Derek Peterson wins $25,000 Louise Salter Memorial Grand Prix
at the 2008 Atlanta Summer Classics Finale

Show jumpers took center stage of the finale with Saturday’s $25,000 Louise Salter Memorial Grand Prix. Derek Petersen, Archer, FL partnered with Lazaro, the entry of Jordan Coyne, had the evening’s last curtain call with another big win.

“I enjoyed the course.” Petersen commented of the Allen Rheinheimer 13 jump [16 effort] design. The 8-year-old Dutch bred gelding had no issue navigating the turns that snaked the length of the former Olympic arena. “The triple [5ABC] got some people with it’s not being quite 4 strides.” Derek referenced one of the technical spots on the course, coming off the #4 triple bar riders had to calculate quickly the number of strides needed to get to and through the combination set of vertical to vertical to oxer out. Petersen succeeded in getting both his mounts across the vast ring with no faults in the first round, Lazaro in 77.964 and Heaven Bound in 78.014.

Derek Peterson and Lazaro winning The 25,000 Louise Salter Memorial Grand Prix
Photo: © Flashpoint Photography

Only 8 others would join them in the dash for the cash. Takingno chances, Petersen double checked his lucky Antares saddle, said a small prayer, and waited his turn on the 47-second 8-obstacle track. “I liked the jump off. It was interesting with the bank.” The evening’s victor said. Rheinheimer’s rolling course offered up the option- to the wise-the ability to “short cut” from oxer #8 across the island, but caution was needed in “how much” momentum horse’s had as they made a hard left turn off the bank to clear fence #10, a vertical. “I didn’t know what a couple of them were going to do there. Some tried to jump on the bank then off the bank, but it blows up trying to see coming around that corner to #10. So you had to think carefully about what to do.”

Winning 3 out of 6 grand prix by age 8 is not too shabby for a horse who’s owner bought him sight unseen. “Jordan bought him as a 6 year-old on the recommendation of Sergio Campos, but didn’t see him until the truck arrived.” Despite a little nervousness prior to Lazaro’s arrival Petersen was immediately impressed with the youngster and compares him to the famed Promised Land now. “I really believe he’s going to be truly special.” (As if to prove Petersen’s faith in him on Sunday morning Lazaro and Jordan won the Junior-Amateur Jumper Classic with one of only three double clear rounds.)

Team Lazaro’s winning time for the Grand Prix was 37.106. Second place went to last week’s champ Hardin Towell riding the entry of Mr. And Mrs. Ernest Oare, Copado with a clean time of 38.140. Third place was Stransky’s Mission Farms Inc. rider Jorge Zamudio and Ultimo with a fault free time of 38.848. USET veteran rider Deborah Stephens and Callaway 4 took fourth place for owner Centennial Farm Inc. with a clear time of 39.757. And finishing the top five was owner-rider Elizabeth Boyd and First Lady with a clean time of 43.443.

The Atlanta Classics will return in November for the three-week fall series with showing taking place Wednesday through Sunday each week. Classes begin daily at 8AM until approximately 4:30PM and the public is invited.

For more information on upcoming events or complete results on the Summer Classics visit or call the office at 843-768-5503.


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