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Showplace Fall Classic Championship Horse Show Wrap Up, September 23 - 27
Rebecca Walton and
Lauren Fisher for
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Wayne, IL - September 29, 2009 - The Showplace Fall Classic Championship
Horse Show came to a close on Sunday at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in
Wayne, Illinois. Saturday morning lead-off with an exciting victory going to
Maggie Jayne and Thomas Edison in the $25,000 Tapestry Farm Leading Rider
Series Final Grand Prix. The top three open jumper riders in the 2009
Showplace Leading Rider Series battled against the clock as the only entries
to qualify for the jump-off, and Jayne was the fastest by almost four
seconds to take the top prize.
Twenty entries showed over Saturday morning's challenging grand prix course
set by Maryland's Kenny Krome, and just three entries went clear over the
first round course to qualify for the jump-off. Wilhelm Genn and Chantal,
owned by Laura Ryan-Barnaclo, were the first to jump-off and put down a
second clear round in a time of 38.224 seconds. Kelsey Thatcher and Pony
Lane Farm's Carlotta were next to attempt the shortened course and also
jumped clear, stopping the clock just behind Genn in a time of 38.318
seconds. Maggie Jayne entered the ring next aboard her father, Alex Jayne's,
Thomas Edison. Jayne knew she had nothing to lose and could not finish lower
than third place at that point, so she pointed Thomas Edison to the first
jump and never held back. The pair cleared the course with ease and breezed
through the timers in 34.758 seconds to take the victory.
Before the grand prix, the competition began Saturday morning with the
$2,500 Marshall & Sterling Children's Jumper Championships and
Weathertech.com Leading Rider Series Finals, sponsored by the Ruziska
Family. Madeline Thatcher and Alex Jayne's Kinda Blue have had a great week
competing at Lamplight in the jumpers, and did not disappoint Saturday. The
pair had a fast, clean round to take home the championship honors and lead
the round of honor.
Following the Children's Jumper championship, the $2,500 M&S Adult Jumper
Championships and Weathertech.com Leading Rider Series Finals were held in
the Grand Prix Ring with the victory going to Emily Currie and Acapella,
owned by Tina Judge. Currie, of Downers Grove, IL, had the only clear round
of the class to take home top honors.
After the morning's classes, the $60,000 Showplace Leading Rider Series
concluded with the presentations of awards and prize money. The series has
tracked the top riders through a series of nine events throughout the year
and the top riders in five different sections were finalized during this
week's competition. First place finishers were awarded 50% of the prize
money in their respective divisions. The $30,000 Tapestry Farms Open Jumper
Series was won by Wilhelm Genn, the $10,000 THIS Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper
Series was won by Lisa Goldman, the $10,000 Weathertech.com Children's/Adult
Jumper Series was won by Madeline Thatcher, the $5,000 Our Day Farm Low
Children's Jumper Series was won by Caitlin Boyle, and the $5,000 Ann
K. Hubbard's Tack Shop Low Adult Jumper Series was won by Dana Foremsky.
As the sun came out and things started to warm up Saturday afternoon, the
2009 Marshall & Sterling Medal Finals were held in the Grand Prix Ring,
sponsored by Messenger Hill Farm and Freddie and Jodi Vazquez. The M&S Adult
Medal Finals kicked things off and after jumping the first round course the
top five competitors were called back to test. Haylie Jayne continued Our
Day Farm's excellent day following her sister's grand prix victory by
earning her own championship prize. Twenty-one-year-old Jayne rode Go For
Broke, a horse purchased by her father just a month ago from Mexico, and led
the class through both rounds of competition to take first place overall.
Up next, the Grand Prix Ring hosted the M&S Children's Medal Finals, with
the championship award going to 13-year-old Taylor Schmidt of Batavia,
IL. Schmidt trains with Kim Gardiner at Perfecta Farm and rode her new
horse, a seven-year-old Hanoverian named Backstage, in the class.
