By Brenda Mueller for Chicago Equestrian
Callie Militz earned top honors in the Perfecta Farm Equitation Classic aboard Great Victory, pictured with Carmine D’Aversa and Kim Gardiner presenting the awards.
Roscoe, IL-August 9, 2015– Perfecta Farm concluded it’s fifteenth annual “B” show at Ledges Sporting Horses, in Roscoe, IL, this past weekend. This year’s show, as in the past, aimed to benefit local equestrians as well as the Midwest Dachshund Rescue. Perfecta Farm was able to raise over $2,500 from the raffle and silent auction items to benefit the rescue.
The final day of competition featured the $500 Perfecta Farm Hunter Derby, the $1,000 Chicago Equestrian Hunter Derby, the Perfecta Farm Equitation Classic, the $1,000 Perfecta Farm Jumper Classic, and the Perfecta Farm Jumper Sweepstakes.
Starting with the hunter derbies, Perfecta was on a roll. Mara Kranz, Perfecta Farm’s assistant trainer, took top honors aboard Aveda in the Perfecta Farm Hunter Derby and would take top honors again in the Chicago Equestrian Hunter Derby aboard Tortuga. Both derbies counted toward the Chicago Equestrian Hunter Derby Series.
Twenty-six riders attempted the Perfecta Farm Hunter Derby course, designed by Michael Puffer. The first jump, a single red oxer all the way on the opposite side of the ring from the in-gate, saw the most refusals. Riders also had to contend with the length of the track, which had them cantering across the length of the ring multiple times.
Mara Kranz and Aveda lead the pack in the Perfecta Farm Derby.
Kranz lead through the first round with a score of 86 and returned to gain a score of 81 with an overall 167, beating second place finisher and fellow Perfecta trainer, Carmine D’Aversa and Country Girl, by five points with her 162.
Fourteen riders took aim at the big check in the Chicago Equestrian Hunter Derby. Kranz, however, was in a similar position, leading the pack after the first round with a score of 77, then coming back in the handy to secure a victory with a score of 80 making a grand total of 157. In second place this time was another Perfecta rider, Naomi Amadei aboard Romeo, with an overall 147 and lead up until Kranz took over the top spot at the end of the class.
Mara Kranz and Tortuga won the Chicago Equestrian Hunter Derby.
The largest class of the day belonged to the Perfecta Farm Equitation Classic. The classic worked in a similar fashion to the Hunter Derbies where riders were scored for their first round and the top 12 returned for a work-off. Thirty riders had a go at the track, which featured all natural obstacles with several rollbacks and broken lines to test riders.
Callie Militz of Naperville, IL, aboard her own horse, Great Victory, ended up Champion, with an overall score of 165. Eighteen-year-old Militz has only been riding for three years and has owned her partner for only one year. The pair will be attending St. Andrews University in North Carolina this upcoming fall.
Militz wanted to focus on out-doing herself more than the competition, since this was her last show of the year.
Leadliners stole the show with pure cuteness.
“I wanted to get my personal best scores and make clean rounds, not really worrying about other riders scores, “ remarked Militz “It’s a great show. I loved it! They do a really nice job setting it up and it runs really smoothly. I thought there was great competition and the prizes and judging were really great.”
Militz plans to keep improving and hopes to move up to the “A” circuit next summer. Militz was also complimentary of all the trainers at Perfecta, who helped her accomplish her goals.
“I started with Carmine (D’Aversa) and I’ve had lessons with all the trainers at Perfecta,” added Militz. “Everyone’s great and they are really helpful.”
Steve La Porta and his own Amerikan Romance took the top honors in the Perfecta Farm Jumper Sweepstakes. Photo by Andrew Ryback.
In the $1,000 Jumper Classic, Maggie Bresch took home the blue aboard Keepen Posted. Photo by Andrew Ryback.
Special Awards were handed out as well for points earned throughout the weekend while exhibitors and families enjoyed the ice cream social. Saturday’s competition featured a barbeque and exhibitors party.
Special Awards Presented by Kim Gardiner
Steve LaPorta was the Leading Adult Jumper Rider.
Celia Bresch was the Leading Child Jumper Rider.
Jan Barlow won the Grand Long Stirrup Award.
Kaylee Sierplen won the Grand Short Stirrup Award.
Ruby Chejfec was Leading Child Rider on a Hunter.
Kendall George won the Grand Pony Award.
Sam Jensen won the Grand Junior Rider Award.
Jen Walter was Leading Adult Rider on a Hunter.
Perfecta Farm is an equestrian facility that caters to not only the serious show competitor but to the rider starting at the entry level. They attend both A and B shows as well as offering schooling shows at their facility. They have a summer camp program with daily riding lesson, crafts, and field trips to exciting horse venues. Perfecta Farm is a friendly, family oriented environment with an emphasis on fun as well as safety.