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Haylie Jayne and Merlin 369 Win $50,000 Wachovia Securities Grand Prix at Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II
Photo Credit: Haylie Jayne and Merlin 369, winners of the
$50,000 Wachovia Securities Grand Prix at the Wachovia Showplace Spring
Spectacular II. Photo (C) 2007 Jennifer Wood.
Jennifer Wood of
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
at (561) 753-3389 or at email@example.com
Wayne, IL - June 23, 2007 - The rain lifted just in
time for this afternoon's 3:30 p.m. start of the $50,000 Wachovia Securities
Grand Prix, and a huge crowd at the Lamplight Equestrian Center saw 19-year-old
Haylie Jayne of Elgin, IL, have her second career grand prix victory. Jayne
piloted Merlin 369 to the win over Wilhelm Genn and his two mounts, Chantal and
Wachovia Securities, LLC, was the sponsor of this week's
highlight event of the Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II Horse Show.
Almost 1,000 Wachovia employees, friends and family braved the weather to enjoy
a day of top show jumping action. Wachovia Securities also donated smart polo
shirts that the riders donned in the class.
Today's course was designed by Hector Loyola of Puerto Rico.
He set a pleasant track of 13 numbered obstacles in the first round that
included a liverpool and a triple combination. Seven entries were clear in the
first round to advance to the jump-off, while two were caught by the timers in
the first round. Alex Granato and Mad Season had just one time fault to finish
in eighth place, while Maggie Jayne (Haylie's older sister) had two time faults
on Varnese. Haylie's older brother Charlie was the fastest four-faulter in the
first round on Thomas Edison.
The first to return for the jump-off was Wilhelm Genn of Lebanon, OH,
on the first of his three qualified mounts. He and Happy Z went in the second
position of the order in the first round and were the trailblazers of the
second round. Genn had a fast, precise ride with no faults, but Genn mistakenly
jumped the incorrect last jump, thereby eliminating him and relegating Happy Z
to seventh place.
Laura Linback and Grand So So were on the pace with smooth
turns, but they had a disappointing rail at the last jump. They finished with
four faults in 35.925 seconds. The first clear round in the jump-off came next
with Genn's second mount, Ariado. The large bay horse made nice turns, and Genn
galloped home in a time of 36.845 seconds to temporarily take the lead.
Haylie's brother Charlie was next in the jump-off on
Urbanus. Charlie Jayne made a very tight rollback from jump 2 to jump 14, but
the distance was too short for Urbanus to clear the jump. They finished the
round with four faults in 40.305 seconds. Chuck Waters and 747 would score
double clear rounds, but their time of 39.461 seconds would not be fast enough
to take the lead away from Genn.
Haylie Jayne was the next into the ring on Merlin 369, a
13-year-old Dutch Warmblood that her father Alex purchased just a few short
months ago. This was only their fourth show together, but they looked like old
pros in the jump-off.
The handy bay gelding easily made the difficult rollback in
the beginning of the course. "That was the one turn that I was worried about,"
she said. "It's such a complete turnaround and especially in the mud, you worry
about turning that quickly. Once that turn was done, I thought I was okay."
They galloped to the last jump, which stayed up for a clear round in a new leading
time of 35.298 seconds.
The last to challenge in the class was Genn once again, this
time on Chantal. Another large bay mare, Chantal was surprisingly agile through
the turns and quick in the gallop. Genn pushed her to the final oxer, but they
finished just off the pace with a clear round in 35.836 seconds, only 5/10ths
of a second from victory.
Jayne, who just finished her first year of college at the University of Georgia, admitted that she
felt a little
rusty in the grand prix ring today and was unsure she would win against such
tough competitors as Genn and her brother. She has only ridden Merlin for a
little over a month, and the pair had never been in a jump-off together.
"Each horse show, he's just gotten better and better. With
the jump-off, I was planning [to have] just a clean round. I wanted to be as
smooth as I could. I'd never done a jump-off with him before, so I wasn't sure
what to expect," she acknowledged. "I didn't know he'd turn as easily as he
did. He covered so much ground, and when I went down to the steady in and out,
he just backed himself right up. I took a shot at the last jump, and it worked
The Jayne family's new grand prix horse has a bright future,
and Haylie believes he is capable of even more success. "I think he has a lot
of scope. This was easy for him. Last week was even bigger, and it was easy for
him then too," she said with a smile.
Haylie Jayne won her first grand prix when she was
11-years-old, and this was her second career victory. "It's been a little bit
of a drought," she laughed, "but this was a great win."
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$50,000 Wachovia Securities Grand Prix
1. Merlin 369, Haylie Jayne: 0/0/35.298 seconds
2. Chantal, Wilhelm Genn: 0/0/35.836
3. Ariado, Wilhelm Genn: 0/0/36.845
4. 747, Chuck Waters: 0/0/39.461
5. Grand So So, Laura
6. Urbanus, Charlie Jayne: 0/4/40.305
7. Happy Z, Wilhelm Genn: 0/elim
8. Mad Season, Alex Granato: 1/87.102
9. Varnese, Maggie Jayne: 2/88.443
10. Thomas Edison, Charlie Jayne: 4/79.919
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