August 13
Don't Miss It! Last Chance for Summer's End Horse Show Entries
2019 Summer's End Horse Show Fast Facts Events: 2019 Summer's End Horse Show What: The 2019 Summer's End Horse Show includes in August. The 2019 Summer's End Horse Show is a USEF National "A" and Jumper Level 2 rated show, and is approved by the Illinois Hunter Jumper Association (IHJA), the North American League (NAL) and the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS).
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Where: Silverwood Farm 28426 98th St Camp Lake, WI 53109 When: Aug. 22-25, 2019 How: Mail Entries to: Jessica Battaglia 3101 Vermont Rd Woodstock, IL 60098 Email to: victoriousfarm@yahoo.com Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Website: www.lamplightequestriancenter.com Management: Show manager: Dean Battaglia Show secretary: Mickey Cannon For stall reservations, feed & shavings orders, call Jess Battaglia at 815-245-0242 Media contact: Phelps Media Group, Inc. International 12012 South Shore Blvd. Suite 201 Wellington, FL 33414 561-753-3389 (phone) 561-753-3386 (fax) Email: info@phelpsmediagroup.com Website: www.phelpsmediagroup.com
August 11
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.
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Setting the final course of the afternoon, Paul Jewell put forth a 13-obstacle first round track. Lynsey Whitacre and Barillo W were the first horse and rider combination to complete a faultless round in order to advance to the jump off. As the jump-off pathfinders, Whitacre and the 16-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding completed the shortened track with just one rail down in 45.745 seconds. The pair’s lead was quickly taken over by Iasabella Bleu Baxter aboard Jahil, a 16-year-old Warmblood gelding, after they she forth a new leading time with a total of 4 faults in 41.033 seconds. The final pair to tackle Jewell’s course and contest for top honors was Lang and Zephyr. Earlier in the class, Lang rode to an 8-fault first round in a time of 78.312 seconds with her own Show Show. Entering the ring with a familiar feel of the course, Lang took to the Grand Prix Arena with the Zephyr, a 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, determined to take the win. Lang recently started riding Zephyr in March, and has been competing with the gelding in the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers since April. Looking ahead, Lang hopes to qualify for either the Neue Schule/USEF Junior Jumper National Championships (Prix des States), the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), or the National Horse Show (NHS) to finish out the 2019 show season. Lang and Zephyr completed a fault-free first round and headed into the jump-off with the hope of taking over the lead. The pair was quick off the ground and tight in their turns, and though they had a rail on course, their time was quick enough to nab the win, finishing less than one-tenth of a second faster than the leading time in 40.939 seconds. Bleu Baxter and Jahil would ultimately receive second place, with Whitacre and Barillo W rounding out the top three. The Lamplight Equestrian Center will next see horses and riders on the show grounds for the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions, USEF Young & Developing Horse Dressage National Championships and the USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals. FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE Elizabeth Lang – $10,000 Hollow Brook Wealth Management SHJF Jr/AO/AM Jumper Classic, Presented by Big Ass Fans, winner On Zephyr: “I’ve been leasing him since March and I just moved up to Highs with him in April. He’s pretty new to me, but he’s really careful, really nice and big strided but adjustable, and he’s a dog on the ground! I love him, he’s amazing.” On the course: “I was in the Grand Prix last night and this course was very similar, so I knew where I needed to be careful. The eight-stride line gets steady on him because he does have a big stride, and I have to ride him well over the liverpools because sometimes he takes a peek.” On the jump-off: “In the jump-off I knew that [Isabella Bleu Baxter] sitting in first place was a fast 4-faulter. So I just kind of went for it! I liked it. It was fun because there were some nice turns, but there were also parts that you could gallop and let them go a bit.” On future plans with Zephyr: “I’m hoping I will qualify for Neue Schule/USEF Junior Jumper National Championships (Prix des States), the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), or the National Horse Show, or all three, that would be amazing! After that my lease ends and I will miss him, but he’s such an amazing horse and I am lucky to ride him.” On competing at Lamplight: “I come to Lamplight every year and I love it here. It’s really pretty here with the trees, greenery and the flowers. Everyone here is so nice and helpful, it’s just a nice place. This is probably one of my favorite shows!” RESULTS $10,000 Hollow Brook Wealth Management SHJF Jr/AO/AM Jumper Classic, Presented by Big Ass Fans: Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / R1 Faults / Time / R2 Faults / Time 1. Zephyr / Elizabeth Lang / Wyndmont / 0 / 78.799 / 4 / 40.939 2. Jahil / Isabella Bleu Baxter / Isabella Bleu Baxter / 0 / 78.796 / 4 / 41.033 3. Barillo W / Lynsey Whitacre / Lynsey Whitacre / 0 / 80.071 / 4 / 45.745 4. Show Show / Elizabeth Lang / Alex Jayne / 8 / 78.312 5. Adico / Ashley Shaw / Ashley Shaw / 8 / 79.633 6. Diamond D / Natalie Jayne / Natalie Jayne / 26 / 94.145
August 11
Mary Antonini and The Governor Conclude Equifest III with Amateur-Owner 36 and Older 3’6’’ Hunter Championship
Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 11, 2019 – 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.
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Throughout the two days of the division, Antonini and The Governor earned two first place ribbons and two second place ribbons over fences, as well as a second place under saddle. Antonini purchased the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding from Hunter Holloway just over a year ago, and the pair have been competing in the Amateur-Owner Hunter division for nine months. In the future, Antonini hopes to one day compete with The Governor in hunter derby events. Pappas and Bocelli led the division after sweeping both over fences classes Saturday, August 10. Pappas and the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding would ultimately return Sunday morning to receive the reserve champion tricolor after earning a second and third place over fences, and a third place under saddle during the day’s portion of the division. In the Amateur-Owner 3’3’’ Hunter division, it was Claire Elizabeth Patterson riding Fortune Favors that claimed championship honors. The pair earned a first, two seconds, and a sixth place ribbon over fences and a third place under saddle to claim the championship. Reserve champion in the Amateur-Owner 3’3’’ Hunter division was awarded to Olivia Lawton riding Atlodetto FZ to two firsts, a third, fourth and sixth place ribbon. Teddi Pritzker concluded junior hunter competition Sunday afternoon after nearly sweeping the Large 3’6” Junior Hunters to earn the championship in the division. The pair held their lead from Saturday’s portion of the division with two first place ribbons, riding to an additional two first place ribbons and a third place ribbon in the handy round to clinch top honors. The reserve champion ribbon was awarded to Taylor Holstead riding Roc’s All That. The Lamplight Equestrian Center will next see horses and riders on the show grounds for the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions, USEF Young & Developing Horse Dressage National Championships and the USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals. FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE Mary Antonini – Amateur-Owner 3’6’’ Hunter 36 and Older champion On The Governor: “I have had him for about a year and a half. I bought him from Hunter Holloway – he was her derby horse. He was originally for my husband, [Larry Antonini], but he didn’t workout for him, so I got lucky enough to have him. I have been showing him for about nine months in this division.” On her rounds throughout the division: “Today they were much better. Over the last two weeks they were good – [The Governor] and I both have on and off days, like everyone. Today, he was quieter and in a happy mood! I have a tendency to go too slow in handy rounds and get too close to all the jumps. My goal was to stop slowing down. I rode jumpers for 35 years so I learned how to pull on the reins and now it is a bad habit. Holly [Shepherd] is trying to teach me how to let go and just move forward. My goal was to just keep going. ” On the Lamplight Equestrian Center: “I love this horse show. It is just the most beautiful showgrounds. We are from New Orleans and it is really hot there right now, but here I walk out of my hotel in the morning and I have to wear a jacket, which is amazing. I wish I didn’t have to go home!” On her plans moving forward: “I would like to continue to do this [with The Governor.] I would like to move into the derbies with him, but I need to get some more miles under my belt. I would love to do that because I know that he can do it. My horse High Society is going to derby finals, so I am going there to watch.”
August 10
Amanda Flint and VDL Wittinger Race to Win $25,000 Prix de Lamplight at Equifest III
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.
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In the first round, course designer Paul Jewell put together a 13-obstacle, 16 effort course that required precision and accuracy. In efforts to leave all of the rails up and remain within the time allowed, riders had to make split-second decisions that best allowed their horses to get over the 1.40m fences. The first clear round of the afternoon was produced early on by Stephen Foran and Cooper 152, owned by Alice Neild, securing them a spot in the jump-off. Seven other horse and rider combinations followed suit to welcome back a total of eight competitors to the jump-off. In the grand finale of the class, returning athletes made one final effort to ride tracks that did not alter the height or width of the eight obstacles set in the shortened jump-off course. First in the arena for the jump-off was Foran with the first of his two mounts, Cooper 152, a Holsteiner gelding. As the pathfinders for the class, the pair had an unfortunate rail down early in the course, setting the pace for the rest of the competitors at 48.705 seconds. Hammack and Crack Elle Chavannaise, owned by Beyaert Farm Inc., quickly took over the lead with a clear jump-off in a time of 45. 350 seconds. The pair held the lead until Flint took to the jump-of aboard her own VDL Wittinger. Flint and VDL Wittinger narrowly nabbed the leading spot in a faultless time of 45.011 seconds, just three-tenths of a second faster than Hammack. While competitors that followed would attempt to catch their time, the pair would ultimately hold the lead and earn first place honors. Flint and the 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding most recently won the $35,000 Osphos Grand Prix during the second week of the HITS Showplace summer show series in Chicago, Illinois. The Equifest show series marked Flint’s first time back at the Lamplight Equestrian Center after nine years, and she looks forward to hopefully making it a regular stop on her show calendar. Saturday afternoon’s grand prix was a family affair, as VDL Wittinger was the sire for the third-place mount, Rodeo VDL. Second place was ultimately awarded to Hammock and the 11-year-old Belgian Sporthorse mare for their quick and clear efforts. Rounding out the top three was Atkins and the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Rodeo VDL owned by Benchmark Stables LLC for their faultless time of 46.239 seconds. The final day of competition at the 2019 Chicago Festival of the Horse will take place on Sunday, August 10, with the $10,000 Hollow Brook Wealth Management SJHF Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic wrapping up jumper classes in the Grand Prix Arena. FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE Amanda Flint – $25,000 Prix De Lamplight winner On VDL Wittinger: “I’ve had him a few years, and every time I think I’m retiring him we win something! He’s a bit quirky, definitely has his own way of doing things and what he likes and doesn’t like. If he’s on and wants to win then he usually can.” On the first round: “For my first horse [Hudson VDL] it rode a little big because he’s only 7 years old, but for VDL Wittinger it was nice and easy. He goes to Kentucky next week, so we wanted to have a nice jump before that. I thought the course was well-built and good for the field we had today, I think he got the right number clean. On the jump-off: “Going into the jump-off, I thought I could do one less stride than [Tiffany Hammack] from the first to the second fence, and I realized I couldn’t. [VDL Wittinger] helped me out and was really good.” On showing at Lamplight: “I haven’t been here in nine years, but I grew up doing the short stirrup here. Hoping to come back next year!” RESULTS $25,000 Prix de Lamplight: Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / R1 Faults / Time / R2 Faults / Time 1. VDL Wittinger / Amanda Flint / Amanda Flint / 0 / 81.567 / 0 / 45.011 2. Crack Elle Chavannaise / Tiffany Hammack / Beyaert Farm Inc. / 0 / 77.769 / 0 / 45.350 3. Rodeo VDL / Liz Atkins / Benchmark Stables LLC / 0 / 78.961 / 0 / 46.239 4. Escada 289 / Taylor McMurtry / Taylor McMurtry / 0 / 79.737 / 0 / 49.242 5. Casisus 74 / Stephen Foran / Freedom Woods / 0 / 77.057 / 4 / 44.098 6. Chagrand / Michael Burnett / Michael Burnett / 0 / 76.615 / 4 / 47.717 7. Cooper 152 / Stephan Foran / Alice Neild / 0 / 80.815 / 4 / 48.705 8. Emma-Lee / Stefanie Collier / The C and C Group / 0 / 74.419 / 9 / 52.499 9. Ypsilon / Shannon Hicks / Helen Gilbert / 2 / 83.752 10. Clearwater 5 / Shannon Hicks / Helen Gilbert / 4 / 75.966 11. Zephyr / Elizabeth Lang / Elizabeth Lang / 4 / 76.481 12. Freaky Liefhebber / Jacqueline Steffens / Jacqueline Steffens / 4 / 78.022
August 10
Teddi Pritzker Tops Junior Hunter Competition with Willow CBF at Equifest III
Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 10, 2019 – 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.
