Freddie Vazquez and Esprit De Vie Seize the $20,000 C & E Transportation Welcome Stake

Freddie Vazquez and Esprit De Vie

Freddie Vazquez and Esprit De Vie

Wayne, IL - June 16, 2016 –Patrick Boyle and the organizers of Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular produced a great day of competition at Lamplight Equestrian Center.

 

   Vazquez and Esprit De Vie

   Vazquez and Esprit De Vie

Freddie Vazquez and his Pan Am Games mount, Esprit De Vie won the $20,000 C & E Transportation Welcome Stake over international course designer, Anderson Lima’s challenging track. In the hunter ring the professional hunter division champions were named.
 
“He is one of my favorite designers,” Vazquez said of Lima.
 
Lisa Goldman, who rode six horses in the class agreed, “I love Anderson Lima’s courses. All my rails were spread around the course. I thought everything rode really well.”

C & E Transportation present the award

C & E Transportation present the award

Out of 43 top Olympic, international and national horse and rider combinations, 12 completed Lima’s first round fault-free. After their clear rounds, riders were given the choice to move directly on to the jump off phase or come back at the end of the class.
 
Goldman and Sovereign were the second in the order and the first to go double clear. In Goldman’s signature style, she had a blazing fast second round, laying down the time to beat at 36.580 seconds.

   Lisa Goldman and Sovereign

   Lisa Goldman and Sovereign

Jill Knowles and her Contessa Z and Liz Atkins and her Niro 8 were both double clear, and completed slower jump off rounds. After everything played out, they would end up sixth and fifth, respectively.

Liz Atkins and Niro 8

Liz Atkins and Niro 8

Vazquez had clear rounds on both his mounts, Esprit De Vie and Bachelor 4 and opted to return at the end of class. That choice would be seal the deal for the international rider.
 
“She is quite special to me,” Vazquez said of his mare. “She’s got the heart of a lion.”
 
Kyle Timm and Coronet’s Gold 2, owned by Apec Equestrian, also had a faultless first round and opted to come back later to complete the second track..

Kyle Timm and Coronet's Gold 2

Kyle Timm and Coronet's Gold 2

Caitlin Hope and her partner of eight years, Total Touch, owned by Kathleen Hope, completed a double clear round and were fast enough to take over the second place position.
 
Timm returned for his second round and was fast enough to take the third place position.Caitlin Hope and her partner of eight years, Total Touch, owned by Kathleen Hope, completed a double clear round and were fast enough to take over the second place position.
 
Timm returned for his second round and was fast enough to take the third place position.

  Caitlin Hope and Total Touch

  Caitlin Hope and Total Touch

Vazquez had a rail with Bachelor 4. Then, last to go with Esprit De Vie, he navigated the course as if he were driving a Ferrari, making up time and edging Goldman out of the top spot by stopping the timers at 36.554. Vazquez earned the victory gallop, with Goldman and Sovereign in second, Hope and Total Touch in third and Timm and Coronet’s Gold 2 landing in fourth place.
 
“I prefer to come out, take a breather, let her blood come down, rather than just go again,” Vazquez said about his strategy to wait for his second round. “If I keep her in the arena too long, she gets a little overzealous and excited.”
 
Vazquez has had the mare for just one year. He purchased Esprit De Vie (Sperry) just two weeks before representing Puerto Rico at the 2015 Pan Am Games.
 
“When you get a top-level jumper, it is important that you start collecting data on the horse – what kind of bridle, what kind of spurs, how long a stick, how much flat work.”

Vazquez and Esprit De Vie

Vazquez and Esprit De Vie

According to Vazquez, all her qualities multiply in the arena – her scope, her strength. Last fall she won the $30,000 Showplace Fall Classic Championship Grand Prix
grand prix. She had a good season in Tryon, then went to Florida.
 
“I am married to a very strong American woman,” he said. “I should know not to take things for granted. I have to keep working to make sure I am prepared.”
 
Vazquez credits his success to his wife, Jodi Vazquez and his friend and coach Chris Kappler. He says that his groom, Arturo Novaro cares for his horses as if they are his own.
 
“This could have never happened without Connie Luecke,” he said.” She bought half of this mare with me. I am indebted for life.”
 
Second place finisher Goldman shared some exciting news. June 29 she will travel to Europe as part of the USEF Developing Rider Team tour. She plans to take her horses Centurion B and Hindsight. For information on Goldman’s GoFundMe sight go to her Facebook page.
 
Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular resumes bright and early Friday, June 17, featuring the $15,000 Marshall & Sterling 1.30 Grand Prix. In the hunter rings the junior hunters kick off.
 
Click here for the live stream of Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular by Star Creek Video.

Other Jumper Results

Other Jumper Results

Taylor Flury and Catania Saflo Z won the $1,000Young Jumper 6 Year Old Championship she is pictured with her sister Alison Fluryand her 6-year-old jumper Cosmea Z

Taylor Flury and Catania Saflo Z won the $1,000Young Jumper 6 Year Old Championship
she is pictured with her sister Alison Fluryand her 6-year-old jumper Cosmea Z

Taylor Flury and Carasca Z

Taylor Flury and Carasca Z

Diego, owned by Apex Equestrian and ridden by Marissa Degner won the $1,000 Young Jumper 7 Year Old Championship and earned the division championship.

Diego, owned by Apex Equestrian and ridden by Marissa Degner won the $1,000 Young Jumper 7 Year Old Championship and earned the division championship.

Lisa Goldman and Air Guitar, owned by Captivate Farms LLC won the Open Jumper $2,5001.30m, sponsored by Canterbury Farm. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Lisa Goldman and Air Guitar, owned by Captivate Farms LLC won the Open Jumper $2,5001.30m, sponsored by Canterbury Farm. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Equitation

Alexandra Pielet won the USEF Talent Search aboard Ice, owned by Co-Pielet LLC

Alexandra Pielet won the USEF Talent Search aboard Ice, owned by Co-Pielet LLC

Hunters

Cassino and Winn Alden $2000 Green/Regular Conformation Division Champion Cassino owned by Cindy Bohn and ridden by Winn Alden From Pre-Green champion last week to Green/Regular Conformation champ this week, Cassino is moving up. “This is really the first time he’s done a course at 3’6” and he did great,” said Winn Alden. “I think he likes it.” Alden said what makes the 7-year-old Holsteiner from Holland stand out is his scope and his desire to jump. “The bigger they are, the harder he tries.” The pair will compete in some upcoming hunter derby classes next week.

Cassino and Winn Alden
$2000 Green/Regular Conformation Division Champion

Cassino owned by Cindy Bohn and ridden by Winn Alden
From Pre-Green champion last week to Green/Regular Conformation champ this week, Cassino is moving up. “This is really the first time he’s done a course at 3’6” and he did great,” said Winn Alden. “I think he likes it.” Alden said what makes the 7-year-old Holsteiner from Holland stand out is his scope and his desire to jump. “The bigger they are, the harder he tries.” The pair will compete in some upcoming hunter derby classes next week.

Hula Hoop and Jodi Vazquez $2000 Green/Regular Conformation Division Reserve Hula Hoop, owned by Elizabeth Corey and ridden by Jodi Vazquez, was reserve in the Green/Regular Conformation division.

Hula Hoop and Jodi Vazquez
$2000 Green/Regular Conformation Division Reserve

Hula Hoop, owned by Elizabeth Corey and ridden by Jodi Vazquez, was reserve in the Green/Regular Conformation division.

Voyager and Hillary Johnson $2500 First Year Green Hunter Division Champion $1000 Open Hunter Classic Voyager, owned by Copper Fox LLC and ridden by Hillary Johnson, won the division in the First Year Green Hunter.  He also took first in the Open Hunter Classic. “He is a very quiet horse, very lazy, but he’s got the coolest-feeling jump,” said Johnson. “He likes this cool weather today, as opposed to yesterday.” Voyager has the rest of the week off.

Voyager and Hillary Johnson
$2500 First Year Green Hunter Division Champion
$1000 Open Hunter Classic

Voyager, owned by Copper Fox LLC and ridden by Hillary Johnson, won the division in the First Year Green Hunter.  He also took first in the Open Hunter Classic. “He is a very quiet horse, very lazy, but he’s got the coolest-feeling jump,” said Johnson. “He likes this cool weather today, as opposed to yesterday.” Voyager has the rest of the week off.

Norderney and Belynda Bond $2500 First Year Green Hunter Division Reserve Norderney, owned by Eileen Fontaine and ridden by Belynda Bond, took the red ribbon in the First Year Green Hunter division

Norderney and Belynda Bond
$2500 First Year Green Hunter Division Reserve

Norderney, owned by Eileen Fontaine and ridden by Belynda Bond, took the red ribbon in the First Year Green Hunter division

Moonwalk and Hillary Johnson $2500 Second Year Green Hunter Division Champion Moonwalk, owned by Copper Fox LLC and ridden by Hillary Johnson dominated in the Second Year Green Hunter division.

