Wayne, IL - September 27, 2009 - The Showplace Fall Classic Championship Horse Show came to a close today at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois. In Ring 3, riders competed for top prizes during the $1,000 Marshall & Sterling Adult Hunter Championship and the $1,000 Marshall & Sterling Children's Hunter Championship. Judy Lefferdink and Gucci earned a score of 163 during today's Adult Championship, and were awarded the blue ribbon. Ellie Trepte and Asiago had two excellent courses during the $1,000 Marshall & Sterling Children's Hunter Championship, earning a score of 170 and winning the championship trophy.
The top Adult Amateur riders competed in today's $1,000 Marshall & Sterling Adult Hunter Championship. Exhibitors completed the first course and were then called back in reverse order to complete the second course. Lefferdink and Gucci entered the second round with a score of 79. They laid down an excellent second trip to receive a score of 84, for a two-round total of 163 and the win in today's class.
The second place prize was presented to Stephanie Renguso, who was aboard Magnificent Miles. The pair earned a first round score of 80, and received a score of 82 during the second round for a two-round total of 162. Lisa Williamson and Saracen's total score of 157 garnered today's third place award.
"Today I just wanted to be consistent and patient, and let Gucci do his job," noted Lefferdink. "He's a really neat horse and I'm just really fortunate to have him. You have to prepare him, but then you just let him do his thing; he's very talented and sweet."
Lefferdink purchased the 9-year-old Mecklenburg last year from Dale Peterson. Her trainer, Showplace Production's Pat Boyle, brought the horse to Illinois from California for her. The pair currently competes in the Adult Amateur 51 and Over Hunter division.
"We're going to Harrisburg in October and Gucci is currently leading Zone 5," said Lefferdink. "It's nice to just let him do his job because he loves winning, so I want to do right by him. He's just a wonderful horse and he is worth his weight in gold."
The $1,000 Marshall & Sterling Children's Hunter Championship was also held today in Ring 3. Ellie Trepte and Asiago had the top call coming into the second round with a first round score of 84. The pair only got better, earning a second round score of 86 for a two round total of 170 to lead today's victory gallop.
Fallon Perez was awarded today's second place honors after earning a first round score of 76 and a second score of 87, for a two round total of 163. Taylor Schmidt followed with the third place ribbon for her ride aboard Front Row. The pair had a first round score of 82, and a second round score of 80, for a two round total of 162.
"I'm really happy about the win," smiled Trepte. "I worked really hard all year and it was a good reward. I was nervous about the second round because I wanted to keep my score up and win."
Trepte is very excited to be showing Asiago in the Children's Hunters, and will be competing with him in the Junior Hunters next year. "I'm really happy that I was able to show him this year," she said. "He's a slower horse, but he's always really good. I'll be doing the Junior Hunters and the 3'6'' equitation beginning at Florida next year with him, so I'm really excited to focus on that."
There were a number of exciting final events taking place today, including the Marshall and Sterling Children's Pony Medal Finals. Alessia Woods claimed the blue ribbon for her ride aboard Bewitched. Caroline Wallace and Just Ducky followed with the second place honors, while the third place ribbon was presented to Taylor Kozloski and Over the Moon.
Earlier in the day the Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions wrapped-up their second day of competition and awarded championship and reserve championship prizes. The Amateur-Owner 3'3'' division led off the day, and Haylie Jayne and Disaranno earned the championship tricolor. The pair earned two first place ribbons, two second place ribbons, and a third place ribbon. Jami Boyle and Gemini followed with the reserve championship prize after earning two first place ribbons, a second place ribbon, and a third place ribbon.
"Disaranno came over from Europe about a month ago," commented Jayne. "He was a farrier's horse that hadn't shown much and they thought he had potential to be a hunter. He carries himself really nicely and just needs a soft ride."
Six-year-old Disaranno is currently a Pre-Green horse, and will begin competing in the First Year Green Working Hunter division next year. "He hasn't put a foot out of line since he came to American," said Jayne. "It just seems like he knows what he's supposed to do. Last week he was reserve champion at Kentucky competing in an indoor ring for the first time; he just gets it."
The Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunter division was next to compete in Ring 3, with Lisa Goldman and Ruben claiming the championship award. The pair earned three first place ribbons and a third place ribbon. The reserve championship prize was presented to Shannon Kelly and Trust Me after the pair earned a first place ribbon and four second place ribbons. Kelly and Trust Me also claimed the $1,000 Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic blue ribbon for the second day in a row.
The final division to compete was the Amateur-Owner 36 and Over Hunters. Sonya Svaty garnered the championship prize with Pick A Color after winning four of the division's classes. Ken Wexler and Kensignton took home the reserve championship prize, having earned a first place ribbon, two second place ribbons, and a third place ribbon.
"Our rounds were solid and consistent, so I was happy with how he did," said Svaty. "Now we're going to take a little vacation because it's the end of the season and maybe go to St. Louis this winter."
Pick A Color is a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood by Darco that Svaty has owned for five years. "We started out in the jumpers, but he likes to take things slow so we do the hunters. He doesn't need any lunging in the morning or rides before the shows. You just have to have energy because he doesn't have much of his own."
Today marked the conclusion of the Showplace Fall Classic Championship Horse Show. The "A" rated, four-star jumping competition attracted the top competitors from across the country to compete during the Marshall & Sterling Mid-West League Championships, the Zone 5 Championships, and the Illinois Hunter Jumper Association Medal Finals. The $60,000 Showplace Leading Rider Series also concluded and awarded prizes to the top finishers in all five sections.
For further information on Showplace Productions and the Showplace Fall Classic Championship Horse Show, please visit www.showplaceproductions.com.
Photo Credit: Judy Lefferdink earned the top score with Gucci during today's $1,000 Marshall & Sterling Adult Hunter Championship at the Showplace Fall Classic Championship Horse Show. Photo By: Rebecca Walton/PMG. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.
Photo Credit: Ellie Trepte was named the winner of the $1,000 Marshall & Sterling Children's Hunter Championship for her performance with Asiago at the Showplace Fall Classic Championship Horse Show. Photo By: Rebecca Walton/PMG. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.