Freddie Vazquez and Bachelor 4 Earn the Red Ribbon in the $75,000 Prix de Lamplight at Equifest

Freddie Vazquez and Bachelor 4

Freddie Vazquez and Bachelor 4

Wayne, IL– August 7, 2016 – Freddie Vazquez and Messenger Hill Farm’s Bachelor 4 proved consistent partners again, with double clear rounds and a fast enough time to take the second place prize in the $75,000 Prix de Lamplight at Equifest II held outside of Chicago. Earlier in the week pair was second in the $25,000 Welcome Stake.
Ninth in the order, Vazquez and Bachelor 4 laid down a solid and clean performance in the first round. Of the grand prix entries only eight progressed to the short course of the Leopoldo Palacios-designed track.
Giavanna Rinaldi and Thalys Z, owned by the Thalys Group, was the first duo to complete the jump off round fault-free and set the time to beat of 41.084 seconds.
Up next, Vazquez and Bachelor 4 succeeded in shaving time off in the turns, edging Rinaldi out of the top spot with a time of 40.133. Liz Atkins and her own Udine were fast as blazes with a time of 38.363, but had an unfortunate rail. Rinaldi returned on her second mount, Dulf Van Den Bisschop, owned by Pony Lane Farm, and took the win with a time of 38.254.
“Gia is a top junior rider and deserved this win,” Vazquez said. “She rode great! I am so happy for her.
“I can’t say how pleased I am with Bachelor’s performance, both today and on Thursday,” he continued. “For such a serious horse, he even gave me a little celebratory shake of his head at the end of both rounds. He is a trier and wants to do well!”
Bachelor 4 is a 14-year-old Rheinlander gelding. His sire, Baloubet Du Rouet, was a three-time World Cup finals champion and Olympic gold medalist with Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and his progeny includes many top international jumpers.

Vazquez and Bachelor 4 recently earned 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.
The Messenger Hill Farm team plans to attend U.S. Pony Finals, Angelstone International and Chicago area shows in August and September.

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.