Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II Wrap-Up, June 17-22, 2008
Wayne, IL - June 23, 2008 - The $50,000 Wachovia Securities Grand Prix gave the 5,000 spectators at the Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II a thrilling event. Eleven horses advanced to the jump-off, and it was 27-year-old Kate Reuter of Oconomowoc, WI, on her 12-year-old stallion On Line who were the fastest. New York City's Addison Phillips and Regina V finished second, while Charlie Jayne of Elgin, IL, on Cashmere was third.
The course was designed by Hector Loyola of Puerto Rico. There were 30 entries in the first round, and 11 had no faults to advance to the jump-off. Charlie Jayne, who is currently on the Olympics Short List for the United States Equestrian Team, qualified all four of his mounts for the second round.
It was a very exciting win for Reuter, who said that her horse always enters the ring wanting to win. "He wants to win almost more than I do," she acknowledged. "He's just an absolute dream. He's incredibly smart, so it's more just me staying out of his way. He will always jump clean as long as I'm not in his way. He has an incredible heart and tries so hard. I'm so lucky to have him. He's a true winner."
The grand prix and this week's horse show are sponsored by Wachovia Securities, and many of the company's employees had the chance to see some of the best grand prix action in the Midwest at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. Reuter was thrilled to win not only for herself, but for Wachovia. "You feel like you're riding for your sponsor. It makes the win so much more special because the sponsor is excited for it," she explained. "It's not just the people in my barn who really like me!"
She added, "It's a neat sponsorship because they really get involved. They bring a lot of people out here, and it's great to have a crowd to ride in front of. You don't get that very much at horse shows, anywhere in the United States. There are people cheering and rooting (here). It's really fun to have them here, and it makes it feel like more of a sport."
Jumper Highlights- Tuesday through Sunday
The highlight jumper class on Tuesday was the $5,000 Junior/Amateur Jumper Speed Derby, sponsored by the Hope Family. In a twist of fate, the fastest rider in the class who took victory was Caitie Hope of Barrington, IL, on La Paz.
The speed derby had 22 entries. There were 11 clean rounds in the class and three eliminations. The riders competed over a multitude of interesting jumps, including natural brush, logs, a bank, and split rails. They were asked to jump out of the ring, down a grass hill, and back into the ring, and they also jumped a one stride combination that connected the two riding rings where the event was held. The speed derby was an unrated exhibition class held just for fun, and riders competed in it to do something new and exciting in the jumper ring. To add to the lively atmosphere, the horse show hosted a "Derby Day Party" sponsored by Our Day Farm and Lynn Jayne.
Hope was surprised and happy about the win in the class, especially considering her family sponsored the class. "It's nice to win! I didn't expect to win," she remarked. "It was really competitive and there were a lot of good people in the class."
The Open Jumper division started out the schedule on Wednesday in the grand prix ring, and it was local professional Thomas Cerra of Wayne, IL, who sped to the win on Nicolette in the $1,500 1.30m Open Jumper class.
This week's show was a very solid competition for Cerra and Nicolette. After a very successful season last year competing with Theidel (they won the Taylor Harris Insurance Services Leading Junior/Amateur Rider Series award), Nicolette was sick and out of competition.
This was only her second show back, and Cerra mentioned, "It's been a long time, and these are the first days that we've really pushed her. She responded well, so I'm super excited. It's been a long road back. Roxanne has this week off, doing something for school. We're still trying to get the horse back into jumping shape. I rode her yesterday and today. She couldn't have been any better, so she's done for the week. It's a pleasure to have her back. She's a once in a lifetime horse to have for us, so we're all excited and hope it'll be another big year for Roxanne."
The winner of the $1,500 1.40m Open Jumper class was New York City's Addison Phillips on Regina V, who was fastest in the jump-off over Patricia Griffith with Ulrika and Wilhelm Genn on Laredo.
The top riders competed in the $10,000 Open Jumper Welcome Stake, sponsored by Canterbury Farms on Thursday. New York City's Addison Phillips and Cernunnus von Hof were the fastest in the jump-off for victory.
Phillips has owned the 11-year-old gelding for almost a year, and they have moved up to the grand prix ranks quickly. Phillips just finished her first year at Harvard University, where horses took a backseat to school. She had not shown regularly since April, so this week's Welcome Stake was a good class to prepare for the grand prix on Saturday. "I haven't really been riding that much, so it was nice to have a little bit lower class before the grand prix," she confirmed. "It was my first year at school, so I was kind of figuring out how to balance it. I'm pretty rusty, so it was nice to do well. It was mostly him!"