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Pritzker, of Chicago, Illinois won both over fences rounds to take the lead in the Junior 3’6’’ Hunter division. Pritzker has been riding the 11-year-old Hanoverian mare for two years, and the pair has been climbing the ranks through the children’s and junior hunter divisions. The pair will return to the Main Hunter Ring on Sunday to contend for the championship title. Also in contention for the championship in the division is Ashley Shaw aboard Contemporary, owned by Amanda Shaw, as well as Taylor Holstead riding her own mount Roc’s All That. Both pairs earned a second and third place over fences Saturday afternoon to set themselves up in a strong position for Sunday’s portion of the division. Pritzker and Willow CBF rounded out their awards earning first place in the Junior Hunter Classic with an overall total score of 172. Finishing in second place was Holstead and Roc’s All That with an overall total score of 165, and rounding out the top three was Gabriella Lewis aboard Lex Toccino and riding to an overall score of 160. In the WIHS Equitation Hunter phase, it was Natalie Jayne and Atlodetto FZ that took the win. Jayne and the 13-year-old S.I. gelding earned a score of 87 to top the class. Jayne has been showing in both the hunter and jumper rings throughout the summer, and earned the championship in the Junior 3’6’’ Hunter division during Equifest II. Earlier in the day, the amateur hunter riders took center ring. Olivia Lawton and Atlodetto FZ took the lead in the Amateur-Owner 3’3’’ Hunter division after earning both first place ribbons over fences. Marianne Pappas rode to the lead in the Amateur-Owner 3’6’’ Hunter 36 and Older division aboard Bocelli sweeping both over fences classes. Competitors will return to the Main Hunter Ring Sunday, August 11 to contend for their respective championships. Hunter competition during Equifest III will conclude Sunday, August 11, beginning at 8 a.m. FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE Teddi Pritzker – Junior 3’6’’ Hunter leader & Junior Hunter Classic winner On Willow CBF: “She is my everything. She is the most giving horse – everyday she is always giving. I have had her for two years now, so we know each other pretty well. I have been doing the Junior 3’6” Hunters for four or five months now. She has brought me all the way from the Children’s Hunter division to here.” On her rounds: “They were really good! She won both trips and she was perfect today.” On showing at Lamplight Equestrian Center: “I have been coming here for three or four years now, and it is one of my favorite shows of the summer. My horses are always so good here and it is such a nice, relaxing facility.” On what is next for her: “Next I go to the Hamptons with all of the horses in a couple of weeks. We are excited!”
August 9
Ashley Shaw and Adico Achieve Success in High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers
Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 9, 2019 – 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.
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Of the riders to take on the 10 obstacle course, only two were able to produce a clear round and advance to the jump-off, one of which was the final horse-and-athlete combination to enter the arena, Shaw and Adico. Moving into the jump-off, Shaw and Adico soared over the shortened course to a time of 43.352 seconds. With no competitors left to challenge their time, the pair were placed at the top of the leaderboard and awarded the blue ribbon. Adico, a 14-year-old Anglo European gelding, has been under the ownership of Shaw for two years now. Described by Shaw as a great teacher, Adico has brought the young rider through the ranks, reaching the 1.40m height in April. Shaw has plans of taking the gelding to the National Horse Show in the fall to round out her junior career before becoming an amateur. Previous to Shaw’s winning ride, Lynsey Whitacre and Barillo W tackled the course. Their clean ride in the first round made them the first pair to attempt the seven-obstacle jump-off course. Pioneering a clear track, Whitacre and the 16-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding stopped the timers at 44.352 seconds to put them in second place at the end of the class. As the first to try their hand at the course, Jonathan Cohen and Lander put 4 faults on the scoreboard in their first round. Although they did not advance to the jump-off, their first round time of 67.493 seconds was the fastest of the 4-fault rounds, leading Cohen and the 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding to the third place position. Leading up to the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers, the fences were set for the 1.35m Open Jumpers where Jacqueline Steffens rode Andrew Kocher’s Dyrusa H to double clear rounds and the fastest jump-off time to win the class. Racing through the timers after two clear rounds to take second place was Liz Atkins and Carletta, while Steffens also rode to third place with Carson Grisham’s Gap Van de Kai. Jumper competition will resume at the Lamplight Equestrian Center Saturday, August 9, with the $25,000 Grand Prix set to begin at 4 p.m. FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE Ashley Shaw – High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers winner On Adico: “I got Adico about two years ago and he has taken me from the Low Junio/AOs to the Highs, which we moved up to in April. I would say my favorite thing about him is how much heart he has. He loves to jump, he knows when it’s a jump-off and he is just a really good teammate, he is very forgiving.” On her rounds: “I liked the course. I thought it was a good Friday course with some flowing lines and it wasn’t too challenging. My goal was to have a nice clean first round and just to ride well. In the jump-off, I knew I didn’t need to run to win because Adico is a naturally fast horse and we were the last ones to go. I was just hoping to be efficient with my track and make sure that we were fast enough, but not any faster than it needed to be. It was a good round to set up the week.” On her plans for the future with Adico: “I age out at the end of this year, so my goal is to take him to Prix des States and ride for Zone 7 in the fall. I also would love to go to National Horse Show with him in Kentucky. I got to do Washington in the 1.30m jumpers last year and that was really fun, so I am hoping to at least to Harrisburg and then the National Horse Show in Kentucky this fall. ” On Lamplight Equestrian Center: “I have shown here since I was 13 years old. I did the Children’s Jumpers the first time I was here, so I love riding in the Grand Prix Ring. It is just such a pretty show facility and love getting to come back each year and getting to move up a division” RESULTS High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper results: Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / R1 Faults / R1 Time / R2 Faults / R2 Time 1. Adico / Ashley Shaw / Ashley Shaw / 0 / 69.339 / 0 / 43.585 2. Barillo W / Lynsey Whitacre / Lynsey Whitacre / 0 / 68.171 / 0 / 44.352 3. Lander / Jonathan Cohen / Jonathan Cohen / 4 / 67.493 / – / – 4. Diamond D / Natalie Jayne / Natalie Jayne / 4 / 68.041 / – / – 1.35m Open Jumper results: Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / R1 Faults / R1 Time / R2 Faults / R2 Time 1. Dyrusa H / Jacqueline Steffens / Andrew Kocher / 0 / 71.900 / 0 / 33.977 2. Carletta / Liz Atkins / Benchmark Stables LLC / 0 / 72.524 / 0 / 34.055 3. Gap Van de Kai / Jacqueline Steffens / Carson Grisham / 0 / 75.842 / 4 / 36.245 4. Catokio / Stephan Foran / Freedom Woods / 4 / 71.833 / – / – 5. Peter Pan / Alexandra Veleris / 4 / 73.606 / – / – 6. Furst / Rebecca Lannoye / Rebecca Lannoye / 4 / 74.540 / – / – 7. Calordo / Jacqueline Steffens / Bertrand Legriffon / 4 / 79.976 / – / –
August 9
Holly Shepherd Takes Top Three in $5,000 USHJA National HunterDerby at Equifest III
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.
