Edited Press Release.
Conyers, Georgia– June 25, 2014-
What a night! The Classic Company‘s inaugural $10,000 Six Bar class was the talk of the horse show community Friday night at the Georgia International Horse Park which took place center stage in the Olympic Arena.
Six Bar a Success! Bob Bell, President of the Classic Company and Mary Ruth Taylor congratulate the three Six Bar Winners, Martien Van Der Hoeven, Derek Petersen and Michael Murphy.
The event coincided with the Annual Outback Steakhouse Charity Dinner to benefit the Hope Clinic. The Hope Clinic was founded in 2002 by Dr. William Martin to provide an affordable alternative to the hospital emergency room for the primary care medical needs of the uninsured. The clinic is a vital part of Gwinnett’s healthcare safety net and supplies over half of the available charitable primary care capacity in the county. Dr. Martin and the team of providers at the Hope Clinic specialize in internal medicine and chronic care diagnosis. The Classic Company has supported the Hope Clinic for the past 8 years. “This is an incredibly worthy group. They provide a tremendous amount of services to the local community and provide the less fortunate with needed medical services. The Classic Company is one of their largest fundraising groups and we are so happy to work with them and help make a difference.”
Martien Van Der Hoeven and Easy Touch 4 make it look easy!
“The six bar class was amazing. There must have been 1,000 at the grand prix. Literally everyone at the show was watching!” commented Classic Company President Bob Bell.
“The class is a straight line of six fences. We started the first fence at 3’9. As each rider went clean, the fences were raised. We did four rounds and ended with the last fence at 5’10”. We ended up with a three way tie and the crowd just loved it!” said Bell.
Derek Petersen and Cassevel fly over the Six Bar challenge.
The three victors were Martien Van Der Hoeven of Spring, Texas in the irons of Courtney DeHechavarria’s Easy Touch 4, Michael Murphy of Apopka, Florida riding Suzanne Dennis’ Bunny Hop and Derek Peterson of Archer, Florida in the irons of Madddie Skimming’s Cassevel.
Michael Murphy and Bunny Hop ‘hop to it’ in last Friday’s Six Bar Competition to the delight of the crowd.
Paul McCrea of Alpharetta, Georgia rode Krista Jones’ Diamond DeLuxe and made it to the fourth round. But eight jump faults would keep them from the winner’s circle.
Van Der Hoeven also rode Augusta Pines Farm’s Nuateloe. The team was out after Round 3 saw them with four jump faults. Round 3 also claimed Sherry Hill of Cordele, Georgia on her own Bellami and Randii Goble of Friendsville, Tennessee aboard Icon Sporthorses, LLC’s Queen of Calla both with four jump faults at the last fence. Round two spared all of the horse and riders and round one claimed Mary Katherine Hargreaves and her own Jump Start with eight jump faults.
The $10,000 Six Bar Class drew everyone from the show grounds ringside for the action!
During the event, the Annual Silent Auction also took place for those looking to make a win outside of the ring in the sold out tent. Outback Steakhouse served ribs, chicken breasts, Caesar salad and deserts. “The food was delicious and everyone had a great time,” said Bell.
$5,000 Open Welcome Jumpers
Jared Petersen rode Titus 2:11 to the win in the $5,000 Open Welcome Week II beating out 28 other horse and rider teams.
Thursday night the Open Jumpers saw 29 take to the course designed by internationally known course designer, Steve Stephens of Palmetto, Florida, but only 10 went clean. Stephens has designed courses for the Olympics and the Pan Am Games. He is one of the most well-known course designers in the world.
Of the ten that went clean Derek Petersen’s Titus 2:11, ridden by Jared Petersen of Archer, Florida won the class with a double clean round and jump off time of 31.013 seconds, well within the time allowed of 47 seconds. Trapatoni, owned by Billie Dorouet and ridden by David Jennings of Franklin, Tennessee came in second after turning in double clear rounds and a jump off time in 32.06 seconds. Third place finisher was David Blake of Parkland, Florida aboard Doma Sue, owned by Pine Hollow Farm, after turning in double clear rounds and a jump off time of 33.221 seconds. For complete results, click here.
In other news…SHOW-cation!
Don’t miss the Annual Unbridled Affair at the Seabrook Club! All are welcome!
Did you book your beach condo? The Show-cation destination is coming up at the Charleston Summer Classic which starts July 8 through 19. Beach front condos a few minutes from the show grounds is where the riders stay so don’t miss out on the best show-cation of your life! Bring the family, friends, dogs and horses! Minutes from the beach and only a short drive to historic Charleston, this is the show that offers something for everyone from fishing to kayaking, to shopping to wave jumping, from walk-trot to weekly grand prix and hunter derbies-this is your Show-cation destination!
Charming restaurants in historic Charleston, just a short drive from the show grounds offer the best dining complete with southern hospitality.
Anyone who has shown with the Classic Company sm knows what sets them apart from the rest: Classic Shows are FUN! Friday night exhibitor parties, Saturday night grand prix, complimentary ringside Saturday pizza and luncheons all with the exhibitor in mind! And, remember, the Classic Company sm does not charge extra office fees for credit card transactions nor is there a scratch or add fee! Classic Company sm wants to make your showing experience the best ever!
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 sm and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at classiccompany.com or call them at 843.768.5503.
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