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Rebecca Cameron & London of DFG Stables Triumph!

AIKEN, S.C.—Sept 15, 2008—The Aiken Fall Festival, which kicked off September 11th at Highfields just outside of downtown Aiken, was a Flashpoint Media Services family affair. On the show grounds and in the ribbons for the inaugural week were Daniel Geitner, of the Aiken-based DFG Stables along with Michael and Luke Tokaruk, of Tokaruk Show Stables, also based in Aiken.

Lending some evidence to the old expression "home-turf advantage," Aiken-based Tokaruk Show Stables was the big winner in Friday's Trainer Equitation Medal. With the Lindsey Strafuss owned Polaris, eldest of the brothers Tokaruk, Michael captured 1st place in the $2500.00 Medal class. And brother Luke garnered a 4th place ribbon in the Trainers Eq aboard the TSS owned Casanova.

JP Godard of Equus Events found himself wearing multiple hats this week, as show manager and in assisting course designer Joe Carnicom with the 16 effort layout for Saturday's main event. Aside from the prize money here, there were valuable points in the chase for the $15,000 rider bonus. "I think a lot of riders used this week as a warm up for the big $25,000 next week, but I am sure most were still concentrated on the task at hand." Godard went on to comment of the race for the bonus, which will be awarded at the end of week two, "This week's class counted toward the bonus, but next week riders will earn double points so it should prove to be a great race to the finish!" Current standings have DFG's Daniel Geitner in the lead.

In the Mini Prix of 28 horse and rider combos, Michael Tokaruk narrowly missed the win with his Holsteiner gelding Lord Byron. "Lordy" brought him another great placing, as he bested the 8 obstacle jump-off course with a clear time of 44.057, barely one second from victory the pair finished 2nd . "It was a great course. Lordy tried hard-just not our day, but I'm happy with our efforts." said Tokaruk of the classic. DFG's Geitner again had "Places" in his heart, when the 9-year-old Argentine gelding [owned by Kyle Register] carried him to another top award with a double clear ride that ended with a time of 44.203 to capture 3rd place. He also claimed the 8th position with the Catherine Stumberg owned Snook while Tokaruk completed the top 10 with Shakespeare for owner Angela Woodbury. "It's nice to be able to get in there and show what they can do," said Geitner of his horses. "Both are such nice horses."

Meanwhile, DFG Stables riders dominated in the Hunter and Children's rings. Head trainer Daniel Geitner lead off the wins in the irons of Cornelia Buckley's Duncan, taking Reserve Champion in the Baby Green Hunter and Reserve Champion in the Hopeful Hunters aboard Lisa Linehan's Free Falling. While clients Kim Quinn piloted her Gershwin to a Championship in the Amateur Owner Hunters [18-35], owner-rider Kyle Register and Impression were the Reserve Champions in the Adult Amateur Hunters [36-45], Rebecca Cameron and London were Champs in the Adult Amateur Hunters [18-35] while stable mate Alexis Reece and the CDS Stables owned Molly earned the Reserve Champion in the Adult Amateur Hunters [18-35], and Catherine Stumberg aboard Farasi claimed the Tri Colors in the Children's Hunter [15-17].

Earlier in the show: the TSS gang had a clean sweep of blue ribbons and Championships in the younger Children's and Junior divisions with Ashley Keith and Lochland winning the 12-14 Equitation, taking 1st in the 3 foot Special Hunters, and a 2nd place in the younger Children's Hunters. Earning Champion honors was Lindsey Strafuss and mount Jet Set in the Large Junior Hunters and Jaclyn Ruocco with her golden Palomino Lemon Drop laid claim to bragging rights in the $10,000 NAL Child Adult Jumper Classic. TSS's newest client Ana Bobilev has started off with a bang taking the Reserve Champion title in the Low Child Adult Jumper division with Touche.

Both DFG Stables and Tokaruk Show Stables will continue showing at the Aiken Fall Festival through next week. Best of luck to all the FMS riders!

Photo Credit: Rebecca Cameron & London of DFG Stables ©Flashpoint Photography

*Photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release


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