Doug Payne Pilots Jane Dudinsky's Quintessence to the Win in the $25,000 EMO Grand Prix

For Immediate Release: June 23, 2019 - Aiken, South Carolina

Doug Payne and Quintessence

Doug Payne and Quintessence

The jumpers returned in full force for the grand finale of the inaugural Aiken Summer Classics. Twenty-seven horse-and-rider teams competed in the Saturday night $25,000 EMO Grand Prix Week II at the Aiken Summer Classic over a course designed by world renowned International Course Designer Michel Vaillancourt, of Aiken, South Carolina.

Thirteen advanced to the jump-off round with a time allowed of 48 seconds. First to go in the jump-off order was Doug Payne, of Aiken, South Carolina, and Wendy Luce’s Marshall M. Dillon. Their fault-free round in a time of 37.732 seconds set the time to beat.

Winner of the Week I $7,500 Welcome and the $25,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix, Kim Farlinger, of Wellington, Florida, and Kindle Hill Afiliates’ Maharees Rock followed Payne in the jump-off order, but earned 4 faults at the first fence and finished with a time of 40.007 seconds, which would put them in ninth place overall.

Payne returned to the grand prix arena, this time in the irons of Jane Dudinsky’s Quintessance. Their fault-free round in 35.769 seconds took the lead.

“The horse [ Quintessance] is a freak!” said Payne. “He’s just got athleticism, is quick and has the sharp mental state to tackle this. He was supposed to be an event horse, but I thought he would be more suited to the jumpers and it’s turned out well for him. The only thing he is lacking is experience. At this point he’s only 8, and his future looks really bright,” he added.

“The challenge in the jump-off was that there were so many of us, you had to really go for it to get a ribbon,” he said. “What I did differently was I chose to do the eight strides from fence 1 to 2, which let me turn over the oxer to the second jump. Everyone who did the seven made the turn more difficult. I took the time to set him up for a smooth rest of the course, which paid off,” he said.

Megan Bennett, of Raleigh, North Carolina, aboard her own Sherlock Homes 21 followed Payne in the order, but 4 faults in a time of 41.188 seconds would see them finish 11th overall. Fandango, owned and ridden by Rachel Kennedy, of Brookeville, Maryland, was up next. They also had 4 faults and with their time of 45.636 seconds, would settle into 12th place.

Adrian Jones, of Shamong, New Jersey, in the irons of Jamie Stryker’s Cavello joined the jump-off bunch, but with 4 jump faults in a time of 39.994 seconds, they would finish in eighth place.

Kara Jones, of Cornelius, North Carolina, and her own End Game earned 4 faults in a time of 45.886 seconds for 13th.

Daniel Geitner, of Aiken, South Carolina, and November Hill’s Vesta De Lavardin followed in the order. A four-fault round in a time of 35.905 seconds would earn them the sixth-place ribbon.

Laura Gaither Ulrich, of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Euro Equine Imports’ Garda posted a clear jump-off round in a time of 41.581 seconds, which was not enough to unseat Payne, but earned her a fifth-place ribbon overall.

Chasen Boggio, of Canton, Georgia, aboard his own Co Pilot followed in the order with a clear jump-off round in a time of 39.864 seconds for fourth. Farlinger returned to the grand prix arena, this time in the irons of Keren Halperin’s Free Style. Their fault-free second round in a time of 36.083 seconds would move them to a second place finish, and Killam and Boreale De Tala to a third place overall.

Killam and Empire show Stables’ Memory Lane were next to go, but 4 faults in a time of 41.108 seconds would see them finish 10th. Geitner and Dayna Gant's Ghiradelli were in the desirable last-to-go position, but 4 faults in a time of 36.130 seconds would see them finish in seventh place, moving Payne and Quintessance into the winner’s circle.

“He [ Quintessence] is really is an exceptional horse, and I’m lucky to have the opportunity to ride him so a big thank you to his owner Jane Dudinsky,” said Payne.

Payne has to do a final check before he competes in the Pan Am Games but will then be heading to the Charleston Summer Classic for Week I. “Charleston is the best. We stay at our friend’s place at the beach, and we’re just a few minutes from the show. Our son is a year and half old and he’s all about it,” said Payne.

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EMO Insurance Joins USHJA as Title Sponsor of USHJA Jumping Seat Medal

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Lexington, Ky.—February 27, 2019—The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to welcome EMO Insurance as the multi-year title sponsor of the USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal. The EMO Insurance/USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Series and Finals provides Junior competitors with a competitive Jumping Seat equitation opportunity at the 3’3” fence height, culminating with East and West coast finals.

"We are delighted to welcome EMO Insurance as the title sponsor of the EMO Insurance/USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal," said Kevin Price, executive director of the USHJA. "The series and finals for this program have grown in popularity since they started just a few years ago, and we look forward to another great year of competition for equitation riders nationwide."

In 2019, the EMO Insurance/USHJA Jumping Seat Medal classes will include two phases: an over fences and a flat for three to 12 riders.

Riders who earn 10 or more points in any EMO Insurance/USHJA Jumping Seat Medal classes between August 2 and August 1 of the current competition year are eligible to compete in the 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal Finals. Finals will be hosted on both the East and West coasts, and qualified riders may choose either location. These 3’3” equitation finals aim to help riders gain experience in a format similar to that of the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Program.

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“We’re excited about the opportunity to promote this program nationwide while staging both the East and West coast finals,” said EMO Insurance’s E. Sue Bopp. “Since its inception, the 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal has grown exponentially, providing junior riders a stepping stone up the equitation ladder. EMO Insurance is thrilled to support the next generation of riders as they strive to reach their goals.”

The 2019 EMO Insurance/USHJA Jumping Seat Medal Finals will be held on the West Coast at the Blenheim International Jumping Festival in San Juan Capistrano, California, September 18-22, and on the East Coast at the Capital Challenge Equitation Show in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, September 27-29.

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New for 2018 EMO Western States Championship Show 


$10,000 in added prize money, plus more fun at The Celebration is why exhibitors should add these two events to their 2018 show schedule.

Get ready for another exciting year at the EMO Western States Championship and The Celebration with 10 AQHA shows (combined between the two events). Dates are confirmed for June 28 – July 8, 2018, at the extraordinary South Point Equestrian Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. For 2018, an estimated $10,000 will be paid to the winners of the championship classes in addition to the gold, silver and bronze trophies.

The EMO Western States Championship is a prestigious championship-style event that exhibitors qualify for by attending Quarter Horse shows January 1 – December 31, 2017. Qualifying is available via state or nationally. To check on state/national qualifying rules, go to:

Championship classes include open, amateur, amateur select and youth Western and English rail classes, trail, western riding, reining, working cow horse, speed events and performance halter.

In addition to the EMO Western States Championship, the 10-judge Celebration Quarter Horse division runs in conjunction with the EMO Western States Championship Show. AQHA open, amateur, amateur Select, youth and Level 1 classes are offered. You do not need to qualify to show in the AQHA Celebration classes.

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