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Atlanta Fall Classics’ Second Week Off to Perfekt Start

Conyers, GA.—November 15, 2008— “I was a little nervous ,” commented Thursday’s surprised winner, Chase Boggio of Canton, GA, “I just went in it to get around and maybe go clean.” Boggio and his Royal Dutch Warmblood Perfekt captured the top spot in the Open Welcome Stake sponsored by Classic Equine Equipment.

Neither the 15 year-old pilot or 10-year-old gelding showed any signs of being anxious when crossing the start timer of their first Welcome Stake. Shortly into round one the duo made it clear to the field of 28 their mind set was “game on” and finished with a flawless run in 70.81, well below the allowed 81 seconds. The afternoon held a few firsts for Boggio and Perfekt- first time competing in a Welcome Stake plus jumping under the lights in the Olympic-sized arena. “It was definitely tough!” Boggio said with broad smile, “I did the Hunter Derby during the summer under the lights, but this is my first time doing a jumper-and a Welcome.” Add to that taking on talent like international competitor Bjorn Ikast, not to mention US veterans Chuck Waters and last week’s grand prix winner Derek Petersen, and Chase had a debut he’ll not soon forget.

The first round of 12-obstacles appeared pretty typical, with lots of cutting turns and three double combinations. However, the designer is Pierre Jolicieur this week, and all the “regulars” to his courses know to count on two things: big spreads – today’s averaged 4’6”–and the infamous “bogey fence.” Fifteen fell victim to Jolicieur’s test, the #4 plank vertical, which followed a hard left turn off of the #3 oxer and preceded a short left over vertical #5. Most teams nicked the top of the plank just enough to drop it. “That first line you could either do a 9 or 10 [strides] but the 5 [stride] to that vertical was really tight.” Boggio said.

Using the Table II.2b format meant their jump off was immediate and the race to beat the 42-second allowance over six obstacles became Jolicieur’s ultimate challenge. Only ten riders rose to the occasion. Jolicieur’s comments on the jump off course were, “They need to ride fast in the beginning and slow in the end.” Even Boggio agreed it was straight forward, no real traps. Pierre wanted pure speed, he wanted the fastest horse to win. Perfekt was, well, perfection with a fast time of 34.182 to over take the leader Bjorn Ikast. “It’s an honor to lose when it’s to a better rider.” classic horseman Ikast said when shaking hands with young Boggio.

Paired with Perfekt since March of this year, Chase already has an eye on the Grand Prix competition. “I was actually entered in last week’s prix because we didn’t see a high junior’s class, but there was the Classic on Sunday…so we did that.” A look of relief etched on the face of his mother said it all, “He’s still showing in the 14 year old divisions.” she laughed. However, a combination of talent and his angelic smile may just change her mind by Sunday.

Final results placed Bjorn Ikast in 2nd and 3rd place with Little Bullet in 35.670 and IZ’s Lifetime in a clear final time of 36.311. Kitt Ritter piloting Jumbo Jet for owner Ann Ritter took 4th place with a clear time of 36.698. And completing the top five was Danielle Grice with Sarah Patterson’s entry Quilmes in a final time of 37.710.

Friday saw the naming of some Hunter Division Champs, beginning with Bruce Christison partnered with Olyvia Graves’ Lyrik HF in the Green Working section. Local favorite Terry Brown of Canton, GA scored dual championships in both levels of the Pre Green Hunters, in the 3 foot division Brown took the tri colors with Darcy Cooper’s entry Seduced and in the 3’3 foot division with Sandy Gregory’s new ride Formality. Another home town hero Casey Hodges garnered top honors aboard the Paige Burton owned Andiamo in the Baby Green Hunters.

All this week’s excitement has been geared toward Saturday evening’s main event, the 8th Annual National Classic Equitation Finals (NCE) presented by the Classic Company and sponsored by Connections. Open to any rider who had competed in any NCE Equitation classes during the 2008 show season. Scored qualifier rounds were held on Friday in each of the seven “levels” and the top six earned the invite to the finals. Champions of each division, along with their trainers were awarded specially monogrammed Letterman jackets and of course bragging rights.

And the winners are…

NCE Short Stirrup – Victoria Plott with trainer Andy Kocher

NCE Children’s Pony – Kaitlyn Neumann with trainer Karen Neumann

NCE Pre Child/Adult – Brynn Elliott with trainer Brad Spragg

NCE Pony Hunter – Parker Schooley with trainer Sissie Anderton

NCE Children’s Hunter – Corey Bankert with trainer Christina Schlusmeyer

NCE Junior Hunter – Chase Boggio with trainer Nancy Boggio

NCE Adult Hunter – Erin Lloyd with trainer Karen Kerby

The Atlanta Fall Classics continue through November 23rd with showing taking place Wednesday through Sunday. Classes begin daily at 8am until approximately 4:30pm and the public is invited. Admission is free and each Sunday will host an exciting $25,000 Grand Prix jumper classic at 2pm. For more information or results on the Fall Classics visit http://www.classiccompany.com or call the show office at 770-602-2510.

Flashpoint Media Services, based in Harrodsburg, KY, is a comprehensive public relations firm specializing in the equestrian sports. For additional information contact Robbi Meisel, 859-734 3713, robbi@flashpointmediaservices.com

Photo: Chase Boggio and Perfekt ©Flashpoint Photography

Photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release


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