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Andrew Kocher Makes History Winning Largest Purse at Lamplight Equestrian Center During Equifest I

Ecstatic owners accept the award for the $75,000 Grand Prix victory with Andrew Kocher and Ora Del Te Di La San Giorgio

Wayne, IL- July 26, 2015- Lamplight Equestrian Center, Wayne, IL, set a record today with the largest prize money single event hosted at the show grounds, during the first week of the two-week Equifest series. The $75,000 Grand Prix hosted in the SmartPak Grand Prix Ring, featured 27 riders competing for the money with only 5 making it to the jump off on the Manuel Esparza (MEX) designed course.The 16-effort course had many tricky components, but none so much as the vertical-oxer-vertical combination that served as 4A, B, and C to a skinny vertical that saw the most rails. The time allowed of 81 seconds also proved to be a factor for many riders.

Andrew Kocher and Ora Del Te Di La San Giorgio  as the only double clear in the history making $75,000 Grand Prix during Equifest I.
 

In the end it came down to Andrew Kocher, the eventual winner and the only double clear aboard Ora Del Te Di La San Giorgio, with a speedy 38.487 seconds. Christoph Schroeder aboard Catungee was the second place finisher with a time of 40.348 and only four faults.

Tracy Fenney, Flower Mound, TX, aboard MTM Grand Slam was only a second slower with 41.521 on the clock, and four faults. Her second ride, MTM Reve Du Paradis, who won the Welcome Stake earlier in the week, was faster than Kocher but carried an unfortunate eight faults. Dorothy Douglas aboard S&L Elite had 39.554 seconds and eight faults, to round out the jump-off.

Tracy Fenney and MTM Reve Du Paradis
 

The second round proved tricky in the same place as the first round, the right hand turn off an oxer to 4B and C, the one stride of the original combination, once again seeing the most rails and causing riders to alter their strategy.

Kocher, of Lake St Louis, Missouri, admitted he was just happy to go clear with Ora Del Te Di La San Giorgio, his new nine-year-old mount who he only got this past May. Kocher shares part owner hip along with Randy and Lorrie Allen, Karen Cobb, Anne Nowlan, and Soshana Gordon.  

Christoph Schroeder and Catungee jump to second place in the
 $75,000 Grand Prix

  

"It's her first Grand Prix win in the United States. She was third in the Welcome Stake earlier this week. She can jump the biggest of all the horses I have," explained Kocher. "I was really happy to just go clear. I thought Tracy (Fenney) was going to win and I had people watching for me to let me know what was going on. I was a little slow too jumps 1,2, and 3 in the jump-off then had to hit the gas. She (Fenney) could have outrun me, but then they knocked down poles so I feel pretty lucky," said Kocher.

Second place finisher Christoph Schroeder, of Wellington, Florida, was in a similar position, with his ride Catungee a nine-year-old Holsteiner who also competed in his first Grand Prix today.

"He's a very promising young horse, today was his first Grand Prix. I still ride him a little like a young horse, and I try to protect him a little so I have to make sure I'm in the time allowed. That's what I was focusing on; I don't have to do too much. I figured since there were only five, I wanted to go a little risky, just quick enough, and it worked out well for me", said Schroeder on his strategy.

Andrew Kocher celebrates his victory with Ora Del Te Di La San Giorgio

  

Even though the competition was intense, Kocher and Schroeder were still able to shake hands at the end.

"We know each other through the circuit, he's (Kocher) a good guy. Everyone sticks together a little bit," added Schroeder smiling.

Rounding out the rest of the top spots were Holly Shepherd aboard Triomph in sixth, in seventh was Kocher with Casino Royal, eight was Charlie Jayne with Bassandra and ninth was Kocher aboard Le Conte.

It wasn't just in the Grand Prix where the courses proved competitive for all riders. In the Low Junior/Amateur Owner jumpers, the trend set yesterday continued throughout the competition with only a few riders making the jump off. The Low Junior/Amateur Jumpers featured only three riders making it to the second round with all three going clear. The win went to Sydney Swarr from Louisiana aboard Gaston with 38.945 seconds on the clock besting the second place finisher, Michael Burnett aboard C Max, with a time of 43.926 seconds.

Gaston is on a relatively new ride for Swarr, having just purchased her nine-year-old partner in March. She's taking every experience as a learning one and is nothing but complementary of her mount.

"We're trying to move up, he's so much fun," said Swarr. "He's a bit of a different ride than I'm used to so we're getting used to each other but today showed that we're really beginning to trust each other."

When asked about her strategy, Swarr elaborated that her focus was getting around and having the opportunity to get some more experience.

"When we were walking the course, I asked my trainer (Martin Klein) about this one slice to jump number two, and he said you can try it if you want, and when we went to go in he told me no one has done it yet, and it worked out perfectly, I wanted to win but I also wanted the experience do the turns, and go fast and see what we both can do."

In the High Junior/Amateur Jumpers, only one rider made it to the jump off. Reid Patton took first, and second place aboard Twister with the win and Zoe Velvet with a second place finish, having four faults in the second phase.

Earlier in the morning, champions were announced for the Low Child/Adult Jumpers. In the Children's Jumpers, Celia Bresch aboard One Direction owned by Emily Scarnechia was Champion, and Alison Albelda was reserve aboard Verdicchio owned by David Mac Neil. I

In the Adult Jumpers, Mackenna Caughren aboard Johnny Hott was champion, with Margaret Mac Harg coming in reserve aboard Winston.

Sunday is a big classic day in the Grand Prix ring featuring the $7,500 Cavalor Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur Owner Classic. The entire day is filled with classics for the Children's Adult Jumpers and Low and Modified Junior/Amateur jumpers.

