Waters and Birdsall Take Blues in Other Big Money Classes
Wayne, IL - June 22, 2008 - It was a great final day at the 2008 Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II Horse Show, and three big prize money classes were on the schedule. The winner of the $10,000 Wachovia Securities Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic was Alexandra Morefield of Elburn, IL, on Sir Hawkins. Haley Waters and Rocky tallied their second big win of the week when they took the top prize in the $20,000 Tapestry Farms Children's/Adult Jumper Classic. The winner of the $10,000 Turtle Rock Farms High Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic was Victoria Birdsall of Topsfield, MA, on Jerremy.
The courses were designed by Hector Loyola of Puerto Rico, and huge crowds gathered today to watch the final classes of this successful event. Sixteen-year-old Alexandra Morefield and her 7-year-old Warmblood gelding Sir Hawkins were able to race fastest through the jump-off course in the $10,000 Wachovia Securities Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic. They finished just in front of Laura King-Kaplan on Crocket 16.
Morefield trains with Steve Schaefer of Grove Place, and she has been competing for 10 years. She noted that riding Sir Hawkins is "like riding a powerhouse; it's so cool. He's a really, really good boy." She said that she watched the earlier jump-off rides in order to make her plan for the course. "I was watching to see what turns they did and what strides they did because my horse has a really big stride. I can leave a lot out. He was amazing. We flew! I planned to leave out strides and we did," she explained.
Haley Waters and Rocky, a horse she has been riding in the jumpers for a year, won their second classic of the week, and this time they received a big paycheck in the $20,000 Tapestry Farms Children's/Adult Jumper Classic. Waters said that since she started with Rocky, she has "learned how to ride him better. He's taught me a lot; he's taught me how to ride. He's helped me learn to like him too."
Waters had an original plan in the jump-off to do two outside turns that had options of an inside cut to the jump, but as she headed to the second to last jump on course, she changed her mind. "I was supposed to go around, but I saw the other way, so I didn't," she pointed out. Heading to the last jump, she thought, "I gotta kick!" This forward thinking led Waters to post the fastest time in the timed round and take the win over Reagan and Megan Bryant.
The last class of the day was the $10,000 Turtle Rock Farm High Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic, and the second horse in for the jump-off took home the top prize. Victoria Birdsall and Jerremy were fastest, while Reed Kessler on Flight captured second place.
Fifteen-year-old Birdsall has leased Jerremy, a very successful junior/amateur horse owned by Natalie Johnson, for a nine months. This was their first big classic win. For today's class, Birdsall said she "really wanted to win," but that she "wasn't sure because (other riders in the class) are really fast. The first jump I was kind of slow, so I knew I had to pick it up. After that, I just kind of trusted him and let him do his thing. I helped him where I could," she said.
This marks the final day of the 2008 Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II Horse Show, which was a huge success and brought the level of equestrian competition even higher this year in the Midwest.
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Final Results: $20,000 Tapestry Farms Children's/Adult Jumper Classic
1. Rocky, Haley Waters
2. Reagan, Megan Bryant
3. Tricky Cricket, Alexa Malevitis
4. No It All, Kristi Tompkins
5. Solid, Christina Gellos
6. Leandro, Kathryn Papp
7. Rebound, Stephanie Dubois-Emond
8. Fast Break, Tiffany Hammack
9. Doctro, Madeline Cooley
10. Get Shorty, Katie Smith
11. Myztery Z, Kathleen Schmechtig
12. La Cinderina, Lindsay Jauch
Final Results: $10,000 Wachovia Securities Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic
1. Sir Hawkins, Alexandra Morefield
2. Crocket 16, Laura King-Kaplan
3. Biloxi, Dana Waters
4. TNK, Addison Phillips
5. Edward Himself, Abigail McArdle
6. Morocco, Lisa Goldman
7. GD Houdini, Theo Genn
8. Eurocommerce Rome, Catherine Tyree
9. Tiger Lily, Laura King-Kaplan
10. Nestle, Ellie Sparks
11. Stuart, Gabrielle Stern
12. Hunter de Laume, Catherine Tyree
Final Results: $10,000 Turtle Rock Farm High Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic
1. Jerremy, Victoria Birdsall
2. Flight, Reed Kessler
3. Vertigo, Dana Waters
4. Tokade de Kalvari, Natalie Johnson
5. Sintra, Jessica Miltz
6. Teirra, Addison Phillips
7. Ceno 3, Kassi Smith
8. Cedric, Theo Genn
9. Kenzo Desfi, Taylor McMurtry
10. Olyna, Gabrielle Stern
11. Loriot 255, Christopher Cullen
12. Pilot, Amelia McArdle
Photo Credit: Alexandra Morefield and Sir Hawkins won the $10,000 Wachovia Securities Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic. Photo (C) 2008 Jon Kassel. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.
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