Wayne, IL - June 11, 2009 - Kelley Farmer dominated the professional hunter divisions over the two weeks of competition at this year's Showplace Spring Spectacular. Farmer and Upshot, owned by Jane Gaston of The Plains, VA, doubled up in the Regular Conformation and Regular Working Hunter championships over both weeks, earning the most points overall to garner the show's Grand Hunter Championship. Along with her championship wins with Upshot this week, Farmer also rode Insight, owned by Larry Glefke, to the First Year Green Hunter championship.
The Green Conformation Hunters were the first to compete in the main hunter ring this morning, and it was Maggie Jayne and Early Applause, owned by Pony Lane Farm, who took home the championship honors after two days of competition. Park Avenue, owned by Liza Casalini and ridden by Tammy Provost, earned the reserve championship tricolor. Along with their championship win, Jayne and Early Applause were later awarded the first place prize for their win in today's $2,500 Open Hunter Classic, which was sponsored by Meadowview Farm and Tammy Provost.
Following the Green Conformation Hunters, the First Year Green Hunters entered the ring for their second day of competition. At the completion of the division, the championship was awarded to Insight and Kelley Farmer with the reserve championship honors going to Sugar Boy and Tammy Provost.
Farmer got Insight not too long ago and describes the six-year-old mare as very simple, brave, and straightforward. "This is actually my second horse show with her. My first show was Keswick, and she was really good," Farmer stated. "She is a really cool horse. She is a good mover and a good jumper, and she is just a good girl."
"Everything she does, she does easily," Farmer continued. "She tries so hard and she is simple, which is really nice. She is a sweetheart too; not when you are tacking her up, but in the barn she is very much a sweetheart."
Insight is for sale and Farmer thinks that her niche could be as a great Amateur or Large Junior horse, but she will keep doing the First Years until the right owner comes along.
Tammy Provost moved up into the championship position in the Second Year Green Hunters, which showed next. Provost rode Momentus, owned by Alliy Moyer, to the championship tricolor while Nora Thomas and Rockford earned the reserve championship.
The Regular Conformation Hunters were next to show in the main hunter ring today and it was Upshot and Kelley Farmer who took home the championship prize. Maggie Jayne rode Francesca, owned by Pony Lane Farm, to the reserve honors.
Upshot and Kelley Farmer earned their second championship of the day in the Regular Working Hunters followed by reserve champion Del Mar, owned by Messenger Hill, and ridden by Freddie Vazquez.
Following their second week of back to back championship wins, Farmer and Upshot were awarded the Jeff Katz Grand Hunter Perpetual Challenge Trophy for earning the most points overall in both weeks of open hunter competition.
Upshot is a nine-year-old Warmblood that Farmer first showed in Wellington this winter and has done very well with since. He has been champion at the Winter Equestrian Festival, the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, the Keswick Horse Shows and here at the Showplace Spring Spectacular. He also placed very well and pinned in every class at the recent Devon Horse Show. Upshot has been Grand Hunter Champion with Farmer as well as Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Champion with his owner, Jane Gaston. He also placed second overall in his first hunter derby on Tuesday, coming in behind Farmer's previous horse Early Applause.
"This is my next baby; I love him," Farmer smiled. "He is a blast to ride. He goes without a martingale in a D-bit. He is quiet, he is a good jumper, he is careful, he is-big strided. He is actually a little bit like Early Applause in the respect that they both know they are good. They have big attitudes and they know they are good, and I love that. He is a great horse."
"He does great in the handy classes," Larry Glefke added. "He won the first round and he was real close in the second round of the derby. Early Applause did one more inside turn than we did, but he was great. Both of them are amazing animals."
"He got beat by a great horse, so I can't complain," Farmer smiled.
She added, "I have to say that I think they did a beautiful job with the derby course. The courses were great, and I wish the jumps were like that in Florida. They have brush and flowers, and the horses jumped beautifully. It was gorgeous. I have to give them credit because the ring and the jumps were beautiful."
Glefke agreed, "We spent the whole winter in Florida, and I wish every course in Florida could look like they do here. We won a big hunter derby with Early Applause down in Florida and, in my opinion, this was a superior course to that."
"Pat Boyle does a great job running this show, and they make it beautiful," Glefke continued. "That is why we come here. I live in Virginia and I missed Upperville to come here because it is such a great show."
At Tuesday's $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, additional prizes were presented to winners, along with the winning cooler, ribbons, and prize money. The beautiful leather "Tack Trunk Bag" was awarded to the high score in the Handy Hunter round was donated by Stacey Lefton Glick & King's Crossing LLC and Oughton Ltd. Equestrian Luggage. Lefton Glick also donated a "Barn Tote Bag" to another lucky winner.
The 2009 Showplace Spring Spectacular will continue tomorrow with more exciting hunter, jumper, and equitation competition. The show will continue throughout the week at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL, and will conclude this Sunday, June 14.
For more information, please visit http://www.showplaceproductions.com
Photo Credit: Upshot and Kelley Farmer were awarded the Showplace Spring Spectacular's Grand Hunter Championship after domination the competition in the Regular Conformation and Regular Working Hunter divisions. Photo © 2009 Lauren Fisher/PMG. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.
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