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Andrew Bourns and IDream

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Andrew Bourns and Ninparo

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Andrew Bourns Debuts at Great Lakes Equestrian Festival with Win on Opening Day

Written by: Taylor Renner
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2016-07-06

Traverse City, Mich. – July 6, 2016 – The Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF) kicked off its second year of competition in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan, at Flintfields Horse Park on Wednesday with the 1.35m and 1.40m Jumpers taking center stage in the Grand Prix Ring.

Ireland's Andrew Bourns of Andrew Bourns Sport Horses Inc. debuted his talents with his mare IDream on the 2016 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival's opening day and secured the win in the 1.40m Jumpers and a second place in the 1.35m Jumpers.

"This is my first year and first day at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival!" said Bourns. "I was second in the 1.35m and I won the 1.40m! It was a fantastic start. I must say, I am very, very happy to be here. I love it here!"

Bourns and the 9-year-old Warmblood mare set the pace as the first to go in the 1.40m Jumpers. The pair was the only to jump double clear in the Table II.2.b time first jump-off class and finished in 39.656 seconds to take the top spot. Theo Genn and Wilhelm Genn's Castiel finished behind Bourns with 8 faults in the jump-off in 37.118 seconds, while Liz Atkins and Benchmark Stables LLC's Undine rounded out the top three as the fastest 4-faulter of the first round in 65.559 seconds.

"I thought the course was pretty nice for a first day 1.40m class," said Bourns. "It was just about right on the money. For sure I made up some time when I left out a stride to the double, and then from the double to the second to last fence, I left out a stride there as well. I took an inside turn to the very last fence, and I'm pretty sure no one else did that. That's definitely where I won it.

"I was very pleased with the mare," continued Bourns. "I've been showing her this year, but I've been taking my time with her and trying to build her correctly. My plan for her is to go on to even bigger things and eventually turn into a nice grand prix horse."

In the 1.35m Jumpers, David Beisel and Cumana, owned by Kara Cooke, bested a field of 36 to take the win with a double clear effort. Bourns followed closely with his own Ninparo to garner second place honors, and Aidan Killeen and Float On Equestrian LLC's Droomfee HB finished to take third place.

"He is an 8-year-old gelding and I've had him for two years," said Beisel. "He's going to do the grand prix this week so he was doing this as kind of a warm-up class for the week.

"I didn't really watch anybody else do a jump-off, but I left a stride out in the first round," continued Beisel. "He did the first six so easy I thought he would for sure walk up the five. Then I thought maybe he could take a little cut to the combination — there was a timer in the way and he slipped inside the timer nice. Then I think what probably really sealed the deal was the inside trek to the last skinny. I don't know how many people went inside to the skinny, but he was brilliant I thought."

Beisel also racked up other top spots on the opening day of GLEF with a win in the 1.20m Jumpers on Byolga and in the Young Jumper 6-Year-Olds on La Dolce Vita VDL.

Earlier in the day, the 1.30m Jumpers saw David Jennings and his own KM Corfina grab first place in a double clear effort in 36.658 seconds. Lorcan Gallagher and John Roche's Enjoy Life and Michael Tokaruk and his own Qasqai were also double clear with Gallagher finishing in second in 37.391 seconds and Tokaruk taking third place in 38.364 seconds.

Morrissey Management Group, a full-service equestrian event management company, with decades of experience producing some of the country's most popular horse shows, took over the reins of what was, for many years, Horse Shows by the Bay and debuted the highly anticipated GLEF in 2015. Ushering in a new era of competition and top tier shows, the inaugural event was a huge success and brought many exhibitors, new and old, back to the Flintfields Horse Park for the 2016 GLEF.

"I have to say, I love this show and I love this place," said Bourns. "I always got the impression that everyone was doing their best. I have to leave next week, but I hope I get back here in August. This week I will show in the welcome stake on Friday and the grand prix on Sunday."

"We were here last year," said Beisel. "The lake is great. It's a great horse show too! The fun stuff is getting to go out and see what a nice area it is as well, in addition to a great horse show. I'm enjoying the management and the facility as always."

GLEF will continue to welcome riders and thrill spectators over the next four weeks throughout the first series of competition, which runs July 6–31. Feature jumper events for Week One in the Grand Prix Ring include the High Junior/Amateur Jumpers and 1.40m Jumpers on Thursday, the $25,000 Amalaya Investments Welcome Stake on Friday, the $5,000 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic on Saturday and the highlight event of the week on Sunday: the $50,000 Grand Prix of Traverse City, presented by North Face Farm.

The second week of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, held July 13–17, has completely sold out of stabling space with limited spots remaining for Week Three, July 20–24. Act now to reserve stabling spots for August, and don't miss out on the chance to compete during the all-new FEI Great Lakes Equestrian Festival series in August!

Series Two kicks off on August 10 and runs through August 28 featuring three weeks of hunter and jumper competition with a FEI CSI2* rating Week Five and Six and a FEI CSI3* rating during Week Seven culminating in the $100,000 Grand Traverse Grand Prix on Sunday, August 28.

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 don't stop there as the park offers convenient on-site campgrounds and weekly nights of entertainment for a truly unique attendee experience.

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