with refrigerators and microwaves, complimentary Wi-Fi, a free hot breakfast, complimentary afternoon snacks, fitness center and a business center.  Be sure to make your reservation for the shows and tell them you are showing at the Atlanta Classics!

Click here to visit hotel website

Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham
1659 Centennial Olympic Parkway
Conyers, GA 30013
Our Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Conyers hotel near Georgia International Horse Park is located on Centennial Olympic Parkway with easy access to Interstate 20. Before you enjoy the beauty and attractions of Georgia, help yourself to our free hot breakfast buffet.
Take advantage of thoughtful conveniences like free Wi-Fi Internet, shuttle service, hot tub, in-room microwaves and refrigerators, convenience shop, fitness center, guest laundry and free parking. Refresh with a swim in our seasonal outdoor pool, open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and enjoy a refreshing beverage in our on-site lounge. Kids 17 and under stay free with an adult at our newly updated, pet-friendly hotel.

Click here to visit hotel website

Microtel Inn & Suites
1412 Old McDonough Highway
Conyers, GA 30094
Minutes From Georgia International Horse Park and Stone Mountain Park.
Whether traveling for business or pleasure, make Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Conyers/Atlanta Area hotel, near Georgia International Horse Park, your home base for exploring the Atlanta area. Located off Interstate 25, our pet-friendly hotel is minutes from the best Conyers and Atlanta attractions. We serve a free continental breakfast each morning, and offer free Wi-Fi Internet access so you can check directions or catch up on email before you head out. When you return, park your car or oversized-vehicle in our ample free lot and head to our seasonal outdoor pool for a swim. Our on-site fitness center makes it easy to squeeze in a workout on the go. We offer non-smoking and handicapped-accessible rooms as well as suites, and kids 17 an under stay free with an adult.

Click here to visit hotel website

ABOUT THE CLASSIC COMPANY
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 the Classic Company, the Gulf Coast Winter Classics, and their exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at www.classiccompany.com or call them at 843-768-5503.
All sponsorship and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel.
All program advertising inquiries should be directed Drew Coster.
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McLain Ward and Tina La Boheme Claim The New Albany Classic

September 26, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: General

headerMedia Contact: Sara Lowenstein

 614.416.7100

sara@hinsonltd.com

                                                                                                                                             

 McLain Ward and Tina La Boheme Claim The New Albany Classic

Event reaches $30 million raised for The Center for Family Safety and Healing

[New Albany, Ohio] September 25, 2016 – In a highly competitive field that included three Silver Medal-winning members of the United States Show Jumping Olympic team, McLain Ward and Tina La Boheme emerged from the group of 25 riders to claim the Authentic Cup and their share of the $125,000 prize money at the 19th annual New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day.  This marks the fourth win for Ward at The New Albany Classic (including 2004 on Goldika, 2011 on Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve, 2012 on Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve).

Photo: Curtis Wallis

Photo: Curtis Wallis

Founded and hosted by Abigail Wexner at her home in New Albany, Ohio, the FEI CSI 2* and USEF 5* rated competition drew over 15,000 attendees and generated more than $1.7 million to support family violence initiatives in central Ohio provided by The Center for Family Safety & Healing.

This year’s class was formidable, with 9 riders of the 25 combinations going clear over the Richard Jeffery designed course. The picturesque Ohio autumn day contributed to the great turnout and the crowd took every opportunity to appreciate the performance of the duos, cheering on the competitors as they navigated the course.  In a very tight finish, Ward of Brewster, New York emerged as the winner in a no fault finish aboard the 9 year old Selle Francais,Tina La Boheme, owned by McLain Ward and Arthur Hawkins.  The pair bested Beezie Madden and Abigail Wexner’s Breitling LS by 1.43 seconds. Shane Sweetnam and Chaqui Z finished third, with Leslie Howard and Gentille Van Spieveld in fourth and Andrew Bourns aboard CHS Inception in fifth, all clear in the jump off.  Kent Farrington was sixth with four faults on Gazelle.

“We were so honored to have three of the U.S. Olympic medal-winners here to compete and they certainly did not disappoint,” said Abigail Wexner upon conclusion of the grand prix. “It was another great day of show jumping in New Albany made even more gratifying because of the significant support generated to help families in central Ohio who need our attention. I’m so very proud of the enthusiastic participation of the riders and owners, as well as the results of our collective effort to provide a memorable day for families.”

 

Sean Kissane, groom to Tina La Boheme, was recognized with the Groom’s Award.  The complete class results are as follows:

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The 2017 New Albany Classic is scheduled for Sunday, September 24, 2017.

 

About The New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day

The New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix and Family Day CSI 2* presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co. took place on Sunday, September 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Wexner home in New Albany, Ohio. Annually, the event raises more than $1.7 million for The Center for Family Safety and Healing and features a lively country fair for families, Concert at The Classic presented by Justice, an ascena retail company, and an internationally-sanctioned show jumping competition among the world’s leading equestrians and their mounts competing for $125,000 in prize money. Since its inception, The Classic has raised nearly $30 million to support family violence initiatives in central Ohio.

About The Center for Family Safety and Healing

The Center for Family Safety and Healing fully addresses all aspects of family violence, including child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse. Our multidisciplinary team approach includes a one-stop, coordinated response to family violence for individuals and families through partnerships with law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, and a wide range of community resources along with an expanded forum for education, advocacy, and ongoing research. Partners include CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence, A member of the Lutheran Social Services, Columbus Division of Police Special Victims Bureau, Franklin County Children Services, Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, Nationwide Children’s Behavioral Health Services, and Nationwide Children’s Division of Child and Family Advocacy.

About JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) employs 19,000 people in Columbus and central Ohio, making it the region’s largest corporate employer. It is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.4 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

About Justice

Justice, a division of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ-ASNA), is the largest tween lifestyle specialty retailer in the world. Known as the premier destination for fashion-aware tweens, Justice provides the hottest fashion merchandise and accessories for tween girls, ages 7–14. Justice celebrates tween girls through an extraordinary experience of fashion and fun in an everything-for-her destination. Today, Justice operates over 950 stores throughout the United States and Canada, along with an international presence in Asia, Mexico, Latin America, and the Middle East. Visit shopjustice.com for store information and to shop online.

