Geitner and Contemporary win Aiken Fall Festival national hunter derby
He’s described as a horse who is simple and uncomplicated by his owner Elizabeth Tarumianz, but his performance while being ridden by Aiken-based DFG Stable’s Daniel Geitner captured the moment in the present time as Geitner and Contemporary won the Equus Events Aiken Fall Festival $2,500 United States Hunter Jumper Association National Hunter Classic Friday afternoon at Highfields Event Center.
Geitner and the 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding placed first in the class of 34 entries, posting identical scores of 85 points plus 4 bonus points in both the classic and handy rounds. “The course’s first round looked to me as if it was very straight forward,” said Tarumianz, who is a client of DFG Stables and rides with Geitner. “I wasn’t nervous about it at all. He did great. We were slated to go close to the end during the second round, and it was getting darker and darker. We’ve only had him for a short time, and we weren’t sure how he would do in the dark. The course became more difficult in the handy round. He went in and exceeded all of our expectations. He just marched right around. He hand galloped, did the trot jump, and never looked at a thing. I couldn’t be happier with him.”
It was the second hunter derby for Geitner and Contemporary and the second consecutive blue ribbon for the rider/horse combination.
Tarumianz bought Contemporary in mid-July, and really wasn’t in the market for another show hunter, but was impressed with the gelding’s gentlemenly demeanor.
“He was so kind,” said Tarumianz. “Daniel knew he would match my riding, and so we kind of had to bite the bullet. Contemporary is originally from Germany, and has been in this country for about a year. We were lucky to be able to get him from a trainer friend of Daniel’s, who needed to dipserse several horses. I can’t say enough about what a great mind he has. My five-year-old son rides him at home.”
Tarumianz and Contemporary finished first and second Saturday in the amateur/owners classes. The goal is to have Contemporary pointed toward the international hunter derbies, she said.
“He’ll do the younger amateur/owners with me, and our goal is to qualify for Devon in the spring, and keep on the hunter derby track, and the amateur/owner track. We’ll be here this week and next week, doing the amateur/owners, and a few more shows in the fall, and then back here in January, and then we go to Ocala for the winter.”