Daniel Geitner and Trading Places Triumphant Again
Tryon, NC May 31, 2009—Daniel Geitner and Trading Places, owned by Kyle Register, chalked up another victory by overtaking 7 jump off competitors in the twisty lightening fast finish of the $10,000 Tryon Premier Jumper Classic hosted by Equus Events.
The Aiken, SC based owner of DFG Stables has been on a winning streak with the 9 year-old Argentine bred gelding since the spring season’s start. “He [Trading Places] had the majority of the winter off to simply relax after a rigorous fall campaign.” Geitner began, “Places had been really good then, but since returning to work he’s been just super. We [Geitner and Register] are convinced he was itching to get back into the ring-bored with vacationing.” a laughing Geitner said. Since March the pair have won 4 of their 6 Grand Prix entered.
Pulling double duties, show manager JP Godard also designed the challenging courses for Saturday evening’s featured attraction. “I tried to make it a little technical everywhere, not a lot technical anywhere, just tried to spread it out over the whole course. I wanted to create something that even the less experienced riders could still rise to the occasion for and have a good round, but keep those more experienced ones working to win it. ” commented Godard. The 87-second allowance to navigate the 13 obstacles of the first round was generous enough to prevent time faults, yet technical enough for the cream of the crop to rise. “It was plenty tough-with the three doubles [combinations].” Geitner began, “It was a little spooky with the shadows of a night class. My other mounts [Neville, Olivia-owned by CDS Stables and Baldato Van’t Merelsnest owned by Janet Peterson] are young horses and I think that’s what got them into a little trouble in places, but it was a nice course.” The “ole pro”, a title Trading Places is growing into, turned in a clean 79.383 first round time.
A mere 8 horses qualified for what would prove to be a heart stopping dash for the cash finale. “You want a decent size jump off when there’s a good crowd.” Geitner said in reference to the sideline bleachers full of spectators who came out to enjoy a perfect evening of show jumping thrills. The abbreviated 43-second round was as Geitner described, “Tricky- there were two inside turns, to the second jump and to the liverpool, that were really tough. You had to have a horse that sights in on them early and as usual he [Trading Places] was up to it.” Given the pressure that rider Angel Karolyi added with a hair raising explosion of speed down the last line that climaxed with a Superman leap in a single bound over the final obstacle to stop the clock at 38.180, Geitner knew the challenge was on. “I saw him [Angel] and thought that’s going to really tough to beat.” Geitner said. Before getting his crack at the leader, local junior rider-owner Sara Ketcham blasted into the ring with Annismindes Caesar to take over the top spot with a jaw dropping clear performance time of 38.174. “She [Sara] was super! She has a fast, small, very cat like horse. She rode great, it was impressive.” Geitner complimented of Ketcham’s ride. Soon after Trading Places crossed through the gate with ears pricked and eyes surveying the floor. The gelding moved with the precision of a ballroom dancing star as he glided around the course. “The best place I felt we’d be quicker was from #1 to #2- fence #2 was a bit of a blind turn and he [Trading Places] just trusted me, saw it, and went for it.” Geitner said. Their crescendo came as the clock registered an official clean time of 37.805 and the audience squealed with delight. Three others would try but fail to unseat Daniel and Places from the top spot. “Great class-great competition and a great partner. What more could I ask for.” Geitner added on his stroll back to the barn with an affectionate pat on Trading Places’ shoulder.
Earlier in the week Geitner picked up top ribbons in the hunter arena, taking both division titles in the Foothills Hunter 2’6 with Janet Peterson’s two young mounts, K-Man named Champion and St Jacob being Reserve Champion. Daniel also captured a Reserve Championship with Mrs. Peterson’s Baldato Van’t Merelsnest in the Meter 1.0 Jumper section. And Geitner took Championship honors aboard the CDS Stables’ entry Olivia in the Meter 1.20 Jumper division.
Several of the DFG Stables’ family garnered big wins this week in Tryon, beginning with owner-rider Molly Donohue and Sinatra’s Reserve Championship in the Children’s Hunter 15-17 division and a well earned 6th place in the NAL WIHS Children’s Hunter Classic. Kathryn Crump claimed a 5th place in the NAL WIHS Junior-Amateur Owner Jumper Classic with mount Caletto. And the husband-wife team of Dr. Juan and Jennifer Gamboa had a fun week too. Juan’s young jumper Coco Chanel Z was named Champion of the Meter 95 Training division with Daniel in the pilot’s seat, while Juan rode Partizan to a 1st place finish in the NAL WIHS Child-Adult Jumper Classic. Jennifer Gamboa was named Reserve Champion in the Adult Amateur Hunters [35 & Over] division with best friend How Now. The duo also placed 5th in the NAL WIHS Adult Amateur Hunter Classic.
Daniel and the team DFG will remain in Tryon, NC for next week’s 81st Annual Tryon Riding and Hunt Club horse show, where Daniel has swept the Grand Prix since 2006.
Photo credit: Daniel Geitner and Trading Places ©Flashpoint Photography
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