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Jennifer Barker St. John

December 18, 2006

Spadone Speeds To The Top At UNC Health Care Grand Prix

Don't ask Michelle Spadone how she and her mare Melisimo bested the eight-horse jump-off to win the $30,000 UNC Health Care Grand Prix at the RMI Raleigh UNC Health Care Benefit Horse Show, Nov. 15-19 in Raleigh, N.C.

The amateur rider couldn't stand to see the six remaining riders challenge her quick time. "I didn't watch; I'm a little superstitious. I stayed in the schooling area and walked until the class was over," Spadone admitted.

August 14, 2006

Geitner Dominates NCHJA Jumper Classic

Despite a trio of inexperienced mounts, Daniel Geitner swept the top three spots in the $10,000 North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association Jumper Classic at the NCHJA Annual Horse Show, June 28-July 3, in Raleigh, N.C.

Geitner scored the win with Snook, an 8-year-old gelding owned by Sara Stumberg. Although Snook has only been in Geitner's barn for about six months, he was confident in the youngster's ability to be fast and clean in the seven-horse jump-off.

"I knew I could go for it in the jump-off. He's quick, and he's pretty catty," Geitner said.

December 21, 2004

Sulu Rose Poses Triple Threat In Duke Grand Prix

By the time Sulu Rose and Watch This stepped into the arena to tackle Linda Allen's course in the $30,000 Duke Children's Benefit Grand Prix, Nov. 13 in Raleigh, N.C., 19 others had already tried and failed.

Many riders ran into trouble at the triple combination that ended with a tall vertical. Others, including Rose and one of her previous mounts, had problems with the last fence, an intimidating skinny vertical just seven strides after a Swedish oxer.

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