Articles: Press Release
Horse Shows by the Bay Series III Wrap-Up, July 30-August 3, 2008
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MI - August 4, 2008 - The highlight
class of the third week at Horse Shows by the Bay was the $25,000 D-BRAIDER
Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix, which was held on Saturday, August 2. The
class was generously sponsored by Karin Flint and D-BRAIDER. The grand prix was
run according Table II 2.2a.
Inside the VIP tent there was a catered dinner and the always popular silent
auction. Items available for bid included halters worn by famous racing
thoroughbred's like Storm Cat, portraits of horses like Barbaro, a ticket
package for the US Open, and much more.
The loudest cheer of the night was when Scott Lenkart galloped through the
finish timers with double clear rounds. A crowd favorite, he was awarded top
honors for the second consecutive week in a row. He won aboard Impulsive, a
flashy bay gelding out of Impulse. Impulsive and Lenkart handled the course
brilliantly, which was designed by Brazilian Guilherme Jorge.
"I feel great right now. I had to work a little bit harder today. The first
round was great, I thought he did a great job," said Lenkart. "He didn't set it
too large, but there were definitely some places where rails were coming down
where he made it a little tricky. I was more worried about the first line in
the first round. I thought the combination was a little difficult and the liver
pool came down a bunch."
In the jump-off Lenkart was a little nervous about his plan because of the
angles he planned to take. The other riders put in some quick times, so Lenkart
had to rise to the challenge.
"I made up the most time to the second jump and then to the last jump. I was a
little worried about the angle, but I saw it early and he was slick around
after bridge as well," said Lenkart. "He is just really fast, he basically just
lands and goes where everyone else kinds of land and figures out what they are
going to do. He lands running."
Wednesday through Sunday
Several jumper classes were held on Wednesday, including
Level 5, 6 and the NAL Open Speed class. The course designer for the grand prix
ring is Guilherme Jorge from Brazil.
The first class of the day was $750 Level 5 Jumpers, sponsored by Buckeye
Nutrition. The class was run according to Table II, Sec. 2(b), and the time
allowed was 78 seconds. With the course spread out over the large ring, riders
really had to be aware of the clock.
Winning this morning in the $750 Level 5 Jumpers for the second week in a row
was David Beisel. Aboard Rockstar, a Selle Francais gelding, the pair had a
blazing first round time of 69.15 seconds, followed by a jump-off time of
The $1,000 Level 6 Jumpers followed Level 5. Running off the same requirements
as the previous class, it used Table II 2(b).
Most of the riders in the class made it to the jump-off, so the times had to be
quick. Winning the class was Lisa Goldman and Centurion B. The horse is owned
by Mary Goldman.
Goldman and Centurion B handled the course well. Even though they were the
first in the class, they managed to hold the lead the entire time. "Nothing was
very tricky; I think I made up the most time because my horse has such a big
step. Also, we can really turn over a fence, so that makes it nice," said
After the Level 6 Jumpers finished their class, the $3,000 NAL Open Speed class
began. This class was the first to use the grassy bank built into the far
corner of the ring. Riders has to jump a fence onto it, gallop up the hill and
back down, then jump a fence back into the ring.
This class used a time allowed of 89 seconds and riders were making up time
wherever they could since they didn't know how the bank would ride. Winning the
class was Henry Pfeiffer on Sister.
In the Children's Jumpers on Friday, one of the classes was
a speed class. It was run according to Table II Sec. 2b There was no shortage
of talented riders in the class, making it the most intense and exciting of the
Coming out on top was junior rider Rebecca Hudson and her aptly named
12-year-old Thoroughbred, Playboy. The pair comes from Clarkston,
Michigan and rides with Tara Golaszewski of
Hidden Hollow Farm in White Lake,
Michigan. Hidden Hollow Farm has
a long history of producing top horses and riders. Hudson came to Horse Shows by the Bay with
jumper rider and trainer Michelle Freidman while Golaszewski manages another
horse show. Friedman's facility is Dragonfly Farm out of Northville, MI.
The class to watch on Sunday was the North Face Farm $10,000
NAL/WIHS Child/Adult Jumper Classic. The class was intense, and the course,
designed by Guilherme Jorge, was tough for many riders. The class had close to
40 entries. Out of those in the class, only nine managed to go clear and made
it to the jump-off. With a time of 74 seconds there were many riders who
accrued time faults, including four who were clean in the first round.
Run according to Table II 2.2a, the course was extremely technical and cost
many riders' rails. The combination was tricky for many and required a waiting
ride; there were not many places to open up and gallop. Lisa Baker and her
Horse King Tobias were awarded to blue ribbon in the $10,000 NAL/WIHS
Child/Adult Jumper Classic sponsored by North Face Farm of Maple City, MI.
Thursday through Sunday
Week three continued at Horse Shows by the Bay equestrian
festival with a very successful day for rider and trainer Peter Pletcher today.
