Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 11, 2018 – The final weekend of the Equifest show series got underway Saturday, August 11, at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. The morning of the third week of the series highlighted junior riders in the equitation divisions. In the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Equitation division, Natalie Jayne took home the win in both the hunter and jumper phase riding her mount Cinzano.
In the main hunter arena, Natalie Jayne and Cinzano earned first place in the WIHS Equitation hunter phase. The pair kicked off the class, setting the bar high for competitors that followed with a score of 85. None were able to replicate Jayne’s impressive round, ultimately lending her the blue.
Jayne has been with Cinzano, a 9-year-old Oldenburg gelding, for a little over a year after getting him during the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival show series. After Lamplight, the pair will travel to the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show for Maclay Regionals with the goal of advancing on to the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Championships at the National Horse Show in the fall.
Second place in the WIHS hunter phase was awarded to Stella Swarr riding Anos Veros, owned by High Hopes Farm LLC. The pair received a score of 77 for their hunter round. Rounding out the top three for the hunter phase was Emily Lucibello and her mount C’est Blue with a score of 71.
Prior to the WIHS Equitation hunter phase, Jayne also took the lead with Cinzano in the jumper phase in the Grand Prix Arena. The pair navigated another impressive round to receive a score of 83. Swarr and Anos Veros again brought home a second place, receiving a score of 80 in the jumper phase. Lucibello rounded out the top three for the WIHS Equitation jumper phase with her mount C’est Blue for their score of 68.
Equifest III will conclude in the Main Hunter Arena on Sunday, August 12, with competition beginning at 8:00 a.m.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Natalie Jayne – WIHS Equitation overall winner
“He’s 9-years-old and we got him at WEF circuit 2017, so I’ve had him for a little over a year now. He’s very easy to ride, very adjustable which is nice. He’s got a huge stride and he’s a really fun horse to ride.”
On the WIHS Equitation
“I thought my horse went really well today! He’s been here for three weeks, so he’s been a bit tired, so I had to help him a little bit. I thought he went well and both courses were great.”
“We’ve come to Lamplight since I can remember, and we live 20 minutes from here, so it’s a great local show for us to come to and it’s just beautiful here. Everybody at our barn loves coming to Lamplight!”