EMO Continues Sponsorship of Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Company Show Jumping Events

EMO, the leaders in equine insurance, has returned to sponsor the award-winning Classic Company and Gulf Coast Classic 2017 show jumping events!

Sue Bopp, EMO Corporate Operations Officer, is also an avid horsewoman and fox hunter.

Sue Bopp, EMO Corporate Operations Officer, is also an avid horsewoman and fox hunter.

EMO is the title sponsor of the upcoming $10,000 EMO Jumper Classic Week I, which takes place on Saturday night, January 16 at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Pensacola Circuit. The Circuit kicks off January 13 at the Escambia County Equestrian Center in Pensacola, Florida, for three weeks of top show jumping and hunter competition. 

EMO will also be the presenting sponsor of the Atlanta Spring Classic's Week I $35,000 Grand Prix on March 25, 2017, the Atlanta Summer Classic's Week II Grand Prix June 24th, as well as the presenting sponsor of the Atlanta Fall Classic's Week I Grand Prix on November 11. 

"We continue to support the Classic shows because they run quality events and take care of their exhibitors. EMO supports that kind of partnership and is proud to sponsor their award-winning shows," said Sue Bopp, EMO Corporate Operations Officer.

Top producer, Mike Moran, can be found at most premiere equestrian competitions in the country.

Top producer, Mike Moran, can be found at most premiere equestrian competitions in the country.

Founded by horsemen for horsemen, EMO has been an integral part of the equine industry for 33 years. Their top three leading producers, in fact, are top competitors and work in all facets of the industry: Mike Moran, Sue Bopp and Martha Hall. EMO offers more than 15 insurance products and is currently in 47 states throughout the United States. 

"We are very thankful for EMO's continued support of the Classic Company shows," commented Bob Bell, president of Classic Company. "Their agents are directly involved in the horse industry and are well respected by farm and horse owners," he said. "Their customer service and product knowledge are second to none, and we are proud to have them on board."

EMO believes that your horse is a valuable asset and considerable financial investment. Protecting that investment with equine insurance has been EMO's specialty for more than 33 years.

Martha Hall, EMO top producer, fox hunts and competes in the show ring. 

Martha Hall, EMO top producer, fox hunts and competes in the show ring. 

They have earned a reputation for providing horse owners with the highest quality of coverage, best customer service and quick claim settlement. That's why so many horse owners, trainers and farm managers nationwide trust their insurance needs to EMO.
 


Lauren Hester won last year's $10,000 EMO Jumper Classic with Hester Equestrian's Wender, at the Pensacola Winter Circuit.

Lauren Hester won last year's $10,000 EMO Jumper Classic with Hester Equestrian's Wender, at the Pensacola Winter Circuit.

ABOUT THE CLASSIC COMPANY

The Classic Company's philosophy is to offer an event for every level of rider and horse.  From Lead Line to Olympic-level Grand Prix competition, from seasoned veteran horse-and-rider team to a first-time horse show experience, the Classic Company offers competition that provides the competitor substantial prize money, award-winning facilities and courses, quality competition and the best customer service in the industry. 
 
Service is what sets the Classic Company apart from other horse show companies. Consistently awarded the USHJA's Member Choice Award for providing excellent customer-friendly competitions, the Classic Company provides champion service from in-gates to show office at all its venues. 

Top competition with an emphasis on southern hospitality is their hallmark and the reason thousands prefer to compete at Classic Company-produced events each year.

For more information contact info@classiccompany.com.
For sponsorship and press inquiries, contact Lisa Engel.
For program advertising opportunities, contact Drew Costa.

ClassicCompany.com 
Phone/Fax:  (843) 768-5503
Post Office Box 1311, Johns Island, SC 29457

Press Release courtesy of the Classic Company

EMO Congratulates the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Trip of the Show Winners

Congratulations to the Pin Oak

EMO Trip of the Day Winners!

 

The EMO Agency, Inc., congratulates the EMO Trip of the Show Award winners during the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show II, March 29-April 3 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. The following horse/rider combinations earned the highest hunter score of the day in the USEF-rated hunter sections held during this United States Hunter Jumper Association/World Championship Hunter Rider competition.

 

 

Tuesday - The Exchange and Jennifer Alfano

Wednesday - Bowie and Courtney Calcagnini

Thursday - The Exchange and Jennifer Alfano

Friday - Q and Susie Baker

Saturday - Hidden Creek's Sinnamon and Clare Hines

Sunday - Quirrell and Tabitha Brown

The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Wraps Up Week II

Meagan Nusz and Willow

Meagan Nusz and Willow

The 71st Pin Oak Charity Horse Show II, presented by Irish Day Farm, closed out two weeks of action-packed competition after Hunters, Jumpers, American Saddlebreds, Andalusians and Lusitanos showed off their talents from March 22-April 3. More than 1,000 horses competed at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, providing great sport, entertainment and fund-raising opportunities galore. 

