Week I at the Atlanta Spring Classic wrapped up at the Georgia International Horse Park, home of the 1996 Olympic Games. Saturday evening's highlight was the $25,000 CWD Grand Prix which saw only four horse and rider teams advance to the jump off.
Brooke Kemper of Culpeper, Virginia and her own Classified were the first to post a clean first round in a time of 77.160 seconds, well within the 84 seconds time allowed. And as first to go in the jump off round, Kemper and Classified set the time to beat at 39.813 seconds. However, with three rides remaining, it was still anyone's class.
Leann Kelly of Valatie, New York and Honorway Farm, LLC's Leander were the next horse and rider team to post a clean first round in a time of 78.140 seconds. Their jump off effort in a clean 39.589 seconds gave them the lead, putting Kemper in second place for the time.
Amanda Flint of Long Valley, New Jersey and The Coverboy Group's Balotan posted a clean first round in a time of 78.973 seconds and followed Kelly in the jump off phase. Flint and Balotan blazed through the jump off with no faults in a time of 36.842 seconds which gave them the lead with one horse and rider team remaining for the jump off portion of the class.
Natalie Geller of Canton, Georgia and her own Caletto V were last to go after posting a clean first round effort in a time of 79.296 seconds. However, four faults at the second fence in the jump off and a time of 40.792 seconds, would see them finish in fourth place overall.
Flint and Balotan won the class followed by Kelly and Leander and Kemper and Classified took third place honors. "The course was well built for the field," commented Flint. "The last line, the Horseflight jump to the triple past the gate was definitely the most challenging portion of the course," she added. Balotan is a 9 year old stallion by Baloubet recently imported from Argentina last January.
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Thursday and Friday, Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina, was on a roll and won both the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby in the irons of Lynn Laird's Mandolin as well as the $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome aboard Dayna Gant's Chivas.
Riders and horseman agree, the footing is greatly improved over last year!
Terry Brown of Showcase Ltd., well known and respected trainer from Canton, Georgia said, "The new footing in Conyers if fabulous! It allows show management the ability to maintain it according to whatever the weather forecast dictates. For dry days they can easily fluff it to provide several inches of cushion for the horses. When rain is in the forecast, the footing packs perfectly to provide a safe and non-slip surface for those competitors undaunted by rain and wet conditions," she said. "While riding my horses during the first week, they all felt comfortable and confident whether in the schooling areas, the covered ring, hunter or jumper rings," she added.
Saturday's winner of the $25,000 CWD Grand Prix said, "The footing is much improved over last year."
Christina Rogge of Spring, Texas said, "The footing is good and safe enough and the Classic Company staff is managing it well."
Week II of the Atlanta Spring Classic will wrap up the Classic Company shows until June. This week will feature the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter, slated for Friday night in the Olympic Arena at 7pm! Prepare for beautiful courses and wonderful footing!
Pan American Course Designer Michel Vaillencourt Thursday the $5,000 Open Welcome takes place and the $25,000 EMO Grand Prix takes to the Olympic Arena on Saturday night. With a plethora of classes for everyone in your barn, make the Atlanta Spring Classic a stop for your barn on your way home from a winter of showing and earn some valuable points and cash for the road.
The Atlanta Spring Classic kicked off March 18 for two weeks of AA shows. With more than $200,000 in prizes and awards up for grabs and hunter points to be had, be sure to enter now. If you don't have a prize list available, just click here and download a copy from the Classic Company website.
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