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Countdown to Chicago's Sale Horse Showcase and Benchmark International Jumper Derby Weekend!

Johnny Bravo is one of the horses that will be showcased in the first Chicago area Sale Horse Showcase next weekend at Benchmark Stables.  Photo Andrew Ryback Photography

Hampshire, IL – May 4, 2018 – Mark your calendar and don't miss the inaugural Sale Horse Showcase at Liz Atkin's Benchmark Stables in Hampshire, Illinois on Friday evening, May 11th. Prepare to be spoiled with a catered dinner and Benchmark Bar as you view approximately 20 quality hunters and jumpers offered for sale from the Chicago area. 

“There will be a fantastic line-up of quality hunters and jumpers to see, including some young horses and investment horses,” said Atkins. "We have a really great evening planned with great food, door prizes and quality horses!"
The evening begins at 5:00 pm with cocktails and raffle prizes followed by a catered dinner at 6:00 pm.  Showings will begin around 5:30 pm. Taylor Harris Insurance Services/Peggy McEnroe is sponsoring the Benchmark Bar for the evening and Millcreek Farm/Serah Vogus is sponsoring the beer and wine bar . Dinner sponsors include Voltaire and Andrew Ryback Photography. 


Jumper Derby Clinic and Derby
Friday morning and all day Saturday, Benchmark Stables is hosting a jumper clinic with USEF R licensed official and clinician, Diane Carney. The clinic is focused on the skills needed to ride a jumper derby course, including water options and natural obstacles. The clinic provides a great opportunity for a spring tune up before heading into the show season and sections are offered at all heights. Auditors are welcome for $40 per day, no reservation is required to audit.
Riders will work on the skills needed to participate in the actual Benchmark Stables Jumper Derby on Sunday May 13th.  All heights will have the opportunity to compete for prizes and $5,000 in prize money over a gorgeous derby course. Benchmark Stables is the perfect location for the event, featuring spacious indoor and outdoor facilities to accommodate whatever Mother Nature throws out for Chicago’s spring weather. The Plaid Horse is sponsoring a Sportsmanship Award and Marketing4Equestrians is sponsoring a Most Improved Rider Award.
A champagne brunch sponsored by EQUO will be served during Sunday's event; auditors are welcome for $40. Forget Me Not Designs and Stanbridge Master Saddlers are the saddlepad sponsors and Smartpak, Nutrena, Pouwer Patties and J&R Feeds are education sponsors.

Special thanks to Brookwood Farm for the gorgeous jumps, Diane Carney/Telluride and Marketing4Equestrians for your contributions to the event.


Contact Liz Atkins or Brenda Mueller for reservations, sponsor or vendor opportunities.  Don’t miss out on the fun filled weekend!
Liz Atkins 847-848-4606 or
Brenda Mueller/Marketing4Equestrians  262-391-6630 or

 Benchmark International Jumper Derby Weekend
Friday May 11th
8:00 am – clinic group 1
9:30 am – clinic group 2
11:00 am – clinic group 3
1-3:00 pm – ring open for schooling sale horses
5:00 pm – Cocktails
6:00 pm – Dinner & Showcase  (horses braided & formal attire)
Saturday May 12th
9:00 am – clinic group 1
11:00 am – clinic group 2
Lunch –
2:00 pm – clinic group 3
4:00 pm – brief rider meeting
Sunday May 13th  
9:00 am – $1,250 Low Jumper Derby – (Formal attire) Table 2 Section II D
                        Low Jumper Award Presentation
10:00 am – $1,250 Medium Jumper Derby
                        Brunch Served – Sponsored by EQUO
                        Medium Jumper Award Presentation
11:00 am – $2,500 Benchmark International Jumper Derby
                        Presentation of Awards & group photo

For more information visit the website at

Benchmark Stables
13 N 200 Romke Rd
Hampshire, IL 60140