Millennium Farm Gets More Than Ribbons From Ocala Winter Series
Katie Leverick and Replique at the Hits Ocala Winter Series. Photo ESI Photography
Millennium Team Already Warmed Up for Spring Warm Up Show
Isabella Roman accepts her Circuit Awards with trainer Sue Leverick at the Hits Ocala Winter Series.
Mundelein, IL – April 30, 2014 - Millennium Farm and trainer Sue Leverick were another Chicago area business that escaped the harsh winter of the windy city to enjoy some horse showing in the Ocala sun. The weather wasn’t their only reason for the getaway; the circuit provided the farm some consistent training and team building as well.
Leverick’s Millennium Farm in Mundelein, IL, caters to all levels of riders and enjoys building a team of riders. Whether the riders show in the short stirrup or the High Amateur Owner Jumpers, the team spirit is encouraged. It’s also a family affair with Leverick’s daughter, Katie, 23, who shows in the Amateur Jumper divisions.
“Going to Ocala is beneficial for both horse and rider for the repetitive nature of ten weeks of showing,” explained trainer Sue Leverick. “It's also a great place to help a rider advance up the levels since there are so many classes at different levels, the step up is a little easier. I also appreciate the team building that occurs at an away horse show whether it is going to the batting cages, go carting or just going out to dinner as a group. I believe strongly in a team environment.”
Daughter Katie, of Hawthorn Woods, IL, competed in the Medium Amateur Owner Jumpers with her Dutch Warmblood S&L Sander to several championship and reserve championships as well as finishing in the top ten in the Classics nine out of the ten weeks.
Katie also competed in the Medium and High Amateur Owner Jumpers with her new horse Replique. The pair won several classes throughout the circuit and finished in the top ten in the classics many of the weeks.
“This winter in Ocala was one of the greatest circuits I've had,” said Katie. “I moved up several divisions on my brand new horse and ended the circuit being very successful in the High Amateur Jumpers. I was also successful in the Medium Amateur Jumpers with S&L Sander, placing 8th in the $10,000 Medium Amateur Jumper Classic at the end of the circuit.”
“The Ocala horse show is one of my favorite venues because it’s challenging but also fun and relaxed,” continued Katie. “I learned a lot about my horses and I can't wait to use those things to be successful this summer.”
Isabella Roman and Dreaming Out Loud in the Children's Jumpers in Ocala. Photo by ESI Photography.
Isabella Roman,15, of Libertyville, IL, and her new horse Dreaming Out Loud had multiple Championships in the Low and Medium Children's Jumpers which earned them the Circuit Championship in the Medium Children's Jumpers and Reserve Champion in the Low Children's Jumpers. Roman also won the Marshall & Sterling mini medal week three. This was Roman’s first time in Florida and her first shows with this horse.
“She's such a sweetheart and loves her job,” said Roman of her new mount. “She's been such a great teacher for me because only about a year and a half ago I was doing long stirrup. Without her and Sue (Leverick) there is no way I could be in the High Children’s Jumpers right now.”
The group walked the course for the $1,000,000 Grand Prix.
After the ten weeks of Ocala, Millennium Farm came out like gangbusters at the Showplace Productions’ Spring Warm Up at Lamplight Equestrian Center this past weekend.
Jamie Gerber won the Showplace Jumper Classic and was Champion in the Novice Child/Adult Jumpers on the farm school horse, DeChanel.
Jamie Gerber and DeChanel won the Showplace Jumper Classic at the Spring Warm Up.
Mindy Feldman won the Limit Hunter Classic and was Reserve Champion of the Limit Hunters on another farm school horse, Sir Raleigh.
Isabella Roman was second in the WIHS and NAL Children’s/Adult Jumper Classics on her Dreaming Out Loud. This was Roman’s first time in the High Children’s division after getting to know her horse in the Low and Medium Children’s divisions in Ocala.
Katie Leverick and S&L Sander won a Modified Jumper class and a Junior/Amateur Jumper class.
Taylor Kozloski on her horse Oblivion, won great ribbons in the Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic and High Training Jumpers.
Katie Leverick was also just honored with an invitation to be an alternate rider for the upcoming George H Morris Gladstone Program Training Session to be held at Annali-Brookwood Farm in June. The training session is an intensive program aimed at building riders for future USA team competitions. Morris selects only ten riders for this training session.
“Being selected as an alternate for the George Morris Gladstone Program clinic is a huge honor,” said Katie. “Even though I wasn't selected to ride in it, being recognized at all is a great accomplishment. I’ll still be attending the clinic every day to audit and learn as much as I can.”
Millennium Farm is also a sponsor of the training session. Sponsor dollars are used to support education by offering auditing passes for riders to observe and learn from the training session.
“We are so excited for the Gladstone clinic to be held in Chicago,” said Sue Leverick. “Our barn is attending as a group and we will be coming back to our barn in the afternoon and recreating each day’s session in a group lesson. There's always something to learn especially from Mr. George Morris!”
Millennium Farm is a complete hunter/jumper facility located at 21989 W Hawley Rd, Mundelein, IL. The facility includes a120 x 200 outdoor arena, a 90 x 200 heated indoor arena with viewing room, 14x14 stalls, a hunt field and twelve grass turnout paddocks. For more information on Millennium Farm, visitwww.millenniumfarmltd.com or call Sue Leverick at 847-833-4953.
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