Wayne, IL – June 14, 2016 – It was raining ribbons for the Messenger Hill Farm during Week I of Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular at Lamplight Equestrian Center. Every member of the team shared success and good times during the first week competing on the familiar home turf.
Pan Am Games veteran Freddie Vazquez had a great week on his two grand prix horses, Bachelor 4 and Esprit De Vie (Sperry). They took home a piece of the prize for fourth place with each in both the $20,000 Welcome Stake with Esprit De Vie and in the $30,000 Marshall & Sterling Grand Prix with Bachelor 4.
“It was pouring and Sperry was great in the jump off, in the Welcome,” he said. “I was really happy with Bachelor in the grand prix. It was a super week.”
Both Jodi and Freddie Vazquez earned multiple championships in the hunter ring. Jodi Vazquez and Elizabeth Corey’s Hula Hoop were named reserve champions of the Green/Regular Conformation Hunters. She piloted her birthday horse, Quiloo, to a prize in the Pre Green Hunters and Kira Telford’s Friday Night to ribbons in the Low Working Hunters.
“Hula Hoop is a horse that we started really young and he has just come along nicely,” she said. “He’s getting more and more consistent. He is the kindest, sweetest horse. He’s a joy to be around. I am so pleased with everyone’s results this week,” she said.
Freddie Vazquez showed Meg Gehron’s Talan to the championship of the Low Working Hunter Division. The pair also were awarded the reserve championship of the Non Thoroughbred division. With Kira Telford’s Calistoga Gold, they were named reserve champions of the Low Working Hunter division. He also had placings with Smitten, owned by Jill Vannatta,in the same divisions.
Presently, owned by Mark Senn, was another successful hunter ride for him, earning top prizes in the High Performance Hunters.
Alexandra Maracic swept the Adult Equitation 3’ for the championship, earning the blues both over fences and in the flat phase with At Last. The pair were also the second place finishers in the USEF Talent Search. Maracic enjoyed a successful show ring debut with her new jumper, Bente P (Benni), earning a fifth place and a tenth place in the Low Amateur-Owner Jumpers.
“She’s really confident, she’s not scared of anything,” Maracic said about Benni. “The first day she was excited to get back to jumping. I was a little nervous because I didn’t know what to expect in the ring. She’ll jump anything you put in front of her in the ring, she’s really fast, too.”
Benni had only arrived from quarantine June 1. Maracic rode her the next day, jumped her Sunday, then showed her for the first time in the Low Amateur Jumpers at Spring Spectacular.
“At Last is a really super horse, very adjustable and he felt great both days,” said Maracic. “For equitation. He’s really easy to stay with, really comfortable.”
Ellery Taylor and her Carlos Santana, also celebrated great multiple clear rounds in the most competitive of classes in the Low Junior Amateur-Owner Jumpers.
Cynthia Baffa and her lovely Marneux are consistently in the ribbons and this week was no different. The duo were champions of the Modified Adult Hunters and won the $1,000 Modified Adult Hunter Classic.
Messenger Hill Farm barn mates Meg Gehron and Kira Telford were classic winners and in the ribbons in their divisions. Telford, who celebrated her nineteenth birthday on Saturday, and Calistoga Gold (Lordan) won the red ribbon in the Adequan Open Hunter and won two second places over fences and a third under saddle in the Amateur-Owner Hunters. With CR Moet (Major), they nabbed the win of the $500 WIHS Adult Hunter Classic and ribbons in the Adult Amateur 18-35. Telford and Friday Night (Luke) also had a good outing in the Amateur-Owner 3’3” division with placings in most of their classes.
I had a great week,” Telford said. “It made my birthday so special. Major felt really strong this week and Lordan was jumping out of his skin. Luke was really awesome on Sunday after a little help from Jodi.”
Gehron and Talan captured the $1,000 NAL Adult Hunter Classic, were second place in the $500 WIHS Adult Hunter Classic and had respectable placings throughout the Adult 18-35 Hunter division.
Chloe Watrous was reserve champion of the Small Pony Hunter division with Page 6 earning three third places in their over fences classes. With Beaverwood’s Foxberry, owned by Elm Creek Holdings LLC, they were reserve champion of the Medium Pony Hunters with two blue ribbons in the conformation over fences and the handy round with a third under saddle.
The Messenger Hill Farm team will return to Lamplight for Week II of Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular for another wonderful week.
About Messenger Hill Farm
Messenger Hill Farm is a full-service hunter/jumper business owned and led by Freddie and Jodi Vazquez. Located just north of Chicago in Mettawa, Illinois, Messenger Hill Farm offers training, lessons, competition and sales.
Freddie Vazquez represented Puerto Rico at the 2015 Pan Am Games and the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games. He served as chef d’équipe of the Team Puerto Rico’s young, junior and child Nations Cup teams at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Jodi Vazquez is a top hunter competitor with countless AA championships to her credit. The Vazquezes teach the American style of riding as advocated by George Morris. They are known for their goal-driven approach and attention to detail.
Messenger Hill Farm offers a show schedule at all levels; including local, national and international. The Messenger Hill Farm team competes at the Winter Equestrian Festival, Tryon International Equestrian Center, Kentucky Horse Shows, Lamplight Equestrian Center, Ledges and more. For those new to the sport, Messenger Hill Farm offers a lesson program with quality, well-cared-for horses.
Click here to learn more about Messenger Hill Farm or call 847-573-1100.