Wayne, IL – June 23, 2016 – Messenger Hill Farm proved that hard work pays off during Week II of Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular at Lamplight Equestrian Center. Freddie Vazquez and Esprit De Vie, his Pan Am mount, won the $20,000 C & E Transportation Welcome Stake over international course designer Anderson Lima’s challenging track.
“He is one of my favorite designers, “Vazquez said of Lima. “I am always rooting for the Latin course designers Guilherme Jorge, Leopoldo Palacios, last week we had Catzy Cruz.”
Vazquez shared that in the year that he’s had her, he’s been learning about her temperament and what program works best. He calls it “collecting data.” He’s learned that everything becomes amplified when she’s in the arena. That can work in their favor if he plays his cards right.
He has found that she’s not one that likes to stay in the ring to do the jump off round.
“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.”
His strategy worked and the pair won the class and earned the victory gallop. They were also sixth in the $40,000 Adequan Grand Prix. Afterward, Messenger Hill Farm sponsored a party at the Finish Line Bar.
In the hunter ring, Freddie and Jodi Vazquez and the entire Messenger Hill team raked in the ribbons and had multiple championships.
Jodi Vazquez rode Hula Hoop, owned by Elizabeth Corey, to the reserve championship of the $2,000 Green/Regular Conformation Hunters, earning three second and two third place ribbons. With her birthday horse, Quiloo, they earned a second place over fences.
Freddie Vazquez and Presently, owned by Mark Senn, were named reserve champions of the $4,000 High Performance Hunter division with three seconds and one third. He also piloted Meg Gehron’s Talan to the championship of the Low Hunters. Elizabeth Corey and S’Adorable earned the reserve championship.
Messenger Hill Farm owned the two sections of the $1,000 Adult Amateur 18-35 with Gehron and Talan champions of one section and Kira Telford and CR Moet champions of the other. Kira was reserve champion of the $1,000 Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3” with Friday Night.
Chloe Watrous had another great week with the ponies. With her Just Darlin, they were reserve champion of the $2,000 Small Pony Hunter. With her sister’s pony, Beaverwood’s Foxberry, they were reserve champions of the Medium Pony Hunters.
Alexandra Maracic and At Last were champions of the Adult Equitation 3’ for the second consecutive week and she had good rounds in huge classes with her new horse, Bente P.
The Messenger Hill Farm team is off to Tryon where they will compete for three weeks.
About Messenger Hill Farm
Messenger Hill Farm is a full-service hunter/jumper business owned and led by Freddie and Jodi Vazquez. Located just north of Chicago in Mettawa, Illinois, Messenger Hill Farm offers training, lessons, competition and sales.
Freddie Vazquez represented Puerto Rico at the 2015 Pan Am Games and the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games. He served as chef d’équipe of the Team Puerto Rico’s young, junior and child Nations Cup teams at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Jodi Vazquez is a top hunter competitor with countless AA championships to her credit. The Vazquezes teach the American style of riding as advocated by George Morris. They are known for their goal-driven approach and attention to detail.
Messenger Hill Farm offers a show schedule at all levels; including local, national and international. The Messenger Hill Farm team competes at the Winter Equestrian Festival, Tryon International Equestrian Center, Kentucky Horse Shows, Lamplight Equestrian Center, Ledges and more. For those new to the sport, Messenger Hill Farm offers a lesson program with quality, well-cared-for horses.
Click here to learn more about Messenger Hill Farm or call 847-573-1100.