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Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular Highlights Saturday, June 6th

Dorothy Douglas and S&L Elite win the $50,000 Barrington Saddlery Grand Prix

Dorothy Douglas and S&L Elite Secure $50,000 Barrington Saddlery Grand Prix as Only Double Clear

By: Kendall Bierer

Wayne, IL - June 6, 2015 - Jumping a national standard $50,000 grand prix is a feat of its own. For Dorothy Douglas and S&L Elite, jumping to the only double clear effort of the $50,000 Barrington Saddlery Grand Prix at the Showplace Spring Spectacular Horse Show marked a moment Douglas will always remember.


"This is definitely a highpoint," eventual winner Douglas said. "Doing all of these classes, competing in them, is a highlight for me. I just started competing in the grand prix last year, and every single class I get to jump, and jump clear, is a highlight. Today really stands out for me-It was a special win."


Twenty-six riders attempted to master Danny Foster's (CAN) technical track Saturday afternoon, with only five riders moving into the speed round: Martien Van Der Hoeven, Giavanna Rinaldi, Dorothy Douglas, Wilhelm Genn and Hunter Holloway.


"It was tricky, you had to be very careful," Douglas said. "My horse jumped so great though that it seemed as though he could have handled anything."


Foster used 16 efforts to test horse and rider alike with a meticulous track that offered no leniency to contenders. Riders were faced with turns, a tight triple combination, large square oxers and a daunting 6-foot wide triple bar. Faults fell throughout the course, and as only five riders attempted the shortened track, the design would give no leeway as Foster continued to challenge the athletes.


Douglas was the only one to produce a clear over the short course, posting a conservative but competitive time of 47.557 seconds. Trainers Mike McCormick and Tracy Fenney stood ringside urging her to pick up the pace as the notoriously careful rider cleared each fence.


"My plan was to first go clean; I am notorious for going too slow in the jump-off," Douglas laughed. "I wanted to jump clean, stick to the plan and go as fast as I can so I could hold my spot no matter what."


Douglas only began showing in the grand prix in 2014, working with S&L Elite to move from the Level 3 Jumpers to the higher ranks of competition. The 10-year-old gelding has been right with Douglas every step of the way, consistently posting clear rounds for the native-Bostonian.  


Dorothy Douglas and S&L Elite

Wilhelm Genn and Welcome COR rode to the second place honors as the fastest four faulters of the competition. His time of 44.912 seconds would have knocked Douglas from the lead; however, an unfortunate rail would keep him from the winner's circle. 


Rising talent and junior rider Giavanna Rinaldi finished in third place with four faults in 45.509 seconds aboard GPS Brilliant Disguise, while fellow junior rider Hunter Holloway and I Love Lucy followed closely behind in the fourth place. Martien Van Der Hoeven and Wilkina Lithya secured the fifth spot with four faults in 49.666 seconds. Kelsey Thatcher finished in sixth place with one time fault aboard Dulf Van Den Bisschop.


"I am very happy with the result of the class today," course designer Danny Foster remarked. "It is a national standard, there are good people here, and I wanted to set up the circumstances for the top riders to showcase their skills. I am from the old school of thought; I think that if you jump a clear round in a grand prix, it is an accomplishment."


Barrington Saddlery sponsored the highlight event of the week, and owner Cynthia Baer said, "It is an absolute joy to be involved with a sponsorship for Showplace Productions. They are so committed to putting on a great production for all the riders, the venue is gorgeous, and I could not think of a better partnership. It is amazing to see how the equestrian community comes together. This show provides us with the opportunity to reach out to the equestrian community on a multigenerational level."


While the action in the $50,000 Barrington Saddlery Grand Prix was unfolding, VIP table holders and their guests helped raise money for Assistance in Healthcare, a non-profit solely for the purpose of raising funds to support cancer patients and their families.


Many of the exhibitors and spectators stayed after the grand prix concluded to watch a 37-year drought end as American Pharaoh and Victor Espinoza captured the victory during the Belmont Stakes, making history as the 12th Triple Crown winner. Golf carts, cars and horses filled the Grand Prix Ring as the action unfolded, with cheers echoing throughout the Lamplight Equestrian Center.


Douglas concluded, "This place is absolutely beautiful. We went back to Texas and told everyone about it. The management, the facility, everything is over the top. We came back this year and brought all of our Texas friends. I can see us coming back here for years to come, this is the kind of show where everyone comes together."


$2,500 Puddle Jumpers Classic - Sponsored by Littlewood Farm & The Stoeckel Family


Chloe Jhin and Serendipity

Eight-year-old Chloe Jhin raced to the top finish Saturday during the $2,500 Puddle Jumpers Classic, sponsored by Littlewood Farm and The Stoeckel Family. Aboard Serendipity, a feisty gray mare with a niche for speed, Jhin dominated the class as the youngest exhibitor, posting a clear jump-off time of 26.861 seconds.

