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GCHS Hunter Jumper classes


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Versatility Challenge
First night of the show, Tuesday evening’s performance began with the $5,000 GCHS Hunter Jumper Versatility Challenge and presentation of the “Keepsake Perpetual Trophy.” Horses entered in the class rode two rounds: Part A was ridden as a classic hunter style round with typical hunter-style jumps.  Part B was a jumper speed round, with jumper-style obstacles conducted under Table II.1 – fastest clear round over a minimum of 8 obstacles, fences 3’6”. The horse with the highest point total from both rounds was the winner.

The Keepsake Perpetual trophy is given annually in honor of Keepsake, a very special horse who could do it all! She was successful in both the hunter and jumper rings. Keepsake was a 1990 Dutch Warmblood who, from early on in her show career, was a consistent winner in the Regular Working Hunter division. She moved to the Jumper ring, winning classes there, while simultaneously continuing her winning ways in the Hunter ring with her amateur rider. Keepsake was always game to do whatever was asked of her with a happy disposition, including trail and cross-country rides. The Keepsake Perpetual Trophy is donated by Peggy and Barney Mallace. Results of the Versatility Challenge:

1st place: Dar Tanion, rider Andy Kocher, owner Vick Russell won the $1,250 prize
2nd: Unikat, rider Carlos Aramburo, owner Amy Yoder won the $1,000 prize
3rd Tee Time, rider & owner Abigail Sellers won the $750 prize
4th Roman Saluut, rider Shannon Hicks, owner Helen Gilbert won the $500 prize
5th: TNT’s Party Time, rider Addison Bihm, owner TNT Equine Partners LLC won the $450 prize
6th: Cholon, rider Sarah Clifton Yandell, owner Yandell Family Farm won the $400 prize
Welcome Stake
The jumper class of Wednesday evening’s performance was the Welcome Stake. After the first round from a field of 21 entries, there were only three clear rounds to come back for the jump-off: Christian Heineking on Cluny, Andy Kocher riding Le Conte, and Matt Cyphert riding Lochinvar. When all was said and done, Christian Heineking and Joshua Tabor’s Cluny were the clear winners. Lochinvar, Matt Cyphert owner/rider, finished in second place, and LeConte, Andy Kocher owner/rider was third.
$25,000 Grand Prix of Germantown
The big attraction of the show was Saturday night’s, June 7, 2014, $25,000 Grand Prix of Germantown with 23 entries vying for the prize. Rains had delayed performances of Friday night’s Hunter Pony Classic and Hunter Classic, which were moved to Saturday morning. But the rains held off on Saturday evening, as the performance got underway. Olympian Melanie Smith Taylor and Michael Tokaruk explained the course and options for the riders to the crowd before the jumping got underway.

When it came time for the third leg of the Triple Crown, the show took a break and broadcast the live commentary over the PA system. Spectators were anxious to know if this would be the year for a Triple Crown winner, and the tense anticipation could be felt throughout the “bowl.” When the race was over and California Chrome finished in a tie for fourth, there was a pall of silence and disappointment over the crowd.

Back to the jumping, there were only five clear rounds to return to the jump-off. Cluny once again showed his remarkable style – over jumping the huge fences with enough scope to ensure a clear round.

Christian Heineking won the $25,000 Grand Prix for the second time in two years. Louise Graves and Zavira put in a good enough ride for second place. Heineking scooped third place on his other ride, NKH Quanto. Matt Cyphert and Lochinvar were a respectable fourth. And Nicole Peterson piloted Einstein to fifth place for owner Jordan Appel.

Heineking received the Lord Byron Perpetual Trophy, crafted lovingly in honor of Michael Tokaruk’s winning Grand Prix jumper Lord Byron by Kathleen Armour Walker of Tennessee Pewter, Somerville, TN. This was the first show in which the perpetual trophy was presented.

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