Wayne, IL - June 22, 2016 –A little rain didn’t put a damper on fun at Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular as the jumper and the professional hunter divisions kicked off. Two top competitors, Doug Boyd and Ryan Genn, had winning double clear rounds with new mounts in the feature classes of the day.
First thing in the morning, Douglas Boyd and Calvigo, a chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding (Vigo D'arsouilles-La Reine) owned by Sapphire Riding Academy, won the $2,500 1.30m Open Jumpers, sponsored by Marshall & Sterling out of 29 entries. Lisa Goldman and Air Guitar, owned by Captivate Farms LLC, a bay KWPN gelding (Gentleman-Lafayette), claimed the second place spot.
Boyd is fresh off his win of the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby Tuesday with Sapphire Riding Academy’s Calido’s Son. Calvigo is new to Boyd who just got the ride three weeks ago.
“He’s been in the ribbons since we got him,” Boyd said. He’s a super horse. He’s super fast. He’s really careful. I’m getting to know him and he’s getting to know me. It’s nice to have that confident win before the 1.30m Grand Prix.”
In the $2,500 1.40m Open Jumpers, sponsored by Animo, Ryan Genn got the ride and the win on his father’s grand prix mount, Welcome COR, a bay Holsteiner mare (Caretino-Lepata) owned by Ann Anastasio. Ryan got the ride while his father is temporarily sidelined with broken ribs.
“It’s getting a little better every day,” Wilhelm Genn said. “Today I felt good enough to set jumps in the warmup for Theo and Ryan. Theo and Ryan rode so well. The horses jumped great – that eases the pain.”
Wilhelm Genn explained that Ryan knows the horse and has schooled her before. He said that Theo has so many to ride that it made sense. Although Ryan had never showed her, it has proven to be a good match so far.
“He did one class with her last week and had a nice clean round,” said Genn. “He rides similar to my style so it is not a big change for the horse. It is the same with Theo. He’s strong but he’s also soft. Those are the two things you need for her. Ryan rode her beautifully. He’s a good athlete and a smart kid. That’s great that he won, we were just hoping for a good round.”
Because he had such a good round with her, Genn entered Ryan and Welcome COR in the $20,000 Welcome Stake.
“If it looks really good, we’ll take it from there,” he said. “Maybe we’ll put her in the Grand Prix. We’ll see.”
Theo Genn also had two double clear rounds in the 1.40m and will compete in both the Welcome Stake and the Grand Prix.
“The brothers get along so well, but there’s a little brotherly competition,” Genn said. “I think it makes them better.”
Lisa Goldman and her Holsteiner, Hindsight (Vision-Rhiannon), came in second place and third with Zacantos Z, a Dutch Warmblood (Casantos-Oellie), owned by Robin Vilter.
Competitors are preparing for the week’s feature classes, including the $20,000 Open Welcome Stake Thursday, sponsored by Barrington Saddlery, the $15,000 Marshall & Sterling 1.30m Grand Prix Friday, presented by Barrington Saddlery, and the $50,000 WinVision Grand Prix Saturday. Juniors and amateur jumper riders also have classes with top prize money to look forward to during Week III.
Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular Thursday, June 23, features the $20,000 Welcome Stake, sponsored by Barrington Saddlery, show jumping action in the grand prix arena. In the hunter rings, the professional hunter divisions will wrap up and name their champions.
Click here for the live stream of Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular by Star Creek Video.