Articles: Press Release
Richard Rinehart Scores a Double Play at Circle City 500 Grand
Prix........Lisa Mills reports for PhelpsSports.com
Kenneth Kraus of Phelps Media Group, Inc.
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Indianapolis, IN - July 24, 2006 - An enthusiastic Indianapolis-area
crowd of more than 3,000 welcomed Haylie Jayne, the first of 26 riders
to tackle Canadian Course Designer Peter Holmes' course, at the $50,000
Circle City 500 Grand Prix Saturday night. Aboard Cartier, the youngest
member of the Jayne family was not off to an auspicious beginning,
pulling a rail at the first of 12 fences, an oxer set at an angle facing
The next two riders also disappointed the eager crowd. Erica Garcia and
J.F. had rails at the out of combinations at fences 5 and 10. Alex
Parrish and Kadorijke also fell victim to fence number one.
The fourth rider gave the crowd something to cheer about. Coming off a
victory in the $20,000 Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic, Cara Cheska and
King were clear and well within the time allowed of 87 seconds.
Next to go clear was the $20,000 Welcome Stake winning team of Steve
Schaefer and Winchester, followed by Donald Cheska Client Chloe Wormser
Indianapolis-based Richard Rinehart thrilled the hometown crowd with a
very fast, clear first round on Mariah, the first of his two mounts for
the evening, and soon was joined for the jump-off by Alex Granato aboard
Mad Season and Charlie Jayne with Urbanus.
Rounding out the jump-off contenders were Chuck Waters, Tony Font, Erin
McCabe and Rinehart with his second horse, Hobby De La Cense.
Completing the list for the jump-off was the Circle City 500 Grand Prix
defending champion, last year's winner, Maggie Jayne.
The first team clear in round one was first in for the jump-off. Cheska
and King continued their successful run at this horse show with a clear
round and a time to beat of 46.362. She was followed by Welcome Stake
Winner Schaefer, who had a refusal at jump number three and a rail at
the final fence.
Next in the ring, Wormser and Modra had a clear jump-off, but their time
to beat of 45.860 didn't stand for long, quickly knocked off by Rinehart
and Mariah's jump off time of 42.844. When Charlie Jayne and Urbanus
entered the ring you could hear a pin drop. He carefully negotiated the
beginning of the course, then revving up the crowd, really poured on the
speed at the end with a big gallop in nine strides from fence five to
six and on to seven, finishing with a time of 47.998.
Following Jayne's pattern, McCabe sailed through the last three jumps,
edging out Wormser with a time of 44.183.
Rinehart and Mariah's time still stood when Tony Font and YZ Partners'
Gardenio negotiated a slick inside turn between jumps seven to eight,
but Font couldn't catch the leader. Chuck Waters and 747 beautifully
executed a clear jump off round, but Mariah's time still stood.
Then Rinehart, dubbed Richard the Rinehart by the colorful announcer,
entered the ring on the 11-year-old Selle Francais Stallion, Hobby De La
Cense. Rinehart didn't disappoint the expectant and exuberant crowd,
besting his own time completing his jump- off in a blistering time of
41.753. "Several people opted for the inside options," said Rinehart.
"I felt it was faster to go around and keep a fluid, forward rhythm."
Defending Champion Maggie Jayne was last to go. Jubulent's stop at fence
number two dashed any hopes Jayne may have had for a repeat performance
of last year's victory. But Jayne wasn't too disappointed. "Jubulent
is a young horse," she explained. "It's only our third Grand Prix and I
want to be careful with him. He just slipped a bit in the corner on the
way to the jump and I didn't want to push him too hard."
But what a night for Rinehart, winning the $50,000 Grand Prix with Owner
Niki Martin's "Hobby" and the second place spot aboard Mark Atkins'
Mariah. "It was wonderful," said Rinehart "to have such an unbelievable
night, especially with my family, neighbors, friends and customers all
here to see it."
Rinehart describes the Grand Prix winner as a "bionic pony" and says the
stallion is very easy to work around and ride. "I can't say enough good
things about Hobby," he said. "He may be the horse of a lifetime."
"Hobby" will take a break from Grand Prix so he can be ready for the
Hampton Classic, where owner Martin plans to show him in the Low Amateur
Jumpers. Her most recent victory in the Amateur Jumpers was at the
Nashville Music City show. "Last year, Richard and Hobby won the Grand
Prix," Martin explained. "This year, the horse show t-shirts and
posters featured my horse! So winning my class this year with Hobby was
This is the second year for the Circle City 500 Horse Show. "We've had
great corporate, civic and community support for the show," said Circle
City 500 Co-Chair Craig Dobbs. "Citigroup, Fifth Third Bank, NovaPak
and MacAllister Machinery sponsored the overall show. Plus, the Indiana
Sports Corporation provided invaluable support and guidance." Dobbs
continued, "We're already planning enhancements for next year's show,
including having all stalls and rings in the air conditioning."
For complete show results, log on to www.showplaceproductions.com
$50,000 CIRCLE CITY GRAND PRIX - CIRCLE CITY EQUESTRIAN 500
Pepsi Coliseum, Indiana State Fair Grounds, Indianapolis, Indiana
1 317 Hobby De La Cens-Richard Rinehart -0-0/41.753
2 308 Mariah -Richard Rinehart -0-0/42.844
3 267 Loro Piana Gorgie-Rin Mccabe -0-0/44.183
4 186 Gardenia -Tony Font -0-0/45.395
5 464 747- Chuck Waters -0-0/45.660
6 129 Modra -Chloe Wormser -0-0/45.860
7 124 King -Cara Cheska -0-0/46.362
8 237 Urbanus -Charlie Jayne -0-0/47.998
9 421 Mad Season-Alex Granato -0-4/41.038
10 461 Winchester -Steve Schaefer -0-8/51.927
11 238 Varnese -Maggie Jayne -0/El
12 386 Ozaliat -Eric Sassmannshausen -1 -87.547
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