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Junior Riders Dominate $7,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic at GLEF IV

Written by: Sarah Harper
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2016-07-30

Traverse City, MI – July 30, 2016 – Junior riders dominated the $7,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic in the Grand Prix Ring at Flintfields Horse Park on Saturday Morning. The three top finishers were all 16 or under. It was 15-year-old Sloan Hopson and her own Angelo, a 10-year-old Warmblood gelding who topped the field of 30 horses and riders over the tricky Bernardo Costa Cabral designed track. The pair were less than half-a second faster than second place finisher Logan Taylor and her own Five Star, a 7-year-old Selle Francais stallion who held the lead for most of the class with a trailblazing time of 37.447 seconds.

Only five pairs were able to leave all rails standing through both rounds of competition and all were junior riders. Third place went to 15-year-old Daisy Farish aboard Jill Donaldson’s Estrella, a 10-year-old Rheinlander mare. Sixteen-year-old Isabella Russekoff and Castor Van De Kranenburg took home fourth place and junior rider Emily Perez and Bola de Nieve rounded out the top five.

Hopson knew that she would have to stick to her plan in order to beat Taylor’s time and leave all the rails intact. “My plan was to stay consistent and smooth throughout the first round so that I could have a shot at the second round, but not to let him get too wound up so we would still have control in the jump-off,” Hopson explained. She broke the bean in 37.002 seconds, less than half a second faster than Taylor’s time.

Hopson was happy with Estrella’s performance in the jump-off. The tricky course demanded an accurate ride, blazing fast speed and tight turns. “I felt that I rode the jump-off just the way we planned it,” Hopson said. “He was really good about turning right off the backsides of the jumps and really going for it. I’ve been working so hard on staying consistent, and it’s great to see that it’s finally beginning to pay off.”

Second placed Logan Taylor held the lead for much of the class and was thrilled with the performance of her young stallion. A lucky rub at the end of the first round sent the pair in to the jump-off with renewed focus.

“He just turned spectacularly today,” Taylor said. “I got really lucky because he rubbed the last jump in our first round, but it was perfect because I got that rub right before the jump off which I think gave him a little bit of an edge and woke him up a little bit.”

Taylor has owned the 7-year-old stallion for two years and their hard work and partnership is starting to pay off in results. “I was doing the Children’s Jumpers with him for two years,” Taylor said.  “I think I went a whole year without having a clear round. We’ve really had to work at this and now it’s all coming together. He’s also winning in the 7year olds. He was second on Thursday and then he was first yesterday (with trainer David Beisel). I want to go as far as I can with him, he’s my best friend.”

Aaron Vale dominated the Young Jumper Championships 7-Year-Old Qualifier class on Saturday. Vale took home the win with Elusive, a Dutch Warmblood gelding with a time of 28.426 seconds, and also rode Trade Winds’ Enrique into second place with a time of 30.232 seconds. David Beisel and Eos M rounded out the top three.

Week Four of The Great Lakes Equestrian Festival will conclude Sunday. Hunter highlights include the $5,000 Glory Days Farm LLC, USHJA National Hunter Derby.

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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