Nicolas Gamboa & Butterfly Kisses of DFG Stables
AIKEN, S.C.—Sept 22, 2008— Flashpoint Media Services clients continued with exciting Hunter/Jumper action during the finale week of the Aiken Fall Festival, Sept. 18-21, which was highlighted by the $25,000 Aiken Grand Prix and the awarding of the $15,000 Jumper Rider Bonus.
This week, the home town riders of the Aiken, S.C.-based DFG Stables were in the limelight, beginning with head trainer Daniel Geitner—who captured the Tri and Reserve colors in three divisions: Special Hunter 2’9” Champion with the Allie Coffin owned Balou du Rouet, also Reserve Champ in the Special 2’9” with Kiara Barnett’s Rockville, Reserve honors aboard Cornelia Buckley’s Duncan in the Baby Green Hunter and another Reserve Championship with Allie Coffin’s Balou du Rouet, this time in the Hopeful Hunter division. “Daniel is the best to bring along the young horses.” stated proud owner Coffin.
Switching his attentions to the jumpers, Daniel rode three mounts into the top 12 of the final grand prix designed by Richard Jeffrey on Sunday afternoon. Sympa, owned by Mrs. Charles Bostwick landed in the 6th position and the Janet Petersen entry, Artur 28 captured the 9th place award. While Geitner was not victorious in the prix, he still rode away quite happy after being awarded the $15,000 Jumper Rider Bonus, which was based upon total points earned over the Equus Events’ season. Show manager JP Godard said, “I’m extremely excited about Daniel winning the $15,000 bonus! He and his wife Cathy are some of our biggest supporters, so I am pleased to see him win it.” With a sly smile Godard added, “It was a good race to the end though, Hardin Towell won the class today and Daniel was 6th. If Daniel hadn't placed Hardin would have taken home the blue and the bonus! That’s what we really wanted...a great race to the finish and we got it.” Always modest and earnest, Daniel simply said of the extra paycheck, “Not a bad consolation prize. I’m very fortunate to have great horses to partner with and great friends to compete against.”
Members of the DFG family also scored big, earning Championship and Reserves throughout the hunter divisions. Kimberly Quinn was seeing double, taking both top spots in the Amateur Owner – Champion with Gershwin and Reserve with Springsteen. Owner- rider Kyle Register also had a ribbon sweep, earning a Championship victory in the Adult Amateur Hunters ( 36 & Over) with Impression and won the Adult Hunter Classic, while barn mate Jennifer Gamboa took Reserve Champion with mount How Now. Congrats also to Alexis Reece, for a Tri color win in the younger Adult Amateurs [18-35] with horse Molly owned by CDS Stables.
And in the under 18 divisions- owner rider Kathryn Jarriel wrapped up the Championship for the Large Junior Hunter sections riding her mount Bellagio. Molly Donohue scored a pair of wins with the Kimberly Quinn owned Sinatra, taking Championship honors in the Children’s 15-17 division and the Children’s Hunter Classic. The weekend’s biggest cheers could be heard at the Short Stirrup ring where soon to be 8 year-old Nicolas Gamboa, son of veterinarian Dr. Juan and Jennifer Gamboa, won his first Championship title riding his cousin Alicia’s Butterfly Kisses. “We are just so proud of Nico!”gushed Juan, “Nico has been working very hard and now he is so excited he wants to show more. We owe a lot of thanks to Sarah at DFG Stables who has been training Nico and Kisses for the past year.”
Fellow Aiken resident Michael Tokaruk, who runs TOKARUK SHOW STABLES with his brother Luke, had an equally good week with top ribbons in the Jumpers. Beginning with a Reserve call on the Angela Woodbury owned Shakespeare in the Open Jumpers. Client Lindsay Strafuss swept the Low Children Adult Jumpers and earned the Championship for the finale week with her talented Polaris. Strafuss also earned a 2nd and 3rd place aboard the TSS owned Casanova in the same division. Over in the Children’s section it was Ashley Keith and Lochland representing TSS –taking a 2nd place in the Children 14 & Under, 2nd in the 12-14 Equitation, and a well earned 4th in the T.H.I.S. NAL Children’s Medal.
In the finale Aiken Grand Prix, Michael Tokaruk and his Holsteiner gelding Lord Byron held their own in a very competitive field, taking 2nd place. However, the grand prix debut of 8 year-old gelding Roger Rabbit, also owned by Tokaruk, who placed 5th may have been this rider’s favorite moment . “Roger is just an amazing horse.” A very pleased Michael commented. Also in the top 12 was Shakespeare finishing 10th for owner Angela Woodbury with Tokaruk as the pilot. The TSS gang will now start prepping for the Indoor season with stops in Harrisburg, Washington International, and capping it all off with Lindsay’s bid at the ASPCA Maclay Finals in Syracuse, NY.
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