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Showplace Productions Has Daily Hospitality For Exhibitors and Spectators
Alex and Charlie Jayne with Playboy accept the award for the win in the $50,000 Win Vision Grand Prix.
Wayne, IL- June 26, 2016– The final week of competition continued at Showplace Productions’ Spring Spectacular with the $50,000 Win Vision Grand Prix. In Showplace style, VIP patrons were treated to a delicious meal and open bar while taking in the Grand Prix activities. Showplace Productions always puts on a great Grand Prix event for riders and spectators alike, drawing large crowds of spectators to cheer on their favorite horse and rider combinations. In the shaded VIP Pavilion, a full buffet is offered for the VIP patrons daily, including an assortment of freshly made food, snacks, cold beverages and spirits. The tables overlooking the Grand Prix ring are adorned with white tablecloths, colorful center pieces, show programs and special giveaways from sponsors, offering a bright and welcoming environment for the Prix’s spectators along with a fantastic view of the sponsor jumps, leader board and feature events.
Spectators of the final Showplace Spring Spectacular Grand Prix watched a great showdown of riders, each going faster than the last to earn the top prize. Two-time Olympic alternate Charlie Jayne and his Playboy proved to be the fastest with a double clear round and a quick time of 34.227. Jayne edged out second place rider, Lisa Goldman and her mount, Rocs to Riches, by only one tenth of a second, Goldman’s time being 34.347. Both Jayne, of Elgin, Illinois, and Goldman, Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, are hometown favorites whom spectators love to see win. Both are known for their galloping style and bold short turns, making the jump off a real treat to watch. Both local riders have a resume of impressive career accomplishments, bringing the Chicago area some of the best riders in the country.
Taking third was Trapp O’Neal from Magnolia, Texas, on Capitano with another fast time of 35.217. Goldman also had another double clear round on Morocco, landing her in fourth place with a time of 35.793. Out of 33 rides, only 7 rounds were double clear, making for an exciting afternoon.
“They [Showplace Productions] do a really great job. It’s really well coordinated and the view is amazing of the [Grand Prix] ring,” said spectator, Jennifer Newman, of Chicago.
“It’s a beautiful place. I don’t jump this big so it is pretty amazing to watch the athleticism of the horses and the people that ride them. It’s very breathtaking. It’s really fun because it’s social and you get to talk to a lot of people you don’t normally get to talk to at horse shows,” commented Jenny Welhouse, Madison, Wisconsin of the VIP area.
Thanks to the many generous sponsors, Showplace Productions offers plenty of hospitality all week long and this past week was no exception, honoring World Championship Hunter Rider Week kicking off with Derby Day. All exhibitors and spectators enjoyed a delicious derby day breakfast sponsored by Diane Carney and Telluride.
As the official USHJA National and International Derbies took over the Grand Prix Ring, Gene & Georgetti and Michelle Durpetti brought in more freshly grilled fare. Gene & Georgetti is a family owned Chicago steakhouse tradition since 1941, bringing to Showplace a sampling of their delicious fare and classic style.
Friday afternoon, Katie Kappler LLC sponsored tasty Chinese food from Gen Hoe for an afternoon treat. Saturday afternoon was a welcomed cold Ice Cream Social to cool off warm exhibitors.
Friday and Saturday at the end of the day was an exhibitor’s party with appetizers, bar and music at the Pavilion for trainers and exhibitors to relax, unwind and socialize, sponsored by Buena Vista Farm/Meagan Murray and The Texas Syndicate.
Each week Showplace Productions schedules hospitality in both the VIP area with daily lunch and bar, and exhibitor friendly events around the show grounds to add that special touch to the horse show experience.
In addition, exhibitors and spectators can browse through the vendor areas for a bit of shopping for the latest equestrian gifts, gear, photos and clothing.
Whether you’re a rider, trainer, or parent, Showplace Productions offers something for everyone. It’s a beautiful and fun place to cheer on talented riders and horses in a family friendly environment.
Showplace Productions’ Spring Spectacular wraps up Sunday after a fantastic three weeks of horse showing. The Grand Prix ring will begin with the highly coveted Showplace Equitation Championships, sponsored by leading equitation trainer Kim Gardiner and Perfecta Farm and will end with the $20,000 High Jr/AO Jumper Classic Show Jumping Hall of Fame Event sponsored by Weathertech, with a VIP Brunch for patrons only starting at 1:00 P.M.