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Erin Haas and Coachella

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Erin Haas and Coachella Win $10,000 SJHOF High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic During First Week of Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2015-07-04

Traverse City, MI – July 4, 2015 – As barbeques and parades got underway throughout the nation to celebrate Independence Day, a different type of gathering was unfolding at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival with the patriotic colors of red, white and blue donning the tricolors of the day’s jumper classic champions. Erin Haas and Coachella captured the win during the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic, while Emily Reyder and Byolga collected the rosette for their speedy jump-off during the $7,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic.

Michel Vailancourt of Canada designed a technical track for the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic. Only two riders were able to navigate the opening course without fault, and coincidentally, they were the first two riders of the class.

Haas said, “It was really fun, I have really enjoyed the courses this week. They are nice and flowing, and they allow you to get in rhythm and pace with the horses, yet they’re not giveaways, either. You have to work a little bit for the clear round. It is technical, but the horses are jumping well, and it makes it a riding contest.”

Vivian Yowan was the first to put in a clean first round score, but when she returned for the shortened course, she made a crucial error that would knock her out of the first place finish—she missed a white vertical, the fourth obstacle of the track. Her mistake would earn her and Vornado van den Hoendrik, owned by Stone Hill Farm of Las Angeles, California, the second place position. Yowan laughed as she accepted the second place classic ribbon, noting, “I was so proud of our tight turn from the oxer to the double combination. It would have been a great turn, it was fast.”

Yowan also collected the third place finish as the fastest of the four-fault efforts aboard Ultimate Z, owned by Saddle Ridge LLC of Darien, CT.

Knowing that she had nothing to lose, and all she had to do was cross the finish, Erin Haas took the opportunity to teach the 9-year-old mare Coachella a little bit more about turning and taking the inside track during the jump-off.

“I have had Coachella for a year, and even though she is 9 years old, she is green with mileage. We are trying to be more consistent with her in the Highs this year. I was really happy to have her go clean in a classic,” Haas noted. “I wanted to use the opportunity to teach my horse something. I wanted to practice a speedy jump-off so that she has some more mileage and experience making the inside turns and using her speed. Today was a great chance to teach her that, and she handled it well.”

Not usually a fan of mares, Haas originally declined Darragh Kenny’s request for her to try Coachella last year. He convinced her that this mare was different, and she never looked back after sitting on her.

“When I heard about her from Darragh, I originally had not wanted to buy her because I don’t like mares; however, he convinced me to try her, and she has changed my mind. She is hot, and I like hot horses, but she is not hot in a mare-ish way. You wouldn’t get that she is a mare whatsoever,” Haas said with relief.

Haas is currently working with Coachella to become more consistent in the High Jumper divisions, and although she is not aiming for the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Championships, held at the CP National Horse Show in the fall, for this year, she hopes to have several qualified for the 2016-edition. Between working as an equine veterinarian (North Face Equine Services) and juggling her riding schedule, Haas is taking everything one day at a time.

Haas’ father stood ringside as his daughter captured the day’s highlight event win. He was beaming from the sidelines as she led the victory gallop and Haas commented, “I love this show, I am so happy that it is continuing on. I think that Stadium Jumping is doing such a good job stepping in for the first year. I am having a wonderful time, and I am so grateful to be here. This is one of the few shows my family can be at, since we are from Michigan. It is great to have a show like this where they can come and cheer me on.”

During the $7,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic Emily Reder, of Cincinatti, Ohio, and Byolga finished first with the blazing time of 29.581 seconds. Addison Piper and Halbi D’Ariane, owned by No Trump Farm, LLC, held the lead for most of the class, but their time of 33.003 seconds would no longer hold water after Reder tripped the timers. John Ingram and Lord Lancer 003 picked up the third place just behind Piper in 33.176 seconds.

Reder said, “She wants to just go. If I let her, she would go as fast as she possibly can. She is super careful and agile. She is always looking for the next jump.”

“For the first round, I just wanted to give her enough power to clear the oxers, because there were some pretty big ones out there,” Reder explained. “We wanted to be tidy in the jump-off round. She has so much natural speed that the plan was to let her do her own thing, but not go too hard because I still have to steer.”

The $1,500 7-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship Qualifier saw David Beisel and Vigilante take the win in 32.211 seconds, with Beth Underhill and Kodaline finishing second in 32.767 seconds. Wilhelm Genn and Dieta took the third place in 33.339 seconds. Beisel also won the 6-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship Qualifier on Friday with EOS M.

The first week of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival will come to a close tomorrow with the $50,000 Traverse City Grand Prix, presented by Meijer. For more information or to view schedules, please visit or


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