 

2016 Southeast Medal Finals wraps successful 5th year

September 26, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: General

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Media Inquiries: Angie Francalancia
The Connection Public Relations
561-837-3251 office
561-324-2412 cell
angie@theconnectionpr.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla – The Jacksonville Equestrian Center was the setting for exciting competition as junior and adult riders from throughout the southeast and beyond competed in 2016 Southeast Medal Finals Sept. 16-18.
Top junior and amateur adult riders as well as up-and-comers competed in equitation, hunters and jumpers, many preparing to go on to the Southeast Regionals and indoors circuit. The 5th annual Southeast Medal Finals attracted riders from 15 states. For some, it was their first time competing in a coliseum.

Equitation Team Challenge winners, with Coach Leslie Terry

Equitation Team Challenge winners, with Coach Leslie Terry

“The 5th Annual Southeast Medal Finals was fantastic,” said show creator James Lala of Wellington, Florida. “We were happy to see riders and trainers who come out every year to compete are are understanding the mission and how it is a win-win-win for the riders, trainers, sanctioned shows and the Southeast Medal Finals! I was also pleased that we saw a number of new stables who loved the event and plan to return next year. It was really nice to see that the riders and trainers really liked the new events we introduced.”
This year’s new highlight event, the Equitation Team Challenge of the States, drew praise from trainers and riders as it provided an opportunity for top juniors and adults to compete in an equitation team format and to devise their own strategy for the win.
“I’m always about finding places that challenge in different ways,” said trainer Leslie Terry of Cornerstone Farm in Naples, who coached the winning equitation team. Winning the blue ribbon was the team of Reily Rieker, 22, of Jacksonville, McKenzie Kreilich, 15, of Naples, and Erika Jakobson, 14, of Boca Raton.
“Our strategy definitely worked having Erika go first,” Kreilich said. “She had to walk in, lay it down, and get a high score.” The strategy paid off handsomely as Jakobson, who trains under Jane Fennessy of Carriage Hill Farm, posted a first-round score of 90 and setting up the team for the win.
In the prestigious Southeast Junior Medal Finals, Phoebe Alwine of Delray Beach won first, Dominique Gonzalez of Ocala took second, and Camryn Halley of Oveido placed third. Alwine was in the lead after the first round, and held on through the final round.
The Southeast Hunter Finals Under Saddle Challenge presented an opportunity for winners from each of the hunter finals under saddle classes to test themselves against each other. Darby Madden, 15, of Winter Park, who had won a blue ribbon in the Essex Classics Low Children’s Hunter Finals, bested the field. Placing 2nd was Danica Pryce, and 3rd was Paige Moose. Madden, also took first in the GGT Footing Low Children’s Medal Finals.
In the jumper classes, John Angus of Fort Lauderdale had a great showing. He placed both 1st and 5th in the Boy-O-Boy Bridleworks Low Childrens/Adults Jumper Finals, and 3rd in the Wood Craft Solutions High Childrens/Adults Jumper Finals.
Complete results can be found at www.horseshowsonline.com

Selected Results:

Phoebe Alwin, winner Junior Medal Finals, with trainer Jane Fennessy

Phoebe Alwin, winner Junior Medal Finals, with trainer Jane Fennessy

EQUITATION FINALS
Equitation Team Challenge of the States: Gold: Reily Reiker, Erika Jakobson and McKenzie Kreilich; Silver: Sofia Carbone, Caroline Hudon, and Gracie Cammack; Bronze: Allison Postier, Dominique Gonzalez, and Sarah Brecher

Southeast Junior Medal Finals: Gold: Phoebe Alwin, (Trainer: Jane Fennessy), Silver: Dominique Gonzalez (Trainer: Terry Gonzalez); Bronze: Camryn Halley (Trainer: Laura Barrett-Gurtis)

The Riding Habit Adult Medal Finals: Gold: Fiamma Gonzalez-Perotti (Trainer: Karen Flynn), Silver: Reily Rieker (Trainer Kristal Tooma), Bronze: Alexandra Kulick (Trainer Stephanie Gingles)

Ovation Low Adult Medal Finals: Gold: Lindsey Williams (Trainer: Claudia Heath), Silver: Sabrina Schmidt (Trainer: Laura Barrett-Gurtis), Bronze: Daniella Vitale (Trainer: Danica Pryce)

GGT Footing Low Children’s Medal Finals: Gold: Darby Madden (Trainer: Steven Hawkins), Silver: Shira Hadar (Trainer: Peggy Thorndyke), Bronze: Kaci Loveland (Trainer: Jane Fennessy)

Global Horse Transport Pony Medal Finals: Gold: Paige Moose (Trainer: Richard Matthews), Silver: Samantha Palermo (Trainer: Steven Hawkins)

Southeast Children’s Pony Medal Finals: Gold: Savannah Strasberg (Trainer: Steven Hawkins), Silver: Mary Mac Illges (Trainer: Andrea Duffy), Bronze: Meghan Lynch (Trainer: Kristal Tooma)

Darby Madden and Dhirector  , winner Hunter Finals Under Saddle Challenge

Darby Madden and Dhirector , winner Hunter Finals Under Saddle Challenge

HUNTER FINALS
Southeast Hunter Finals Under Saddle Challenge: Gold: Darby Madden riding Dhirector (Owner: Stacey Madden, Trainer: Steven Hawkins), Silver: Daniella Pryce riding Ricochet (Owner: Daniella Vitale, Trainer Danica Pryce), Bronze: Paige Moose riding Masterpiece (Owner: Paige Moose, Trainer: Richard Matthews)

AG Equestrian Junior Hunter Finals: Gold: Dominique Gonzalez riding Ingo De Kalvarie (Owner: T.M. Hills Farm International Corp., Trainer: Terry Gonzalez); Silver: Dominique Gonzalez riding Euro D’Hyrencourt (Owner: Wadsworth Equestrian, Trainer: Terry Gonzalez), Bronze: Alanna Geoffroy riding Voka D.N. (Owner: Comfortside Farm, Trainer: Allison Campbell)

Southeast Amateur Owner Hunter Finals: Gold: Alexis Martin riding Budweis’czar (Owner: Alexis Martin, Trainer: Andrea Duffy), Silver: Alexandra Kulick riding Purple Encore (Owner: Alexandra Kulick, Trainer Stephanie Gingles)

