Chilled.

first_imgRecord low temperatures froze much of Georgia last week. When it comes to freezing temperatures, survival depends on timing and location for some Georgia crops, say University of Georgia experts.Tough on Early PeachesFreeze destroyed about 60 to70 percent of the south Georgia peach crop last week, said Kathryn Taylor, an Extension horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.About five to 10 percent of Georgia’s peach crop grows in south Georgia.Peach tree varieties in south Georgia bud, flower and develop fruit earlier than those in middle Georgia. These early varieties go to market first. Therefore, they bring the most income for south Georgia growers.As a tree progresses to full flowering, the developing flowers’ ability to resist freezing temperatures is diminished, she said.”The freeze had a devastating effect on the three earliest south Georgia varieties,” Taylor said. “These trees were in full bloom. . . . This (freeze) resulted in a large economic loss for them.”At 20 degrees, trees in full bloom will lose 90 percent or more of their flowers.No flowers, no fruit.Warm weather in February caused south Georgia trees to bloom.”But this is not particularly early,” Taylor said. ” It was just time for (these) varieties to bloom.”Timing Is EverythingIronically, the freeze may help middle Georgia peach farmers.Most of the middle Georgia crop remains in the bud stage of development. Tight buds can stand the freeze. The loss of slightly swollen buds is only about 10 percent. A peach tree grows about 10 times as many buds as it needs to produce a full fruit crop.”We can spare that 10 percent (loss),” Taylor said. The freeze reduced the potential fruit load and necessary thinning costs for growers.”The (recent) freeze in middle Georgia did not reduce the expected yield for this summer,” Taylor said.A later freeze in middle Georgia would be much more damaging to the state’s peach crop.How damaging?”Timing is everything,” Taylor said.The risk of freeze for much of Georgia usually passes with Easter.Chilled GreensFreezing temperatures raised eyebrows of Georgia’s cabbage and carrot farmers, said Terry Kelley, UGA Extension Service horticulturist. A mature cabbage “can freeze as hard as a rock,” Kelley said. But when it thaws out, it’s usually fine. However, freezing temperatures can damage newly planted, young cabbage.”I’m not nearly as concerned with the mature cabbage as I am for the ones being planted,” Kelley said. Farmers are currently harvesting mature cabbage while planting another cabbage crop.It’s hard to tell just how damaging the freeze will be, Kelley said. Many weeks from now, as the next cabbage crop progresses, this freeze could cause plants to flower early instead of producing a cabbage head, cutting heavily into producers’ bottom line.Georgia farmers also have about 3,500 acres of carrots in the ground right now. “Carrots can take a pretty stiff freeze,” Kelley said. “In general you won’t get root damage unless the ground freezes.”There was some damage to the tops of carrots, he said. The tops will grow back, but it exposes the plant to disease and insect pressure and quality problems at harvest time.Leafy greens, such as mustard, turnips, kale and collards, received some damage from the freeze, too.”Some of the young greens got hammered pretty hard,” Kelley said. “I’m sure there will be some replanting to do.”Sweet and EstablishedGeorgia’s $90 million Vidalia onion crop fared the freeze well, according to Reid Torrance, Tattnall County Extension Service agent, where about 60 percent of the Vidalia onion crop is grown.”Once an onion plant is established, you can have a blistering cold. It will usually come back out from the cold fairly easy,” he said.Some foliage was damaged.”But you’re going to get that more from the frost than the freeze,” Torrance said.Much like carrots, the actual onion bulb isn’t damaged unless the ground freezes for extended periods. The ground around Tattnall County froze only a quarter to half an inch, Torrance said, and for only a short period.last_img read more

