Tracy Fenney and MTM Reve Du Paradis Ace the Animo Welcome Stake During Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular Week I

Wayne, IL – June 9. 2016 – Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular at Lamplight was abuzz with competition action Thursday. Exciting show jumping and feature class, the Welcome Stake sponsored by Animo, was the highlight of the Grand Prix arena. Across the arbors and tree-lined walkway, the continuation of the professional hunter divisions took place and championships for Week I were named.
 
The Spring Spectacular Animo Welcome Stake start list of 35 horse and rider combinations came from far and wide and included top local, national and international competitors. Of the starters 11 progressed to the jump off phase of Catzy Cruz’s challenging track. Intermittent, light rain lowered the originally forecast temperatures and kept the air slightly cool and comfortable.
 
The first double clear effort came from Texan, Tracy Fenney and MTM Como No, finishing the second track in 39.414 seconds, setting the time to beat. Lisa Goldman and her own Rocs to Riches were the second pair to complete the jump off round fault-free but were a tenth of a second behind Fenney. Trapp O’Neal and TKO Partnership’s Capitano followed with another impressive double clear but slightly slower effort.

Kelsey Thatcher and Everything

Kelsey Thatcher and Everything

Kelsey Thatcher began the course with a very frisky partner in Everything, owned by Pony Lane Farm. He kicked out before the first obstacle, the USET Foundation jump, and knocked one of her feet out of the stirrups. Thatcher forged ahead and completed a clear round, then a second round at the speedy time of 37.443, catapulting the pair into first place.
 
“He’s a baller,” Thatcher said. “He knows he’s a total B.A. He almost bucked me off in the schooling ring. He lands off of practice jumps and just plays and plays and plays. He loves his job. He knows where his feet are and goes super fast.”
 
Goldman returned with Morocco and put in another double-clear performance, just two-tenths of a second behind Thatcher.

Lisa Goldman and Morocco

Lisa Goldman and Morocco

I liked the course,” said Goldman, who has racked up some serious grand prix results this past winter in Ocala and Wellington. “It was made for bigger-strided horses than Morocco. All of the horses were great.”
 
Freddie Vazquez and his Pan Am Games mount, Esprit De Vie were smooth, double clear and fast enough to earn the fourth place prize.

Freddie Vazquez and Esprit De Vie

Freddie Vazquez and Esprit De Vie

“My plan was to do seven in that critical line so I could curve it better,” said Vazquez. “She was strong in the first round so I made some adjustments for thejump off. We look forward to the Grand Prix on Saturday.”

Fenney returned with MTM Reve Du Paradis, left all the rails in the cups, then proceeded to leave two strides out of a crucial line, laying down an unbeatable performance in 36.494, a full second faster than Thatcher, earning the pair the top prize.

Tracy Fenney and MTM Reve Du Paradis

Tracy Fenney and MTM Reve Du Paradis


“I’m so lucky, he’s a great horse,” Fenney said. “I was able to leave out those strides and be fast in between, which made the difference.”

Tracy Fenney and MTM Reve Du Paradis

Tracy Fenney and MTM Reve Du Paradis

First thing in the morning, a leg of the all-new Showplace Productions 1.30m series, sponsored by Marshall & Sterling took place. Carletta, owned by Benchmark Stables, LLC and skillfully piloted by Liz Atkins were the victors out of a field of 23.

Liz Atkins and Carletta Hunter Highlights  

Liz Atkins and Carletta


Hunter Highlights

 

$2,500 Green Working Hunter Champion Covert owned by Elizabeth Nestor and ridden by Winn Alden “Covert hasn’t done a whole lot year, so he’s starting to get stronger. He’s getting better every show. He gave me everything he had, and he was tired. But he’s really easy, never spooks at the jumps. I can always trust him to try hard.”  Winn Alden.

$2,500 Green Working Hunter Champion
Covert owned by Elizabeth Nestor and ridden by Winn Alden
“Covert hasn’t done a whole lot year, so he’s starting to get stronger. He’s getting better every show. He gave me everything he had, and he was tired. But he’s really easy, never spooks at the jumps. I can always trust him to try hard.”  Winn Alden.

$2,500 Green Working Hunter Reserve Color Pearlz owned by Matt Yeterian and ridden by Maggie Jayne “This was her first time ever showing in the United States. She’s super brave. She walked right in here yesterday and marched around like a good girl. She has a super big jump and a lovely gait. She’s a really rideable and fun horse. Our whole goal now is to do the derby because she is so brave.” Maggie Jayne

$2,500 Green Working Hunter Reserve Color Pearlz owned by Matt Yeterian and ridden by Maggie Jayne
“This was her first time ever showing in the United States. She’s super brave. She walked right in here yesterday and marched around like a good girl. She has a super big jump and a lovely gait. She’s a really rideable and fun horse. Our whole goal now is to do the derby because she is so brave.” Maggie Jayne