Tenney’s Custom Saddlery Children’s Hunter Finals: Gold: Leah Rodman riding Cartoon (Owner: Anna Feldman, Trainer: Karen Flynn), Silver: Emmanuelle Greenberg riding Vermeer (Owner: Pumpkin’s Patch Farm, Trainer: Jane Fennessy), Bronze: Sara White riding Lexington (Owner: Zoe Reardon, Trainer: Vivianne Marzullo)

Van Dell Equestrain Jewelry Adult Hunter Finals: Gold: Alexandra Carroll riding Chinchino (Owner: Alexandra Carroll, Trainer: Taryn Adamy); Silver: Linda Long riding Amoroso Z (Owner: Long’s Stable, Trainer: Gretchen Arndt), Bronze: Allyson Hall riding Chimay Rouge (Owner: Allyson Hall, Trainer Katie Young)

Essex Classics Low Children’s Hunter Finals: Gold: Nicole Yunick riding Invictus (Owner: Nicole Yunick, Trainer Claire Lee), Silver: Taylor Guasti riding Penny’s Portrait (Owner: Taylor Guasti, Trainer: Michele Blair), Bronze: Taylor Estes riding Patent Pending (Owner Peggy Fuller, Trainer: Claire Lee)

Southeast Low Adult Hunter Finals: Gold: Danica Pryce riding Ricochet (Owner: Daniella Vitale, Trainer Danica Pryce), Silver: Reily Reiker riding It’s Kosher (Owner: Reily Reiker, Trainer Kristal Tooma), Bronze: Sabrina Schmidt riding The Only Exception (Owner: Katie Rudnick, Trainer: Laura Barrett-Gurtis)

Long Creek Farms Pony Hunter Finals: Gold: Samantha Palermo riding Neptune (Trainer: Steven Hawkins), Silver: Emma Arnhols riding Home Aroan (Owner: Emma Arnhols, Trainer: Karen Flynn), Bronze: Paige Moose riding Artwork (Owner: Paige Moose, Trainer: Richard Mathews)

Peterson Bernard Children’s Pony Hunter Finals: Gold: Sophia Ibanez riding Spilt Milk (Owner: Sophia Ibanez, Trainer Vivianne Marzullo), Silver: Savannah Strasberg riding Sugarbrook Game Plan (Owner: Savannah Strasberg, Trainer: Steven Hawkins), Bronze: Clara Schor riding Donatella (Owner: Pam Livecchi, Trainer: Michele Blair)

JUMPER FINALS
Southeast Junior Jumper Finals: Gold: Dominique Gonzalez riding Coca II (Trainer: Terry Gonzalez)

Woodcraft Solutions High Children’s/Adult’s Jumper Finals: Gold: Katherine Weisenmiller riding Paramo (Owner: KMW Ponies, Trainer: Keith Powell), Silver: Amy Nelson riding Popstar (Owner: Amy Nelson, Trainer Clair Lee), Bronze: John Angus riding Nine to Five (Owner: Stephanie Angus, Trainer: John Angus)

Boy-O-Boy Bridleworks Low Children’s/Adult’s Jumper Finals: Gold: John Angus riding Vertigo (Owner: Stephanie Angus, Trainer: John Angus) Silver: Rachel Rolfs riding Lost My Sok (Owner: Katiea Vargas, Trainer Katiea Vargas), Bronze: Sara Takacs riding Maxim Marcos (Owner: Sarah Takacs, Trainer: Janie Reinhard)

Southeast Medal Finals Fact Sheet
WHAT: A finals show offering a special end of season culmination and finals that is more attainable for everyone.
WEBSITE: http://wwwsoutheastmedalfinals.com
PRIZE LIST: http://www.southeastmedalfinals.com/#!prize-list-time-schedule/c72d
WHEN: Sept. 16-18, 2016
WHERE: Jacksonville Equestrian Center, Jacksonville, FL, featuring a large indoor coliseum with 3000 seats, two outdoor rings, and 500 permanent stalls.
HIGHLIGHTS:
• Finals classes in hunters, jumpers, and equitation
• Equitation Team Challenge of the States
• Hunter Finals Under Saddle Challenge
• Tally Ho Farm Pony & Developing Rider Jumper Classic
SPONSORS:
AG Equestrian
Boy-O-Boy Bridleworks
 C. M. Hadfield’s Saddlery
• Essex Classics
GGT Footing
• Global Horse Transport
• Noble Outfitters
• Ovation Riding
• Peterson Bernard
The Riding Habit
• Tenney’s Custom Saddlery
• Tally Ho Farm
• Van Dell Fine Jewelry
Wellington Quarantine
Wood Craft Solutions

CONTACT:
James Lala 561-906-6668, jdlala@aol.com
Alexis Newman 904-993-2053, SEmedalFinals@gmail.com

BENEFICIARY:
Kids Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 2001 whose mission is to provide resources and emotional support to children battling cancer and their families. Kids Cancer Foundation provides numerous programs, including a pediatric oncology patient care navigator, arts and health programs, tutoring and homework club for patients and siblings, and family socials. For more information, visit http://www.kidscancersf.org.

2016 Southeast Medal Finals kicks off at Jacksonville Equestrian Center

September 17, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: General

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Media Inquiries: Angie Francalancia
The Connection Public Relations
561-837-3251 office
561-324-2412 cell
angie@theconnectionpr.com

Prizes Victoria DeMore Photography

Prizes
Victoria DeMore Photography

JACKSONVILLE, Fla Sept. 16, 2016 – The 2016 Southeast Medal Finals kicked off Friday at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center with athletes from nine states prepared to compete in hunters, jumpers, and equitation.
The 5th Annual Southeast Medal Finals promised a great weekend of competition for equestrians at every skill level. On Friday, wild card and warm-up classes began in the outdoor ring under a cloudless blue sky and indoors in the coliseum.
Athletes from 13 states throughout the Southeast, plus New York and New Jersey, were registered to compete in one of more than 20 finals. True to his reputation, Southeast Medal Finals creator James Lala has introduced a unique new challenge in the Equitation Team Challenge of the States, combining junior and/or adult riders from their respective states in a team competition. Other new events for 2016 include the Children’s Hunter Pony Finals and Children’s Pony Medal Finals. Lala has reintroduced the World Cup format in the Jumper Finals with a first round speed class.