Via Cheese To Buy Lucille Farms

first_imgAugust 8, 2006Via Cheese To Buy Lucille FarmsSwanton Vermont&Via Cheese, LLC announced today that it has agreed to buy the assets of Lucille Farms, a Swanton based manufacturer of mozzarella cheese which ceased operations in October of 2005. Via intends to restart the plant in October of this year and plans to make mozzarella and other Italian cheeses at the facility. Via is a sister company of Franklin Foods, which annually makes approximately 25,000,000 lbs of cream cheese products in its plant located in Enosburg Falls, Vermont.According to Jon Gutknecht, CEO of Via, This plant will be the perfect partner for our cream cheese operation and we plan to restore the plant to full scale production of premium mozzarella cheese in the coming months. Gutknecht, who is also CEO of Franklin Foods, stated that Via is an independent concern and will be operated as a separate company from Franklin Foods. He expects the two companies to work closely together to pursue joint efficiencies. The relationship will give Via Cheese immediate access to Franklin Foods national network of customers, distributors and cheese brokers. Via Cheese plans to establish mozzarella production by mid October and sell, initially, under the Lucille Farms brand. A plant expansion and production modernization project will begin in October with a planned completion in March 2007.Gutknecht noted that Franklin Foods corporate mission is to, Re-invent Cream Cheese and confirmed that the Company has recently been awarded a patent for its Yogurt Cream Cheese and has numerous patents pending for various innovations. He added, Franklin has recently used its technology to partner with several large branded manufacturers and several of the countrys leading grocery chains to make leading edge, modern cream cheese on trend with todays American consumer. In the same vein, Via Cheese will follow a strategy of innovation and invention to create high quality mozzarella cheese and other Italian specialties including Provolone, Asiago, and Fontina. Via will invite experienced members of the former Lucille Farms to join the team.Via is owned by the stockholders of Franklin Foods together with Erik Brue of Burlington, Vermont who will serve as President of Via Cheese. As Brue described his goals, The highest priority is restoring the plant to commercial scale production. He has begun the hiring process for production employees and will shortly begin a search for a plant manager. Via intends to retain the services of the team, which has kept the plant in operating order during the shutdown. Brue acknowledged that the company has ambitious goals but added that he believes, Via can be a leading manufacturer of premium mozzarella and the leading innovator in other Italian cheeses. It is an exciting mission which will be challenging but also fun.At former levels of production the plant used in excess of 150,000,000 lbs of milk, (or its equivalent) a year and was the second largest customer of the St. Albans Coop. The plant consumed approximately 6% of the milk produced in Vermont and about 12% of Franklin Countys production. The Chairman of Via, Nordahl Brue, who has been working with the St Albans Coop to secure milk supplies for the venture stated, Restoring this plant to production is very important to the economy of Vermont, and particularly important to the residents and farmers of Franklin County.The announcement followed a public auction Tuesday at which UPS Capital Business Credit, a secured creditor of Lucille Farms, Inc and Lucille Farms of Vermont, Inc, bought the factory and real estate formerly owned by Lucille. The closing of the Lucille plant last year changed the balance of milk processors locally and the state of Vermont has targeted high volume dairy manufacturers who are significant users of milk and milk solids to balance supply and demand. It is expected that this venture will advance the States objective in a very substantial manner. -30-For further information contact Erik Brue at (802) 868-7301last_img read more

