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2008 Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II Horse Show Supported By Generous Sponsors

Wayne, IL - May 29, 2008 - The 2008 Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II Horse Show is one of the most exciting equestrian events in the Midwest. Managed by Showplace Productions, it is held this year on June 17-22 at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL. It will award a quarter of a million dollars in prize money over the six-day show, thanks to help from its generous sponsors.

"These companies and individuals enable Showplace Productions to raise the bar every show season with positive growth and improvements to our facilities, innovative and exciting points series, and the most generous distribution of prize money for all levels in the Midwest," said Pat Boyle, competition manager and President of Showplace Productions.

The title sponsor of the Showplace Spring Spectacular II Horse Show is Wachovia Securities. This is the fourth year that Wachovia Securities has been the title sponsor. Their incredible support has helped the horse show grow, attract some of the best competitors in the country, and be a dominating force in the Midwest equestrian industry.

Wachovia Securities is the sponsor of the $50,000 grand prix, which is held on Saturday, June 21, at 3:30 p.m. They also sponsor the $10,000 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic on Sunday, June 22.

Wachovia Securities' also contributes to the Leading Rider Series. They support the $50,000 Wachovia Securities Open Jumper Rider Series, which tracks the top grand prix riders through the series.

The Leading Rider Series is held over nine events. The final show is the Showplace Fall Classic Horse Show on September 17-21, at which all of the rider series awards will be presented after the $25,000 Wachovia Grand Prix. The Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II is the third show in the series of qualifying events for the awards.

Boyle noted, "The Wachovia Securities Leading Rider Series will take show jumping in the Midwest to a new, higher level."

Another sponsor in the Leading Rider Series is Michael Taylor of Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS), which sponsors the Leading Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Rider Series. Taylor Harris Insurance Services is a premier provider of specialized insurance services for all types of equine risk, from show jumpers and hunters to eventers and race horses. The company is based in the heart of horse country in The Plains, VA, and Taylor Harris agents come from an equestrian background and have the special knowledge and passion that only horse people can have. THIS agents are located across the country in all regions.

Fellow platinum level sponsor, Dawn Rozram of Turtle Rock Farm, supports the $20,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, which will be held on Sunday, June 22, at 3 p.m. The class is a Show Jumping Hall of Fame member event. Clay and Donna Struve of Tapestry Farm sponsors the $20,000 NAL Children's/Adult Grand Prix on Sunday, June 22, at 8 a.m.

Gold level sponsors at the Wachovia Spring Spectacular include: Aliboo Farm, Ann K. Hubbard's Tack Shop, Bill Kay Auto Group, Blue Gate Farm / The Wilson Family, Hinsdale Nurseries, Nutrena, Our Day Farm/ Alex R. Jayne, Vermeer Midwest, and Woodrun Farm.

Silver Sponsors are Canterbury Farms, Equestrian Diva, Forest Hill Farm & Ashley Hill, Kodiak Equipment Company, Meadowview Farm & Tammy Provost, Messenger Hill Farm, Northern Pines & Leelanau School, O.C. Imageworks, Telluride Farm, The Hope Family, and Saddler's Row.

Bronze Sponsors are American Warmblood Registry, Copper Ridge Farms, Inc., Happenstance Farms, Illinois Hunter Jumper Association, John Deere, Ledges Sporting Horses, Our Day Farm / Lynn Jayne, Palladia Farm, Peggy O'Meara, Plantation Farms / Ken Stein, Roy and Paula May for the Scleroderma Foundation, Runaway Farm and the Carroll Family, Srixon Golf, The Braiders, and White Oak Farm Premium Organics.

Wachovia Securities is the nation's third largest brokerage group and its headquarters are in St. Louis, MO. 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 Wachovia Securities, LLC, please visit http://www.wachoviasec.com.

For more information about Showplace Productions, please visit http://www.showplaceproductions.com.



2008 Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II Horse Show Fast Facts

EVENT: Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular Horse Show II

WHAT: A six-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 17-22, 2008

PRIZE MONEY: $250,000

FEATURES:

- $50,000 Wachovia Securities Grand Prix, Saturday, June 21, 3:30 p.m.

- $20,000 NAL Children's/Adult Jumper Grand Prix, sponsored by Tapestry Farms, Sunday, June 22, 8 a.m.

- $20,000 Turtle Rock Farm High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic - Show Jumping Hall of Fame Member Event, Sunday, June 22, 3 p.m.

- $10,000 Wachovia Securities Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Sunday, June 22, 12 p.m.

- $10,000 Canterbury Farms Open Jumper Welcome Stake, Thursday, June 19

- *NEW* $10,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Dietrich Insurance, featuring Walsh Harness and Saddlery, Tuesday, June 17, 12 p.m.

- *NEW* $5,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Speed Derby, sponsored by the Hope Family, Tuesday, June 17

- *NEW* $5,000 Gentlemen's Invitational, Friday, June 20

- $5,000 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Gambler's Choice, sponsored by Vermeer Midwest, Friday, June 20

- $5,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Gambler's Choice, sponsored by Blue Gate Farm, Friday, June 20

HOURS: Tuesday through Sunday, from 7:30 a.m. to around 5 p.m.

ADMISSION: Complimentary during the six 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 Road runs 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)

ADDITIONAL HOTELS:

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)

SHOWPLACE PRODUCTIONS:

For information about the show, vendors, or sponsorship, please contact:

Pat Boyle, Competition Manager

(847) 274-6834

Showsno1@aol.com

http://www.showplaceproductions.com

Lamplight Equestrian Center- during horse show

6N940 Dunham Road

Wayne, IL 60184

(630) 497-1770

(630) 497-8075 FAX



Photo Credit: Wilhelm Genn, the 2007 Wachovia Securities $50,000 Leading Open Jumper Rider Series winner. Photo (C) 2008 Jennifer Wood/PMG. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.

 

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