Pletcher, of Magnolia, TX, was named the Ovation Leading Professional Hunter
Rider after three weeks of competition and had a day full of championship wins
today, including: Grand Green Conformation Hunter Champion with As Always,
owned by Becky Gochman of New York, NY; Grand Green Working Hunter Champion
with Argentum owned by Alta Basaldua, of Kingwood, TX; Division Champion of
Green Conformation Hunters with As Always; and Division Champion of Green
Working Hunters with Argentum.
Pletcher, who is currently the reigning Professional World Championship Hunter
Rider, was thrilled with all of his wins. With about 18 clients, over 40 horses
here during the 3 weeks of competition, and around 25 horses that he rode
himself, Pletcher has been a very busy man at Horse Shows by the Bay this year.
"I love it here," Pletcher said of the show. "This is the greatest place to
show during the summer or probably anytime for that matter. They do such a good
job here and they try so hard. The trophies, the ribbons, the presentations,
everything is really well done. It is just really nice that they go out of
their way to make everything special."
Also among today's award presentations was the award for the Ovation Leading
Junior Hunter Rider, which went to young rider Katherine Newman of Wellington, FL.
With numerous champion and reserve champion wins, Newman was the junior rider
who accumulated the most points out of anyone in all three weeks of junior
Following the leading rider awards, Tim Goguen and his Green Conformation
Hunter horse Classified were honored with the Susan Wallace Memorial Trophy
after accumulating the most overall points in the Green Conformation Hunter
division. Top Call Farm and Greg Crolick donated the trophy and proudly presented
it in loving memory of Susan Wallace.
Prior to presenting the award, Greg Crolick was the Green Conformation Hunter
reserve champion today with the horse Quite Simply, owned by Kiki VanAcker of
Bloomfield Hills, MI. The pair came in close behind the division champions,
Peter Pletcher and As Always, owned by Becky Gochman of New York, NY.
Pletcher and As Always took a clean sweep of the division in both today's and
yesterday's competition and were named the Grand Green Conformation Hunter
Other division championships in the Polk Family Hunter ring this morning
included the Green Working Hunters and Regular Working Hunters.
It was Peter Pletcher and Argentum who were named champions of the Green
Working Hunters division. The pair also accumulated enough points to become the
Green Working Hunter Grand Champions. Casey Hodges and Capitol Z, owned by
Olivia Hellman of Kenfield,
CA were Green Working Hunter
reserve champions, just two points behind Pletcher and Argentum.
The Regular Working Hunter championship, sponsored by CHFarms, went to Further
to Fly and Hallie Lundell of Wayzata,
MN. Reserve champion of that
division was Blackie and Laura Pfeiffer of Fox Meadow Farm in Temperance, MI.
English Riding Supply of Scranton, PA sponsored all leading rider awards for
Horse Shows by the Bay. Fox Meadow Farm of Temperance, MI sponsored the Week 3
champion coolers, and Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Shook sponsored the grand hunter
champions. The winners can thank these generous sponsors for their awards.
The Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal class, sponsored by
English Riding Supply of Scranton, PA, was won by Emily Reynolds of Glen Ellyn, IL,
with Wendy Arndt-Hodges' newly imported German horse, Darius. This was Emily's
second time winning the class since also winning it during series I of Horse
Shows by the Bay on another one of Wendy Arndt-Hodges' horses, Grimaldi 54.
Reynolds just turned fourteen-years-old.
The top four horses and riders were tested in the
Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal class and it was Emily and Darius who executed
the win. At the conclusion of the test, For Fun and Erin Geller of Birmingham, MI
placed second just behind them. Third place in the class went to Above and
Beyond with Emily Merlo of Clarkston, MI. Riding and rounding out the top four
were Amorette and Lexie Berger of Novi,
Next up on the agenda for the Polk Family Main Hunter Ring was the ASPCA Maclay
Horsemanship class, sponsored by Shadyside Farm of Magnolia, TX. After placing
second in the previous class, it was For Fun and Erin Geller who were
victorious in this one.
Coming in close behind Geller and For Fun in the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship
class was Erin Hickey of Cincinnati,
OH with R. Adermie 4. Third place
went to Emily Reynolds with Darius. Kendall Meijer of Ada,
MI and her horse Dawson were fourth.
After 3 weeks at Flintfields
in Traverse City, MI Horse Shows by the Bay wrapped up its
final day of competition on Sunday. In the Polk Family Main Hunter Ring the
$1,000 NAL/WIHS Adult Hunter Classic competed for final honors. It was Jennifer
Hauser and Ideal who came out one top.
The Adult Hunter Classic had only ten entries for the second round of
competition. Jennifer Hauser and Ideal were the last to go in the class, but
had a great round, which, combined with their first round gave them a total
score of 169 to win the class.
