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Tracy Fenney and MTM Reve Du Par

Tracy Fenney and MTM Reve Du Par_

Freddie Vasquez aboard Bachelor 4

Shannon Hicks and Carit DMZ

Tracy Fenney and MTM Reve Du Par

Caitlin Ziegler and Melody Des Haye

Shannon Hicks aboard Emir D

Holly Shepherd and Skymiles

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Tracy Fenney and MTM Reve Du Par Win $25,000 Welcome Stake at Lamplight Equestrian Center

Written by: Devaney Iglesias
Client: Lamplight Equestrian Center
Release Date: 2016-08-04

Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 4, 2016 – The final jump of the $25,000 Welcome Stake wasn’t an issue for Tracy Fenney, who went double clear in a time of 38.687 seconds to secure the victory. The professional rider had been on the cusp of winning since the start of the Chicago Festival of the Horse, and was able to finally ride away with the blue ribbon aboard MTM Reve Du Par on Thursday.

“I always seem to have a rail down on the last jump,” Fenney joked. “It’s the last one, every single time. When you’re running fast, thinking about winning and have all of that adrenaline going, it’s tough. I think I just let my guard down a little bit. Mike [McCormick] is always telling me to act like there’s another jump after it, but it’s not that simple.”

It was a satisfying win for Fenney and her teammate. The two have been competing together since May 2015 and had a very successful start to their partnership.

“He’s won more than 10 grand prix,” Fenney said. “I tried him out on Thursday. We vetted him on Friday. I paid for him on Saturday and won the grand prix that night. He’s a really cool horse. He’s got a really good gallop and a really good canter. He’s a little bit fussy and quirky sometimes. He’s very straightforward and nice to ride. He’s super brave. Nothing fazes him at the jumps.”

The MTM Farm owner and 11-year-old Selle Français were one of only six pairs to have an errorless ride around the Leopoldo Palacios-designed course. The duo was the third to attempt the jump-off after Freddie Vasquez set the time to beat at 42.689 seconds.

Fenney crossed the finish line three seconds faster than Vasquez, forcing him to settle for second place. Fenney and Vasquez had the only double clear rounds of the evening.

MTM Reve Du Par has not been the only MTM Farm horse to achieve success at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. In fact, the farm has dominated both hunter and jumper arenas.

Shedding some light on their farm’s success, Fenney said, “You hear MTM a lot, which is great for us. It’s nice when you look up results and see a MTM horse won here or a MTM horse won there. We’ve had a lot of success finding horses in Europe. When we look at horses, we look at their mentality. You can pretty much tell with a young one if they’re going to have that brain that you want. It’s all about their mentality and make-up. The trainers do a fabulous job bringing them along. We start with a lot of green horses, which many people don’t like to do anymore. We’ve done well with jumpers and hunters. We love doing both.”

Fenney and McCormick have been working together for years, and their success can be heard over the loud speaker every time a MTM horse is announced.

Earning the red ribbon in Thursday’s featured event was Vasquez aboard Bachelor 4. The 14-year-old has been in Vasquez’s roster of grand prix horses for three years. The Rheinlander was imported from Germany and has been a consistent ride for Vasquez.

“He’s a super careful horse,” Vasquez explained. “He’s not the fastest, but fast enough. He’s always consistent and takes away a piece of the classes he competes in.”

Sharing his thoughts on the course, Vasquez said, “It was a long track with a lot of space. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t too wide in my turns. It worked out well. Bachelor 4 jumped in the jump-off well. I rode it carefully because he studies everything.”

After Thursday’s top placing, the duo plan to go on to compete in the $75,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Shannon Hicks and Carit DMZ had the second fastest time in the jump-off, but suffered 4 faults in the speed round to earn a third place finish in 41.546 seconds. Finishing a second slower also was Hicks aboard Emir D in 42.832 seconds. The pair settled for fifth place after Caitlin Ziegler and Melody Des Haye snuck in a time of 42.615 seconds to take fourth place.

Holly Shepherd and Skymiles had a time of 47.410 seconds, which earned them the sixth place ribbon in Thursday’s featured class.

Lamplight Equestrian Center and the Chicago Festival of the Horse will be hosting the $75,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, Aug. 6, and the $25,000 Jumper Derby on Sunday, Aug. 7.

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.

RESULTS - $25,000 Welcome Stake

1     172     MTM REVE DU PARADIS     TRACY FENNEY     MTM FARM     0     0     0     88.692     0     0     0     38.687     
2     520     BACHELOR 4     FREDDIE VASQUEZ     . MESSENGER HILL     0     0     0     88.828     0     0     0     42.689     
3     133     CARIT DMZ     SHANNON HICKS     HELEN GILBERT     0     0     0     87.801     4     0     4     41.546     
4     201     MELODY DES HAYETTES Z     CAITLIN ZIEGLER     ARTISAN FARMS LLC     0     0     0     86.335     4     0     4     42.615
5     136     EMIR D     SHANNON HICKS     HELEN GILBERT     0     0     0     90.483     4     0     4     42.832     
6     156     SKYMILES     HOLLY SHEPHERD     LORETTA PATTERSON     0     0     0     83.861     4     0     4     47.410     
7     324     QUICK TEMPO     RICHARD CHESKA     RICHARD CHESKA     4     0     4     87.127                     
8     173     MTM COMO NO     TRACY FENNEY     MTM FARM     4     0     4     87.209                     
9     508     UNDINE     LIZ ATKINS     BENCHMARK STABLES LLC     4     0     4     87.892                     
10     506     RODEO VDL     LIZ ATKINS     BENCHMARK STABLES LLC     4     0     4     88.387                     
11     157     SKY HIGH     HOLLY SHEPHERD     LORETTA PATTERSON     4     0     4     88.472                     
12     118     HAPPYBOY VAN DE DOORNAKKERS     JORDAN GILCHRIST     JORDAN GILCHRIST     4     0     4     91.421                    


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