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Cookie Beck Tops Two Professional Hunter Divisions at the Showplace Spring
Cookie Beck and Last Call win First Year Green Hunter Championship at 2010
Showplace Spring Spectacular II. Photo 2010 © Lindsay McCall/PMG.
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Wayne, IL- June 17, 2010- As equestrians arrived at the in-gate of the Main
Hunter Ring at the Lamplight Equestrian Center, they were met with new
jumps, new courses and an exciting day ahead of them. The professional
hunter divisions competed today at the second week of the Showplace Spring
Spectacular II in Wayne, IL. Cookie Beck had an outstanding day today
earning the $2,000 Green Conformation Hunter championship with Goosebumps,
the $2,000 First Year Green Hunter Championship with Last Call, and earning
the reserve championship of the First Year's on Hidden Creek's Lennon. In
the $2,000 Second Year Green Hunter division Kelley Farmer and Nancy
Amling's Bases Loaded took home the tricolor. Wrapping up the day, Cookie
Beck grabbed an additional reserve championship in the $1,500 Regular
Working Hunters aboard Artisan Farms LLC's Safari following Pony Lane Farm's
Namesake with Maggie Jayne in the irons who won the championship
tricolor. Yesterday, Bases Loaded and Farmer won the $1,000 Open Hunter
Classic and today, the $2,500 Open Hunter Classic went to Pony Lane Farm's
Red Sky and Maggie Jayne.
Skip Bailey of Wellington, FL designed today's courses in the hunter ring.
After the Derby Day occurred on Tuesday of this week, the derby fences were
brought into the hunter rings. These exciting, eye-opening, and beautiful
jumps gave each horse and rider combination a new feature during this week's
hunter rounds. Not only did the new jumps add to the beauty of the ring, but
Bailey added new elements to this week's hunter courses including multiple
options, different lines and approaches, and a unique but top hunter course
At 8:00 a.m. the $2,000 First Year Green Hunter division kicked-off the
competition in the Main Hunter Ring. Earning the championship rosette was
Cookie Beck and Goosebumps, owned by Lisa Cudahy. The pair won blue ribbons
in the model, two over fences classes, and the under-saddle class. Adding
two third place ribbons in today's over fences and today's handy hunter
class earned them the division championship. Winning the reserve
championship ribbon of the First Year Green Hunter division was Moshontz
Enterprises' Archangel and Megan Udelson. Archangel and his rider earned the
blue ribbons in both the over fences class and the handy hunter class.
Yesterday, the duo won second place in the model, two over fences classes,
and the under-saddle class, cumulating their points for the reserve
Beck continued her outstanding performances when she won the championship
Accolade in the $2,000 First Year Green Hunter division aboard Lisa Cudahy's
Last Call. The pair won three over fences classes, received a second place
in the under saddle class, and earned a fourth-place ribbon in the handy
hunter class. Not only did Beck earn the championship ribbon, but she also
won the reserve championship rosette aboard Hidden Creek's Lennon, owned by
Hidden Creek's Farm Inc.
Beck was pleased with the performances of all of her horses today as well as
the great course design by Skip Bailey. She commented, "The jumps are
beautiful and it is nice to come to this horse show and have something to
jump, especially when you have scopey horses like Last Call and Hidden
Creek's Lennon. They have a lot of stride and a lot of jump, so it is nice
to have something else to balance on and not just post and rail."
Beck continued, "Skip did a really good job with the jumps. I took the seven
strides on the bending line from the option fence on both horses, which
ended up a little forward, but they are both long strided enough that they
got there perfectly. It was nice to have options in the hunter rounds
because if you are on a greener horse you can bend out and do the eight. If
you are on one that you think you can slice and go forward then you can do
the seven. I thought Skip did a good job because it is a hard ring to set
this many courses in and stay creative. He did a great job being creative
without making the horses go badly."
Overall Beck was proud of her horse's performance today in all of the
professional hunter divisions. "It is nice to have good movers. They are
both really nice horses and I am lucky to have them," Beck smiled.
The third division to wrap-up their championships was the $2,000 Second Year
Green Hunter division. Kelley Farmer and Nancy Amling's Bases Loaded won the
championship honor after sweeping the division with five blue ribbons. In
the reserve championship position was Calgary, owned by Karlie Slowiak,
ridden by Jodi Vazquez. Calgary and Vazquez won second place in three over
fence classes, earned a third place in the under saddle class, and earned a
fourth place in the handy hunter class.
Kelley Farmer and Bases Loaded had wonderful rounds today. During the handy
course the pair chose to take multiple tight turns along with the tighter
option fence. Farmer noted, "Bases Loaded is really easy to turn and he can
be really handy. With him I can take anything that is an option or go to the
inside track. You never have to worry about him because he is a light
horse. Today he was a little tired but he still went well in both of the
Nancy Amling, owner of Taken who won the $15,000 Chronicle of the
Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby on Tuesday, has recently purchased
Bases Loaded to show in the Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions. Farmer is
looking forward to watching Amling compete with her new hunter this weekend.
Farmer added, "Pat and Skip are doing a great job creating beautiful courses
like today's and including jumps that were very inviting."
The last division of the day was the $1,500 Regular Working Hunter
division. The division championship went to Pony Lane Farm's Namesake,
ridden by Maggie Jayne. Namesake and Jayne earned blue ribbons in the over
fences class, the handy hunter class, and the under saddle class. Combining
their second place points in two of the three over fences classes earned
them the top award. Artisan Farms LLC's Safari, ridden by Cookie Beck, won
the reserve championship award with first place ribbons in two of the three
over fences classes, two second place ribbons in the other over fences class
and the under saddle class, and a third place in the handy hunter class.
The final professional hunter division award presented today went to Red
Sky, owned by Pony Lane Farm, and Maggie Jayne who earned the top score in
the $2,500 Open Hunter Classic. Yesterday's $1,000 Open Hunter Classic award
and cooler went to Kelley Farmer aboard Bases Loaded.
The Showplace Spring Spectacular Series continues with week two running
through June 20, 2010, at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. Friday's hunter
competition coverage includes the ASPCA Maclay and the USEF/Pessoa Hunt Seat
Medal. The junior hunter divisions begin their first day of competition
with the $1,000 Junior Hunter Classic Sponsored by First Partners Inc. Week
three of the Showplace Spring Spectacular continues with The Challenge Cup,
beginning June 21, 2010 and concluding June 25, 2010. For more information
on Showplace Productions and the 2010 Showplace Spring Spectacular Horse
Show Series, please visit www.showplaceproductions.com.