Emilio ridden by Olivia Albright Victoria DeMore Photography

Emilio ridden by Olivia Albright
Victoria DeMore Photography

Southeast Medal Finals welcomed guests and volunteers from the event’s charity, Kids Cancer Foundation. Proceeds from a silent auction filled with equestrian gear, apparel, jewelry and art, as well as the raffle of a custom jump will benefit Kids Cancer Foundation.
On opening day, twelve jumpers posted clean rounds in the warm-up and wild card classes, giving them the qualifier for their respective jumper finals if they had not qualified previously. And nearly 40 hunters earned marks of 70 or higher in the warm up and wild card classes, earning those riders entry into their respective finals. That included Siena London of Tierra Verde, Florida, and Casira, whose round earned a blue ribbon.
“She’s a great mare,” said London, who trains with Debbie Stevens at Centennial Farms in Palmetto. “Going around the course, she was really working and listening to all my cues. It was the kind of round where you come out and just go, ‘yeah!’

Casira ridden by Siena London Victoria DeMore Photography

Casira ridden by Siena London
Victoria DeMore Photography

“This is my first time in an indoors and first time at the Southeast Medal Finals,” said 14-year-old London, who has been competing for 5 years. “I’m really, really excited and very impressed with the show.” Tomorrow we have the Tenney’s Children’s Hunter Finals, and hopefully I’ll qualify for the Equestrian Challenge of the States. Then on Sunday, we have the Junior Medal Finals.”

Southeast Medal Finals Fact Sheet
WHAT: A finals show offering a special end of season culmination and finals that is more attainable for everyone.
WEBSITE: http://wwwsoutheastmedalfinals.com
PRIZE LIST: http://www.southeastmedalfinals.com/#!prize-list-time-schedule/c72d
WHEN: Sept. 16-18, 2016
WHERE: Jacksonville Equestrian Center, Jacksonville, FL, featuring a large indoor coliseum with 3000 seats, two outdoor rings, and 500 permanent stalls.
HIGHLIGHTS:
• Finals classes in hunters, jumpers, and equitation
• Equitation Team Challenge of the States
• Hunter Finals Under Saddle Challenge
• Tally Ho Farm Pony & Developing Rider Jumper Classic
SPONSORS:
AG Equestrian
Boy-O-Boy Bridleworks
 C. M. Hadfield’s Saddlery
• Essex Classics
GGT Footing
• Global Horse Transport
• Noble Outfitters
• Ovation Riding
• Peterson Bernard
The Riding Habit
• Tenney’s Custom Saddlery
• Tally Ho Farm
• Van Dell Fine Jewelry
Wellington Quarantine
Wood Craft Solutions

CONTACT:
James Lala 561-906-6668, jdlala@aol.com
Alexis Newman 904-993-2053, SEmedalFinals@gmail.com

BENEFICIARY:
Kids Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 2001 whose mission is to provide resources and emotional support to children battling cancer and their families. Kids Cancer Foundation provides numerous programs, including a pediatric oncology patient care navigator, arts and health programs, tutoring and homework club for patients and siblings, and family socials. For more information, visit http://www.kidscancersf.org.

Southeast Medal Finals celebrates 5th anniversary with mix of traditional and unique classes

August 29, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: General

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Every rider remembers his or her first pony, and every competitor can recall their first big win in the competition ring. For many young competitors throughout the southeast, that memory will be made at the Southeast Medal Finals Sept. 16-18 at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center.
Now in its fifth year, the Southeast Medal Finals provides up-and-coming riders with an exciting finals, offering classes for every level of hunters, jumpers and equitation. Many SEMF riders have gone on to big wins at the fall indoor shows! In addition, the SEMF has become known for unique classes to keep it fun and present unusual challenges.
This year is no different. Creator James Lala has reintroduced the World Cup format in the Jumper Finals with a first round speed class. New for the 2016 SEMF are the Children’s Hunter Pony Finals and Children’s Pony Medal Finals. And riders will find a unique new challenge in the Equitation Team Challenge of the States, combining junior and/or adult riders from their respective states in a team competition.
While the SEMF gives riders an opportunity for challenging competitions, it is known for making it fun. The show features several fun events such as a doggie costume class, doggie high jump, horse-less horse show and the always popular Parent Lead Line class. All proceeds from the fun shows directly benefit the 2016 SEMF charity, Kids Cancer Foundation.
Hundreds of riders from throughout the Southeast United States already have qualified, but others have the opportunity to qualify at wild card classes at the show. Make plans now to attend the 5th annual Southeast Medal Finals. Discounted stall rates available through Aug. 31.

Download the entire prize list by visiting http://www.southeastmedalfinals.com/#!prize-list-time-schedule/c72d
Register at www.horseshowsonline.com or www.equestconnect.com

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Southeast Medal Finals Fact Sheet
WHAT: A finals show offering a special end of season culmination and finals that is more attainable for everyone.
WEBSITE: http://wwwsoutheastmedalfinals.com
PRIZE LIST: http://www.southeastmedalfinals.com/#!prize-list-time-schedule/c72d
WHEN: Sept. 16-18, 2016
WHERE: Jacksonville Equestrian Center, Jacksonville, FL, featuring a large indoor coliseum with 3000 seats, two outdoor rings, and 500 permanent stalls.
HIGHLIGHTS:
• Finals classes in hunters, jumpers, and equitation
• Equitation Team Challenge of the States
• Hunter Finals Under Saddle Challenge
• Tally Ho Farm Pony & Developing Rider Jumper Classic
SPONSORS:
AG Equestrian
Boy-O-Boy Bridleworks
 C. M. Hadfield’s Saddlery
• Essex Classics
GGT Footing
• Global Horse Transport
• Noble Outfitters
• Ovation Riding
• Peterson Bernard
The Riding Habit
• Tenney’s Custom Saddlery
• Tally Ho Farm
• Van Dell Fine Jewelry
Wellington Quarantine
Wood Craft Solutions

CONTACT:
James Lala 561-906-6668, jdlala@aol.com
Alexis Newman 904-993-2053, SEmedalFinals@gmail.com

BENEFICIARY:
Kids Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 2001 whose mission is to provide resources and emotional support to children battling cancer and their families. Kids Cancer Foundation provides numerous programs, including a pediatric oncology patient care navigator, arts and health programs, tutoring and homework club for patients and siblings, and family socials. For more information, visit http://www.kidscancersf.org.

Game, Set and Match to Center Court and John French in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Presented by Dr. Daryl K. Hoffman

August 12, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: General

John French & Center Court lead the victory gallop in the $25,000 Hunter Derby Photo:Alden Corrigan Media

John French & Center Court lead the victory gallop in the $25,000 Hunter Derby
Photo:Alden Corrigan Media

ATHERTON, CA – August 12, 2016

One of the highlights of the Menlo Charity Horse Show is the USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dr. Daryl K. Hoffman, this anxiously anticipated class on Thursday afternoon is steeped in tradition never ever disappoints.