Hauser is from Indiana and is currently a
junior in college at Purdue
University. She trains with Erin McCabe and was very happy about her win in the classic
stating, "I am really excited. I was kind of surprised to win, but it is
Terri Dandino and Foreign Encounter came in second place behind Hauser and
Ideal in the Adult Hunter Classic, just two points behind them with a total
score of 167. Third place was Carrie Henderson and Manitou with a total score
of 165. Fourth place went to Nicole Jeffries and All About Me with 160. Fifth
place was Francesca Senor and Sundance with a score of 156 and sixth place
honors went to Sue Hehl and Something's Cookin' with a score of 152.
Dressage and Polo Highlights
The first day of dressage competition got underway on
Wednesday morning with the breed classes, which were sponsored by Hampton Green
Farm and Kimberly Van Kampen Boyer. Kimberly is the owner of Hampton Green
Farm, which is a breeding and training facility based out of Fruitport,
MI and Wellington,
FL. The farm specializes in the
promotion of the Pure Spanish Horse (PRE).
Kimberly has been involved with Horse Shows by the Bay since its second year.
"It is just great," she said. "I like the whole team here and I have a lot of
respect for how hard they have worked."
"I am just happy to be a part of it," she continued. "I feel that this show has
all of the potential to grow into a big summer equestrian festival. It is a
nice vacation area, beautiful land, good prices and all of the good things that
brings. The weather is so perfect here."
Kimberly, originally from the Chicago area,
spent a lot of time in Michigan
with her family during the summers. She first got involved with Dressage by the
Bay because she was thrilled to have a show so close to them that was run at
such a professional level.
"We like going to shows that involve the hunters and jumpers because they bring
a lot of excitement," Kimberly said. "Alex (Rheinheimer) asked me a couple of
years ago if I would get involved in some of the construction here and I
thought that it would be a nice tribute to my father who loved Michigan and
loved horses, so that is why I got involved the way that I did."
Both the Robert D. Van Kampen Arena and the Robert D. Van Kampen Pavilion were
built on the horse show grounds in tribute to Kimberly's father, thanks to her
Kimberly looks forward to a successful week of dressage competition here at
Horse Shows by the Bay in this, its final week. She also looks forward to the
show continuing to improve and grow as it goes on in the future.
"I would like it to go all the way," she said. "I would like to see dressage
offered on two weekends and maybe eventually become a CDI (Concours de Dressage
International) event, which would be fabulous for Michigan. I think that there are a ton of
Canadian riders that would come down for the dressage, and I think this horse
show has the potential to become a major circuit."
The FEI Prix St. Georges was the first of the two classes to go in the Van
Kampen ring on Sunday. The class was won in the open division by Colleen
Haveman on her 14 year-old Hanoverian, Warello. Carolyn Kotila and Leonardo
were first place in the class in the Adult Amateur division. Haveman and her
handsome chestnut performed their test skillfully and made their way to the top
of the class with a score of 66.000.
Haveman has been doing dressage for just over 15 years and has a farm just 20
minutes from the show in Traverse City.
She was previously in the North American Young Rider Program and received a
USDF bronze and silver medal. She is also a recent graduate of the USDF "L"
Program of distinction.
Just behind Haveman and Warello and Kotila and Leonardo were Brad Cutshall and
Pedro with a score of 65.250 in the open division and Barbara J. Butman and
Falkland Dragonfly with a score of 61.750 in the Adult Amateur division.
The FEI Grand Prix de Dressage followed shortly after the Prix St. Georges with
just 3 entries in the class. After beautifully executing the test, open rider
Brad Cutshall and Pointjack were the class winners with a score of 67.084.
Second place was Tonya Grant-Barber on Kevekko with a score of 57.50 and third
place went to Dorothy Mueller on her horse Prinz Mero with a 49.792. Brad
Cutshall, from Kalamazoo, MI, started riding when he was 14 years old.
The horse that Cutshall won on today, Pointjack is a 13 year-old Swedish
Horse Shows by the Bay in beautiful Traverse City, MI hosted
its first-ever polo match on Thursday night between the co-ed polo teams of
University of Michigan and Michigan State University. The match, held in the
brand new Team Elmer's grand prix ring at Flintfields Horse
Park, ended in a tie.
Both teams finished with ten points each.
Approximately 5,000 polo enthusiasts crowded into the V.I.P. tents and grassy
hills surrounding the grand prix ring to watch the competition. Spectators
dressed up to support their favorite teams and came with blankets, flags and
college gear of all kinds. Everyone was in good spirits and cheered on their
teams even when a short burst of rain blew through.
Along with the polo match, the show also hosted its first-ever hat contest
sponsored by Meadowview Farm and The Johnson Family of Grand Rapids. The
contest awarded a total of $500 in prize money to the following winners: Carrie
Gunst of Hartford, WI
for Most Over the Top, Lauren Gonzales of Traverse City,
MI for Best Team Spirit MSU, Mark Shyman of Miami Beach, FL for Best
Team Spirit U of M, and young Justin Edick of Traverse City, MI
Kathy Johnson of Meadowview Farm was very proud to have helped sponsor such a
great event. "We were just so happy to be involved," she said. "Whatever we can
do to make things happen is great."
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