Ireland’s Tom Holden to Design Courses for Classic Champions Inc. Young Horse Jumper Classes at 2018 Palm Beach Open

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Wellington, Florida – March 19, 2018 – After the huge success of the Classic Champions Tour classes held at the 2018 Deeridge Derby, these specialized young jumper classes will next be featured at the Palm Beach Open, a USEF rated Jumper 2 show, part of the 2018 Palm Beach Masters Series. The Palm Beach Open takes place at the stunning Deeridge Farms in Wellington, Florida, March 22-25, 2018.

Based on European principles which modernize the show experience for young horses in North America, Classic Champions Inc. Tour classes are specifically for 5, 6, and 7 year-old horses. Classic Champions is proud to feature distinguished course designers such as France’s Frédéric Cottier, who designed the young horse courses at the Deeridge Derby, and Ireland’s Tom Holden, who will be designing the age-appropriate courses in the beautiful grass Grand Prix Ring at the Palm Beach Open where the Classic Champions Tour young horse classes will offer nearly $20,000 in prize money!

Tom Holden started his equestrian career competing in show-jumping and eventing as an amateur for many years before he became involved in course designing with a local riding club at the age of 18. A Horse Sport Ireland Level 2 coach and tutor, he became involved with assisting several senior course designers in Ireland, including the highly respected Sgt Major Steve Hickey, Paul Duffy Snr, and Gerry Byrne, progressing through the course design examination process, earning his FEI level 3 status in 2006. 

Considered to be amongst the elite in his field, Tom has designed courses at some of the biggest horse shows in the world including Spruce Meadows in Canada, FEI World Cup™ qualifiers in Estonia, Croatia, and Slovenia, as well as the Young Horse Finals at the Dublin Horse Show in his native Ireland.

Classic Champions Inc. Schedule at the 2018 Palm Beach Open:

Thursday, March 22

• Classic Champions 5 Year-Old Jumper II

• $2,000 Classic Champions 6 Year-Old Jumper II 2d

• $3,000 Classic Champions 7 Year-Old Jumper II 2a 

Friday, March 23

• $1,000 Classic Champions 5 Year-Old Jumper II 2d

• $2,000 Classic Champions 6 Year-Old Jumper II 2.1

• $3,000 Classic Champions 7 Year-Old Jumper II 2.1

Sunday, March 25

• $1,000 Classic Champions 5 Year-Old Jumper II 2a

• $2,000 Classic Champions 6 Year-Old Jumper II 2a

• $4,000 Classic Champions 7 Year-Old Jumper II 2a

Click here for the complete schedule at the Palm Beach Open