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Caitlin Boyle and Caitlin Creel Head for the Showplace Equitation Championship off of Today's Medal Wins

Caitlin Boyle won both Washington Phases and the 15-17 Equitation Championship at Showplace Spring Spectacular I

Wayne, IL – June 6, 2014 – Equitation riders were the first on course in the Grand Prix Ring today at Showplace Spring Spectacular I. Lamplight Equestrian Center’s newly remodeled ring with new GGT footing and a new state-of-the-art LED Leaderboard, made a perfect setting for course designer Hector Loyola to set a track for these top equitation riders.

In addition to today’s wins, equitation riders during the three-week Spring Spectacular Series can qualify for the Showplace Equitation Championship in Week III. Riders in the Championship Class must complete all phases of the class on their own without the assistance of a trainer. This includes the course walk and schooling. The class includes two rounds plus a third round for the top four riders, which will include additional testing at the judges’ discretion.  Riders must place in the top three of the medal classes in the series to qualify.

Heading to the Championship Class from today’s win is Caitlin Boyle, no stranger to the blue in the equitation ring coming off of a huge win at the Devon Horse Show. Boyle was awarded the R.W. Mutch Equitation Trophy for the highest scoring equitation rider. Boyle had the privilege to train with leading equitation trainer Andre Dignelli, while riding the horse last year’s winner, Lillie Keenan, won the class on, Heritage Farm’s Clearway. 

Today Boyle led the pack in the Washington Jumper Phase with a score of 92, won the Hunter Phase with an 86, and secured the overall win in the class. Boyle also was the champion in the Equitation 15-17 division aboard her partner for the last year, Loredo.

Where do you go next after such a successful Devon Horse Show? For Boyle, it won’t be Disneyland! Boyle will head back to New York to train with Dignelli and go to the Brandywine Valley Summer Series from there. Following that, the Hampton Classic Horse Show and then it will be close to Finals. 

“It’s very nice to be home because I like spending time with family and friends,” said Boyle.  “Also, the support I get from everyone is truly unbelievable. It means the world just knowing that so many people are behind me and are cheering me on and hoping for the best. It only inspires me to work harder.”

Caitlin Creel was the winner of the Maclay Medal and second overall in the Washington Equitation.

Another big medal winner today was Caitlin Creel of Kildeer, IL, who clinched the win in the ASPCA Maclay Medal.  Creel also just came off of a successful winter at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.  Creel had the opportunity to ride in the Junior/Amateur Jumper class at the American Invitational in Miami at the Sun Life Stadium. She also won a $10,000 Low Junior Jumper Classic and was Reserve Champion in the division at WEF on DaVinci.  

Creel placed second today behind Boyle in both the Washington Jumper Phase with a score of 88 and the Washington Hunter Phase with an 83, and now qualifies for the Equitation Classic.

Sarah Grant placed third in the Washington Jumper phase.

Other qualifiers today were Sarah Grant from Long Grove, IL who placed third in the Washington Jumper Phase and Misty Redd of Topeka, KS, who finished third in the Washington Hunter Phase.

Trainer Lynn Jayne reviews the medal course with Caitlin Creel and Olivia Lawton.

Also qualified, Elizabeth Adelson finished second in the ASPCA Maclay and Olivia Lawton took third.  Riders will have another chance to qualify this week by competing in the USEF Pessoa Huntseat Medal or the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Medal.

405. ASPCA Maclay
award    entry    horse / owner    rider    
1    345    Confession  Caitlin Creel    Caitlin Creel
2    246    Bruno Mars  Donald Stewart    Elizabeth Adelson
3    350    Costa     Megan Mc Donald    Olivia Lawton    
4    301    Cappello    Gia Gulino    Gia Gulino    
5    364    Catskills     Showcase 81, LLC    True Kershenbaum
6    661    Luxury    Emily Kabeshita    Emily Kabeshita
7    460    Good Idea    Spencer Ranch    Giavanna Rinaldi    
8    129    Casilla    Kira Telford    Kira Telford
9    556    Zorro    Lorrie Canady    Sarah Grant    
10    562    O'Hern   Kevin Babington    Sophie Wilson    

407. Washington Equitation Hunter Phase
award    entry    horse / owner    rider    
1    128    LOREDO   Micaela Kennedy    Caitlin Boyle    
2    345    Confession   Caitlin Creel    Caitlin Creel    
4    364    Catskills   Showcase 81, LLC    True Kershenbaum    
5    246    Bruno Mars   Donald Stewart    Elizabeth Adelson    
6    350    Costa   Megan Mc Donald    Olivia Lawton    
7    556    Zorro   Lorrie Canady    Sarah Grant    

408. Washington Equitation Jumper Phase
award    entry    horse / owner    rider    
1    128    LOREDO   Micaela Kennedy    Caitlin Boyle    
2    345    Confession   Caitlin Creel    Caitlin Creel    
3    556    Zorro   Lorrie Canady    Sarah Grant    
4    251    Oblivion  Taylor Kozloski    Taylor Kozloski    
5    350    Costa   Megan Mc Donald    Olivia Lawton    
7    364    Catskills   Showcase 81, LLC    True Kershenbaum    
8    246    Bruno Mars   Donald Stewart    Elizabeth Adelson