Wayne, IL - The Showplace Spring Spectacular I concluded competition Sunday afternoon with a full day of jumper classics in the Grand Prix Ring at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. Lisa Goldman and Morocco had a great victory in the afternoon's $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame (SJHOF) High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, sponsored by Nutrena, while Laura Linback and Casino earned top honors in the $7,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, sponsored by Hinsdale Nurseries.
All jumper courses for the Showplace Spring Spectacular I were designed by the talented Hector Loyola of Puerto Rico. The $10,000 SJHOF High Junior/AO Classic saw 30 entries with 12 clear in the first round. Riders were given an A/B option to jump-off, either completing the shortened course immediately after their first round or at the completion of the class. Of the 12 to jump off, seven were able to achieve double clear rounds, and it was the fastest time of 35.737 seconds posted by Lisa Goldman and Morocco, that won the class. Pony Lane Farm's Kelsey Thatcher and Carlotta were the closest to that time in 39.232 seconds to earn second place. Erica Garcia rode J.F. to third place with a time of 39.565 seconds, while Lisa Goldman returned with her second mount, Centurion B, to take home the fourth place prize in a time of 39.799 seconds. Erin Haas and Casino Van De Helle finished in fifth, Erin Nelson and Gabriella Z earned sixth, and Caitie Hope and Total Touch were the only other double clear combination to finish in seventh. Haylie Jayne rode Sir Sean to the fastest four fault jump-off round to take home the eighth place prize.
Class winner Morocco is a seven-year-old gelding by RocUSA. He won the Six-Year-Old Young Jumper championship in Kentucky last year and Goldman, of Hawthorn Woods, IL, has been showing him in the High Amateur Jumpers and Welcome Prix classes this year.
"He is my little speed ball," Goldman laughed after her win. "No matter where I go he is always ready to go, and no matter where I get him to the jump he is going to jump it. He is almost always clean and he is game for anything. He loves the turns; it is like he was just born for it. He has all the heart and all the jump in the world. He has some spunk sometimes, he has definitely perfected running sideways and then jumping the jumps, but he will turn on a dime, he will run, and he will do anything you ask him to."
"I ride him in the hackamore, he loves the hackamore," Goldman continued. "Honestly, he is probably my easiest horse. As long as you can get him to the jump you just have to kind of sit there and let him jump."
Goldman is going to be a junior at Baylor University in Waco, TX, this fall majoring in Business Pre-Med. She flies home about once a month to horse show or ride and she is on the equestrian team for the school. Goldman is taking classes online throughout the summer to earn extra credits and will be showing in Chicago until she heads back to school in the fall. "I have been showing here most of my life. I love the management; Pat and Nicole (Boyle) and (Mike) Puffer and everyone else involved. There is good money and lots of nice people. I like everyone here and they are good horse people," she stated.
Earlier in the afternoon, the $7,500 NAL Low Junior/AO Classic was held with a fantastic victory for Laura Linback and her mount Casino. The class was a popular one with 45 total entries, and Loyola's challenging course narrowed the numbers down to 12 clear after the first round. Just five were able to complete the shortened course fault free and Linback and Casino beat the odds to come out on top in the fastest time of 35.694 seconds. Abigail McArdle followed in second, riding Sacha 12 to a clear jump-off round in 36.153 seconds, and Erin Haas took third in a time of 36.444 seconds with her mount Chianti 67. McArdle returned with her second horse in the jump-off, BMC Chifaira, to also take the fourth place honors with a time of 38.403 seconds. Catherine Tyree was the only other double clear with Carinthie Z's time of 38.781 seconds to finish in fifth. Madeline Thatcher had the fastest four fault jump-off round in 34.968 seconds to earn sixth, while Stephanie Mengarelli riding Lonestar and Caitie Hope riding La Paz finished out the top eight.
Class winner Laura Linback explained that this was eight-year-old Casino's first show back since he has had a few months off. "I was very proud of him, he did a great job today," Linback smiled. "I have owned him for one and a half years and he has quite a sassy personality. He was having fun out there, he was dragging me around the first round, but he was great. He is super easy. He is just exuberant and he acts like he is four years old, like every day of his life is the first time that he has seen anything and it is all exciting and new every time. You have to love that though!"
"I thought it was a perfect course today," Linback continued. "I always like the way Hector builds and he is always spot on. It is never overly technical. I think it could have been bigger and could have been more technical, but it worked out just fine and it is nice that more people had a chance to practice jumping off."
