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DFG Stables Close Atlanta Spring Challenge with Big Wins

Conyers, GA May 18, 2009—Aiken, SC based Daniel Geitner and DFG Stables’ riders closed out the USEF AA rated Atlanta Spring Challenge finale as the dominate force in the hunter rings, collecting nearly a dozen championship ribbons.

Geitner swept the professional divisions with multiple titles in both the 1st and 2nd Year Green Working hunters. The Michele Allison owned Mystic Castle garnered the Tri Colors in the 1st Year Green, while Elizabeth Tarumianz’s Bonafide was named the Reserve Champ. “Both horses did an outstanding job! Couldn’t be happier with their performance.” Geitner commented. In the 2nd Year Green section Geitner piloted two of Joelle Kennedy’s entries to top calls with 007 named Champion and Grafite as Reserve Champion. Completing his flurry of triumphs Geitner also won the Baby Green Hunter division aboard the Allyson Lewis owned Conducteur.

Following Geitner’s example several of the DFG family earned their own bragging rights. In the Amateur Hunters 18-35 group Catherine Stumberg rode Ringo for top honors in the division, while Alexis Reece captured 2nd place with the Ann Lineberger entry Steel My Heart in the NAL WIHS Adult Hunter Classic for the same age section. And owner-rider Laura Regan with Orient de Mesille were named Champions in the Adult Amateur Hunter 36-45 division. From the Amateur Owner Hunter sections (35 & Over), Kimberly Quinn had another stellar week, taking the Reserve Champion title with Gershwin as well as a 2nd place with Springsteen and 3rd with Gershwin in the AO Hunter Classic. Also among the adult hunter competitors for DFG was Michele Allison creating some magic for owner Emily Dresen with Houdini taking Reserve Champion in the Hopeful Hunter Division. And closing out the grown up hunter action was JF Gagne making his International Hunter Derby debut aboard new partner Rajah in the $10,000 Atlanta Hunter Derby, competing against some of the country’s top talent, the pair had a very respectable 10th place finish.

Certainly not to be out done, one of the younger members of DFG Stables captured her fair share of glory in the hunter rings. Molly Donohue and Sinatra were singing a song of victory with their Champion title in the Children’s 15-17 Hunter division and a 2nd place score in the NAL WIHS Children’s (15-17) Hunter Classic. Molly also took 3rd place in the Classic aboard her other mount Princeton.

From the jumper arenas, owner-rider Laura Regan claimed 3rd place with Verdi in the Low Junior-Amateur Jumper Classic to kick off the fast paced action. This week’s finale found horse show veterinarian Dr. Juan Gamboa and Partizan named Champions in the Adult Amateur Jumper division. However, the Adult Jumper Classic was the real hotbed of drama with members of DFG taking four of the top five spots. Dr. Gamboa and Partizan were the victors, but Randy Hannold and Grandisimo were right on their hooves to finish 2nd. As were Sara Stumberg with Snook in 4th and Brittany Knox partnered with Starbound in 5th place. Geitner joked of the tight race for first among his riders, “I must be doing something right!’ then added, “I’m very proud of all our riders.”

To wrap up a grand finale week Geitner and Trading Places, owned by Kyle Register, turned in another tantalizing performance for on lookers at the $25,000 Atlanta Spring Challenge Grand Prix held in the former Olympic arena of the Georgia International Horse Park with a 3rd place finish. This pair have quite the season developing with 8 prix starts and 5 wins or top 3 placings. “He’s [Trading Places] as competitive as I am, maybe more so at times.” Geitner quipped, “Since his vacation he’s come back even more determined to win, but sometimes it’s a little R & R that bores them. We think he missed competing-and that’s ok by us.”

After a little time off Daniel and the DFG family will hit the road again to compete in Tryon, NC and then back to Conyers, GA for two weeks of the USEF AA rated Atlanta Summer Classics.

Photo credit: Daniel Geitner and Mystic Castle ©Flashpoint Photography

*Photo only to be used in conjunction with this release


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