“The Menlo Horse Show in general is a very special show, it’s unique event held in the middle of a beautiful residential neighborhood. Menlo is a gorgeous show, with great jumps and the crowd is always involved,” said Nick Haness, the winner of back-to-back Derbies in 2014 and 2015. “There is a certain element of excitement to the show, and it’s always been a fun Derby to participate in and to watch.”

As the excitement builds on the MCHS showgrounds and the VIP tent begins to fill, the Grass Hunter Field is prepared for the late afternoon event.

Winners of the $25,000 Hunter Derby Photo:Alden Corrigan Media

Winners of the $25,000 Hunter Derby
Photo:Alden Corrigan Media

“When the other classes are over and the volunteers are decorating the jumps for the Derby. It looks like the Rose Parade is coming through the horse show.” laughed Nick. “The volunteers are out on the field; placing flowers, and decorating with all sorts of materials, greenery, flowers and plants. It’s definitely a production. You can see the care that goes into it, another element that makes the Derby extra special and fun to compete in and to watch.”

There are many differences between the MCHS Derby and other events on the circuit, as one of a handful of venues in California that run Derbies on grass, the MCHS in Northern California is pretty special. When 4.30pm arrives all eyes were on the 20 horses competing in the first of the two rounds.

“It’s a really inviting and pretty course, this venue is awesome and as you only show here once a year that makes it much more unique. Often times many other Derbies get put to the end of the day or moved to another ring and people aren’t always able to watch, this event people want to see. There is obviously people here that are not horse people, they are here to watch pretty horses go round, you get a lot of those people oohing and aahing from the sides, that’s always really fun.” said Nick.

Nick was especially looking forward to this year’s class, because for once he actually got to hang up his show clothes, grab a glass of wine and sit and watch, no pressure. Nick not only was able to support his fellow competitors and friends, but he was also able to help his student, Karina Sanchez on Way Out West. Karina is a big part of Nick’s business and her family owns multiple horses in partnership with him. Riding in the class had been a goal and a dream for Karina, and she did an exceptional job, just missing the cut off in the first round, not bad at all for the first time in such a prestigious Derby.

The first round of the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented twenty wonderful Hunters. The top scores as they moved into the Handy Round with a cut off score of 150 were as follows:

  1. Tara Metzner and Cy Young 186
  2. John French and Center Court 181
  3. Hugh Mutch and Bunistar 179.5
  4. John Bragg and Early August 179.5

As the twelve riders prepared to come back for the Handy round a very special event took place, a celebration of Widget and his retirement from competitive life. Widget’s owner Lindsay Maxwell also announced a new trophy in Widget’s honor. The Widget Perpetual Trophy will go to the highest scoring single round in the Junior Hunters or Amateur Owner Hunters.

Widget and Lindsay Maxwell Photo: Alden Corrigan Media

Widget and Lindsay Maxwell
Photo: Alden Corrigan Media

When Lindsay Maxwell first moved to California, Archie Cox told her, “I know a horse who is a movie star…and you’ll be so grateful for him.” The movie star was Widget. Like many things precious and rare, Widget never truly “belonged” to any one rider. He embodies the spirit of California – ambitious, courageous, and bold. Widget retires from showing healthy, happy, and forever a champion in residence at Brookway Stables.

Through the years, Widget enjoyed great success at the Menlo Charity Horse Show. A winner of countless championships, hunter prixs, hunter classics, and medals, Widget also recently won top ribbons at the Devon Horse Show. In imitable Widget fashion, at his final show in the amateur owner hunter division, Widget won both the championship and classic.

Lindsay graciously provided a champagne toast for all in attendance in honor of Widget.

In preparation for Widget’s retirement Lindsay looked to Archie and her friends at Brookway Stables to suggest a suitable venue.

“I spoke with Archie about where we would do it and Archie said Menlo is such a special show with wonderful tradition and Widget has won here so many times that I felt this would be a really special place to do it.” Lindsay explained.

“True to its reputation, the Show is proving to be a fast favorite of mine. Its history of excellence and charity is second to none – it is such a wonderful asset to the community and I am humbled to share in its tradition.”

The Show also has an additional significance for Lindsay due its support of the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Lindsay has close friends and family members who have been challenged by sight-related issues. Her charitable fund has a programmatic focus on access for special needs and at-risk children, and the Vista Center’s work in the Bay Area is an outstanding model for communities nationwide that provide counseling, support, and life skills for the visually impaired.

Lindsay explained,” The volunteers who donate thousands upon thousands of hours to support the MCHS for the benefit of the Vista Center personify the generous spirit that makes the equestrian community so wonderful. More than being a spectacularly beautiful event, the spirit of the Show is made most manifest in the generosity of its volunteers.”

As Widget left the ring for the last time a beautiful garland around his neck, the final round of the Hunter Derby began.

As the shadows began to fall in the field the 12 leading horses completed the course in reverse order, a beautiful scene with the exceptional fences and a course providing opportunity for all to show the handiness of there horses.

At the end of the competition the same four hunters remained at the top of the field. The overall results:

1st Center Court and John French

2nd Early August and John Bragg

3rd Bunistar and Hugh Mutch

4th Cy Young and Tara Metzner

5th Osilvia and Ashlin Bowen

6th Lulavani and Sami Milo

7th Pacific Heights and John French

8th Lukatoni and John Bragg

9th Boss and Brooke Morin

10th Dinner For Two and Hugh Mutch

11th Frederick and Natalie Dean

12th Sambuca and Kylee Arbuckle

John French who has been attending MCHS for almost 30 years was delighted with Center Court, and praised the work of the volunteers who prepared the fences, many known to John; people he has trained with or used to train with, in his home town.

Talking about Center Court John explained, “I liked the fact that in the first round he was good, he was not quite awake at the beginning of the course, but then all of a sudden of realized, we were jumping bigger jumps. He hasn’t been showing for a while so we have not done much with him. We showed him at HITS Thermal where he was circuit champion in the winter. He has had some time off now, so we were debating wither to bring him here.” I just showed him in one class earlier in the week, he’s not afraid of anything. He seemed like he was fine to me and I wanted to save him for this class today and not tire him out. The more impressive it is the better it is for him that’s why you save him. I like coming in second or third after the Classic round because there isn’t as much pressure on you going into the Handy round when you have to move up. Center Court was super smooth in the Handy I think they rewarded him because he can turn really tight to the jumps and does it effortlessly, he does it easily your not trying to create the jump or legging him to get him over he can do it in his sleep that’s how scopey he is .

