Articles: Press Release
Horse Shows by the Bay Series I Wrap-Up, July 16-20, 2008
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Traverse City, MI - July 21, 2008 - - The first week of
Horse Shows by the Bay has come to an end, and the highlight event of the week
brought hundreds of spectators to the Flintfields Horse Park. The winner of the
$25,000 Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix of Traverse City was 19-year-old Addison
Phillips of New York City
on Cernunnus von Hof.
The course was designed by Evi Friske of Canada, and it offered more than
meets the eye. There were two technical lines set on the diagonals, including a
triple combination with a lengthy two stride to comfortable one stride that
surprised many. Six horses were able to go clear in the first round to advance
to the jump-off.
Phillips and the 11-year-old Cernunnus von Hof rode quickly
and smoothly in the jump off, and despite a rub at the first fence, they made
it with no faults and the fastest time of 38.813 seconds.
This was Phillips' and Cernunnus von Hof's first major grand prix win. Phillips
has owned the 11-year-old gelding for a year, and they won the Welcome Stake
last month in Chicago.
Phillips won the $10,000 Welcome Stake this week on Thursday with Trezebees.
This was Phillips' first time competing at Horse Shows by
the Bay and she has enjoyed the first week of competition, especially the
enthusiastic crowd that was there to watch the grand prix. "There were a great
number of spectators for the grand prix (today)," she said. "That really makes
it fun. You don't see that necessarily at all horse shows. It's really fun when
you come to horse shows and there are lots of spectators cheering you on."
Jumper Highlights -
Wednesday through Saturday
The highlight jumper class for the first day of competition
on Wednesday was the $1,000 Level 6 Jumpers. The winner of the class was David
Beisel and horse Irish Hunt, owned by Carlie Beisel of Greenwood,
MO. David Beisel resides in Cincinnati, OH.
Irish Hunt was only one of many that David rode in the class, but it was the
one who came out on top.
Thursday's action in the expansive Team Elmer's Grand Prix
ring was the $3,000 NAL Open Speed class. Many top names turned out for their
chance at the generous prize money and first-place honors. The NAL Open Speed class ran off of Table II Sec 2.1, Level 7. There was no
jump-off; the best first round was how the winner was determined. The course,
designed by Canadian Eve Friske, was quick but interesting.
Steve Weiss, who resides in New York,
was all smiles as he was named the winner and was awarded top honors. With two
rides in the class on Laura Connolly's horses, his winning round was aboard
Sil, owned by Laura Connolly of Rye,
NY. "This grand prix ring is fantastic. I love riding in it. I was not here last
year and I know the ring is new, and it reminds me a lot of the grand prix ring
commented Weiss. "The ring has a beautiful, beautiful setting, backdrop and
Friday's $10,000 Welcome Prix was an event that brought many
patrons to the Team Elmer's Grand Prix ring thanks to Schreiber Corporation,
who was the sponsor of the class. Patrice Schreiber was the driving force
behind the sponsorship.
The Welcome Prix course utilized much of the space in the
heart-shaped ring. The well-designed course put eleven horses through to the
With just two horses in the class, the winner was the talented Addison Phillips
of New York, NY, aboard her 12-year-old chestnut mare
Trezebees. With a first round time of just 78.825 seconds and a blazing
jump-off time of 38.679, no one could catch her.
"This is our first time coming to Michigan, and we are extremely happy with
it. The ring is great, we are really happy with the courses, the jumps are the
perfect size, and it has been a great experience so far," stated Phillips. "My
favorite part of the show has been the people behind it. Everyone has been
super nice and they try so hard to keep the grounds looking nice, there is a
ton of shade, the courses are nice and the jumps are pretty. They try so hard
to make everyone feel important."
Saturday's feature class in the Team Elmer's Grand Prix ring
was the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame (SJHOF) High Junior/Amateur Jumper
Classic. The class was sponsored by the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa of
Traverse City. The fastest in the jump-off for the win was 15-year-old Victoria
Birdsall of Topsfield, MA, on Jerremy.
Prior to Birdsall's win, Kim Carey of Huntington Ridge Farm
generously sponsored the $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, which
took place in the Team Elmer's Grand Prix ring earlier in the day. Winning the class was young and talented Katie Dinan, who just turned
15-years-old. Residing in New York,
NY, she rides with trainer Steve
Weiss. Dinan had two horses in the class and won on her bay mare Mobile 4.
Hunter Highlights -
Wednesday through Sunday
Hunter action kicked off on Thursday in the Polk Family Main
Hunter Ring with Cookie Beck and Winterplace being named Grand Working Hunter
Champions and Tim Goguen and Classified, Grand Conformation Hunter Champions.
After two successful days of competition and a championship
win in the Second Year Green Working Hunters on Wednesday, Cookie Beck and Winter
Place were presented with the award for Grand Working Hunter Champions. Winter
Place, owned by Caitlyn Ziegler of Mequon,
WI is a very special and talented
horse and greatly deserves the win according to both owner and rider.