It was an honor and a privilege for Pin Oak to host Victoria "Tori" Watson, the Week II Texas Children's Hospital Honored Hero, and her family on Saturday night. Thanks to all who made it such a special evening, including Wells Fargo Private Bank for the amazing Wells Fargo Stage Coach ride around the arena before the grand prix started.

Congratulations to Meagan Nusz and Willow for winning the show’s featured jumper class, the $30,000 Walter Oil & Gas Grand Prix. It was one of the best jump-offs in recent memory, and it was great that a hometown girl returned to her roots, reunited with a horse she hadn't competed in two years to win their first-ever grand prix victory together at Pin Oak.

“I’m thrilled. It’s a nice ending to the story,” she said with a smile. “My best friend, Megan Haag, and I have been coming here since were tiny, and it’s literally taken me 28 years to win a Pin Oak Grand Prix. So, I told (show president) Lynn Walsh tonight, ‘Finally! I finally did it!’ So, I came back home after five years, and it was successful, and I’m ecstatic.”

"We want to thank all of our sponsors for making the show a success.  We could not do it without them, especially our presenting sponsor, Irish Day Farm, who has stepped up in a significant way four years in a row, " said Lynn Walsh, president of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show.

Walsh continued, "What a great array of exhibitors this year, too! We appreciate and thank all who travelled from near and far to show with Pin Oak for our 71st year. It was so nice to see our old friends and welcome new ones into the Pin Oak family."

To see a full list of the 2016 Pin Oak Sponsors, click here. We invite you to patronize their businesses as a thank you for supporting our show and the charities we benefit!

Alfano Dominates the USHJA Derbies

The New York-based rider guides Miss Lucy and The Exchange to top honors

It was all Jennifer Alfano in this week's USHJA Hunter Derby competitions. Alfano captured the $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Valobra Master Jewelers, with Miss Lucy on Friday evening a day after winning the $15,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby aboard The Exchange.

Jennifer Alfano with Helen Lenahan's Miss Lucy

Jennifer Alfano with Helen Lenahan's Miss Lucy

This was Miss Lucy's second consecutive victory in the class after returning to action after a two-year hiatus from the show ring due to illness and injury.

“It’s unbelievable. There are really no words,” said Alfano of the 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by Helen Lenahan. “She was just amazing in both rounds. She just jumped higher and higher. She feels as good as ever right now and better than ever. I’m lucky to have her, and a horse like her is a once-in-a-lifetime. She’s such a special animal.” 

Loretta Paterson’s Triompf, ridden by Holly Shepherd, impressed the judges in both rounds to place second overall after claiming second in the Classic Round behind Alfano and Miss Lucy. What was perhaps most impressive about Triompf’s performance, however, was the fact that he’d just placed third in the previous evening’s $25,000 Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Grand Prix in the same arena.

Kelley Farmer and Kensel LLC's Mindful claimed third-placed honors after a stellar performance in the Handy Round. Farmer also eanrned the USHJA International Derby High-Point Bonus Award after claiming victory with Mindful in Week I's USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Max Bowl and the Tribble Family.

The $15,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby was a fabulous class under beautiful blue skies, and spectators also enjoyed the special Derby Day ringside reception in the Valobra Pavilion, where they could watch the beautiful hunters while enjoying a scrumptious brunch.

Despite the summer-like temperatures, The Exchange, an 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by SBS Farms, jumped better and better through the two-round competition for the victory over Suits You, owned by Ashley Kyle and ridden by Peter Pletcher. Alfano also claimed third aboard her own Candid for an impressive payday of $6,450.

Jennifer Alfano and Peter Pletcher

Jennifer Alfano and Peter Pletcher

By virtue of their one-two finishes each of the two weeks of Pin Oak, Alfano and Pletcher tied for the USHJA National Hunter Derby High-Point Bonus Award, which included a check for $1,500 and a new bridle.


“It’s really special to win here because I bought The Exchange from Sherre Sims here last year,” said Alfano of the Rendezvous Farm trainer and long-time Pin Oak supporter who passed away last year. “It’s nice for him to win here, and it’s sort of his hometown. It really means a lot.”

Pletcher, of PJP Farm in Magnolia, Texas, also received multiple honors in the hunters over the two weeks, with his Pre-Green stars shining brightly.

