Freddie Vazquez and Bachelor 4 Nab the Second Spot in the $25,000 Welcome Stake at Equifest II

Wayne, IL– August 5, 2016 – Freddie Vazquez and Messenger Hill Farm’s Bachelor 4 earned second place in the $25,000 Welcome Stake at Equifest II at Lamplight Equestrian Center. The pair were one of only six that advanced to the jump off round of course designer Leopoldo Palacios’ technical track.
 
Vazquez and Bachelor 4 were fault-free in the short course and set the time to beat. Tracy Fenney and MTM Reve Du Par edged them out for the win. Vazquez and Fenney were the only double clear horse and rider combinations in the event.
 
“Bachelor 4 has really been on a roll,” said Vazquez. “He is super careful and serious about his job. Our journey together keeps getting better and better. Tracy and her horse were so fast! She’s a great competitor. “
 
Vazquez described Palacios’ course as lengthy with long gallops.
 
“Leopoldo is known for his tough courses, but I really like the challenges he presents,” Vazquez said. “He has designed courses at the biggest and best venues the world over including the Olympics, WEF, the World Cup finals and the Spruce Meadows. Today it worked out well for us.”
 
Bachelor 4 is a 14-year-old Rheinlander gelding by the great Baloubet Du Rouet. The pair recently had top five finishes in the $35,000 1.45m Speed Stake during Tryon CSI4* Week III and the $30,000 Marshall & Sterling Grand Prix during Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular.
 
Vazquez and The Messenger Hill Farm team were ecstatic with the performance. Vazquez plans to compete in the $75,000 Grand Prix at Equifest II Saturday.
 
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.