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Caroline Weeden and Corvine win champion in the Regular Confirmation Hunter division.

Caroline Weeden and Corvine

Maggie Jayne and Bugsy Malone

Caroline Weeden and Poetry

Tim Goguen and Category

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Weeden’s Winning Streak Continues on Day Two of Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

Written by: Allyson Lagiovane
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2016-07-07

Traverse City, MI – July 7, 2016 – Some may say that the secret to winning is all about timing and luck, but others, like Caroline Weeden, attribute success to their amazing string of horses. Weeden has already earned two championship ribbons in only the second day of competition during Week 1 of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival.

Weeden piloted Piper Benjamin’s horse Corvine to earn the championship title in Thursday’s portion of the Regular Conformation Hunter division. During the first half of the class, Weeden rode to a first and a second place ribbon. On Thursday, Benjamin and her mother proudly watched ringside as Weeden navigated Corvine to a first, second, and third place, winning the championship for the class.

“He was great today,” Weeden said of Corvine. “We got him as a 6-year-old from Louise Serio and from day one he’s been perfect. The really unique part to this horse is the fact that Piper’s mom also rides him at home and has just started back riding him a little bit and this is the horse she rides. He really is a family horse. As talented as he is, his brain is that good too.”

Piper will compete Corvine in the Amateur Owner Hunter divisions this week, as well as compete in the USHJA International Hunter Derby held on week four of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival. She has been riding under Weeden’s tutelage for nine years, earning impressive honors throughout her riding career like placing in the top 25 at Derby Finals as the highest placing amateur rider.

“I’m not nervous at all when I’m riding him and I trust him completely,” Piper said of Corvine. “My mom gets on him and does poles and stuff like that. He’s just kind of a horse for everyone!” She laughed, “My dad even likes him, and he doesn’t really know which horse is which, so Corvine is very special for us.”

The reserve championship in the Regular Conformation Hunter division went to Maggie Jayne aboard Bugsy Malone, owned by Alex Jayne. Jayne’s winnings totaled two firsts, a second, and two fourth place ribbons.

Weeden’s winning streak continued on another trusted mount, Poetry, for the second portion of the First Year Green Working Hunter division. The pair earned a first place over fences in Wednesday’s portion of the class, and came back strong on Thursday to take home a second, third, and fourth.   

Of Poetry, Weeden said, “Poetry is a First Year horse, we bought him from Terry Brown last year as a Pre-Green horse. He’s super talented and he’s really coming into his own this year. We’ve sort of taken our time with him and just gone horse show by horse show, but now he’s becoming quite the solid competitor!”

She continued, “Right now he just shows with me in the First Years, and maybe next year he’ll start doing some stuff with his owners but at the moment he just does the First Years. They allow me the time to make him up and get him going. He’s a super horse!”

Maggie Jayne came back to earn another reserve championship ribbon in the First Year Green Working Hunter, this time riding Color Pearlz. Throughout both days of the class, Jayne and Color Pearlz earned two first place ribbons.

In the Green Conformation Hunter division, Tim Goguen returned to second day with two firsts and two seconds under his belt with his horses, Category and Splendid, respectively. Goguen maintained his lead aboard his newer gelding, Category, earning a third and fourth to secure the championship win.

After the first half of the class, Greg Crolick was situated just behind Goguen with third and fourth place finishes on his two horses, Encore CBF and Outshine. Crolick and Outshine bested the rest of the Green Conformation Hunter competitors on Thursday, earning a first and two seconds during the second portion of the class to earn the reserve champion ribbon.

Competition in the R.L. Polk Main Hunter Ring at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival continues Friday, July 8, beginning at 8 a.m. The Main Hunter Ring will also present the Glory Day Farms, LLC $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby on Sunday, July 10.

Stabling for the second week of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, held July 13-17, have completely sold out, with limited spots remaining for week three, July 20-24. Act now to reserve your space for the all-new August additions that will take place August 10-28.

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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