Articles: Press Release
Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II Wrap Up: June 19-24, 2007
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Wayne, IL - June 25, 2007 - The highlight of the Wachovia
Showplace Spring Spectacular II was held on Saturday, June 23 at the Lamplight
Equestrian Center and was the $50,000 Wachovia Securities Grand Prix, sponsored
by Wachovia Securities LLC.
The rain lifted just in time, 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 Ariado. Almost 1000 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.
The 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.
Haylie Jayne was second to last in the order with 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.
- Thursday through Sunday
Canada's Beth Underhill and Rhiannon proved last is the best
when they sped to the win in the $10,000 Canterbury Farm Open Jumper Welcome
Stake. Underhill beat her leading time with Rhiannon and finished second with
Magdaline. Chuck Waters and 747, the only other double clear round, were the
third place finishers.
The non-professional jumpers took center stage on Friday in
the grand prix ring at the Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II. 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 the win.
The Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II came to a close
on Sunday afternoon with a schedule full of exciting events. In the grand prix
ring, the $10,000 Wachovia Securities Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic came to
a gripping conclusion when Haylie Jayne and Kinda Blue scored victory with the
only double clear round. They led the victory gallop over Theo Genn on Cohiba
and Dana Waters with Biloxi.
- Thursday through Sunday
In the $1,000 Children's/Pony Hunter Classic, Zoey Hertz and
her own Coco Chanel who took home the top prizefight second classic of the day,
the $1,000 Pre Green Hunter Classic, sponsored by Messenger Hill, was won by
Maria Rasmussen and Indiscreet. The 5-year-old bay Warmblood mare is owned by
Wisconsin-based trainer Linda Valetic.
In the professional hunter divisions, Cookie Beck cleaned up
with Safari and Winter Place in the Green Conformation and First Year Green
divisions, respectively. She earned all of the blue ribbons in both divisions.
Both horses are owned by Caitlin Ziegler and Artisan Farms. Champion in the
Regular Working Hunter division was Brenda Mueller riding That'll Do, owned by
Don Stewart and Diane Carney.
Jennifer Coons and Customary made their show ring debut
together on Friday and found victory in the $2,500 Marshall & Sterling
Children's Hunter Classic, sponsored by the Struve Family. In the $1,000 Junior
Hunter Classic, sponsored by the Ziegler Family, Cathy Rolfs took home the top
prize with Cidney Carver's Parcival.
Emily Reynolds, 13, proved herself in the equitation ring
this week by winning the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search and the Washington
International Horse Show Equitation Classic and placing second in the ASPCA
Elgin, IL, native Haylie Jayne was victorious in the hunter
ring, taking home the $2,500 Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter Classic, which was
sponsored by the Ianello Family. Catie Hope dominated in both the Small Junior
15 & Under and Large Junior 15 & Under hunter divisions, riding
Castille and Majic, respectively. In the Large Junior 16-17 Hunter division,
Katherine Newman of Wellington, FL, was successful in bringing home the
tricolor aboard Nairobi for the second week in a row. Kristin VanDer Veen was
reserve champion in the Large Junior 16-17 division with Oxford. Cathy Rolfs
made another visit to the winner's circle, earning championship honors in the
Small Junior 16-17 Hunter division, partnered with Parcival.
On the final day of competition in the Wachovia Showplace
Spring Spectacular II, Lake Bluff native Megan Palmer found victory with her
veteran partner Askari in the $2,500 North American League (NAL) Adult Hunter
Classic, sponsored by Runaway Farm and and The Carroll Family.
In the 36 & Over Amateur-Owner Hunters, Beth Bidgood
took home tricolor honors with her own Nottingham. Haylie Jayne, a local
resident of Elgin, IL, capped off her very successful weekend by winning the
championship in the 18-36 Amateur-Owner Hunter division with Caped Crusader. In
the 36-50 Adult Amateur Hunter division, Donna Struve took both the
championship and reserve championship with her horses Tapestry and Dublin Bay,
For complete results, please visit www.showplaceproductions.com.
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