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Moran and Geiger Showcase Amateur-Owner Hunters at Bainbridge Florida Classic

Twins Briggs and Ingram Win Tricolors in Adult Amateur Hunters at Winter Equestrian Festival

Wellington, FL – February 23, 2007 – Sunny skies greeted Amateur-Owner Hunters this morning in the Internationale Arena at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club as exhibitors completed their final round of competition on the spacious grass field. The Bainbridge Florida Classic, CSI-W World Championship Hunter Rider Spectacular, presented by the Palm Beach Post, welcomed hunters from rated divisions to show on the grass, and division champions and reserve champions will be invited to compete on Saturday night in the AHJF Hunter Spectacular of Palm Beach.

The Amateur-Owner Hunters, sponsored by Kilkenny Insurance Agency, began at 8 a.m. with the Over 35 age group. Caroline Moran, who piloted Just Jack to second place in the Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunter Stake, came away with championship honors. The reserve championship went to Rio Renoir and Brad Wolf of Memphis, TN.

When asked how she felt riding on the field, Moran replied, “Great! I’m always so nervous to go out there, and then once I get out there it’s always really fun. You can open up your stride and go forward instead of up and down.”

“This is only the third week we’ve shown at WEF,” she explained. “The first week he was reserve. Last week I flipped over in the first class and didn’t finish the division, so we decided to have Havens (Schatt) show him in the conformation this week, just to get his confidence back. He went in there great; he wasn’t scared at all. And then this week, it was like it never happened. It was quite a comeback.”

In the Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunters, Rachel Geiger and Dream Date, one of three horses she rode in the division, captured tricolor honors. Geiger, of Malvern, PA, commented about riding on the field, “It’s so much fun. It’s so different, and it’s nice to be able to be free, and I think the horses like it too. Yesterday he was first and fourth over fences, and he won the hack. He’s a pretty amazing horse,” she said.

“He’s got the heart, so he’ll do anything you ask him to,” she revealed. “He’s a really sensitive horse, and he’s hard because he’s got so many different sides to his personality, and it’s hard to know how to ride every part of him. It took me a really long time to figure him out. But, he’ll pretty much do whatever you ask him to.”

The reserve champion was earned by Rowlanda Blue Stephanos and her mount Double Cinco, owned by Paige and Pamela Allardice of Sagaponack, NY.

The Adult Amateur 36-50 Hunters Section A, sponsored by Carol A. Sollak PA and Illustrated Properties, awarded twin sisters Frances Briggs and Stephanie Ingram with the champion and reserve ribbons. Briggs piloted Red Carpet to the championship, and Ingram followed in her footsteps with Ocean Front for the reserve championship ribbon.

“This is very exciting for me because I got Red Carpet a year ago, and he’s a pre-green horse,” reported Briggs. “I’m an extremely nervous rider, and I couldn’t show my other horse because he was having a week off. So, I brought my pre-green horse out and he could not have been more fun to ride!” She added, “He was great and like an old pro. He was perfect and quiet and a blast to ride.”

Briggs commented about her sister, “She’s got this great horse, Ocean Front, who is beautiful. I didn’t watch her go because I get too nervous, and she showed right in front of me. She must have been good though because she was second. She does great. It’s a matter of who stays the calmest,” she laughed. “She has a great horse, I have a great horse, and I just happened to have a great trip, and I’m thrilled.”

Section B of the Adult Amateur 36-50 Hunters presented Jeanine Zuckerman the championship after her great rides on Vanessa Redfern’s horse Winter Castle. Kelly Klein and Oz took home reserve champion.

In the Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunters Section A, Stella Blue and Sloan Brown won the championship, and reserve champion went to Damascus and Lynley Reilly.

The Bainbridge Florida Classic, CSI-W/ WCHR Spectacular, presented by the Palm Beach Post, continues tomorrow at the Winter Equestrian Festival, with Junior Hunter divisions concluding for championships in the Internationale Arena. In addition, the Small, Medium, and Large Pony Hunters will kick off in the Rost Ring.

Photo Credit: Rachel Geiger and Dream Date. Photo© 2007 Randi Muster.


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