Wayne, IL - June 12, 2016 – Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular Sunday of Week I featured an exciting $10,000 NAL/M&S Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, sponsored by WeatherTech, with an unprecedented 50 entries and a nail-biter $10,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, a Show Jumping Hall of Fame event, sponsored by Horseflight.
Of the original 17 horse and rider combinations in the $10,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, seven progressed to the jump-off. Last to negotiate the second track, Caelinn Leahy and Tztargazer, owned by her trainer Steve Schafer, came out on top with the fastest double clear round. The talented 14-year-old was also fifth in Saturday’s $30,000 Marshall & Sterling Grand Prix aboard Esquilino Bay, owned by Bellis LTD. They were named champions of the High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper division.
“I thought there were different tests where you had to really had kick them in front of your leg and then get back to collect them up for the combination,” said Leahy of the course.
Leahy has trained with Schaefer since she was 8. “It’s been a lot of fun. He really stepped me up and I got my need for speed,” she said. “It’s been a great partnership.”
$10,000 NAL/M&S Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, sponsored by WeatherTech
Kyle Perkovich and Roc My World, owned by Brenda Perkovich, winners of the $15,000 Marshall & Sterling 1.30m Grand Prix on Friday, were tenth in the order in the $10,000 NAL/M&S Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, sponsored by WeatherTech. After a flawless first round, Perkovich and the Irish Sport Horse mare sped full throttle in their jump off round laying down a time that seemed unbeatable.
Almost twenty rounds later, Marlo Williams and her own Lux Like Clover managed what seemed like the impossible. They outran Perkovich’s lead and held it through the last rider.
“Marlo has been riding in our program since she was really little. Now she rides mostly with my co-trainer and boyfriend Colby Coltrain,” said trainer Gianna Aycok, from StoryBook Sporthorses in Argyle, Texas.
“Marlo and Clover have great chemistry,” she continued. “Clover is like a dog in a horse’s body that jumps. She’s one of a kind. Marlo is really fun and she’s quite the fashionista. She’s a fun person and we enjoy her. Clover is a spectacular horse and it has been really fun to see them come up through the ranks together.”
$2,500 Low Childrens/Adult Jumper Classic.
Ponce Tidwell III and Cadeau Du Ciel, owned by PT-III Equestrian LLC were third in the order to go out of 40 entries in the $2,500 Low Children/Adult Jumper Classic. After blazing the trail with a double clear effort and a speedy jump off round, the pair held the lead throughout the class. Last to go, 11-year-old Madelyn Cardelli and her own Khaleesi edged Tidwell out of the top spot to earn the victory gallop.
Her mother, Jennifer Cardelli, also had success during Week I, claiming the championship of the Adult Jumpers with her new horse, Virantos, who she describes as a horse of a lifetime. The mother and daughter team ride with Lisa and Mary Goldman and Red Coat Farm.
“We went to the barn and we started taking lessons and that was the end of that,” said Jennifer Cardelli. “We really didn’t have high expectations, so this has been great.”
Other Jumper Results
Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular returns on Tuesday, June 14 for another week of top-notch hunter jumper competition in the three-week series, including the $20,000 Welcome Stake, the $15,000 Marshall & Sterling 1.30m Grand Prix and the $40,000 Adequan Grand Prix. Known for its efficient management and friendly staff, Spring Spectacular is a favorite for hunter/jumper competitors across the country.
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