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Holly Shepherd and Maggie Jayne Earn Back-to-Back Tricolor Wins at Chicago Festival of the Horse

Written by: Allyson Lagiovane
Client: Lamplight Equestrian Center http://lamplightequestriancenter.com/
Release Date: 2016-08-03

Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 3, 2016 – Familiar faces rode into the winner’s circle at the Chicago Festival of the Horse in the professional hunter divisions. Maggie Jayne and Holly Shepherd earned themselves back-to-back tricolors to continue their winning streak during Lamplight’s World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) week.

Shepherd entered the ring in the Conformation Hunter division riding three different mounts: Longstreet, Zoso and HJ Noteworthy. Just last week, Shepherd nabbed the championship in the division aboard Zoso as well as the reserve riding Longstreet. This week she continued dominating, earning champion on Longstreet and the reserve with Zoso.  

“They were super!” Shepherd said of her horses. “As a matter of fact, the judge said that it was a really fun class to watch. They all went really well. They were all 80 and above, which is always nice.”

Shepherd earned an 84 for her handy round on Longstreet to win the class, navigating her way through the tight turns and the trot fence. She took home the second place in the handy aboard HJ Noteworthy with a score of 83 and rounded out the top three with a score of 80 riding Zoso.

Of her handy rounds, Shepherd commented, “They’re all really happy turning and jumping so that’s the good news. Zoso had a big lesson Tuesday on how to turn because he’s kind of slow to do that, and he really stepped up to the plate and did that well. My derby horses were perfect today in the handy. For derby week, it’s a good thing!”

Shepherd will be competing Longstreet and HJ Noteworthy in Sunday’s $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and has yet to decide if Zoso will compete. She explained, “I’ve got Zoso, but he’s never done the derby. HJ Noteworthy and Longstreet for sure will. They’re both really good and comfortable out there so I’m looking forward to it!”

Another exceptional rider to watch during this Sunday’s $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby will be Maggie Jayne riding both Color Pearlz and Frosted Blue. During Wednesday’s First Year Green Working Hunter division, Jayne took home the champion and reserve aboard Color Pearlz and Frosted Blue, respectively.

Color Pearlz only started competing in the hunter divisions last month, but has already earned two tricolor ribbons in the First Year division while competing at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. Just last week, Color Pearlz earned the reserve champion, and received three firsts and two seconds to clinch this week’s championship ribbon.

“She’s super scopey and brave and just learning the hunter thing,” Jayne said of Color Pearlz. “She was the best and most consistent she’s been this week; she was super!”

Frosted Blue, owned by Alex Jayne, also earned his second tricolor in the First Years with Jayne after receiving a first, two seconds, a third and a sixth in the class. During Week One of the Chicago Festival of the Horse, Jayne and Frosted Blue earned the champion, and took home the reserve champion ribbon this week.

Of the 6-year-old gelding, Jayne said, “Every time he just keeps getting better and better! He’s really easygoing, quiet and fun to ride.”

Jayne is looking forward to competing in the derby on her two horses this weekend. She said, “The spookier the jumps are, the better, and they’re both just so brave. I think they’re both going to be good in the Grand Prix Ring. They both did the derby in June in there and were good so I’m excited!”

In the Second Year/High Performance division, it was Rachel Johnson aboard Alex McNally’s For Adventure that rode to win the tricolor championship. Johnson and For Adventure’s earnings totaled two first place ribbons, two seconds and a third to clinch the championship.

Of the horse, she said, “He’s such a sweet horse! He is the easiest horse in the barn and is incredibly consistent. He comes out the same every single day, at home or at the horse show, and every horse show he’s done, he comes out almost every single time with a tricolor.”

Johnson and For Adventure won their handy round after receiving a score of 85. She commented on the handy round, saying, “He’s a great handy horse. He’s super fun because he can do all of the turns and you can kind of lay the reins down and gallop. The handy gets his attention a little bit more, and he jumps up a little higher and harder. He’s one of the most fun that I’ve done!”

Competition at the Chicago Festival of the Horse continues Thursday beginning at 8 a.m. For more information on Lamplight Equestrian Center's Chicago Festival of the Horse Equifest show series, please visit www.lamplightequestriancenter.com. A downloadable prize list is accessible online.

 

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