"She is my favorite horse in the whole world, and she is my first jumper horse. She is my favorite because she is brave, can go fast and make great turns. I'm really excited right now; this is my first big win doing the Puddle Jumpers, today we just went smokin' off," Jhin described.


The local rider, from Lake Forest, Illinois, has been riding since she was 4 years old, and is surrounded with the supportive team from Messenger Hill Farm, as well as her family, who never misses a show.


Alicia Kalinich and Playboy posted a jump-off time of 27.464 seconds to seal the second place rank, while Payton Kelly and Nektar were awarded the third place for their clear time of 28.932 seconds.


$2,500 Modified Children's Classic


Maggie Bresch and Keepen Posted

Maggie Bresch and Keepen Posted were untouchable during the morning's $2,500 Modified Children's Classic. They posted a blazing time of 27.980 seconds to ride to the victory in the Grand Prix Ring. The chestnut flew through the course with ease as Bresch rode him through tight turns to slice the time and finish four seconds ahead of fellow contenders.


Jenn Vyla Carter and Bishopshall earned the second place with a clear jump-off completed in 31.997 seconds, while Emily Britton and Legado posted the only other double clear of the classic event in 34.146 seconds.


$2,500 Modified Adult Classic


Kaytlin Calamos and Tuxedo

Kaitlyn Calamos and Tuxedo have built a solid partnership over the last three years, and today it showed as they captured the win in the $2,500 Modified Adult Jumper Classic. They showed to a speedy jump-off time of 27.846 seconds, nearly a second ahead of second place rider Nicole Wagner and A Consul Drummer who finished the shortened course in 28.450 seconds. Madeline Reich and Top Gun IV rounded out the top three with a clear time of 61.349 seconds.


"He loves his job," Calamos said of Tuxedo. "He is one of the most wonderful horses. He is great at sighting the jumps, and he helps me when I don't spot it. He has made me a much better rider."


Calamos has not shown in about four months, yet the pair did not hesitate to lay down a tidy and quick jump-off. They took the inside turn towards the beginning of the speed track, and they stayed tidy and tight to shave the seconds.


"When it comes to the jump-off, he is always ready. He always goes after the time, makes sure I am with him, and is quick with his turns. As soon as he sights it, he is going after it. As long as I am with him we are right on point all the time," Calamos described.


Calamos has trained with Lynn Jayne for 10 years, and she credits her success in and out of the show ring to her trainer.


$1,500 Marshall & Sterling Children's Jumper Classic


Celia Bresch and One Direction

Speed was the name of the game during the $1,500 Marshall & Sterling Children's Jumper Classic. One Direction, with Celia Bresch in the irons, would don the classic's tricolor. They slid into the lead with a clear jump-off time of 33.571 seconds, 1/10th of a second ahead of Emily Smith and Aviara. Olivia Lawton and Cassandra Dreams finished third in 35.644 seconds.


$1,500 Marshall & Sterling Adult Jumper Classic


Kelsey Concklin and High Rustler


Kelsey Concklin and High Rustler snatched up the $1,500 Marshall & Sterling Adult Jumper Classic win Saturday afternoon. They crossed the finish in 32.618 seconds, only 3/10ths of a second faster than second place finisher Sarah Fisher and Casanova W. Lauren Hurst and Carice took the third place with a clear but conservative jump-off in 39.012 seconds.


Sunday will wrap up the first week of the Spring Spectacular Series with jumper classics for children and adult, as well as the $10,000 NAL & M/S Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic and the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Event, the $10,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, sponsored by Wisconsin Equine.


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Junior Hunters Take the Stage Where Hunter Holloway Continues Hot Streak  
By: Elaine Wessel 

Hunter Holloway with Any Given Sunday and Cascina

Wayne, IL- June 6, 2015- Horses run in the family for the Holloways of Topeka, Kansas. Brandie and Hunter, the talented mother-daughter duo, have made quite a name for themselves as they appear in class after class, often walking away with top honors, and today was no exception at the fourth day of competition of the Showplace Spring Spectacular at the Lamplight Equestrian Center.


Hunter, only 17 years old, kicked off the morning claiming the one-two spots in the first Small Junior Hunter 16-17 fences class for the 16-17 year age group on her mounts Cascina and Any Given Sunday, respectively, and sustained her momentum by finishing first in the second over fences class. Her high placings Saturday solidified her position as both the champion and reserve champion in the division.

Her mounts, both owned by Hays Investment Corp., have traits that make them great competitors according to Hunter.  


