Wayne, IL - June 17, 2016 – Another exciting day of show jumping at Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular included a leg of the new $150,000 Marshall & Sterling 1.30m Grand Prix series held at 10 Showplace shows throughout the year. The brainchild of show manager Patrick Boyle, the series has proven to be very popular attracting 50 entries during both Week I and Week II. The series is unique in that it provides an opportunity for juniors, amateurs and professionals to go head to head. The series offers additional rider bonus prize money and awards.
Kyle Perkovich and Roc My World (Roc USA-Hidden Creek’s Wichita), owned by Brenda Perkovich, won the Week I leg, confidently beating his trainer, Lisa Goldman. Perkovich was the youngest rider of the field of competitors. He just graduated from eighth grade and will start his freshman year in the fall.
There was a buzz in the air in anticipation of the feature class. There were posts on social media and competitors debated whether or not the young phenom could win the Friday feature class for the second consecutive week.
Out of 50 horse and rider combinations, seven had double clear rounds after negotiating Anderson Lima’s track. To add to the suspense, Perkovich opted to come back at the end of the class for his jump off round after his first flawless trip.
“My goal every time I step in any ring is just to do my best and go clean,” said Perkovich. "I went around everything but made sure it was nice and tight and kept her pace up. Before each jump I was really careful and kind of rocked her back.”
Going to the in-and-out, Perkovich heard his trainer say ‘whoa,’ and he half-halted the Irish Sport Horse mare.
“I came in just a little chippy but managed to get her up because she’s amazing,” he said about Roc My World, known as Maya in the barn. “And I would land and turn immediately after to slice that last fence. Because of the timer angle it would be faster than to just go straight.”
Perkovich and Maya were fast, clean and beat the second place finisher, Claire McKean and her horse Elektro by over three seconds.
Perkovich thanked his parents and his trainers Lisa and Mary Goldman for matching him with Maya, who they found from Nancy Whitehead. His whole family came to cheer him on, including his brother Evan and his father. Neither had seen his performance during Week I.
“Not a lot of people get to experience that, and I thought it was pretty awesome,” said Evan Perkovich.
“We’re really excited,” said his mother, Brenda Perkovich, who competes in the Adult Jumpers and was fourth in her class today. “We love watching him him enjoy what he’s doing and we love that we can offer him the opportunity to do it.”
“They are really building a partnership,” said. Goldman about Perkovich and Maya. “He is really starting to get where he is and how he can help his horse out. It is cool to watch him grow. I, couldn’t be more thrilled with his performance."
Goldman was recently selected for the USEF Developing Rider Team European tour. She leaves at the end of the month and will take two horses with her.
“I am so overwhelmed by the support,” she said. “Everyone has been so wonderful.”
“It was my favorite course of the day." McKean said. “I just got Elektro a month ago, He is my potential high junior and grand prix horse. He’s been doing really well. Last week we showed him in the low juniors and he did really well so we decided to put him in the class.”
McKean who hails from Houston came for her first time to Showplace Spring Spectacular was last year. She brought four jumpers and an equitation horse with her this year.
“We thought it was a great horse show, so we came back,” she said.
Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular resumes bright and early Saturday, June 18, featuring the $40,000 Adequan Grand Prix. In the hunter rings, the junior hunters will name their champions and the adult and amateur hunters will kick off.
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