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Kelsey Thatcher and Everything Earn $25,000 Welcome Stake Win at Chicago Festival of the Horse

Written by: Devaney Iglesias
Client: Lamplight Equestrian Center
Release Date: 2016-07-29

Wayne, Ill. – July 29, 2016 – The country’s top athletes kicked off the Chicago Festival of the Horse Friday morning during the $25,000 Welcome Stake, sponsored by Saratoga Stalls. Only five athletes were able to navigate through the course without error to earn a trip to the jump-off, where Kelsey Thatcher and Everything had the quickest time to take home the victory.

Thatcher and Everything had a two-second margin over their contenders, clocking in a time of 34.314 seconds with a double-clear round to secure the blue ribbon and prize money.

“Luckily, he’s a naturally fast horse,” Thatcher explained. “Everything is really fast, but sensitive and careful. It’s really about knowing when to let him go and when to hold him for a second.”

Thatcher and the 12-year-old Belgium Warmblood have been working and training together for four years at Our Day Farm under the watchful eye of Maggie, Haylie and Charlie Jayne.

“He’s a baller,” Thatcher said, describing the speedy gelding. “I just go in and try to give him the best ride possible. I do what my trainers tell me. They’re watching the other horses and top times. We just followed the track they suggested. Everything normally shaves off two or three seconds from the top time.”

The pair are preparing for the $50,000 Grand Prix that’s slated to take place Saturday (July 30) at 4 p.m.

Locking in the second-place finish was Holly Shepherd and Skymiles with a time of 36.588 seconds. The 10-year-old Canadian Warmblood had never shown at the Lamplight Equestrian Center before, but had a double-clear round in the Catalina Cruz-designed course.

“This was actually the first time he’s shown at this horse show,” Shepherd said.  “I wasn’t sure if I should show or not, but he looked pretty friendly yesterday, so I was comfortable walking right in today. He jumped amazing. He’s been working on coming back since January, so we’re happy he’s doing well and hope he keeps rolling along.”

The Accolade Farm owner and trainer has had a busy show series, bouncing back and forth between the jumper and hunter arenas and seeing success in every class she enters. Shepherd is showing seven jumpers and five hunters and has already earned majority of the blue and red ribbons the show series has to offer.

“I show so many jumpers and so many hunters,” Shepherd explained. “Most the time it’s a lot of one or the other, but I happen to do a lot of both. It gets a bit crazy and exhausting, but I push through.”

The only other faultless jump-off round in the Welcome Stake went to Richard Cheska and his 10-year-old mount, Alonso du Monselet. The duo settled into third place with a time of 38.288 seconds to beat out Charlie Jayne and both his horses.

Jayne was one of seven riders that had two or more horses entered in the Grand Prix, however he was the only one to qualify more than one horse for the jump-off. Jayne earned fourth- and fifth-place finishes on Tou la Moon (42.478, 4 faults) and Caribe (47.859, 16 faults), respectively.

Many of these athletes will compete against one another again in the week’s featured event, the $50,000 Grand Prix (Saturday, 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.


1     EVERYTHING / KELSEY THATCHER / PONY LANE FARM     0     0     0     34.314     
2     SKYMILES / HOLLY SHEPHERD / LORETTA PATTERSON     0     0     0     72.744     0     0     0     36.588     
3     ALONSO DU MONSELET / RICHARD CHESKA / RICHARD CHESKA     0     0     0     74.783     0     0     0     38.288     
4     TOU LA MOON / CHARLIE JAYNE / ALEX JAYNE     0     0     0     74.246     4     0     4     42.478     
5     CARIBE / CAELINN LEAHY / STEVE SCHAEFER     0     0     0     72.215     16     0     16     47.859     
6     MTM REVE DU PARADIS / TRACY FENNEY / MTM FARM     4     0     4     70.157                     
7     EMIR D / SHANNON HICKS / HELEN GILBERT     4     0     4     70.655                     
8     SKY HIGH / HOLLY SHEPHERD / LORETTA PATTERSON     4     0     4     73.099                     
9     CALLISTO Z     TIFFANY HAMMACK / CASSIE BERKE     4     0     4     73.268                     
10     AL PACHINI / SHANNON HICKS / HELEN GILBERT     4     0     4     75.002                     
11     MTM COMO NO / TRACY FENNEY / MTM FARM     4     0     4     75.464                     
12     THALYS Z / GIAVANNA RINALDI / THE THALYS GROUP     8     0     8     65.190                


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