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Giavanna Rinaldi and Bugsy Malone in the Junior Hunter Classic

Giavanna Rinaldi and Caretina III in the WIHS Equiation Hunter Phase

Therese Peck and MTM Passport

Therese Peck borrows Taylor Johnson's Cavalli for the Junior/Amateur Hunter Classic presentation

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Giavanna Rinaldi and Caretina III Win WIHS Equitation Hunter Phase at Chicago Festival of the Horse

Written by: Allyson Lagiovane
Client: Lamplight Equestrian Center
Release Date: 2016-07-30

Wayne, Ill. – July 30, 2016 – Giavanna Rinaldi is in the peak of her junior career, winning countless titles at horse shows around the country at just 17-years old. During Saturday’s Chicago Festival of the Horse, Rinaldi added more accolades to her collection, earning the blue in the WIHS Equitation Hunter Phase and a second place in the Junior/Amateur Hunter Classic.

In the WIHS Equitation Hunter Phase, Rinaldi was aboard Caretina III, a mount owned by Alex Jayne. This is just Rinaldi’s first week showing the mare, but the pair impressively earned a score of 87 to take home the blue.

Rinaldi commented, “She used to be a grand prix horse and she did all kinds of stuff, so she’s very qualified for that class. She’s super fun! She jumps so great and I thought for the hunter phase she did really well.”

Rounding out the top three in the WIHS Equitation Hunter Phase was Emma Dubinsky riding VDL Zingaro H, owned by Hannah Wickham, earning a score of 80. Amanda Shaw and her own Satchmo took home the third place ribbon after receiving 77 points.

For her final year as a junior, Rinaldi is looking forward to finishing off strong. Rinaldi said, “I’m just going to play it by year. I’d like my next year to be a really great one before I go to college. I’m really looking forward to going to Auburn!”

Rinaldi also held her own in the $1,000 Amateur/Junior Hunter Classic, this time riding Bugsy Malone. Rinaldi and her mount earned a total score of 169.5 for the class, and ended up in second place overall.

She said, “He was really good, he jumped super today. I thought the classic rounds, he was really good, smooth, which went really well!”

While Rinaldi put down excellent rounds, it was Therese Peck that ultimately took home the first place finish. Peck was aboard MTM Passport, owned by Cammy Turgon. Peck and MTM Passport ended the event with a total score of 171, enough to clinch the win.

“I’ve had him for about a year and a half,” Peck said of MTM Passport. “I just love him. He’s super easy, he’s probably the easiest horse I’ve ever had, which is quite nice. My first round was really good, my horse was actually pretty tired, and my second round was not quite as good as my first but it still worked out great!”

Peck has been riding with Mike McCormick and Tracey Fenney at MTM Farm for 26 years, and has continued to enjoy their support and coaching over the years. She said, “It’s awesome, I love it. I’ve been with them for so long that they’re like family. We have our routine and we stick to it!”

The third place finisher in the Amateur/Junior Hunter Classic was Taylor Johnson and her own, Cavalli. The pair earned a total score of 169 to nab the third place ribbon.

In the WIHS/NAL M&S Children Hunter Classic, it was Andrea Stout aboard Arendelle that took home the blue. Stout and her horse earned a total of 167 points to best the field of 14 riders. Rounding out the top three was Alexis Ortiz riding Petrossian in second place with 158, and Elliot Hodge and Just Jorge taking home the third with 151 points.

Competition at the Chicago Festival of the Horse concludes week one on Sunday, July 30 beginning 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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