Board of Governors makes a host of appointments

first_img June 15, 2004 Regular News Board of Governors makes a host of appointments Board of Governors makes a host of appointmentscenter_img Nominations for judicial nominating commissions and the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and appointments to the ABA House of Delegates were among the recommendations and appointments the Bar Board of Governors made recently.The board, which met May 28 in Hollywood, also made appointments to the Florida Legal Services Board of Directors, the Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., Board of Directors, the Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism, the Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, and the Florida Medical Malpractice Underwriting Association Board of Governors.Applicants for the judicial nominating commissions were screened by special committees set up by the board and under the supervision of President-elect Kelly Overstreet Johnson. The board makes three nominations for each of the 26 JNCs, and Gov. Jeb Bush picks one for a four-year term that begins July 1.Those nominated are: • To the Supreme Court JNC, Ky M. Koch of Belleair, Jane Kreusler-Walsh of North Palm Beach, and Diana Santa Maria of Davie. • To the First District Court of Appeal JNC, A. Graham Allen and Tracy S. Carlin of Jacksonville, and Vikki R. Shirley of Monticello. • To the Second DCA JNC, David M. Caldevilla of Tampa, John P. Cardillo of Naples, and Betsy E. Gallagher of Tampa. • To the Third DCA JNC, Ramon A. Abadin, Peter Prieto, and Adrienne F. Promoff, all of Miami. • To the Fourth DCA JNC, Richard E. Berman and Joel L. Kirschbaum, both of Ft. Lauderdale, and Gerald F. Richman of Palm Beach Gardens. • To the Fifth DCA JNC, O. John Alpizar of Melbourne Beach, Kirk N. Kirkconnell of Altamonte Springs, and Jill S. Schwartz of Maitland. • To the First Circuit JNC, Stephen F. Bolton of Pensacola, Terence A. Gross of Gulf Breeze, and Drew S. Pinkerton of Shalimar.­ • To the Second Circuit JNC, Michael F. Coppins, Elaine N. Duggar, and Dean R. LeBeouf, all of Tallahassee. • To the Third Circuit JNC, Angela M. Cancio and Andrew J. Decker III, both of Live Oak, and S. Austin Peele of Lake City. • To the Fourth Circuit JNC, Patricia M. Dodson, William C. Gentry, and Joseph William Prichard, all of Jacksonville. • To the Fifth Circuit JNC, Katherine P. Glynn of Reddick, Jeannette M. Haag of Inverness, and Joseph J. Mason, Jr., of Brooksville. • To the Sixth Circuit JNC, Joshua Magidson, Paul A. Meissner, and Scott E. Schiltz, all of Clearwater. • To the Seventh Circuit JNC, Harold C. Hubka and Michael H. Lambert, both of Ormond Beach, and Brynn Gail Newton of Flagler Beach. • To the Eighth Circuit JNC, Zelda Hawk, Leonard E. Ireland, Jr., and Sharon T. Sperling, all of Gainesville. • To the Ninth Circuit JNC, Wayne L. Helsby, Mary Ann Morgan, and Richard P. Reinhart, all of Winter Park. • To the 10th Circuit JNC, Sidney M. Crawford of Mulberry, Richard E. Straughn of Winter Haven, and Janet M. Stuart of Lakeland. • To the 11th Circuit JNC, Cynthia A. Everett of Miami, Eugenio Hernandez of Coral Gables, and Maria L. Rubio of Pinecrest. • To the 12th Circuit JNC, Patricia D. Crauwels, Lori M. Dorman, and Shirin M. Vesely, all of Bradenton. • To the 13th Circuit JNC, Caroline Kapusta Black, Edward W. Gerecke, and William F. Jung, all of Tampa. • To the 14th Circuit JNC, Larry Ashmore Bodiford and John M. Boggs, both of Panama City, and Jeffrey P. Whitton of Lynn Haven. • To the 15th Circuit JNC, Susan F. Kornspan of Boca Raton, David C. Prather of Jupiter, and Spencer Sax of Boca Raton. • To the 16th Circuit JNC, David P. Horan and Richard M. Klitenick, both of Key West, and Thomas D. Wright of Marathon. • To the 17th Circuit JNC, Ileana M. Almeida of Ft. Lauderdale, Steve E. Moody of Davie, and Valeria Shea of Ft. Lauderdale. • To the 18th Circuit JNC, Leonard A. Barrow, Jr., of Melbourne, Harold T. Bistline of Indian Harbour Beach, and Julie G. Pierce of Melbourne Beach. • To the 19th Circuit JNC, Stephen Paul Hoskins of Ft. Pierce, Renee Marquis-Abrams of Port St. Lucie, and Louis B. Vocelle, Jr., of Vero Beach. • To the 20th Circuit JNC, Jeffrey D. Fridkin of Naples, Eugene H. Smith of Ft. Myers, and Christopher T. Vernon of Naples. For the ABA House of Delegates, the board appointed outgoing President Miles McGrane and former President Edith Osman for two-year terms, former President Howard Coker and former board member Michele Cummings for one-year terms, and Jennifer J. Ator of Miami for a two-year term as the under-35 delegate. For the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, the board nominated six lawyers for two seats, each serving five-year terms beginning November 1. The Supreme Court will make the final appointments.Nominated were Alan H. Aronson of Miami, Victoria R. Brennan of Tavernier, Reginald J. Clyne of Coral Gables, Gregorio A. Francis of Orlando, Reginald D. Hicks of Orlando, and Jason M. Murray of Miami.Other appointments were: • To the Florida Legal Services, Inc., Board of Directors for two-year terms beginning July 1, Cristina Alonso of Miami, James L. Bell of Charleston, SC, Sally D.M. Kest of Orlando, Warren Thomas LaFray of Clearwater, and Daniel F. Wilensky of Jacksonville. • For the Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., Board of Directors, for three-year terms beginning July 1, William L. Blackwell of Punta Gorda, Billy J. Hendrix of Tallahassee, Norman S. Moss of Orlando, and Mary L. Wakeman of Tallahassee as lawyer members and Barbara Dena Geraghty of Ft. Myers as a nonlawyer member. • For a four-year term beginning July 1 on the Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism, Kevin A. Ashley of Lake Wales, Martha F. Barrera of Tallahassee, Douglas Duncan of West Palm Beach, Diana Santa Maria of Davie, and Thomas G. Schultz of Miami as lawyer members and Vivian Hobbs of Tallahassee as a nonlawyer member. • For the Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, for a four-year term beginning July 1, Marjorie Gadarian Graham of Palm Beach Gardens. • For the Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association Board of Governors, for a two-year term beginning July 1, James J. Nosich of Coral Gables.last_img read more