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Shepherd led the first round with a total score of 92 aboard Star Jewel, a 9-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by EMO Stables. Following close behind Star Jewel, Shepherd sat in second place with Longstreet, owned by Barbara Risius. The pair earned a first round total score of 90. Shepherd sat in fourth place with As You Wish, owned by Ashley Runnels, after earning a total first round score of 86. During the handy round, Shepherd and Star Jewel showcased their skills, navigating the rollbacks, trot fence, and all four high options with ease to earn a score of 89.5. Though the pair did not receive the highest second round score, their first round lead was strong enough to hold the first place position with an overall score of 181.5. Following Equifest III, Shepherd and Star Jewel will travel to Lexington, Kentucky to compete at the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship. Shepherd and Longstreet, a 13-year-old Dutch Thoroughbred gelding, earned a second round score of 91 and an overall total score of 181, just one half of a point behind Shepherd’s lead to earn second place. Shepherd has had the ride on Longstreet for four years, and their strong partnership was certainly showcased Friday morning. Shepherd and As You Wish, a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding, earned an impressive second round score of 92 to move themselves up in the placings and ultimately receive third place with an overall total score of 178. Shepherd also rode As You Wish to a third place finish in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby during Equifest I. Competition at Equifest III continues Saturday, August 10, beginning at 8 a.m. FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE Holly Shepherd – $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby Winner On Star Jewel: “She felt awesome today! She was really comfortable and she tried very hard. She had a light rub in the second round, but other than that she was amazing.” On Longstreet: “I’ve been riding him for four years, so we know each other well. He was super! He started out the class with a bang and he was also very nice to ride around the ring today. He can be a little squirrely sometimes, but today he was right on. He will be one of my [USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship] horses.” On As You Wish: “He recently came to Accolade Farm in March. He’s a Pre-Green 3’3’’ Hunter horse, and he has done a few of these hunter derbies and has been really good. He’s a blast to ride, the jumps just come up so good and he tried really hard today. I thought he went super!” RESULTS $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby results: Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / R1 Score / R2 Score / Total Score 1. Star Jewel / Holly Shepherd / EMO Stables / 92 / 89.5 / 181.5 2. Longstreet / Holly Shepherd / Barbara Risius / 90 / 91 / 181 3. As You Wish / Holly Shepherd / Ashley Runnels / 86 / 92 / 178 4. Hello Handsome / Teddi Pritzker / Evergreen Stables LLC / 88 / 89 / 177 5. Screen Shot / Ryan Sassmanshausen / Arkham Investments LLC / 85 / 88 / 173 6. Fortune Favors / Abigail Dvorak-Peat / Claire Elizabeth Patterson / 84 / 87 / 171 7. Sterling / Holly Shepherd / Sylvia Reitman / 69 / 85.5 / 154.5 8. Batchelor Party / Aerin Hopkins / Hannah Batchelor / 82 / 72 / 154 9. Sheldon Cooper / Kelsey Concklin / 79 / 71 / 150 10. Silver Lining / Ryan Sassmannshausen / Jessica Lowell / 70 / 79 / 149 11. Vincenzo / Grace Grove / Grace Grove / 46 / 90 / 136 12. Roc’s All That / Taylor Holstead / Taylor Holstead / 44 / 86 / 130
August 8
Taylor Flury and Calano Z Fly to $5,000 Open Welcome Grand Prix Win during Equifest III
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.
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The 1.40m course designed by Paul Jewell, a sought-after “R” course designer in both hunters and jumpers, was comprised of 13 obstacles. Windy conditions and a complicated track were no match for the 8-year-old Zandersheide stallion and Flury, who showed no mercy through tight turns and open areas in the course, stepping on the gas every shot they had. A faultless ride in the first round and a time of 77.964 seconds meant that the pair would move straight onto the jump-off. Over the shortened course, Flury and Calano Z put in another clear ride and a time of 42.079 seconds thanks to their open gallop from fence four to five, which shaved seconds off of their time. Their need for speed set the tone for the remainder of the class, but was not to be beat. Calano Z is a breeding stallion that has been under the ownership of Flury since he was a foal. The handsome stallion’s record includes accomplishments such as qualifying for Lanaken World Championships for Young Horses, USEF National Horse of the Year in the 5-year-old Jumpers, champion of the 6-year-olds at the Winter Equestrian Festival and first place in the Tryon Welcome Stake in April. Coming in just over half a second after Flury was Michael Burnett and Chagrand, his 10-year-old Oldenburg. The gelding covered ground quickly throughout both courses, leaving all of the rails up as well. For a moment, it seemed that Burnett was going to beat Flury’s time, but as they landed from the final jump of the seven obstacle jump-off they stopped the timers at 42.719 seconds, sliding them into the second place position and leaving Flury on top. For Beyaert Farm, Tiffany Hammack rode Crack Elle Chavannaise to the third place ribbon. The 11-year-old Belgian Sporthorse mare jumped two clear rounds and tripped the timers at 43.858 seconds during the jump-off. On Wednesday, Hammack rode Crack Elle Chavannaise to second place in the 1.40m Open Jumpers. Jumper competition at the Chicago Festival of the Horse will resume on Friday, August 9, at 8:00 a.m. with the 1.20m Jumpers. FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE Taylor Flurry – $5,000 Open Welcome Grand Prix winner On Calano Z: “Both [Calano Z] and [Carrasca Z] are actually breeding stallions and I’ve owned both of them since they were foals. I’m the only one that has ever shown [Calano Z]. We just got back from Spruce Meadows and then he had a little break, so we came up here to get a nice couple of rounds in because we’re going to the Hamptons in a few weeks. I showed yesterday, but I felt a little rusty because I separated my shoulder last week.” On the first round: “[Calano Z] can get a little shifty off of the ground, so I wanted to be straight and carry a good rhythm because I have a tendency to pull. My goal was to be smooth, carry a good rhythm, try to be straight off of the ground and try to be a little more organized in my own riding. He was really good and followed the plan. He tried really hard today, so it’s always good when they try and help you.” On the jump-off: “With my first horse, [Carrasca Z], I added in two of the lines. He had a bit of a break and now he’s just coming back, so I wanted to be smooth. On [Calano Z] I felt like I was able to leave out the strides and go forward a little bit more. He walked the lines and I just tried to be smooth and tidy everywhere and it worked out!” On Lamplight Equestrian Center: “We haven’t been here in a few years just because it hasn’t worked in the schedule. This year I was home, and I tried to come last week, but with my shoulder I couldn’t, so we came this week instead! I live 45 minutes from here, so I grew up at Lamplight. I love Equifest – they always set good tracks so that you can get good practice. They understand that the jumps need to be built to size, it’s good footing, nice people and good management, so I think we will definitely be back next year!” On her plans for Calano Z and Carrasca Z moving forward: “These horses are both young, [Calano Z] is 8 years old and [Carrasca Z] is 9 years old, so my goal this year has been to try and keep getting smoother and keep moving up the ranks. They will both compete in the grand prix this Saturday and then I’m hoping we will be able to do the 1.45m division at the Hamptons.” RESULTS $5,000 Open Welcome Grand Prix: Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / R1 Faults / Time / R2 Faults / Time 1. Calano Z / Taylor Flury / Aliboo Farm, Inc. / 0 / 77.964 / 0 / 42.079 2. Chagrand / Michael Burnett / Michael Burnett / 0 / 78.506 / 0 / 42.719 3. Crack Elle Chavannaise / Tiffany Hammack / Beyaert Farm Inc. / 0 / 76.702 / 0 / 43.858 4. Carrasca Z / Taylor Flury / Aliboo Farm, Inc. / 0 / 76.331 / 0 / 44.339 5. Z Diamanti / Taylor McMurtry / Looking Back Farm / 0 / 76.794 / 0 / 45.426 6. Hudson VDL / Amanda Flint / Amanda Flint / 0 / 80.325 / 1 / 45.643 7. Anos Veros / Stellar Swarr / High Hopes Farm LLC / 0 / 78.002 / 4 / 43.390 8. Casisus 74 / Stephen Foran / Freedom Woods / 0 / 75.048 / 8 / 40.905 9. Jahil / Isabella Bleu Baxter / Isabella Bleu Baxter / 0 / 77.290 / 27 / 63.748 10. Escasa 289 / Taylor McMurtry / Taylor McMurtry / 3 / 84.424 / – / – 11. Al Pachini / Shannon Hicks / Helen Gilbert / 4 / 73.999 / – / – 12. Zarkava / Steve Schaefer / Steve Schaefer / 4 / 74.331 / – / –
August 8
Katherine Le Blanc and Player Close Out Performance 3’6’’ Hunters with Championship at Equifest III
Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 8, 2019 – 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.
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LeBlanc and Player, a 15-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Jeanne Pitre, finished Wednesday’s portion of the Performance 3’6’’ Hunter division with two first place ribbons, setting themselves up in the lead for Thursday’s portion. The pair nabbed a fifth and second over fences and a third place on the flat to clinch the championship tricolor Thursday afternoon. LeBlanc has had the ride on Player for two years after recently turning professional in 2017. Prior to that, Pitre and LeBlanc’s father brought Player along through the hunter ranks. Since then, LeBlanc has been competing with Player in the performance hunter divisions while Pitre competes with the gelding in the amateur hunters. Following Equifest III, LeBlanc and Pitre will head to Franklin, Tennessee to compete at the Brownland Farm Fall show series in September. Throughout the Performance 3’6’’ Hunter division, Dvorak-Peat and the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Claire Elizabeth Patterson earned a first, two thirds, a fourth and a fifth place to claim reserve champion honors. Dvorak-Peat also took home the championship in the USHJA 3’0 Hunter, sponsored by Equine Healthcare, aboard Ravinia, owned by Raleigh Cerre. In the Performance 3’3’’ Hunter division, it was Ashleen Lee and her own mount Honor, an 11-year-old Warmblood gelding, that took home the championship. The pair earned three firsts and one second place over fences, as well as a third place under saddle, to ultimately receive the championship tricolor. The reserve champion was awarded to Laura Reist and Lord Mayor’s Bentley, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Mya Pinski. Over the course of the two days of competition, the pair earned a first, two seconds, a third and fourth place. Earlier in the day, Holly Shepherd dominated the green hunter divisions, earning the championship in both the Green 3’6’’ Hunter and Green 3’3’’ Hunter riding Star Jewel and As You Wish, respectively. LeBlanc rounded out her day of awards receiving the reserve championship in the Green 3’6’’ Hunter division riding MTM Amour. The reserve champion tricolor in the Green 3’3’’ Hunter was awarded to Kara Raposa aboard Independent. Junior and amateur hunter competition kicks off in the Main Hunter Ring Friday, August 9, beginning at 8 a.m. For more information about the Equifest show series or the Lamplight Equestrian Center, visit https://www.lamplightequestriancenter.com/ FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE Katherine LeBlanc – Performance 3’6’’ Hunter Champion On Player: “He’s 15 years old and he’s owned by Jean Pitre, a client of ours. He’s done some International Hunter Derbies, and now he does the Performance 3’6’’ Hunter and the amateur hunter divisions with [Pitre]. I have only been riding him for two years, but she has owned him since he was 3 years old, and my dad and [Pitre] brought him along. I turned professional two years ago and started riding him then.” On the division: “I thought the rounds rode really well, everything here is like the old school hutners, quick in the turns. The jumps are really pretty, so it kind of holds them off a bit, and the ends of the ring come up quick. I’ve been really happy with [Player] these two weeks.” On competing at Lamplight: “This is our second year back and I actually grew up riding ponies here when we lived in Indiana, so it’s like come back home. The last two years we’ve really liked it; the weather is great and it’s beautiful. All of the horses seem to like it here, there are good restaurants in the area and good competition, so it’s always fun!”
