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$50,000 Wachovia Securities Grand Prix is Highlight of Jumper Schedule at 2008 Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II

Wayne, IL - June 13, 2008 - The Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II Horse Show, held at Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL, is quickly approaching. The event is on June 17-22, 2008, and the highlight class of the week is the $50,000 Wachovia Securities Grand Prix, which is on Saturday, June 21, at 3:30 p.m.

The grand prix is the third event in the $50,000 Wachovia Securities Open Jumper Rider Series, which tracks the top grand prix riders through the series and awards prizes to the top three open jumper riders.

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.

Last year's $50,000 Wachovia Securities Grand Prix winner was Haylie Jayne of Elgin, IL, on Merlin 369.

While the grand prix is the biggest jumper class of the week, there is a schedule full of classes for jumpers ranging from Schooling Jumpers and Young Jumpers to Modified Child/Adult and High Junior/Amateur Jumpers. The competition begins on Tuesday, June 17, where the major jumper class is the $5,000 Junior/Amateur Jumper Derby. The fun and interesting class is sponsored by the Hope Family.

On Wednesday, there are opening classes for the Open Jumpers at 1.30m and 1.40m heights. Starting Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m., the Young Jumper Championship classes, sponsored by Equestrian Diva, will be held in three different age divisions. Immediately following that is the $10,000 Open Jumper Welcome Stake sponsored by Canterbury Farms.

Friday's schedule begins early as well with the $1,500 WIHS Children's Jumper Classic sponsored by Northern Pines and The Leelanau School. The adults will ride for $1,500 in prize money too with their WIHS Classic. The fun classes begin after that, with $5,000 gamblers choice classes for the Low Junior/Amateur Jumpers (sponsored by Vermeer Midwest) and the High Junior/Amateur Jumpers, sponsored by Blue Gate Farm. In the late afternoon is the $5,000 Gentlemen's Invitational, a spectator-friendly and fun class for everyone that will help raise money for charity.

The Children's Jumpers and Adult Jumpers will have another chance at $1,500 in prize money in their Marshall and Sterling Classics, which are sponsored by Vermeer Midwest and Bill Kay Auto on Saturday morning. The grand prix ring will host the $2,500 Low Children's Jumper Classic as well as the $2,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by Taylor Harris Insurance Services.

Sunday is the biggest day for prize money for non-professional jumper riders. The Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II is known for providing fantastic prize money for all levels of riders, and the last day's schedule shows why. The morning starts out with the $20,000 NAL Children's/Adult Grand Prix, sponsored by Tapestry Farms. At noon, the $10,000 Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic, sponsored by Wachovia Securities will run. The final class of the week in the grand prix ring is the $20,000 High Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic sponsored by Turtle Rock Farm. The class will start at 3 p.m. and is a Show Jumping Hall of Fame member event.

Come out and see the fantastic jumper action this year at the Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II Horse Show. For more information, 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

WACHOVIA SECURITIES:

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 Wachovia Securities, LLC, please visit http://www.wachoviasec.com.



Photo Credit: Last year's $50,000 Wachovia Securities Grand Prix winners, Haylie Jayne and Merlin 369. 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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