Widget Perpetual Trophy perpetual trophy will go to the highest scoring single round in the Junior Hunters or Amateur Owner Hunters at either height

Widget Perpetual Trophy perpetual trophy will go to the highest scoring single round in the Junior Hunters or Amateur Owner Hunters at either height Photo: Alden Corrigan Media

It’s so nice to be on the Grass Hunter Field, with a big crowd which great preparation for Derby Finals. We were waiting to see how well he did here today and whether to send him back to Kentucky next week, you never know, we just might go for it.

Center Court’s owner Kristen Hiller was also delighted with her seven-year-old horse in only his second Menlo Derby outing “Last year we just missed by a lead change, but this year he was awesome,” said Kristen “I live two blocks away, so Menlo is the horse show that I grew up going to and was always hoping that I would have a champion like Billy (Billy the Kid aka Center Court) he’s made Menlo very special very quickly.”

 

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Blue Sky and Blue Ribbons for Mother and Daughter Team Hope and Avery Glynn on the First Day of the Menlo Charity Horse Show

August 10, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: General

Avery and Hope Glynn

Avery and Hope Glynn

ATHERTON, CA – August 10, 2016

Blue Sky and Blue Ribbons for Mother and Daughter Team Hope and Avery Glynn on the First Day of the Menlo Charity Horse Show

Hope Glynn is delighted to be back at the Menlo Charity Horse Show (MCHS). Although it has been several years since her last attendance, this has not been through choice, but due to the difficulties in scheduling the growing annual show circuit calendar; not only for themselves but also for the clients and horses in their program. The logistics getting to the USHJA International Hunter Derby Fails and Pre Green Incentive Championship in Kentucky have resulted in missing out on this historic event and the only opportunity in Northern California to show on the grass. This year Hope made a special effort to make it to Menlo, albeit for a short two days, she even brought her daughter Avery along for the ride.

Hope was quick to point out that in the few short years she has been away from MCHS she sees fantastic changes; dramatic improvements in the footing, beautiful new jumps in the Pony and 3’ Arena, far better scheduling providing shorter days; Open Hunters now taking place at the prime of the day not early evening. Praise was also given to Phil J. DeVita Jr. on his first year at Menlo Charity Horse Show in the new role this year as Technical Coordinator.

Hope Glynn and Lake of Stars

Hope Glynn and Lake of Stars

“I am really excited that Phil DeVita is part of the Menlo team. He is someone I’ve worked with many times in my life, and his positive attitude and care about the horses’ well being always makes for a good horse show.” Hope said.

While attending MCHS Hope has three horses arriving in Kentucky: Corriendo Tau and Full Circle both owned by Karen Trione for the Derby Finals and Kismet, owned by Sabrina Hellman for the Pre Green Championship. Hope is also catch-riding Speakeasy in the Pre-Greens for trainer Robin Waugaman and of course the Pony Finals will be under way.

In addition to the complexity and logistics, Hope wishes to support her client’s goal to attend the Capital Challenge Horse Show (CCHS) for the World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) Finals. Why does this add to the dilemma?

Hope explained, “The only shows in Northern California we have that are WCHR are Giant Steps and Menlo, knowing that was a goal and we would like them to compete in the Championship class there, so therefore I needed to start thinking about points and we were lucky enough to get in.”

Sabrina Hellman, owner of Hope First Year Green Hunter Lake of Stars supported the decision to bring him to show on the grass. Hope was excited to share that today was her first win at Menlo in the $350 First Year Green Working Hunter 3’6” class.

Not only is Hope considerate to the needs and requirements of her clients and their horses attending Capital Challenge she is also highly invested in the future of her assistant,

“I would really like Kylee to be able to compete at the Capital Challenge in the Developing Professional Challenge. It is a great class and a wonderful opportunity,” said Hope, “I know what a fantastic rider she is but its really important that the country knows what a fantastic rider she is; it’s good for me, it’s good for my business, and it’s good for her.”

Avery Glynn and Always Happy

Avery Glynn and Always Happy

Thoughtful and considerate come to mind in the way Hope manages her business, and her style of approach does not end when planning for her daughter Avery. Avery has been very successful this year on a fabulous pony named Always Happy, who is owned by Brooke Morin. Brooke kindly passed her pony on to Avery to ride when she moved up to Junior Hunters, this very kind gesture from a friend, just when Avery did not have a pony to ride, highlighted the importance of this special friendship, which also includes coming to support Avery when she competes. Avery and her pony garnered three blue ribbons on her first day of MCHS in the Medium/Large Pony Hunter classes and NorCal Pony Equitation Medal. Avery was delighted to tell us about the two Tiffany jewelry boxes that she received as prizes and how they will have a place of honor in her bedroom.

Hope commented on the wonderful sponsorship at Menlo (MCHS) and the wonderful volunteers who make everything possible, “I think of the support and the hours that the sponsors and volunteers put into the show is truly remarkable. I feel the community supports this event, and the event supports the community.”

Menlo Charity Horse Show is the biggest fundraiser in the year for the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and supports many in the community.

Attending the Pony Finals had been a hot topic of discussion in the Glynn Family home recently.

“We weren’t planning on bringing Avery and her pony here,” Hope explained, “we looked at the cost of shipping a pony back East, even with help from a lot of great friends who would help us out with training, layovers etc. you know when we looked at the budgeting for going for two weeks, we had to make a choice because we know Avery’s legs are getting longer, we know we are going to be in the market for a 3’6” horse soon and when we looked at the budget we had to say ok where could this money be best spent.”

Avery was quick to support her parent’s final decision, “I agree with my mom, I think it’s smarter to save the money, and this is a really nice show (MCHS) and I though it would be cool to come”

At the end of the day the decision was made not to attend the Pony Finals, but it was a win for MCHS as Avery got to show here. Avery, with her mom will now fly to support her friends at the Pony Finals and is taking along her camera to enhance her time spent cheering on her friends.

