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Riders Experience Atmospheric Competition at Dressage by the Bay
George Williams and Don Bailey at Dressage by the Bay. Photo © 2010
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Traverse City, Michigan - July 14, 2010 - When asked what George Williams
thought of the setting in the Grand Prix Ring on Friday night of the $5000
Dressage by the Bay FEI Freestyle competition - one word summed it up -
ATMOSPHERIC. That's because a large crowd of dressage enthusiasts lined the
amphitheatre-like arena to watch horses and riders perform choreographed
routines to music. Williams earned the highest score of the evening
(72.25%) on Betsy Juliano's Don Bailey riding in the $1500 Intermediaire I
"I was pleased with how he listened and stayed with me, considering the
electric atmosphere. Our test flowed nicely," remarked Williams, who was
attending the Dressage by the Bay Series at Flintfields Horse Park for the
first time. "The venue is terrific; the footing is very good - it held up
well - and management paid attention to every detail." Williams, who is the
current United States Dressage Federation President, will be returning with
Havensafe Farm to Traverse City, Michigan in September for the Great
American Insurance Group/USDF Region 2 Dressage Championships. "I hope the
local community supports us as well as they did on Friday - that was nice."
Additional winners in the Freestyle included Brad Cutshall riding Point Jack
in the $2500 Grand Prix Freestyle (68.75 %) and Robyn Weston riding Willow
in the $1000 JR/Young Rider Level (71.25 %).
Over 150 horses and riders entered the two show series resulting in a packed
three ring schedule which ran on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. A full
roster of Breed classes took place on Sunday, with the Grand Champion
awarded to Kenneth Borden's Contendra.
Results to Dressage by the Bay Series I and II can be found online.
The Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival continues today with three
weeks of hunter/jumper competition. Feature events take place on the
weekends. Kid's Day, planned for Saturday, July 17 is a fundraiser for the
local 4H and offers free admission for children under 18 - which is being
generously sponsored by Molon Excavating, Inc.
For more information on the 2010 Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival,
please visit www.horseshowsbythebay.com.