August 7
Liz Atkins and Miracle Horse Rodeo VDL Top 1.40m Open Jumpers at Equifest III
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.
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Equifest III course designer Paul Jewel set the 1.40m course featuring 11 obstacles. Multiple combinations, a liverpool and bending lines made up the challenging track that left many options on the table for riders to shave seconds off of their times. Taking the swiftest track aboard her 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Rodeo VDL, Atkins put in two clear rounds. Rodeo VDL, who is often referred to as a miracle horse after beating a rare form of cancer as an 8-year-old, put in a jump-off time of 39.368 seconds over the shortened 7 obstacle course. Last year, Atkins and Rodeo won the $25,000 Grand Prix during Equifest III. This year, Atkins felt some inconsistencies in their courses during Equifest I and II, thus making the decision to take their class load down a notch to the 1.40m Open Jumpers, where she felt they could put in a solid, steady ride. Rodeo VDL, however, went in to give the first jump his all, giving Atkins the green light to go for the blue ribbon. Following behind Atkins, Tiffany Hammack rode Beyaert Farm’s Crack Elle Chavannaise to double-clear rounds. Less than half a second behind the winning time, Hammack and the 11-year-old Belgian Sporthorse mare secured second place with a jump-off time of 39.699 seconds. In addition to her win, Atkins returned to the arena to round out the top three in the class with her 13-year-old Holsteiner mare Carletta. Another double-clear ride and a time of 39.955 seconds put her in the third place position. Prior to the 1.40m Open Jumper class, Jacqueline Steffens rode Andrew Kocher’s Dyrusa H, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, to two fault-free rounds and the top of the leaderboard in the 1.30m Open Jumpers. Earning second place in the class was Mark Mc Kone and Fearless, his 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion, while Taylor Flurry and Nefreteri came in third place. Competition in the Grand Prix Arena will resume on Thursday, August 8, with the Training 1.15m Jumpers and 5-Year-Old Jumpers. FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE Liz Atkins – 1.40m Open Jumper winner On Rodeo VDL: “That horse is actually amazing. I’ve had him for a few years and we pretty much saved his life from terminal cancer as an 8-9 year old. Ever since we’ve gotten him healthy he’s been a superstar. He is a super trier, he really goes in the ring and tries to win for you every single time.” On the course: “I was really happy with [Rodeo VDL] today, he jumped a great round. We had a little bit of an inconsistent two weeks the last two weeks here so I went in today and thought, ‘I’m just going to jump a good, clean 1.40m,’ and honestly, as soon as I jumped the first jump in the first round he felt awesome. I decided I would try to win since he felt so good!” On Lamplight: “We’ve been here for the past two weeks and we come here every single year. We’re from this area and my farm is 25 minutes from here, so this is really home for us. I grew up showing at Lamplight since I was 13 years old. We do not miss this horse show ever!” RESULTS 1.40m Open Jumpers: Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / R1 Faults / Time / R2 Faults / Time 1. Rodeo VDL / Liz Atkins / Benchmark Stables LLC / 0 / 66.476 / 0 / 39.368 2. Crack Elle Chavannaise / Tiffany Hammack / Beyaert Farm Inc. / 0 / 63.465 / 0 / 39.699 3. Carletta / Liz Atkins / Benchmark Stables LLC / 0 / 62.698 / 0 / 39.955 4. Hudson VDL / Amanda Flint / Amanda Flint / 0 / 66.022 / 0 / 41.199 5. Z Diamanti / Taylor McMurtry / Looking Back Farm / 0 / 69.778 / 0 / 43.375 6. Barillo W / Lynsey Whitacre / Lynsey Whitacre / 0 / 65.833 / 4 / 39.982 7. Von Casius / Tony Font / Deana Blackburn / 4 / 65.130 / – / – 8. Gap Van de Kai / Jacqueline Steffens / Carson Grisham / 8 / 68.231 / – / – 9. Calordo / Jacqueline Steffens / Bertrand Legriffon / 8 / 69.251 / – / – 10. Peter Pan / Alexandra Veleris / Third Coast Equestrian LLC / 12 / 69.676 / – / – 1.30m Open Jumpers: Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / R1 Faults / Time / R2 Faults / Time 1. Dyrusa H / Jacqueline Steffens / Andrew Kocher / 0 / 65.628 / 0 / 37.312 2. Fearless / Mark McKone / Mark Mc Kone / 0 / 64.480 / 0 / 39.562 3. Nefreteri / Taylor Flurry / – / 0 / 66.789 / 0 / 40.290 4. Furst / Rebecca Lannoye / Rebecca Lannoye / 0 / 66.724 / 0 / 41.163 5. Carrasca Z / Taylor Flurry / Aliboo Farm, Inc. / 0 / 64.920 / 4 / 41.330 6. Darco’s Lynx / Laura Roesing / Laura Roesing / 0 / 65.429 / 4 / 43.898 7. Irvington VDL / Amanda Flint / Amanda Flint / 4 / 63.885 / – / –
August 7
Holly Shepherd and Star Jewel Lead Green 3'6"/3'9" Hunter Division at Equifest III
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.
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Shepherd and Star Jewel swept the first three classes of the division to take the lead, including two over fences rounds and the under saddle. Following just behind Shepherd, Katherine Le Blanc rode MTM Amour, owned by Jeanne Pitre, to three second place ribbons. Both Shepherd and Le Blanc will return to the Main Hunter Ring Thursday morning to contend for the champion and reserve champion honors in the Green 3’6’’/3’9’’ Hunter. During Equifest II, Shepherd and the 9-year-old Oldenburg mare earned the reserve championship tricolor in both the Green 3’6’’ Hunter division as well as the $1,000 USHJA Green 3’6’’ & 3’9’’ Hunter Incentive. Following Equifest III, Shepherd and Star Jewel will travel to Lexington, Kentucky to compete at the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship. In the Green 3’3’’ Hunter division, Shepherd took another early lead riding As You Wish, a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Ashley Runnels. The pair earned first and second place over fences and a first place under saddle to put themselves in top contention for Thursday’s championship presentation. Maggie Jayne followed close behind Shepherd’s lead riding Michigan ODF, owned by Leslie Coolidge. Jayne and the 6-year-old American Warmblood earned first, second, and third during the first portion of the division. Hunter competition at Equifest III will continue Thursday, August 8, beginning at 8 a.m. FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE Holly Shepherd – Green 3’6”/3’9” Hunter division leader On Star Jewel: “This is my fourth time showing her. I started her at Tryon a couple of years ago as a Pre-Green horse, so I am excited to get back on her. She gets to go to the [Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship] next week, so this is our last practice before then.” On her rounds: “She is a real trier. We got to warm-up this week, so in that round she was still a little bright, but both of her rounds over fences were really good. The second one was pretty special – I think I probably would have given her a 92!” On her goals with Star Jewel moving forward: “She is for sale, so hopefully she will find a new home. Otherwise, maybe we will aim for the [USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship] with her next year – you never know!”
August 4
Lauren DiTallo and Apollo Z End Equifest II on a Fast Note with $20,000 Speed Derby Win
Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 4, 2019 – To wrap up events in the Grand Prix Arena during the second week of the Chicago Festival of the Horse, the $20,000 Speed Derby took place to give riders one last chance to take home ribbons from the week of competition. Proving their affinity for speed, Lauren DiTallo aboard Apollo Z were named the victors following a lightning fast round.
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Capping off the wonderful week of jumper competition at Lamplight Equestrian Center, course designer Leopoldo Palacias left riders with one final challenge for the speed class. A long 16-obstacle course was all that stood between riders and the winners circle if they could navigate it in the quickest time. The faults-converted format of the class also encouraged the athletes to be as careful as possible while keeping up the pace around the lengthy course. Several rollbacks and a trip over the bank at the head of the arena were just a couple of the course’s challenges. Louise Graves and Wicked were the first pair to take a stab at the course, successfully completing a clear course in 115.657 seconds. Ashley Miles and her own Kartouche Van De Brouwershoeve were the next to ride a flawless round after several riders had rails down, taking over the first place position with a time of 100.83 seconds. Miles and Kartouche Van De Brouwershoeve remained unchallenged at the top of the leaderboard until DiTallo entered the arena with Apollo Z, an 8-year-old gelding owned by Scott Durchslag. With Miles’ fast time in mind, DiTallo piloted Apollo Z around the arena carefully, pushing for speed when she could to cross the finish line in just 99.671 seconds, taking over the lead. Near the end of the order of go, Shannon Hicks made an attempt for the top prize with her second mount of the class, Al Pachini, owned by Helen Gilbert. The combination put in a good effort with just one rail down, but missed DiTallo’s time, finishing in 100.554 seconds to move into second place. The remaining riders was not able to challenge the top three, and DiTallo was announced as the clear winner. Hicks took home the second place prize with Al Pachini and Miles finished in third place with Kartouche Van De Brouwershoeve. Competition at the Chicago Festival of the Horse will resume on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 8 a.m. FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE Lauren DiTallo – $20,000 Speed Derby Winner On her success this week: “We had two in the Grand Prix yesterday and Zero Gravity finished third. It was his second 1.50m class, he did the Welcome Grand Prix in the beginning of the week and he was phenomenal, I couldn’t have asked more of the horse. It was a great effort, so it was a good week for us.” On Apollo Z: “He is new to the stable. Scott Durchslag, his owner, has a wonderful string with us this year, it is our first year campaigning. We imported him maybe a few months ago. He jumped in Saratoga his first 1.40m class with us, and we just took him to Michigan for a few weeks. He’s been great, very competitive at the 1.30m level. Not really the speed horse in the string but we wanted to have a horse in the class and he tried very hard. Very sweet horse, it’s an exciting partnership. I’m looking forward to the future with him.” On her strategy for the Speed Derby: “It’s a long course and it’s the end of a long month of horse showing for us, so I knew the fitness for my horse was going to play a part in the heat today. I knew that if I wanted to be competitive I needed to hold a nice pace from the beginning and be as effective on the turns as I could be. I tried to pick places that made sense for me to go inside and places for me to gallop between the fences. He’s never seen a hunter fence before so there were a few things in there I was questioning might bring out the spook in him, but honestly he was phenomenal.” On Lamplight Equestrian Center: “We are actually from the area, the farm is in Northern Illinois. We typically come for Equifest every summer. We try to make it because it is so close to home for us, it’s a big family event. We like to bring everyone together from the farm at home here is the closest horse show for them to come spectate at. We did some fun barbecues both weekends which was nice, it was nice to bring everybody together. We love when it is a big family atmosphere and everyone supports one another. That’s what I enjoy about his horse show, it has this good hometown energy.” RESULTS $20,000 Speed Derby Place / Rider / Horse / Owner / R1 Faults / R1 Time 1. Lauren DiTallo / Apollo Z / Scott Durchslag / 0 / 99.671 2. Shannon Hicks / Al Pachini / Helen Gilbert / 4 / 100.554 3. Ashley Miles / Kartouche Van De Brouwershoeve / Ashley Miles / 0 / 100.83 4. Shannon Hicks / Clearwater 5 / Helen Gilbert / 4 / 102.478 5. Louise Graves / Zavira / Deerfield Farm LLC / 0 / 103.073 6. Ryan Sassmannshausen / Babar / Maeve O’Sullivan / 8 / 105.069 7. Stephen Foran / Cooper 152 / Alice Neild / 4 / 105.912 8. Ashley Shaw / Adico / Ashley Shaw / 4 / 109.185 9. Theo Genn / For Advance / Wilhelm Genn / 8 / 109.699 10. Isabella Bleu Baxter / Jahil / Isabella Bleu Baxter / 4 / 114.011 11. Stephen Foran / Compis / Lauren Robishaw / 12 / 114.569 12. Louise Graves / Wicked / Deerfield Farm LLC / 0 / 115.657
August 4
Kelley Farmer Returns to Equifest to Win It All in $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 4, 2019 – The final day of World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) week at Lamplight Equestrian Center began on Sunday morning, set in the picturesque Grand Prix Arena. As the sun rose through the trees, championship horses and riders gathered in the schooling arena to make their final preparations for the day full of highlight events. In the highly anticipated $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, Kelley Farmer and Consent took to the arena, showing judges and spectators why they deserve to be on top. The elite hunter rider and horse went on to claim the coveted winning title, the lion’s share of money along with Equi+Calm Equine Calming Supplements and Pomms premium earplugs gifted by Equine Healthcare International.
