By Brent Petri for The Island Connection
The 26th Charlestown Summer Classic has just reached its conclusion, dolling out a staggering $70,000 in prize money between two grand prix. Since the late 80’s The Classic Company has been producing equestrian competitions encompassing riders and horses of all skill levels, beginner to professional.
They’ve fostered a reputation for their exceptional customer service, and boast all the amenities and accommodations expected of a proper boutique. Hospitality, high level competition, and considerable prize sums, it’s no surprise the Charlestown Summer Classic has garnered such a consistent following.
Chase Boggio of Canton, Georgia gave a dominating showing at week one’s prix, taking both first and second place riding Nancy Boggio’s Conway and Co-pilot.
Perhaps even more exciting for Boggio, this had been Conway’s first entry into a grand prix, and Boggio’s third consecutive placement in a prix riding Co-Pilot.
Boggio and Co-Pilot also took home the blue ribbon in the $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome. No doubt such excellent results speak to a promising competitive future for Boggio, Conway and Co-Pilot.
The first week’s other major events are comprised of the Jumper Classics and the National Hunter Derby.
The $2,000 Arenus Jr/Amateur Owner 1.25m Jumper Classic awarded its blue ribbon to Christine Couper of Port Wentworth, South Carolina and her own Cora after successfully completing back to back clear rounds. The $1,500 Child Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by Elite Equine Sport Horse Medicine and Lameness, awarded first place to Thomas Gobble and his own Miles to Cruise of Raleigh, North Carolina. Second place was awarded to Lily Bennet and her own Zimba of Atlanta, Georgia, and third to Lynn Seithel and her own Jumping Jill Z of Johns Island.
The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby’s first prize was claimed by Liza Boyd and Finally Farm’s Clemens, besting fifteen other riders with a finishing score of 180, and wrapping up the major events for week one. Second place was received by Jason Berry riding Lee Cesery’s Central Park, and third to Alisa Berry riding Michael Cline’s Esprite De Corps. Heather Hooker and her own El Tindo earn an honorable mention for receiving Kastel Denmark’s Style of Riding Award.Tweet