Wayne, Il. - Equifest II kicked off at the Lamplight Equestrian Center on Tuesday, August 1. Exhibitors enjoyed clear skies and exciting competition at the start of the second week of the Chicago Festival of the Horse as classes got underway in both the hunter and jumper divisions.\
Michael Tokaruk hit the ground running Tuesday morning at the Lamplight Equestrian Center to win the $5,000 Open 1.40m class. Tokaruk was aboard Cristiano, a mount owned by Mattie Hatcher, and completed a double clear round for the win. The pair finished the jump-off in 35.529 seconds.
In second place was Anna Hallene riding Wocello, owned by Glenwood Farm LLC. Hallene and Wocello also completed a double clear round, finishing their jump-off in 37.094 seconds. Third place went to Charlie Jayne and Quint, owned by Hailey Royce, after incurring 4 faults in the jump-off and finishing in 36.311 seconds.
In the $1,000 Open 1.30m class, it was Shannon Hicks who rode away with the blue ribbon. Hicks was aboard Ashley Shaw's Adicio, completing their jump-off round in 34.090 seconds to best the field of riders. Coming in second place was Stephen Foran riding Nakiska, owned by Kayla Imonti-Way. The pair completed their jump-off in 37.379 seconds.
Rounding out the top-three in the 1.30m class was Stefanie Collier riding The C And C Group's Emma-Lee. Collier and Emma-Lee had an unfortunate rail during their jump-off round, finishing up with 4 faults in 35.677 seconds to take home the third place ribbon.
Competition at the Chicago Festival of the Horse continues in the Smart Pak Grand Prix arena on Wednesday, August 2, starting at 8:00 a.m. The $25,000 Welcome Grand Prix will take place on Thursday, August 3, and this weekend spectators have both the $50,000 Grand Prix and the $20,000 Jumper Derby to look forward to.
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