Traverse City, Mich. – July 16, 2017 – The $50,000 Grand Prix of Michigan CSI2* highlighted Week Two of competition at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF) on Sunday. Twenty-four international athletes went head-to-head in the Grand Prix Ring, but it was Sloane Coles who took home the first win for the United States during the first week of FEI competition at GLEF with Esprit, owned by The Springledge Group.
Course designer Manuel Esparza of Mexico challenged horses and riders over a 13-fence serpentine in the first round, but only seven were invited back to jump-off after going clear.
Twenty-one-year-old Kaely Tomeu (USA) and Gentille, owned by Siboney Ranch, produced the first double-clear round of the jump-off, stopping the timers in 40.930 seconds as second to go in the order.
It looked as though Tomeu would take the win as the only exhibitor to go clear in the tie-breaking round, as faults were collected throughout the next four rounds, until Coles and the 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding entered the ring as the final combination to jump-off.
The pair galloped around the shortened track, adding no faults to their name, and crossed the finish line in 40.450 seconds to clinch the blue ribbon.
David Beisel and Harlow Investment Enterprises LLC’s Call Me Hannes finished in third place as the fastest of the 4 faulters in 39.860 seconds.
In addition to her winning title and prize money, Coles took home a bottle of wine, courtesy of Black Star Farms, and a gift certificate for a free custom portrait from Kristi’s Canvas. Coles was also presented with one of Bloomfield Open Hunts’ historic trophies, the Wayne State University Grand Prix Trophy from the historic Motor City Horse Show, by Dean and Wendly Groulx. To learn more about these very special trophies, click here.
GLEF will return next week with another “Equitation Tuesday” on July 18. Week Three will also feature the $35,000 Welcome Stake CSI2* on Friday and the $50,000 Great Lakes Grand Prix CSI2*, presented by North Face Farm, on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Flintfields Horse Park.
Sloane Coles – $50,000 Grand Prix of Michigan CSI2*
“I’m pretty excited with Esprit. He’s really been on all year. He jumped great all spring after Florida. He came out, jumped well in Kentucky and then jumped with one down in the 4* at Upperville. I kind of came here really wanting a win in the 2*. He was third on Friday and I was lucky enough to go last in the jump-off, but Kaely, who was second, went pretty fast. I had to be right on everywhere. Esprit’s just been jumping amazing. He feels younger and younger so it’s nice.”
On the jump-off:
“It was a hard jump-off. There were only two clear but we were both very fast. I think everybody was really trying to win. He jumped easy today so I felt like I could really go a lot faster. He’s really peaking now but I’ve always believed in him. I just feel like I can go fast on him and he’s careful so it’s nice to be able to have these shows where you can compete in a 2*.”
“I really love it here. This is my first year. I think the Morrisseys are doing a really great job. It’s just a beautiful area and you can spend time on the lake. The horse show has great footing and it’s been a nice change. I’ll be back next year!”
$50,000 Grand Prix of Michigan CSI2*:
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / Owner / R1 Faults / R2 Faults / Time
1. Esprit / Sloane Coles / USA / The Springledge Group / 0 / 0 / 40.450
2. Gentille / Kaely Tomeu / USA / Siboney Ranch / 0 / 0 / 40.930
3. Call Me Hannes / David Beisel / USA / Harlow Investment Enterprises LLC / 0 / 4 / 39.860
4. Columbcille De Reve / Lauren Crooks / USA / Crooks Show Jumping LLC / 0 / 4 / 41.830
5. Barlando / Conor O’Regan / IRL / Dynomite Ranch LLC / 0 / 4 / 43.390
6. Dino / Capt. Brian Cournane / IRL / Robert Stiller / 0 / 4 / 45.820
7. Hunters Conlypso II / Lorcan Gallagher / IRL / Dacantos Group / 0 / 8 / 48.160
8. La Lopez 3 / Michael Morrissey / USA / QBS Equestrian LLC / 1 / 79.39
9. Javas Keltic Mist / Capt. Brian Cournane / IRL / Glenbeigh Farm LLC / 4 / 75.19
10. Bugatti / Wilhelm Genn / GER / Eduardo Leon / 4 / 75.81
11. Belize D’Ive Z / Lorcan Gallagher / IRL / Sweet Oak Farm / 4 / 76.940
12. Charlie / Winn Alden / USA / Southern Arches LLC / 4 / 77.35
World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) week at GLEF concluded on Sunday with the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Camping World, in the Vankampen Ring.
Tori Colvin of West Palm Beach, Florida, continued her winning ways, maintaining the top spot on the leaderboard throughout both rounds of competition aboard Pitch Perfect, owned by Adele Norton.
Besting a total field of 33 horses and riders and taking advantage of all of the high options around the Jason Shelley-designed course, the 19-year-old professional rider and the 10-year-old Warmblood gelding secured the high score of 91 in the first round and returned for the handy round to earn an 88.5 from the panel of judges for a total score of 179.5.
Coming in second place was Tiffany Morrissey and Alibi VI, owned by Doris Neyra. The pair sat in fourth place heading into the handy round on a score of 88 and impressed the judges to move up in the standings, earning an 89 in the handy, to finish on a total score of 177.
Winn Alden and Southern Arches LLC’s World Affair rounded out the top three with scores of 87 and 89 between both rounds for a final score of 176.
With weekly national derby competitions held each Sunday through the 2017 circuit, GLEF will also feature a $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby during Week Four on Saturday, July 29.
Tori Colvin – $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Camping World
On Pitch Perfect:
“He’s been really fun and he has an amazing jump — probably one of the best jumps I’ve ridden. He’s comfortable, he’s really nice and he’s sweet. He’s taken care of by Uphill Farm and owned by Adele Norton. He’s been fantastic.”
On her performances on Sunday:
“The first round he went in and he was a superstar. He jumped everything like a 20 so I knew going in to the handy, I was like, ‘I just want it to be nice.’ I didn’t have to be too handy and he went in and he was great.”
“I’m loving it here. It’s going well and the weather has been beautiful. We’re here for two more weeks so we’re going to keep the fun going.”
$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Camping World:
Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / Total Score
1. Pitch Perfect / Tori Colvin / Adele Norton / 179.5
2. Alibi VI / Tiffany Morrissey / Doris Neyra / 177
3. World Affair / Winn Alden / Southern Arches LLC / 176
4. Encore CBF / Savannah Mannes / Savannah Mannes / 175.75
5. J’Adore / Jacob Pope / Team Rakowsky Equestrian LLC / 175.5
6. Caliber / Tori Colvin / Laura Karet / 175
7. Cassius / Caitlyn Shiels / Michelle Durpetti / 174.25
8. Corlando 49 / Melissa Donnelly / Elizabeth Becker / 172
9. Rockaway / Greg Crolick / Cynthia Chaconas / 168
10. Undeniable / Tyler Weith / Deborah Emrick / 162.5
11. Claudius / Marian Sykes / Marian Sykes / 143
12. Active Duty / Greg Crolick / Bonnie Thaler / 129.5