Olympian Charlie Jayne Takes the Top Prize in the $50,000 WinVision Grand Prix

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.
 

  Lisa Goldman and Morocco

  Lisa Goldman and Morocco

“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.”

Lisa Goldman and Rocs to Riches

Lisa Goldman and Rocs to Riches

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.”
 

Trapp O"Neal and Capitano  

Trapp O"Neal and Capitano
 

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.”

Charlie Jayne and Playboy

Charlie Jayne and Playboy

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.”

Charlie Jayne gave his ribbon away to some fans.

Charlie Jayne gave his ribbon away to some fans.

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”
 
Click here for more information about the Dolins Group

Other Jumper Highlights
 

Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography $2,500 Puddle Jumper Classic presented by Devoucoux Ziggy Stardust, owned and ridden by Grace Kucienski

Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
$2,500 Puddle Jumper Classic presented by Devoucoux
Ziggy Stardust, owned and ridden by Grace Kucienski

$2,500 Modified Childrens Jumper Classic presented by CWD Remarkable, owned and ridden by Morgan Londo

$2,500 Modified Childrens Jumper Classic presented by CWD
Remarkable, owned and ridden by Morgan Londo

Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography $7,500 NAL Childrens Jumper Classic presented by Windridge Farm Roc N Groovy, owned by Melissa Hirt, andridden by MacKenzie Snider

Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
$7,500 NAL Childrens Jumper Classic presented by Windridge Farm
Roc N Groovy, owned by Melissa Hirt, andridden by MacKenzie Snider

Nate Rolfe and Zara

Nate Rolfe and Zara

Nate Rolfe and Altius

Nate Rolfe and Altius

Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography $2,500 Modified Adult Jumper Classic presented by Katie Kappler LLC Nate Rolfe, with Zara in first and Altius in second, owned by Haylie Rolfe

Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
$2,500 Modified Adult Jumper Classic presented by Katie Kappler LLC
Nate Rolfe, with Zara in first and Altius in second, owned by Haylie Rolfe

$7,500 NAL Adult Jumper Classic presented by Guardian Shavings Get Shorty, owned and ridden by Katie Smith

$7,500 NAL Adult Jumper Classic presented by Guardian Shavings
Get Shorty, owned and ridden by Katie Smith

Best Turned Out award, presented by Equis Caitlin Hope and Total Touch

Best Turned Out award, presented by Equis
Caitlin Hope and Total Touch

Hunters & Equitation
 

Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography USEF/Pessoa Hunt Seat Medal Natalie Jayne riding her horse Cyril Van de Mespel Z

Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
USEF/Pessoa Hunt Seat Medal
Natalie Jayne riding her horse Cyril Van de Mespel Z

Justified and Paige Matthies, with trainer Melissa Hirt $2,500 Junior Hunter Classic sponsored by the Stoeckle Family Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under Champion Justified, owned by Dudley B Smith and ridden by Paige Matthies, championed the Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under division and the Junior Hunter Classic. “He’s a really fun horse. He’s very sweet and kind. He always wants to do his best for you, if I make a mistake, he’s always there to help me out,” Matthies said. “Mostly today, since it’s so hot, he was a little tired, so I had to focus on keeping him in front of my leg. But, the course was designed very well, it was really easy to have options. You had options on the course, the distances for turns, but it was more of a choice to the rider depending on the horse.” Regarding the Showplace Productions shows, Matthies said, “It’s such a great show. All the events are great. The jumps are beautiful and everything is designed really well. It’s one of my favorite shows.”  

Justified and Paige Matthies, with trainer Melissa Hirt
$2,500 Junior Hunter Classic sponsored by the Stoeckle Family
Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under Champion
Justified, owned by Dudley B Smith and ridden by Paige Matthies, championed the Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under division and the Junior Hunter Classic.

