Wayne, IL - A mix of wind, sun and rain greeted exhibitors Thursday at the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center, home of this week's Showplace Fall Classic Championship Horse Show produced by Showplace Productions.
The Showplace Fall Classic Championship continues through Sunday, with a variety of classes over the weekend including the $25,000 Tapestry Farms Leading Rider Finals Grand Prix and the presentations for the Leading Riders in each division for the Showplace Series.
Maggie Jayne proved successful aboard both of her Regular Working Hunter mounts, winning the championship honors with Pony Lane Farm's Bella Blue and the reserve championship with Namesake, also owned by Pony Lane Farm. Bella Blue and Jayne were also the winners of today's $1,000 Open Hunter Classic with a first round score of 87 and a second round score of 85 for a total of 172 and the win. Jayne also won yesterday's $1,000 Open Hunter Classic aboard Namesake.
"This was the first time I have ever done the Regular Workings on Bella," noted Jayne. "She's already all qualified for Indoors for the Second Years, so I wanted to get a head start on my points for Devon. The 4ft is an adjustment and the kids have been doing her in the 3'6'' so I just really made a point to get her going. She was jumping so high with the bigger jumps and they were both great. With the weather dropping 30 degrees in the last 24 hours I just really tried to ride forward."
Jayne continued, "They really do a great job here at Lamplight. The footing is great, and they always put in great courses and have great new jumps. I live ten minutes away so it's just so nice to have a facility of this quality right down the road from my house."
Before the Regular Working divisions, the First and Second Year Green Hunter horses competed for championship honors in their divisions. In the First Year Green Hunters it was Courtney Boyd aboard Allison Scott's Eye Spy taking home the championship tricolor. Boyd and Eye Spy were first and second in the over fences classes Wednesday and were first in the Under Saddle. Today, the pair added two second place ribbons for a total of 38 points to secure the championship honors. Heidi Fish and Zilver Star, owned by Woodland Way, Inc were awarded the reserve championship honors for their excellent efforts.
"We are so happy with 'Owen,'" smiled Boyd. "The best part of today I think was our handy round, it was the handiest I think he's ever been. He's just proving himself over and over and that he is a nice horse. He's just really matured over the last year. Alli (Scott), his owner, bought him in March of 2009 and she shows him in the Adult Hunters. After this weekend we'll take him to Capital Challenge and see how Indoors go. He's only eight years old so we'll see but he'll for sure do the second years next year. He's just a love and a great horse - we're so happy to have him!"
Next in the ring was the Second Year Green Working Hunters where Calgary and Jodi Vazquez took home top honors and the championship ribbon. Calgary, who is owned by junior rider Karli Slowiak, and Vazquez swept the division winning all four over fences classes and were second in the Under Saddle. Jodi's husband, Freddie Vazquez and mount Orame, owned by Kira Telford, garnered the reserve champion prize for their consistent efforts in this competitive division.
"Calgary is a good boy, and he was great today," noted Vazquez. "He's eight years old and shows in the small juniors with his owner. We bought him about a year ago from Nora and Morgan Thomas who always send us really nice horses. He's a good boy, he just does his job and is really straightforward. He's not spooky, he's big strided, and he can be extremely handy so we've done him in a few Derbies."
Vazquez continued, "It's so phenomenal to have a place this beautiful just an hour from where we live. It gives all of our clients an opportunity to be able to horse show a lot. The jumps are beautiful, the course designers are great. It's a fabulous facility and its close to home - you can't really beat that. It's our summer place and we're just lucky to have it in our backyard!"
The exciting lineup of events at the Showplace Fall Classic Championship Horse Show will continue tomorrow with the $10,000 Junior/Amateur Owner Hall of Fame Jumper Classic. Junior Riders will also have the opportunity to compete in the first day of the Pony Hunter and Junior Hunter Divisions, the ASPCA Maclay Equitation and also the final qualifier for the Central Equine Junior Medal. Throughout the week the show will feature "A" rated hunter divisions, four star jumper divisions, and the finals of the $60,000 Showplace Leading Rider Series, and IHJA "A" Equitation Medals.
For more information on the 2010 Showplace Fall Classic Championship Horse Show, please visit www.showplaceproductions.com.
Photo Credits: (1) Maggie Jayne and Bella Blue Sweep Regular Hunters and $1,000 Open Hunter Classic. (2) Jodi Vazquez and Calgary were awarded the Second Year Green Working Hunter championship prize. Photos By: Alyson Sanderford/PMG.