Rounding out the day's competition, the M&S Central Equine Junior Medal
Finals were held as the sun was setting over the Grand Prix Ring. After
completing the first round course, the top six horses and riders were called
back to test, and 15-year-old Samantha Oliva of Kildeer, IL, rode her horse
SS Couture to a beautifully smooth round that won over the judges and took
top honors in the class.
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Jumper Highlights: Wednesday - Sunday
Competition got underway for the second day of the Showplace Fall Classic
Championship Horse Show on Wednesday with two 1.30m Open Jumper classes in
the Grand Prix Ring.
Kenny Krome designed Wednesday's jumper courses in the Grand Prix Ring, and
Steve Schaefer of Maple Park, IL, won the $1,500 1.30m Open Jumper class
riding Caribe, owned by Seroson Turtle Rock Group. The class was generously
sponsored by Vermeer Midwest.
The top three horses and riders in Tuesday afternoon's class went clear in
the first round to jump-off, but it was Steve Schaefer and Caribe whose
unique take on the shortened course stopped the clocks in the fastest time
of 29.520 seconds for the win. Caribe is a six-year-old Argentinean horse
that Schaefer purchased almost two years ago, and is now a partial owner of
with two partners. Caribe currently competes in the Six-Year-Old Young
Jumper division and will move up to doing the Seven & Eight-Year-Old Young
Jumpers next year.
Schaefer explained that he thought Kenny Krome designed a good course, and
that in order to challenge his horse even further, he improvised a little
bit during the jump-off. "I wanted something more to challenge him, so I did
tighter turns than I would have normally done, just to give him something to
look at, and he did great with it," Schaefer said. "He answered the
call. The combination rode a little long because I turned in really tight,
but he was a good boy there and he figured it out, so I was happy."
Prior to Schaefer's victory in the Wednesday afternoon's 1.30m Open Jumper
class, Charlie Jayne of Elgin, IL, took top honors in the first 1.30m class
of the day riding Sampras, owned by Alex Jayne. Three entries jumped double
clear over Wednesday's course, and Denise Wilson and For Elenor held the
fastest time of 29.354 seconds through the whole class until Charlie Jayne
and Sampras entered the ring last to jump and beat her time in 27.111
seconds to take over first place. Wilson and For Elenor finished in second,
and Jayne also took the third place honors with Gangsta, who he rode through
the timers in 29.998 seconds.
Charlie Jayne and Pony Lane Farm's Carentina III put in the fastest clear
jump-off round to win Thursday morning's $10,000 Welcome Stake at the
Showplace Fall Classic Championship Horse Show.
Maryland's Kenny Krome designed Thursday's courses in the Grand Prix Ring
and out of the original 19 entries in the $10,000 Welcome Stake, eleven went
clear to jump off against the clock. Charlie Jayne of Elgin, IL, rode six
horses in Thursday morning's class and qualified four for the jump-off, but
Carentina III was the fastest of only four double clear rounds to take the
top prize in a time of 42.861 seconds. Wilhelm Genn, who is currently at the
top of the standings for the Showplace Leading Open Jumper Rider bonus, took
the second place honors with Chantal, owned by Laura Ryan Barnaclo. The pair
galloped through the timers less than a second behind Jayne in a time of
Following Thursday morning's Welcome Stake, the Grand Prix Ring hosted the
$5,000 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, which was won by
18-year-old Ellie Morris of Hinsdale, IL, and her horse High Rustler. A
class of 24 entries showed in the Thursday afternoon Classic, and 14 went
clear in the first round to jump-off. It became a race to the finish as the
riders maneuvered the course and galloped through the timers one after the
other, but it was Ellie Morris and High Rustler who led the victory gallop
as the pair stopped the clock in 30.242 seconds for the win. Rachel Reid
rode her horse Blossom to a clear round in 31.746 seconds earning second
place, while Haley Banas and Limelight stopped the clock in 31.764 seconds
There were several other big wins in the Grand Prix Ring Thursday as the
Showplace Fall Classic Championship Horse Show continued its exciting
competition. The morning began with the presentation of the Seven &
Eight-Year-Old Young Jumper championship to Denise Wilson and Quick King Z,
owned by Blue Gate Farm of Oconomowoc, WI. Kelsey Thatcher of South Jordan,
UT, then rode to victory in the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping
Talent Search riding Missy Clark and North Run's Raven. That was followed up
by a winning round for Stephanie Mengarelli of Kildeer, IL, aboard her horse
Lonestar in the $1,500 WIHS Children's/Adult Jumper Classic.
