OCALA, Fla.--Aiken-based DFG Stables’ Daniel Geitner has to be one of the hardest working athletes in equestrian sport. The horseman is always on the go, and he’s been exhibiting the past few weeks at HITS Ocala at the HITS Post Time Farm.
“We’ve been showing in a little bit of everything,” said Geitner. “We’ve had some pre-green horses, some working hunters, and some jumpers, but not quite as many jumpers as usual.”
Geitner enjoyed success with the Kenwood Syndicate’s Kenwood, an Oldenburg gelding by Kannan, in the jumper classes.
“We did last Thursday and had a really nice round,” said Geitner. “We’re going to point for the spring shows. We did a good bit the last couple of weeks.”
The emphasis for Geitner in Ocala has been on the hunters, and he brought several of the new horses he had imported from Europe this winter to compete on the circuit.
“I have a nice new first year horse, for the first year green hunters, and we’ll possibly also do some derbies,” said Geitner. “We have a bunch of new ones. The rest are out of quarantine and are home. Hopefully, the rest of them will be ready for the spring show.”
Guilt, a 6-year-old, first year hunter owned by Carolyn Donahue and the rider, is a horse that will be pointed toward some of the derbies, he said. Geitner will also be riding Janet Peterson’s Damocles.
“Damocles has been great, and he’s been reserve champion in the working through the high performance (classes),” said Geitner. “He’s been super.”
Grand Prix veterans Kenwood and Mrs. Charles Bostwick’s Sympa will return in the spring, but a horse named Zenta may also be doing the bigger classes later this year, said Geitner.