Uniondale Shooting Leaves Teen Wounded

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 18-year-old man was shot in the foot outside of a store in Uniondale over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Officers responded to a shooting at The Lucky Deli on Nassau Road, where they learned that the victim was driven to a local hospital for treatment to a gunshot wound to his foot at 1:33 a.m. Sunday, police said.Investigators found three .32 caliber shell casings at the scene. A light-colored minivan or SUV was seen leaving the scene with six men inside.First Squad detectives ask anyone with information about this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

What the Super Bowl can teach you about money

first_imgFor football players, managing money is easy to fumble. Unlike most people, they often earn huge paychecks early in their careers, when they have the least experience handling money, and then those paychecks can abruptly drop off when they retire from the game. HBO even created an entire television series, “Ballers,” starring Dwayne Johnson, around the concept. Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, former quarterback Dan Marino and former quarterback Vince Young have filed for bankruptcy, lost millions in bad investments and defaulted on loans, respectively.Last year, the National Bureau of Economic Research found that 16 percent of players drafted by NFL teams between 1996 to 2003 filed for bankruptcy within 12 years of leaving the NFL. Those public troubles are part of the reason one former star, Phillip Buchanon, turned himself into something of a financial superhero last year, penning a guide to money, “New Money: Staying Rich,” after his football retirement. The NFL’s Player Engagement Department also runs financial boot camps for players and the NFL Players Association, a union, invests in financial literacy education, too.All those efforts might be paying off: Recent coverage of the Redskins players’ lifestyle choices have centered around their frugality. A widely-shared January Wall Street Journal article revealed that some players are biking to work, driving beat-up vans and living in low-rent apartments. Their penny-pinching habits were attributed partly to their personalities, life experience and the availability of cheap housing near their training facility. continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

