Harrodsburg, KY - The Queen City Classic’s rooster of supporters for the inaugural Camden Spring Fling show, April 7-11, continues to grow. Chairman Robert Hunt officially announced The Tack Room, based in Camden, SC, as lead sponsor of the $10,000 Chronicle of the Horse, USHJA Hunter Derby.
The idea behind the Hunter Derby’s creation is to bring back the lost art of tradition and true horsemanship into the show ring. USHJA’s concept is to develop a spotlight for show hunters on an international level, return to basic riding principles, and revitalize traditional values. When looking back to early images of horseman it was common to see riders and mounts soaring over stone walls and other natural obstacles in perfect form and style.
While those days may be long gone, the interest in them became the foundation for this generation’s Hunter Derby. “The Tack Room is particularly pleased to sponsor the USHJA Hunter Derby which has created so much excitement in the Hunter/Jumper world. Camden will certainly feel the presence of this event.” John Cushman, owner of The Tack Room stated.
“As a board member of the new South Carolina Equine Park, a citizen of Camden, and the owner of The Tack Room, I would like to thank you and congratulate you for having confidence in our group to provide The Queen City Classic a first class venue for your show.” John Cushman told Hunt and members of the show staff during a meeting Monday afternoon to finalize Derby plans. Hunt added his thoughts, “We are just amazed at all the preparations both you [Cushman] and the Park staff have accomplished for this show. Everything is just beautiful, the rings are phenomenal, the stalls are perfect…people won’t want to leave. And being able to bring a Hunter Derby to Camden’s first AA show just makes it all the more perfect.”
Hunt and show manager Lewis Pack have been coordinating class details, jump designs, judge selections, and even the over the top Derby Dinner. “This is a first for the town of Camden. There’s not been a USEF AA rated event here before, everyone wants to see that it succeeds and returns to grow as a regular stop on the Spring circuits.” Lewis Pack said. Equally involved, several of the citizens of Camden have been donating time and goods to ensure the best of everything for exhibitors.
One of the biggest treats will be the collection of charity parties in the ringside VIP tent offering guests a wide array of delectable eats and great entertainment. Gary Elliott and Welsh Carson of Olde Camden Catering will be head chefs creating all of the weekend’s wonderful menus. Beginning on Friday evening during the Willoughby Stables sponsored $5000 Welcome Jumper Classic and a Down Home BBQ complete with all the trimmings followed by the musical styling of Rusty Davis and Friends playing a variety of Classic Rock to Beach favorites. Tables and plates will fill quickly on Saturday evening for the delicious fare at the Derby Dinner featuring a selection of tenderloins accompanied by a variety of tasty side dishes. And for a fond farewell, Sunday afternoon will host the Queen’s Prix Luncheon of good ole southern comfort foods like fried chicken, homemade mac’n’cheese, and even a specialty drink to toast guests’ favorite grand prix jumpers as they take to the field in the $25,000 finale event.
Exhibitors and guests undoubtedly will enjoy the social scene over the weekend, but they can truly appreciate knowing that proceeds from each table or single seat sold benefit a special local organization, Roger Rules Foundation, established in the memory of Roger Jennings Davis who was the son of band leader Rusty Davis-giving Friday evening’s performance a more personal significance . The Roger Jennings Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund is in the midst of creating annual college scholarship to be awarded to a deserving Camden High School Senior. It also acts as an educational campaign promoting THE ROGER RULES, which simply stated are, Always Wear Your Seatbelt, Don't Speed and Never Ever Drink and Drive. “Who couldn’t get behind this group? We’re all parents of teenagers in one sense or another- biological or trainers who supervise and we all should care about making sure the kids in our lives are safe and educated about the rules of the road. We’re happy to support our host town’s worthy cause.” Hunt said.
Tables of 8 and/or individual seat tickets are available for single nights or in a special package for all three big nights. An added bonus to table purchases is the inclusion of a VIP Parking Pass which provides holders access to tent side parking. Additional details, pricing, and reservations can be obtained from Leslie Kirk by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Early reservations are recommended.
The Camden Spring Fling appreciates their sponsors and encourages exhibitors to support those who make our events possible. Family owned and operated for over 50 years, The Tack Room strives to provide you with quality products at competitive prices. Their staff has an extensive background in the hunter/jumper discipline. With over 30,000 square feet of floor space, providing a large inventory, The Tack Room pride themselves on having what the customer needs on the spot. While in Camden visit them at 2530 Broad Street or online at www.tackroomonline.com.
Visit www.scequinepark.com to get a glimpse at South Carolina’s newest equestrian venue and home to the Camden Spring Fling. The South Carolina Equine Park Foundation has gone above and beyond in preparation of welcoming the Queen City Classic’s event. Their continued support and progress will delight and give exhibitors fond memories of this inaugural show.
For more information on the 2010 Camden Spring Fling presented by the Queen City Classic please visit www.queencityclassic.com . Sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting Leslie Kirk at Lesliewkirk@aol.com . Stall reservations can be made with Lewis Pack at email@example.com or call 828-894-2721.
Photos: South Carolina Equine Park courtesy of the SCEP