2,000 Pre Green Hunter 3’ ChampionDouble Play owned by Southern Arches, LLCand ridden by Winn Alden. “Double Play just moved up to the pre green. This is his third time in the class and first championship. The light bulbs all of a sudden went on. We had to take our time with him, but he’s gotten to be really fun. He’s come a long way.” Winn Alden

2,000 Pre Green Hunter 3’ ChampionDouble Play owned by Southern Arches, LLCand ridden by Winn Alden.
“Double Play just moved up to the pre green. This is his third time in the class and first championship. The light bulbs all of a sudden went on. We had to take our time with him, but he’s gotten to be really fun. He’s come a long way.” Winn Alden

$2,000 Green/Regular Conformation Hunter ChampionBugsy Malone, ridden by Maggie Jayne and owned by Alex Jayne “I know him like the back of my hand,” said Jayne, who’s been riding Bugsy Malone since he was a first-year horse. “He just jumps out of his skin every time on every jump. He’s always getting my coat dirty with his withers, but he’s the cutest little jumper in the world.” Jayne grew up in Elgin and has been showing at Lamplight Equestrian Center since she was a little girl. She trains with her sister and competes each year in Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular.

$2,000 Green/Regular Conformation Hunter ChampionBugsy Malone, ridden by Maggie Jayne and owned by Alex Jayne
“I know him like the back of my hand,” said Jayne, who’s been riding Bugsy Malone since he was a first-year horse. “He just jumps out of his skin every time on every jump. He’s always getting my coat dirty with his withers, but he’s the cutest little jumper in the world.” Jayne grew up in Elgin and has been showing at Lamplight Equestrian Center since she was a little girl. She trains with her sister and competes each year in Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular.

$2,000 Green/Regular Conformation Hunter Reserve Hula Hoop, ridden by Jodi Vazquez and owned by Elizabeth Corey Named after an old-school children’s toy, Hula Hoop is new to the conformation hunter classes. “He is a horse that we started really young and he has just come along nicely. He’s getting more and more consistent,” said his trainer Jodi Vazquez. “He is the kindest, sweetest horse and he’s always in a good mood. He’s a joy to be around and is always willing to do his job. I was super happy with how he did considering how new he is to the class.”

$2,000 Green/Regular Conformation Hunter Reserve
Hula Hoop, ridden by Jodi Vazquez and owned by Elizabeth Corey
Named after an old-school children’s toy, Hula Hoop is new to the conformation hunter classes. “He is a horse that we started really young and he has just come along nicely. He’s getting more and more consistent,” said his trainer Jodi Vazquez. “He is the kindest, sweetest horse and he’s always in a good mood. He’s a joy to be around and is always willing to do his job. I was super happy with how he did considering how new he is to the class.”

Non Thoroughbred Hunter Champion Cullen, ridden by Mara Kranz and owned by Anne Donovan “We were back after a few months off, and he dialed it in and got ready. He’s very athletic, sassy and has his own agenda, but he put it to work today.” Mara Kranz

Non Thoroughbred Hunter Champion Cullen, ridden by Mara Kranz and owned by Anne Donovan
“We were back after a few months off, and he dialed it in and got ready. He’s very athletic, sassy and has his own agenda, but he put it to work today.” Mara Kranz

$1,000 Open Hunter Classic Championship Marshall, owned by Southern Arches, LLC and ridden by Winn Alden “He’s a good boy,” Alden said of the 17-year-old derby horse, who is reportedly spoiled by his owner. “I usually do the national derbies on him. That’s all he does, like two classes per day. He has a couple classes next week and then the derby.”  

$1,000 Open Hunter Classic Championship Marshall, owned by Southern Arches, LLC and ridden by Winn Alden
“He’s a good boy,” Alden said of the 17-year-old derby horse, who is reportedly spoiled by his owner. “I usually do the national derbies on him. That’s all he does, like two classes per day. He has a couple classes next week and then the derby.”

 

Calido's Son, ridden by Douglas Boyd and owned by Mimi Rothman, were Champions of the $2,500 Performance Working Hunter 3'6. Saville Row, owned by AE Swanson Farms LLC and ridden by Kara Raposa, earned the reserve championship.

Calido's Son, ridden by Douglas Boyd and owned by Mimi Rothman, were Champions of the $2,500 Performance Working Hunter 3'6. Saville Row, owned by AE Swanson Farms LLC and ridden by Kara Raposa, earned the reserve championship.

Playbook, owned by Beth Bailey and ridden by Kara Raposa earned the tricolors of the $2,500 Performance Working Hunter 3'3 division.

Playbook, owned by Beth Bailey and ridden by Kara Raposa earned the tricolors of the $2,500 Performance Working Hunter 3'3 division.

Highlights for Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular Friday include the start of the Junior Hunter divisions and the $15,000 1.30m Grand Prix, sponsored by Marshall & Sterling, part of the new $150,000 1.30m series.