3 things I learned while teaching my kids money smarts

first_imgThere is Very Little that We Truly NeedMy kids chide me about my old car — a 2002 Honda CRV. Following soccer practice, my daughter asked why I don’t get a new car (like that other soccer parent just did)? She proceeded to unwittingly undermine her case by removing her shoes and socks, revealing a fetid stench that reminded me of my days on the famed turnpike of my home state, New Jersey. I looked back at her, “You treat my car like a hamper and I certainly don’t need a new one of those.” Plus, the car still hasn’t hit 100k miles. It’ll probably run another fifteen years. I winked at her, saying, “Take care of this baby. She’ll be yours before you know it.”Fact is, I’m not a car guy. That’s probably because my dad wasn’t a car guy either. My first car was his old beater that my friends and I affectionately referred to as “the heap.” I thank my dad, though, for not passing on the “car guy” gene. I spend my time figuring how to not drive my car. You may have heard of Los Angeles traffic? It’s all true! Any day out of a car is a better day for me.It was actually in teaching my kids one of the core money-smart skills — distinguishing between needs vs. wants — that I began to reflect on my feelings about cars. There is so much “want” involved once you get past the basics of four wheels and a steering wheel. And really, beyond the obvious things — clothes, food and shelter — there really isn’t much else any of us need. Sure, there are certain “conditional” needs, such as a car for a long commute. But, they’re conditional because they can be remedied. For example, by changing jobs to shorten the commute, the car issue can be resolved. We convince ourselves that certain items are needs when they are not. Another good example — fancy smart phones. The same daughter who made fun of my car actually had some sage advice for me when I broke my iPhone and innocently noted that I needed to replace it. She looked at me sternly and quipped, “Dad, you don’t NEED an iPhone.” Touché, young padawan. Seems as though my kids have helped me as much as I’ve helped them. The Rush of Excitement You Get from Spending is FleetingThe spigot of stuff opens quickly when you’re a parent. So much so that I even wrote a children’s picture book about it — Joe the Monkey and Friends Learn about Spending Smart — to try and teach kids to avoid stuff (Check out my CU Insight piece about reducing stuff). If you’re not careful, every nook and cranny of your house becomes filled with new items when you become a parent. You can tidy and donate as much as you want, but if you don’t address the heart of the problem — inflow — you’re destined to live a life of overwhelming plenty.tijjiWhen I moved to Los Angeles many years ago, I remember a new friend talking about the importance of having the “finer things.” A Movado watch. A $500 sportcoat. Corinthian leather car seats (seriously — remember when that was a thing?). I bought most of these things. Of course, you know I’m not a car guy, so I did avoid the last one. The purchasing “highs” were so fleeting. After about a week, the objects were part of my baseline existence. The thrill was gone. I certainly wasn’t any happier. In fact, I just started looking for my next hit. Talking to my kids and trying to gird them against the dangers of chasing the “retail rush” has increased my self-awareness and helped me dramatically reduce my own inventory of stuff. Thanks, kids! Goals are PowerfulSaving for a goal is a very important core money-smart skill your kids should learn. Teaching my kids to set and save for goals has helped them learn a powerful life skill. Doing so connects them with the growth mindset that Carol Dweck describes in her seminal book, Mindset. “Growth mindsetters” believe that achievement comes from effort. Our traits are not fixed. We can always improve.Seeing these lessons carry over to non-monetary realms was gratifying. My younger daughter had saved money for a few goals. Then, she turned her goal-setting mindset to her chosen sport — soccer. She set a goal for her team to win the State Cup. Her team made it to the semifinals. It was an incredible run. Do you think falling just short of the cup taught her that goal-setting was a failure? Far from it. Getting that far — many rounds further than the previous year — was a massive accomplishment. Setting the early goal was key. Soccer is a team sport, so she didn’t entirely control the outcome. But, she played at the top of her game and setting the goal drove her high level of achievement. Seeing her goal written on the wall helped me recommit to my own goal setting. At the beginning of the year, I set a goal to finish a first draft of a book about helping families learn to become money comfortable. Now I’m just a few weeks from releasing that book.Thanks again to my two wonderful daughters for teaching me as much as I hope I’ve taught them. 83SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Lanza John Lanza is the Chief Mammal of Snigglezoo Entertainment, and Creator of The Money Mammals. John created The Saving Money Is Fun Kids Club for credit unions nationwide and has … Web: www.themoneymammals.com Detailslast_img read more

Equinor Gathers Metocean Team for US Offshore Wind

first_imgNorway’s Equinor (formerly Statoil) has contracted RPS engineers and scientists from Australia and the US to develop a long-term meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) measurement program for a potential wind farm development off the east coast of the US.RPS will use floating light detection and ranging (FLiDAR) and a suite of other instruments to generate information about waves, wind, turbulence and current conditions.The company will analyse the FLiDAR data it collects for the Equinor site study in tandem with information from its directional wave buoys, current meters and existing comparison data to inform power generation calculations and future turbine array engineering, installation and maintenance planning.Equinor is in the early stages of development of the Empire Wind project offshore New York. Located on a 79,350 acre site secured in a federal auction in December 2016 , the project has the potential to generate up to 1GW of offshore wind power.The company has also expressed interest in acquiring an unsolicited lease area offshore Massachusetts.last_img read more

