Numbers this year were up 35% over last year. “This is a tremendous increase for us,” Bell commented. “And truthfully, had we had the stall reservations earlier, we could have accommodated more people who wanted to show with us,” he said. “We simply had no more stalls left and the area barns were sold out as well,” he commented.
What contributed to this growth? “It’s hard to say,” said Bell. “This year we offered two grand prix which was one more than last year, and we also offered the new Hunter Breeding Division, thanks to Rhett DeStefano,” he said. “But while these class offerings could be a draw, I think the real reason is that people want to go on show-cation,” he said. The opportunity to show in the morning, head to the beach in the afternoon and then back to the show for an evening grand prix or hunter derby is what people love.”
The Owens family of San Antonio, Texas makes this trek every year to show at the Charleston Summer Classic and rents condos at the beach.
The Hightower family of Texas brought more than 40 horses to town and enjoyed all that the area and show had to offer. Jordan Gilchrist even celebrated her birthday with a win in the $5,000 Open Welcome.
Julie Curtin of Roswell, Georgia won the $2,500 USHJAHunter Derby week II besting the field of 46 horse and rider teams in the largest hunter derby ever produced by the Classic Company. “We had ten horses showing here over the two weeks,” commented Curtin. “I did the inaugural show 22 years ago and I just love it,” she said. “Charleston is the best place. I use it as my vacation and it is my favorite horse show of the year. It’s so nice to work in the morning and go the beach in the afternoon. Where else can you get the best of both worlds?” she said.
“We had so many new faces this year, in addition to our regulars, that I expect the show to be bigger next year,” said Bell. “I highly recommend that people book their condosnow for next summer in order to lock in the 2014 rate and insure they will be here for another show-cation,” he said. “In anticipation of another banner year, I am already working on putting in another ring, maybe a covered arena and more tent pads for additional stabling,” he said. “And, I know the county is working on renovating the wash stall areas,” he said.
“I couldn’t be happier,” said Bell, “the competitors had a great time, we had great weather and people were just delighted to be here,” he said.
The Tradition Continues:
The Classic Company recognized its champions yesterday during the Grand Finale Awards Ceremony which concluded two weeks of show jumping competition. “Many of these awards and trophies that we present in Charleston commemorate the lives of horses and equestrians who were near and dear to us,” said Classic Company President Bob Bell. “It is an honor to continue this tradition here at Charleston,” he added.
Stephens and Fabrege also added the Grand Green Working Hunter Championship to their resume as well as the Sit-Down Perpetual Trophy, donated by Peter Pletcher and PJP Farms.
All the Best, owned and ridden by Christina Fisher, was awarded the Seabrook Perpetual Trophy for winning the Grand Amateur Hunter Championship. The trophy was donated by Mr. and Mrs. John Horton of Seabrook Island.
The Grand Junior Hunter Champion, recipient of The Hummel Perpetual Trophy, was awarded to Happenstance, owned and ridden by Bergen Sanderford. The trophy was generously donated by Oak River Farm and the Principe family.
Happenstance also won the Grand Large Junior Hunter Champion and was the recipient of the Rave Perpetual Trophy which was generously donated by the Ueltzen Family.
Sanderford added another win to her resume, this time with her mount Confidential; the pair won the Grand Small Junior Hunter Championship and was awarded the Sweet Surprise Perpetual Trophy, generously donated by Brad Spragg and the Atlanta Hunt Club.
The Grand Children’s Hunter Champion and the Trick or Treat Memorial Trophy was donated by Danny Robertshaw and awarded to Don Ramiro, owned and ridden by Samantha Posey.
The Grand Adult Amateur Championship and recipient of the Hillbright Farm Trophy, generously donated by Hill Bright Farm, was awarded to Kayak, owned by The Bristol Bay Company, LLC and ridden by Tracey London.
The Grand Children’s Jumper Championship was awarded toTalula, owned and ridden by Sara Dees.
The Grand A/O 3’3″ Hunter Championship and the recipient of the Trourmaline Memorial Trophy, generously donated by the Coster family, was Versace, owned and ridden by Lynn Seithel of John’s Island, South Carolina.
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The Classic Company would like to thank its sponsorsMerial, Bohicket Marina, CWD, Antares, Devoucoux,Judy’s Tack Shop, The Tack Room, Horseflight,Contender Boats, Rhett Destefano for their sponsorship of events as well as all VIP Tent sponsors including theDressage Collection, Seithel Law Firm LLC, Atlanta Hunt Club and New Vintage Farm.
Finals events, such as the Pre-Green Hunter Finals and the National Classic Equitation Finals will highlight the two weeks of show jumping in addition to the crowning of the Classic Circuit Champions. Riders are traveling from across the country to participate in these events.
It’s not too late to enjoy the last Classic Show of the year. There is always something for everyone at Classic Company sm shows and the Classic Atlanta Fall Shows are no exception. So, make sure to bring everyone to the International Horse Park for the Atlanta Fall Classic and enjoy Classic Company’s world class customer service, beautifully decorated rings, big prize money, great events and fun for all!
The prize list will be on-line by August 1 and starting that date, you can sign up for the Atlanta Fall Classic on-line and for free using HorseShowsOnline.com. The Classic Company just rolled out the new on-line entry system in time for Charleston and many exhibitors have already experienced the ease of entries on-line with no hustle and no rush to the post office and NO ADDED FEES- just entries made easy!
HORSESHOWSONLINE.COM allows you to not only sign up for the shows, but you can also see orders of go, how many, ring schedules and complete results. Credit card information is completely secure and encrypted. This may be the easiest way to sign up for a show. And….for a limited time, the service is completely free. Yes, free.
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.
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