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Dorothy Douglas Kicks Off the 2016 Chicago Festival of the Horse with 1.40m Open Jumper Victory

Written by: Devaney Iglesias
Client: Lamplight Equestrian Center
Release Date: 2016-07-27

Wayne, Ill. – July 27, 2016 – Opening day for the 2016 Chicago Festival of the Horse saw top-notch competition and close finishes in the SmartPak Grand Prix Arena. Dorothy Douglas ended the day triumphantly with a first- and third-place finish in the 1.40m Open Jumper division.

Douglas works and trains for MTM Farm, owned and operated by Mike McCormick and Tracy Fenney. The young professional and MTM Farm’s newest import, MTM Niobe edged out the competition by less than a second, clocking in a time of 36.510 seconds in the 1.40m Open Jumper division.

“They imported Niobe three weeks ago,” Douglas shared. “She’s really fresh off the boat. I’ve ridden her maybe 10 times now. She’s a great ride, really easy and super scopey. She likes doing her job. She likes jumping and is definitely a show horse. She likes being in the show ring. She wants to jump clear and she wants to jump fast. She’s really a special horse!”

Her closest competitors were Richard Rinehart, who rode a time of 36.565 seconds and settled for the red ribbon, and Douglas on her second mount Leviticus. The pair had a time of 36.961 seconds to secure third place.

“He’s slower across the ground, but he’s such a nice ride,” Douglas said. “I can’t believe I have these two awesome 1.40m horses to ride. I’ll do the Welcome Stake with Leviticus, tomorrow. It’s exciting to get in the ring and have all these opportunities. I’m really grateful to Mike and Tracy and the opportunities they’ve given me.”

The Catalina Cruz-designed course proved to be a challenge in the 1.30m Open Jumper division, as Charlie Jayne and only three other competitors made it to the jump-off round. He and Disney had the sole clear round, securing first place with a time of 42.315 seconds.

"Disney is a fairly new ride for me,” Jayne said. “My father purchased her at the end of season, the last week of Florida, so I'm just getting to know her. This is maybe my fifth or sixth show with her, we're just kind of playing around with different bits in the 1.30m, just trying to figure her out.”

He and the 8-year-old mare have plans to move up in the jumper divisions at the Chicago Festival of the Horse. Jayne commented on her growth, “I think she's progressed a lot. She jumped clear at all six different venues this summer, and now I think I'm going to bump her up to 1.35m and 1.40m. I did my first 1.35m with her just a few weeks ago in Colorado and she was great, so I'll probably do it again on Friday this week."

Holly Shepherd conquered the 1.25m Open Jumpers, riding away with a blue and red ribbon at the end of the class. Shepherd was two-for-two with clear rounds on both her mounts, earning the first-place finish on Copycat with a time of 32.096 seconds and second place on Manchester with a time of 34.549 seconds.

“We’ve had Copycat since she was a baby,” Shepherd said. “She was imported from Argentina. She takes a soft ride and is awesome. You just have to stay out of her way and let her do her job.”

Shepherd and Loretta Patterson have been working together for years. While Patterson owns the horses, Shepherd shows them and together, they sell them. Shepherd has been training and showing the Argentine Warmbloods since they were young.

The Accolade Farm owner added, “They’re both small horses, so they’re very quick and agile. They’re hard to outrun.”

All three of these competitors have shown at Lamplight Equestrian Center for several years and shared their sentiments about the renowned show grounds.

“Nina Koloseike is so awesome and nice,” Douglas expressed. “We love this place. It’s easy to work, easy to manage and the horses like it. We have our campers here and everything. It’s really nice."

Jayne expressed, “They offer great prize money for summer shows. $25,000 and $50,000 this week and next week is $75,000, that rivals all the other shows that are going on in the summer time."

Sheperd added, “I love this horse show. I love the footing and the trees. The grounds are great, the people are really nice, the office is good and the food is super.”

Highlights for this week’s jumper divisions include the $25,000 Welcome Stake (July 28) and the $50,000 Grand Prix (July 30). 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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