Moonwalk and Hillary Johnson
$2500 Second Year Green Hunter Division Champion

Moonwalk, owned by Copper Fox LLC and ridden by Hillary Johnson dominated in the Second Year Green Hunter division.

For Adventure and Rachel Johnson $2500 Second Year Green Hunter Division Reserve For Adventure, owned by Alex McNally and ridden by Rachel Johnson, was the reserve champion in the Second Year Green Hunter division.

For Adventure and Rachel Johnson
$2500 Second Year Green Hunter Division Reserve
For Adventure, owned by Alex McNally and ridden by Rachel Johnson, was the reserve champion in the Second Year Green Hunter division.

White Lightning and Sarah Young $4000 High Performance Working Hunter Division Champ White Lightning, owned by Helen Gilbert and ridden by Sarah Young took the title in the High Performance Working Hunter division.

White Lightning and Sarah Young
$4000 High Performance Working Hunter Division Champ
White Lightning, owned by Helen Gilbert and ridden by Sarah Young took the title in the High Performance Working Hunter division.

Presently and Freddie Vazquez $4000 High Performance Working Hunter Division Reserve. Presently, owned by Mark Senn and ridden by Freddie Vazquez, finished with the red ribbon

Presently and Freddie Vazquez
$4000 High Performance Working Hunter Division Reserve. Presently, owned by Mark Senn and ridden by Freddie Vazquez, finished with the red ribbon

Dream On and Sarah Young Performance Working Hunter 3’3” Division Champion Dream On, owned by Caroline Roethlisberger and ridden by Sarah Young, took the Performance Working Hunter 3’3” division. Young also rode the reserve horse, Peroni, owned by Elizabeth Woods.

Dream On and Sarah Young
Performance Working Hunter 3’3” Division Champion
Dream On, owned by Caroline Roethlisberger and ridden by Sarah Young, took the Performance Working Hunter 3’3” division. Young also rode the reserve horse, Peroni, owned by Elizabeth Woods.

Casaro and Caitlin Boyle $2000 Pre Green Hunter 3’0” Division Champion Casaro, owned by Perfecta Farm and ridden by Caitlin Boyle, took the blue in the Pre-Green Hunter 3’0” division. “He was super today. He’s only five. He’s learned so much in the past couple weeks just from showing. He’s super adjustable and he’s been about as good as I could ask for,” said his rider Caitlin Boyle. She said she plans to compete him in the National Derby on Tuesday. “He’s never done that before. He was recently imported. This is only like his third show here. I’m not quite sure what he’ll do next year, but 3’0” is getting a little boring for him. So, he has plenty to do for whatever it may be next year.”

Casaro and Caitlin Boyle
$2000 Pre Green Hunter 3’0” Division Champion
Casaro, owned by Perfecta Farm and ridden by Caitlin Boyle, took the blue in the Pre-Green Hunter 3’0” division. “He was super today. He’s only five. He’s learned so much in the past couple weeks just from showing. He’s super adjustable and he’s been about as good as I could ask for,” said his rider Caitlin Boyle. She said she plans to compete him in the National Derby on Tuesday. “He’s never done that before. He was recently imported. This is only like his third show here. I’m not quite sure what he’ll do next year, but 3’0” is getting a little boring for him. So, he has plenty to do for whatever it may be next year.”

Diamond Juliette and Sarah Young - Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography $1000 USHJA Pre Green Hunter Incentive Stake $2000 Pre Green Hunter 3’3” Division Champion Diamond Juliette, owned by JFC Farms LLC and ridden by Sarah Young, came up with the championship in the Pre Green Hunter 3’3” division. The pair scored another first with a blue-ribbon finish in the Pre Green Incentive Stake.

Diamond Juliette and Sarah Young - Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
$1000 USHJA Pre Green Hunter Incentive Stake

$2000 Pre Green Hunter 3’3” Division Champion
Diamond Juliette, owned by JFC Farms LLC and ridden by Sarah Young, came up with the championship in the Pre Green Hunter 3’3” division. The pair scored another first with a blue-ribbon finish in the Pre Green Incentive Stake.