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Douglas Boyd Opens Third Week of Competition at Great Lakes Equestrian Festival with Strong Finish in 1.40m Open Jumpers

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG) http://www.stadiumjumping.com/sj/index.cfm
Release Date: 2016-07-20

Traverse City, Mich. – July 20, 2016 – The third week of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF) kicked off with cloudless skies, a gentle wind and the nation’s top horse and rider combinations. Exhibitors prepared for a full schedule of competition at the destination venue, many were relaxed from two days of exploring all Traverse City has to offer, from sugar-sand beaches and blue waters to picking cherries and exploring the best restaurants in north Michigan.

Douglas Boyd captured the win during the $2,500 1.40m Open Jumpers with Berkley III, owned by the Sapphire Riding Academy out of Mettawa, Illinois. He traversed the Pierre Jolicouer-designed track with the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, breaking the beam in 43.559 seconds to secure the first place.

“We have had him for about a year and a half now, and I brought him along,” Boyd stated. “We have been keeping a slow and steady program, just letting him come into his own. He actually jumped some 1.50m Welcome classes over that last couple of weeks, and he was in the ribbons. We could not be more pleased with him. We were out there basically schooling him today, having fun and letting him burn off some steam. I though the course was good, straightforward and a good course to kick off the 1.40m for the week.”

Caitlyn Shiels, of Sheffield, Massachusetts, and a frequent competitor across the mid-west circuit, rode to the second place award with a four-fault finish in the jump-off. She rode her own Cavalier II, a 9-year-old grey gelding, to the time of 46.730 seconds, as the second of only three competitors to master the first round and move into the short course. Scott Lenkart piloted Beorn, owned by Alliy Moyer, to the third place finish.

During the 1.30m Open Jumpers, Aaron Vale and North Face Farm’s Quality On Top rode to the top of the leader board to seal the victory. The professional rider bested the field as the eighth in the order, riding the Hanoverian gelding to a speedy time of 35.070 seconds. Boyd finished just behind Vale with Calvigo, owned by the Sapphire Riding Academy, with a clean time of 36.133 seconds. David Jennings and Aventador, owned by Maffitt Lake Farms, rounded out the top three with a more conservative pace of 41.947 seconds, leaving all rails in place.

Boyd stated, “This is our third week, and unfortunately, our last week at GLEF. We have to head home after the Welcome Stake on Friday. We brought five show horses, and one young horse, just to get some experience. It has been great; we love it here. We were here in the past, we have always liked it—it is a great area to come, it is a great venue, and it has turned into such a huge event. We had a wonderful circuit, and we are already looking forward to next year.”

The $1,000 1.30m Open Jumper division saw 16 horse and rider combinations compete, but it was David Beisel who rode to the top of the class. Beisel rode Rumorosa, a 10-year-old Mexican Sport Horse mare, owned by Harlow Investment Enterprises, LLC of Mason, Ohio, to the untouchable time of 33.690 seconds, outrunning Kristen Collins and Formella by nearly three seconds. The third place was awarded to junior rider Emily Perez aboard Boukati B, owned by G&W Equine Partners.

Beisel said, “Rumorosa did the Friday Grand Prix last week, and she will compete in it again this week. We just wanted to put her in an easy class before doing the 1.40m tomorrow and then the Welcome Stake on Friday. I have been riding her about two years, just working to develop her. She likes to go, she is a forward going horse and I try not to go too quick. She has a lot of speed, she is a fast horse, and she is a great turner.”

“I got to go fishing all morning yesterday morning, and the day before that we were out on Torch Lake the whole day. Traverse City truly is a family affair, the whole family loves it. We all show, and we are able to enjoy all that Traverse City offers. The horse show is great, and we love being able to get on the water and it allows for quality family time. It is a special thing that we can do this—there is so much family fun stuff, it really makes it a special show.” 

GLEF will continue to welcome riders and thrill spectators over the next two weeks throughout the first series of competition, which runs July 6–31. Week Three runs July 20–24 and will feature highlighted jumper events such as the $25,000 Devoucoux Welcome Stake on Friday, July 22, and the $50,000 Great Lakes Grand Prix, presented by the Ingram family on Sunday, July 24.

Horses are not the only form of entertainment lined up for this year's Great Lakes Equestrian Festival. The festival has teamed up with top musicians and entertainers from around the country to offer fun-filled evenings for this year's concert and dinner series. 

The Summer Evenings at Flintfields continues, with a Tribute Equine Nutrition Wine and Cheese Reception, as well as a 6 p.m. performance by The Ragbirds, hosted by Porterhouse Presents. The fun continues on Sunday with the WTCM 103.5 Family Fun Day and AC Paws. Come out and see the Olate Dogs, “winner of America’s Got Talent.” There will also be a Coney Island Hot Dog and Brat Bar, hosted by Porterhouse Presents.

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. Act now to reserve stabling spots, and do not miss out on the chance to compete during the all-new FEI Great Lakes Equestrian Festival series in August.

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. 

For more information or to view schedules, please visit mmg.management or www.greatlakesequestrianfestival.com.

1.40M OPEN JUMPERS
Place Entry Horse Rider
1 507 BERKLEY III BOYD, DOUGLAS
2 670 CAVALIER II SHIELS, CAITLYN
3 1527 BEORN LENKART, SCOTT
4 341 SYNAPSE DE BLONDEL LOWE-WISEMAN, ALEXA
5 1127 IMPRIMIS CHESKA, DONALD
6 1343 CHANCE STE HERMELLE MORRISSEY, MICHAEL

1.35M OPEN JUMPERS
Place Entry Horse Rider
1 712 QUALITY ON TOP VALE, AARON
2 508 CALVIGO BOYD, DOUGLAS
3 766 AVENTADOR JENNINGS, DAVID
4 973 CYMO SHOOK, BRIAN
5 972 DIDGEREEDOO VDL SHOOK, BRIAN
6 1101 CELESTINA VOGUS, SERAH
7 1211 CICO NOVAK, NICK
8 800 BELVUE BEN KEMPER, SARA

1.30M OPEN JUMPERS
Place Entry Horse Rider
1 493 RUMOROSA BEISEL, DAVID
2 1151 FORMELLA COLLINS, KRISTEN
3 1499 BOUKATI B MITCHELL, BRADY
4 529 NICHOLAS BOYD, DOUGLAS
5 797 CRUSADE VALE, AARON
6 652 AIR GUITAR DONNELLY, MELISSA
7 1205 CLIMBUS NOVAK, NICK
7 1206 DIRKIE Z NOVAK, NICK

 

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