Articles: Horse News
Thomas Cerra Guides United to Winning Title in $25,000 Tapestry Farm Grand
Prix at Showplace Fall Classic
Rebecca Walton for
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Wayne, IL - September 18, 2010 - Early thundershowers did not slow down the
exciting line-up of events in the Grand Prix Ring today at the Showplace
Fall Classic Championship Horse Show, held at the beautiful Lamplight
Equestrian Center. The highlight event today was the $25,000 Tapestry Farms
Leading Rider Finals Grand Prix sponsored by Tapestry Farm. Thomas Cerra
scored the winning prize aboard United after they topped an 11-horse
jump-off with the faster of two double clear efforts.
Hector J Loyola designed today's course and the 16 jumping efforts for the
opening round included a triple bar, a fan jump, a liverpool, an oxer-oxer
double combination, and a vertical-oxer-vertical triple combination. For the
jump-off, riders had to show over nine fences, including the oxer-oxer
double combination, and many riders incurred four faults at an oxer on the
opening bending line.
Eleven riders completed today's opening round without fault by only two were
able to leave all the rails in their cups during the short course. After
seven horses incurred faults, Thomas Cerra entered the ring with United,
owned by Brampton Woods Farm of Lake Forest, IL, as the eighth combination
to compete during the jump-off. The pair picked up a quick and steady pace
to the first obstacle and maintained an accurate ride throughout the course,
clearing each fence with ease and crossing the finish line in 45.98
seconds. Their stunning round could not be caught and they took home today's
Lisa Goldman made an excellent attempt to catch Cerra's time with Centurion
B, owned by Mary Goldman of Hawthorne Woods, IL. The pair was the only other
horse and rider combination to leave the fences standing but they slipped
through the timers in a very 46.00 seconds to earn the second place prize.
Laura Linback stopped the clock at 44.60 seconds for the fastest time of the
day aboard Uppsala, owned by Woodrun of Mundelein, IL. Unfortunately the
pair incurred four faults over the course for the third place honors. Maggie
Jayne showed four horses during today's class and was the winner of the 2010
Showplace Leading Open Jumper Rider award. Her top mount during today's
class was Carentina III, owned by Pony Lane Farm of Bluffdale, UT, who had
one rail during the short course and broke the beam at 46.66 seconds for the
fourth place ribbon.
Cerra was all smiles after leading today's victory gallop with United.
"This horse just keeps getting better and better, he's clean almost every
time he goes in the ring," he beamed. "He's a pleasure to ride; he's so easy
and he's willing do anything I ask him to do."
Without any clear riders before Cerra during the jump-off he had a tough
choice ahead of him when he entered the ring. "It's always a gamble to
decide whether you should go in and take your time to clean," he
explained. "More often than not I shoot myself in the foot and have one down
with a slow time. I wasn't trying to be the fastest horse in the class but I
wanted to be very efficient. I thought I was very efficient at the beginning
and then I gave myself a little extra time up to the last two jumps. He was
going clean and jumping great and I just figured I would make somebody chase
me if they have to."
Cerra lives just five minutes from the Lamplight Equestrian Center so
winning here is extra special for him. "The facility is fantastic and Pat
[Boyle] does a lot of extra special things like the Leading Rider Bonus," he
said. "They just go above and beyond. I have shown all over and I have seen
the good, the bad, and the ugly and they do such a great job here. This is
my home turf and where I grew up so I've watched it evolve over the years."
Cerra also thanked United's owners at Brampton Woods Farm, CWD Saddles, and
Parlanti USA for their generous support.
Earlier today the $2,500 Children's Jumper Championships were held where
Naomi Bradley and Kaydin Z earned the top honors. Ashley Reed and Madonna,
owned by Lance Williamson, were awarded the second place prize, while
Madison Lawton and Juliette scored the third place ribbon.
"I tried my hardest and he jumped the sky for me, that's all I could have
asked," commented Bradley. "The plan today was go clean both times and he
gave me a wonderful ride. I've had him for two years and we've really
developed a really great partnership."
The next event in the Grand Prix Ring was the $2,500 Adult Jumper
Championships. Anita Morris was the winner of today's trophy with her top
mount Stargazer. Sarah Kirson followed with the reserve honors aboard
Norgan, Inc's Micenas, while Jessica Frederick rode Cartouche to the third
This afternoon the Grand Prix Ring hosted three medal finals events
sponsored by Messenger Hill Farm. The Adult Medal Finals kicked things off
and after jumping the first round course the top four competitors were
called back to test. Shannon Kelly and her partner of five years Trust Me
stole the show and earned the championship prize.
"I thought everything rode really well in the first round," noted Kelly
after the victory gallop. "Everything was a little forward and my horse has
a really big step so that worked out well for me. There were a couple of
options where I could leave strides out so I think that helped me get a
higher score in the first round, and the test worked out beautifully."
Up next was the Children's Medal Finals, with the championship award going
to equitation newbie Madison Clark and Leslie Coolidge's Well Said. "I
haven't been doing the equitation for very long so the testing is new to me
and I was worried I wouldn't get the jumps right," she said. "I was really
nervous going into it but he was really great and did everything I asked him
Clark's trainer Maggie Jayne added, "She is my working student and she is
brand new to the equitation. She works very hard at home though and I have
her practice over lots of crazy jumps so this was easy for her. I am really
excited for her; she could not be more deserving of a big win like this."
Rounding out the day's competition was the Central Equine Junior Medal
Finals. After completing the first round course, the top five horses and
riders were called back to test, and 13-year-old Caitlin Boyle rode Indio,
owned by Fatima Pawlenko-Kranz, to a beautifully smooth round that won over
the judges and took top honors in the class.
"I'm happy, he was really good today," smiled Boyle. "Yesterday he was a
little quiet but today he was perfect. I was really confused when I first
heard the test because it was pretty long, but everything ended up working
out great. This horse needs a lot of leg but he listens really well so he is
perfect for classes like this.
Boyle was the winner of last year's Children's Medal Finals and was thrilled
to be so successful after moving up to the next to division. She currently
shows in the Children's Hunters as well but her goal for next year is to
move up to the Junior Hunters and win another medal event.
The Showplace Fall Classic Championship Horse Show will continue tomorrow
with its final day of competition at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in
Wayne, Illinois. The Grand Prix Ring will host the 2010 IHJA Medal Finals
throughout the day thanks to the generous sponsorship of Kim Gardiner and
Perfecta Farms and Ledges Sporting Horses.
For further information on Showplace Productions and the Showplace Fall
Classic Championship Horse Show, please visit www.showplaceproductions.com.
$25,000 Tapestry Farm Grand Prix
1 116 United Brampton Woods Farm Thomas Cerra
2 426 CENTURION B Mary Goldman Lisa Goldman
3 370 Uppsala Woodrun Laura Linback
4 191 Caretina III Pony Lane Farm MAGGIE JAYNE
5 180 Casino Van De Helle North Face Farm Erin Haas
6 535 Quick Start The Quick Start Group Stefanie Collier
7 338 CARIBE Steve Schaefer Steve Schaefer
8 213 THOMAS EDISON ALEX JAYNE MAGGIE JAYNE
9 561 Y B BLUE Nick Novak Nick Novak
10 518 Pilot Amelia McArdle Amelia McArdle
11 316 Cartier Van Schuttershoff Emily Skoggard Willie Tynan
12 318 Life Is Life 15 Blue Gate Farm LLC Denise Wilson