Wayne, IL - June 25, 2016 – A crowd gathered to watch the Saturday afternoon feature class of Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular; the $50,000 WinVision Grand Prix. Olympic veteran Charlie Jayne, from Elgin, Illinois, and his own Playboy pulled off the win, beating Lisa Goldman and Rocs to Riches’ jump off time to earn the victory gallop and the lion’s share of the prize money.
Out of 33 starters, 13 advanced to the jump off round and eight were double clear.
Lisa Goldman and her Morocco led half-way through the group. Then she beat her own time on her other mount, Rocs to Riches, stopping the timers at 34.342 seconds. The very next to go was Jayne and Playboy. Spectators cheered from the stands as he outraced Goldman, laying down a time of 34.227. Two rounds later, the Texas contingent cheered on Trapp O’Neal from Magnolia, Texas and Capitano, owned by TKO Partners, as he edged Goldman and Morocco out of the third place position. Jayne held the lead to the end to win the class.
“I didn’t think there would be 13 clear, but there were some great horse and rider combinations that came from all over the country,” Jayne said. “It’s a nice central location here in Chicago. We see people from the East Coast, the Midwest, and all the way from Texas and the West. There were nice questions, the rails fell throughout, there was a tricky last line and I thought the course designer did a great job.”
O’Neal agreed. “I thought it was a good course,” he said. “You always think there are spots, maybe one or two, to have one down. It was a competitive jump off, that’s for sure.”
Goldman has dominated competition in the Grand Prix Arena during the three-week Spring Spectacular.
“The horses have been unbelievable,” she said. “Morocco has given me four double cleans. He hit two rails in three weeks. One of them was in a jump off.”
She said she knew that she left the door open for someone to be faster in the class.
“I knew he beat me, but I didn’t know he only beat me by a tenth of a second,” she said. “I was happy for him and I’m really happy with both my horses.”
Jayne shared that Tracy Fenney gave him a little friendly advice about the course that helped seal the deal and win the class.
“I didn’t know there was a six from one to two,” he said. “She helped me and that set my tone. I got a little lucky, took a big shot at the skinny and it worked out well, I was able to slow down at the last jump.”
Jayne said that he got Playboy at the end of his 7-year-old year. The Belgian Warmblood gelding (Toulon- Lysca) is now 10. Last year they won a $25,000 Grand Prix in Ocala.
“I’ve been bringing him along the last two years,” he said. “He’s been a fantastic horse. We have stepped him up to the bigger FEI and he’s looking fantastic. He’s stepping up quite nicely.”
O’Neal also purchased Capitano as a 7-year-old before he was very experienced.
“Kathy Epperson is a friend of mine, owns him as part of the TKO partnership,” O’Neal said. “I always love to have success on her horses. She’s been my No. 1 supporter since I started my business.”
The $50,000 Grand Prix was sponsored by WinVision
O’Neal said that he got some help from John Roche who was here.
“It was a pleasure to show here,” O’Neal shared. “Pat Boyle does a great job, the facility and staff here are first class, they’re very friendly to us and make everything inviting. With the new facility, Pat will be taking care of us.”
“Pat and Nicole put on such a good show,” added Goldman. “It’s been exhilarating.”
Jayne agreed,” Obviously people love to come and show here,” he said. “Pat gives a great show experience.”
Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular Sunday, June 26, features the Showplace Equitation Championship, sponsored by Perfecta Farm and Kim Gardiner, the $10,000 NAL and Marshall & Sterling Low Junior Amateur Jumper Classic and the $20,000 High Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic, a Show Jumping Hall of Fame event. In the hunter rings the amateur hunter divisions will continue.
Don’t miss a moment of Spring Spectacular. Click here to watch the live stream from Star Creek Video.
Sponsor Spotlight: The Dolins Group
The Dolins Group is a full service CPA firm located in Northbrook, Illinois.
“We’re here actually because we work with a lot of professional athletes, and apparently horses are a kind of professional athletes, so we thought it would be a great idea to sponsor such a wonderful event,” said Neil Johnson, a partner with the firm. “We’re starting to get more clients in the hunter/jumper world so we want to support them and have them support us.”
Johnson’s wife competes in the hunter ring and rides with Tievoli Farm in Woodstock, Illinois.
“I love to talk to people about how they can become more tax efficient whether it is with their equestrian business or non-equestrian business,” he said. “I know what a horse budget is. I’ve put a lot of thought into how to structure these types of endeavors as businesses.”
“One of the issues, historically, with the equestrian world is that there’s always a question if this is a business or is this a hobby? A lot of people consider or believe what they do is a hobby. But you sit by a schooling ring and you see all these transactions going on, you realize you’re in a real business”
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