Articles: Press Release
Barbara and Steve Schaefer Are Fastest in
1.30m Jumpers at Showplace Spring Spectacular
Theo Genn Rides Clarissa Z to 1.40m Jumper Win
Jennifer Wood of
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Wayne, IL - June 10, 2009 - The second week of the Showplace Spring
Spectacular has begun, and the Open Jumpers started out competition this
morning. In the 1.30m Jumpers, Steve Schaefer rode Barbara for DOE
Enterprises to the win. Theo Genn and Clarissa Z were victorious in the
There were 30 entries in today's 1.30m Jumper class, and the courses are
designed this week by Hector Loyola, an "I" rated designer from Puerto
Rico. The fastest double clear pair was Schaefer and Barbara, who finished
in 41.649 seconds. The second place ribbon went to Zaboomerang and Morgan
Kennedy, who were clear in 42.225 seconds. Orley and Haylie Jayne finished
third in a time of 42.274 seconds.
This was only the fifth time that Schaefer has ridden Barbara, who is owned
by Devon Esrick. Esrick trains with Alex Jayne at Our Day Farm and competes
with Barbara in the junior jumpers. "I did a catch ride for them up at
Ledges in the mini grand prix, and she was third. I've just been filling in
back and forth," Schaefer explained. "She won the Schooling 1.25m last week
with me and had four faults and got a ribbon in the Welcome Stake. I'm just
helping out Alex and keeping the horse going, training her up. She's a
little bit green to some of the bigger jumps, so we're just trying to give
her confidence, and she's been super."
Barbara and Steve Schaefer
Schaefer was pleased with today's opening course. "I liked today's course; I
enjoyed it. There was a nice option for the jump-off to either slice inside
to the in and out or not. I did it with another horse and couldn't catch
Barbara's time, so we must have galloped around pretty well," he said.
He added that the bay mare is "easy and fun." "She jumps great and gives you
a good feeling. She covers the ground pretty easy and has a really good
spring," he added.
In the 1.40m Jumper class, Theo Genn of Lebanon, OH, rode Clarissa Z to
first place. They were double clear and had a time of 44.909 seconds. Bling
It On and Tommy Fiegel were second, while Wilhelm Genn on Loredo and Theo
Genn with Parodox tied for third.
Clarissa Z and Theo Genn
Genn has been riding Clarissa Z for a year. The talented, eight-year-old
Zangerscheide mare won the Six Year Old Young Jumper Finals in Kentucky and
competed in her first grand prix class when she was seven. "She was double
clean and finished third. She's placed in every grand prix she's started,"
Genn said. "My father rode her for a little bit in the beginning. When one
of my good grand prix horses got sold, he gave me a couple to ride. He ended
up buying her for me, so now we own her. She quickly moved up."
Genn is taking it slow this summer with Clarissa, who he describes as
"freaky careful." He described, "When we first got her, she went six weeks
in a row competing in three classes per week without a single fault."
"The grand prix is pretty big here, so she's just taking it easy, doing the
1.40m Jumpers here. She's just relaxing," he explained. He said of today's
class, "She was good today, extremely brave. I could have ridden her a
little better, but she was awesome. I was just practicing going a little
faster today. It wasn't too big today."
The second week of the Showplace Spring Spectacular continues tomorrow with
Young Jumper Championships and then the $10,000 Open Jumper Welcome
Stake. The highlight class of the week is the $50,000 Showplace Productions
Grand Prix on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
For further information on Showplace Productions and the Showplace Spring
Spectacular, please visit www.showplaceproductions.com.
Final Results: $1,500 1.30m Open Jumpers
1. Barbara, Steve Schaefer: 0/0/41.649
2. Zaboomerang, Morgan Kennedy: 0/0/42.225
3. Orley, Haylie Jayne: 0/0/42.274
4. Gesa, Steve Schaefer: 0/0/42.488
5. Trinchero, Kyle King: 0/0/42.495
6. Darkside, Julie Koerner: 0/0/44.667
7. Clarissa Z, Theo Genn: 0/0/48.181
8. Thorwald, Morgan Thomas: 0/0/50.302
Final Results: $1,500 1.40m Open Jumpers
1. Clarissa Z, Theo Genn
2. Bling It On, Tommy Fiegel
3. Loredo, Wilhelm Genn
3. Parodox, Theo Genn
5. Copyright 3, Wilhelm Genn
6. Gangsta, Steve Schaefer