Wayne, IL - June 13, 2009 - The Showplace Spring Spectacular is rounding out its final days at the Lamplight Equestrian Center, and there is a full schedule of jumper classes. Due to inclement weather, the $50,000 Showplace Productions Grand Prix, which was originally scheduled for today, has been moved to tomorrow, Sunday, June 14. It will follow the $10,000 NAL Children's Grand Prix and the $10,000 NAL Adult Grand Prix.
In today's $2,500 Low Children's Jumper Classic sponsored by Our Day Farm and Alex Jayne, it was Caitlin Boyle of West Dundee, IL, who beat out a field of 26 entries to take the top spot. The 12-year-old Boyle rode 20-year-old Don't B Nosey for first place over Vanessa Cortino on Nina Bonita. Boyle placed third on her second mount, Gypsy, owned by Catherine Sheridan.
Boyle has been showing Don't B Nosey for two years. "He's really fun. He's really good in the jumpers," Boyle said of her horse. "He was a little slow today from the rain and mud, but he was still good."
In today's course, Boyle had a plan with her trainers, Kim Gardiner, Mara Kranz and dad Pat Boyle, to look in the air, slice across the jumps, make tight turns, and gallop to the last two jumps. Boyle noted, "I liked today's course. I thought it was really interesting."
Boyle (above) won her first Low Children's Jumper Classic three weeks ago. She just started riding in the jumpers this year. She said she "loves to go fast and do the turns." Her goals this year are to keep doing well in the jumpers and improve in the Equitation 12-14 on her equitation horse.
The winner of yesterday's $5,000 Gentlemen's Invitational sponsored by True North Farm, was Jose Ochoa on Running With Scissors. The Invitational was part of a fun night of horse showing and included a hors d'oeuvres party sponsored by Matt and Holly Yeterian.
Ochoa works at Golden Oaks Farm Inc. for Heidi Fish, and works with amateur riders Margaret O'Meara and Jamie Boyle. He has worked for Fish for four years and started riding a little more than a year ago. While he started out in the 2'6" adult hunters, he has moved up to the Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunter division on Hickok.
With the help of veterinarian Dr. Jim Meister, Ochoa was able to compete in yesterday's class. Meister got Ochoa an invitation into the class and loaned him his horse, Running With Scissors. "We owe a big thanks to Jim. It's a great story," Fish said. "It's Jose's lifelong dream to ride in the jumpers."
Ochoa and Running With Scissors (above), a horse he had only ridden for the first time two days earlier, were clear through two rounds of jumping to move on to a jump-off. They were the fastest pair in the jump-off to take the win and the biggest share of prize money. All of the men in the Gentlemen's Invitational were riding for charities, and Ochoa's prize money will go to the Food Bank of Chicago. Second place went to Steven La Porta on Grey Street, who rode for the Sharing the Blue, which is dedicated to supporting local therapeutic riding programs.
"It was fun and exciting," Ochoa said. "The most fun thing about the class was that it was my first time showing in the jumpers. I got to go fast, which was the best part. I like both hunters and jumpers, but it's more exciting in the jumpers."
"It was the highlight of our week," Fish said. "Everyone loves Jose. He's so well liked by the other grooms and the other trainers because he's such a hard worker. He rides in the adult hunter classes, and then he's back to working after showing. He's the most responsible young man. It was really, really fun to do for him."
The final class on today's schedule was the $2,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic sponsored by True North Farm. The winner of the class was Entre Nous, ridden by Dana Foremski for Nina Moore. Foremski is from Kansas City, MO, and rode Entre Nous for the first time last week. Foremski trains with Alex Granato and Terry Milton, and Entre Nous is trained by Debbie and Tommy McIntyre.
Foremski was pleased with her win today on Entre Nous, a seven-year-old gelding. "He's just a big, hefty Warmblood," Foremski said of the big grey. "He has a powerful jump, and he's really direct to the fences. Today, I think the rain really helped him. He jumped even better. It was a little spookier, which made him jump bigger and better. He paid a lot more attention."
Entre Nous and Foremski (above) were the fastest in the jump-off over Fahrvergnuegen and Audrey Symowicz and Analisa Muti on All In. Foremski "thought the course was great." She added, "It was pretty straightforward. The puddles were fun to gallop through! The jump-off had good turns and different options. You could gallop up to the fences, but you still had to be on the ball with your turns. I watched the first class and then made my own plan. We left out a stride in the last line. With as big of a stride as he has, it was easy for him."
The Showplace Spring Spectacular will conclude this year's competition tomorrow. It will be a day full of great prize money classes from the $10,000 NAL Children's Jumper Grand Prix (sponsored by Midwest Neurosurgery Spine Specialists) and the $10,000 NAL Adult Jumper Grand Prix sponsored by Nutrena, to the $10,000 Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic sponsored by Roc USA and the $20,000 SJHOF High Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic sponsored by Our Day Farm and Alex Jayne. The highlight of the week is the $50,000 Showplace Productions Grand Prix, which is rescheduled for tomorrow afternoon following the Children's and Adult Grand Prix classes.
For further information on Showplace Productions and the Showplace Spring Spectacular, please visit http://www.showplaceproductions.com
Final Results: $2,500 Low Children's Jumper Classic sponsored by Our Day Farm and Alex Jayne
1. Don't B Nosey, Caitlin Boyle, Caitlin Boyle
2. Nina Bonita, Vanessa Cortino, Kelsey Cerkleski
3. Gypsy, Caitlin Boyle, Catherine Sheridan
4. Aume de la Lande, Matthew Sassmanshausen, Janet Sassmanshausen
5. Victor, Madeline Thatcher, Pony Lane Farm
6. Layla, Lisa Krentz, Lisa Krentz
7. Satisfaction Guaranteed, Hannah Dublinski, Hannah Dublinski
8. Sweet Escape, Kelly Wuich, Kelly Wuich
Final Results: $2,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic sponsored by True North Farm
1. Entre Nous, Dana Foremski, Nina Moore
2. Fahrvergnuegen, Audrey Symowicz, Helmut Schrant
3. All In, Analisa Muti, Analisa Muti
4. Atticus, Dana Foremski, Nina Moore
5. Juneau, Jessica Glavin, Tammy McConnell
6. Brogan, Ashley Pater, Ashley Pater
7. Cicero, Dana Foremski, Nina Moore
8. Lucky Seven, Victoria Giacchino, Jody Davidson
Final Results: $5,000 Gentlemen's Invitaitonal sponsored by True North Farm
1. Running With Scissors, Jose Ochoa, Charity: Food Bank of Chicago
2. Grey Stree, Steven La Porta, Charity: Sharing the Blue
3. Perfect Alibi, Steven Passarello, Charity: Animal Friends
4. Pioneer, Matthew Ross, Charity: Central DuPage Hospital
5. Zoolander, Michael Lenard, Charity: NIU Forward Together, Forward Scholarship Fund
6. Alaska D, Anton Marano, Charity: The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii
7. Rico Suave, Matt Yeterian, Charity: Steven Reichert Foundation
8. Mylestone, Mark Domitrovich, Charity: Equestrian Connection
9. Count, John Berkos, Charity: USHJA Zone 5 Scholarship
10. Tuidam, Bob McMurty, Charity: March of Dimes
Photo Credit: Dana Foremski rode Entre Nous to the win in the $2,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic. Photo © Jennifer Wood/PMG. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.
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