 

Sequence, owned by Natalie Bass, won the Texas Pre-Green Super Stake and the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Stake for a great day’s payout during Week I and was the 3'3" Pre-Green Hunter Champion.

Sequence won $1,268 for victory in the Texas Super Stake and $2,364 in the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive.

Pletcher repeated the accolades during Week II, riding Sandrino, pictured above, to the Low Pre-Green Hunter championship and to victory in the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Stake and the Texas Pre-Green Super Stake. Sandrino took home $3,567 along with his two blue-ribbon neck sashes for his stellar performance.

Pletcher owns the 9-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Sandro Boy—Cool Pearl Z) with Sue Lightner, of Modesto, California.

“I did him in the Pre-Greens last year, and he was great,” said Pletcher. “I planned to move him into the First Years this year, but when I broke my arm (in Florida) this winter I decided to keep all of the Pre-Green horses where they were because it was so late in the year to start. And, with the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program, it makes me think a lot about keeping those Pre-Green horses in there as long as you can for the amount of money that you can win. So, that was my brainstorm, and so far it’s working pretty well!”

Earlier in the week in the Irish Day Farm Main Arena, Houston native Meagan Nusz returned for this year’s Pin Oak Charity Horse Show after a five-year absence, and it turned into an even sweeter welcome home when she topped the $10,000 Pin Oak Welcome Stake presented by the Kathy and Brad Coors Family on Wednesday, March 30.

On April 1, In the $25,000 Pin Oak Charity Grand Prix II, in memory of Brian Bradley, M.D., Lochinvar and Matt Cyphert jumped to the blue ribbon for the second consecutive week.

Matt Cyphert and Lochinvar

Matt Cyphert and Lochinvar

With victories both weeks, Cyphert won the inaugural Brian Bradley, M.D. Memorial Trophy for the high-point horse and rider of the Brian Bradley, M.D. Grand Prix Series.

“What a great honor. This is the first year they’re presenting the award, and I know the family to some degree, so to be able to be the first winner means a lot," he said. "And to keep it in Texas, that feels great.”

Cyphert of Woodhill Farm in Northlake, Texas, pictured below, has been a long-time supporter of Pin Oak and was thrilled to add yet another accolade to his tack room, already filled with coolers, neck sashes and dozens of blue and tricolor ribbons from the hunter and jumper sections.

“Obviously, we’re really enjoying Pin Oak,” he said with a smile. “They make such an effort to get a crowd out here, to give lots of prize money away and create something special. The ladies and gentlemen who put this show on need to be congratulated for their efforts, because I know it’s a year-round endeavor and it pays off every year. It’s the best horse show in Texas.” 

Under 25 Grand Prix Series Draws Rave Reviews

New this year to Pin Oak were the Under 25 Grand Prix classes, which included a Welcome and Grand Prix. Both events were well received and competitive, for riders ages 16-25.

Keely McIntosh and So Live Helau

Keely McIntosh and So Live Helau

Keely McIntosh, of Magnolia, Texas, may have had the desire to win the $20,000 Booth Show Jumpers Under 25 Grand Prix because her mother, Jenny Booth, sponsored the class. But, in the end, it all came down to the riding.

McIntosh guided So Live Helau, pictured left, to the only double-clear performance to clinch the blue ribbon over second-placed Katie Cox aboard Twilight.

For McIntosh, a graduating senior at Texas A&M, the class victory was especially sweet as she fully appreciates the opportunity to compete against her peers while also balancing college.

“So, the under 25 division I personally find very important because it gives everyone who is not a top professional the opportunity to jump a height that’s similar,” she said. “But it separates us and gives us a chance to compete at that level without competing against people like McLain Ward and Beezie Madden at WEF or Matt Cyphert and Holly Shepherd here, who are seasoned grand prix riders.”

 

 

The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Wraps Up Week I

Natascha Gates and Quickie

Natascha Gates and Quickie

The 71st Pin Oak Charity Horse Show I, presented by Irish Day Farm, closed out on March 26, after Hunters, Jumpers, American Saddlebreds, Andalusians and Lusitanos showed off their talents from March 22-26. More than 1,000 horses competed at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, providing great sport, entertainment and fund-raising opportunities galore. 

It was an honor and a privilege for Pin Oak to host Rhett Wilkins, the Week 1 Texas Children's Hospital Honored Hero, and his family, parents Garrett and Sylvia, with brothers Zachary, Joshua and Caleb on Saturday night. Thanks to all who made it such a special evening, including West Point Lincoln for the convertible ride around the arena for Rhett.

