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Jumper Classics Highlight Showplace Fall Classic Championship Weekend

Caelinn Leahy and Esquilino Bay win the $5,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, sponsored by Wisconsin Equine, at the Showplace Fall Classic Championship.
Wayne, Illinois - Sept. 11, 2015 - Jumper classics highlighted the start of the weekend at the Showplace Fall Classic Championship, featuring the $5,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Show Jumping Hall of Fame (SHJOF) Jumper Classic, sponsored by Wisconsin Equine. Caelinn Leahy and Esquilino Bay went head-to-head with Giavanna Rinaldi and G.P.S. Brilliant Disguise in a two-horse jump-off, yet it was Leahy who came away victorious.
Guilherme Jorge (BRA) designed the courses in the Grand Prix Ring, and none were able to traverse his technical track cleanly for the $5,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner SJHOF Jumper Classic, with the four-fault efforts battling it out over the shortened track. 
"I was pretty surprised about the four faults," Leahy reflected. "It was a really nice course; it was set really reasonably. There were some technical parts to it, but then you could play with other parts."
Caelinn Leahy and Esquilino Bay

Leahy and Rinaldi were the only two riders to incur only four faults during the opening round, and Leahy returned as the first to jump-off. 
"I was talking to my trainer, Steve Schaefer, on the way up, and he told me just to really go for it," Leahy said. "He told me that even if we had four faults, we would still have a quick time. I knew that it was a very competitive class, and with Gia being up next, I knew that we were going to go for the win and not only try to go clean."
They were able to set the pace at 37.278 seconds, but a rail at the final fence during the speed phase would leave enough room for Rinaldi to make her move. Luckily for Leahy, the same fence would fall for Rinaldi, and they would not catch Leahy's time, falling shy of their pace with a time of 38.613 seconds.

Giavanna Rinaldi and G.P.S. Brilliant Disguise
"Texas was totally on his game," 13-year-old Leahy smiled as she spoke of Esquilino Bay. "We had the Nutrena fence down because I did not commit to leaving one stride out. It a lot of fun riding that class, especially because Gia and I are good friends outside of the ring. I thought that she completely had me. She had a wonderful round, and if it had not been for that fence, today would have been her win."  
Following the $5,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner SJHOF Jumper Classic was the $1,500 Low Children's/Adult Classic, sponsored by Integrity Farm, where Kristen Franz and her own Radioactive rode to the tricolor. Nine horse and rider combinations found their way into the jump-off, but out of the eight to jump double-clear it was Franz's speed that gave them the win. Second place was awarded to Emily Britton and Grandeur B, while third place went to Matt Yeterian and Zanziboy.
"He loves his job, and he loves to jump so much. He tries so hard all the time. He loves to go fast, so you kind of just always have to be sitting in the saddle and holding onto him. If you let him go, he will shoot off like a rocket. I knew that we could win just based on his natural pace," Franz described. "I loved the course. We did the modified class, as well, and it rode great for him. He is pretty proud of his ribbon [laughs]."

Kristen Franz and Radioactive were the $1,500 Low Child/Adult Classic, sponsored by Integrity Farm.
The 14-year-old currently trains with Liz Atkins of Benchmark Stables, a new relationship for Franz; however, she believes that Atkins has helped her take her riding to the next level. For Franz and Atkins, the Showplace Productions' competitions are home.
"It's great to be back for the Showplace Fall Classic," Franz continued. "I love it here. I live almost right next to it. I want to thank my dad because he is the sponsor of pretty much everything I do. This classic was the end of the show for us, but I am looking forward to seeing my friends compete in the 'A' Finals this weekend."
Franz also rode in the $1,500 Modified Child/Adult Classic, sponsored by Benchmark Stables, and although she posted the fastest time, four faults would keep her out of the top ribbons for the division. Gannon Bennett and Iron Legacy DRF stood in the winner's circle for the presentation shot, claiming the win as one of eight double-clears out of a starting order of 21. Their time of 29.194 seconds was a fraction faster than second place finishers Melissa Douglas and Silvana, owned by Cecily Waud of Lake Forest, Illinois.

