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.
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.
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.
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.
Starting Out On The Right Foot: Natalie Jayne and Caston Lead Junior 3’6″ Hunter During WCHR Week at Equifest II
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.
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.
Hallie Moss and Birtley’s Crowned Jewel Take Top Honors in $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby, Presented by Old Barrington Farm
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.
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.
Wayne, Ill. – July 31, 2019 – The second day of World Championship Hunter Rider week began on Wednesday morning at the Lamplight Equestrian Center, where a variety of divisions concluded to crown their champions and reserve champions. Handy rounds and incentive classes captured the attention of spectators as they watched riders in the Main Hunter Arena and Hunter II maneuvered their talented horses to top placings throughout the day.
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.