Congratulations to Natascha Gates and Quickie for winning the show’s grand finale $30,000 Hildebrand Fund Grand Prix. It was wonderful that Gates and the Oldenburg she’s owned since he was a 3-week-old foal could experience their first-ever grand prix victory together at Pin Oak.

Gates, the head trainer at Plum Creek Hollow Farm in Larkspur, Colorado, is originally from Germany. She moved to the United States eight years ago and has brought the 10-year-old up the levels herself.

"No one else has shown him or really ridden him," she said. "I broke him to saddle myself. We did everything together, and he’s my first grand prix horse."

When asked what the victory in the $30,000 Hildebrand Fund Grand Prix meant to her, she said, "Everything. I'm very emotional and just want to cry. I think he was wonderful. He just did everything for me - he won this class; it wasn’t me."

Hunters and Jumpers Shine During Week I 

Derby Day Excitement

Over in the Hunter rings, Kensel LLC’s Mindful and Kelley Farmer took the blue-ribbon honors in the featured $30,000 ‪‎USHJA‬‬ International Hunter Derby, presented by Max Bowl Centers and the Tribble Family.

Farmer, the top rider in the USHJA International Hunter Derby series for lifetime money earned, also placed second aboard Jane Gaston’s Baltimore, while Peter Pletcher guided Audry Giles-Gates’ Quirino to third. It was a fabulous class under beautiful blue skies, and spectators also enjoyed the special Derby Day ringside reception in the Valobra Pavilion, where they could watch the beautiful hunters while enjoying a scrumptious brunch.

Jennifer Alfano and SBS Farms' The Exchange

Jennifer Alfano and SBS Farms' The Exchange

The Kenada Foxhounds $15,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby began the Derby Day festivities, and it was Pletcher who led the victory gallop aboard Ashley Kyle’s Suits You. Jennifer Alfano rode SBS Farms’ The Exchange to second place, with Lorin Marie Howard riding her own Quite Cool to third place. A special thanks to the Strunk Family and Kenada Foxhounds for their sponsorship of this class to benefit the charities of Pin Oak.

Pletcher, of PJP Farm in Magnolia, Texas, also received multiple honors in the week’s hunter sections. Riding CR Beethoven, owned by Kirby McCool, he earned the championship in the High Performance Hunters, with Chique SM, owned by Spruce Meadows/Linda Heathcott, taking the reserve championship in the Conformation Hunters.

Sequence, owned by Natalie Bass, won the Texas Pre-Green Super Stake and the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive class for a great day’s payout and was the 3'3" Pre-Green Hunter Champion. XOXO, owned by Forest Hill Farm, was reserve champion in the 3'3" Pre-Green Hunters. Zafira, owned by Nanette Hebert, was champion in the 3'3" Performance Hunters, while Sutherland, owned by Mia Holstead, and Luck, owned by Johnnie Martin-Carey, both took reserve champion honors in the 3'3" Performance Hunters (California split).

10 Tips to Safeguard Your Tack

Safeguarding your tack and equipment is an important way to prevent thefts and costly losses. 

While there will still be thieves who find a way to crack even the most dedicated theft-prevention systems, most thieves prefer to be in-and-out quickly and seek out the most vulnerable facilities.

Here are 10 tips to help keep your tack and equipment safely in your possession!

  1. Lock your tack room--install a sturdy deadbolt and make sure to lock the door every night. Be sure any tack room windows are locked and secure. 
  2. Install an alarm--alarms have been shown to be an effective deterrent in tack theft. 
  3. Install motion-sensor lights above all barn doors and entrances--such lights often deter thieves before they even step foot in the barn.
  4. Change the gate code often--if your property has an electronic gate, make sure to change the code regularly. 
  5. Use a locking saddle rack--thieves work quickly, and if your saddle is locked to the rack/wall, it will be more difficult for it to be easily taken. 
  6. Lock your tack trunk--an open tack trunk can quickly be ransacked, so a lock might deter a quick grab-and-go theft. 
  7. Don't leave tack unattended--saddles are easily and quickly stolen if left next to the ring or beside a trailer at a horse show. Make sure to monitor saddles and other expensive tack at the ring and place inside a locked tack room or vehicle if you must leave it. 
  8. Lock your horse trailer--if you store tack and equipment in your trailer, make sure to have locks on all doors and use them. 
  9. Use a safe--if you store expensive medications, equine passports or other valuable paperwork in the barn, purchase a safe and place it in a closet or other less obvious location.
  10. Post "No Trespassing" signs on your property--signage shows that you're serious about unauthorized persons on your property and could deter a thief from even driving in.