The first class of Friday was the $1,500 WIHS Children's Jumper Classic, sponsored by Northern Pines and The Leelanau School. The winner was 12-year-old Haley Waters of Sparr, FL, on Rocky. In the WIHS Adult Jumper Classic, the last proved to be the best as the final entry in the ring blazed through the course for victory. Katie Smith of Bourbonnais, IL, rode Thursday to victory in the class.
It was a great final day at the 2008 Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II Horse Show, and three big prize money classes were on the schedule. The winner of the $10,000 Wachovia Securities Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic was Alexandra Morefield of Elburn, IL, on Sir Hawkins. Haley Waters and Rocky tallied their second big win of the week when they took the top prize in the $20,000 Tapestry Farms Children's/Adult Jumper Classic. The winner of the $10,000 Turtle Rock Farms High Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic was Victoria Birdsall of Topsfield, MA, on Jerremy.
Hunter Highlights- Tuesday through Sunday
At the Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II Horse Show, the $10,000 ASG Softwear Solutions/USJA International Hunter Derby presented by Dietrich Insurance featuring Walsh Harness & Saddlery sponsored event was won by New Yorker Patricia Griffith on North Country.
The class of more than forty entries produced flawless performance after flawless performance, only one managed to come out on top. Patricia Griffin was the star of the day aboard North Country, an eight-year-old bay Warmblood, owned by Laura King-Kaplan of Irvington, NY.
The course, designed by Skip Bailey, consisted of ten jumps in two rings. Obstacles included wooden coops, banks and an in-and-out that riders jumped out of one ring and into another. Several of the fences were created as 3'6" or 4'option jumps. The jumps are created specially to emulate obstacles that one would come across while field hunting. Natural elements were used, such as birch poles, logs, gates and brush.
"He went out and jumped every jump like a ten. He was really on," said Griffith. With a first round score of 183 and a second round score of 186, she had the highest scores in the first round and was second in the handy round.
In the Green Conformation Hunters, Maggie Jayne of Elgin, IL rode her way to a championship aboard eight-year-old Huckleberry, owned by Alex Jayne of Elgin, IL. She also was reserve champion on Gianni, owned by Kelsey Thatcher from South Jordan, Utah. In the First Year Green Hunters, champion and reserve were awarded to Tammy Provost on Momentus and Almost Majic, both owned by Alliy Moyer of Carmel, IN. Both talented horses are six-year-olds imported from Europe.
The Second Year Green Hunters had two over fences classes on Thursday as well. Riding her way to champion was Kristen Coe on Charade, owned by Laura King-Kaplan of Irvington, NY. Reserve champion was Addison Phillips on one of her two horses in the class, Mirasol. Phillips resides in New York City, NY. In the Regular Working Hunters, the jumps were high and so was the competition. Riders were laying down one perfect round after another. Coming out on top was Patricia Griffith on the grey horse Vida Blue, owned by Laura King-Kaplan. In the reserve champion spot was Tina Judge and Trust Me, owned by Shannon Kelly of Naperville, IL.
In a class that ran all day on Friday, the $1,000 Junior Hunter Classic sponsored by Meadowview Farm/Tammy Provost, was the class that attracted all of the top junior hunters from four different divisions today at the Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II. Amelia McArdle of Barrington, IL rode her horse MVP to the first place win. She rode many horses in the class, but MVP lived up to his name today.
The Hope family was the sponsor for both the High Point Junior Hunter Trophy for week I and Overall High Point Junior Hunter Trophy for weeks I and II. In a twist many would call fate; the Hope family presented the award to their very own daughter, Caitie Hope.
"It feels really cool to win an award like this. I finally got everything together; usually I have at least one thing wrong but to finally get it together feels really good," Hope said.
In addition to the High Point Junior Hunter Trophy for week I, there is also the Overall High Point Junior Hunter Trophy for week I and II sponsored by the Hope family. Caitie walked out of the ring after receiving her trophy and had to turn around and come back to present the next award to fellow competitor Laura King-Kaplan.
In hunter ring number four on Sunday, the $2,500 NAL Adult Hunter Classic sponsored by Runaway Farm and the Carroll family went today. One of the last to go, the winner was Tiffany Hammack from Hawthorne Woods, IL on mount Saracen. At only 20 years old, she is one of the youngest adults in the division. The horse Hammack won on today was an eight-year-old gelding owned by Lisa Williamson of Gurnee, IL.
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