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Ryan Genn and Nicholas Dello Joio Take Top Honors on First Day of Series Two at Great Lakes Equestrian Festival CSI2*

Written by: Taylor Renner
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2016-08-10

Traverse City, Mich. – Aug. 10, 2016 – The Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF) kicked off its second series of competition on Wednesday with featured jumper classes in the Grand Prix Ring including the 1.30m, 1.35m and 1.40m Open Jumpers.
Series Two of GLEF runs through Aug. 28 and will include three weeks of hunter and jumper competition, featuring a FEI CSI2* rating Week Five and Six and a FEI CSI3* rating during Week Seven for the first time ever, culminating in the $100,000 Grand Traverse Grand Prix on Sunday, Aug. 28.
Ryan Genn of Rheinland Farm out of Lebanon, Ohio, and Aramon, owned by Wilhelm Genn and Mark Atkins, kicked off competition at Flintfields Horse Park once again, after a one-week break, with a win in the 1.40m Open Jumpers on Wednesday.
Genn piloted the 11-year-old Warmblood gelding to a fast and faultless effort in 37.037 seconds to take the blue ribbon.
"Aramon is a really good horse," said Genn. "I just graduated from the [Savannah College of Art and Design] in the spring so I haven't been jumping a lot of big classes with him, but he's such a really good horse. He has a ton of scope and he's really easy. When I graduated, my brother Theo had been riding him before so he started letting me show him. The first grand prix I did after graduation in Chicago, he jumped clean right away with me. He was really good, and obviously I wasn't riding that great because I hadn't been showing that much so it really showed his value there. I'm really excited to get going with him again and jump the bigger classes. We'll do the U25 this week."
Michel Vaillancourt set a challenging first round track of 11 obstacles with a triple and double combination, bending lines and many tight rollbacks. Only three horse and rider combinations were able to produce double clear rounds.
"It was a good course," said Genn. "Aramon was a little strong because it was his first time in. He hasn't shown in a little bit so he was pretty excited in there, but that's good — I'd rather him be strong and wanting to go than backing off too much so I was really happy. The course was good. I love the courses here. Michel is an awesome builder; we always have fun when he builds.
"I didn't really gallop that fast," continued Genn. "I just tried to stay on the inside track and be efficient. He turned pretty amazing. On the rollback to the second to last jump, he rolled back so tight and jumped up so straight up he actually hit me in the chin and I was like, 'Oh wow, good boy!' Then he landed and turned right away so that was a good surprise."
In second place was Abigail McArdle and Plain Bay Sales' Contessina Della Caccia, who crossed the finish line in 38.677 seconds. Following McArdle was another Plain Bay Sales mount, Victorio 5, with Adam Prudent in the irons to claim third place honors in 39.906 seconds.
Preceding the 1.40m Open Jumper competition was the 1.35m Open Jumpers, which went to Nicholas Dello Joio and Allison Stawarz's Aluna.
Dello Joio bested the field of 18 horses and riders to come away with the win in a double clear performance in 33.158 seconds.
"Aluna is a 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare," said Dello Joio. "She belongs to Allison Stawarz — she's a client that rides with us. She's not coming this week so I'm showing the horse for her. The horse is now for sale. She's a lovely mare — straightforward, easy, she's done professional divisions with me and amateur divisions with Allison and I'm happy to have the ride on her this week.
"She was great today," continued Dello Joio. "She came out here — she's never been in this ring — and she jumped fabulously, I thought. I made up some time in my turns for sure. I kind of challenged her a little bit in my turns to see how she would react and she was excellent. I'm happy to walk away with the win today."
McArdle collected another red ribbon in the 1.35m Open Jumpers aboard Plain Bay Sales' Comeback in 33.499 seconds — just three tenths of a second slower than Dello Joio. David Jennings and S & L Puppy Love, owned by S & L Farms, rounded out the top three double clear finishers in 34.431 seconds.
For both Genn and Dello Joio, they are happy to be competing and participating in all three weeks at GLEF in the inaugural FEI series.
"We did the first two weeks at GLEF, and I showed him during the first week," said Genn. "Then we went home so it's his first time showing here since Week One."
"This is my first time here," said Dello Joio. "I've never been here before. It's lovely here. The ring is great and the footing is super. It's nice to try a new facility out. We'll be here all three weeks so I'm excited!"
Earlier in the day, the 1.30m Open Jumpers saw 22 challengers compete for first place honors on the first day of Week Five, but it was Kelbee Miller and North Face Farm's Quality On Top who came out on top. The pair collected no faults and tripped the timers in 32.628 seconds. Adam Prudent and Katherine Monahan-Prudent's Douwe finished double clear for second place in 32.730 seconds, just one tenth of a second behind the leader. Rounding out the top three was Wilhelm Genn and Taylor Reid's Dieta, who also finished double clear in 33.008 seconds.
Feature jumper events for Week Five include the 1.35m Open Jumpers and High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers on Thursday, the $35,000 FEI Welcome Stake CSI2* on Friday, the $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by the Moyer family, on Saturday and the $50,000 FEI Grand Prix of Williamsburg CSI2* on Sunday.
Week Six of GLEF runs through Aug. 17–21 at the Flintfields Horse Park and will continue to welcome riders and thrill spectators over the next three weeks throughout the second series of competition, which runs Aug. 10–28.
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.
Week Six will host the Kari Lynch Band and farm BBQ dinner by on Friday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Flintfields Horse Park, while Week Seven will headline the Billy Strings Bluegrass Closing Party by at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 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 onsite campgrounds and weekly nights of entertainment for a truly unique attendee experience.
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