Nancy Amling Tops Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic With Taken

Monday, June 21, 2010
Posted by Phelps Media Group

And Amateur-Owner 18-35 Division with Bases Loaded

Wayne, IL - As the last day of the Showplace Spring Spectacular II at the Lamplight Equestrian Center drew to a close, the Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions announced their division champions.  Nancy Amling came out on top in the Amateur-Owner Hunter division, winning Sunday's $1,000 Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic Sponsored by Peggy O'Meara aboard Taken. 
Amling also followed for the second place in Sunday's Hunter Classic with her new mount Bases Loaded. Amling continued her winning streak earning the championship tricolor in the Amateur-Owner Hunters 18-35 division aboard Bases Loaded.  Timber Ridge and Caitlin Lane, who won Saturday's $1,000 Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic, took home the reserve champion ribbon in the Amateur-Owner Hunter's 18-35 division.  Rounding out the Amateur-Owner Hunters was Karen Walcott aboard Winston.  The pair claimed the championship rosette for their outstanding performances in the Amateur-Owner Hunter 36 and Over division.

Nancy Amling was thrilled with both of her horses over the two days of hunter competition. Amling and Taken Won Sunday's $1,000 Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic Sponsored by Peggy O'Meara with the top combined scores in the classic rounds.  After her award winning trips, Amling rode Bases Loaded to the Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 division championship.  The duo won today's handy hunter round, earned second place in two of the three over fences, earned a second in the under saddle class, and earned a fourth place ribbon in one of the over fences classes.

"He was great," expressed Amling.  I finally got the hang of him; after yesterday and today everything clicked.  Last weekend was the first time I tried him and this weekend was the first time I showed him.  Both Taken and Bases Loaded ride the same.  They take a little leg and a forward moving step. Bases Loaded is like a big pony."

Amling enjoyed having two hunters to show in today's Amateur-Owner classes, especially after coming back from a long recovery from a ski injury. Amling laughed, "I am not allowed to ski or do any other activities other than work and horse shows since I injured my leg.  I had a long time off from horse showing and I am happy to be back."

Also training under Kelley Farmer and Larry Glefke from Lane Change Farm was Caitlin Lane and Timber Ridge.  The pair earned the reserve champion ribbon in the Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 division with a blue ribbon in an over fence class, a blue in the under saddle class, and a second place in the handy hunter round.

Lane was happy with today but felt that the she and the nine-year-old Holsteiner had a better day yesterday.  On Saturday, Lane earned the $1,000 Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic for her top combined scores over two rounds.

"Timber Ridge was good today but he was a little better yesterday," smiled Lane.  "I have owned him since this spring so this is only my fourth time showing him.  I enjoyed showing him this weekend because he is pretty simple and straight forward, but I am still getting used to him.  He has been doing the 4' fences with Kelley and he does the 3'6" with me. He is such a good horse and he is a patient horse, especially because he puts up with my little mistakes.  He definitely knows his job."

Lane's horse spends much of the year traveling to horse shows but will make his way back to Virginia for some well-deserved time off this summer.  Lane has found it difficult to find a work-equestrian life balance, but she has always made room to spend time training and working with Timber Ridge as much as possible while on the road. Her persistence has paid off with her multiple accolades.

After the Showplace Spring Spectacular Series Lane Change Farm will make their way to the $25,000 Chronicle of the Horse USHJA International Hunter Derby at Tapestry Farm in Bristol, Wisconsin.  After their break the team heads to the Motor City Horse Show.

Winning the championship tricolor in the Amateur-Owner Hunters 36 and Over division was Karen Walcott aboard Winston.  The duo grabbed blue ribbons in two over fences classes and the handy hunter class.  Adding to their blue ribbons, Walcott earned a third place in the third over fences class, and earned a second place in the under saddle class.

Earning the reserve championship in the Amateur-Owner Hunters 36 and Over was Debra Kirsch and Turtle Bay.  The duo earned two first place ribbons in one of the over fences classes and the under saddle class and they also achieved three third place ribbons in two of the over fences classes and the handy hunter class.

Walcott has owned the Danish Warmblood for almost three years and just started riding him in December 2008.  Walcott commented, "We had a really great first year.  We qualified for indoors and won the Amateur-Owner Handy Hunter class at Syracuse.  That was a really big thrill because I have been riding since I was 12 and the National Horse Show was always a really big deal.  To have the chance to even get to go was a lifelong dream, much less win a class.  Winston has been awesome."

This year, Winston has been reaching top heights in the Regular Working Hunter division with Walcott's trainer, Micaela Kennedy.  Unfortunately, Micaela had a minor leg injury and was unable to show Winston this week.  Walcott noted, "Winston has been really easy for me.  Micaela has always done a great job preparing him for me but he does not take a lot of prep. He is a definite hunter ride and just moves with a lot of leg and no spurs.

Walcott also showed her new horse Cheyenne in today's Amateur-Owner Hunters.  "I rode Cheyenne in a class at Palm Beach and really fell in love with her.  She is the horse that I hope will take me to the next level.  I have not decided if I want to do the hunters or the jumpers with her but I did the 3' Derby this weekend and she was a blast. I look forward to moving to the next level with her."

Walcott enjoyed this weekend's courses because they incorporated many options.  "It was nice to canter down and have an option. It was almost like the derby classes and the options make the courses much more interesting for us as riders and I imagine for the spectators as well."

She continued, "I lived in Chicago for 17 years and used to ride in the medal classes quite often. I remember Pat (Boyle) doing the courses then and it seems that he and Skip Bailey have still used the same concept of making the hunter courses interesting.  The handy course was great today and I especially liked the trot jump. I think those type of fences keep the horses attention, showcase their bravery, and make it fun for the rider.  The courses were lovely this weekend and the jumps were beautiful."

Walcott loves coming back to Lamplight to horse show because it feels like home to her.  "There are so many people that I have not seen in so long and everyone is so nice and welcoming here," she said.

The Showplace Spring Spectacular III Challenge Cup begins June 21, 2010 at the Lamplight Equestrian Center.  The week's hunter competition coverage includes the Professional Hunter divisions, the Junior Hunters, and the Amateur-Owners.  Week three will conclude June 25, 2010.  For more information on Showplace Productions and the 2010 Showplace Spring Spectacular Horse Show Series, please visit
Photo Credit: Nancy Amling and Bases Loaded Champion of Amateur-Owner Hunters 18-35 division Photo 2010 © Lindsay McCall/PMG.
Photo Credit Nancy Amling and Taken win Sunday's $1,000 Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic Sponsored by Peggy O'Meara at Showplace Spring Spectacular II. Photo 2010 © Lindsay McCall/PMG.
Photo Credit: Caitlin Lane and Timber Ridge Win Reserve Champion Amateur-Owner Hunters 18-35 division and Saturday's $1,000 Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic at Showplace Spring Spectacular II. Photo 2010 © Lindsay McCall/PMG.  
Photo Credit: Karen Walcott and Winston Win Champion Amateur-Owner Hunters 35 and Over division at Spring Spectacular II. Photo 2010 © Lindsay McCall/PMG.