Lamplight Equestrian Center
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Located in the quaint and horse friendly town of Wayne, IL outside of Chicago, Lamplight Equestrian Center has a rich history and a bright future. Lamplight stands on the part of the property that was once Oaklawn Farm, the home of Mark W. Dunham. In 1865, Dunham began breeding and selling prize Percheron horses which he originally imported from France. During the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, a train brought guests from Chicago to Wayne to see the Dunhams' Percheron horses. For more than 50 years, Lamplight Equestrian Center has been a well-known competition destination. In the 1970s, Lamplight became primarily a boarding facility that also held competitions. The facility was said to house as many as 70 horses.Transformed into the world-class facility it is today in 1990, new ownership in 2013 brings one of the top destinations in the Mid-West to new heights.
Over the years, the owners added multiple arenas and an extensive landscaping plan, including beautiful perennial gardens and hundreds of trees. Two original Dunham family 19th-century barns were converted into the food service pavilion and show offices. In addition, permanent judges' booths and new covered seating areas for spectators were constructed.
In 2013, Nina Koloseike, a local amateur hunter jumper rider and Percheron owner, purchased Lamplight Equestrian Center with the goal of taking the facility to the next level. Immediately, $1 million in improvements were made, including improving drainage and upgrading many of the existing arenas with European GGT footing.
"I am excited to make Lamplight the best it can be," said Koloseike. "Currently we are a work in progress. I look forward to getting the word out about all the great things we're doing to make Lamplight even better." Lamplight has permanent stabling for 350 horses and permanent base installations for nine stabling tents, giving it a total capacity of 1200 stalls, all with water, cement wash racks and electricity.
The facility has hosted the American Eventing Championships, the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage and Developing Horse Championships and the U.S. Para- Equestrian National Championships.
Lamplight Equestrian Center hosted a very successful Showplace Productions' Spring Spectacular I and II from June 4-June 16.
Upcoming Lamplight Equestrian Center Events Include:
- July Dressage at Lamplight July 19-21
- Five Corner Farms NIHJA July 19-21
- Lamplight Equifest I July 24-28
- Lamplight Equifest II July 31-August 4
- Markel USDF Young Horse Championships August 22-25
- Showplace Fall Classic "A" Finals Sept 10-15
- Great American Region II Dressage Championship Sept 19-22
- Market Hill Farms NIHJA Finals Sept 26-29