Customers Arrive Ready to Win
Wellington, FL – February 4, 2014 - Lynn Jayne’s Our Day Farm of Elgin, IL, has been enjoying the Florida sunshine and some big victories at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival Horse Show in Wellington, FL. Jayne takes her customers to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center where they spend 12 weeks competing against the best horses and riders in the country.
Caitlin Creel and DaVinci capture the $10,000 Low Junior Jumper Classic at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo by The Book,LLC.
Caitlin Creel, 17, of Kildeer, IL, was one of Jayne’s big winners, clinching the blue in the $10,000 Low Junior Jumper Classic in week three of the series aboard DaVinci, owned by Cavallo Farm of San Diego, CA. Creel and the 12-year-old Dutch warmblood gelding also took home the Reserve Championship in the division. Creel has been winning other top ribbons on the gelding in previous weeks out of over 50 junior riders competing.
“I rode a lot all fall to get ready,” stated Creel. “I used to have to go back and forth between Wellington and Chicago but this year I’ve been here the whole time so it’s easier. I get to ride a lot everyday.”
Creel has her sights on qualifying for the Medal and Maclay Finals and moving up to the High Junior Jumpers since this is her last junior year.
“She’s an amazing trainer,” said Creel regarding Jayne. “She really takes the time to figure out how we work the best mentally and knows what we need to get to the ring prepared.”
Another big winner for Jayne’s farm is Kaitlyn Calamos and Tuxedo, who walked away with the Championship in the Low Adult Jumpers 18-35 and won the $1,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic in week two. Continuing her winning streak, Calamos, 20, of Batavia, IL, and Tuxedo, owned by Kim Calamos, also won the classic again in week 3 and the Reserve Championship. After just arriving and thawing out from the chilly Chicago winter, Calamos and the 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding, were third in the classic the first week, wasting no time getting into the groove.
Kaitlyn Calamos and Tuxedo in the Parade of Champions at WEF. Photo: Anne Gittins Photography
"The clients from the farm have felt quite prepared to compete,” said Jayne. “November was a very strong month of training to prepare for the winter circuit. Many of the horses traveled to Florida in mid December to acclimate to the weather change and strengthen their fitness.”
Not to be left out is Jayne’s daughter, 10-year-old Natalie who’s been at the top of the jog every week in the Small/Medium Children’s Pony division with Malibu. Malibu is a 13-year-old New Zealand warmblood owned by Camille Trimble of Westlake, TX. Young Jayne jogged second multiple times in week 1, was Reserve Champion week 2, and won a class week 3. Natalie has also been in the ribbons on her small pony, Dress Code, in the Small Pony Hunter Division.
Jayne owns and manages Our Day Farm on Nestler Road in Elgin, IL and gives back to the industry by supporting and serving on some of the organizing boards. She is President of the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Foundation, which provides aid for equestrians in need. Jayne is also a founding member of Chicago Equestrians for a Cause, which holds the prestigious Chicago Hunter Derby each year in Antioch, IL, benefiting the USHJA Foundation, University of Chicago Cancer Research Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
In addition, Jayne also serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) and is a part of the National Hunter Committee.
Jayne and her customers continue showing at the Winter Equestrian Festival until the end of March.
For more information on Our Day Farm, email Lynn Jayne firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 847-721-8595. For more information on the Chicago Hunter Derby, please visit www.Chicagohunterderby.com.