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Farmer, a well-known and very successful hunter rider, is no stranger to derbies, leading the USHJA International Hunter Derby Lifetime Standing for Rider Money Won with an incredible $1,680,984 to her name. Her partner for the Sunday morning event was Consent, a 7-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by David Glefke and Kent Farrington LLC. The eye-catching gelding is known for his impressive jump, often propelling himself above the standards while simultaneously making the courses look effortless. Two panels of judges watched on as the pair rode to impeccable distances that showcased Consent’s scope during the first round. Scoring a total first round score of 191 with four high option fences, Farmer established herself as the leader of the class by 15 points. Coming into the handy round last, spectators stood, watching with anticipation as Farmer and Consent picked up their canter to take a direct approach to the first vertical in course designer Paul Jewel’s handy course. Farmer navigated a seamless ride through rollback turns and a trot jump, taking all four high option jumps to score a 197. Upon exiting the ring, Farmer smiled and patted Consent, knowing that their trip was more than enough to take home the win. Seconds later their overall score of 388 was announced, putting them at the top of the 14 horse order by 23 points to claiming the $15,000 International Hunter Derby title once again. Receiving the reserve honors in the competitive class was Jennifer Alfano and David Glefke’s Untouched. The 7-year-old Holsteiner mare put out her best effort as a catch ride for Alfano. Judges awarded the mare a 173.5 in the first round. Originally not in the top three of the competitive field of horses, Alfano and Untouched laid it all on the line in the handy, coming back with a score of 191.5 to give them a total of 365 and give them the leg-up needed to take second place. Last year’s winners of the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, Dorothy Douglas and MTM Exceptional, jumped to the third place position in the class. MTM Exceptional is a 10-year-old Holsteiner owned by Abigail Davenport. The gelding received a first round score of 166.5, improving in the handy to score a 198. Their overall score was 364.5, missing the second place position by a mere half of a point. Prior to the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, the $5,000 USHJA National Derby took place. An extremely competitive field of 44 horses was bested by Alfano and the 7-year-old Warmblood Kindred. Kathy Chiaf owns the gelding who was given scores of 184 and 177.5 to a total 361.5. Earlier in the week, Alfano and Kindred were named champions of the Green 3’6” Hunter division at Equifest II. In addition to Alfano’s first place finish, she also clinched the second place ribbon with her 6-year-old Holsteiner mare Page One. Although Page One is fairly new to the hunter arena, she showed a great understanding for her job, scoring consistently in both rounds with a 181 and 180. Alfano’s final score aboard the mare, 361, was only half of a point from her more well-seasoned partner, Kindred. Following closely behind Alfano was Savannah Talcott with Ellen Muslin’s Eileen. Scores of 163.75 and 179 were presented to the 12-year-old Hanoverian mare, resulting in a final score of 342.75 for the yellow ribbon. This was Talcott and Eileen’s first International Hunter Derby together, making their debut a successful one with a top-three finish. Competition at the Lamplight Equestrian Center will continue on Wednesday, August 7, with the start of Equifest III. FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE Kelley Farmer – $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby winner “He was great in the first round and he felt great today. He always tries really, really hard and he always gives me 110%, so he is a lot of fun to ride. I was far enough ahead [going into the handy round] that I just didn’t want to make a stupid mistake. He is not going to do anything to let me down so I needed to not do anything to let him down.” Jennifer Alfano – $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby winner On Kindred: “Kindred is 7 years old and he does the Green 3’6” Hunter division. I have had him through his pre-green year so I know him really well. I wanted to stay this week because he will do Incentive Finals in Kentucky next week and this is good practice since it goes in the Walnut ring there. ” On Page One: “Page One is also doing Incentive Finals next week. She is new to me, I just got her this spring, so I am just getting to know her. She is learning to be a hunter. She did low level jumpers before.” On her rounds: “Kindred was great. He has a lot of miles and is well seasoned, so I was really happy with him. In the handy, I did the same track as I did on all of the other ones. I didn’t try to do anything crazy because he was far enough ahead so I just wanted to have a nice round.” On Lamplight Equestrian Center: “We come to Lamplight every year. I love this show, it is one of our favorite shows. I love the venue, the people all treat us so nice, we love coming here.” On her plans for Kindred in the future: “We will just keep going! He has plenty of scope to keep going and do some bigger stuff in the future. I think his owner is going to start riding him a bit so that will be fun.” RESULTS $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby results: Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / R1 Score / R2 Score / Total Score 1. Consent / Kelley Farmer / Glefke & Kent Farrington LLC / 191 / 197 / 388 2. Untouched / Jennifer Alfano / David Glefke / 173.5 / 191.5 / 365 3. MTM Exceptional / Dorothy Douglas / Abigail Davenport / 166.5 / 198 / 364.5 4. Enchanted / Kelley Farmer / Christel Weller / 176 / 186 / 362 5. S & L Lion King / Dorothy Douglas / S & L Farms / 173.5 / 185 / 359 6. Flamboyant / Holly Shepherd / Debbie Holland / 153 / 181 / 334 7. Poetic / Ryan Sassmannshausen / Melissa Williams / 167 / 166 / 333 8. As Quoted / Kelley Farmer / David Glefke / 183 / 148 / 331 9. Anthemis Z / Jordan Lubow / Jordan Lubow / 157 / 171 / 328 10. Ollivander / Callie Rheinheimer / Wind Haven Farm / 154 / 154 / 308 11. MTM Amour / Katherine Le Blanc / Jeanne Pitre / 150 / 157 / 307 12. Midas / Holly Shepherd / Margret Camp / 143 / 64 / 207 $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby results: Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / R1 Score / R2 Score / Total Score 1. Kindred / Jennifer Alfano / Kathy Chiaf / 184 / 177.5 / 361.5 2. Page One / Jennifer Alfano / Jennifer Alfano / 181 / 180 / 361 3. Eileen / Savannah Talcott / Ellen Muslin / 163.75 / 179 / 342.75 4. Contemporary / Ashley Shaw / Amanda Shaw / 169 / 169 / 338 5. Honor / Ashleen Lee / Ashleen Lee / 176.5 / 159.5 / 336 6. Roc’s All That / Taylor Holstead / Taylor Holstead / 169 / 165.5 / 334.5 7. Obora’s Andre / Madeline Ryan / Madeline Ryan / 162 / 171.5 / 333.5 8. MVP / Elizabeth Kniser / Elizabeth Kniser / 162 / 166 / 328 9. No Doubt / Theodora Goffstein / Shannon Hicks / 162 / 155 / 317 10. My BFF / Erin Cummins / Erin Cummins / 166 / 148 / 314 11. At Last / Elizabeth Nestor / Claire Azar / 174 / 133 / 307 12. Silver Lining / Jennifer Alfano / Kathy Chiaf / 175.5 / 108 / 283.50
August 3
Tracy Fenney and MTM Apple Claim Second Consecutive Win in $50,000 Buck Brothers John Deere Grand Prix
Wayne, Ill. - Aug. 3, 2019 - The highlight event of Equifest II, the $50,000 Buck Brothers John Deere Grand Prix, began on Saturday evening at Lamplight Equestrian Center with a field of 33 world-class competitors joining together to battle it out for the top honors of the class. Following an all-out effort in the jump-off, it was Tracy Fenney and MTM Apple who came out on top to take home the victory for the weekend.
