Cricket Hops to First in Equis 1.30m Open Jumpers and Low Amateur-Owner Jumpers

Wayne, IL -  June 15, 2016 – Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular kicked off Week II with familiar faces and some new competitors at Lamplight Equestrian Center. Highly-respected international course designer Anderson Lima built the tracks in the Grand Prix Arena including the featured $2,500 Open Jumper 1.30m, sponsored by Equis and the $2,500 Open Jumper 1.40m, sponsored by Nutrena. In the Main Hunter ring the professional hunter divisions got underway.

Shannon Hicks claimed the two top spots in the $2,500 Open Jumper 1.30m, sponsored by Equis out of 53 horse and rider combinations. With Cricket, owned by Tory Van Uithoven, she claimed first place honors and with Hailey Livingston’s NTEC Gold Rush she earned the red ribbon. Later in the day Van Uithoven and Cricket won the $1,000 Low Amateur Owner Jumpers.

Shannon Hicks and Cricket

Shannon Hicks and Cricket

“I have several grand prix horses but none of them came, so that class was the only class I get to show in all week,” said Hicks who hails from Wentzville, Missouri. “We bought Cricket from Karina Busch as a 5-year-old. He’s 8 now. He’s just an amazing horse.”
 
Cricket, a dark bay Hanoverian gelding (Contendro–Colonia) lives at home with Van Uithoven. Hicks says that she does all the work with the talented jumper except when she competes. Hicks gives her the credit for bringing him along. But, according to Hicks, Cricket is a bit of a character. She plans to give Van Uithoven the nod to move up to the High Amateur Jumpers Thursday because he performed so well

Tory Van Uithoven and Cricket won the Low Amateur-Owner Jumpers

Tory Van Uithoven and Cricket won the Low Amateur-Owner Jumpers

“Cricket is like the old cartoons of the giant elephant that is afraid of a mouse,” Hicks said. “He is the biggest weenie. He is goofy. But he is so good when he does his job it’s fine.”
 
Hicks said she loved the course. She shared that she was just hoping to get double clean rounds and be reasonably fast.
 
“I was thrilled that he was that fast,” she said. “He can be a little spooky at first but he is a super star.”
 
Hicks and her clients show all winter in St. Louis and Gulfport. She plans to compete during in the $25,000 USHJA Hunter Derby during Week III.
 
“I have never been to Spring Spectacular before,” she said. “I love it. I’d come back next year and being more.”

Liz Atkins and Niro 8

Liz Atkins and Niro 8

Liz Atkins and Niro 8 (Nerv–Aurelia), owned by Benchmark Stables LLC, were the victors in the $2,500 Open Jumper 1.40m, sponsored by Nutrena.
 
“Niro 8 is one of my upper level horses,” Atkins said of the striking stallion. “He had some time off and we’re just getting him back to the upper levels.”
 
Atkins is looking forward to having all her clients at the show for the next two weeks.

Liz Atkins and Niro 8

Liz Atkins and Niro 8


“We get to ride with a great course designer this week, Anderson Lima,” she said “This is our home horse show and everyone knows the ring. We should get great results and it should be a great week.”
 
Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular resumes bright and early Thursday, June 16, featuring the $20,000 Welcome Stake and the continuation of the professional hunter divisions.
 
Click here for the live stream of Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular by Star Creek Video.

More Jumpers

$2,500 Open Jumper 1.30m, sponsored by Equis

Shannon Hicks and NTEC Goldrush were second.

Shannon Hicks and NTEC Goldrush were second.

Third place: Gianna Aycocks and her own Quidditch

Third place: Gianna Aycocks and her own Quidditch

Fourth place: Doug Boyd and Calvigo, owned by Sapphire Riding Academy

Fourth place: Doug Boyd and Calvigo, owned by Sapphire Riding Academy

$2,500 Open Jumper 1.40m, sponsored by Nutrena

Second: Theo Genn and Castiel owned by Wilhelm Genn

Second: Theo Genn and Castiel owned by Wilhelm Genn

Third: Tony Font and Von Casius, owned by Deana Blackburn

Third: Tony Font and Von Casius, owned by Deana Blackburn

Wilhelm Genn and Welcome COR, owned by Anne Anastasio

Wilhelm Genn and Welcome COR, owned by Anne Anastasio

$1,000 Low Junior Jumper

Paige Matthies and Peninsula Emerald Lass were the victors.

