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Brian Moggre and MTM Ace of Spades

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Brian Moggre and MTM Ace of Spades

Brian Moggre and MTM Ace of Spades

Brian Moggre and MTM Ace of Spades

Douglas Boyd and Berkley III

Tracy Fenney and MTM Como No

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Brian Moggre and MTM Ace of Spades Ride Away with $50,000 Grand Prix Victory at Lamplight Equestrian Center

Written by: Devaney Iglesias
Client: Lamplight Equestrian Center http://lamplightequestriancenter.com/
Release Date: 2016-08-13

Wayne, Ill. – August 13, 2016 – The joy that overcame 15-year-old Brian Moggre upon hearing his name announced as the victor of the Rider’s Boutique $50,000 Grand Prix was undeniable and visible to every spectator in the stands at the Lamplight Equestrian Center on Saturday. With his arms wrapped around MTM Ace of Spades’ neck, Moggre entered the ring to receive his award and take the ceremonious victory lap in the SmartPak Grand Prix arena after topping a seven-horse jump-off during the Chicago Festival of the Horse.

MTM Farm had five horse-and-rider combinations entered in the week’s highly anticipated class, three of which made the speed round.

“It’s nerve-wrecking,” Moggre explained about competing against professionals. “Especially, because I’m competing against Dorothy [Douglas] and Tracy [Fenney], and we’re all from the same farm. When Tracy went in, I knew she was going to light it up and I got nervous. Dorothy went before me, and I told myself I really needed to kick it into gear if I wanted to beat her. Tracy was only fractions of a second behind me. I still can’t believe I won. I’m so happy.”

Although seven riders qualified for the jump-off of the featured class, only five had double-clear efforts.

“The course was pretty difficult, especially going into the first line,” Moggre said about the Steve Stephens-designed course. “It was tough, a wake up call for sure. It was pretty technical with some big jumps. It was definitely one of the biggest I’ve done. MTM Ace of Spades was really good and I trusted that he would be on his game if I was on mine. After we went, I just waited in hopes that we did enough to win.”

Moggre, a Texas native, entered the field after Douglas earned the first double-clear round of the jump-off aboard S&L Elite, setting the time to beat at 38.779 seconds, which would eventually hold up for fifth place. He was determined to outrun the professional and did so, tripping the timers at 36.070 seconds in a faultless effort aboard MTM Ace of Spades. However, he was only the third rider to go and was forced to watch four professionals challenge his speed round.

Fenney was one of those challengers. The MTM Farm co-owner and trainer took home third place aboard MTM Como No in a time of 37.793 seconds, while Richard Cheska and Quick Tempo earned the fourth spot on the leaderboard with a time of 37.808 seconds.

Nearly catching the speedy youngster was Douglas Boyd and Berkley III. The duo fell a hair short, settling for the second place ribbon with a time of 36.867 seconds in a faultless effort.

“The first round he was very good, I just wanted to stick to my plan and be as smooth as possible,” Boyd shared. “He's always really good in the combinations. He's a careful jumper. He's new at this and each time in the ring, he gets smarter and smarter. Today, I could actually go for it a bit and he's starting to get it, we're excited. We're just thrilled with him.”

Moggre, a first-generation equestrian, called his No. 1 fan upon learning that his time went unbeaten.

“I Facetime’d my mom as soon as I won, and she couldn’t believe it,” he laughed. “It was neat. My mother is all out. She is always telling me, ‘Go! Jump the jumps! Get it together and go win!’ I have to tell her to take it down a few notches sometimes. My dad is so supportive. He just wants me to have fun. My mom does, too, but she has a more competitive side to her. That’s where I get it from, I think.”

“Having the MTM team behind me is amazing,” Moggre added. “They’re all so supportive and so nice. It’s great to know that I have so many people that wish for my success, just as much as their own. I couldn’t be happier to be in the same class as them. All three of us had a horse in the jump off and that just felt really good.”

Both Moggre and Boyd has seen their fair share of successes at Lamplight Equestrian Center.

“Lamplight is local for us and we love coming here,” said Boyd. “I've been coming here since I was a child, so longer than a while. We just really like it here. We like the grounds and Nina Moore has put a lot of effort into making the facility better. We like her horse shows.”

As the evening concluded, Douglas returned to the ring and was awarded the Kastel Denmark Style of Riding Award for her exceptional American style of riding and sportsmanship to which she exclaimed, “I like riding well and looking good!”

The final week of the Chicago Festival of the Horse will conclude on Sunday, August 14 with the final jumper class being the $7,500 Cavalor Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/ Amateur-Owner Classic. For more information on the Lamplight Equestrian Center's Chicago Festival of the Horse Equifest show series, please visit www.lamplightequestriancenter.com.

1    MTM Ace of Spades    Brian Moggre     0    63.885    0    36.070
2    Berkley III         Douglas Boyd    0    64.207    0    36.867
3    MTM Como No            Tracy Fenney    0     66.369    0    37.793
4    Quick Tempo            Richard Cheska    0    65.225    0    37.808
5    S&L Elite            Dorothy Douglas    0    64.523    0    38.779
6    Alonso Du Monselet    Richard Cheska    0    64.359    0    42.264
7    Bachelor 4            Freddie Vasquez    0    63.949    0    55.904
8    Dulf Van Den Bisschop    Gia Rinaldi    4    61.980
9    Emir D                Shannon Hicks    4    63.178
10    Thalys Z            Gia Rinaldi        4    64.933
11    MTM Reve Du Paradis    Tracy Fenney    4    65.323
12    Cupina Colada        Maggie Jayne    8    59.762
        

 

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