"I did not watch too many go in the jump off and I moved up because I was ready, which is better for me," Linback noted. "Sometimes when I watch the younger ladies ride they go very fast, and I am better if I just do my own pace and stick to my own plan, otherwise I end up trying a little too hard."
Linback manages her family's farm Woodrun, in Mundelein, IL, and has been coming to Pat Boyle's shows for many years. "We love it here," she said. "Everyone is so nice here. It is an hour from our house, it is fabulous money, great parties and it is just a super horse show. The footing is nice and everything is beautiful. We are going to keep coming here all summer. I have a nine-year-old son in summer camp, so we are going to stay around home and use this facility and we are going to do some Ledges shows and just have fun."
Several division championships were also awarded on Sunday to complete the jumper classes for the Showplace Spring Spectacular I. In the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers Triton and Catherine Tyree took home the championship tricolor with Pascal and Natalie Horween in reserve.
In the Low Junior Jumpers Rocky and Hayley Waters were champion with Madeline Thatcher and Merlin 369 in reserve. The Low Amateur-Owner Jumpers awarded the championship tricolor to Tally It Up and Natalie Horween with Lanstar Mercedes and Rebecca Young in reserve.
The morning began with a victory in the $4,000 NAL Children's Jumper Classic for Julia Murray and Lord Stanley, who were also the week's Children's Jumper champions with Juliet De La Huerga and Willie D'Lothian in reserve. Finally, Jessica Glavin and Titan earned first place honors in the $4,000 NAL Adult Jumper Classic along with championship honors in the Adult Jumpers with Katie Smith and Get Shorty in reserve.
The day's competition concluded week one of the 2010 Showplace Spring Spectacular Horse Show Series. The Showplace Spring Spectacular II will get underway on Tuesday, June 15, with an exciting Derby Day. The day's competition will feature a $15,000 Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby, a $5,000 USHJA 3' Hunter Derby, and the always electrifying $10,000 Open Jumper Speed Derby, all held in the Lamplight Equestrian Center's Grand Prix Ring. For more information on Showplace Productions and the 2010 Showplace Spring Spectacular Horse Show Series, please visit www.showplaceproductions.com.
$7,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic - #competed: 47
1 245 Casino Woodrun Laura Linback 2250.00
2 447 Sacha 12 Old Barrington LLC Abigail McArdle 1450.00
3 119 Chianti 67 North Face Farm Erin Haas 1000.00
4 448 BMC Chifaira Old Barrington LLC Abigail McArdle 650.00
5 432 Carinthie Z Catherine Tyree Catherine Tyree 500.00
6 151 Merlin 369 Pony Lane Farm Madeline Thatcher 450.00
7 650 Lonestar Stephanie Mengarelli Stephanie Mengarelli 375.00
8 252 La Paz Kathleen Hope Caitie Hope 300.00
9 444 Nivo Amelia McArdle Amelia McArdle 275.00
10 560 Game Twist Isotropic Melissa Orlick-Zbierski 250.00
11 312 Star Belly Sneetches Christie Rugh Christie Rugh 0.00
12 569 Vallo Lleen Four Wings Farm Samantha Pyle 0.00
$10,000 High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic #competed: 31
1 649 MOROCCO Lisa Goldman Lisa Goldman 3000.00
2 135 Carlotta Pony Lane Farm Kelsey Thatcher 2200.00
3 191 J.F. ERICA GARCIA ERICA GARCIA 1300.00
4 427 CENTURION B Mary Goldman Lisa Goldman 800.00
5 117 Casino Van De Helle North Face Farm Erin Haas 600.00
6 346 Gabriella Z Lazy Creek Ranch Holdings LLC Erin Nelson 500.00
7 254 Total Touch Kathleen Hope Caitie Hope 400.00
8 126 Sir Sean ALEX JAYNE Haylie Jayne 300.00
9 285 Poco 3 Wilhelm and Patty Genn Ryan Genn 300.00
10 335 Corsavita Blue Gate Farm LLC Denise Wilson 200.00
11 317 Pascal Natalie Horween Natalie Horween 200.00
12 461 Charly Brown ATJ Farms LLC Taylor Werthen 200.00
Photo Credit: Lisa Goldman and Morocco won the $10,000 SJHOF High Junior/AO Jumper Classic at the Showplace Spring Spectacular I. Laura Linback and Casino won the $7,500 NAL Low Junior/AO Jumper Classic. Photos © 2010 Lauren Fisher/PMG.