Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 2, 2019 – Yet another day of sunny skies and 75 degree weather set the perfect stage for horses and athletes to give it their all in competition at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. Progressing through World Championship Hunter Rider week at Equifest II, Friday brought amateurs and junior riders to the Main Hunter Arena aboard their top hunter mounts. In the Junior 3’6” Hunter division, Natalie Jayne and Caston gained an early lead to head the field of horses and riders going into Saturday’s competition.
Jayne and Caston, a 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Jayne and Molly Mcadow, received scores of 84 and 85 in their over fences rounds, taking second place in both classes. Jayne and Caston won the $1,000 Junior Hunter Classic during Equifet I, this week concluding in second place position at the 3’6” height with an overall score of 165. Caston is a skilled horse in both the equitation and hunter classes, serving as Jayne’s primary equitation mount heading into the big equitation finals this fall.
The winner of the $1,000 Junior 3’6” Hunter Classic for Equifest II was Taylor Holstead and Roc’s All That. Holstead’s 10-year-old Oldenburg mare jumped to scores of 86 and 84 in the classic, winning by a total of 5 points in the end. Roc’s All That is a regular in the Junior Hunter divisions and even competed in the Large Junior 3’6” 16-17 division at the USEF Junior Hunter National Championships – East Coast last month.
The conclusion of the Junior Hunter division will take place on Saturday, August 3, where the champion and reserve champion titles will be named. World Championship Hunter Rider Week will culminate on Sunday, August 4, with the $5,000 USHJA National Derby and $15,000 USHJA International Derby set in the Grand Prix Arena.
Natalie Jayne – Junior Hunter 3’6” Division leader
On her horse:
“We got Caston at the end of the WEF circuit in Florida this year, so we have only had him for about five months. We co-own him with Molly Macadow and we are leasing him until the end of the year with the option to buy him out. We mainly show him in the equitation, but we show him in the hunters as well to keep him comfortable. He was a hunter before, so we have been keeping him in the hunters for a few shows now. It is good practice for him and makes him more comfortable when we do the equitation.”
On her rounds:
“I was really pleased with his trips today. He went great and I really feel that he is getting better every round. I am proud of him for being so consistent and good”
“We come to all of the weeks of Equifest every year and it is one of my favorite shows of the year. It is so close to home and the showgrounds are so pretty. I also like that everyone knows each other around the showgrounds.”