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Leopoldo Palacias continued to construct unique and challenging courses for the jumper riders throughout the week, and Saturday’s Grand Prix event was no exception. Featuring three combinations, the 13-obstacle course asked riders to draw upon their technical skills in order to advance to the second round. Obstacle five, a combination with two airy birch log jumps set only two strides apart, was the cause of difficulty for several riders on the course. As athletes approached the final fences, a triple bar to an in-and-out combination required riders to reorganize themselves with just four strides in between. Fenney had four opportunities to add her name to the jump-off list, with MTM Reve Du Paradis being her first mount to navigate the course clear. She then rode MTM Apple, an 8-year-old Danish Warmblood mare, back into the Grand Prix Arena for the first time since their victory in the $25,000 Purina Welcome Grand Prix just two days prior. Riding a clear round once again, she had her sights set on adding another top placing to her resume. Others like Lauren Ditallo riding Zero Gravity and Ryan Michael Genn aboard Colora also rode smooth rounds to continue on. At the conclusion of the first round, ten combinations were poised to return for the jump-off. The jump-off course, comprised of eight obstacles, required riders to be careful through two different combinations while pushing for speed to claim the fastest time. Fenney rode MTM Reve Du Paradis first in the jump-off, riding well but unfortunately knocking one rail. Genn and his brother, Theo Genn, were quick in their jump-off rounds but also ended with 4 faults. Fenney and MTM Apple then returned, careful to leave up all the rails while being handy around the course. In a successful and clean effort, the pair crossed the finish line in 36.606 seconds to move into first place. Ditallo and Zero Gravity, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, also rode a clear jump-off, but were not able to surpass Fenney’s time with MTM Apple. It was not until Fenney rode her final mount Igor Van De Heibos, an 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion, that her own time was challenged. The pair completed their jump-off round in just 36.917 seconds to move into the second position. As the remaining rider knocked a pair of rails, Fenney was named the clear victor with MTM Apple. Fenney also took home the second place prize with Igor Van De Heibos to end Equifest II on a high note with her jumpers. Ditallo and Zero Gravity rounded out the top three with their fast and clean jump-off effort. Jumper competition at the 2019 Chicago Festival of the Horse will resume on Sunday, with the $20,000 Speed Derby following the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE Tracy Fenney – $50,000 Buck Brothers John Deere Grand Prix winner On winning back-to-back Grand Prixs: “Apple is just such a fun horse and such a trier. She just wants to please and wants you to be happy with her. She is so open-minded and like a brand new book, which makes it really exciting. There are no ghosts in the closet – she is really willing to go do whatever we want her to do.” On her preparations in between Grand Prixs: “Mike [McCormick] rode her yesterday. His horse went to Kentucky, so he just hacked her and enjoyed riding her.” On her rounds: “The first round was pretty technical. The jumps were at her comfort level for right now to where she wouldn’t get scared. I think this has been a great two weeks for her to build up and get a lot of exposure, gain experience and do some fun jump-offs.” On where she travels to next: “We go to Kentucky next to do the Green Hunter Incentive Championships so all of our green horses left yesterday. We had a fabulous week in the hunters, they were all super fun. Most of the other horses will leave tomorrow and then we have a final load going on Monday. We have a few going in the derby tomorrow, but I am done for the week. Now we are just gearing up for the incentive which is our next big thing.” RESULTS $50,000 Buck Brothers John Deere Grand Prix: Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / R1 Faults / Time / R2 Faults / Time 1. MTM Apple / Tracy Fenney / MTM Farm / 0 / 72.548 / 0 / 36.606 2. Igor Van De Heibos / Tracy Fenney / MTM Farm / 0 / 70.354 / 0 / 36.917 3. Zero Gravity / Lauren Ditallo / Scott Durchslag / 0 / 71.781 / 0 / 37.499 4. Colora / Ryan Micahel Genn / Bridlebourne Stables LLC / 0 / 71.184 / 0 / 38.667 5. Quadros 3 / Ashley Fleischhacker / Ashland Show Stables LLC / 0 / 72.778 / 0 / 43.768 6. MTM Reve Du Paradis / Tracy Fenney / MTM Farm / 0 / 72.007 / 4 / 35.983 7. Valinski S / Steve Schaefer / Wyndmont Inc. / 0 / 69.106 / 4 / 36.312 8. Firewall / Theo Genn / Eduardo Leon / 0 / 73.709 / 4 / 37.103 9. Dieta / Ryan Micahel Genn / Taylor Blackman / 0 / 69.970 / 4 / 39.952 10. Ypsilon / Shannon Hicks / Helen Gilbert / 0 / 70.791 / Withdrew 11. MTM Como No / Tracy Fenney / MTM Farm / 1 / 74.147 / – / – 12. Boucanier / Theo Genn / Taylor Blackman / 1 / 74.459 / – / –
August 3
Gabriella Lewis and Lex Toccino Take Back-To-Back Blues for Large Junior 3'3" Hunter Championship
Saturday marked the conclusion of the Equifest II hunter divisions at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. The culmination of the divisions during the World Championship Hunter Rider week led talented horses and riders to the winner's circle to claim their grand champion and reserve champion titles. Of the deserving pairs was Gabriella Lewis and Lex Toccino, awarded the Large Junior 3'3" Hunter division champion ribbon.
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Lewis and Lex Toccino, a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Michael Burnett, were on top of their game in both over fences classes of the Large Junior 3’3” Hunter division this Saturday. Scoring an 86 in the first round and an 84 in the handy round, Lex Toccino received back-to-back blue ribbons for his efforts, even conquering the trot jump which has been troublesome for the pair in the past. Lewis and Lex Toccino’s performances over the two days put them on top of the division, earning the championship title and a trip to the winner’s circle. Taking the reserve champion ribbon in the Large Junior 3’3” Hunter division was Mira Stephens and Giselle. The 12-year-old Warmblood mare owned by Rendezvous Farm executed two consistent trips in the final day. The pair had an incredibly successful first day of competition, taking third and first in the over fences to give them points for the reserve championship honors. In the Large Junior 3’6” Hunter division, Friday’s leading rider, Natalie Jayne and Caston, clinched the championship title after receiving two consecutive second places on Saturday. The 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Jayne and Molly Mcadow scored an 84 and 85 in their over fences on the second day of the division’s competition. Brynn Kuhnell and Simply Ponies, LLC’s Salt, jumped to the reserve championship in the Large Junior 3’6” Hunter division. Scores of 85 in the first round and 87 in the handy round gave the 9-year-old Warmblood gelding the lead in both jogs, picking up two blue ribbons as they exited the arena. Salt was most recently second at the USEF Junior Hunter National Championships $4,000 Large Junior 15 & Under Handy class. As the final day of World Championship Hunter Rider Week, the $5,000 USHJA National Derby and $15,000 USHJA International Derby will take place Sunday, August 4, at 8:00 a.m. in the Grand Prix Arena. FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE Gabriella Lewis – Junior 3’3” Hunter champion On her horse: “Lex is Michael Burnett’s horse. I get the opportunity to ride him and I love him so much, he is great. He is really easy to get into the ring and he doesn’t require a whole lot of prep. He can just walk in and I love that.” On her rounds: “My trips were great today! Yesterday we started out not as great but we were able to smooth everything out for the second trip and then we won both classes today. In the handy, I was really focused on the trot jump because at the last couple of shows I have messed the trot jump up. We have been working really hard on it so I was happy when I nailed it today.” On Lamplight Equestrian Center: “I just moved to Michael’s last year so we have not been here together yet. I was here a couple of years ago and I really like the facility. I love it here and I am hoping to come back! I just think it is beautiful here, I love all the trees and it is a great place to be.”
August 2
Emma Seving and Brighton Bay Claim High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Win at Equifest II
Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 2, 2019 – Competition at the Chicago Festival of the Horse continued on Friday, August 2 in the Grand Prix Arena with the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper divisions. Before the weekend’s upcoming $50,000 Buck Brothers John Deere Grand Prix, the High and Medium riders first took to the ring. Junior rider Emma Seving and her own Brighton Bay took home the victory in the Highs, while Cathy Rolfs riding Coco Chanelle clinched the Medium class win.
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Course designer Leopoldo Palacias continued to create fun and challenging courses for the competitors as the week has progressed, requiring them to take extra care as they navigated ten obstacles and raced towards the finish. The course was a true test of skill for riders, as even High Junior/Amateur-Owner class winner Seving had a rail down to finish the speed round with a 4-fault effort in 55.424 seconds. Other horse-and-rider combinations in the class made their attempts at catching Seving’s time, but none were quite quick enough to replace her name on the leaderboard. Mikayla Foster and Ash Ville Rock came the closest, completing their course with 4 faults and a time of 56.255 seconds to end the class in second place. Lynsey Whitacre and Barillo W finished hot on Foster’s heels, also riding a 4-fault round in 56.637 seconds. In the Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers s, just two of the competitors were able to cross the finish with fault-free rounds and take the top two positions. Cathy Rolfs and Coco Chanelle displayed great agility while keeping up the pace, tripping the timers in just 49.854 seconds with a clear effort. Cailin Schaefer riding Diamant De Reve were the only other pair to boast a clean round, finishing their course in 55.509 seconds. Emily Smith and Hesenti put in a strong effort, but unfortunately had a rail down, completing their round with 4 faults in 54.141 seconds. The highlight event of Equifest II, the $50,000 Buck Brothers John Deere Grand Prix, is set to kick-off on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 4 p.m. The $20,000 Jumper Speed Derby will close out the week of competition on Sunday, Aug. 4 following the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby and the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby in the Grand Prix Arena. FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE Emma Seving – High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper winner On Brighton Bay: “We imported him in December, he is super cool. He is just about 9 years old, and he just jumps his heart out over everything. He really gives me his all every time. He’s been with me since the beginning of WEF [Winter Equestrian Festival] in January.” On her ride: “I really liked the four-stride to the two-stride across the center, he gave me some really great efforts there and gave me a really great effort over the last jump. It was a little bit gappy and he just closed it right up. I went last, so I had a pretty good scoop of what I had to do to win. One had gone clear, so I played it safe and did eight in the last line to put in a nice, clear round. I had just moved up with him a few shows ago, so I’m still playing it safe, having nice clear rounds and getting comfortable in the 1.40m. I did my first 1.40m class probably Week 11 of WEF. On Lamplight Equestrian Center: “This is my first year here, I love it! It is so pretty. The grand prix ring is huge and the climate here is just so nice. It’s beautiful, the rings are great and our barn is cute.” RESULTS Junior Amateur-Owner 1.40m: Place / Horse / Rider / R1 Faults / Time 1. Brighton Bay / Emma Seving / 4 / 55.424 2. Ash Ville Rock / Mikayla Foster / 4 / 56.255 3. Barillo W / Lynsey Whitacre / 4 / 56.637 4. Cuidento Z / Carson Ruff / 12 / 73.649 Junior Amateur-Owner 1.30m: Place / Horse / Rider / R1 Faults / Time 1. Coco Chanelle / Cathy Rolfs / 0 / 49.854 2. Diamant De Reve / Cailin Schaefer / 0 / 55.509 3. Hesenti / Emily Smith / 4 / 54.141 4. Liverpool / Olivia Lawton / 4 / 54.480 5. Zorzuela Leuze Z / Lynsey Whitacre / 4 / 58.832 6. Lintina 2 / Ashely Bewick / 4 / 60.086 7. Joplin Ter Doorn / Anna Deubel / 8 / 50.596 8. Tipperary Hill / Izabelle Quadracci / 8 / 50.961
August 2
Starting Out On The Right Foot: Natalie Jayne and Caston Lead Junior 3’6” Hunter During WCHR Week at Equifest II
Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 2, 2019 – Yet another day of sunny skies and 75 degree weather set the perfect stage for horses and athletes to give it their all in competition at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. Progressing through World Championship Hunter Rider week at Equifest II, Friday brought amateurs and junior riders to the Main Hunter Arena aboard their top hunter mounts. In the Junior 3’6” Hunter division, Natalie Jayne and Caston gained an early lead to head the field of horses and riders going into Saturday’s competition.
