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Jul 23 2009

The Classic is back

classic-signby Evans Craddock

They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. After much anticipation, the Charleston Summer Classic finally returned to their original stomping grounds on Johns Island, and according to Alan Rheinheimer, Director of Operations of the Classic Company, they couldn’t have been happier to be back on the islands.

“The park looks great. The county did a lot of work and it looks fantastic,” Rheinheimer said of Mullet Hall Equestrian Center.

Originally started at the Seabrook Island Equestrian Center in 1992, the Charleston Summer Classic is a two week long United States Equestrian Federation Double A Rated show that consists of exciting Hunter Jumpers classes as well as social events. But mostly, it’s just plain fun.

According to Jonathan Rabon, Office Manger of the Classic Company, exhibitors came from as far north as New York, and as far south as southern Florida to participate in this year’s events, many of them renting condos on Seabrook and Kiawah Islands so that they could enjoy the islands while participating in the show.

According to Rabon, one of the most entertaining classes the Charleston Summer Classics features is the “Mystery Man” class. During the Mystery Man class, exhibitors complete a course, and then tell the judge which fence they think shouldn’t be counted.

“It’s funny because sometimes they pick the right one and sometimes they don’t,” Rabon said.

In addition to running an organized horse show with over 400 stalls, the staff at the Classic Company does whatever they can to ensure the exhibitors have a good time. In fact, on July 12, president of the Classic Company Bob Bell was spotted handing out Mimosas to exhibitors.

The Classic company staff also said that exhibitors have been eager to explore the islands and eat at local restaurants. On Monday, July 13, no horse show events are held so that many of the exhibitors can take the day to go to the beach, eat at local restaurants, and enjoy the laid back island lifestyle. The Classic Company staff said they were happy to see exhibitors enjoying the islands.

For more information about upcoming events with The Classic Company, call 843-768-5503 or email

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