Giavanna Rinaldi Closes out Equifest I With Major Victory

Monday, July 31, 2017
Posted by Emma Miller


Giavanna Rinaldi and Always Me.

Giavanna Rinaldi and Always Me. (Photo: Andrew Ryback Photography)

Wayne, Il. - Giavanna Rinaldi closed out Equifest I at the Chicago Festival of the Horse by taking home the blue in the $7,500 Show Jumping Hall of Fame 1.40m Junior/Amateur Owner Cavalor Classic.

Rinaldi is no stranger to the winner's circle, having won countless hunter championships and grand prix titles during her time competing at Lamplight over the years. Rinaldi took to the ring with a new mount Sunday afternoon, Always Me, to receive the first place and add yet another win under her belt.

Rinaldi and Always Me were the only pair in the class to complete a clear first round, allowing them to tackle the jump-off. They successfully navigated through difficult combinations and tight roll-back turns in the course, Always Me clearing the fences with ease. The pair had an unfortunate rail at the second-to-last fence in the jump-off, finishing with just 4 faults in 40.397 seconds.

Second place in the class went to Isabella Bleu Baxter riding her own, Jahil. Baxter finished her round with just 1 time fault after finishing just over the 89 seconds allowed. Rounding out the top three was Ashley Fleischhacker and Auckland Show Stables LLC's Over Drive, also just over the time allowed, receiving 2 time faults.

In the $1,500 Child/Adult WIHS/NAL/M&S Jumper Classic, Alison Albelda bested a field of 20 riders to receive the blue riding Verdicchio, a mount owned by David Mac Neil. The pair went double clear and finished the jump-off in 37.931 seconds to win the class. Second place went to Kelsey Cerklenski and her own mount, On Tour, with a jump-off time of 38.856 seconds. Mary Antonini received the third place ribbon riding her own, Rocking the Boat, to a 41.219 second jump-off.

Competition for Equifest II kicks off on Tuesday, August 1, at 8:00 am at the Lamplight Equestrian Center.

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