Mary Antonini and The Governor Conclude Equifest III with Amateur-Owner 36 and Older 3’6” Hunter Championship
Hunter competition at the Lamplight Equestrian Center concluded Sunday, August 11, for the third and final week of the Equifest show series. The Main Hunter Ring saw both amateur and junior competitors take to the arena to contend for their respective division championships. In the Amateur-Owner 36 and Older3’6” Hunter division, it was Mary Antonini that rode The Governor to the championship ribbon, while Marianne Pappas aboard Bocelli earned the reserve championship.
Elizabeth Lang and Zephyr Close Out Equifest III with Win in $10,000 Hollowbrook Wealth Management SJHOF 1.40m Classic, Presented by Big Ass Fans
Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 11, 2019 – The finale event of the 2019 Chicago Festival of the Horse took place in the Grand Prix Arena at the Lamplight Equestrian Center Sunday, August 11, in the form of the $10,000 Hollowbrook Wealth Management SJHOF 1.40m Classic, presented by Big Ass Fans. Spectators and exhibitors gathered in the stands, rallying together one last time to cheer on riders and their horses and celebrate the successful conclusion of Equifest 2019. Rising to the final occasion was Elizabeth Lang and Zephyr, who galloped to victory at lightning speed to claim the Classic title.
Junior and amateur competition was showcased Saturday afternoon during Equifest III at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. In the Junior 3’6” Hunter division, it was Teddi Pritzker that dominated the competition, taking the early lead riding Evergreen Stables LLC’s Willow CBF. The pair also rode to the win in the Junior Hunter Classic.
Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 10, 2019 – The final grand prix of the 2019 Chicago Festival of the Horse took place Saturday, August 10, drawing the largest crowd of the weekend to the Grand Prix Arena. An elite group of 23 athletes and their horses competed for the last title of Equifest 2019, and ultimately it was Amanda Flint aboard VDL Wittinger that took top honors, with Tiffany Hammack and Crack Elle Chavannaise earning second place, while Liz Atkins and Rodeo VDL rounding out the top three.
While the $5,000 National Derby took place in the Main Hunter Arena, jumper competition got underway in the Grand Prix Arena at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. The picturesque backdrop of lush greenery and blue skies made for the perfect morning for some action-packed competition in the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers. Topping the ranks of the Friday morning class was Ashley Shaw and her horse Adico.
Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 9, 2019 – The third day of Equifest III at the Lamplight Equestrian Center kicked off Friday, August 9. Hunter competition started strong with the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Out of a strong field of competitors that took to the Main Hutner Ring to contest for first place honors, it was ultimately Holly Shepherd that dominated the class to take the top three spots. Shepherd claimed first, second, and third place riding Star Jewel, Longstreet and As You Wish, respectively.
Thursday afternoon at the Lamplight Equestrian Center welcomed competitors back to the Main Hunter Ring to present champion and reserve championship honors in respective classes. In the Performance 3’6” Hunter division, it was Katherine LeBlanc and Player that closed out the day with the championship tricolor. The reserve championship ribbon for the division was awarded to Abigail Dvorak-Peat aboard Fortune Favors. Ashleen Lee and Honor received the championship tricolor in the Performance 3’3” Hunter division, with Laura Reist and Lord Mayor’s Bentley earning reserve championship honors.
Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 8, 2019 – The third and final Welcome Grand Prix of the 2019 Chicago Festival of the Horse took place on Thursday, August 8, in the form of the $5,000 Open Welcome Grand Prix. Twenty-two competitors and their top mounts were given one final shot at claiming the Welcome Grand Prix title and the lion’s share of money. Making the most of the final opportunity to win the class was Taylor Flury and her very own Calano Z.
The third and final week of the Equifest show series at the Lamplight Equestrian Center kicked off Wednesday, August 7. Hunter competition showcased the professional hunter divisions in the Main Hunter Ring. Holly Shepherd took an early lead in the Green 3’6’/’3’9” Hunter division with Star Jewel, and she also leads the Green 3’3” Hunters riding As You Wish.
Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 7, 2019 – The third and final week of the Chicago Festival of the Horse kicked-off on Wednesday, August 7, at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. While the Main Hunter Arena saw horses jump with style and grace at a relaxed pace, the Grand Prix Arena saw jumper riders race against the clock, slicing turns and putting in their best efforts to leave all of the jumps up. Rising to the occasion in the 1.40m Open Jumper class was Liz Atkins and Rodeo VDL, besting a field of 10 horses and athletes to win the class.