“He’s a really fun horse. He’s very sweet and kind. He always wants to do his best for you, if I make a mistake, he’s always there to help me out,” Matthies said. “Mostly today, since it’s so hot, he was a little tired, so I had to focus on keeping him in front of my leg. But, the course was designed very well, it was really easy to have options. You had options on the course, the distances for turns, but it was more of a choice to the rider depending on the horse.” Regarding the Showplace Productions shows, Matthies said, “It’s such a great show. All the events are great. The jumps are beautiful and everything is designed really well. It’s one of my favorite shows.”
 

For Adventure and Giavanna Rinaldi

For Adventure and Giavanna Rinaldi

Bugsy Malone and Giavanna Rinaldi Junior Hunter 16-17 Champion & Reserve Giavanna Rinaldi maintained her lead from yesterday on both horses she rode, placing For Adventure and Bugsy Malone in the top two of the Junior Hunter 16-17 division. For Adventure, owned by Alex McNally, took the championship and Bugsy Malone, owned by Alex Jayne, came in reserve.

Bugsy Malone and Giavanna Rinaldi
Junior Hunter 16-17 Champion & Reserve
Giavanna Rinaldi maintained her lead from yesterday on both horses she rode, placing For Adventure and Bugsy Malone in the top two of the Junior Hunter 16-17 division. For Adventure, owned by Alex McNally, took the championship and Bugsy Malone, owned by Alex Jayne, came in reserve.

Giavanna Rinaldi and Bugsy Malone - Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography Among her many awards, Rinaldi also earned the Overall High Point Junior Hunter Rider Perpetual Trophy.

Giavanna Rinaldi and Bugsy Malone - Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Among her many awards, Rinaldi also earned the Overall High Point Junior Hunter Rider Perpetual Trophy.

Solo and Molly Laughlin Junior Hunter 3’3” Champion Solo, owned and ridden by Molly Laughlin, took the blue in the Junior Hunter 3’3” division. “ I’ve had him for two years, just about. He’s like a big dog. He has a big-dog personality. He’s super cuddly and really friendly, and super curious,” Laughlin said. “He was super good this weekend and we’re proud of him. He’s only 8 years old, so we’re working a lot on consistency with him. He’s putting in really good rounds by just getting that sort of consistent flow and doing back-to-back rounds is what we’ve been working on.”  

Solo and Molly Laughlin
Junior Hunter 3’3” Champion
Solo, owned and ridden by Molly Laughlin, took the blue in the Junior Hunter 3’3” division.
“ I’ve had him for two years, just about. He’s like a big dog. He has a big-dog personality. He’s super cuddly and really friendly, and super curious,” Laughlin said. “He was super good this weekend and we’re proud of him. He’s only 8 years old, so we’re working a lot on consistency with him. He’s putting in really good rounds by just getting that sort of consistent flow and doing back-to-back rounds is what we’ve been working on.”

 

Best Turned Out Horse Junior Duet, owned and ridden by Paige Junker  

Best Turned Out Horse Junior
Duet, owned and ridden by Paige Junker

 

Rider Style Award Brian Moggre earned the rider style award showing Viceroy, owned by Bethany Bolen, and MTM Magnum, owned by MTM Farm.

Rider Style Award
Brian Moggre earned the rider style award showing Viceroy, owned by Bethany Bolen, and MTM Magnum, owned by MTM Farm.

Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography High Point Junior Hunter Trophy Elizabeth Nestor and Covert        

Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
High Point Junior Hunter Trophy
Elizabeth Nestor and Covert        

Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography Jeff Katz Grand Hunter Challenge Perpetual Trophy, presented by Messenger Hill Farm Bugsy Malone and Maggie Jayne with Giavanna Rinaldi, presented by Jodi Vazquez of Messenger Hill Farm

Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
Jeff Katz Grand Hunter Challenge Perpetual Trophy, presented by Messenger Hill Farm
Bugsy Malone and Maggie Jayne with Giavanna Rinaldi, presented by Jodi Vazquez of Messenger Hill Farm