Traverse City, MI – August 3, 2010 - Scott Lenkart and Impulsive have won more grand prix classes than anyone in the seven year history of Horse Shows by the Bay, and on Saturday the pair continued their winning efforts. Competing in the $30,000 D-Braider Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix, Lenkart and Impulsive were the only horse and rider combination to jump double clear over Michel Vaillancourt’s course. Saturday’s class was the second grand prix win in a row for the pair, after also winning week two’s $30,000 Grand Traverse Bay Grand Prix.
Showing in the beautiful Grand Prix Ring at Flintfields Horse Park, 24 entries showed up to compete in Saturday’s class, which was generously sponsored by Karin Flint of Wellington, FL. Just six entries jumped clear over the difficult first round course, and Lenkart was the only rider to also clear the challenging jump-off course. Lenkart and Impulsive stopped the clock in the fastest time of 40.193 seconds, and their clear round earned top prize. Victor Segovia and his mount Romeo finished with the fastest four-fault jump-off round in 40.502 seconds to earn the second place prize. Denise Wilson and Life is Life 15 also had one rail in the jump-off to earn third place honors with their time of 40.637 seconds. Kim Farlinger and Bay Street finished in fourth, Frankie Chesler-Ortiz and Aslan took home fifth place honors, and Michael Tokaruk and Lord Byron finished out the top six.
The 2010 Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival concluded on Sunday. Up next, Horse Sports by the Bay will have the prestigious honor of hosting the 2010 Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 2 Dressage Championships & Dressage by the Bay Fall Classic in September. For more information, please visit www.horseshowsbythebay.com.
Jumper Highlights – Thursday through Sunday
It was an exciting afternoon in the Grand Prix Ring at Flintfields Horse Park on Thursday as Steve Schaefer and Caribe raced to victory in the third and final Welcome Prix of the 2010 Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival. Schaefer and Caribe arrived from Illinois on Tuesday and made their trip worthwhile by winning Thursday’s $10,000 Welcome Prix class, which was generously sponsored by Schreiber Corporation of Wixom, MI. The afternoon’s class also featured a wine and cheese party in the VIP tent overlooking the Grand Prix Ring, sponsored by Positive Step Farm of Howell, MI.
Course designer Michel Vaillancourt set a difficult track for the 17 entries to navigate in the day’s class and just six entries were able to jump clear to return for the jump-off course. Only two finished the class double clear and the faster of those two entries was Steve Schaefer. Schaefer, of Maple Park, IL, piloted his seven-year-old Argentinean Stallion Caribe to the fast round in 38.975 seconds. Finishing in a close second was Michael Tokaruk and his mount Roger Rabbit, who stopped the clock in 39.475 seconds. Frankie Chesler-Ortiz and Aslan finished in third place with the fastest four-fault jump-off round in 38.168 seconds.
Earlier in the day the Grand Prix Ring hosted several other exciting jumper classes with top competitors. David Beisel and Ecstasy won the $1,500 1.25m Jumpers, sponsored by Wild Oak Farm and The Lenkart Family of Delano, MN. Beisel also rode Belvedere to a win in the $2,000 1.30m Jumpers thanks to the sponsorship of Blue Gate Farm, LLC and Denise Wilson of Oconomowoc, WI. Kim Farlinger and Bay Street capped off the afternoon with a big win after topping the $2,500 1.35m Jumpers.
Another picture perfect day in northern Michigan set the backdrop for some fantastic competition in the Grand Prix Ring at Horse Shows by the Bay on Friday. David Beisel topped another class in the 1.25m Jumpers, Steve Schaefer earned his second win of the week in the 1.30m Jumpers, and Taylor Flury and Alexandra Morefield each triumphed in the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed classes.
Jumping first in the morning were the 1.25m Jumpers, sponsored by Wild Oak Farm and The Lenkart Family of Delano, MN, with a win going to David Beisel and Ecstasy. The 1.30m Jumpers followed thanks to the sponsorship of Blue Gate Farm and Denise Wilson of Oconomowoc, WI, with a win for Steve Schaefer and Zero Point.