The Grand Prix Ring at the Lamplight Equestrian Center hosted several jumper
classics throughout the day Friday as the competition for the Showplace Fall
Classic Championship Horse Show continued. In the feature event of the day,
Lisa Goldman and Centurion B topped the $10,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner
Jumper Classic, which was the final event to count towards points for the
Taylor Harris Insurance Services, Inc. (T.H.I.S.) Leading Junior/AO Jumper
Rider Series Bonus.
Wrapping up an action packed day in the jumpers, the $10,000 High Junior/AO
Jumper Classic and T.H.I.S. Leading Rider Series Final was held in the Grand
Prix Ring this afternoon, with a course set by Maryland's Kenny Krome. Six
entries went clear over the first round course to jump-off and Lisa Goldman,
of Hawthorn Woods, IL, rode her horse Centurion B to the fastest of only
three double clears for the top prize.
Goldman and Centurion B finished in a time of 40.695 seconds, just a little
under a tenth of a second faster than second place finishers Shana Barnett
and Maverick, who stopped the clock in 40.775 seconds. The only other clear
jump-off round belonged to Roxane Theidel and Nicolette, who finished in
42.698 seconds to take the third place honors. The fastest four-fault round
went to Lisa Goldman and Fontaine after the pair had a rail down at the
second to last fence of the jump-off, but finished in the fastest time of
40.625 seconds to take the fourth place prize. Kelsey Thatcher and Carlotta
finished in fifth place with four faults in a time of 40.878 seconds, and
Denise Wilson and Corsavita pulled two rails in the jump-off to take the
sixth place honors with eight faults in 42.878 seconds.
Earlier on Friday the $1,500 Low Adult Classic and Ann K. Hubbard's Leading
Rider Series Final was held with the win going to Audrey Symowicz and
Fahrvergnuegen. Symowicz had the fastest of seven double clear rounds to
take the class victory with her 17-year-old Westphalian gelding that was
purchased in June. Friday marked the pair's first double clear and their
Another exciting class on Friday morning was the $1,500 Low Children's
Jumper Classic and Our Day Farm Leading Rider Series Final. Caitlin Boyle of
West Dundee, IL, and Rochette, owned by Alex Jayne of Our Day Farm in Elgin,
IL, won the class after a lightning fast jump-off round.
Other top finishers for on Friday included Abbie Ross and TNT who took the
top prize in the $500 NAL/M&S Pony Jumper Classic sponsored by Midwest
Nuerosurgery and Spine Specialists. Julia Murray and Lord Stanley also took
the top honors in the $1,500 NAL Children's/Adult Jumper Classic.
The Showplace Fall Classic Championship Horse Show concluded Sunday with the
Illinois Hunter Jumper Association (IHJA) Medal Finals. The morning began
with the IHJA Children's Mini Medal, IHJA Pony Medal, and IHJA Adult Mini
Medal Finals, all sponsored by Ledges Sporting Horses. The afternoon classes
then featured the IHJA Children's, Adult, and Junior Medal Finals, sponsored
by Perfecta Farms and Kim Gardiner.
Fifteen-year-old Samantha Oliva of Kildeer, IL, had an exciting weekend at
the Showplace Fall Classic Championship Horse Show. The young rider took
home top honors in Sunday's IHJA Junior Medal Finals after also winning
Saturday's Marshall & Sterling Central Equine Junior Medal Finals. Oliva
recently began training with Diane Carney of Telluride Farm, and bought her
horse SS Couture a year ago.
