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Sleeping Bear Dunes near Traverse City

Ailly Moyer and Etoile Van't Lamboroeck at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

Liz Atkins and Esconial competing at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

Tommi Clark and Extraordinaire travelled from California to the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

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Great Lakes Equestrian Festival Adds FEI Classes to Expanded Schedule Book Your Housing Today

Written by: Carrie Wirth
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2015-11-23

Traverse City, MI - Nov. 23, 2015 - Make your plans now to enjoy summer in the Traverse City, Michigan area, while you enjoy top-notch competition at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival. The newly expanded seven-week schedule includes FEI Jumpers during the new August dates Weeks V, VI and VII. Week II is World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) week and an International Hunter Derby is featured during Week IV. 

Traverse City was named Smithsonian Magazine's "Top Ten Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015."  Fodors Travel's Jimmy Im says, "Traverse City is a burgeoning food and wine destination, popular for its cherries, excellent vineyards, and farm-to-table cuisine." Bon Appetit magazine named it one of the top five foodie towns in America.
Known for its pristine beaches, the area was voted one of the top 10 best summer trips by the travel editors at National Geographic. Viewers of ABC's Good Morning America voted nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes, "The Most Beautiful Place in America."
"I think it is so beautiful up here and the facility is great," said young rider Alliy Moyer. "I have been coming up here since I was a kid. When we get done early we get out on the water. It is just a great place to be."
Last year competitors new to the area enjoyed the Stadium Jumping-produced horse show and everything the area has to offer.
"I was looking for a new place to go in July," said Liz Adkins. I had never been here and everyone was telling me how amazing it is, so I thought, 'Why not give it a go?' and it is a beautiful, amazing facility. I love it."
"The Traverse City area is a fantastic place to spend the summer, with unlimited activities and wonderful restaurants," said Matt Morrissey. "We had many great reviews and have been hearing from our local lodging partners that many were already making their arrangements for next year. It's a good idea to book now."
The Great Lakes Equestrian Festival is set on 88 beautiful acres and showcases five world-class competition rings in addition to spacious schooling rings. The property features convenient on-site campgrounds, making for a truly unique attendee experience.
With its gorgeous summer setting and a wide range of classes, the 2016 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival is an event equestrians won't want to miss. Those planning to attend the show next summer should book their housing early due to the popularity of the region and the resort nature of the area.
July 6-10 - Premier Jumper 4*
July 13-17 - Premier Jumper 4* - WCHR week
July 20 - 24 - Premier Jumper 4*
July 27 - 31 - Premier Jumper 4* International Hunter Derby
August 10- 14 - Premier Jumper 4* - FEI CSI 2*
August 17 - 21 - B Jumper 4 FEI CSI 2*
August 24 - 28 - Premier Jumper 5 FEI CSI 3*
A seven-week long hunter and jumper equestrian festival.
Weekly USHJA National Hunter Derby
Weekly Welcome Stake
Weekly Grand Prix
WCHR Week during Week II
USHJA International Hunter Derby 
Flintfields Horse Park, 6535 Bates Road, Williamsburg, MI 49690 - 10 miles east from the beautiful Resort town of Traverse City.
Ainsley Bernstein -
Mike Norton - Media Relations for Traverse City Tourism
Sarah Barnard - Traverse City Tourism

West Bay Beach - A Holiday Inn Resort
Kelly Jo Bowan 231.947.3700 or 800.888.8020
www.tcwestbay.comCorporate Id: 786799825 Rate Category: IL5S9  Clickhere to book.
Lakemore Retreat - Traverse City's Getaway on Arbutus Lake
Katie Hall -
231.947-6673 / 
Great Wolf Lodge
Amanda O'Neil -
231.534.9063 / Reservations: 1.888.981.9653
Park Place Hotel
Margaret Morse
231.946.5196 / Reservations: 231.946.5000
Fairfield Inn Traverse Ric Heller
Main line: 231.922.7900
Nick Trahair
Main: 231.938.0288
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
J. Mike DeAgostino
231.534.6352 / Reservations: 1.800.236.1577
Courtyard by Marriott
Lori Puckett
Main: 231.929.1800
Sleep Inn
Main: 231.938.7000 
Quality Inn
Pam -
231.929.4423 / Reservations: 1.877.329.1538
Cherry Tree Inn
Kristin Toedebusch -
231.778.9022 / Reservations: 1.800.439.3093
Schmidt-Rogers Management
Bobbi Jo - 231.941.0707

All Seasons Resort, Kalkaska
Bob Murray - Coldwell Banker
231-392-8686 - Becky Muma, Manager
Hampton Inn - 800.426.7866
Hawk's Eye Golf Resort (Bellaire) 888.275.0100
Ranch Rudolf 231.947.9529 
Shanty Creek Resorts (Bellaire) 800.678.4111
Cottages North LLC
Ken Weaver 231.668-9798
Visit Up North Rentals
Cottages North
Jennifer Russell -
West Bay House 3 bedroom house
Nick Anton
Peaceful Valley Beachhouse
3 bedroom close to show
Lauri Varga
3 Bedroom Home walking distance to show
Jill Koester
Studio Apartment - 2 miles from show
Jim Dye
Kirkbride Suite at Kirkbride Hall
2700 sq. ft. condo - three-bedroom
Meg Gutowski -
Condo at Kirkbride Hall
GLEF discount offered for more than 3+ weeks.
Kate Flewelling -
VRBO listing site & AIRBNB listing
Ever Flowing Waters Campground
Located 1.1 mile from show
Dennis Penney
Stadium Jumping Inc.
1301 Sixth Ave. West Suite 406
Bradenton, FL 34205
Click here for more information about Great Lakes Equestrian Festival. 
If you would like to purchase your photos from the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival contact go to Diana Hadsall's website by clicking here.


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