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David Beisel Claims Win in $2,500 Glory Days Farm LLC, USHJA National Hunter Derby to Conclude GLEF IV

Written by: Sarah Harper
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2016-07-31

Traverse City, MI – July 31, 2016 – Hunter competition concluded Sunday in the R.L. Polk Family Main Hunter Ring with the $2,500 Glory Days Farm LLC, USHJA National Hunter Derby. While it was the hunter ring, it was jumper riders who dominated the class, with David Beisel and Aaron Vale taking the top two spots.

The first round of the derby saw 16 entries trying to make their mark over a Thomas Hern Jr.  designed course that gave riders several different high or low options and long flowing lines as well as an impressive hay bale jump option. After the first round of competition, it was junior rider Jordan Allen aboard Goodman, a 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Michelle Carrol who sat in the lead, earning 89 points with a beautiful round that included three high options. Allen was the first rider on course and she set the score to beat.

The top twelve riders were invited back to the ring for the handy course, a more technical course with tight multiple high options, a trot fence, and a hand gallop option to the final fence.

Beisel returned for the handy round in sixth place with Lavish, an 11-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Phyllis Harlow, having earned a first round score of 83 that included all four high options. The pair aimed to move up in the standings, executing a flawless handy round where they earned an impressive 91 for a stunning round that included all four high options.

Beisel was happy with Lavish’s performance in the handy round. “I was looking to try to go inside after the trot jump, but it didn’t seem to be there,” Beisel said. “Lavish really came back the second round and had such a nice flow. It was just so much fun, I could just drop the reins and let him gallop. It felt like he just gave me a tremendous last jump (at the hand gallop option).”

Beisel clearly had fun jumping around Thomas Hern Jr’s derby course. “It had a nice flow to it,” Beisel said. “You could hit a rhythm and keep going so it was really fun.”

Vale was sitting in second place coming back for the handy round after an impressive first round score of 87 that included all four high options with Madewell, an 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Aberdeen Ventures LLC.

He was happy with Madewell’s performance in the first round. “I was really happy with him in the first round,” Vale said. “I just got everything pretty much how I wanted, he was pretty loose and fluid sometimes I have to be a bit conservative and I was able to just flow up to the fences so I was really happy with that.”

 Vale was one of the few competitors who chose to tackle the large hay bale options presented by course designer Thomas Hern Jr. “The hay bale was quite a big option for this class,” Vale said. “A lot of people kind of chickened out there. I was on the fence about what to do, but he was feeling good so I went ahead and did it and we got a pretty good score in the first round.”

Vale had a solid handy round and was a contender for the win, but had an unfortunate rub at the last fence. The pair earned an 86.5 in the handy round to give them a total score of 173.5.

“The handy was good,” Vale said.  “I got an inside between the gap there (at the trot jump) that nobody else did. I caught the last jump, the hand gallop. I just got his body a little flat and he had a rub behind, which probably counted off a pretty fair bit it wasn’t just a tick.”

Vale was in good spirits, happy with his second place finish and joking about the rub at the final fence.  “I felt lucky that it didn’t come down,” Vale smiled “I’m hoping that I didn’t use up luck for later on in the grand prix. Two pretty good rounds, a little bad luck there at the last fence. Happy with a nice second place.”

Greg Crolick and Red Roc rounded out the top three with a first round score of 84 that included all four high options. was just a half a point behind Vale with a handy round score of 89 that included all four options for a total score of 173 to Vale’s 173.5. Fourth place finisher Jordan Allen had a solid handy round score of 83 that included three high options, but could not hold onto the lead to beat the jumper riders.

 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.


1. LAVISH / DAVID BEISEL / 83.00 / 91.00 / 174.00
2. MADEWELL / AARON VALE / 87.00 / 86.50 /    173.50    
3. RED ROC / GREG CROLICK / 84.00 / 89.00 / 173.00    
4. GOODMAN / JORDAN ALLEN / 89.00 / 83.00 / 172.00    
5. CRIMSON TIDE / KATIE MCDONNELL / 75.00 / 89.00 / 164.00    
6. CARAT / MICHELLE RAUE / 79.00 / 78.00 / 157.00    
7. SKARA GLEN'S INTENSE / BARBARA BANCROFT / 85.10 / 71.00 / 156.10    
8. QUINTESSENTIAL / LUCY PARR / 77.00 / 78.00 / 155.00    
9. ACT OF VALOR / OLIVIA PARR / 85.00 / 69.00 / 154.00    
10. TITUS / KIM CAREY / 76.00 / 77.00 / 153.00    
11. CAKE / KEARA BELLE OBRZUT / 82.00 / 64.00 / 146.00    
12. KING OF HEARTS / MADISON WEAVER / 73.00 / 43.00 / 116.00


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