Wayne, IL - June 13, 2009 -It was a rainy morning at the Lamplight Equestrian Center today as the Junior Hunter divisions completed their championships at the Showplace Spring Spectacular II. After two days of competition, Alliy Moyer and Caitie Hope each earned championship honors in their respective age group of the Small Junior Hunters. Moyer was champion of the Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under with Barbados, and Hope rode Safari to the championship and Winter Place to the reserve championship in the Small Junior Hunter 16-17.
Caitie Hope rode Safari and Winter Place in the Junior Hunters this week for Artisan Farms and Caitlin Ziegler. Ziegler rode Winter Place to last week's championship, but is now in Spruce Meadows showing her jumper Mayhem, and has already won two classes in the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers with trainer Eric Lamaze.
Caitie Hope trains with Diane Carney of Telluride Farm and did very well with Ziegler's horses over the two days of competition at Lamplight, earning the championship with Safari (below) and the reserve championship with Winter Place. Winter Place only showed yesterday, but won all three classes and Safari placed second, second, and third yesterday and won both classes today to take over the top honors.
"Safari was awesome," Hope smiled. "He is a very nice horse, and he was a lot of fun to ride. He has a very nice canter, and he definitely knows his job. He jumps amazingly; the more release you give him the bigger he jumps, and he is a kind horse on the ground too."
Hope explained that she enjoys the opportunity to catch-ride different horses, although she has only done it a few times. "It is kind of new to me, but I like it," she stated. "You just go in on different horses and put in the best rounds you can and hope that it works out, so it is a lot of fun."
Hope is from Barrington, IL, which is not far from the Lamplight Equestrian Center, and she likes having a nice show so close to home. "I definitely like that it is close to home and it is a good show. There is a lot of good competition that comes here," Hope acknowledged. "All of my friends are here too, so we can go out after the show, which is fun."
Hope has done well at the show this year. She was champion in the Large Junior Hunters last week with Unsurpassed, and she has been showing a new horse named Sinatra 4, owned by Aaron Vale, in the jumpers. "We did the Low Junior Jumpers last week and moved up to the High division this week. We have gotten a couple of clear rounds. Tomorrow is the classic, so hopefully it goes well."
Caitlin Ziegler's trainer, Cookie Beck, was very happy that Hope did so well with both Winter Place and Safari. "Caitie was spectacular. She did a great job," Beck smiled. "Safari is seven years old this year, so he is young, but Caitlin has been doing great with him. He is pretty easy. We really just work on making sure that he comes forward and comes back and that is really about all you have to do. He is a really exceptional horse."
"He thinks he is really cool," Beck laughed. "He thinks he knows everything and he thinks he is very special, which he is. He is good at everything he does. He is a very confident horse; he rarely gets spooked or scared of anything. He goes in, does his job, and wants his treats. He very seldom makes a mistake either; he is a really good horse."
Alliy Moyer is another young rider who had a championship win this morning. Moyer rode Barbados (left), owned by Elsa Goding, to the championship win in the Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under with Catherine Tyree and Concetto, owned by First Partners, Inc., coming in reserve.
Moyer is 15 years old from Indianapolis, IN, and has trained with Tammy Provost for over six years. She has been riding Barbados for about a year and a half and is very happy with how far they have come together. "I have really started to learn on him and now everything is starting to play out, so it has been really good," Moyer smiled. "The mud was a little hard for him today, for any horse it would be hard, but he was really good so I was proud of him."
Moyer has done very well with Barbados over the past year. He was champion in Brownland in April and then champion in Kentucky in May. "He is an easier ride for me, probably one of the easiest out of my horses," Moyer stated. "I usually work on just keeping him together and keeping his momentum to the jumps and having enough pace. Tammy is very helpful. Since I have two green horses, she has really helped me learn how to bring up a green horse and ride and train them. She helps me all around with everything that I am doing."
Moyer added, "I want to thank my parents and my trainers for everything."
The 2009 Showplace Spring Spectacular will conclude tomorrow with its final day of competition. The $50,000 Showplace Productions Grand Prix, originally scheduled for today, will be held tomorrow afternoon, and the Amateur-Owner and Adult Amateur Hunter divisions will award their championships.
For more information, please visit http://www.showplaceproductions.com
Photo Credit: Caitie Hope rode Safari to the championship win in the Small Junior Hunter 16-17. Alliy Moyer and Barbados earned the championship honors in the Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under. Photos © 2009 Lauren Fisher/PMG. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.
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