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Two Professionals are Maui Bound

Pearce Leaps to the Forefront; Dennehy had it all Along

Burbank, CA. Jan Pearce and her students have shown that the Tortoise and the Hare approach is the way to win the Langer Equestrian Group’s Trainer Incentive. Although trainers Jenny Davis and Beverly Jovais earned more points at the shows they attended, they missed shows during the season, while Pearce and her students attended every show in the LEG Woodside series. Pearce poured on the heat to earn a lot of points in the final shows of the season and was in second place to Jovais going into the Woodside Fall Finale. Competitors earned double points at the four day show, and Pearce’s 134 points were enough to put her in the lead and ensure a week long stay at the beautiful Marriott Ocean Club Resort in Maui.

In recognition of her efforts and the success of her students, Pearce will be heading off on her vacation with $1,500 in her pocket to enjoy the fabulous resort at Ka’anapali Beach. "I was so excited. I’ve never won anything like that before," said Pearce. "I was surprised. There are a lot of good trainers out there." She appreciates the LEG Trainer Incentive program and shows. "I like the shows, and they are always improving them. Every time I go, there’s been an improvement." She has the advantage of being located in Woodside, so her clients were able to go to every show. She also has clients who are competitive in hunters, jumpers, and equitation.

"I want to thank all my clients who worked so hard and my kids who rode so well. I also couldn’t do this without all my assistants: Priscilla, Terri, Dana and Sally, and Pedro, Camello and all the other grooms who worked very, very hard. Everything is a team effort at my barn."

Jenny Davis was hard on Pearce’s heels with 521 points, earning herself $1,250. "I think it’s a great idea. I like how the Incentive award is run. It is not the trainer with the most horses who wins. It’s about being prepared and doing well." While she was hoping to win, Davis was pleased to get a check. "I want to congratulate all our clients who did so well this year and thank Larry (Langer) for the program," she added.

Beverly Jovais ended up in third place with 496.5 points and a cool $1,000. Although she was disappointed not to win, she enjoyed the race. "It was a great year," she said. "I’ll be back next year to try for Maui." Jovais went on to add, "I want to thank Larry (Langer) and his staff, especially show secretary Linda McRae. No other series gives the trainers rewards like this."

Rounding out the top five in Woodside were Lyn Irving, who receives $750 for fourth place and Leslie Nelson, who receives $500 for fifth. Nelson has won the Trainer Incentive in previous years, and she and her family have treasured their Maui memories.

Meanwhile, at LEG’s Colorado shows Michael Dennehy has been determined to win the prize for himself and his new bride. Throughout the seven show series he maintained a comfortable lead over his fellow professionals. He finished the season with 711 points, a whopping 101 points over Tracye Ferguson. Randy Henry came in third with 565.5 points, Kathryn Johnson was fourth with 505.5, and Charlie Dennehy rounded out the top five with 442.5 points.

"This is a wonderful idea. Professionals are among the hardest working and most underpaid of all the people working the horse show—so many of our costs can't be recouped," said Dennehy. "The way LEG does this program is great. They level the playing field so that small barns have as much of a chance to win this award as larger barns. My partner, Emily Keating and I are really appreciative of the work that Langer Equestrian Group does for us. We also would like to thank all of our clients. All of them had a part in our win."

Langer Equestrian Group awards four trips to Maui to hunter/jumper professionals on an annual basis. Laura Van Meter won her trip to Maui during the Memorial Day Classic by winning the Memorial Day Junior-Pro-Am Equitation Challenge, a team competition. The final trip to Hawaii will be awarded to the winner of the series of shows Langer Equestrian Group has started at the newly purchased Hansen Dam Equestrian Center. The Gold Rush Finale (Oct. 31 - Nov. 2) will determine which professional gets to say "Aloha!" in December.

For information about LEG’s Trainer Incentives and final 2008 results, visit LEG’s website at: http://www.langershows.com/special.php.

To keep current with the happenings in the hunter/jumper world, sign up for LEG UP News. At http://www.langershows.com, click on “Sign up for our E-news” and fill out the form. All the news will come right to your inbox.


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