David Seymour’s voluntary euthanasia bill to be lodged in Parliament

first_imgStuff co.nz 13 October 2015A bill calling to legalise voluntary euthanasia will be lodged by ACT leader David Seymour in Parliament on Wednesday.The bill is being presented on the same day former Labour MP Maryann Street, who in the last parliamentary term proposed and championed the End-of-Life Choice bill, will have a petition heard at health select committee.The petition, which has 8795 signatures, garnered cross-party support when it was presented at Parliament in June by Street and Matt Vickers, husband of Lecretia Seales, who died of a brain tumour on the same day she lost her High Court bid to choose to die.An inquiry was born out of Street’s petition and members of the health select committee would look at the factors that contributed to a person wanting to end their life, as well as the experiences of other countries who have adopted euthanasia laws.Seales spent her final months fighting for the courts to rule in favour of assisted dying but she learnt on her death bed that she had been denied her dying wish.It’s understood Seymour’s bill was likely to be modest and wouldn’t go as far as some people would like, but would draw from the experiences of similar bills that have come up for debate recently overseas.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/72984566/david-seymours-voluntary-euthanasia-bill-to-be-lodged-in-parliamentDavid Seymour’s voluntary euthanasia bill set to join ballotNZ Herald 14 October 2015Act Party leader David Seymour will today launch his bid to get voluntary euthanasia back on the parliamentary agenda.Mr Seymour is lodging a new bill in the private member’s ballot which would legalise medically assisted suicide.When he began drafting the bill in June, he said: “In my view it is politically, morally, legally and, in terms of public policy, the right thing to do.”The End of Life Choice Bill will go into a ballot which already has 68 bills in it, meaning there is no guarantee it will be debated in the immediate future.Mr Seymour wants the Government to pick up his bill, but it has not given any sign that it will do so.Prime Minister John Key has previously said that while he has voted in favour of voluntary euthanasia in the past, he believed a member’s bill was the best way to deal with the issue.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11528614Seymour to present euthanasia Bill3News 14 October 2015ACT leader David Seymour is about to unveil his End of Life Choice Bill.He drafted his voluntary euthanasia legislation after a petition carrying 9,000 signatures was presented to parliament in June, asking for an inquiry.In July, the health select committee announced it would hold an inquiry, and it’s due to start hearing submissions on the petition on Wednesday.When the petition was presented by the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of New Zealand, Mr Seymour said drafting a bill was “the right thing to do”.http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/seymour-to-present-euthanasia-bill-2015101405#axzz3oTJyYP7Alast_img read more

Maquoketa, Dubuque Deery events postponed

first_imgMAQUOKETA, Iowa (April 13) – Forecasts calling for less than pleasant temperatures Saturday and Sunday have resulted in postponements of Deery Brothers Summer Series events at Maquoketa Speedway and at Dubuque Speedway. Both IMCA Late Model tour events are to be rescheduled. Spectator admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students and free for kids ages 12 and under when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $30 More information is available by calling 563 340-4079.center_img Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m.  Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. The 33rd annual Deery Series now opens at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton with a $2,000 to win, minimum $300 to start main event next Saturday, April 20. last_img read more

Allen has what it takes

first_img Last to go among a 31-strong field, 19-year-old Allen had it all to do after Belgian Constant van Paesschen clocked 59.92 seconds in the one-round class on Ralphy Utopia de Ransbeck. And Allen did not disappoint, as he claimed the £4,700 winner’s purse on with Wild Thing L, jumping clear in 58.16 seconds. Allen, who finished seventh individually at the World Equestrian Games earlier this year and was runner-up in the Longines King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead, is among the sport’s hottest properties. “It definitely wasn’t effortless,” Allen said. “Constant had set a really fast time, so we had to give a lot to beat him.” Germany’s Daniel Deusser won the opening international class on Friday after staving off Swiss rider Martin Fuchs and a strong British challenge. Deusser clocked a winning time of 32.71 seconds on Soory de l’Hallali to land The Levy Restaurants Snowman Stakes, with Fuchs 1.2 seconds behind aboard Uzo van het Hobos Z. British star and former world number one Ben Maher was third on Wings Sublieme, with home riders also filling the next four places – Tim Gredley (Unex Arantos), William Whitaker (Glenavadra Brilliant), Michael Whitaker (Cassionato) and Robert Whitaker (Zantos II). The new-style competition saw riders placed into seven groups, and the best of each group went through to a jump-off. “It’s a different sort of class because you can go clear and still not get through to the jump-off, but it’s fun to do something different,” Deusser said. Irish showjumping sensation Bertram Allen lit up the London International Horse Show at Olympia by claiming a thrilling victory in the Christmas Speed Stakes.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more