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David Beisel and Ammeretto

David Beisel and Ammeretto

Erin Haas and As Di Chupito

David Beisel and Eos M

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David Beisel Steals the Show at Great Lakes Equestrian Festival Week IV $25,000 Welcome Stake

Written by: Emily Meehan
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2015-07-24

Traverse City, MI – July 24, 2015 - Equine Holdings LLC’s Ammeretto and David Beisel enjoyed another victory lap around the Grand Prix Ring at Flintfields Horse Park after sealing the deal with the fastest double clear round of the $25,000 Welcome Stake during the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival Week IV.

Beisel, from Goshen, Ohio and Ammeretto, a bay Dutch Warmblood stallion, were awarded the win of last Sunday’s $50,000 Flintfields Grand Prix, presented by North Face Farm, and put in a similarly flawless effort in Friday’s feature event of the day. Out of 26 entries that tried their hand at the course, designed by Portuguese course designer, Bernardo C. Cabral, 13 horse and rider teams progressed to the jump-off phase, a demanding eight-effort track.

“I got a shot to test out the options in the jump-off on my first horse, Call Me Hannes,” Beisel said. “I unfortunately knocked two rails down, but I got a feel for the track. I know my stallion, so I was able to get all the turns done and take the win that way.”

Cabral created an option in the jump-off round that was challenging for many of the riders to execute and leave all the rails in their cups. The competitors had the option to turn inside a blue and white in-and-out combination to the third-to-last jump, a black and yellow vertical. That riskier approach would shave precious seconds off the clock. The more conservative option was to take the longer route around the combination, creating a more straightforward approach to the vertical, with a lower probability of knocking down a rail.

Many that chose the tight inside turn knocked the rail, including Beisel and his first ride in the jump-off with Call Me Hannes, a gray Holsteiner gelding owned by Harlow Investment Enterprises, LLC. Beisel and Ammeretto stepped up to the challenge by carving a perfect inside turn that set up the approach to next fence. Their clear jump-off round in the fastest time of 35.581 seconds earned them the blue ribbon and the victory gallop.

“I think if your horse knew you well, and you committed to getting the distance on the black and yellow vertical, it was right there for you,” Beisel said. “I think where a lot of people had trouble was (that) once they got the turn they almost got a little stuck getting focused on the jump.”

Ammeretto and Beisel successfully kept their focus over all eight jumps in the tricky course. Beisel was pleased with the course and the questions it asked.

“I think Bernardo is an excellent designer,” Beisel said. “I love jumping his courses, and I always seem to do well with them. I’m glad he’s here in Traverse City. All of his courses all have such a nice flow, and he gives you some options in the jump-off.”

Beisel thanked the horses owners, Harlow Investments and Equine Holdings, for supporting him with such incredible horses. He also expressed great thanks to all of his staff, whom he said he couldn’t do without.

The second place finisher for the $25,000 Welcome Stake, Erin Haas, from Chelsea, Michigan, was fresh off the win of Thursday’s Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers. Haas and her Hanoverian gelding, As Di Chupito, came prepared to step up to Cabral’s challenge. The horse and rider team were one of only five pairs to go double clear.

Haas explained that her plan was to take the inside turn to the black and yellow vertical. She jumped it clean and clear, breaking the beam at 37.514 seconds, just behind Beisel’s winning ride. Michael Morrissey, from Wellington, Florida, tagged closely behind in third place aboard Rae Martin’s Torino Q in a time of 38.480 seconds.

“The track I took in the jump-off was the route I was planning on taking after I walked the course.,” Haas said. “I gave my horse a little bit more time to get straight approaching the jump. It came up fast with the inside turn, but I tried to stick with it and stay patient. As Di Chupito is very adjustable for such a large horse. Sometimes he’ll get a little bit lazy, but it seems like when I start turnin’ and burnin’, he likes that.”

Earlier in the day, Beisel also claimed the victory in the Young Jumper 6-Year-Old division, and was awarded the championship aboard Patrice Schreiber’s mare, Eos M.  Over the course of the past three days, the pair put in seventh, first, and second place rounds, landing them the tri-colors.

The pair’s second-place ribbon in Friday’s Young Jumper 6-Year-Old Championship Qualifier was a the result of their 34.107-second jump-off round; a mere .477 of a second behind Lisa Goldman's rapid ride aboard Melissa Hirt's mare, Roc N Groovy. Hirt hails from Maple City, Michigan. Alec Bozorgi, from Antioch, Illinois was awarded third place with a time of 39.328 seconds atop Esperanza, his KWPN mare.

The Great Lakes Equestrian Festival will continue on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. The $10,000 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic, $15,000 SJHF High Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic and the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by the Gochman Family will all be held in the Grand Prix Ring. Scheduled The feature event of the week is the $50,000 Great Lakes Grand Prix, presented by The Peninsula Group at Morgan Stanley, scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m.


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