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Hayley Barnhill and Zephire

Hayley Barnhill and Zephire

Vivian Yowan and Vornado van den Hoendrik

Javier Berganza Anderhub and Chantal

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Hayley Barnhill and Zephire Win $25,000 Antares Welcome Stake as Only Clear

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2015-07-03

Traverse City, MI – July 3, 2015 – Hayley Barnhill has competed at the Flintfields Horse Park for four years, riding to the top of the ranks, but always falling just shy of the first place finish. Friday afternoon, that all changed during the opening week of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festval. Barnhill posted the only double clear ride of the $25,000 Antares Welcome Stake with Zephire, owned by Barnhill Enterprises, LLC, riding to the top of the leaderboard ahead of her fellow 25 contenders.

“I have always loved this horse show,” Barnhill smiled. “This is my fourth year competing here, and I am really enjoying the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival. I haven’t won one here yet. In the past I have placed in the top four, but I am always a little off from the first place. I think I was second three weeks in a row a couple of years ago, always the bridesmaid, never the bride [laughs].”

Michel Vailancourt (CAN) designed a tricky and technical track, seeing faults throughout the entire course, with eight rails falling at the second airy vertical. A large emphasis was put on the fourth obstacle of the track, a tricky triple combination composed of an one-stride oxer leading to a two-stride vertical-vertical. Out of the 26 horse and rider combinations, only two would master Vailancourt’s opening round—Hayley Barnhill and Vivian Yowan.

“You have a plan, you go in and you do it, and then you don’t second guess yourself,” Barnhill said. “As the first to go, it worked in my favor that I didn’t fall prey to the multiple options, and second guess the plan. With Zephire, I know her so well that it was about what was right for my horse, versus how the course was working for everyone else.”

Barnhill continued, “It was a nice course. I had one of my other horses entered. I thought it was going to be smaller, but it was challenging enough. There wasn’t one place that was trickier than the others. The time allowed was tight, but it was what it should be. I really enjoyed the course.”

As the pathfinder of the class, Barnhill was the first to jump off. She took a conservative approach, riding for a clean round, hoping that Yowan would find error in an attempt to catch her pace and clear the course. Barnhill and Zephire stopped the clock in 38.257 seconds.

“It was nice to really have to work for your clear, and then once you have it, work for the jump off,” Barnhill said. “Zephire is a really special horse. She has more personality than any horse I have ever had—she is definitely a girl. You have to do it her way, and if you do it her way, she will try harder than any horse I have ever had. I didn’t have her do any other classes earlier this week. I just had her come out for this, and I couldn’t have asked her to do any better.”

It was the penultimate rider, 17-year-old Vivian Yowan and Vornado van den Hoendrik who challenged Barnhill for the much desired first place finish. Unfortunately, two rails would separate the two riders, and Yowan would settle for the second place this time.

“I watched a lot go, and the course was kind of tricky with a lot of options,” Yowan explained. “We were second guessing our plan through the whole class because of all the different options. My horse is so scopey and naturally careful, so I know I can count on him.”

Yowan continued, “I went in there and knew that there was nothing to lose since there was only the two of us in the jump-off. You either get first or second, and making it into the jump-off was a feat in itself.”

Yowan has competed in several grand prix recently, moving up the ranks and aiming for the bigger classes. She is looking forward to the North American Junior Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) in Lexington, Kentucky, in only two weeks, planning to bring Vornado van den Hoendrik as her top mount.

“I am becoming more and more confident going into these classes, especially with him,” Yowan concluded.

She will conclude the first week of competition with the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. She is thankful to the show management at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival for the additional classes, prize money and amenities as she prepared for the NAJYRC and the SJHOF Finals.

Barnhill was awarded with not only the blue ribbon, but also an Antares Classic Jumping Girth, Antares helmet and English Riding Supply’s stirrups.

Javier Berganza Anderhub and Chantal, owned by Doublethink LLC, were the fastest of the four faulters, landing the third place with a speedy first round time of 74.032 seconds. David Beisel and Ammeretto finished in fourth, while Ryan Genn and Cookie Monster captured fifth. It was another Barnhill ride, Beezie, owned by the ISB Group of Nashville, Tennessee who rounded out the top six.

The Great Lakes Equestrian Festival will continue to welcome riders and thrill spectators over the next four weeks of competition. Feature events for this week include the $50,000 Grand Prix of Traverse City on Sunday, July 5.

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Results - $25,000 Antares Welcome Stake

Order    Entry # Horse Name      Rider Name       JF1       TF1       AF1      Time 1   JF2       TF2       AF2      Time 2   Purchase

1          395       ZEPHIRE         HAYLEY BARNHILL     0          0          0          77.616   0          0          0          38.257  

2          681       VORNADO VAN DEN HOENDRIK       VIVIAN YOWAN          0          0          0          0.000    8          2          10         47.453  

3          412       CHANTAL        JAVIER BERGANZA ANDERHUB        4          0          4          74.032                                                 

4          132       AMMERETTO   DAVID BEISEL             4          0          4          76.000                                                 

5          199       COOKIE MONSTER    RYAN MICHAEL GENN          4          0          4          76.396                                                 

6          396       BEEZIE            HAYLEY BARNHILL     4          0          4          78.093                                                 

7          207       ARAMON         THEO GENN   4          0          4          78.179                                                 

8          217       BUGATTI          WILHELM GENN         4          0          4          79.688                                                 

9          370       VIGGO             BETH UNDERHILL       4          3          7          83.241                                                 

10         120       CALL ME HANNES     DAVID BEISEL             8          0          8          74.548                                                 

11         801       TORINO Q       MICHAEL MORRISSEY           8          0          8          76.352                                                 

12         353       UGANO           TAYLOR REID 8          0          8          76.594                         



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