Wayne, IL - June 19, 2016 – Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular concluded Week II with two challenging feature classes in the Grand Prix Arena at Lamplight Equestrian Center. In the hunter rings, the amateur hunters wrapped up and the division champions were named.
Kyle Perkovich from Long Grove, Illinois and Roc My World continued their winning streak capturing the $10,000 NAL/M&S Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, presented by Wholesome Goodness.
International course designer Anderson Lima challenged riders to a very technical first round that included a roll back to a triple combination then a turn to the last fence, a liverpool oxer. Out of 44 entries 11 returned for the short track and only four went double clear. Perkovich and Roc My World were two seconds faster than the second place finisher, Sloan Hopson from Houston, Texas and her own Angelo.. Phoebe Murray from Lagrange, Illinois and her Rodgrigo’s Athena came in third and Brooke Saltzman from Hawthorn Woods, Illinois and her Don Perion were fourth.
“It was one of the more difficult courses competing these past two weeks,” Perkovich said. “I thought I wouldn’t make it. I had a few rubs out there, so I was very lucky”
Roc My World, owned by Brenda Perkovich, is a 2006 Irish Sporthorse mare (Roc My World-Hidden Creek’s Wichita) bred by Jeannine Lamb-Hugi. Maya, as she is known in the barn, started showing on the line at 2 and was successful in hunter breeding. She enjoyed a productive career as a hunter with a USHJA National Hunter Derby win to her credit and many wins in the 3’3” hunters
In 2014 Lisa and Mary Goldman were looking for a jumper for their client, Kyle Perkovich. They found Maya through Nancy Whitehead.
For a mare only 10 years old, she has the smooth confidence and form of a hunter and the speed and lightness of a gazelle. The partnership between Kyle Perkovich, a young rider serious about his advancement, and this young mare with an old soul is extraordinary. It is evident how much Perkovich trusts the mare and she delivers what he asks. The pair have created a stir at Spring Spectacular.
aya and Perkovich won two legs of the new Showplace Productions $150,000 Marshall & Sterling 1.30m Grand Prix series during Week I and Week II of Spring Spectacular.
The $10,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic SJHO, presented by Old Barrington Farm, included most the elements that made the low division so tough–only bigger. Out of 16 starters, only Caitlyn Epperson and her own TKO Quincy 186 (Quidam’s Rubin-Charlotte) left all the rails in their cups. The pair had three time faults but held on to their lead for the rest of the class. No other horse and rider combination produced a clean first round.
“The course was very tough,” said Epperson. “My plan was just jumping one jump at a time, keep going and trying to do my best.”
Part of the lsrge Texas contingent at Spring Spectacular, Epperson is from Houston and trains with Trapp O’Neal.
“I told her to keep galloping,” O’Neal said.
“She was my very first client,” he added. “It’s been great to see her grow and develop as a rider.”
O’Neal brought his clients to Showplace Spring Spectacular for the first time last year.
“Pat Boyle knows how to put on a horse show,” he said. “We love his shows.”
Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular kicks off Week III with Derby Day Tuesday, June 21, featuring the $25,000 International Hunter Derby, sponsored by Bull Run Equestrian Center.
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