Wayne, IL - June 4, 2009 - It was a beautiful day in Wayne, IL, as the professional hunter divisions held their second day of competition and were awarded championship honors at the Showplace Spring Spectacular today. Run by Showplace Productions, the Showplace Spring Spectacular Horse Show is being held at the Lamplight Equestrian Center, and will run through June 14, 2009.
Tammy Provost had a very successful two days of competition in the hunter divisions and ended up earning two championship tricolors as well as the blue ribbon for victory in the $1,000 Open Hunter Classic, which was sponsored by Artisan Farms. Provost's victory in the Classic was with Sugar Boy, who was also the champion in the First Year Green Hunter division, with Insight and Kelley Farmer as reserve champions in the division.
Provost co-owns Sugar Boy along with Wendy Hofmeister of Minooka, IL, and over the two days of competition, the pair placed first, first, first, and second in the four classes over fences to take the championship win.
Provost had her second championship win of the day in the Second Year Green Hunters riding Almost Majic, who is owned by Alliy Moyer of Caramel, IN. Cookie Beck rode All About Eve, owned by Lisa Cudahy of Milwaukee, WI, to the reserve championship honors.
Provost also earned the reserve championship in the Green Conformation Hunters riding As You Wish, owned by Sharie Maloney of Lake Forest, IL. Provost and As You Wish placed just behind Maggie Jayne and Early Applause, owned by Pony Lane Farm of Bluffdale, UT, who won the division's championship tricolor.
Champion of the Second Year Hunters, Almost Majic, is a seven-year-old Westphalian gelding that Provost has been riding since he was imported as a four-year-old. "He was perfect, as always," Provost smiled. "He is maybe the easiest one that I have. He has a great mind, and he is a very versatile horse. He is starting to do the Junior Hunters with his owner Alliy Moyer, and he is great in the hunter derbies. If someone wanted him to, he could probably do the equitation too. He just has a great 'do anything' attitude and a fantastic personality in the barn."
"He loves the handy classes," Provost added. "He rises to the occasion every time, and I can always make tighter turns on him than any other horse. I thought the handy course today was great. I thought (course designer) Skip (Bailey) did a great job. The little chute to the trot jump was great; you could make it really handy if you wanted to and I thought that it was fantastic."
Provost also spoke about Sugar Boy, who is a seven-year-old Hanoverian gelding that was also imported from Germany. "He was turned out with a bunch of cows at a farm and he has just come so far," Provost stated. "He has been great. He was champion in Nashville and Kentucky and now here, and I think he is going to try his first hunter derby here."
"He was a little tough as a young horse, but all of a sudden he has really grown up," Provost continued. "He is a horse that we are thinking we don't ever want to sell. We just want to keep him; we love him. He is a beautiful jumper, and he has the most stride and scope of any horse that I have ever ridden in my life. He is really calm around the barn and getting way calmer at the shows. At first everything was a big deal, but now he is starting to relax and really come into his own. He is just getting easier at every horse show."
Provost is from Indianapolis, IN, so she has come to the June shows at Lamplight a lot.
"We come here pretty much every year," she explained. "We like to come here. It is a beautiful show and Pat (Boyle) is very nice to me. He gives me great stabling, and we always get good treatment. The courses are beautiful and the weather is perfect, so it is always a great show to come to."
Kelley Farmer is another rider who had double championship wins in today's hunter competition, both of which were aboard Upshot, owned by Jane Gaston of The Plains, VA. "We used to live out here, but I haven't been here in six or seven years, maybe longer, so it is really nice to come back," Farmer stated. "This facility has changed a lot and it looks great; it is really beautiful."
"They always try to do a nice job and put on nice horse shows here," Farmer continued. "They really run a nice show and it is kind of like coming back to my old home, so it is fun."
After placing extremely well over the two days of competition, Farmer and Upshot won the division championships in both the Regular Working Hunter and Regular Conformation Hunter divisions.
Lorrie Canady took home the reserve championship honors in the Regular Working Hunter division riding Insignia, owned by Mary Beth Canfield of Chicago, IL, while Maggie Jayne rode Francesca, owned by Pony Lane Farm, to the reserve championship tricolor in the Regular Conformation Hunters.
Some of today's top horse and rider combinations in the championships were also the top four in the Open Hunter Classic. After two rounds of competition, Sugar Boy and Tammy Provost came in first place, while Francesca and Maggie Jayne placed second, Early Applause and Maggie Jayne third, and As You Wish and Tammy Provost were fourth.
The hunter competition will continue tomorrow at the 2009 Showplace Spring Spectacular with a variety of hunter and equitation classes, including breeding classes and the $1,000 Novice Adult Hunter Classic.
For more information, please visit http://www.showplaceproductions.com
Photo Caption: Upshot and Kelley Farmer were also double championship winners
Photo Credit: Tammy Provost and Sugar Boy won the First Year Green Hunter championship as well as the $1,000 Open Hunter Classic today at the Showplace Spring Spectacular. Kelley Farmer and Upshot won the Regular Working Hunter as well as the Regular Conformation Hunter championships at the Showplace Spring Spectacular. Photo © 2009 Lauren Fisher/PMG. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.
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