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Giavanna Rinaldi and Dulf Van Den Bisschop

Giavanna Rinaldi

Giavanna Rinaldi and Dulf Van Den Bisschop

Caelinn Leahy and Tzargazer

Giavanna Rinaldi and Little Gun 17

Celia Bresch and Zalcia

Celia Bresch and Zalicia

Brooke Saltzman and Don Perion

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Giavanna Rinaldi and Dulf Van Den Bisschop Cap Off the Chicago Festival of the Horse with $7,500 Cavalor Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic Victory

Written by: Devaney Iglesias
Client: Lamplight Equestrian Center
Release Date: 2016-08-14

Wayne, Ill. – August 14, 2016 – Giavanna Rinaldi, a local up-and-coming star, has sealed off her fantastic three-week stretch at the Chicago Festival of the Horse with a victory in the $7,500 Cavalor Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic. The 17-year-old rode three horses in the final class on Sunday, qualifying two for the speed round and riding away with the win aboard Dulf Van Den Bisschop in a time of 33.041 seconds.
“Danny [Dulf Van Den Bisschop] felt awesome, but pretty tired,” Rinaldi said as she patted her horse for a job well done. “These last three weeks have been really long. He jumped the first round like a hunter derby. He jumped it so easily, but then he kicked it into gear for the jump-off. He knows when to go fast.”

The recent Auburn University signee went clear over the Steve Stephens-designed first round course aboard Little Gun 17 and Dulf Van Den Bisschop, as did Caelinn Leahy and Tzargazer.

The three horse-and-rider combinations were the only contenders in the jump-off. Rinaldi attempted the course first with Little Gun 17, but incurred 4 faults in a time of 33.377 seconds. She exited and re-entered aboard the bay Belgium Warmblood and tripped the timers at nearly the same speed in 33.041 seconds, but in an faultless effort to set the new time to beat with Dulf Van Den Bisschop.

Leahy was last to go with Tzargazer, and the pair successfully left all rails intact, but were a second too late. Clocking in a time of 34.131 seconds, the duo was forced to settle for the red ribbon.

“Danny and I had almost the same exact time as Little Gun,” Rinaldi said. “He was really good, too. They’re polar opposites. Little Gun is always moving forward and speedy. Danny doesn’t have as much as a motor, and I really have to get him going, especially after three long weeks. Thalys Z was awesome, too. We just had an unfortunate rail in the first round.”

She continued, “It’s been a tiring three weeks, but it went by faster than I thought. It doesn’t feel like it’s the last week. All the horses I’ve ridden have done so great. They have been so good and jumped really well. They’re ready for some time off.”

The Illinois native has had a busy three-week stint of competition, securing victories each week in multiple divisions and arenas. Her most notable wins were aboard Dulf Van Den Bisschop, a 13-year-old stallion, in the $50,000 and $75,000 Grand Prix events during Weeks I and II against some of the countries’ top professional athletes.

“I’ve definitely surprised myself,” Rinaldi smiled. “At Spring Spectacular, I didn’t have as much success as I did here. We really clicked here at Chicago Festival of the Horse, especially for the grand prix events. I still can’t believe it, honestly.”

With an opportunity to show so close to home, Rinaldi has been a local favorite and has sported a fan base throughout the competition.

“They’re all at the other end of the ring,” Rinaldi laughed as she spoke about her friends and family in attendance. “My dad brought some friends and my grandparents are here. They all enjoy coming, and I enjoy having them here. We live so close. It feels like this show is in our backyard. I’ve always loved coming to Lamplight. It’s great prize money and has beautiful show grounds. I just really love it here.”

Sharing similar sentiments was local Celia Bresch, who earned a blue ribbon in the $1,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic earlier Sunday afternoon. Bresh and Zalicia, an 11-year-old Warmblood, earned the win with a double-clear effort in a time of 35.242 seconds.

“Our barn is about 10 minutes from here,” Bresch shared. “This is our home show. I love the Grand Prix ring. It’s so big with nice footing. It makes you realize how spoiled we are when we go to other shows.”

The young athlete came in for the day to show in the classic and went home with a blue ribbon aboard her 2015 Christmas present.

“I got Zalicia for Christmas,” Bresch said. “I had tried her a few times before that, and when I jumped her, I knew she was the horse for me. She had to be mine. She’s been my step up into the low juniors.”

Securing the second-place finish and the division’s championship was Brooke Saltzman and Don Perion. The duo has only been together since March, but have earned their fair share of success.

“He jumped fantastic today,” Saltzman said. “It was a pretty consistent week for us. He’s a baby, so it’s really best for me to ride him forward and into my hand. We’re both learning and growing together.”

Sunday’s High and Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classics marked the conclusion of the Lamplight Equestrian Center's Chicago Festival of the Horse Equifest Show Series. The Lamplight Equestrian Center hosts multiple equestrian events throughout the year. For more information, please visit


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