Jacksonville, FL- May 25, 2012- Geddaway Farm is proud to sponsor the First Annual Southeast Medal Finals September 21-23, 2012 at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center In Jacksonville, FL.
Located west of Jacksonville, Geddaway Farm is just minutes away from the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. The 40-acre property owned by the Geddes family boasts the best in training and sales with impressive amenities, including a HorseGym treadmill, incredible turnout and three rings, with one equipped with the latest German synthetic footing. The beautiful farm is surrounded by the pristine Jennings State Forest, with trail access close by.
Geddaway Farms trainer, Andrew Lustig, originally from Boston, is recognized as one of our nation’s leading horsemen. Lustig has trained some of the top hunters in the United States, including Horse of the Year recipients Monday Morning and Conversation Piece. Lustig’s clients and horses have won championships at shows, such as, Harrisburg, Washington and New York. While coaching the Savannah College of Art and Design Equestrian Team, he had an unprecedented 18 national, individual and team title championships.
He is also a highly sought after judge with credits that include the Hampton Classic, Palm Beach, The Oaks and Regional Medal Finals.
Lustig moved to Jacksonville in 1980 and began training a young girl named Sherri Ringhaver (whose married name would later become Geddes). They started with ponies, then junior hunters and equitation through 1985. Lustig and Geddes stayed in touch over the years, and as time passed, Geddes began a family. When her children were old enough to start riding, she started up again with Lustig as their trainer.
“I am now training Sherri Geddes and her two children. We’ve known each other over 30 years. There aren’t too many trainers that have trained someone for 32 years. They are a very fun family and I’m very excited to be here,” shared Lustig.
Sherri Geddes, who is now actively showing in the Adult Amateur Hunters, told Lustig she built Geddaway Farm specifically for him. The namesake, Geddaway, was the first horse she purchased for her return to the show ring. Then came a famous hunter named Casino.
“Casino did very well in the Amateur-Owner hunters with his rider, Millie Russell. He stopped changing his leads from left to right. Millie thought it was time for Casino to step down from the 3’6” classes. She wanted him to go to a really nice home,” confided Lustig. “She gave Sherri the horse, knowing that he would be well taken care of. Because of my training and dressage background we were able to get him to change his leads again. She won a class with him on World Championship Hunter Week at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival.”
Brooke Geddes is 10 years old, and shows in the Children’s Ponies. Kylie Geddes is 14, and has a Large and Small Junior Hunter, as well as a Jumper with which she competes. Last season she leased the great hunter, Glass Castle, from the DeMartinis.
“Kylie was champion in Younger Children’s Hunters at Capitol Challenge. Then we bought Spandau for her, Lyman T. Whitehead’s first year horse that Schaefer Raposa was showing and winning in all the junior hunter classes in Palm Beach,” said Lustig. “I’ve always loved him. I saw him winning all those junior classes and I knew he was going to get snapped him up, so we got him.”
Kylie Geddes also has a talented, nine-year-old jumper, named Targui de Limoy, previously owned by Cynthia Hampton and originally imported by Margie Engel.
“Kylie is just starting the jumpers so she’s doing the Children’s Jumpers this year. Her goal is to get to Washington with him. Margie is a great friend that I’ve known since 1981, when she was in Miami and I was in Jacksonville. “
“Right now we’re actively looking for an equitation horse,” continued Lustig. “Our goal is for Kylie to do really well with her hunters at Indoors and to compete with the best kids in the country in equitation. We hope to compete at the highest levels and be competitive.”
Geddaway Farm is also bringing along some youngsters for sale. Lustig has years of experience doing just that. Conversation Piece and Monday Morning were both off the track and brought along by Lustig. They recently imported two horses from Europe that Kylie will show.
“We are really excited about the new Southeast Medal Finals, because Geddaway Farm is literally one mile away from the Equestrian Center. We are thrilled that the Southeast Medal Finals will be held in Jacksonville finally, we hope it stays here for a very long time. If there’s anything we can do to help make that happen we’d like to be a part of it,” expressed Lustig.
Southeast Medal Finals is hosted by one of the premier equestrian facilities on the east coast, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. It is centrally located for USHJA Zone 4 and Region 3 competitors. The complex includes a network of adjacent trails, available to explore and enjoy for a casual hack during horse show down times. Highlights include the Southeast Junior 3’ Medal Finals, Southeast Adult 3’ Medal Finals and the Region Three ASPCA Maclay Regionals.
Southeast Medal Finals Fast Facts:
WHAT: The Southeast Medal Finals will be a new indoor hunter, jumper and equitation horse show attracting the top riders from USHJA Zone 4 and beyond.
• Hunter and Equitation Judges: Kip Rosenthal, John Roper, and Brian Lenehan
• Jumper Judges: Allen Rheinheimer and Fred Brown
• Course Designer: Allen Rheinheimer and Joe Carnicom
• Banners: 20 Eight Foot Banners to Hang in Ring
• Parties: Welcome Party, Jumper Cocktail Party, Maclay Breakfast
• Program Ads: Full Color, Full Page – Business Card Size
• Tables: 20 VP Tables for Six with full service
• Prize Money: Adult and Children’s Jumper Championships
• Cooler Sponsors: 10 Coolers Awarded to Championship Winners
• Grooms Award
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Coming Into Florida From The North:
Take I-95 SOUTH to 295 SOUTH, 14.5 miles to Interstate 10 WEST, 4.8 miles to Cecil Commerce Parkway, exit #350. Turn right off the ramp, go 3.6 miles and turn right on Normandy Blvd. (State Road 228). The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is located 2.5 miles on the right hand side of Normandy Blvd.
Coming North From South Florida:
Take I-95 NORTH to 295 NORTH, 15.6 miles to the 103rd Street (State Road 134) Exit 16. Turn left off the ramp, go 7.8 miles and turn right on New World Ave. Go one block and turn left on Normandy Blvd. (State Road 228). The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is 1 mile on the right hand side of Normandy Blvd.
Coming Into Florida From The West:
Take Interstate 10 EAST to the Cecil Commerce Parkway (exit #350). Turn left off the ramp, go 3.6 miles and turn right on Normandy Blvd. (State Road 228). The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is located 2.5 miles on the right hand side of Normandy Blvd.
Coming From The Ocala Area:
Take US 27 NORTH to US 301. Keep straight onto US 301, 22.5 miles. Turn right onto US 301 NORTH, 51.3 miles, turn right onto Normandy Blvd. (State Road 228). The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is located 6.6 miles on the left hand side of Normandy Blvd.
Coming South On Us 301 Into Florida:
10.8 miles to Callahan, Fl. and turn right on US 301 SOUTH to Baldwin, Fl., 20 miles, and turn right to stay on US 301 SOUTH. Go 1 mile and turn left to stay on US 301 SOUTH. Go 6.4 miles and turn left onto Normandy Blvd. (State Road 228). The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is located 7.3 miles on the left hand side of Normandy Blvd.
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