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Bainbridge Farm Cleans Up in Hunters at Saratoga Classic Horse Show

Saratoga, NY - June 24, 2008 - Bainbridge Farm was up to their usual winning ways this past week at the Saratoga Classic Horse Show on June 18-22, 2008. Richard Schechter and Jennifer Reid's horses showed especially well. Rob Bielefeld and Jennifer Reid both ended the week with many championships.

Lansing had his debut in the hunter ring in the Pre-Greens. Piloting Lansing was Rob Bielefeld; he also rode another client's horse in the same division. Both horses ended up tied for champion, and a hack-off resulted in Tony Scarlotta riding Lansing to the champion ribbon. Lansing brought home ribbons of first, second and second.

This year, Bainbridge only brought a few horses to the show in Saratoga. In the end, though, it worked to their advantage.

"We only brought four horses with us this year, and we are so glad we did. We were able to focus more attention on them instead of being spread too thin," said Reid.

Sweet Emotion picked up first, second and second place ribbons in the Low Hunters. Ridden by Shachine Belle, Sweet Emotion actually had not only the highest score of the division, but the highest score of the week with a 93.

"I just couldn't believe it. She had such a wonderful trip," said Reid.

Jiminy Cricket was great all week also, consistently in the ribbons. Reid and her horse Good Point also did very well. They picked up a second, third and fifth in the Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunter division- A/O or Adults??. In addition to the stellar rounds in the Adults, they also were third in the Hunter Classic.

"All the horses were just amazing, I can't wait to do it again next week," said Reid.

The horses have had some time off since WEF this winter, Saratoga being their first show since. The time off from horse showing seemed to have served the horses well.

"The reason I like Saratoga, the Skidmore Classic so much is because it is so relaxed. I think the horses are more relaxed as well because you're basically in the woods so there is not as much stimulus for the horses," said Reid.

Not having a trainer since March, she was relieved to have Gary Duffy back training her. Basically training herself for the past few months, she felt that her horses were great, but her riding had been suffering a little bit.

"The results were almost immediate when I started training with him again," said Reid. "I think the most important thing I have learned from him is to be compassionate towards the horse. Before I was quick to get angry and blame the horse; Gary has taught me to be compassionate and to relate to what the horse is feeling. It is all about communication."

Having time off seems to be a winning program. While her horses were getting ridden almost every day, they do not go to as many shows as others. The fact that the horses do get time off makes them happier to do their job.

"We don't have to do a lot of maintenance on them because they are not over-ridden," said Reid. "It's actually an advantage in my eyes that we don't show all year long. It seems to me they are happier and enjoy going into the ring."

Their plan is to show at Saratoga for one more week, and then it is off to Lake Placid for another week. After that, Reid will return home to get ready for college.

Richard Schechter is CEO and President of Bainbridge Companies LLC. He is an avid equestrian himself. As owner of Bainbridge Farm, Schechter has had horses that competed in the Adult Amateur Hunters, Pre-Green Hunters and Pony Hunters.

Bainbridge Companies LLC is one of the nation's premier owners, developers, and builders of investment real estate. They are a Florida-based fully integrated real estate company engaged in the development, construction, management, acquisition and disposition of commercial and residential real estate.

Their apartment community development and acquisition programs are centered in specific markets in Florida, a state which boasts one of the most vibrant and diverse economies in the United States. These communities are located in high growth areas including the southeast, central, and northeast regions of the state, where significant opportunities exist for their type of multifamily community, either as rental multifamily or conversion to condominium ownership.

The Bainbridge Companies are growing extensively, and either owned or were involved with several properties in Wellington, FL, including the Estates at Wellington Green, Polo Lakes, and Polo Chase.

For more information on The Bainbridge Companies LLC, please visit their website at http://www.bainbridgecompanies.com or call 561-333-3669.

Photo Credit: Lansing and Rob Bielefeld were Pre-Green Hunter champions at the Saratoga Classic Horse Show. Photo (C) 2008 Randi Muster. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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