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Brian Moggre and MTM Erkel

Brian Moggre and MTM Erkel

Caitlyn Shiels and Cavalier II

Caitlyn Shiels and Cavalier II

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Moggre and Shiels Kick Off Final Week of Chicago Festival of the Horse as Victors in Open Jumpers

Written by: Devaney Iglesias
Client: Lamplight Equestrian Center
Release Date: 2016-08-10

Wayne, Ill. – August 10, 2016 - The final week of the Chicago Festival of the Horse officially began on Wednesday. For Brian Moggre and Caitlyn Shiels, the week started in the right direction with double-clear rounds and blue ribbons.

Competitors were introduced to the first Steve Stephens course of the week, and while some had trouble navigating through the obstacles, Moggre and Shiels were the only athletes to achieve faultless success in the SmartPak Grand Prix arena.

Aboard MTM Erkel and representing MTM Farm, Moggre rode away with the win in the 1.40m Open Jumper class. The Texas native was the first to clear the track and make it to the jump-off, setting the time to beat at 38.927 seconds.

"I think the course rode really nicely,” Moggre shared. “It was difficult in some places, so you always had to be alert. You had to know where you were and make sure that your horse was where they needed to be in order to achieve the success you wanted. Overall, the course was nice, but technical in places that it needed to be.”

Moggre continued, “MTM Erkel has been doing really good. Today he came out and felt amazing, and I was able to do the things that I wanted to do. In the jump off, I was able to be a bit more competitive than I usually am on him, and he was amazing."

Jordan Gilchrist and Kingston were the only other pair to earn an opportunity to ride in the speed round. Although the pair was a second faster than Moggre and MTM Erkel, they were unable to keep all the rails intact and incurred four faults to settle for second place.

Moggre and the 7-year-old Westphalin have been building on their partnership week-by-week at the Chicago Festival of the Horse. Moggre explained, “He’s quite young, and he is very strong. Recently, we've been working to get him into a more rideable state of mind and more controllable. The past two weeks, we’ve been trying to figure out what bridle works out best for him.”

The pair have long term plans that have been set into motion. Moggre feels that MTM Erkel provides the scope and power needed to be his big grand prix horse. Over the next couple years, the motivated athlete plans to continue to build up the black gelding.

Shiels also has big plans for her 9-year-old Warmblood, Cavalier II, who earned the blue ribbon in the 1.30m Open Jumper division with the sole clear round of the class. The rider-and-horse combination claimed the top spot on the leaderboard with a time of 38.101 seconds.

"My plan today was just to have a nice smooth double clear,” Shiels said. “The first day is always training, jumping a little bit lower and making sure that he's paying attention to what we're doing. I thought the course was nice. My horse rode really well. The heat actually benefitted me, because normally he is kind of a hot horse and has some nice blood. The heat relaxes him. He was extremely rideable today. I thought the course was a nice test for the first day."

Imported as a 6-year-old, the duo has been working together for nearly three years and consistently improved.

“We've been taking our time,” Shiels explained. “I've moved Cavalier II up a little bit every year. When I first imported him, we did the 6-year-old Jumpers. I qualified him for the Young Jumpers in Kentucky, then last year I moved him up to bigger classes and did a few small grand prix events. This year, I’ve played around with some 1.35m, 1.40m and 1.45m."

She continued, “He has been great all along. He's a little bit challenging. He has a little bit of a hard mouth, so we've just been figuring out what bridle works best and what program works best. He's a little sensitive to certain things, he has his quirks. I call him my unicorn. I'm really excited about him. I've been trying to not get too excited and push him too much, but he's got an incredible jump and I know that the talent is there. I know that he is very smart and anything that I ask he will do.”

The duo plan to compete in the $15,000 Welcome Stake that is slated to take place Thursday. If all goes well, they may take on the $50,000 Grand Prix on Saturday.

The Massachusetts native has been living in Illinois for the last three years and working with Canterbury Farms and has enjoyed the Lamplight Equestrian Center show grounds throughout that time.

Sharing her thoughts, Shiels said, “We're excited to be here! The facility is great. We really enjoy this horse show, and it's a great one to participate in before the fall picks up. It's been a great two weeks so far!"

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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