"I've done everything with Sunday from the hunters to the jumpers to the equitation; he's very versatile. I took him to Devon and we performed well there," commented the champion. "Cascina is a real hunter type and is very quick with her knees. Really what it comes down to is that I just rode Cascina a bit better today to edge out Sunday."   


Hunter Holloway and Cascina

Although it would be an odd sight while at the showgrounds, Hunter is known to frequently ride Cascina on her home property with no tack-no saddle or bridle-and controls her simply by tying a rope around her neck. "My mom and I have been doing it with horses since we were little. One day I just figured I'd give it a shot with Cascina, and she took to it."


Not stopping there, Hunter returned to the hunter ring in the irons aboard another Hays Investment Corp. mount, MTM Retro, and rode her way to two more blues in the Large Junior Hunter division for her age group. Unfortunately for her, she fell just short in the point standings and finished in reserve to Olivia Lawton and her horse Gretzky, which Holloway had coincidentally been showing for Lawton the day prior.  


Both horse and rider pairs placed in the top four in each of the five classes that made up the division. 

"He's such a solid horse to ride, he's my best friend," Lawton said of Gretzky, who she has owned for nearly a year. "We do a lot of flatwork at home and don't jump much, which I think is the foundation of my riding and helped us win today."


Easily transitioning from the hunters to the jumpers, both Hunter and Brandie Holloway had rides in the afternoon's main event, the $50,000 Barrington Saddlery Grand Prix. Competing in a class of this caliber is no strange occurrence for Hunter, who won the Dallas Harvest $25,000 Grand Prix in 2010 when she was only 12 years old, making her the youngest rider in history to win a national standard Grand Prix. Facing off against twenty-four other competitors and a tough course designed by Canada's Danny Foster, Hunter was one of only five entries to qualify for the jump-off. Riding yet another Hays Investment Corp. horse, she and I Love Lucy finished an impressive fourth with only one rail down, beating out equine superstars including her mother, who finished in eighth position aboard Lucky Strike. Three days prior, the Holloways had taken first and eighth in the $20,000 Welcome Stake, this time with mom coming away with the big check.


Hunter Holloway and I Love Lucy

It doesn't stop there. No sooner had Hunter dismounted her horse following the victory gallop was she announced as the winner of the $1,000 Junior Hunter Classic, a distinction she earned by scoring the highest of all the eligible hunter trips from four divisions throughout the day. Any rider who earned a score of 72 or higher in their first classic round, which doubled as one of the rounds for their respective divisions, returned to complete a second classic round. Thirty-four entries took a shot, 18 returned for the second course, and Hunter Holloway beat them all aboard MTM Retro.


Another up-and-coming young rider and a frequent competitor of Hunter, Giavanna Rinaldi, fresh off her strong performances yesterday in all three major Open Equitation classes, showcased her talents in the hunter ring to win two blues on Alex Jayne's All Wrapped Up in the Large Junior Hunter for the 15 and Under age division. The 3'6" course proved to be no problem for the pair as they worked their way to the title of champion. Rinaldi, who picked up the ride nearing the end of the Winter Equestrian Festival in West Palm Beach, was very complimentary of the Jayne horse, claiming that the mare "acts much older than her age. She's only 6 years old, but goes around like a pro."


Giavanna Rinaldi and All Wrapped Up

A strong performance was also given by Hailey Livingston, who rode and owns Brego, to earn the reserve championship. Gia Gulina and her two mounts, Cappello and Alaska Z, the latter owned by Tina Judge-Boyle, also consistently placed well throughout the divisional classes.


With strong finishes in their fences classes, including the first, second, and fifth, Aelin Hill and Elphaba took champion honors in the Junior Hunter division at the 3'3" height. This is Hill's second year with "Elphi", and their first show back after an injury took the mare out of commission.  


Her road to recovery was paved with lots of flatwork, especially collection and lengthening, according to Hill, who said that "She has a tendency to be a plow horse and run through my hand, so we work a lot at home with collection and balance to get her to use her body correctly." Hill's plow horse certainly made a good impression over the past two days, and the rider was quick to point out how gracious she was to the mare. "She definitely helped me out in a few spots today," remarked Hill. "She's perfect and she knows it." You can look for the pair again next week in the second week of the Showplace Spring Spectacular.


Lucy Brumfield aboard Jordan Marmul's Winfield also performed well, earning the reserve championship honors behind Hill. Today the pair earned a third, and yesterday they were picked up the first and second.


Across the property in Ring VI, Anna Rockwood had a success of her own with Jammie Fabick's Moonshine, claiming the blue in the $1,000 Novice Children's Hunter Classic. Chloe Jhin on Modigliani, owned by Jamie Stryker, took second prize while Claire Stockard and John Pappas' Bombardier rounded out the top three.