Gannon Bennett and Iron Legacy PRF won the $1,500 Modified Child/Adult Classic, sponsored by Benchmark Stables.
Bennett said, "It was a ton of fun out there today. My horse was amazing, and she listened to all of my commands. She likes a very calm and subtle ride, and I thought she did great in what was a very technical course. If you made one mistake, you were doomed. I could not have asked for her to be better."
The $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by Barrington Saddlery, capped the classic competitions for the fourth day of competition at the Showplace Fall Classic Championship. It was 2015 USHJA North Region Children's Jumper Individual Champion Kesley Taylor who took the win with Zelda. They continue to sit at the top of the ranks for the North American League 2015 Children's Jumper Standings with 4,278 points, and the duo now prepares for the Finals, set to take place during the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in October. 
The Showplace Fall Classic Championship is one of the Midwest's most important competitions and includes the USEF Zone V Horse of the Year Finals, the IHJA "A" Medal Finals and the Marshall & Sterling Midwest Finals. The highlight show jumping event, the $30,000 Showplace Grand Prix, is set for Saturday morning, prior to the start of the Marshall & Sterling Junior Medal, Sore No More Children's Medal and Farnam Adult Medal Finals. The IHJA equitation medal finals will conclude the championship competition on Sunday with a full day of medal finals.   
For a schedule of the Showplace Fall Classic Championship, click here
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Giavanna Rinaldi Wins ASPCA Maclay 

Giavanna Rinaldi and Cayambe won the ASPCA Maclay at the Showplace Fall Classic Championship. 
The Junior hunter classes commenced today at the Showplace Fall Classic Championship with the combined Small and Large Junior Hunters, Junior 3'3" Hunters, the ASPCA Maclay, and the Marshall & Sterling Junior/Amateur Horsemanship Medal. Many of the Midwest's best juniors gathered at the Wisconsin Equine Clinic Ring, yet there were a few who stood out above the rest, leading the first day of the junior ranks going into the "A" Finals weekend. 
Giavanna Rinaldi from Wayne, Illinois, rode Cayambe, a 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding, to the win in the ASPCA Maclay class. She used the class as preparation for the quickly approaching ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Horsemanship Medal Finals, as she is already qualified for the Maclay Regionals, which will take place September 16-20 at the Kentucky National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky. 
"We have been working on many exercises and flat work because we didn't want to over jump him," Rinaldi said. "I think we are ready and prepared for the Regionals." 
Rebecca Kozma placed second in the ASPCA Maclay on Perfecta Farm's Finn and Andria Talavera on Sandalwood Farm's Satchmo placed third. 
In the Junior 3'3'' Hunter division, Grace Egan from Hubertus, Wisconsin, on her 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Rock On, placed first in the over fences and under saddle classes. Egan also had successful rounds on Flora-Bama with a blue ribbon in the handy, and second place in the over fences and under saddle classes.

Grace Egan and Rock On won the Junior 3'3" Hunter over fences and under saddle. 
"My ride today was pretty good, there were a few mistakes, but he is always a good boy and tries hard for me," Egan smiled. 
Tomorrow's championship for the Junior Hunter Division is up in the air with many riders within reach on the current leader board. 
In the first over fences class, Paige Matthies on Roc Paper Scissors placed first, Stephanie Kraus on Bravo placed second and Amanda Pennington on Baloubet K placed third.

Paige Matthies and Roc Paper Scissors  
In the handy, Emma Lena Green from Carmel, Indiana, on Hennessy placed first, Rinaldi on La Noche placed second, and Kira Telford on Friday Night placed third. In the under saddle, Kraus from Elgin, Illinois, on Bravo placed first, Rinaldi on La Noche placed second, and Emma Lena Green placed third. 
"We have been to the Pennsylvania Finals and the Kentucky Finals for the Junior Hunters and for the rest of this season, I would really like to be able to earn ribbons at Indoors in the Junior Hunters," Matthies said about her ride on Melissa Hirt's 8-year-old Oldenburg mare Roc Paper Scissors. 
Junior hunters will continue their division tomorrow and the Marshall & Sterling Medal Finals, Farnam Adult Medal Finals, Sore No More Children's Medal Finals, and Junior Medal Finals will kick into gear as the first day of the Medal Finals weekend gets underway. 
For a schedule of the Showplace Fall Classic Championship, click here
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Showplace Fall Classic Fast Facts:
The Showplace Fall Classic returns to the Lamplight Equestrian Center for the final week of fall competition.