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Holly Shepherd Starts Equifest III Strong in Professional Hunters at Chicago Festival of the Horse

Written by: Allyson Lagiovane
Client: Lamplight Equestrian Center http://lamplightequestriancenter.com/
Release Date: 2016-08-10

Wayne, Ill. – August 10, 2016 – The final week of the Chicago Festival of the Horse kicked off with the professional hunter divisions at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. Lamplight regular, Holly Shepherd, took to the Main Hunter Ring aboard Zoso and HJ Noteworthy to take home top ribbons.

The First and Second Year Green Working Hunter division started the day off, with Shepherd and Zoso taking the lead. Zoso and Shepherd earned a first and a second place over fences, setting themselves up nicely for the second day of the division, which will take place on Thursday, August 11.

“He’s doing good,” Shepherd said of Zoso. “He surprised me last week in the Derby because I thought he would go better. But I filled a division today and I figured he deserved to go four times. He was great all four times and went nicely.”

Shepherd also rode Zoso in the Conformation Hunter division, earning another first and second place ribbon for their stellar rounds. Shepherd continued dominating in the division aboard HJ Noteworthy, owned by Loretta Patterson, bringing home a first and a third place.

Shepherd commented on HJ Noteworthy’s rounds, saying, “He took a little peak in the first round, so I let him do an add stride, but he came back and jumped great for the second class!”

Hanley Morrison, who trains with Shepherd, and also had an entry in the Conformation Hunter division. Morrison was riding another one of Loretta Patterson’s mounts, Tempting, and earned a second and a third place in her classes.

Of her string of horses, Shepherd said, “I think they’re pretty classic hunters, a little old school. They’re good jumpers, and one of them is beautiful across the ground and the other is beautiful in the air, so they’ve got a little variety there.”

Shepherd has seen a lot of success throughout the past two weeks at the Chicago Festival of the horse, including multiple hunter tricolors and jumper victories. Shepherd has worked closely with Loretta Patterson for over 12 years, riding and competing her top horses.  

Patterson said, “I actually bred Zoso, he’s an amazing horse! Holly and I have been together almost 13 years, and we are partners, everything works well for us. Holly is just so easy to get along with.”

Shepherd added, “Our minds our exactly alike, everybody thinks we’re twins!”

Shepherd will return to the main hunter ring on Thursday, August 11, to contend for her respective championship ribbons on HJ Noteworthy and Zoso. Competition at the Chicago Festival of the Horse continues Thursday beginning at 8:00 a.m.

For more information on the 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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