Giavanna Rinaldi Rides Away with Finish Line $50,000 Grand Prix Victory at Chicago Festival of the Horse

Giavanna Rinaldi and Caretina III Win WIHS Equitation Hunter Phase at Chicago Festival of the Horse

Wayne, Ill. – July 29, 2016 – Giavanna Rinaldi was the last of four riders to qualify for the jump-off in the Finish Line $50,000 Grand Prix Saturday afternoon. When she entered the SmartPak arena aboard Dulf Van Den Bisschop she was aiming for a double-clear round, but did not anticipate having a two-second advantage over the top time to earn the victory.

“I knew there was only one other double clear,” Rinaldi explained. “I was going out there just for clear and smooth, but then I heard my trainer yell, ‘Go!’ So, I figured just go for it!”

Giavanna Rinaldi and Dulf Van Den Bisschop
The young athlete looked over her shoulder to the scoreboard as she jumped over the final oxer and saw a time of 36.776 seconds. She landed with a smile on her face as she gave the bay Belgium Warmblood a well-deserved pat on the neck, knowing she had just sealed the win.

“I’m so excited,” Rinaldi said. “He’s awesome, I’ve had him for a few months now, since the beginning of the WEF circuit. We’ve just gotten better and better each week. I think all of our hard work paid off in this class. He likes a very aggressive ride. He’s a stallion so he doesn’t really like to be told what to do sometimes. He listened really well to me.”

Catalina Cruz designed the meticulous course and Rinaldi was the first to attempt it on Thalys Z, her Zangershiede bay mare.

“I thought it was a really technical track, especially since I went first on Thalys Z,” Rinaldi shared. “I wasn’t sure what to expect.”

Giavanna Rinaldi and Dulf Van Den Bisschop
The junior rider has experience navigating through many different courses in the jumper ring. For many years, Rinaldi has spent her summers at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. She shared, “I always love coming to Lamplight, because I grew up here!”

Rinaldi rides and trains at Our Day Farm with Maggie, Charlie and Haley Jayne. The farm earned three of the four top finishes in the Grand Prix. However, the second-place finish went to the other stallion in the class, MTM Como No and Tracy Fenney.

Fenney was the first to qualify for the jump-off of the Grand Prix and set the time to beat at 38.605 seconds. The young grey Holsteiner out-did himself and made his owner and trainer proud.

“I am ecstatic about his performance,” Fenney expressed. “He always performs well. We imported him in October and didn’t really start showing him until January. I started him in Ocala and did some 1.30m and a few 1.40m classes. He just turned 7-years-old about month ago, so we’re kind of taking it easy, but he’s just so talented that we have the opportunity to do classes like this.”

Tracy Fenney and MTM Como No
The accomplished trainer also earned the Kastel Denmark Style of Riding Award by showcasing the American style of riding and overall sportsmanship.

“I love their stuff,” Fenney said about Kastel Denmark. “Their jackets are beautiful and they do such a nice job with the look of everything. I’m very excited about receiving this award.”

Fenney plans to continue working with her new up-and-coming grand prix horse by, “putting some good miles on him, so he’s confident.” The plans are to show him in some more grand prix events on and off, while giving him time to rest in between.

The co-owner of MTM Farm enjoys bringing her horses to Lamplight Equestrian Center, and plans to continue doing so. For her, training new horses is easiest when they are comfortable in their surroundings and Lamplight Equestrian Center provides that for them.

Kelsey Thatcher and Everything rode away with the third-place honors. Although the duo had a quick start, a dropped rail on the fourth jump during the tiebreaker held them back. With four faults, the pair had the second-fastest time, clocking in the round in 37.103 seconds.

Coming in close behind Thatcher was Charlie Jayne and Playboy. The pair knocked a rail at the double combination during the jump-off. With a time of 37.667 seconds and four faults, Jayne and Playboy settled for fourth place.

The last of the jumper classes will close out the first week of competition at the Chicago Festival of the Horse on Sunday, July 31. Beginning at 8.m. spectators can look forward to five jumper classics, including the $7,500 Cavalor Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. For more information on Lamplight Equestrian Center’s Chicago Festival of the Horse Equifest Show Series, please visit A downloadable prize list is accessible online.


