Millennium Farm Starts off 2021 Season with Circuit Championships

Katie Leverick and Action Augustin in the Welcome Stake at HITS Ocala. Photo ESI Photography

Millennium Farm has announced its new location at Fields and Fences Equestrian Center in Gurnee, IL. After returning to the Chicago area after a successful winter circuit and several Circuit Championships in Ocala, FL, owners Sue and Katie Leverick are full speed ahead for the spring and summer show season. 

The new facility is a nice upgrade, featuring more amenities for both clients and horses. The facility boasts two large heated indoor arenas, 4 outdoor arenas, grass and sand paddocks, a derby field, and 12 miles of safety fenced bridle trails. Large viewing rooms make it easy for family and friends to watch in comfort while riders from beginner through advanced can participate in lessons, shows, and clinics right on the property.

The new location at Fields & Fences in Gurnee offers numerous areas to ride and lesson in.

The facility currently hosts various levels of horse shows from riding school students to USEF premier rated shows, where clients can participate without the expense of shipping, hotels, or travel. Millennium Farm continues to offer riding lessons for all levels, showing, horses for sale, and training services.

The team had a successful winter circuit at HITS Ocala, collecting numerous circuit championships. 

Sonadora – owner Char Suter- Mid Circuit and Overall Circuit Champion .90m jumpers.

Absolute Monarch – owner Brianna Engelkeimer – Mid Circuit and Overall Circuit Champion in their hunter and equitation divisions.

Replique – owned by Katie Leverick – shown by Madison O’Meara – Mid Circuit Champion High Adult Jumpers.  

Catch Me 52 and Madison O’Meara earned fantastic ribbons in the 1.20m jumpers. 

Amazing Secret Z – owned by Jessica Pressler – moved up to the Medium Adult Jumpers with much success in the Grand Prix ring. 

The farm also took home the Showcase Properties Best Tackroom Award for their country themed tackroom set up at the horse show. The team also usually includes some local sightseeing and outings away from the horse show as well as watching the grand prix competitions and fun dinners out. 

Sales are Strong
Millennium Farm sold two high level jumpers including Action Augustin, a horse Katie Leverick did well on in the Welcome Stakes prior to it going to a young rider from Michigan and trainer Sarah Robertson of Ascend Equestrian. The Levericks also imported a new young horse for Char Suter named Sonadora. The eight-year-old Belgian Warmblood, imported in January, has already shown with great success and will help Suter move up to the adult jumpers and possibly do some hunter classes as well. 

Cornetto VH for Madison O’Meara

Just arriving for Madison O’Meara is Cornetto VH, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding that will show in the medium amateur owner division once they get to know each other. 

B Show Team
While the Levericks were in Ocala, trainer Kylie Zankowski kept the huge lesson program going and took a group to the Ledges B shows in Roscoe, Illinois. Zankowski works on the basics and gives riders experience in the show rings so they can move up to the premier level horse shows with confidence. She has produced an excellent lesson program focusing on horsemanship, general horse knowledge, and entry level showing. 

B Team takes home top awards from Ledges Winter Series.

Horses and ponies are available to lease for the shows so riders can see what it is like to have a horse and show. Most move on to their own horse after the experience with the knowledge and assurance of what it’s like to own one and compete.

Ready for Spring
Katie Leverick continues to take over the reins of the day to day horse management and continues to up her game by lessoning with several clinicians including Diane Carney.  With a busy show schedule and some new horses, the team is ready to head into competition in the Chicago area for spring and summer with a possible trip to Traverse City.