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Holly Shepherd Dominates Hunter Ring to Kick Off Week One of Chicago Festival of the Horse

Written by: Allyson Lagiovane
Client: Lamplight Equestrian Center
Release Date: 2016-07-27

Wayne, Ill. - July 27, 2016 – The first week of the Chicago Festival of the Horse at the Lamplight Equestrian Center kicked off on Wednesday, July 27, with Holly Shepherd dominating in the Wisconsin Equine Clinic Main Hunter arena. Shepherd and her various mounts topped the first half of the Conformation Hunter and the High Performance Working Hunter to start the week off with winning ribbons.

Shepherd’s busy day started off by competing three horses in the combined Green and Regular Conformation Hunter division. She first took to the ring riding HJ Noteworthy, a 5-year old gelding owned by Loretta Patterson. Shepherd and Noteworthy earned both second place ribbons for their two courses.

“He has been champion at his last seven horse shows,” Shepherd said. “I got him as a 3-year-old, and he did his first Derby a couple of weeks ago in Colorado. This year was his first year showing and went right into the First Year Green. He’s easy to bring along!”

Zoso was the second horse that Shepherd competed, the pair earning a third place for their first course and a first place for their second course. Zoso is a homebred horse, and Shepherd has been with him since he was born.

“We started him in the jumper ring and decided he went slower than what a jumper really needs to be. This is his fifth horse show doing the hunters and he’s coming around.” She laughed, “He doesn’t really know what he’s doing out there, but he’s pretty cool.”

Shepherd finished out the class on Longstreet, owned by Barbara Risius, earning a first place in the first over fences course and a third place for their second over fences course. Of Longstreet, Shepherd said, “Longstreet is a horse that I’ve ridden in the last couple of years and he’s going to do Derby Finals a few weeks from now in Kentucky.”

Shepherd continued her winning streak in the High Performance Working Hunter division aboard two more mounts, Flamboyant and White Lightning. Shepherd took home both first and second place ribbons on each mount for her two over fences rounds to kick off the class.

Shepherd commented on her two mounts, saying, “This horse has been with us since he was 4 and he has a lovely owner that has been customers for a very long time. He was bred in the states. He’s 9 now. White Lightning is one that I’ve shown a few times for Shannon Hicks, and he’s a fun catch ride for me.”

Shepherd added, “The horses were good, they were all pretty nice and pretty well behaved. We’ll be right back tomorrow!” Riders in both the Conformation Hunter and the High Performance Working Hunter will return to the main hunter ring to contend for their respective championships on Thursday, July 27.

Shepherd is quite the versatile rider, not only competing on countless hunter mounts but also riding 7 different horses in the jumper divisions. She has been coming to Lamplight over the years to compete with her mounts, and said, “I love the grounds, all these beautiful trees and the people are all really nice here. The rings are really nice and it’s just a beautiful setting!”

Highlights for this week’s hunter divisions include the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby sponsored by CWD, set to take place on Friday, July 29, at 8:00 a.m. For more information on Lamplight Equestrian Center's Chicago Festival of the Horse Equifest Show Series, please visit A downloadable prize list is accessible online.


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