Wayne, Ill. – July 27, 2018 – In the Grand Prix arena, Emma Sargent took top honors in the Junior/Amateur Owner 1.30m Jumpers. Sargent not only took first place aboard her own mount, Winchester, but also brought home the second place finish riding Didgeridoo.
Sargent and Didgeridoo were the first horse and athlete combination to enter the ring, holding an early lead with a double clear finish and a jump-off in 30.721 seconds. Many that followed Sargent tried to match her quick pace, but she was able to maintain her lead until she was the second to last rider to enter the ring, this time on Winchester.
Sargent had a clear first round with Winchester, and her new goal would be to attempt to beat her own time. Sargent and Winchester narrowly pulled it off, finishing in 30.331 seconds, just one-third of a second faster than her original first place lead. Natalie Jayne and Ausi would round out the top three coming off of a jump-off time of 30.988 seconds.
Sargent, out of Kenilworth, IL, has been riding Winchester for over four years and the two have had great success in the show ring. Hayley Barnhill was competing Didgeridoo for Sargent as a sale horse, but Sargent recently picked right back up with Didgeridoo two weeks ago after one of her newer horses got hurt. Sargent hasn’t missed a beat in the show ring, and was recently named Show Jumping Hall of Fame rider for the month of June.
In the Open 1.35m jumpers, Tracey Fenney and MTM Apple brought home another first place following their win in the Open 1.40m jumpers on Wednesday, July 25. The pair took the lead with a jump-off time of 39.564 seconds. Dorothy Douglas and MTM Maguire earned second place, and Hayley Barnhill rounded out the top three riding Quickborn 8, owned by Oakmont Stables LLC.
Competition at the 2018 Chicago Festival of the Horse will resume on Saturday, July 28, with this week’s highlight event, the $50,000 Prix de Lamplight set to kick off at 4 p.m. in the Grand Prix Arena.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Emma Sargent – Junior/Amateur Owner 1.30m winner
On the class:
“I thought the class was not too difficult but it was challenging enough where you kind of had to stay on top of your horses a little bit. I went first on my horse Didgeridoo so I had to be the guinea pig! But she jumped super the first round and I thought there were a couple of places in the jump off where I could make up some time and set the pace a little bit for the class. I went on inside track from one to two, which I think was a good option for them because if you caught that nice it set you up for a long gallop across the ring to the double on the side. Then I thought I made some good time there. I left the door open a little bit but I thought I could still be pretty close to the top. And then I went second to last with my horse Winchester, and I know her very well. I just followed my plan, I stuck inside, galloped across and she left them all up and helped me out in some places!”
“Winchester is probably one of my favorite horses, I don’t like to pick favorites but she’s like my right-hand woman. I’ve had her about 4 years now and she’s done pretty much everything with me. I have had a few new horses get added to my string so we decided to move her down a division because she’s getting a little older, and we like to keep her going and comfortable. She’s been doing the mediums and she’s been doing amazing, she’s super happy.”
“Didgeridoo is a horse that is for sale and I’ve had her for two years. One of my newer horses got hurt so I started to ride Didgeridoo again because Hayley Barnhill has been riding her to sell her. To keep me more active in the riding world I started riding her again and she’s been going great ever since!”
“This is my fourth year showing here. I love coming here because it’s so convenient for myself living in Illinois. It’s really close and I get to drive home every night. I think the ring itself is beautiful, the jumps are beautiful and they take great care of it. I couldn’t be happier to be back!”