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 Brittni Raflowitz and Zacca Zoeloe huslte to win the High Jr/AO Jumpers at Equifest II at Lamplight Equestrian Center.

 Stephanie Novas and Aretina M win the Low Jr/AO Jumpers galloping in her usual style.

Stephen Foran and Etienne B galloped their way to the second place finish in the High Jr/Am Jumpers.

Brittni Raflowitz and Zacca Zoeloe

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Junior/Amateur Jumpers Hustle for the Win in the $1,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers at Equifest II

Written by: Brenda Mueller
Client: Lamplight Equestrian Center http://lamplightequestriancenter.com/
Release Date: 2013-08-02

Wayne, IL – August 2, 2013 – The morning downpour left the new GGT footing in the Grand Prix ring nicely watered and sunny skies prevailed, leaving perfect conditions for the Junior/Amateur jumper classes at Equifest II at the Lamplight Equestrian Center.

A field of nine competitors took on the Guilherme Jorge designed jumper course for the $1,000 High Jr/AO Jumper class.  The 1.35m track had rollbacks and nice bending lines for a gallop with combinations at the ends of the ring.  The bogie jump of the class seemed to be the CWD vertical with large pillar standards, which when jumped at too much of an angle to cut time, made for an awkward jump and usually a stop.  Six of the starting nine riders made it to the jump-off.

First to take a swing at the jump-off was Hanley Morrison of Madison, MS, with SCS Luigi.  Morrison unfortunately had one rail for four faults and a time of 36.417. Then the chase began with Brittni Raflowitz of Palm City, FL, aboard K.T. Undercover.  Raflowitz buzzed around the track as the first double-clear round and set the pace at 32.176 seconds.

Turning up the heat was Stephanie Novas and Amyra R, picking up her usual speedy gallop; she blazed around clean with a time of 31.559 seconds.  Stephen Foran and Etienne B were next to challenge the clock.  Foran tried to gallop and make tidy turns, beating Novas by a fraction with 31.209 seconds.

Not settling to be outdone, Raflowitz and her second mount, Zacca Zoeloe, owned by Maarten Huygens, was faster yet, stopping the clock at 30.002 seconds and taking over the lead.

Last to go was Laura Linback and Clooney, who also put in a double-clear effort, hustling in the jump-off for a time of 32.265 seconds, leaving the top five horses just seconds apart. 

“It was an extremely competitive class today,” said Foran.  “I knew going in that Brittni had gone fast, and I knew that Stephanie beat her. Stephanie is an extremely fast rider so I knew I had to go all out. I galloped as fast as I could and cut my corners. When I finished, I knew I had beat Stephanie and I thought no one else could catch me.  Then Brittni came back on her second horse and got me!”

“It was a really fun class,” Raflowitz said.  “It was really good competition.  Walking in, I thought it would be a fun jump-off.  I was pretty fast on my first horse and I didn’t think I was that beatable.  When I went up on my last horse, I heard someone had beat me.  I watched him (Foran) go and I knew where I could make up time and I went for it.”

Foran is last year’s USHJA Emerging Athletes Program winner. He plans to compete in the equitation finals this fall with trainer Missy Clark. Foran and his dad, Steve, operate Liberty Farm in Lake Forest, IL, and have shown at Lamplight for many years.

This is Raflowitz’s first time showing at Lamplight. They have enjoyed being in Chicago and supporting the facility.  Horse showing is a family affair for the Raflowitzs.  Brett, her father, does the training and mom, Tracy, is the groom/organizer. Their family even took a trip to the Field Museum in downtown Chicago between the two shows.  Raflowitz, 18, will be doing the Grand Prix tomorrow on Elios, owned by Maarten Huygens. Raflowitz won the Welcome Stake and was second in the 1.40 Open Stake last week.

Finishing third in the Highs was Stephanie Novas and Amyra R, fourth was Raflowitz’s other mount, K.T. Undercover, fifth was Laura Linback and Clooney, and sixth was SCS Luigi and Hanley Morrison.

In the $500 Low Jr/AO Jumper class, six riders took their turn at a chance for the blue ribbon.  Five of the six made it to the jump off with Stephanie Novas again, setting the pace for the rest of the pack to try to catch on Aretina M with 30.461 seconds.  Giavanna Rinaldi was close with GPS Brilliante Disguise and a time of 31.269 seconds.  In the end, Novas held the lead for the win.  Finishing third was HH Radco and Caitlin Creel of Lake Zurich, IL, with a double-clear round and a time of 33.325 seconds.  Fourth went to Caruso and Libby Rudolf, who had a rail in the jump-off.  Fifth went to Double Dollar and Courtney Starring and sixth to C Cool, Giavanna Rinaldi’s second mount.

The 1.30m -1.35m horses also had a chance to jump the track today with Cliff II and Jennifer Jones of Marion, SC, taking the blue.  Holly Shepherd rode Loretta Patterson’s Rocketman to the second spot and hometown girl, Lisa Goldman rode Roc Hudson, owned by Ashleen Lee of Glenview, IL, to third place.

Competition continues at Equifest II with the $35,000 Grand Prix de Lamplight and more Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper action.

For more information on Lamplight Equestrian Center, visit www.Lamplightequestriancenter.com.

 

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