Johns Island, SC - The Classic Company just wrapped up its biggest Charleston Summer Classic since returning to Charleston seven years ago, and 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 award 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.
The Grand Hunter Champion, The James Vaughn Perpetual Trophy was awarded to the Hunter with the most championship points in the Green or Regular Conformation, Amateur or Junior Hunter Division and was awarded to Versace, owned and ridden by Lynn Seithel of Johns Island, South Carolina. The award was generously donated by Robbie Hunt and the Classic Company.
Versace was also the recipient of the Seabrook Perpetual Trophy awarded to Seithel and her mount 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 Kid Rock, owned and ridden by Bergen Sanderford. The trophy was generously donated by Oak River Farm and the Principe family.
Kid Rock also 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 Large Junior Hunter Champion was awarded to Blue Steel, owned and ridden by Madison Maners; the pair received the Rave Perpetual Trophy which was generously donated by the Ueltzen Family.
The Grand Pony Championship and the Keith R. Nichols Memorial Perpetual Trophy was awarded to Woodland's Pick Pocket owned and ridden by Lindsey Ayres. The trophy was donated by Robin R. Stoney and Mary Allison Mullis.
The Grand Children's Hunter Champion and the Trick or Treat Memorial Trophy was donated by Danny Robertshaw and awarded to Zantos, owned and ridden by Jordan Ayres.
The Grand Adult Amateur Championship and the Hillbright Farm Trophy, generously donated by Hill Bright Farm, was awarded to Taboo, owned by Churchill McMurrain and ridden by Rebekah Livingston.
The Grand High Performance Regular Working Hunter Championship and recipient of the Marie Reynolds Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by Bob Bell, was awarded to City of Angels, owned and ridden by Alliah Kassem.
The Grand Green Working Hunter Champion and the Sit-Down Perpetual Trophy, donated by Peter Pletcher and PJP Farms, was awarded to Sazarec, owned and ridden by Stacey Wood.
The Grand Pre-Green Hunter Championship and the Beverly Finkle Memorial Trophy, donated by Robin Degnan, was awarded to Rainbow Row, owned by Golinski Equine, LLC and ridden by Madison Golinski.
The Grand Adult Amateur Jumper Championship was awarded to Lets Play, owned by Loretta Patterson and ridden by Kayla Briel.
The Grand Children's Jumper Championship was awarded to ESI General, owned by Katherine Berney and ridden by Jillian Moezzi.
The Grand Jr-A/O Jumper Championship was awarded to VIP Quality Royale, owned by Siobhan Fitzgerald and ridden by Bowers Cone.
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The Classic Company would like to thank its sponsors, Signature Spurs for its donation of custom spur gift certificates to all grand champions, and the Dressage Collection for their lovely canvas tote bags also awarded to all grand champion recipients.
The Charleston Summer Classic returns to Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on Johns Island July 9 through 19 next year, so think about booking your condo now! This is the only horse show destination where you can jump the waves and the jumps. If you're ready to experience a horse show that exudes Southern hospitality in one of the most beautiful coastal communities in the country; a show that offers something for everyone-come on down!
Bell commented, "This was the best show we have had since returning to Charleston, and we are already planning for next year!"
The Classic Company will take a break from show jumping action over the next few weeks as it gears up for the highly anticipated Southeast Medal Finals and prize lists should be on-line next week! New this year, the Classic Company will be introducing its latest addition to the class roster, the Developing Jumper Division. The horse is grouped according to his or her age and judged by a hunter and jumper judge, receiving a combined objective jumper score as well as a subjective hunter score which will rate the overall turnout of the horse, jumping form and way of going. "This is a very popular division in Europe, "said Bell. "This way the younger horses aren't just getting chased around the ring, but can actually develop in a balanced way and not be penalized for their show training," he said. "The division will also be offered this winter in Gulfport [Gulf Coast Winter Classic]", he added.
The Classic Company produces twenty weeks of world class show jumping competitions and is proud to partner with Equestrian Connect as its Official Service Partner. For those entering Classic competitions and looking to save the cost of postage, paper and personal time, make sure to go to Equestrian Connect, Classic Company's Official Service Provider, to submit your entries today!
Equestrian Connect is Classic Company's Official Service Provider and allows exhibitors to store their data one time, on the web, and then use that data to automatically fill out hunter/jumper entry forms across the country. The service offers a free 45 day trial period for new members. At the conclusion of the trial period, Equestrian Connect offers an annual subscription, or a "pay as you go" service. The service allows exhibitors to save both time and money. This is the one-minute online entry service that will help you get your entries in on time and you to the show!
Anyone who has shown with the Classic Company knows what sets them apart from the rest: Classic Shows are FUN! Complimentary exhibitor parties, luncheons, Saturday pizzas and the friendliest show management team anywhere work hard to make your showing experience the best. Classic Company never charges an add or scratch fee for those last minute changes and there is no office fee added for credit card payments.
So, whether you are a seasoned veteran or novice rider looking for a positive show experience, look to the Classic Company shows and experience the "Classic" difference. 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 or call them at 843-768-5503.