Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 10, 2019 –Junior and amateur competition was showcased Saturday afternoon during Equifest III at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. In the Junior 3’6’’ Hunter division, it was Teddi Pritzker that dominated the competition, taking the early lead riding Evergreen Stables LLC’s Willow CBF. The pair also rode to the win in the Junior Hunter Classic.
Pritzker, of Chicago, Illinois won both over fences rounds to take the lead in the Junior 3’6’’ Hunter division. Pritzker has been riding the 11-year-old Hanoverian mare for two years, and the pair has been climbing the ranks through the children’s and junior hunter divisions. The pair will return to the Main Hunter Ring on Sunday to contend for the championship title.
Also in contention for the championship in the division is Ashley Shaw aboard Contemporary, owned by Amanda Shaw, as well as Taylor Holstead riding her own mount Roc’s All That. Both pairs earned a second and third place over fences Saturday afternoon to set themselves up in a strong position for Sunday’s portion of the division.
Pritzker and Willow CBF rounded out their awards earning first place in the Junior Hunter Classic with an overall total score of 172. Finishing in second place was Holstead and Roc’s All That with an overall total score of 165, and rounding out the top three was Gabriella Lewis aboard Lex Toccino and riding to an overall score of 160.
In the WIHS Equitation Hunter phase, it was Natalie Jayne and Atlodetto FZ that took the win. Jayne and the 13-year-old S.I. gelding earned a score of 87 to top the class. Jayne has been showing in both the hunter and jumper rings throughout the summer, and earned the championship in the Junior 3’6’’ Hunter division during Equifest II.
Earlier in the day, the amateur hunter riders took center ring. Olivia Lawton and Atlodetto FZ took the lead in the Amateur-Owner 3’3’’ Hunter division after earning both first place ribbons over fences. Marianne Pappas rode to the lead in the Amateur-Owner 3’6’’ Hunter 36 and Older division aboard Bocelli sweeping both over fences classes. Competitors will return to the Main Hunter Ring Sunday, August 11 to contend for their respective championships.
Hunter competition during Equifest III will conclude Sunday, August 11, beginning at 8 a.m. For more information about Equifest or the Lamplight Equestrian Center, visit www.lamplightequestriancenter.com
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Teddi Pritzker – Junior 3’6’’ Hunter leader & Junior Hunter Classic winner
On Willow CBF:
“She is my everything. She is the most giving horse – everyday she is always giving. I have had her for two years now, so we know each other pretty well. I have been doing the Junior 3’6” Hunters for four or five months now. She has brought me all the way from the Children’s Hunter division to here.”
On her rounds:
“They were really good! She won both trips and she was perfect today.”
On showing at Lamplight Equestrian Center:
“I have been coming here for three or four years now, and it is one of my favorite shows of the summer. My horses are always so good here and it is such a nice, relaxing facility.”
On what is next for her:
“Next I go to the Hamptons with all of the horses in a couple of weeks. We are excited!”