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Abbie Ross and Alissa Kinsey Continue Success Through Showplace Spring Spectacular II

Wayne, IL - June 12, 2009 - Abbie Ross of Wheaton, IL, and Alissa Kinsey of Fort Meyers, FL, each posted jumper wins at the Showplace Spring Spectacular Horse Show today. Ross rode TNT to the win in the $1,500 WIHS Children's Jumper Classic, and Kinsey rode Grisset to the win in the $1,500 WIHS Adult Jumper Classic. The Showplace Spring Spectacular has just two days of competition left as these two riders continue to win through the second week.

First to show in the Grand Prix Ring at the Lamplight Equestrian Center today was the $1,500 WIHS Children's Jumper Classic, which was sponsored by Mill Run at Wedgewood Farm. The class was held as a power and speed competition, and 32 entries showed over the course set by Hector Loyola of Puerto Rico. Twenty-six entries went clear in the power round, and of those 26 to race against the clock in the speed round, 17 went double clear. At the top of the pack with the fastest time of them all was Abbie Ross and her 14-year-old mare TNT, who set a blazing fast time of 26.025 seconds for the win.

Thirteen-year-old Ross and TNT (right) have proven themselves a tough combination to beat at this year's Showplace Spring Spectacular. Yesterday they won the $1,500 NAL Pony Jumper Classic for the second week in a row, and now they have another win to claim.

This is Ross' second year showing TNT since she took over riding the mare for her older sister, Lillie, and she is very excited to be doing so well. "My sister rode TNT before me, and when she moved up to the Low Junior Jumpers she handed her down to me. This is my turn, and I was so excited because I always wanted to ride her," Ross stated. "When I first started riding her, Lillie told me to just let her do her job. She knows what she's doing, and she takes care of me."

Ross described her multiple wins with TNT as "pretty cool," and said that she loves how fast the mare is. "I like her speed and that she is willing to jump so high," Ross smiled. "She loves her job."

"I thought the course today was fun," Ross added. "It had nice turns and you had the option to go any way you wanted, inside or outside. From fences one to two and eleven to twelve you could have the tight turn or the wide turn, but we knew that we were going to take all of the tight turns. I didn't think that it was possible to beat Hayley Waters' score, but I tried anyway and we got it."

Hayley Waters ended up in second place with a time of 27.461 seconds riding Houston, and she also took home the third place ribbon with a time of 27.611 seconds riding Rocky. Fourth place honors were awarded to Ashley Reed and Fast Break who went double clear with a time of 28.140 seconds, and fifth place was awarded to Amanda Metzler and Fire Cat who crossed the finish line in 28.703 seconds. Lauren Tyree rode Eurocommerce Rome to the sixth place ribbon with double clear rounds and a race through the timers in 29.015 seconds.

The next class to compete today was the $1,500 WIHS Adult Jumper Classic, which was also held in the power and speed format. Twenty-three entries competed over the power course and 18 went on to the speed round. Of those 18 that advanced to race the clock, nine went double clear, and the fastest of those double clear rounds was Alissa Kinsey of Fort Meyers, FL, and her 12-year-old Hanoverian mare Grisset. This was Kinsey and Grisset's (left) second week in a row winning the class, and they raced through the timers in 26.612 seconds for today's win.

"I am excited," Kinsey smiled. "She was great last week on Friday and Saturday and then Sunday we had a bit of bad luck, but this week she went back in the ring and she was 200%. She is really a simple horse. She is so smooth and so fast and this was actually a really good course for her. We just left strides out everywhere and turned as hard as we could, so it was pretty good."

This is Kinsey's first time showing at the Showplace Spring Spectacular, and she trailered Grisset all the way here from New Hampshire by herself for the show. "I heard really good things about this horse show, and it has great prize money," she explained. "The shows in the northeast don't really have that much prize money these past two weeks, so I gave it a shot here. The facility here is really nice and all of the food and the little parties are great. They are really exhibitor friendly here, and I like that."

Kinsey has three other horses at home in New Hampshire right now, but since she was traveling by herself she chose to just bring her best horse. "She is my top competitor and this was kind of a gamble coming out here for two weeks, so I just brought her by myself," Kinsey stated. "I just pack up, pick an address, and go to the show and do everything myself. I have nobody on the ground setting jumps for me or anything; I just wing it."

When asked what makes Grisset so special, Kinsey smiled and said, "You know, if I could put my finger on it I would try to duplicate it, but she is just one in a million. I have never had a horse that is this consistent."

Following Grisset and Kinsey in the standings were Kim Phelps and Q&Q, owned by Patrick Fortune. Phelps and Q&Q were the last to go in the class, and they went double clear with a time of 31.161 seconds to earn the second place ribbon. Third place was awarded to Elizabeth Wallace and Rockstar who stopped the timers in 32.458 seconds. Fourth place honors went to Sarah Kirson riding Pasific Sun, owned by Salima Witt. Pasific Sun and Kirson had a time of 32.569 seconds, which put them just over Alice Gale and Kiss 'N' Tell who ended up in fifth with their time of 33.057 seconds.

Two Gambler's Choice classes were the afternoon features in the Grand Prix Ring. In the $5,000 Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Gambler's Choice sponsored by Vermeer Equipment, there were 27 entries. Riders had to make up their own course and accumulated points for each jump they cleared. The highest total of the class was from Anna Murphy of De Pere, WI, on Caladesi. They scored 1230 points and cleared the joker jump for the win. Ellie Morris and High Rustler rounded up 1210 points for second place, just ahead of Houston and Frances Land who also had 1210 points in a slower time.

The $5,000 High Junior/Amateur Jumper Gambler's Choice was sponsored by Turtle Rock Farm. India Anderson and Gesa topped the standings with a score of 1140. Second place went to Haylie Jayne on Sir Sean with 1080 points. Jay Land and Nepal were third with 1030 points.

There are just two days of competition remaining for the 2009 Showplace Spring Spectacular. The jumper competition will continue tomorrow with the exciting $50,000 Showplace Productions Grand Prix while the Junior Hunters conclude their divisions with the presentation of championship honors in the main hunter ring.

For more information, please visit http://www.showplaceproductions.com.

Photo Credit: India Anderson and Gesa won the $5,000 High Junior/Amateur Gambler's Choice. Photo 2009 Lauren Fisher and Jennifer Wood/PMG. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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