1  DULF VAN DEN BISSCHOP / GIAVANNA RINALDI / PONY LANE FARM  0  0  0  76.185  0  0  0  36.776

2  MTM COMO NO / TRACY FENNEY / MTM FARM   0  0  0  80.249  0  0  0  38.605

3  EVERYTHING / KELSEY THATCHER / PONY LANE FARM   0  0  0  72.705  4  0  4  37.103

4  PLAYBOY / CHARLIE JAYNE / CHARLIE JAYNE  0  0  0  79.380  4  0  4  37.667

5  ESQUILINO BAY / CAELINN LEAHY / BELLIS LTD  4  0  4  76.027                                                                       

6  SKYMILES / HOLLY SHEPHERD / LORETTA PATTERSON   4  0  4  77.186                                                                       

7  MTM REVE DU PARADIS / TRACY FENNEY / MTM FARM  4   0   4  77.266                                                                       

8  EMIR D / SHANNON HICKS / HELEN GILBERT   4   0   4  78.550                                                                    

9  AL PACHINI / SHANNON HICKS / HELEN GILBERT   4  0   4  79.198                                                                      

10 HAPPYBOY VAN DE DOORNAKKERS / JORDAN GILCHRIST / JORDAN GILCHRIST  4  0  4  80.043                                                               

11 THALYS Z / GIAVANNA RINALDI / THE THALYS GROUP  8  0  8  78.090                                                                       


Giavanna Rinaldi and Caretina III Win WIHS Equitation Hunter Phase at Chicago Festival of the Horse  


Giavanna Rinaldi is in the peak of her junior career, winning countless titles at horse shows around the country at just 17-years old. During Saturday’s Chicago Festival of the Horse, Rinaldi added more accolades to her collection, earning the blue in the WIHS Equitation Hunter Phase and a second place in the Junior/Amateur Hunter Classic.

Giavanna Rinaldi and Caretina III win the WIHS Equitation Hunter Phase at the Chicago Festival of the Horse, photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

In the WIHS Equitation Hunter Phase, Rinaldi was aboard Caretina III, a mount owned by Alex Jayne. This is just Rinaldi’s first week showing the mare, but the pair impressively earned a score of 87 to take home the blue.

Rinaldi commented, “She used to be a grand prix horse and she did all kinds of stuff, so she’s very qualified for that class. She’s super fun! She jumps so great and I thought for the hunter phase she did really well.”

Rounding out the top three in the WIHS Equitation Hunter Phase was Emma Dubinsky riding VDL Zingaro H, owned by Hannah Wickham, earning a score of 80. Amanda Shaw and her own Satchmo took home the third place ribbon after receiving 77 points.

For her final year as a junior, Rinaldi is looking forward to finishing off strong. Rinaldi said, “I’m just going to play it by year. I’d like my next year to be a really great one before I go to college. I’m really looking forward to going to Auburn!”

Giavanna Rinaldi and Bugsy Malone

Rinaldi also held her own in the $1,000 Amateur/Junior Hunter Classic, this time riding Bugsy Malone. Rinaldi and her mount earned a total score of 169.5 for the class, and ended up in second place overall.

She said, “He was really good, he jumped super today. I thought the classic rounds, he was really good, smooth, which went really well!”

While Rinaldi put down excellent rounds, it was Therese Peck that ultimately took home the first place finish. Peck was aboard MTM Passport, owned by Cammy Turgon. Peck and MTM Passport ended the event with a total score of 171, enough to clinch the win.

“I’ve had him for about a year and a half,” Peck said of MTM Passport. “I just love him. He’s super easy, he’s probably the easiest horse I’ve ever had, which is quite nice. My first round was really good, my horse was actually pretty tired, and my second round was not quite as good as my first but it still worked out great!”

Therese Peck and MTM Passport, photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Peck has been riding with Mike McCormick and Tracey Fenney at MTM Farm for 26 years, and has continued to enjoy their support and coaching over the years. She said, “It’s awesome, I love it. I’ve been with them for so long that they’re like family. We have our routine and we stick to it!”

The third place finisher in the Amateur/Junior Hunter Classic was Taylor Johnson and her own, Cavalli. The pair earned a total score of 169 to nab the third place ribbon.

In the WIHS/NAL M&S Children Hunter Classic, it was Andrea Stout aboard Arendelle that took home the blue. Stout and her horse earned a total of 167 points to best the field of 14 riders. Rounding out the top three was Alexis Ortiz riding Petrossian in second place with 158, and Elliot Hodge and Just Jorge taking home the third with 151 points.


Competition at the Chicago Festival of the Horse concludes week one on Sunday, July 31, beginning at 8:00 a.m.


Equifest I kicked off the 2016 Chicago Festival of the Horse, July 27-31. During the first week, audiences will be able to enjoy the $25,000 Welcome Stake on Thursday and $50,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, while the $5,000 National Hunter Derby will be available on Friday.
The second week of competition, Equifest II, will have several prominent events to watch, beginning with the $25,000 Welcome Stake on Thursday. Friday will be the second National Hunter Derby of the competition, and Saturday will feature the highly anticipated $75,000 Grand Prix. On Sunday the Hunter and Jumper divisions will partake in a $25,000 Derby.
Equifest III will round out the Chicago Festival of the Horse, August 10-14. Lamplight Equestrian Center will host a $15,000 Welcome Stake on Thursday, followed by the final $5,000 Hunter Derby of the competition. The exciting $50,000 Grand Prix will take place on Saturday, while the final Equifest classes close out the Chicago Festival of the Horse on Sunday.
For more information on Lamplight Equestrian Center’s Chicago Festival of the Horse Equifest Show Series, please visit A downloadable prize list is accessible online.