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Erin Haas and Coachella

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Haas is Boss with Coachella in the $15,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, presented by the Moyer Family

Written by: Carrie Wirth
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2015-07-25

Traverse City, MI - July 25, 2015- Erin Haas and her gray Holsteiner mare Coachella performed flawlessly in the $15,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic, presented by the Moyer Family. The horse and rider team from North Face Farm, were the only to go double clear around Bernardo C. Cabral’s course.

Only three competitors had fault-free rounds on the first course. First to go in the jump-off, Haas and Coachella had a smooth and speedy clear round, stopping the clock at 41.146, setting the time to beat. Jennifer Waxman, from Chagrin Falls, Ohio and Shakira had two fences down and three time faults, for a total of 11 faults and broke the beam at 52.882 seconds. Charlotte Curry, from Franklin, Tennessee, and Herrock dropped one rail, incurring four faults in a time of 42.92. Haas and Coachella maintained their lead to earn the first place honors.

Haas is an equine veterinary practitioner through her North Face Equine in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition to her work in equine sports medicine, she splits her time between treating local horses and traveling to horse shows. She spends winters in Ocala, Florida from November to April, and makes trips back to Michigan to see clients as needed. Hass has an impressive list of wins in the Junior/Amateur- Owner Jumper ranks at prestigious shows across the country. She was named champion this week of the division, repeating the honor from Week III of the series.

“I was confident going into today's class,” said Haas. “It was a tough course, because the jumps came up really fast. It wasn't necessarily that the jumps were high, but the track rode very technical. This mare is really adjustable though, and she was right there with me coming up to every jump.”

Haas describes Coachella as a sensitive mare that goes in a rubber bit. She requires a smooth ride and can become dramatic with adjustments.

“Today I felt like we were right on it,” she said. “She's still pretty green, (but) this year I really feel like we're getting smoother and are beginning to understand each other better. She’s a hot horse who wants to go.” 

According to Jake Haas, Erin Haas’ father, she is very conscientious and puts the time into her practice and her riding. “She mixes work and her pleasure all at the same time,” he said.

The elder Haas has been attending shows at Flintfields Horse Park for many years and were one of the founding sponsors.

“This show is outstanding,” he said. “This is the best show we've been to; not because we've won, but because of the management and what Karin Flint has done for the industry.  This show is going to be nothing but bigger and better as time goes on. The way Stadium Jumping has put it together­­– that has been an unbelievable plus this year.”

The $10,000 NAL Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic took place first thing Saturday morning. Skyllar Beckel, from New Albany, Ohio, and her own Lyons Creek Action were one of nine horse and rider combinations to complete the first round of Cabral’s course leaving all the rails in their cups. Four pairs were accurate enough to be clear in the short track and Beckel and Lyon’s Creek Action had the fastest time of the pack stopping the clock at 33.158 seconds.

Child phenom and winner of the Lows earlier in the week, 13-year-old Kyle Perkovich, from Long Grove, Illinois, and Roc My World earned the red ribbon after going double clean round and completing their jump-off round in 33.592 seconds. Emily Reder and Byolga, from Wyoming, Ohio were third, also with a double clear effort and completing the short track in 34.464 seconds.

“I've had him for about a year and a half, and I just moved up from the Children’s,” said Beckel, who trains with David Beisel. “He's really forward, but also bouncy and adjustable.” 

Beckel appreciated the challenge of Cabral’s course. “I liked how the jump-off was set up with the options for the inside turns, but if you wanted to play it safe, you could go around,” she said. The inside turns would be a little riskier, but I felt like I could make them. I thought the vertical in-and-out was going to be tricky, so I really had to balance him after that.” 

Great Lakes Equestrian Festival Week IV presents the highlight of the week, The Great Lakes Grand Prix, presented by The Peninsula Group at Morgan Stanley Sunday at 2 p.m. to close out the 2015 circuit.


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