Goguen and Classified were Grand Conformation Hunter
Champions as well as Green Conformation Hunter Champions. During the day's competition, Peter Pletcher
and his 6 year-old horse Argentum, owned by Alta Basaldua of Kingwood, TX were
named First Year Green Working Hunter Champions. Patricia Griffith rode
Drumline for Heritage Farm to the reserve championship.
Champion of the Second Year Green Working Hunters went to
Winter Place, owned by Caitlyn Ziegler of Mequon,
WI and ridden by Cookie Beck. The
reserve champion was Genuine, ridden by Kirsten Coe and owned by Laura King.
Rounding out the afternoon were the Regular Working Hunters
and division champions Patricia Griffith and the gray mare Vida Blue. The
10-year-old mare, owned by Laura King of Irvington,
NY was purchased in California in March. She shows with both
Griffith and King, who rides her in the Junior Hunters. Paramount and Rob Bielefeld, who rode for
Lily Zarrella, were reserve champions.
Friday's highlights in the Polk Family Main Hunter Ring were
the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship and the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal classes.
Coming in first place in the Maclay were Laura Pfeiffer of Temperance, MI and
her equitation mount
Pfeiffer is part of a family with five generations of riders. Her family, the
Howard family, runs Fox Meadow Farm, a boarding and training facility in Michigan. Fox Meadow
Farm and the Howard family are the sponsors of the championship awards for
series III here at Horse Shows by the Bay this year.
After a win in the Maclay, Pfeiffer and Eli also went on to place second in the
Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal. The first place win went to Emily Reynolds and
Grimaldi 54, owned by Casey Hodges and family of Aiken, SC. Reynolds, from Glen Ellyn, IL,
is fourteen years old and has been leasing the horse from the Hodges family for
the past two years.
Laura King and Vida Blue were named Grand Junior Hunter
Champions on Saturday after their Large Junior Hunter 15 Years and Under
championship win. Boggs Hill and Tim and Kelly Goguen of Wellington, FL
sponsored the division. Following King and Vida Blue in the championship was
Caitlyn Ziegler of Mequon, WI
and her dark bay gelding Africa. The pair was
awarded the reserve champion honor.
King was also champion of the Small Junior Hunters 15 Years
and Under sponsored by Matchmaker, Ltd. and Connie Stevens of Lake Bluff, IL,
on her horse Heartfelt. Following close behind King and Heartfelt were Ande
Farish and Cape Town, owned by Lanes End, in Versailles, KY
as reserve champions.
Also winning two championships during Saturday's hunter
competition was Katherine Newman of Wellington,
FL. Newman rode both Lifetime Guarantee, owned by Robert Cole, and Pirate,
owned by Shaw Johnson Price, to wins in the Small Junior Hunters 16-17 Year-Old
division classes. At the completion of the division, Lifetime Guarantee was
named champion and Pirate was reserve champion.
The competition next moved on to the Large Junior Hunter
16-17 Year-Old division sponsored by Foxtail Farm and The Norris Family of
Lexington, KY. Coming out victorious again was Katherine Newman with another
championship win, this time on her large horse, All The Answers, owned by
Sherri Crawford of Atlanta,
Coming in a close second to Newman and All the Answers were Hillary Q. Ross and
her horse Klondike. Ross, of Reese, MI,
had several great rides in the two days of Junior Hunter competition and rode
to victory as reserve champion of the division.
In hunter ring number three, Saturday wrapped up with two
classics: $5,000 NAL/WIHS Adult Hunter Classic and $5,000 NAL/WIHS Children's
Hunter Classic. When the adult classic was set to start, so did the rain. The
top 12 riders had to navigate their second round course in a downpour. Both
classics were sponsored by Lisa A.H. Cudahy. Her contributions allowed for both
adult and child riders to compete for a purse which totaled $10,000.
Taking home the blue ribbon in the $5,000 NAL/WIHS Adult Hunter Classic was
Tracy Scheriff and her grey gelding Absolut.
The $5,000 NAL/WIHS Children's Hunter Classic winner was
Lillie Keenan and chestnut mare Violets are Blue. At age eleven, Keenan blew
away the competition. She just recently moved up to horses from ponies and she has only been riding
the horse for five weeks.
Wrapping up week, Sunday's hunter competition featured the
$5,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic as well as the $5,000 Pony Hunter
Classic. Vida Blue and Laura King of Irvington,
NY won the $5,000
Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic, sponsored by Lanes End and The Farish
Family of Lexington, KY. King also took the second place spot with her horse
Up next was the $5,000 Pony Hunter Classic, sponsored by PJP
Farm and Peter Pletcher of Magnolia, TX. Taking home both top honors in this
class was young rider Lillie Keenan of New
York City. Keenan was not only named Horse Shows by
the Bay Grand Pony Hunter Champion with her large gray pony, High Cotton, but
was also first place in the classic with Ingenue, and second place in the
classic with Neverland.
All championship awards for series I of Horse Shows by the
Bay are given courtesy of Custom Fox Tack Shop, in Temperance, MI. The grand
champions are honored in their wins thanks to the sponsorship of Mr. and Mrs.
Forrest Shook of Fenton, MI.
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