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Showplace Productions Makes IHJA B Finals Horse Show Memorable

 Show manager Patrick Boyle set a fun and challenging course for the IHJA B Medal Finals. Photo Chicago Equestrian
Roscoe, IL – September 9, 2016 – Showplace Productions hosted the IHJA B Finals September 9-11, 2016, which included the IHJA B Medal Finals competition and the final Chicago Equestrian Hunter Derby. Show manager Patrick Boyle's attention to detail ensured the finals event will be a memorable one.  From friendly horse show staff and beautiful courses to spectacular awards, the National Anthem and all out hospitality, riders and spectators will remember the great time they had at Ledges Sporting Horses for years to come. 

Fantastic awards were handed out to derby and medal riders. 

The final day of competition began with the Hunter Derby. The series offered derbies throughout the season with fence heights at 2’, 2’6” and 3’ giving riders an opportunity to try a derby at the appropriate fence height for their ability. Series awards sponsored by Chicago Equestrian were given out for Leading Horse, Leading Junior Rider, Leading Amateur Rider and Leading Professional Rider. 

Mara Kranz Olseng and Tortuga won the Chicago Equestrian Derby. Photo Andrew Ryback

Mara Kranz-Olseng and Tortuga, owned by Colleen Johnson, won the Chicago Equestrian Derby out of 54 entries with a total score for both rounds of 184. Carmine D'Aversa and Perfect Landing took the second place prize with 177.5 points. Kranz-Olseng had multiple rides in the class, earning the owners several of the top ribbons. She was also tied with Jennifer Welhouse for Leading Professional Rider in the 2016 Series.

Jennifer Welhouse and Mara Kranz-Olseng receive awards from Chicago Equestrian owner Brenda Mueller for Leading Professional Riders in the Chicago Equestrian Derby Series. Photo Andrew Ryback Photography

Abigail Jackman and Can't Beat the Feeling earned both the Leading Horse and Leading Junior Rider in the series. Photo Andrew Ryback Photography

Abigail Jackman and Can't Beat the Feeling earned both the Leading Horse and Leading Junior Rider in the derby series while Cindy Bauer and Supremely Starlite landed the Leading Amateur Rider. 

Cindy Bauer and Supremely Starlite won the Leading Amateur Rider award, Photo Andrew Ryback Photography.

Brianna Fusz won a special prize for the highest scoring 2' round with Kim Gardiner's Frontier while Carmine D'Aversa rode Melissa Gierman's Perfect Landing to the Highest Scoring 2'6" round in the final derby.

Brianna Fusz and Frontier earned the High Score 2' Round of the day. Photo Chicago Equestrian

The day had more finals awards in store for IHJA B Medal riders. Boyle's challenging but fun course allowed riders to show their skills with the top four riders in each class coming back for additional testing determined by the judge. Medal winners were:

Limit Medal winner Ava Brix. Photo Andrew Ryback Photography

Beginner Medal winner Andrea Simko. Photo Andrew Ryback Photography

Pony Medal winner Phoebe Martin. 
Photo Andrew Ryback Photography

Adult Mini Medal winner Cindy Bauer. 
Photo Andrew Ryback Photography

Children's Mini Medal winner Jenn McDonald. 
Photo Andrew Ryback Photography

Adult Medal winner Jessica Bertoglio. Photo Andrew Ryback Photography.

Junior Medal winner Sam Marlow. Photo Andrew Ryback Photography.

Showplace Productions moves on to the Showplace Fall Championship Sept. 13-18, the Showplace Fall Finale Sept 22-25, the Minnesota Fall Harvest Horse Show Oct. 4-9, and then to the NIHJA Finals Sept. 29- Oct 2 and the IHJA Banquet, November 12th at the Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg, where Boyle and his staff organize a multitude of awards for both the A and B circuits and all the divisions for the season. In usual Showplace Productions’ style, the banquet is an evening of amazing prizes, a video production by Star Creek Video, dinner, dancing and celebration.
For a complete list of results, visit their website at  Watch for the 2017 schedule of Showplace events including Hits Balmoral Park.

Chicago Equestrian Derby Results
 Tortuga Colleen Johnson
 Mara Kranz

 Perfect Landing Melissa Gierman
  Carmine D’Aversa 

 Perceval Perfecta Farm
   Mara Kranz
 Cassandro Perfecta Farm
           Carmine D’Aversa
 Mandalay Jan Barlow     
Carmine D'Aversa

 Bombardier Hayley Anderson
 Mara Kranz

 Can't Beat the Feeling Abigail Jackman
 Abigail Jackman

 Supremely Starlite Cindy Bauer
 Cindy Bauer

 Amelia Perfecta Farm     
Kirsty MacPherson

 Athena Phoebe Martin
  Phoebe Martin

 Frontier Perfecta Farm
  Brianna Fusz

 Jacob Perfecta Farm     
Jennifer Ciardiello