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Taylor Johnson and Cavalli

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Giavanna Rinaldi and Bugsy Malone presentation

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Taylor Johnson Closes Out Lamplight Debut with Junior Hunter 33 Championship

Written by: Allyson Lagiovane
Client: Lamplight Equestrian Center
Release Date: 2016-07-31

Wayne, Ill. – July 31, 2016 – To close out the first week at the Chicago Festival of the Horse at the Lamplight Equestrian Center, junior riders took to the main hunter ring to vie for a shot at the tricolor. Taylor Johnson and Cavalli had their Lamplight debut this week, finishing strong with a championship win in the Junior Hunter 3’3’’ division.

After watching her brother compete at the Lamplight Equestrian Center last year, Johnson knew that she wanted to bring a horse to compete this year. She and her own Cavalli kicked off the Junior Hunter 3’3’’ division with a third and a first during the first portion on Saturday, July 30.

During Sunday’s portion of the division, Johnson and Cavalli received two firsts and a second, including a win during their handy round. The pair navigated the rollbacks and trot jump with ease to clinch the championship.

“Cavalli was wonderful!” said Johnson. “He was just very good! He doesn’t trot jumps very well, so I just figured I’d turn sharp to it and see what happens. He was really good about it!”

Johnson trains with Catherine Rinehart, and has been training with her for years. Johnson’s strategy for the class was solely to enjoy it, and she explained, “Catherine just said to go out and have fun!”

Johnson commented on her first week competing at the Lamplight Equestrian Center, saying, “It was awesome! It’s my first time here this week, and I don’t know if we’ll be back next year, but I really hope so!”

Reserve champion in the Junior Hunter 3’3’’ went to Andrea Stout riding her own Let’s Talk. The pair’s winnings totaled a first, second, fourth, fifth, and seventh to earn the reserve tricolor.

Giavanna Rinaldi continued dominating at the Chicago Festival of the Horse in the Large Junior Hunter division riding Bugsy Malone, owned by Alex Jayne. Rinaldi is a local regular at Lamplight, and has been competing at the grounds with trainers Maggie, Charlie, and Haylie Jayne for years.

“It’s been a really good week!,” said Rinaldi. “I’m pretty much just going from class to class, but I’m always so excited. Every horse that I ride is another chance and I really enjoy going from ring to ring.”

Rinaldi almost swept the division, earning four first place ribbons and a second place. She has had an exceptional week at the Chicago Festival of the Horse, winning the WIHS Equitation Hunter phase, the $50,000 Finish Line Grand Prix, as well as earning countless ribbons throughout her other divisions.

Reserve champion in the Large Junior Hunter went to Stone McCormick aboard the MTM owned entry, Viceroy. McCormick and Viceroy earned four seconds and a third over the span of the division to finish with the reserve champion.

Competition for week two at the Chicago Festival of the Horse at the Lamplight Equestrian Center kicks off on Tuesday, August 2, beginning at 8:00 a.m. For more information, please visit A downloadable prize list is accessible online.


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