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Top Ranked Riders to Compete at Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II

Wellington, FL - May 18, 2007 - Numerous "A-list" riders are entered to compete at the Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II from June 19-24, with the top prize being the $50,000 Wachovia Securities, LLC Grand Prix on Saturday, June 23.

Among the riders attending the show are Canadian Olympic veteran Beth Underhill, Wilhelm Genn, Bob Kraut and Karen Cudmore. "We couldn't be happier with this year's line-up for the Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II," said Pat Boyle, Showplace Productions manager. "Every year we have a great group of riders, and with Wachovia behind us, it's bound to be one of the best weeks to date."

Underhill is a highly decorated show jumper, having ridden in more than 25 Nations' Cup competitions. In 1993 she was the first women to win the Canadian World Cup League, a feat she repeated in 1999. With her retired partner, Monopoly, she earned more than $1 million in the show ring. Other accolades include representing Canada at the 1998 World Equestrian Games and at the Pan American Games in 1999. Currently, Underhill is campaigning a top horse, Magdaline, and has seen much success this season.

Genn, a native of Germany, is now based in Ohio. Before moving to the U.S., he was awarded the Golden Medallion for Show Jumping. In 1997 he was Midwest Grand Prix Rider of the Year and has accumulated many top placings and wins throughout the years. These wins include four Puissance victories and success in World Cup qualifying competitions.

Cudmore is based in Omaha, NB, and is originally from Victoria, BC. Recent wins include her victory in the $100,000 World Cup Grand Prix in August of last year at the CSI-W Caledon Summer Festival in Palgrave, ON, and the $60,000 AGA Grand Prix of Denver in July.

One group of riders that is expected to be a dominating force at Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II is the Jayne family, composed of Maggie, Charlie and Haylie, and trained by father Alex Jayne. Other names to keep an eye out for include Richard Cheska, Chuck Waters, Thomas Cerra and Alex Granato, as well as Laura Gorman, Claire Rozran, Nick Novak, and Joshua and Kristin Vanderveen.

Sponsored by Wachovia Securities, LLC, the Spring Spectacular Horse Show II is held from June 19-24, 2007, at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL. The "AA" rated show is organized and produced by Showplace Productions, which is one of the leading professional equestrian event management companies in the Midwest.

Wachovia Securities is the nation's third largest brokerage group and is based in Richmond, VA. It is a non-bank affiliate of Wachovia Corporation and provides financial advisory, brokerage, asset management and other financial services, helping clients make the most of their existing and potential assets through sound investment advice and the highest level of service.

For more information about Showplace Productions, please visit their official Web site at http://www.showplaceproductions.com.

For more information about Wachovia Securities, LLC, go to http://www.wachoviasec.com.



Fast Facts: 2007 Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular Horse Show II

EVENT: Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular Horse Show II

WHAT: A five-day "AA" rated hunter and four-star jumper horse show produced by Showplace Productions.

WHERE: Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Ill., located 40 minutes west of Chicago.

WHEN:

June 20-24, 2007

PRIZE MONEY: $195,000

FEATURES:

$50,000 Wachovia Securities Grand Prix

$20,000 NAL Nutrena Children's/Adult Jumper Grand Prix

$20,000 Turtle Rock Farm High Junior Amateur-Owner Classis - Show Jumping Hall of Fame Member Event

$10,000 Wachovia Securities Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic

$10,000 Canterbury Farm Open Welcome Stake

$5,000 Low Children's/Adult Jumper Rider Classic

$5,000 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Gambler's Choice

$5,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Gambler's Choice

HOURS: Wednesday through Sunday, beginning at 8 a.m.

ADMISSION: Complimentary during the five days of showing.

PARKING: On-site, permits available

DIRECTIONS:

From Chicago I-90 (Kennedy Expressway) West to Route 59 (Barrington, IL).Route 59 South (Left Turn) to Stearns Road (West Bartlett, IL) Stearns Road West (Right Turn) to end. (Dunham Road) Left turn on Dunham Road. 1/8 mile-Lamplight Equestrian Center is on Right.

From Downtown St. Charles Route 64 East to Dunham Road. North (Left Turn) on Dunham Road. Lamplight Equestrian Center is on Left approximately 1.5 miles after Army Trail Road.

FROM St. Charles Hotels Route 64 to Kirk Road North. Kirk Roadruns into Dunham Road. Continue North. Lamplight Equestrian Center is on Left approximately 1.5 miles after Army Trail Road

HOTELS:

Connections Travel: 800-262-9974

http://www.equestriantravel.com

Official Hotel:

Courtyard by Marriott 800-321-2211 (2 miles)

Best Western of St. Charles 800-528-1234 (2 miles)

Fairfield Inn & Suites 800-228-2800 (2 miles)

Hilton Garden Inn 800-445-8667 (2 miles)

Quality Inn 800-424-6423 (2 miles)

Holiday Inn Express 800-465-4329 (2 miles)

Super 8 Motel 800-800-8000 (2 miles)

Country Inn and Suites of St. Charles 800-456-4000 (3 miles)

Hotel Baker 800-284-0110 (3 miles)

Pheasant Run Resort 800-474-3272 (3 miles)

Comfort Inn of Geneva 630-208-8811 (5 miles)

The Herrington Inn 800-216-2466 (5 miles)

The Oscar Swan Inn of Geneva 630-232-0173 (7 miles)



PHOTO CREDIT: Beth Underhill, one of the many top jumper riders who will compete at the Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II. Photo by Peter Llewellyn/PMGPictures.

 

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