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Hinsdale Nurseries and Vermeer Midwest Continue Sponsorship at the Showplace Spring Spectacular

Wayne, IL - June 5, 2009 - Two of this year's very generous sponsors at the Showplace Spring Spectacular are Hinsdale Nurseries and Vermeer Midwest, who have each contributed to the beautiful landscape and upkeep of the Lamplight show grounds. "Having the plants in the ring always adds a little bit," said Richard Theidel, the third generation owner of Hinsdale Nurseries. "It makes the rings look fuller, instead of just having the jumps out there. It is always a nice touch and we are glad to be able to help."

The Showplace Spring Spectacular brings some of the best horses and riders in the country to Wayne, IL, every June to compete at the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center. With a schedule of classes for hunters, jumpers and equitation, this year's show runs June 2-14, 2009, and is supported by many generous sponsors that contribute to the excellent horse show experience that is provided.

Hinsdale Nurseries is a family owned and operated business that was started in 1850. With more than 150 years of experience, Hinsdale Nurseries offers a full range of wholesale and retail services, with exceptional knowledge in the Midwest region. Hinsdale Nurseries is located in Plano, IL, and maintains 750 acres for development, propagation, growth and distribution of trees, ornaments, evergreens, shrubs, perennials, and annuals. They also offer complete landscape services, from consultation and design to installation and year-round maintenance.

Theidel first got involved with the Showplace horse shows when his daughter rode. "We have been involved for about four years," Theidel stated. "I just like to help out and be a part of it. The show there in Wayne is very nice; they have nice facilities, and I enjoy being able to contribute to that."

Vermeer Midwest is North America's largest Vermeer dealer and a nationwide leader in the underground and environmental equipment industries. Vermeer Midwest is a family owned dealership with nine store locations in the Midwest, covering Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, and Michigan.

The dealerships sell and repair Vermeer equipment that includes trenchers, environmental equipment such as tree chippers, trenchless equipment used for excavating, and compact equipment, such as ASV track loaders. Vermeer is the official track loader of Showplace Productions.

Vermeer Midwest has been a sponsor at the Showplace Spring Spectacular for the past several years and has generously provided equipment to help the staff with tasks around the horse show each year. This year the company provided track loaders that help the staff with moving jumps, shavings and hay, and much more.

Vermeer Midwest's General Manager Mitch Smith explained that the horse shows are a niche for their company. "We have a very wide range of products available, many of which are very helpful for customers with horses," Smith stated. "It is a great sales opportunity for us to be involved with these events because it is a good market for the smaller equipment that can be used on horse farms."

"The things that we bring up to the horse show are the Vermeer equipment and the ASV equipment," Smith continued. "I think that the little ride-on units and track units that the guys use inside of the ring, especially in the grand prix ring, are very useful. They can move things around quickly, and I think that it is a lot more effective than all of the manual labor that they used to do. When they have to change the course and move a lot of jumps and big trees and bushes, it makes it a lot quicker."

Smith is especially invested in making sure that things run well at the show since he has children that ride. In fact, his daughter Kassi won a class in the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers this morning.

"With the jumpers they all have good days and bad days, and I watch enough to know that there are a lot of good competitors in those classes, especially at a show of this size," Smith smiled. "This is her last year as a junior and then she is going off to school at the University of Kentucky, so I am very proud of her."

Hunter course designer Skip Bailey has enjoyed having so much to work with in the rings from the generous contributions of both Hinsdale Nurseries and Vermeer Midwest. "The plants really add to the courses," Bailey stated. "The jumps are very solid and impressive, which makes the horses jump better, and all of the plants give the courses a more natural effect that you would want to see in the hunter rings."

"The material that I am supplied here is more than I have seen at any other show, which is great," Bailey continued. "Thanks to the equipment and the staff, we are able to move things quickly and efficiently, and it all makes designing courses a lot of fun."

The 2009 Showplace Spring Spectacular Horse Show Series carries a "5" Jumper rating. The highlight classes for the open jumpers include the $30,000 and the $50,000 Grand Prix events on each Saturday afternoon. Open jumper riders can also compete for more prize money in the $10,000 Welcome Stake classes held each Thursday.

Offering some of the best prize money for junior and amateur riders in the country, the Showplace Spring Spectacular series will hold the $20,000 High Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic on the final Sunday of the series, and a $10,000 classic for the division is held the first week. The Low Junior/Amateur Jumpers will be able to compete for $17,500 in prize money in their classics over the two weeks. The Children's Jumpers and Adult Jumpers will each have a $10,000 classic on Sunday, June 14, while the Low Children's/Adult Jumpers will have a $10,000 classic each week.

Hunter riders will have a vast variety of classes and divisions in which to compete as well. The highlight event of the series is the $15,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby on Tuesday, June 9. There will be $60,000 in prize money awarded for all of the hunter classics held over the two week competition.

For further information on Showplace Productions and the Showplace Spring Spectacular, please visit http://www.showplaceproductions.com.

For more information on Hinsdale Nurseries, please visit http://www.hinsdalenurseries.com.

For more information on Vermeer Midwest, please visit http://kool.vermeermidwest.com.

Photo Credit: Hinsdale Nurseries provided trees and shrubs to enhance the jumps and show rings. Vermeer Midwest provided track loaders to help horse show staff with moving jumps and hay and shavings. Photos 2009 Lauren Fisher/PMG. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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