Steve Schaefer Turns Up the Heat to Win the $30,000 Tapestry Farm Grand Prix

By Brenda Mueller of ChicagoEquestrian.com

Showplace Productions Makes Summertime Series Memorable

Steve Schaefer and Caribe prove to be the fastest pair at Showplace Summertime Series. Photo: Chicago Equestrian

Roscoe, IL – July 12, 2015 – Riders in the $30,000 Tapestry Farm Grand Prix turned up the heat on the already steamy 86-degree day at Ledges Sporting Horses in Roscoe, IL. Nineteen riders gave the Anderson Lima (inset photo)) designed track a try to see who would be going home with the big check during week II of the Showplace Summertime Series, managed by Patrick Boyle.

Eight horse and rider combinations managed to make a fault free effort where other riders had rails in the triple combination or the oxer, vertical in and out. Veteran Grand Prix rider Lisa Goldman, Hawthorn Woods, IL, had four rides out of the eight to return for the jump-off, Andrew Kocher had two clear and Steve Schaefer and Tiffany Hammack both had one shot for the top prize.

Goldman went first on Rocs to Riches, setting the pace with a clean round and 36.428 on the clock. Kocher rode Shalanno Farm’s Bologna to another clean round and a faster time of 35.270.

Faster and faster they went with Goldman returning on a hometown favorite, Morocco, turning in a fast time of 35.220 but caught a rail at the oxer at 7a for four faults.

Andrew Kocher and Shalanno Farm’s Bologna jumped clean for third. Photo: Chicago Equestrian

Kocher, Lake St. Louis, MO, had another chance to block the top spots with his second ride, Cantori, owned by Aleece Jarmin. Galloping and cutting the turns tight, Kocher had the fastest time so far of 34.759 but caught the rail at 7a like Goldman for four faults, but still leading with Bologna.

Schaefer and his Caribe turned up the heat as they blazed around the track leaving a stride out in the first line and galloping through the turns to earn the lead with 33.981 and all the rails up.

Tiffany Hammack and Cassie Burke’s Calisto Z played it safe for fifth place.. Photo: Chicago Equestrain

Hammack of Richmond, IL, had her single shot at the blue with Cassie Burke’s Calisto Z. The pair put in a safe and tidy round to jump clean in 37.414.

“I’m just taking my time with him,” said Hammack. “It’s been a long time since I’ve competed at that level and we are still getting to know each other.  I was going for a neat, tidy clear. I did leave out a step in the first and last lines though, trying to make it up because he has a huge step.”

Goldman still had two rides to go to steal the lead from Schaefer. Her mount Aslan, owned by Southview Inc., made up the distance easily with his huge stride to catch Schaefer with 33.821, but unfortunately caught the rail at 7A and the Liverpool at jump 11 for eight faults.

Lisa Goldman and Centurion B jumped double clear for second place. Photo: Chicago Equestrian

With one chance left, Goldman rode the veteran Centurion B to a clean round but not quite fast enough to beat Schaefer with 34.337 for second.

“My horse felt great,” said Schaefer of Maple Park, IL. “It was a nice forward riding course.”

Steve Schaefer and Caribe with Caelinn Leahy accept the prize for the Grand Prix victory from Tapestry Farm’s Molly Struve. Photo: Chicago Equestrian

Schaefer and the 13-year-old Caribe have a track record of Grand Prix and Welcome Stake victories. Schaefer bought the horse as a four year old after Norman Dello Joio helped pick him out while they were in Argentina. The pair had a successful time from the beginning during Caribe’s young jumper career, winning 1.30m classes in Wellington, FL as a six-year-old. Schaefer is known for his ability to ride fast and clean and is a familiar face at top Chicago events.

“This was his (Caribe’s) first time showing after some time off from an injury and he was really scopey and fresh,” added Schaefer. “I went to a hackamore today for the first time too so today was a lot of firsts but it all worked out.”

Even though Goldman competes in other parts of the country, she loves to be on her home turf in Chicago.  Including her six Grand Prix entries, Goldman brought 19 horses to the Ledges Show and remarked, “Pat (Boyle), Nicole (Boyle) and the whole staff make it so wonderful to horse show. We try to support the local shows as much as possible.”

In addition to the Grand Prix each week of the series, Ledges hosted a Derby Day on Tuesday, July 7th featuring the $10,000 National Hunter Derby, a $2,500 Pony Hunter classic and a $2,500 Children’s/Adult Hunter Derby all for the hunters. The Jumpers spent the afternoon with the $2,500 Puddle Jumper Speed Derby, $2,500 Modified Children’s/Adult Jumper Speed Derby, $2,500 Low Child/Adult Speed Derby, $2,500 Children’s/Adult Speed Derby and a $2,500 Junior/Amateur Owner Speed Derby.

Showplace Productions is giving professionals a way to show their young horses in some classes with no entry fees. Only the Young Jumper Championship class for each section has an entry fee, the regular classes are free.

Recent facility upgrades include all of the arenas outside as well as all of the bathrooms inside and a brand new kitchen with all new equipment with the best horse show home cooking around. It’s true, exhibitors praise the food and deem it the best in the country.

Ledges Sporting Horses is all decked out for July festivities. Photo: Chicago Equestrian

The Grand Prix ring has a new 100’ x 300’ schooling area with all new footing. The grand prix ring footing and drainage system are upgraded and new. The drainage on the entire property has been reworked and upgraded and footing in the hunter rings is also new.

Showplace Productions continues their reputation of top notch hospitality including weekend parties on the party deck with outdoor barbecues and music, just one of the many reasons to show in Chicago this summer.

The series continues next week, July 15-19th.  For more information on the Showplace Summertime Series, please visit www.showplaceproductions.com.

$30,000 Tapestry Farm Grand Prix- Top 12

Horse/Rider/Owner/Prize

1. Caribe/Steve Schaefer/Steve Schaefer/$9,000

2. Centurion B/Lisa Goldman/Mary Goldman/$6,600

3. Bologna/Andy Kocher/Shalanno Farms LLC/$3,900

4. Rocs to Riches/Lisa Goldman/Lisa Goldman/$2,400

5. Callisto Z/Tiffany Hammack/Cassie Berke/$1,800

6. Cantori/Andy Kocher/Aleece Jaran/$1,500

7. Morocco/Lisa Goldman/Lisa Goldman/$1,200

8. Aslan/Lisa Goldman/Southview Inc/$900

9. Filip/Andy Kocher/Beth Congel/$900

10. Sovereign/Lisa Goldman/Barbara Disko/$600

11. Replique/Katie Leverick/Katie Leverick/$600

12. Zeldenrust Z/Natalie Hansen/Natalie Hansen/$600