$75,000 Grand Prix Results

1                307           ORA DEL TE DI LA SAN GIORGIO         KOCHER, ANDREWORA DEL TE LLC,                  KOCHER, ANDREW                 

 

2                293           CATUNGEE               SCHROEDER, CHRISTOPH     SCHROEDER, CHRISTOPH     SCHROEDER, CHRISTOPH     

3                220           MTM GRAND SLAM                 FENNEY, TRACY     MTM FARM,             MCCORMICK, MICHAEL         

4                219           MTM REVE DU PARADIS       FENNEY, TRACY     MTM FARM,             MCCORMICK, MICHAEL         

5                226           S&L ELITE                DOUGLAS, DOROTHY             MTM FARM,             MCCORMICK, MICHAEL         

6                12             TRIOMPF                  SHEPHERD, HOLLY PATTERSON, LORETTA       SHEPHERD, HOLLY                 

7                311           CASINO ROYAL      KOCHER, ANDREW KOCHER, ANDREW KOCHER, ANDREW            

8                208           BASSANDRA           JAYNE, CHARLIE    PONY LANE FARM,                 JAYNE, ALEX

9                310           LE CONTE                 KOCHER, ANDREW                 KOCHER, ANDREW                 KOCHER, ANDREW                 

10             221           MTM DUMBEDORF                 FENNEY, TRACY     MTM FARM,             MCCORMICK, MICHAEL         

11             305           BOLOGNA                KOCHER, ANDREW                 SHALANNO FARMS LLC,       KOCHER, ANDREW                 

12             32             CARIBE   SCHAEFER, STEVESCHAEFER, STEVESCHAEFER, STEVE

 

Kelsey Thatcher and Bugsy Malone  
Take Over the Hunter Ring

 

By Lily Kubly  

Kelsey Thatcher and Bugsy Malone won the $1,000 Amateur Owner Hunter Classic. Photo Lily Kubly/Chicago Equestrian

 

It was a clean sweep in the 3'6" Amateur Owner hunters today for Kelsey Thatcher, Bluffdale, UT, and Bugsy Malone. Thatcher won both of the over fences classes and were at the top of the leader board in the $1000 Amateur Owner Hunter Classic with high scores of 87 and 86. Thatcher spoke highly of her mount of about a year and a half, who is no stranger to success in the show ring. They were recently champion at the first two weeks of the Showplace Spring Spectacular horse show, also held at the Lamplight Equestrian Center.

"He's really nice," said Thatcher, "He jumps a 15."

Thatcher manages to juggle her work schedule to fit in riding and showing. She credits Our Day Farm for making it easy for her because the horses are kept fit and ready to go to the show ring, thanks to her trainers, Maggie Jayne and Haylie Jayne Rolfe. The team has helped Thatcher win numerous championships in both the hunter and the jumper divisions, including Grand Prixs.

Placing behind Thatcher in the first Amateur Owner class was MTM Passport and Therese Peck out of Texas, who put in consistent rounds as well. In the second class today, it was Lovely Charity and Nicole Hiehle with the second place honors.  

Topping the competitive 3'3" Amateur Owner classes was Cisco Kid and Katherine Savarise in the

first class and Margaret O'Meara with her mount, Casino, who won the second class. Taking the second place spot in both classes was Reid Patton and her mount Sincere.

Also with a clean sweep today was another Our Day Farm rider, Gia Rinaldi with All Wrapped Up, winning both 3'6" Junior Hunter classes. The pair also took home the second place spot in the $1000 Junior Hunter Classic today. Rinaldi has been successful with the Our Day Farm horse this season, winning several championships in the junior hunters while trainer Maggie Jayne, earns championships in the Green Conformation Hunters.

Gia Rinalldi and All Wrapped Up. Photo Lily Kubly/Chicago Equestrian

Earning the second place ribbon in both of the junior hunters over fences was Stephanie Krause of Elgin, IL and her mount, Bravo.

Alex Trolli and Hey Sailor, owned by the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center in Buffalo, NY, took the top prize in the $1000 Junior Hunter Classic. The pair competed in the 3'3" section of the junior hunters today. Trolli has been riding Hey Sailor for the past year and a half and started competing in the junior hunter division as of this year.

"She can have a bit of an attitude," Trolli giggled as she talked about her mare, "but she's so beautiful in the ring".

Trolli plans to attend college this year and meet up with her mount at Harrisburg and Washington DC to compete at the Pennsylvania National horse show and the Washington International this fall. 

Alex Trolli and Hey Sailor won the $1,000 Junior Hunter Classic.
 Photo Lily Kubly/Chicago Equestrian


Trolli also won the second class of the 3'3" Junior Hunters with Hey Sailor. Andrea Stout's Let's Talk went home with the red ribbon in that class but won the first class of the day. Trolli and her second ride, Del Piero, placed second in both classes.

Rinaldi was also successful today in the WIHS Junior Equitation, with her mount Cayambe, winning both the hunter and jumper phases.

Hunter riders will be vying for the championships starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow in the Wisconsin Equine Main Hunter ring.

The two-week Equifest Show Series at Lamplight Equestrian Center runs July 22-26, 2015 and July 28- August 2, 2015 and is a USEF Premier rated show. Week two is a World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) rated event offering a $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and a  $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Both weeks of Equifest offer top prize money, classics and Pre-Green incentive classes for hunters. 

In addition, the premium show is a USHJA 2014 Member's Choice Award Winning Horse Show, rated by its members as an exhibitor friendly show and facility. Managed by Allen Rheinheimer, the show offers a $50,000 Grand Prix and a $30,000 Jumper Derby during week two.

For more information visit www.lamplightequestriancenter.com. For complete show results go to www.horseshowsonline.com.