The biggest thing Hope and Avery work on is how do you handle yourself when things don’t go well, its normal to feel disappointed when things don’t go well. How do you channel that to turn it into a positive I think that is a game changer in this sport.

“It is easy to be happy and focused if everything goes well in the ring, but what happens when you biff the first fence? You have to get your focus back and try to win your second round, which I think is a much harder thing to do.”

Avery and Hope have a shared that the search will soon be on the search for her new 3’6” horse. Avery took the time to describe her new perfect partner, “I want one that would jump really big, but would also take care of me if I don’t make the right decision. I would like it to have just a little bit of energy, but where I don’t have to pull that much, because I like to feel like I can control my horse and not spooky.”

Avery is obviously a very smart young lady with a great horse sense. As we know the equestrian life involves a great deal of travel and it is no different for the Glynn’s. Avery attends her local Public School, she excels in Math and loves Art and Science. Avery took the time to share her school week, and she explained how the school supports her by giving her the Friday’s off to attend shows and on the longer trips, such as Thermal, they provide an Independent Study Packet. Avery also gets support from a tutor in Thermal. It was enlightening to hear children who compete in sports today can be supported by our schools.

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VALE IS VICTORIOUS! RIDES BONZINI S AND QUIDAM’S GOOD LUCK  TO TOP TWO PLACINGS IN $35,000 OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE GRAND PRIX, PRESENTED BY EMO

June 22, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: General

Aaron Vale pilots Bonzini S to the win in last night’s $35,000 Outback Steakhouse Grand Prix, presented by EMO during the Week I Atlanta Summer Classics
For Immediate Release:  June 19, 2016
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Last night Aaron Vale of Williston, Florida bested a field of twenty four horse and rider teams and brought home the first and second place ribbons with Thinks Like A Horse Farm’s Bonzini S and Quidam’s Good Luck, owned by Troy Glaus in the $35,000 Outback Steakhouse Grand Prix, presented by EMO. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the 1996 Olympic Games at the Georgia International Horse Park and to help celebrate, Allen Rheinheimer, Classic Company Course Designer and Technical Coordinator, replicated the 1996 Olympic track, originally designed by Linda Allen.
Rheinheimer set the first round time allowed at 86 seconds and only six horse and rider teams advanced to the jump off round.
Derek Petersen of Archer, Florida in the irons of his own Diamant’s Legacy was the first to go in the jump off after posting a clear first round in a time of 79.271 seconds. However, the triple combination cost him a rail and although they turned in a jump off time of 32.880 seconds, well within the time allowed of 45 seconds, four jump faults would find them finishing in third place.
Gemma Paternoster of Wellington, Florida in the irons of her own Demi, followed Petersen in the jump off order after turning in a fault free first round in a time of 81.353 seconds. They also suffered a rail on the combination element and four faults in a time of 38.696 seconds would see them finish in fifth place overall.
Vale and Bonzini S on their way to the winner’s circle in the Olympic Arena
Vale and Bonzini S posted a clear first round effort in a time of 80.679 seconds and followed Paternoster in the jump off order. The duo posted the first double clear effort in a time of 33.261 seconds and set the new time to beat. “The course was nice and big enough and had a good feel to it,” commented Vale. “But the triple was hard,” he said. “It didn’t look short when you walked it, but it rode short,” he said. “There was a six stride to the triple so I added one because I didn’t want to come in too fast to a short two,” he said.
Jared Peterson of Archer, Florida, in the irons of his father Derek’s Titus 2:11, posted a clear first round in a time of 81.402 seconds and followed Vale in the jump off order. However, a rail at the triple combination with a time of 33.074 seconds would see the pair finish in fourth overall.
Vale was up with his second ride in the jump off, Quidam’s Good Luck, owned by Troy Glaus and posted a clean jump off round in a time of 34.845 seconds. “I rode a little conservative with my second horse just so I could get a clear round,” said Vale. “The two stride was more difficult on the jump off. Derek [Petersen] had it down, Derek’s son [Jared] did, and I thought Kyle might have one down too, trying to beat my first horse’s time,” said Vale. “Turned out, I was right,” he said.
Vale’s prediction was spot on. Kyle Dewar of Ocala, Florida and his own Gomez Van Dehoe sat in the enviable last to go position, but with a rail at the triple combination and at the final fence, eight faults in a time of 33.483 seconds, would see them finish in sixth place overall and send Vale to the winner’s circle with Bonzini S.
Aaron Vale and Bonzini S are greeted in the winner’s circle by Classic Company President Bob Bell, Awards Coordinator Drew Coster, Sponsorship Director Lisa Engel and Parlanti representatives Mike Forsyth and Sky La Morte
Bonzini has won a few classes before,” commented Vale. “He’s got a lot of ability and tries really hard,” he added. “He’s not always the most clever, but he is kind of putting it together,” he added.
Seventh place went to Glenn Hartigan of Canton, Georgia and his own Z-Coco Cabana after turning in a first round effort in 86.269 seconds which resulted in one time fault. Eighth went to the fastest four-faulter, Jordan Coyne of New Port Ritchey, Florida, in the irons of her own Lazzaro with a first round time of 77.820 seconds.
Hayley Water of Sparr, Florida and Chuck Waters’ Galous, finished in ninth place after posting a four fault first round in a time of 77.948 seconds and tenth place was awarded to Vale and Amatoville Entrprises’ Carlo after turning in a four fault first round in a time of 79.113 seconds.
Taylor Land of Atlanta, Georgia and Jay Land’s Nepal placed eleventh and Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina finished in twelfth place with The Kenwood Syndicate’s Kenwood.
Aaron Vale rode away with first and second place ribbons in last night’s $35,000 Outback Steakhouse Grand Prix, presented by EMO
Vale recently lost his home in Williston due to a fire. “My customers set up a ‘Go Fund Me’ site and just the support from everyone in the horse world has made things easier for us during such a difficult time,” said Vale. “I can’t thank everyone enough for their support,” he added. “It’s nice to pick up some prize money and we had a good show last week in Upperville. With more successes like tonight’s in the ring, we will put things back together a bit quicker for us,” he added.
“We have thirty three horses here this week and I’ve been helping out Don too,” said Vale. “The facility is in great shape, the management is friendly and accommodating and we’re enjoying our couple of weeks here,” he said. “The weather was great this weekend and we will be here next week too,” he said.
Kastel Denmark hosted a special Pre-Prix Reception open to all alongside the VIP tent and offered beverages and snacks for the spectators, riders and owners prior to the start of the class.
Gemma Paternoster was awarded the Kastel Denmark Style of Riding Award, presented by Kastel Denmark’s Susan Benson
Kastel Denmark also awarded its Style of Riding Award to Gemma Paternoster. Paternoster was selected by Classic Company show management staff as the rider who exhibited the best American style of riding and possessed the respectful, dignified, courteous and workmanlike manner of a true sportsman.  Kastel Denmark is the Official UV protectant shirt of the Atlanta Summer Classics and their line of products can be found at Judys Tack Shop and The Tack Room, official Mobile Units of the Classic Company.
Long time Classic Company sponsor, Outback Steakhouse is an Australian-themed American casual dining restaurant chain, serving American cuisine, based in Tampa, Florida, with 978 locations in 23 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
EMO is a full service equine insurance company. Your horse is a valuable asset and a considerable financial investment. Protecting that investment with equine insurance has been EMO’s specialty for more than 25 years. They have earned a reputation for providing horse owners with the highest quality of coverage, best customer service and quick claim settlement. That’s why so many horse owners, trainers and farm managers nationwide trust their insurance needs to EMO.
The Atlanta Summer Classics is the first leg of the Great Magnolia Show Jumping Tour at the Georgia International Horse Park which kicked off  June 15th and runs through the 26th for two weeks of AA show jumping action!  Big prize money is up for grabs at the world class facility, home of the 1996 Olympic Games. Have you entered and reserved your stalls? Prize lists and time schedules are online and stall reservation requests can be made by emailingJonathan@classiccompany.com.
Tomorrow features the complimentary USHJA Zone 4 Riding Clinic with Tony Sgarlata as well as the USHJA Children’s/Adult Regional Championships Friday and Saturday. In addition to the Week II $15,000 Horseflight Open Welcome and the $35,000 Sidelines Grand Prix, the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby takes place in the Olympic Stadium on Friday. Add the $5,000 Futures Class to that schedule and a class for everyone in your barn and these two weeks are a winner! Continue the excitement as the Great Magnolia Show Jumping Tour continues!