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Jayne and Caston, a 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Jayne and Molly Mcadow, received scores of 84 and 85 in their over fences rounds, taking second place in both classes. Jayne and Caston won the $1,000 Junior Hunter Classic during Equifet I, this week concluding in second place position at the 3’6” height with an overall score of 165. Caston is a skilled horse in both the equitation and hunter classes, serving as Jayne’s primary equitation mount heading into the big equitation finals this fall. The winner of the $1,000 Junior 3’6” Hunter Classic for Equifest II was Taylor Holstead and Roc’s All That. Holstead’s 10-year-old Oldenburg mare jumped to scores of 86 and 84 in the classic, winning by a total of 5 points in the end. Roc’s All That is a regular in the Junior Hunter divisions and even competed in the Large Junior 3’6” 16-17 division at the USEF Junior Hunter National Championships – East Coast last month. The conclusion of the Junior Hunter division will take place on Saturday, August 3, where the champion and reserve champion titles will be named. World Championship Hunter Rider Week will culminate on Sunday, August 4, with the $5,000 USHJA National Derby and $15,000 USHJA International Derby set in the Grand Prix Arena. FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE Natalie Jayne – Junior Hunter 3’6” Division leader On her horse: “We got Caston at the end of the WEF circuit in Florida this year, so we have only had him for about five months. We co-own him with Molly Macadow and we are leasing him until the end of the year with the option to buy him out. We mainly show him in the equitation, but we show him in the hunters as well to keep him comfortable. He was a hunter before, so we have been keeping him in the hunters for a few shows now. It is good practice for him and makes him more comfortable when we do the equitation.” On her rounds: “I was really pleased with his trips today. He went great and I really feel that he is getting better every round. I am proud of him for being so consistent and good” On Lamplight: “We come to all of the weeks of Equifest every year and it is one of my favorite shows of the year. It is so close to home and the showgrounds are so pretty. I also like that everyone knows each other around the showgrounds.”
August 1
Tracy Fenney and MTM Apple Take Home $25,000 Purina Welcome Grand Prix Victory
Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 1, 2019 – One of Equifest II’s highlight events, the $25,000 Purina Welcome Grand Prix, kicked off on Thursday afternoon in Lamplight’s Grand Prix Arena. Drawing a field of 41 talented equestrian athletes, the Welcome saw riders pull out all the stops in an effort to end the class at the top of the leaderboard. After an exciting jump-off round, it was Tracy Fenney and MTM Apple who took home the top prize.
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The course, designed by Leopoldo Palacias, featured several rollbacks and challenging combinations that kept horses and riders on their toes, all while keeping up a quick pace to avoid any time penalties. Just second to go in the order, Fenney and MTM Apple, owned by MTM Farm, set a good example with a brisk, clear round. Several horse-and-rider combinations who followed found the course to be a test of their skills, and had rails or time penalties in the first round. The second pair to go clear wasRyan Michael Genn and Dieta, owned by Taylor Blackman. Emulating Fenney’s round, Genn piloted the mare around a fault-free course within the time-allowed to ensure a jump-off. Nine total combinations added their names to the jump-off list, including Stefanie Collier riding Emma-Lee, Dorothy Douglas riding MTM Through the Looking Glass and Steve Schaeffer riding Valinski S. Also comprised of rollbacks and combinations, the jump-off course required technical skills but also allowed riders a place to open up and gallop to the last line of fences. Fenney and MTM Apple were the first to re-enter the arena for the jump-off, taking great care to leave all fences up and turn up the speed for a finish in just 31.754 seconds. Genn and Dieta were up next with their sights set on beating Fenney’s quick time. The pair successfully rode a clear course, but were not able to set a new time-to-beat, finishing in 32.216 seconds. Fenney and Genn held the top two positions in the class until Douglas rode MTM Through the Looking Glass back into the arena. Riding an accurate and speedy course, Douglas crossed the finish line in 31.874 seconds, replacing Genn in second place but finishing just shy of Fenney’s leading time. Fenney and MTM Apple remained at the top of the leaderboard to take the win, a first-time grand prix victory for the 8-year-old gelding. Douglas and MTM Through the Looking Glass took home the class’ second place prize, while Genn and Dieta finished in third place. Jumper competition at the Chicago Festival of the Horse will resume on Friday, Aug. 2, with the Junior Amateur-Owner Jumper divisions. FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE Tracy Fenney – $25,000 Purina Welcome Grand Prix winner On MTM Apple: “We have had Apple for a year now – we got her here last year actually. This was her first grand prix win tonight and she is only 8 years old. I haven’t done that many grand prix [classes] with her because of her age, so we really only started doing them this year. She did one in Ocala and then in Fort Worth, but that is pretty much all she has done.” On her plans for the future with MTM Apple: “I would like to just keep building her up. Like I said, she is only 8 years old, so I don’t want to do too much too soon. I would like to keep doing classes she is confident in to keep her brave.” On her rounds: “The time-allowed was extremely tight in the course. I went super fast on Apple but on my other horses I realized I was going to be in trouble because Apple is a fast horse and the others are slower. In the jump-off I figured I just needed to do what I could. There were eight great riders behind me and everyone rides fast so I didn’t have much choice but to give it my all. I think I gained the most time to the last jump. I saw the distance so far away and every stride I was able to build where Dory (Dorothy Douglas) had to balance up once to it.” On Lamplight: “We love Lamplight. The facility is beautiful, Nina does an amazing job. To me, you feel like you’re riding in someone’s backyard when you’re here. We could not have a prettier backdrop to ride against. The surrounding towns are also amazing, between Geneva and St. Charles, it is so cool. Everything is convenient, the river is beautiful and the weather is perfect!” Dorothy Douglas – $25,000 Purina Welcome Grand Prix second place On MTM Through The Looking Glass: “MTM Through The Looking Glass is an 11-year-old owned by Davenport Farms. We got her midway through the Ocala circuit and she was actually third last week in the 1.50m! She is a super firey, really careful little mare. I really feel like I am getting to know her now and every class she feels better and better.” On her rounds: “My game plan going in was to honestly copy what Tracy [Fenney] did. I watched her warm-up with Apple for the jump-off and I realized I needed to do a right hand turn over the oxer to fence two, tidy going back to the jump with the green underneath and gallop to the last jump. I want to be beat by my boss only so this is the best!” RESULTS $25,000 Purina Welcome Grand Prix Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / R1 Faults / Time / R2 Faults / Time 1. MTM Apple / Tracy Fenney / MTM Farm / 0 / 74.881 / 0 / 31.754 2. MTM Through The Looking Glass / Dorothy Douglas / 0 / 73.813 / 0 / 31.874 3. Dieta / Ryan Michael Genn / Taylor Blackman / 0 / 75.623 / 0 / 32.216 4. Chagrand / Micahel Burnett / Michael Burnett / 0 / 74.585 / 0 / 33.240 5. Freaky Liefhebber / Jacqueline Steffens / Jacqueline Steffens / 0 / 74.651 / 0 / 34.064 6. Colora / Ryan Micahel Genn / Bridlebourne Stables LLC / 0 / 75.636 / 0 / 34.273 7. Chaccomo 11 / Theo Genn / Bridlebourne Stables LLC / 0 / 75.861 / 0 / 34.810 8. Valiniski S / Steve Schaefer / Wyndmont Inc. / 0 / 72.973 / 4 / 30.633 9. Emma-Lee / Stefanie Collier / The C and C Group / 0 / 75.665 / 4 / 33.173 10. MTM Como No / Tracy Fenney / MTM Farm / 1 / 76.819 11. Titus 2:11 / Sydney Swarr / Derek Petersen / 2 / 77.103 12. MTM Cornada / Dorothy Douglas / Davenport Farms / 4 / 72.317
August 1
Hallie Moss and Birtley’s Crowned Jewel Take Top Honors in $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby, Presented by Old Barrington Farm
Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 1, 2019 – On Thursday at the Lamplight Equestrian Center, World Championship Hunter Rider week continued with the focus shifting to pony competition. Seventeen ponies, ranging from the small to large size, jumped around the Hunter II Ring in hopes of receiving the coveted blue neck ribbon, but only one could emerge victorious. Ultimately, it was Hallie Moss and Birtley’s Crowned Jewel who stood center ring, decked in the winning scrim and shiny blue ribbon, and wearing a smile as they were awarded the winning honors, the lion’s share of money and a set of Pomms pony earplugs gifted by Equine Healthcare International.
