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Wagner, McArdle and Bodo Win Jumper Classics at Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II Horse Show
Photo Credit: Abigail McArdle and Calvin, winners of the
$1,500 WIHS Children's Jumper Classic, sponsored by Forest Hill Farm and Ashley
Hill, at the Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II. Photo (C) 2007 Jon Kassel.
Jennifer Wood of
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Wayne, IL - June 22, 2007 - The non-professional jumpers
took center stage today in the grand prix ring at the Wachovia Showplace Spring
Spectacular II. The horse show, held at the Lamplight Equestrian
Center, runs through
Sunday, June 24, 2007. Opening up the morning was the $1,500 Marshall &
Sterling Children's Jumper Classic, sponsored by Vermeer Midwest. Cisco and
Nicole Wagner had the best time in the jump-off to ride for the blue ribbon.
Abigail McArdle and Calvin set a blistering pace to win the $1,500 WIHS
Children's Jumper Classic, sponsored by Forest Hill Farm and Ashley Hill. In
the $1,500 WIHS Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by White Oak Farm Premium
Organics, Cleopatra and Alexis Bodo were the fastest in the speed phase to take
Hector Loyola is this week's course designer in the grand
prix ring. He set a Table II, Sec. 2b format course in the opening class. The
two WIHS jumper classics were a Table II, Sec. 2c format, also known as "power
In the $1,500 Marshall & Sterling Children's Jumper
Classic, sponsored by Vermeer Midwest, an old pro galloped to victory. Cisco, a
16-year-old Paint/Quarter Horse, helped his rider win and qualify for Sunday's
$20,000 NAL Children's/Adult Grand Prix, sponsored by Nutrena. Second place in
today's classic went to Purdey and Skye Maclean.
Wagner, who is 17-years-old and hails from South Barrington, IL,
is not Cisco's normal rider. Her sister Samantha is usually the pilot, but a
vacation to Hawaii
gave Nicole the ride. Going into today's class, Wagner was "really nervous."
She explained, "I knew he was going to be good, but my sister is always so good
on him that I was nervous to ride him in case I messed up. But, he takes care
of me." Wagner thought the course went well, "except for my last jump," she
laughed. "I turned way too tight and gave my trainer a heart attack. Cisco was
Cisco has been a part of the Wagner family for three years.
"He totally knows his job. He just goes out there and does everything perfect,"
Thirteen-year-old Abigail McArdle, another Barrington resident, has not owned her horse
as long as Wagner, but their partnership has already brought much success. McArdle
rode Calvin to the win in the $1,500 WIHS Children's Jumper Classic, sponsored
by Forest Hill Farm and Ashley Hill, over Fast Break and Stephanie
McArdle raced around the speed phase of the course and was
the easy winner of the class. "The course was good because not that many got
into the speed part," she related. "I took an inside turn early in the course
that not many people did, which I think helped me win."
McArdle has had Calvin for a year and a half and they have
won multiple jumper classics together, thanks to Calvin's speed. "He's pretty
good at turning. He has a small stride so you can just gallop around," she
said. "He bucks a lot, but he's really sweet and has a good personality."
With her win today, McArdle feels more confident going into
Sunday's Children's/Adult grand prix. Her victory will also help her qualify
for the finals at this fall's Washington International Horse Show, which is one
of her goals for the year. "I'm really happy that I won," she beamed.
She may be 21, but don't call her old! Cleopatra, a chestnut
Thoroughbred mare owned and ridden by Alexis Bodo, sprinted to the win in the
$1,500 WIHS Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by White Oak Farm Premium Organics.
Bodo, who is from Lebanon, TN, is showing for the second time at
Lamplight and enjoyed her win today on her veteran partner. They have been
together for seven years and have racked up victories, such as an USEF Horse of
the Year award in the Children's Jumpers a few years back.
For today's class, Bodo was pleased with the course and the
way her horse rode. "It was difficult and a lot harder than last week, but I
like it more technical. I love his courses," she noted, "[because] you actually
have to ride and set up to the jumps, instead of just running. You have to
think the whole way through."
What makes Cleopatra competitive, Bodo said, is that "she's
really adjustable, and she turns really well. She's a Thoroughbred, so she's
fast across the ground. She's so neat, even for her age."
Cleopatra has been winning for years, but this will be her
final year of competition before retirement. "She's the most amazing horse I've
ever had. I can't believe she's 21 and still winning classes. There's not much
else she can accomplish, and I can't ask for anything more from her."
The Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II continues
tomorrow with the highlight event of the week, the $50,000 Wachovia Securities
Grand Prix, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Earlier in the morning in the grand
prix ring will be the $1,500 Marshall & Sterling Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored
by Vermeer Midwest, and the $5,000 Low Children's/Adult Grand Prix, sponsored
by the Taylor Harris Insurance Group.
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