Paige Matthies and Peninsula Emerald Lass were the victors.


$1,500 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers

Briley Koerner and Listano B, owned by BKS Horse Farms LLC took the class.

Briley Koerner and Listano B, owned by BKS Horse Farms LLC took the class.

Hunters

Cassino and Winn Alden Green/Regular Conformation Hunter Division Two horses lead the Green/Regular Conformation Hunter division after competing Wednesday, June 15. Cassino, owned by Cindy Bohn and ridden by Winn Alden; and Bugsy Malone, owned by Alex Jayne and ridden by Maggie Jayne, have top scores going into tomorrow’s competition. Cassino took first in the over fences and under saddle classes, with a third in hunter handy, while Bugsy Malone stood second in two classes, but came up with a win in the handy.

Cassino and Winn Alden
Green/Regular Conformation Hunter Division
Two horses lead the Green/Regular Conformation Hunter division after competing Wednesday, June 15. Cassino, owned by Cindy Bohn and ridden by Winn Alden; and Bugsy Malone, owned by Alex Jayne and ridden by Maggie Jayne, have top scores going into tomorrow’s competition. Cassino took first in the over fences and under saddle classes, with a third in hunter handy, while Bugsy Malone stood second in two classes, but came up with a win in the handy.

Second Year Green Hunter Leading the Second Year Green Hunter division is Moonwalk, owned by Copper Fox LLC and ridden by Hillary Johnson. Moonwalk and Johnson took firsts in the over fences and handy classes, and a third in under saddle. “He’s a wonderful horse. I’m lucky to get to ride him. It’s really great to know every time you walk in the ring it’s going to be fun. We just started doing hunters and he was very easy to convert from the European ride. He very much prefers to go like a hunter rather than a jumper.” Hillary Johnson

Second Year Green Hunter
Leading the Second Year Green Hunter division is Moonwalk, owned by Copper Fox LLC and ridden by Hillary Johnson. Moonwalk and Johnson took firsts in the over fences and handy classes, and a third in under saddle. “He’s a wonderful horse. I’m lucky to get to ride him. It’s really great to know every time you walk in the ring it’s going to be fun. We just started doing hunters and he was very easy to convert from the European ride. He very much prefers to go like a hunter rather than a jumper.” Hillary Johnson

MTM Outbid and Tracy Fenney - Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography $1000 Pre Green Hunter Challenge MTM Outbid, owned by MTM Farm and ridden by Tracy Fenney, snagged the top title in the $1000 Pre Green Hunter Challenge.


MTM Outbid and Tracy Fenney - Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
$1000 Pre Green Hunter Challenge
MTM Outbid, owned by MTM Farm and ridden by Tracy Fenney, snagged the top title in the $1000 Pre Green Hunter Challenge.

White Lightning and Sarah Young

White Lightning and Sarah Young

Dream On and Sarah Young

Dream On and Sarah Young

Peroni and Sarah Young Performance Working Hunter 3’3” Peroni, owned by Elizabeth Woods, and Dream On, owned by Caroline Roethlisberger, were both ridden to first place finishes in Performance Working Hunter 3’3” classes by Sarah Young. “I show those horses all the time for their owners, and they’re actually both kind of similar. They have a nice way of going. They carry a nice canter, they jump really well, they try hard, they do everything right, which makes my job easy. Hopefully we can hold it together and keep it up.”  Sarah Young

Peroni and Sarah Young
Performance Working Hunter 3’3”
Peroni, owned by Elizabeth Woods, and Dream On, owned by Caroline Roethlisberger, were both ridden to first place finishes in Performance Working Hunter 3’3” classes by Sarah Young. “I show those horses all the time for their owners, and they’re actually both kind of similar. They have a nice way of going. They carry a nice canter, they jump really well, they try hard, they do everything right, which makes my job easy. Hopefully we can hold it together and keep it up.”  Sarah Young