The $1,000 NAL Children's Hunter Classic also took place late into the afternoon. Beginning with a hefty field of 17 riders, a few select outshone the rest. Britta Stoeckel rode her own Tuidam to the win, and Lindsey McDonald rode her horse Schroder into the reserve position. Carly Martin and Czech Mate took third.


The Hunters continue tomorrow, as well as a number of Medal classes, as the Showplace Spring Spectacular reaches its final day of competition for the first week of the three-week series. The highlights of the day will be two $10,000 Jumper Classics taking place in the Grand Prix Ring. 


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Showplace Spring Spectacular Fast Facts:

What: Three-week, USEF Premier / AA rated, Jumper Rating -  5, NAL, WIHS, M&S points eligible Showplace Productions signature event.


Prize List:
Click here for the prize list

Showplace Spring Spectacular I June 2-7, 2014 
Showplace Spring Spectacular II June 9-14, 2014 
Showplace Spring Spectacular III June 16-21, 2014

Lamplight Equestrian Center
6N940 Dunham Road
Wayne, IL 60184

$450,00 in Jumper Prize Money
$250,000 in Hunter Prize Money
$50,0000 Barrington Saddlery Grand Prix Benefitting Assistance in Healthcare
$50,000 Win Vision Grand Prix 
$50,000 Wells Fargo Advisors Grand Prix

Showplace Spring Spectacular I $500 Take 2 TB Jumper Classic
$1,000 Littlewood Farm & the Markman Family Pony Hunter Classic 
$1,000 Littlewood Farm & the Stoeckel Family NAL Children's Hunter Classic
$2,500 Littlewood Farm & the Stoeckel Family Puddle Jumper Classic 
$5,000 NAL Children's Jumper Classic
$5,000 NAL Adult Jumper Classic
Canterbury Farm Open Jumper 1.30m

$10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic 
$10,000 NAL Low Junior /Amateur Jumper Classic
$20,000 Bull Run Equestrian Open Welcome Stake
$50,000 Win Vision Grand Prix

Showplace Spring Spectacular II 

$500 Take 2 TB Jumpers Classic 

$1,000 Littlewood Farm & the Stoeckel Family NAL Children's Hunter Classic 

$1,000 Littlewood Farm & The Markman Family Pony Hunter Classic (L,M,S)

$2,500 Believe It Farm Low Amateur Owner Accumulator Class
$2,500 High Junior / Amateur Owner Accumulator Class
$2,500 Believe It Farm Low Junior Jumper Accumulator Class
$5,000 NAL Adult Jumper Classic
$5,000 NAL Children's Jumper Classic
$10,000 NAL Low Junior Amateur Owner Jumper Classic
$10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur Owner Classic

$20,000 Nutrena Open Welcome Stake

$50,000 Barrington Saddlery Grand Prix Benefitting Assistance in Healthcare

Showplace Spring Spectacular III 

$500 Take 2 TB Jumpers Classic

$1,500 Telluride Farm / Diane Carney Grooms Class 

$2,500 Littlewood Farm & the Hoch Family Pony Hunter Derby

$2,500 Meadowview Farm Pre Green Hunter Challenge

$2,500 Meadowview Farm Open Hunter Classic 

$2,500 Meadowview Farm Junior Hunter Classic

$2,500 Meadowview Farm Amateur Owner Classic

$2,500 Chicago Equestrian Children's / Adult Hunter Derby

$2,500 Puddle Jumper Classic Sponsored by Littlewood Farm & The Stoeckel Family 

$5,000 Littlewood Farm & the Markman Family Pony Hunter Classic
$5,000 Low Junior Amateur Owner Gamblers Choice
$5,000 High Junior Amateur Owner Gamblers Choice
$7,500 Old Barrington Farm NAL Children's Jumper Classic
$7,500 NAL Adult Jumper Classic
$10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Low Junior Amateur Owner Jumper Classic
$20,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur Owner Classic
$10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby sponsored by Old Barrington Farm
$25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
$20,000 The Novak Family Open Welcome Stake
$50,000 Wells Fargo Advisors Grand Prix
Showplace Equitation Championships with $3,000 Trainer Awards

Over-the-Top Spring Spectacular Hospitality Includes:
Exhibitors dinner party with music from 4-8 p.m. every Friday
Exhibitors dinner party with music from 4-8 p.m. every Saturday
Exhibitors Jersey Mikes Lunch driven around and passed out at 2 p.m. every Saturday
Exhibitors Ice Cream Party every Saturday around 3 p.m. 
VIP Tables at the Grand Prix Ring Luncheon every Saturday at 2 p.m. 
VIP Tables at the Grand Prix Ring Luncheon every Sunday at 1 p.m. 
June 18 Niche Restaurant, Geneva, IL party
Gene and Georgettis USHJA International Hunter Derby Luncheon