Douglas Boyd and Berkley III Race to $1,500 1.30m Modified Jumpers Victory on Second Day of Showplace Fall Classic Championship‏

By Kendall Bierer and Annan Hepner for Phelps Media Group.


Douglas Boyd and Berkley III win the $1,500 1.30m Modified Jumpers at the Showplace Fall Classic Championship.

Wayne, Illinois – Sept. 9, 2015 – The Showplace Fall Classic Championship welcomed an array of equestrians to the Lamplight Equestrian Center for the second day of showing on Wednesday. Douglas Boyd was one of the exhibitors to arrive for the subsequent day of classes, dominating the event with wins across the hunter and jumper divisions and concluding his winning streak with Berkley III to take the $1,500 1.30m Modified Jumper victory.

Guilherme Jorge designed the jumper tracks, using technical components to challenge both horse and rider alike. For Boyd, the track was the preparation he needed to settle the 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Berkley III, into his surroundings as the groundwork for the $10,000 Open Welcome Stake on Thursday afternoon.

“We did not get here until today, and I thought that the course was good preparation for the Welcome Stake tomorrow,” eventual winner, Boyd said. “Berkley III was imported in January, and we have just been taking it slow and bringing him along. He recently started doing his first grand prix classes, and we have been very pleased.”

Lisa Goldman and Sovereign, owned by Barbara Disko of Chicago, Illinois, were the first to clear Jorge’s opening track. They set the pace during the jump-off track with a time of 36.278 seconds, yet a rail at the final fence would leave the door open for the 14 remaining contenders to take a chance.

It was not until six rounds later that Sari Polakow entered the ring aboard Amy Adams’ Salouise and the lead was overtaken. She cleared the course without fault in 36.424 seconds, completing an inside track that would challenge the rest of the pack to chase her time in order to gain the lead.


Sari Polakow and Salouise. Photo by Kendall Bierer/Phelps Media Group.

Although seven horses found their way into the jump-off, it would be 13 trips until the winner would surface. Boyd and Berkley III, owned by Sapphire Riding Academy of Mettawa, Illinois, blazed the way in 33.933 seconds to take over the lead with more than a two-second lead.

He followed a similar strategy to Polakow; however, it was the open gallop to the final oxer that made the difference in the time.

“He was a little fresh today,” Boyd laughed. “I think tomorrow he will settle down and be looking to be a little more serious. After we did the inside turn to the second fence of the jump-off, I just kept my gallop and did not even turn inside to the CWD-oxer. He landed, and I just let him loose to the final oxer. I let him run flat out, and he really liked that.”

Polakow finished as the runner-up today, with Thomas Cerra and Compis following just a hair off her time to trip the timers in 37.941 seconds as the third of four double-clear efforts. Fourth place was awarded to Javier Berganza Anderhub and Cypress, owned by Keystone LLC of Carmel, Indiana, for their clear short course clocked at 39.936 seconds.


Sarah Kemper and Barack. Photo by Kendall Bierer/Phelps Media Group.

Earlier in the day it was Sarah Kemper of Chicago, Illinois, and Barack who took the win during the $500 Take 2 Thoroughbred Jumper Classic. They nabbed the victory with a speedy track completed in 40.083 seconds, and although they incurred a four-fault score, their time and tactics would hold strong as the only competitors to successfully navigate their way into the short course. Wisconsin’s Carli Curtis and Incendio captured the second place finish as the fastest of the first round four-faulters.

The Fall Classic Championship Horse Show is one of the Midwest’s most important competitions and includes the USEF Zone V Horse of the Year Finals, the IHJA “A” Medal Finals and the Marshall and Sterling Midwest Finals. The $10,000 Welcome Stake is scheduled for Thursday with the $30,000 Showplace Grand Prix set for Saturday, prior to the start of the Marshall & Sterling Junior Medal, Sore No More Children’s Medal and Farnam Adult Medal Finals. The IHJA equitation medal finals will conclude the championship competition on Sunday with a full day of medal finals.

For a schedule of the Showplace Fall Classic Championship, click here.

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$1,5000 1.30m Modified Jumper Results
First Round          Jump Off
Pl  Nbr  Horse           Rider                     Faults    Time      Faults    Time
1   398 Berkley III     Douglas Boyd                       69.248              33.933
2   351 Salouise        Sari Polakow                       72.351              36.424
3   306 Compis          Thomas Cerra                       72.134              37.941
4   347 Cypress         Javier Berganza Ander              69.350              39.936
5   206 Sovereign       Lisa Goldman                       69.398       4      36.278
6   301 Chaciara        David Dorner                       72.861       4      40.849
7   252 Bachelor 4      Freddie Vazquez                    72.107       8      39.867
8   397 Reflection      Douglas Boyd                 4     67.033

Professional Hunter Divisions Kick-Off at the Showplace Fall Classic Championship


Douglas Boyd and Calido’s Son swept the Performance 3’6″ Working Hunter division at the Showplace Fall Classic Championship.

The professional hunter divisions of the Showplace Fall Classic Championships kicked off today at Lamplight Equestrian Center. Douglas Boyd and Calido’s Son, an 11-year old Holsteiner gelding, had an impressive sweep in the Performance 3’6″ Working Hunters.

While one would never guess it after watching his rounds today, Boyd, who is from Wayzata, Minnesota, has only been in the irons with Mimi Rothman’s Calido’s Son for six weeks.

“We saw him and fell in love,” Boyd said. “He is a beautiful mover and a beautiful jumper. He is soft and easy. It’s like driving a Cadillac – he’s a Brougham Unlimited if there is such a thing.”

Boyd will be competing in a few international hunter derbies throughout the season with the goal of qualifying for the Derby Finals. In the winter, Calido’s Son will be seen with his owner, Rothman.

Boyd continued, “We just love him and are so honored to have him. He is such a kind soul, a delight, and already a pet.”

With their three first place finishes, Boyd and Calido’s Son sit as the clear front runners heading into day two of professional hunter competition in the Wisconsin Equine Clinic Arena. Serah Vogus from Antioch, Illinois, on Jan Milani’s Bonfeuer follow them with two second places in the over fences and under saddle classes. Freddie Vazquez of Chicago and Kira Telford’s CT Moet earned second place in the handy and third in the over fences class.


Hillary Johnson is one of the front runners for the Performance 3’3″ Working Hunter division going into Thursday’s championship.

In the Performance 3’3″ Working Hunters, Kathleen Caya of Hubertus, Wisconsin, placed first in the under saddle and handy on Rock On, who is owned by Grace Egnan. Hillary Johnson placed first in the over fences class and second in the handy on Altair Farm’s Eclipse.

Eclipse is currently leading the Zone 5 Performance 3’3″ Working Hunter rankings. “This is my third year on Eclipse now, and he is honestly one of my favorite horses that I have had the privilege to ride,” Johnson said. “He is always brave and jumps ’10’ all the time.”

The Fall Classic Championship Horse Show continues tomorrow with the conclusion of the professional hunter divisions, as well as the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby.

For a schedule of the Showplace Fall Classic Championship, click here.

For more information, directions or complete results, please visit