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Modeled after the international and national hunter derby programs, the USHJA Pony Hunter Derby, presented by Old Barrington Farm, featured two rounds with the first in the form of a classic hunter style course and the second as a handy hunter styled course. After the panel of two judges gave out first round scores, they invited back the top twelve pony-and-rider combinations that scored above the 68 mark. A challenging handy course equipped with rollback turns, a trot jump and an in-and-out tested the ponies to keep their form while meeting jumps off of a short approach and remain patient to long approach single fences. Answering all of the questions asked by both rounds’ courses, Moss and Birtley’s Crowned Jewel, Three Ships LLC’s 12-year-old medium Welsh Pony, received scores of 84 and 86 to take a 10-point lead on the second place rider. Moss shows Birtley’s Crowned Jewel in both hunter and equitation class and is looking forward to taking the gelding to USEF Pony Finals next week. With a first round score of 86, Addison Stoughton and Newhaven’s Magnum led the way moving into the second round. Stoughton’s 14-year-old medium Welsh Pony Cross jumped to a second round score of 74, totaling to 160 and ultimately taking the reserve title in the class. The gelding is well known for his eloquent movement, frequently winning the medium pony division under saddle classes. Emma Rupinski and the family-owned Stonewall Top Call represented the large pony category by placing third in the class. Rupinski rode to a first round score of 85, placing her in second for the jog in between rounds. The pairs second round score of 70 contributed to their overall score of 155, only trailing Stoughton by 5 points. Stonewall Top Call, an 11-year-old Welsh Thoroughbred cross gelding, has topped many divisions across Zone 4 competitions this year. Hunter competition at Equifest II, WCHR week, will continue on Friday, August 2. The highlight event of the week, the $15,000 International Hunter Derby, will take place on Sunday, August 4, in the Grand Prix Arena. FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE Hallie Moss – $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby winner On Birtley’s Crowned Jewel: “His name is Teddy. He is super sweet and friendly, he is such a nice pony. Abby Blankenship owns him and she is letting me ride him. I will be riding him at Pony Finals next week so I am excited about that. On her rounds: “Teddy was amazing. I liked both of my rounds he was so good. I really liked the handy – rollbacks are my favorite.” On Lamplight: “We came to Lamplight last year and loved it. It is so pretty here and all of the horses really seem to enjoy it!” RESULTS $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby results: Place / Horse / Rider / R1 Score / R2 Score / Total Score 1. Birtley’s Crowned Jewel / Hallie Moss / 84 / 86 / 170 2. Newhaven’s Magnum / Addison Stoughton / 86 / 74 / 160 3. Stonewall Top Call / Emma Rupinski / 85 / 70 / 155 4. Stonewall Eleanor / Elise Stephens / 83 / 68 / 151 5. Kid Rock / Olivia Galley / 73 / 78.5 / 151.5 6. Woodlands Polar Bear / Lillian Stoughton / 68 / 82.5 / 150.5 7. En Vogue / Rachel Sutton / 74 / 76 / 150 8. Good Reason / Taylor Landstrom / 76 / 72 / 148 9. Alleghany / Kate Barton / 70 / 75 / 145 10. Hershey’s Kiss / Alexa Anastasio / 75 / 65 / 140 11. Sugarbrook Burnside / Lillian Stoughton / 69.5 / 60 / 129.5 12. Magical Diamond / Addison Stoughton / 82 / – / 82
July 31
Dorothy Douglas and MTM Cornada Race to 1.35m Open Jumper Win in Equifest II
Wayne, Ill. – July 31, 2019 – On the second day of competition in Equifest II, jumper riders returned to the Grand Prix Arena at Lamplight for another day of packed competition. Before some of the week’s highlight classes kick off with the $25,000 Welcome Grand Prix on Thursday and the $50,000 John Deere Grand Prix on Saturday, riders prepared with the 1.35m Open Jumpers. Proving their affinity for speed, Dorothy Douglas and MTM Cornada rode to a clear victory in the competitive class.
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The course, built by Leopoldo Palacias, required speed of the riders as they only had one round to claim their placing on the leaderboard. The first to go clear and take an early lead in the class was professional Steve Schaeffer aboard Frascati, owned by Wyndmont Inc. The pair rode skillfully over all eleven obstacles, finishing in just 61.892 seconds. Other combinations were unable to surpass Schaeffer’s clear and fast time, often knocking a rail until rider Liz Atkins and Carletta entered the ring. Guiding the mare owned by Benchmark Stables LLC through the windy course, going clear and taking a new leading time of 60.932 seconds. With a new time to challenge, Douglas rode MTM Cornada into the arena, aiming for a clear effort. She rode the 10-year-old mare, a new mount for her and Davenport Farms, carefully around the course, leaving up all the rails and finishing in a speedy 57.417 seconds. Douglas’ time remained undefeated throughout the rest of the class, but Schaeffer beat his first mount’s time that sat in third place, piloting Wyndmont Inc.’s Alter Ego into the position with a clear round and slightly faster time of 61.768 seconds. In the 1.30m Open Jumper class, Mikayla Foster rode her own Ashville Rock into the winner’s circle with double-clear rounds and a jump-off time of 33.267 seconds. Ashley Fleischhacker and Ashland Show Stables LLC’s Durango VDL took home a second place finish with clear efforts and a jump-off time of 36.949 seconds. Laura Roesing and her own Darco’s Lynx completed the top three in the class, finishing with a 4-fault effort in the jump-off and a time of 41.098 seconds. Jumper competition will resume at the Chicago Festival of the Horse on Thursday, Aug. 1 with the $25,000 Welcome Grand Prix set to begin at 4 p.m. FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE Dorothy Douglas – 1.35m Open Jumpers winner On MTM Cornada: “She is a new ride for me. Davenport Farms, Michelle and Abigail Davenport, they own another mare that I ride in the grand prix, Through the Looking Glass. They just bought her [Cornada] on our last trip to Europe. She is a 10-year-old, we actually watched her show in Germany and do a big 1.50m class. She flew, did quarantine for 21 days and this is my third time riding her here. We did some little tweaks on the bridles and here we are. I came out of the ring and thought ‘this is totally my horse.’ You fly over to Europe and try horses, but it’s usually a little time in between the last time you rode them and they get here. I really felt like after the class today that this is totally my next grand prix horse.” On her round: “I think I need to get to know her stride a little bit more, so I overdid it a little just because I don’t know her that well. I thought the track was great. I think I could have maybe left out one step from the vertical on the end, I ended up doing eight to this oxer, but looking back I could have maybe left out one step if I knew her a little more. We also did an inside turn after the in-and-out. I thought it was a really nice speed round to get to know my new horse.” On her future plans with MTM Cornada: “I think our plan right now is to just get her fit. She feels a little bit down from quarantine, I think the flight takes a little bit out of them. Moving forward it is getting them fit and finishing off the week with maybe another 1.35m or 1.40m. Maybe we will do the Grand Prix tomorrow, but I’m not sure yet. We will just keep on moving up. The Davenports have been customers of ours for a couple years now, the daughter owns MTM Exceptional who I ride in a lot of the derbies and she rides him in the amateurs. It’s fun to do everything with Mike and Tracy, who have an incredible eye for horses and teach people how to ride, and have someone else who wants to back you and go to fun horse shows. It’s really cool. I’ve been with them for about eight years now. I give it all I have, Mike and Tracy are amazing.” RESULTS 1.35m Open Jumpers Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / R1 Faults / Time 1. Dorothy Douglas / MTM Cornada / Davenport Farms / 0 / 57.417 2. Liz Atkins / Carletta / Benchmark Stables LLC / 0 / 60.932 3. Steve Schaeffer / Alter Ego / Wyndmont Inc / 0 / 61.768 4. Steve Schaeffer / Frascati / Wyndmont Inc / 0 / 61.892 5. Alexandra Veleris / Peter Pan / Third Coast Equestrian LLC / 2 / 68.01 6. Jacqueline Steffens / Gap Van De Kai / Carson Grisham / 4 / 64.421 7. Jacqueline Steffens / Calordo / Bertrand Legriffon / 7 / 69.154 8. Mark McKone / Fearless / Mark McKone / 8 / 63.386 9. Anna Hallene / Grappa / Glenwood Farm LLC / 8 / 65.105 10. Maggie Jayne / Lander / Jonathan Cohen / 8 / 70.289
July 30
Amanda Thomas and MTM First Take Make Winning First Impression at Equifest II WCHR Week
Wayne, Ill. – July 30, 2019 – Marking the start of Equifest II and World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) week at the Lamplight Equestrian Center, Green Hunter competition took to the Main Hunter Arena on Tuesday morning. Professionals and their mounts made their Week Two debuts in efforts to secure an early lead in the divisions and capture the tricolor ribbon on Wednesday. For the second week in a row, Amanda Thomas and MTM First Take made a first impression that put them at the top of the leaderboard in the Green 3’9” Hunter division, while Dorothy Douglas and MTM Check In topped the Green 3’3” Hunter division.
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In the first over fences round of the Green 3’9” Hunter division, Thomas and her 11-year-old Westphalian gelding earned a score of 83, topping the competitive class by 3 points. MTM First Take continued to show judges style and skill in the second round, scoring an 82 and taking second place ribbon. The pair solidified their lead in the flat class when MTM First Take showed off his impressive movement through the gaits, strutting into second place. Tied with Thomas until the flat class, Holly Shepherd and Micaela Kennedy’s Jerez Mail are currently set up for the reserve championship title in the Green 3’9” Hunter division. The 7-year-old Warmblood gelding jumped to a score of 80 in the first round, placing second. In the second class, Shepherd and Jerez Mail earned the highest score of the division, an 84, for the blue ribbon. The tie between MTM First Take and Jerez Mail was broken when Jerez Mail received a fourth on the flat. On Tuesday afternoon, 14 horse-and-rider combinations showed their best in the Green 3’3” Hunter division. Capturing the highest scores of the division with a 90 and 92, was Douglas and MTM Check In, an 8-year-old gelding owned by MTM Farm. The Oldenburg won both over fences in addition to placing fourth on the flat, setting himself up nicely for the championship title moving into the conclusion of the division on Wednesday. Holly Shepherd and As You Wish, a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Ashley Runnels, are the current reserve leaders of the Green 3’3” Hunter division. The hack winner scored an 84.5 and 90 over fences for the third and second ribbon before winning the flat. Founded in 1992 by the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA), the WCHR program celebrates the accomplishments of the hunter rider. Member Events, like Equifest, are held throughout the country, where riders accumulate points towards their National and Regional rankings. In October, the top 10 nationally ranked riders in each WCHR category and top six riders from each region will compete for the WCHR National Champion title in each respective WCHR Challenge category at Capital Challenge Horse Show. Competition at Equifest II will continue on Wednesday, July 31, at 8:00 a.m. with the conclusion of the Green 3’6” Hunter division in the Main Hunter Arena. FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE Amanda Thomas – Green 3’9” Hunter division leader On her horse: “I have had MTM First Take for three years in September. I got him when he was doing the Green 3’ Hunter division, so I have taken him the whole way, really. He is 11 years old and has so much character.” On her rounds: “My horse was wonderful, he jumped amazing and I thought the courses rode really well. I wanted to be consistent again this week. He will always do it right if I do it right!” On WCHR week at Lamplight: “I am so happy to be here, we love it here. The weather could not have been better last week and this week, it is amazing! We have nine horses here this week so it’s exciting! Lamplight is great.”