$25k Brookledge Grand Prix Present Delivered at Atlanta Summer Classics Opener
Conyers, GA June 15, 2009—Trading Places, owned by Kyle Register, gave Birthday Boy Daniel Geitner the best present he could-another Grand Prix victory. He was able to over take 25 tough competitors to win the $25,000 Brookledge Grand Prix at the opening week of the Atlanta Summer Classics.
The Aiken, SC based owner of DFG Stables continues his winning streak with the 9 year-old Argentine bred gelding with a fifth triumph since early March of this season. “He’s [Trading Places] just fabulous!” Geitner said. The tricky part of the 11 obstacle, 15 effort, course designed by Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, IN was according to Geitner the 96-second allowance in the former Olympic arena. “That’s a long way around there and with the summer heat you worry, but we all got around just fine.” As evidenced by their clean 92.304 first round time. Places and Geitner were 14th in the order of go, which allowed a bit of a break before the jump off. “I was a little worried, he felt a little tired because of the heat in the first round so we took him back, gave him a good cold bath and he was ready to roll.” Geitner said with a chuckle. There was another tricky spot in the layout that seemed to catch a lot of riders off guard. “The #9 double combination, late in the course was a hard one. It was a 6 ½ [strides] to the vertical. I did 7 on my first horse [Sympa], it worked out alright, but on Trading I decided definitely 6. You had to ride it pretty focused and direct.” Geitner explained. More than 80% of the starting field faulted leaving only 4 to prevent Trading Places from wrapping up the ultimate birthday gift.
The 50 second limit of the final round posed no threat to Trading Places goal of victory. The layout was built for speed and quick thinking, one vertical right before the final jump was “the funny one” to conquer. “You couldn’t really get there straight so you had to jump it on an angle and hope they [horses] didn’t get their eye on the out gate too much.
Pretty much everywhere else it was get there as quick as you could.” laughed Geitner. And Trading Places made sure he had the last laugh with a scorching clear time of 39.559. “I think he likes it when there’s a big crowd and he gets braided- he knows it’s important.” Geitner described his partner’s attitude going into the final run. Owner Kyle Register had a slightly different thought, suggesting that perhaps the gelding knew this was a special day for Daniel and wanted to win even more so. Geitner added, “He just continues to never let me down.” With that final click of the stop clock, the celebrating began, announcer Susan Kocher sang Happy Birthday during the victory gallop, the audience cheered along, and among the first to clamor for Daniel’s attention was his 4 year-old son Wyatt who couldn’t wait to say, “Congratulations daddy! Happy Birthday!” Even Trading Places got a smooch in. Daniel smiled, enjoying all the well wishes before putting Wyatt onto the dirt bike and heading to the barn to join wife Cathy and daughter Lily for a family celebration.
Earlier in the week Geitner picked up top ribbons for clients, beginning with a Reserve Championship title in the Hopeful Hunters division with Andante for owner Susie Blauvelt. Laura Regan’s entry Wiedan was named Champion in the Meter 1.20 Open Jumpers and placed 2nd in the 6 Year-Old Young Jumpers class with Daniel as the pilot.
Following the head trainers cue, several of the DFG Stables’ family garnered big wins as well. Owner/rider Elizabeth Tarumianz made Bonafide the top horse in the Non Restricted Child Adult Hunter Division. Alexis Reece rode Nobilo, owned by Katherine Paul, to Reserve Championship honors in the Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 division and picked up 3rd place in the NAL WIHS Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunter Classic. Owner-rider Kimberly Quinn and Springsteen picked up the Championship in the Amateur Owner Hunter 36 & Over division. DFG almost swept the NAL WIHS AO Hunter 36 & Over Classic with Anna Wells-Sharp placing 2nd on mount Kissme, Jennifer Gamboa and How Now placed 4th, and Kyle Register with Impression placed 5th. Also from the hunter rings, Elizabeth Butterworth took Sportspage to Reserve Champion in the Large Pony Hunter section and won the Large Pony Hunter Classic. The junior riders faired quite well too, Kathryn Jarriel and Bellagio were named Champs in the Large 16-17 Junior Hunters, while Cara Dodson rode Don Callisto, owned by David Wright, to 3rd place in the Large Junior Hunter Classic. And in the children’s section it was Elizabeth Butterworth again getting top call riding Catherine Stumberg’s Farasi to a Reserve Championship title in the Children’s Hunter 14 & Under division.
Daniel and the team DFG will remain in Conyers, GA for another week of heated competition at the Georgia International Horse Park.
Photo credit: Daniel Geitner and Trading Places ©Flashpoint Photography
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