The Great Magnolia Show Jumping Tour unites three destination-location horse shows and provides the Tour with More!

Ride in the historic Olympic Stadium at the home of the 1996 Olympic Games and be a part of history!

Beautiful show grounds and location just a few miles away from America’s music scene!

Charleston Summer Classics: July 12-26

The grand finale! Bring the whole family to the original Show-Cation Destination! Located on Johns Island, adjacent to Kiawah Island and just a short drive from downtown Charleston, the Charleston Summer Classics celebrates its 25th Anniversary and crowns the Great Magnolia Show Jumping Tour Champions!

Celebrate the Olympic Anniversary at the Atlanta Classics!
Ride in Olympic style at the Georgia International Horse Park located in Conyers, Georgia.  The International Grand Prix stadium and a multitude of rings, permanent stabling and state of the art facilities provide the perfect backdrop to big prize money, award winning show management, thousands of exhibitors and some of the top horses in the country.  Weekly Grand Prix and Hunter Derbies with a class for everyone from lead line to Grand Prix, the Classic Company shows in Conyers are a must on your show calendar.
Connections Housing, Classic Company, and Delta Awards are giving away a free stall each of the Atlanta Summer Classics to one lucky participant who fills out their hotel reservation information.  Helping to track the hotel stays will help us with hotel participation.
Exhibitor Information

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Over $300,000 in Prize Money and Awards

Schedule

Entry Form

Camper Reservation

Lodging Partners
Hampton Inn
Hampton Inn
1340 Dogwood Dr SE
Conyers, GA 30013
770-483-8838

The Premier Lodging Partner of the Classic Company, the Hampton Inn, part of the Hilton family of properties, welcomes you to its beautiful hotel, just minutes from the Georgia International Horse Park and the Atlanta Classics!  Pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your four legged friends along!  The Hampton Inn offers well-appointed rooms complete with refrigerators and microwaves, complimentary Wi-Fi, a free hot breakfast, complimentary afternoon snacks, fitness center and a business center.  Be sure to make your reservation for the shows and tell them you are showing at the Atlanta Classics!

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Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham
1659 Centennial Olympic Parkway
Conyers, GA 30013
770-761-9155
Our Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Conyers hotel near Georgia International Horse Park is located on Centennial Olympic Parkway with easy access to Interstate 20. Before you enjoy the beauty and attractions of Georgia, help yourself to our free hot breakfast buffet.
Take advantage of thoughtful conveniences like free Wi-Fi Internet, shuttle service, hot tub, in-room microwaves and refrigerators, convenience shop, fitness center, guest laundry and free parking. Refresh with a swim in our seasonal outdoor pool, open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and enjoy a refreshing beverage in our on-site lounge. Kids 17 and under stay free with an adult at our newly updated, pet-friendly hotel.

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Microtel Inn & Suites
1412 Old McDonough Highway
Conyers, GA 30094
770-278-0950

Minutes From Georgia International Horse Park and Stone Mountain Park.
Whether traveling for business or pleasure, make Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Conyers/Atlanta Area hotel, near Georgia International Horse Park, your home base for exploring the Atlanta area. Located off Interstate 25, our pet-friendly hotel is minutes from the best Conyers and Atlanta attractions. We serve a free continental breakfast each morning, and offer free Wi-Fi Internet access so you can check directions or catch up on email before you head out. When you return, park your car or oversized-vehicle in our ample free lot and head to our seasonal outdoor pool for a swim. Our on-site fitness center makes it easy to squeeze in a workout on the go. We offer non-smoking and handicapped-accessible rooms as well as suites, and kids 17 an under stay free with an adult.

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ABOUT THE CLASSIC COMPANY
The Classic Company‘s philosophy is to offer an event for every level of rider and horse. From Leadline to Olympic level Grand Prix competition, from seasoned veteran horse and rider team to a first time horse show experience, the Classic Company offers competition that provides the competitor substantial prize money, award-winning facilities and courses, quality competition and the best customer service in the industry.
Top competition with an emphasis on southern hospitality is a hallmark of the Classic Company. Awarded the USHJA‘s Members Choice Award for providing top quality, customer friendly show jumping competitions, the Classic Company provides world class show jumping competitions with a class for everyone in your barn. We invite you to experience the Classic Company difference. For more information, visitwww.classiccompany.com.
All sponsorship and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel atlisa@classiccompany.com.