Over thirty competitors showed in the IHJA Junior Medal Finals Sunday
afternoon, and only the top four were called back to test over a difficult
shortened course. The final results put Caitie Hope of Barrington, IL, in
fourth place, Hannah Stevens of Lake Forest, IL, in third place, Lesley
Quillen of Geneva, IL, in second place, and crowned Samantha Oliva the 2009
IHJA Junior Medal Finals champion in first place.
Prior to Oliva's victory, the IHJA Children's Medal Finals were also held in
the Grand Prix Ring Sunday afternoon, with the exciting victory going to
12-year-old Caitlin Boyle aboard her brand new horse, Rochette, recently
purchased from Alex Jayne of Our Day Farm. Boyle and Rochette showed against
twenty of the top Children's riders in Illinois over the first round course,
and then the top four were called back in to test. Following the test,
Fallon Perez took home the fourth place honors, Sana Abbas came in third
place, Nicki Lachapelle landed in second, and Caitlin Boyle was awarded the
championship prize in first place. Boyle led the victory gallop as her
father, Showplace Production's Pat Boyle, watched proudly from the center of
Another exciting victory Sunday afternoon went to Lisa Goldman, who has been
very successful in the hunters, jumpers and equitation throughout the
week. Among her wins this week, Goldman won the $10,000 High Jr/AO Jumper
Classic with her horse Centurion B, and was also named the THIS Leading
Jr/AO Jumper Rider for the 2009 season. Sunday, Goldman took the top honors
in the IHJA Adult Medal Finals riding Cartoon.
Before the Children's, Adult and Junior IHJA Medal Finals were held, Sunday
morning saw the crowning of three other IHJA Medal Final champions. Teddi
Perez of South Barrington, IL, was awarded the top prize in the IHJA
Children's Mini Medal Finals to kick off the morning, with Natalie Robbins
coming in second, Johanna Veleris in third, and Kate Metzger in fourth.
The IHJA Pony Medal Finals followed with the championship prize going to
Abbie Ross of Wheaton, IL, after an excellent first round course and
test. Ross tested in the top four against Matthew Sassmannshausen, who ended
up in second place, Kailie Briza, who took third place honors, and Rebecca
Bohr, who came in fourth.
Rounding out Sunday morning were the IHJA Adult Mini Medal Finals, which
were won by Kristen Zambetti of Carol Steam, IL. Zambetti topped the class
over second place finisher Nora Lindvall, third place finisher Alissa
Orenstein, and fourth place finisher Melissa Lorusso.
Hunter Highlights: Thursday - Sunday
The top hunter riders competed for championship and reserve championship
honors in Ring 3 as the professional hunter divisions wrapped-up their
second day of competition on Thursday. Maggie Jayne of Our Day Farm was at
the top her game, garnering two of the championship prizes, a reserve
championship award, and both wins in the $1,000 Open Hunter Classics.
Ring 3 got underway Thursday at 9 a.m. with the Conformation Hunter division
where Jayne began her winning streak with Francesca, owned by Pony Lane
Farm. The pair swept the division, winning all six classes and earning the
championship ribbon. Jodi Vazquez and Orame followed with the reserve
championship honors after earning five second place ribbons and a third
Jayne continued with her winning ways during the First Year Green Working
Hunter division riding Bella Blue, the newest addition to Pony Lane
Farm. The pair took home four of the division's blue ribbons and they were
presented with the championship tricolor. The reserve championship prize was
awarded to Maggie Sarmiento for her ride aboard Viva after the duo earned a
first place ribbon, two second place ribbons, and a third place ribbon.
Jayne and Bella Blue claimed Thursday's $1,000 Open Hunter Classic, as well
as the win during Wednesday's $1,000 Open Hunter Classic.
Next to compete in Ring 3 was the Second Year Green Working Hunter/Regular
Working Hunter division. Lorrie Canady claimed the championship award with
Insignia after the pair earned four blue ribbons and a yellow
ribbon. Freddie Vazquez followed with the reserve championship prize aboard
Pankai. Vazquez and Pankai took home a first place ribbon, three second
place ribbons, and a third a place ribbon over the two days of competition.