Up next in the Grand Prix Ring, the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers showed thanks to the support of Winter Meadow Farm and Jeannine Lamb-Huigi of Mundelein, IL. Held as a table II, 2.1, the class was run in a timed first round format. Taylor Flury and her horse Upido were the only pair to jump the course without fault, and also finished with the fastest time of 65.943 seconds for the win. Denise Wilson and Corsavita finished in second with the fastest four-fault round in 66.732 seconds.
Following the Highs, the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers showed, sponsored by Lisa Kent and Select Smile of Troy, MI. Six entries were able to jump the course without fault, and then the times came into play. Erin Haas and All of a Sudden set the fastest clear round early in the class with a time of 59.922 seconds. The pair held the lead through many rounds, but were topped by the very last horse and rider to enter the ring.
Eighteen-year-old Alexandra Morefield and Sugar Magnolia jumped fast and clear, and were able to stop the clock almost a full second faster than Haas' time. The duo finished in 58.836 seconds to take over first place.
The 2010 Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival concluded its final day of competition on Sunday with a beautiful day at the Flintfields Horse Park. The Grand Prix Ring hosted several jumper classics throughout the day, giving many riders the opportunity to win top prize money, and providing a fun afternoon for the spectators. VIP Sponsors enjoyed a special luncheon sponsored by Bowers Harbor Vineyard while watching the action from the top of the hill.
Up first in the Grand Prix Ring in the morning, the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Farm (SJHOF) High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Prix was held with a big win going to Denise Wilson and her mount Corsavita. The $2,500 Modified Child/Adult Jumper Classic followed, sponsored by Bay Harbor Equestrian Club, with a win going to Faith Stewart and Umberto Ter Linden. Phelps Media Group generously sponsored the $5,000 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic for week three with an exciting win for Kimberly Seay and her mount Belvedere. Finally, the $10,000 Children’s/Adult Jumper Prix was held thanks to the sponsorship of Posiitive Step Farm and Patrice Schreiber, with a victory for Kelsey Ostberg and Parnas.
All of the day’s courses were built by Canada native Michel Vaillancourt and Vaillancourt challenged the riders to compete at their best. The Children’s/Adult Jumper Prix saw a total of 44 entries compete and just eleven were able to clear the first round course. Five that returned for the shortened course jumped double clear, and it was the fastest time of 40.651 seconds set by Kelsey Ostberg and Parnas that earned the prestigious first place prize. Madeline Cooley and Fleur D’Lis finished in second with a time of 41.127 seconds, and Kady Arahamson rode Chalvino Z through the timers in 41.129 seconds to earn the third place prize.
Hunter Highlights – Wednesday through Sunday
The hunters were very busy on Wednesday at Horse Shows by the Bay. Peter Pletcher and NLF Shakespear’s Rhythm were Grand Working Hunter Champions. Pletcher was also Ovation Leading Professional Hunter Rider.
Pletcher and NLF Shakespear’s Rhythm were champions of the Green/Regular Working Hunter division this week at Horse Shows by the Bay III. The pair won all four over fences classes and were second under saddle. They will go on to Kentucky to compete at the hunter derby finals.
In the Green/Regular Working Hunters, the reserve championship ribbon was awarded to Eclipse and Samantha Segedy.
In the Green Conformation Hunters, the champion was News To Me with Meg Howard-Fuleky in the irons. On Tuesday they were third in the model, won both over fences classes, and picked up another third place in the hack. On Wednesday they picked up two blues over fences. The reserve champion of the Green Conformation Hunters was Lacoste and Peter Pletcher.
In the Junior Hunters, the grand champion was Lugano and Eliza Frankel. Tuesday, the pair won both over fences classes. Wednesday, they were second in the hack, first over fences, and fourth in their handy round. Reserve champion of the Large Junior Hunters 15 and under was Olivier and Anne Westbay.
In the Large Junior Hunters 16-17, Laura Pfeiffer picked up the championship ribbon aboard Elliot and the reserve championship ribbon for her ride on Rio’s Splash.
