Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 8, 2018 – Equifest III kicked off on Wednesday, August 8, at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. In the Grand Prix Arena, Maggie Jayne and Cupina Colada are off to a great start for the third week of competition and have already found their way to the winner’s circle in the 1.30m/1.40m Open Jumpers.
Jayne has been riding Cupina Colada, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, for about three years. The mare is owned by Amanda Dollinger, a rider out of the Jayne family’s Our Day Farm. Jayne and her family have spent countless summers traveling just ten minutes down the road to compete at the Lamplight Equestrian Center.
Jayne and Cupina Colada tackled the Paul Jewell designed course in the 1.30m/1.40m Open Jumpers, completing a fault-free first round in 64.132 seconds. The pair advanced on to the jump-off, executing a quick, flawless round to finish with the fastest time in 34.780 seconds.
Finishing in second place with a jump-off time of 36.536 seconds was Michael Dorman riding Wyndmont Inc’s Favoriet U. Molly Alvarez and her own mount, Cornet Fire, rounded out the top three, finishing their jump-off in 37.469 seconds.
In the 1.20m Open Jumpers, it was Stephen Foran and Bigshot, owned by Kate Mulligan, in the winner’s circle. Foran and Bigshot had the fastest jump-off time of 37.414 seconds to earn the first place finish. Foran also brought home second place, this time riding Freedom Woods’ Catokio to a jump-off time of 38.285. Third place was awarded to Christopher Johnson and his own mount Dutch Martini for their jump-off time of 38.774.
Competition for Equifest III continues Thursday, August 9, featuring the $5,000 Open Welcome Grand Prix at 4:00 p.m.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Maggie Jayne – Open 1.30m winner
On Cupina Colada
“She has been in our barn for a couple of years now and is owned by Amanda Dollinger, who also shows her in the amateurs. I’ve gotten to know her really well because I showed her for awhile when her owner was pregnant. This is my third summer with her. She’s a lovely horse, she’s really smart, she has a big stride and she’s super fast. You can do the correct number of strides and still feel like you’re flying. She was really good today.”
On the course
“It was a very inviting course. There was one inside turn to do, and because I know her so well I did it with her so that I didn’t have to feel rushed in the last line. I did the one turn after the vertical since I knew her really well and she was great. Knowing her so well was a huge advantage for me and then she does it so easily so it’s not a big stress. The course was very nice, very straight forward, great for the first day of the show.”
“We all love it at Lamplight, we’re having a great time. Our farm is ten minutes away and it’s kind of our last big hurrah for the summer. I grew up going to Lamplight, I’m from around here, so we love it. The footing is really nice, the jumps are nice, they’ve had great course designers and we’re having a good time!”