The final division on Thursday was the Pre-Green Hunters, where Kara Raposa
and Playmaker earned the championship award after winning three of the
division's blue ribbons. The reserve championship prize was presented to
Maggie Jayne and Disaranno, who earned a first place ribbon, two second
place ribbons, and two third place ribbons. The $1,000 Pre-Green Hunter
Classic win was awarded to Heidi Fish for her ride aboard Sangria Sky.
Despite an overcast sky and periods of rain at the Showplace Fall Classic
Championship Horse Show, Hannah Stevens and Eventual were unstoppable during
Friday's Marshall & Sterling Central Equine Junior Medal and ASPCA Maclay
classes. The pair earned the top call in both of Friday's classes after
their flawless performances and walked away with two blue ribbons.
Stevens began her exciting day by winning the Marshall & Sterling Central
Equine Junior Medal with Eventual. Friday's class was the final qualifier
before the Marshall & Sterling Junior Medal Finals, which will be held
tomorrow in the Grand Prix Ring following the 2009 Showplace Leading Rider
Stevens received the top call during Friday's test, which she executed
flawlessly aboard Eventual and was awarded with the first place prize. The
second place ribbon was presented to Margo Lyons who was riding Piece of
Art, while Sydney Schaefer and VBS Hannink Atlantis earned the third place
Later on the Friday, as the rain started to move-in, Stevens participated in
the ASPCA Maclay class in Ring 3. Riders competed over a complicated course
with many turns that finished over a tight one-stride combination. The class
finished with an under saddle portion where the exhibitors had to show at a
sitting trot and reverse directions, and then move directly into the canter.
Stevens and Eventual were named the winners once again during the ASPCA
Maclay class and received the blue ribbon. Ryan Sassmannshausen and Reilly
were presented with the second place prize, while Kelsey Thatcher earned the
third place honors.
Earlier on the Friday rider's competed in the $1,000 WIHS Children's Hunter
Classic, where Fallon Perez and Kara garnered the top prize following their
excellent rounds. The blue ribbon during Friday's $1,000 Pony Hunter Classic
was award to Abbie Ross for her ride aboard Golden Snitch.
After earning the third place prize in Saturday's $25,000 Tapestry Farms
Leading Rider Finals Grand Prix with Carlotta, Kelsey Thatcher went on to
earn two championship tricolors and a reserve championship ribbon in the
Junior Hunter divisions. Thatcher also earned both of the blue ribbons in
the $1,000 Junior Hunter Classics held over the last two days with Bella
Following an exciting double clear, third place finish in the $25,000
Tapestry Farms Leading Rider Finals Grand Prix with Carlotta, Thatcher moved
to Ring 3 to compete in the Junior Hunter divisions. She began with the
Small Junior Hunter division where she swept both the championship and
reserve championship prizes. Thatcher was awarded the championship prize for
her dominating performance aboard Bella Blue. The pair won every class in
the division, and also won Friday and Saturday's $1,000 Junior Hunter
Classics. The reserve championship went to Thatcher and Mirasol, who earned
three second place ribbons and two third place ribbons.
Next, Thatcher competed in the Large Junior Hunter division with Gianni
where she took home her second championship award. The pair had brilliant
trips, earning three first place ribbons and two second place ribbons. The
reserve championship prize was presented to Hope Caughron for her ride
aboard Superman. The duo took home a first place ribbon, two second place
ribbons, a third place ribbon, and a fourth place ribbon over the last two
days of competition.
Earlier in the day on Saturday the Pony Hunter divisions also wrapped up
their competition. The Large Pony Hunter Championship went to Sir William
Patrick, with Izabella Quadracci in the irons. The pair picked up two first
place ribbons, a second place ribbon, and a third place ribbon. Quadracci
and Sir William Patrick also won Saturday's $1,000 Pony Hunter
Classic. Madeline Thatcher and Beau Rivage took home the reserve
championship prize after earning two first place ribbons, a second place
ribbon, and two fourth place ribbons.