In the Small Junior Hunters, the champion was Raquel and Laura Pfeiffer. The reserve champion was awarded to Park Place and Chloe Johnson.
In the Junior Hunter Classic, the blue ribbon was awarded to Elliot and Laura Pfeiffer. Pfeiffer was also the Ovation Leading Junior Hunter Rider.
The Equitation classes took center stage on Friday at Horse Shows by the Bay. In the ASPCA Maclay, sponsored by Fox Meadow Farm, Inc and Judy Howard, from Temperance, MI, top honors went to Nora Laue and Parrot Bay.
Parrot Bay is an eight-year-old Hanoverian who was originally intended to be Laue’s junior jumper but they turned him into a perfect equitation horse. The pair are already qualified for the ASPCA Maclay finals but have never been to Horse Shows by the Bay before and decided to take the trip.
Second place in the ASPCA Maclay was awarded to Heather Frymark and Wellington. Third was Audrey Layman and Parliament. Fourth was Anne Westbay and Olivier. Fifth was Alexandra Veleris and Cartoon 11. Rounding out the top six was Meg Czerwonka and Leroy.
Following the ASPCA Maclay, was the Pessoa/USEF Hunt Seat Medal sponsored by English Riding Supply of Scranton, PA. Top honors in this class went to Heather Frymark and Wellington.
Going into the test, Frymark was second but was able to move herself up in the ribbons by showing how flawlessly she could present all elements of an equitation test. Riders were asked to trot fence eight, they’re original last fence on course. They then cantered a rollback turn and had to hand gallop diagonally across the ring to an oxer. After jumping, riders were asked to trot back to their position in line.
Second in the Pessoa/USEF Medal was awarded to Nora Laue and Parrot Bay. Third went to Rachel Reid and Tomina. Rounding out the top four who came back for further testing, was Alexandra Veleris and Cartoon 11.
Horse Shows by the Bay III hosted the Hunter Jumper Association of Michigan’s Equitation Medal Finals sponsored by Equus Ltd. And Polly Howard of Temperance, MI, on Saturday. Heather Frymark and Wellington took the blue ribbon in the HJAM Open Junior Medal.
Second place went to Maggie Ridenour and Show Boat. Third place went to Laura Pfeiffer and Elliot. Fourth went to Meg Czerwonka and Leroy. Fifth went to Rachel Reid and Tomina. Rounding out the top six was Esme Gregory and Cocoa Latte.
In the HJAM Adult Medal, first place went to Kendra Vicary and Cool Rain. Second place went to Lindsay Lyden and Savannah. Third went to Stephanie Grail and Mucho Grande. Fourth went to Jess Kovl and Cocoa Latte. Fifth went to Hilary Marx and Renaissance. Sixth went to Molly Wilson and It's Clear.
In the Limit Junior Medal, top honors went to Meg Czerwonka and Leroy. Second place was awarded to Abigail Kuohn amd Lugano. Third was Courtney Schwabauer and Comprende. Fourth went to Kiki Van Acker and Cartigny. Fifth went to Sarah Urbani and Aspercel. Sixth went to Jessica Howard and Esquire.
Equestrian competition concluded on Sunday at Horse Shows by the Bay III. The Grand Champion of the Amateur Owner Hunter Divisions was Catuse and Polly Cooley.
Catuse and Cooley were champion of the 3'3 Amateur Owner Hunters. Indian Summer and Kendall Meijer were reserve champion.
Dakota and Rachel Herkowitz were champion of the 3'6 Amateur Owner Hunters. Tell All and Susan Baker were reserve champion.
In the $1,000 Horse Shows by the Bay Amateur Owner Hunter Classic, top honors went to Ruben and Lisa Goldman. They scored a 79 in their first round and an 81 in their second round giving them a total of 160 points.
Second place was Daily Devotion and Jessica Warren, scoring a total of 156 points. Third was Savannah and Lindsay Lyden, with a total of 154 points. Fourth was Valmont and Lexi Sigesmund, with a total of 151 points. Fifth was Magic Man and Abigail Wujek, with a total of 142 points. Rounding out the top six was Newago and Amanada McMillan, with a total of 137 points.