Samantha Oliva and SS Couture Prove Successful at Showplace Fall Classic

Wayne, IL - It was a beautiful fall day with a chilly start for exhibitors at the Showplace Fall Classic Championship Horse Show held at the Lamplight Equestrian Center.  The sun came out to warm horses and exhibitors as junior riders competed for their final chance to qualify for the Central Equine Junior Medal Final to be held on Saturday afternoon after the $25,000 Tapestry Farms Leading Rider Finals Grand Prix.

Samantha Olivia and her mount, SS Couture received the top call in today's Central Equine Medal equitation class.  Olivia and SS Couture had the lead after the first round going into the test and held on to win today after a flawless test.

"I'm excited to win this class today," smiled Oliva.  "I was just trying to practice for IHJA Medal Finals on Sunday and the Maclay Regionals being held next weekend.  I thought the test was great, we just went around and everything came up smoothly.  The inside turns worked out great.  I've had him for almost two years now and he's a really good boy.  He's really great at turning and moves off my leg really well which is helpful during tests and doing inside turns.  We've really bonded the last two years and I just really enjoy him."

Second place today went to Sydney Schaefer and Kimgberden Inc's Tamar.  Schaefer was second after the first round and held her position with an excellence effort in the test to receive today's second place ribbon.

Heading into the test, Alexandra Joseph and Cartier, owned by Carone Stucky were seated in the third position.  After an unfortunate rail at the first jump in the test, Joseph and Cartier would settle for fourth.  Third place went to Rachel Reid and her entry, Blossom for her successful test.  

Later in the day, junior riders showed their equitation mounts in the ASPCA Maclay equitation class.  The two-phase class first tested riders over a course of very natural looking elements including hedges, two split rail jumps that proved troublesome in various instances, and a birch two-stride.  Everyone came back for today's flat portion of the class.  Winning the blue this afternoon was fourteen year old Caitlin Creel and her top mount Calvin 46.  

"Today was the first time I've done him the equitation in probably a month," laughed Creel.  "Today I just wanted to go in and have a smooth round to get ready for the IHJA finals on Sunday. I tend to get nervous so I just tried to relax today and stay smooth.  He's a great horse and always helps me when I mess up. He has a very sensitive mouth and likes a really soft hand but also needs lot of leg.  He's actually pretty comfortable given that he has such a big bold stride, but you get used to it for the sitting trot.   I have Maclay Regional's here next weekend, and would love to qualify for the Maclay finals in Syracuse."

Creel continued, "I love showing at Lamplight.  It's so beautiful with great courses and the horses really like it here.  I'm excited to compete here next weekend for Maclay Regionals."

Nora Laue and Parrott Bay, owned by Mary Ellen Laue earned the second place ribbon for their excellent efforts in today's class.  Courtney Hacker and Merlin received third place honors.

The exciting lineup of events at the Showplace Fall Classic Championship Horse Show will continue tomorrow with the $25,000 Tapestry Farms Leading Rider Finals Grand Prix, the Adult Medal Finals, Children's Medal Finals and the Central Equine Junior Medal Finals.  Junior Riders will also have the opportunity to compete for championship honors in the Pony Hunter and Junior Hunter divisions.  Throughout the weekend 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.

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Photo Credits: (1) Samantha Oliva and SS Couture Prove Successful in Central Equine Medal.  (2) Maclay Victory for Caitlin Creel and Calvin 46.  Photos By: Alyson Sanderford/PMG.