The next division to compete in Ring 5 was the Small/Medium Pony Hunters,
where Thatcher and Hillcrest Blue Cwilt picked up the championship award
after winning four of the division's classes. Matthew Sassmannshausen and
Boomerang Love were awarded the reserve championship award after earning a
first place ribbon, a second place ribbon, and three third place ribbons.
The Adult Amateurs also awarded prizes during two Classic events on
Saturday. The first blue ribbon was presented to Kiersten Litzsinger and
Gibson for winning the WIHS Adult Amateur Hunter Classic. Danyelle Jurewicz
and Heaven Sent earned the top call during Sunday's $1,000 NAL Adult Amateur
Hunter Classic after an excellent performance, and were awarded a cooler and
On Sunday riders competed for top prizes during the $1,000 Marshall &
Sterling Adult Hunter Championship and the $1,000 Marshall & Sterling
Children's Hunter Championship. Judy Lefferdink and Gucci earned a score of
163 during the Adult Championship, and were awarded the blue ribbon. Ellie
Trepte and Asiago had two excellent courses during the $1,000 Marshall &
Sterling Children's Hunter Championship, earning a score of 170 and winning
the championship trophy.
The top Adult Amateur riders competed in Sunday's $1,000 Marshall & Sterling
Adult Hunter Championship. Exhibitors completed the first course and were
then called back in reverse order to complete the second course. Lefferdink
and Gucci entered the second round with a score of 79. They laid down an
excellent second trip to receive a score of 84, for a two-round total of 163
and the win in Sunday's class.
The second place prize was presented to Stephanie Renguso, who was aboard
Magnificent Miles. The pair earned a first round score of 80, and received a
score of 82 during the second round for a two-round total of 162. Lisa
Williamson and Saracen's total score of 157 garnered Sunday's third place
The $1,000 Marshall & Sterling Children's Hunter Championship was also held
on Sunday in Ring 3. Ellie Trepte and Asiago had the top call coming into
the second round with a first round score of 84. The pair only got better,
earning a second round score of 86 for a two round total of 170 to lead the
Fallon Perez was awarded Sunday's second place honors after earning a first
round score of 76 and a second score of 87, for a two round total of
163. Taylor Schmidt followed with the third place ribbon for her ride aboard
Front Row. The pair had a first round score of 82, and a second round score
of 80, for a two round total of 162.
There were a number of exciting final events taking place Sunday, including
the Marshall and Sterling Children's Pony Medal Finals. Alessia Woods
claimed the blue ribbon for her ride aboard Bewitched. Caroline Wallace and
Just Ducky followed with the second place honors, while the third place
ribbon was presented to Taylor Kozloski and Over the Moon.
Earlier on Sunday the Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions wrapped-up their second
day of competition and awarded championship and reserve championship
prizes. The Amateur-Owner 3'3'' division led off the day, and Haylie Jayne
and Disaranno earned the championship tricolor. The pair earned two first
place ribbons, two second place ribbons, and a third place ribbon. Jami
Boyle and Gemini followed with the reserve championship prize after earning
two first place ribbons, a second place ribbon, and a third place ribbon.
The Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunter division was next to compete in Ring 3, with
Lisa Goldman and Ruben claiming the championship award. The pair earned
three first place ribbons and a third place ribbon. The reserve championship
prize was presented to Shannon Kelly and Trust Me after the pair earned a
first place ribbon and four second place ribbons. Kelly and Trust Me also
claimed the $1,000 Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic blue ribbon for the second
day in a row.
The final division to compete was the Amateur-Owner 36 and Over
Hunters. Sonya Svaty garnered the championship prize with Pick A Color after
winning four of the division's classes. Ken Wexler and Kensignton took home
the reserve championship prize, having earned a first place ribbon, two
second place ribbons, and a third place ribbon.