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Pony Lane Farm Garners Multiple Championship Tricolors at the Showplace Summertime Horse Show

Roscoe, IL - July 8, 2009 - Kelsey and Madeline Thatcher of Pony Lane Farm had a great competition at the Showplace Summertime Horse Show this weekend. The show was held July 1-5 at the Ledges Sporting Horses show grounds in Roscoe, IL, and the sisters were awarded multiple championship tricolors and top honors throughout the weekend. Sixteen-year-old Kelsey Thatcher and 12-year-old Madeline Thatcher are from South Jordan, UT, and both train with Maggie Jayne of Our Day Farm in Elgin, IL.

Kelsey and Madeline dominated in the equitation ring this weekend. Kelsey rode Raven owned by Miss Clark and North Run to a first place victory in the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, and Madeline showed Enticer, owned by Helen Miner, to a first place ribbon in the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship class. The girls also topped the IHJA Junior Medal; with Kelsey coming in first place on Raven, and Madeline and her horse Capone placing second. Capone has been a national leader in the Small Junior Hunter division this year and although Madeline finished second to her sister, she was called back on top to test, and was happy to have done so well.

"I don't mind showing against Kelsey," Madeline stated. "There is a little bit of a challenge, but we basically just have a lot of fun. She is four years older than me, so she usually beats me. It is kind of funny showing against my older sister. I still haven't beaten her yet, but maybe sometime soon."

Capone and Enticer are horses that Madeline also shows in the Junior Hunters, but they were both excellent for her in the equitation classes. "They did very well this weekend," Madeline expressed. "Capone is great. I love riding him because he has such a great attitude and he definitely loves to show and do his job. We are leasing Enticer, and he is really fun. They are both great horses."

The girls ruled the rings in the hunters and jumpers this weekend as well. Madeline was awarded three championship tricolors. She showed her pony Hillcrest Blue Cwilt to the championship tricolor in the Small/Medium Pony Hunter division and came in first place in the $1,000 Pony Hunter Classic. She was awarded the championship tricolor in the Large Pony Hunter division with Beau Rivage, owned by Casey Green.

Madeline also won the championship tricolor in the Children's/Adult Jumpers with Victor. Madeline placed first in the $1,500 WIHS Child Adult Jumper class with Victor and was first and second in the $5,000 NAL Children's/Adult Jumper class, placing first with her pony jumper Bally Mac and second with Victor.

"My ponies did really well this weekend," Madeline smiled. "My pony jumper Bally Mac is so much fun. He was my sister's pony, so we have had him for quite awhile. He went to Pony Finals last year, and this year we went to Devon and got third in the NAL Classic, which was really great and I was so proud of him. We just got Victor at the beginning of WEF this year. He was very good this week."

Kelsey had a great week as well, earning the championship in the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 division with her horse Gianni and earning the reserve championship in the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 with Mirasol.

In the jumpers, Kelsey rode her mare Carlotta to a fourth place finish in the $25,000 Showplace Grand Prix on Sunday, jumping clear but ending with an unfortunate time fault. Kelsey and Carlotta also placed second in the $10,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, and she took third place honors in that class as well with Merlin 369.

Kelsey and Madeline's trainer, Maggie Jayne, also garnered a couple of championship tricolors with the girls' horses in the beginning of the week's competition. Jayne showed Early Applause in the Green Conformation Hunters, winning the blue ribbon in each of the classes and earning the division's championship honors. Jayne and Early Applause were also first and second in each day's $1,000 Open Hunter Classics.

Jayne showed Madeline's Large Junior Hunter Francesca in the Regular Conformation Hunters and also swept the first place ribbons in all of that division's classes to garner the championship tricolor. Francesca switched off with Early Applause in the Classics, winning the $1,000 Open Hunter Classic on the first day and placing second on the following day.

Pony Lane Farm will compete next at the Ledges Summertime Horse Show held July 8-12, 2009, at the Ledges Sporting Horses show grounds in Roscoe, IL.

Photo Credit: Madeline Thatcher and Enticer won the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship class at the Showplace Summertime Horse Show. Photos 2009 Lauren Fisher/PMG. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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