Wayne, IL - June 18, 2016 – Texan Matt Cyphert andhis own Lochinvar brought home the fastest double clear round to win the $40,000 Adequan® Grand Prix at Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular at Lamplight Equestrian Center just outside of Chicago.
“I thought it was a wonderful class and I had a chance to meet some of the riders,” said Allyn Mann, Director of Animal Health at Luitpold, the makers of Adequan®. “They’re all from God’s creation and they all landed here in Wayne, Illinois. How cool is that?”
A field of 37 horse and rider combinations tried their hand at Anderson Lima’s course of 16 jumping efforts, which included two triple combinations. Brian Moggre from Flower Mound, Texas was the youngest entry at just 14. A large group Texans competed, including Cyphert, Moggre, Tracy Fenney, Dorothy Douglas, Martien Van der Hoeven and Trapp O’Neal. Out of the starters a dozen were clean and returned for the second round.
“It was also fun to have a lot of friends in the jump-off,” Cyphert said. “A bunch of Texans came up here like they do every summer. We got shut out of the Welcome, so we all talked about it during the week. For almost every one of us to have a horse in the jump off made it fun. I think there’s a little bit of a rivalry between Texas and Chicago riders and so we’ve got bragging rights now, at least for a couple of days.”
First to return was Tracy Fenney and her own MTM Como No. The pair left all the rails in their cups and set the time to beat at 42.942 seconds. Cyphert and Lochinvar had the next double clear second track. The stands came alive and roared with cheers from the Texan contingent when the time of 42.831 posted meant that Cyphert had edged Fenney out of the top spot.
“There’s not a better place to be from than from Texas,” Cyphert said. “There’s a genuine camaraderie between us. If Tracy had won, I would have been just as happy for her. It’s hard to believe, but it’s true because I think there’s a great respect amongst us.”
Kyle Timm and Apex Equestrian’s Cornet’s Gold Z were the third and final pair to successfully produce a clean second track, stopping the timers at 43.659, which would put them in third place.
“I think you had to start the course with one rhythm and finish with one rhythm,” Timm said. “If you change it, you get in trouble. I did that with my first horse and it didn’t work out.”
Now from Apex, North Carolina, Timm is originally from Calgary and represented Canada twice at North American Young Riders. Timm came Spring Spectacular at the last minute.
“I’ve never been here before,” he said. “It’s really nice. I was not expecting this. It’s a beautiful and the ring’s nice. I’m really impressed with how many horses are here.”
Hometown favorite, Lisa Goldman and her Morocco were the fastest of the four-faulters of the jump-off-group and earned in fourth place prize.
Cyphert credited his team for his success.
“My son watched the jump off and gave me some help,” Cyphert said. “My girlfriend, Kelly Beringa is incredible. She flats that horse all during the week. I’ve had him so long, he and I are a little bit like brothers, we argue quite a bit, and Kelly gets on him, she’s a beautiful rider and they just get along very well, so he’s happy and he gets fit. She gets him right where he needs to be for these classes. Then I get on him.”
1 166 Lochinvar Matt Cyphert 75.162 42.837
2 585 MTM Como No Tracy Fenney 75.852 42.942
3 1142 Conrnet’s Gold 2Kyle Timm 77.608 43.659
4 640 Morocco Lisa Goldman 69.306 4 39.737
5 302 Up and Go Martien Van Der Hoeven 76.688 4 40.441
6 489 Esprit de Vie Freddie Vazquez 72.642 4 40.523
7 584 MTM Reve Du Paradis Tracy Fenney 75.890 4 40.703
8 116 MTM Flutterby Brian Moggre 76.523 4 41.494
9 641 Centurion B Lisa Goldman 73.888 4 42.179
10 263 Capitano Trapp O`Neal 77.691 4 43.052
11 279 Zerro Leone Martien van der Hoeven 76.024 8 53.847
12 967 Vision EH Caitlin Hope 77.791 12 46.6
After the award ceremony, representatives from CWD Sellier welcomed attendees to the VIP pavilion for a wine and cheese party for the launch of the new 2Gs Mademoiselle saddle.
Messenger Hill Farm sponsored a party at the Finish Line Bar where competitors and friends gathered to enjoy some food and cheer.
Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular continues Sunday, June 18, featuring the $10,000 Marshall & Sterling/ NAL Low Junior Amateur Classic and the $10,000 High Junior Amateur Classic. In the hunter rings, the adult and amateur hunters continue and names championships of their divisions.
Watch Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular online. Click here for the live stream Spectacular by Star Creek Video.