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Leah DeMartini and Firth Of Lorne

Alliy Moyer and Beorn

Mattias Tromp and KM Whatever RV

Ryan Genn and Welcome Cor

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Leah DeMartini and Mattias Tromp Lead Highlighted Jumper Classes During Week Five at Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

Written by: Taylor Renner
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2016-08-11

Traverse City, Mich. – Aug. 11, 2016 – The High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers and the 1.35m Open Jumpers highlighted Thursday's jumper competition in the Grand Prix Ring at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF). Leah DeMartini of Elm Rock LLC and Mattias Tromp of Beyaert Farm Inc. rode faultlessly in their respective classes to both take home blue ribbons on day two of Week Five.
DeMartini, a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University, claimed her first GLEF win in the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers aboard Elm Rock LLC's Firth Of Lorne, and were the only horse and rider combination of the class to jump double clear in 39.699 seconds.
"[Firth Of Lorne] is kind of funny," said DeMartini of the 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion. "He's definitely a stallion, but he's really, really easy in the show ring. He's just a great horse. He's competitive and he's really fun to ride.
"This is my first summer circuit with him," continued DeMartini. "He's been great. We've just been trying to figure each other out. I finished school so I've been riding full time, which is really nice because going back and forth is always challenging. We've done Kentucky, Tryon and here and it's just been great to really focus on riding this summer. It's our first time here in Michigan. It's a beautiful facility, the horses are so happy and the weather is great so we're excited to be here for two weeks!"
Although still a new partnership, DeMartini and Firth Of Lorne proved their winning ways on Thursday after successfully navigating around the Michel Vaillancourt-designed course, which proved to be quite challenging for the class, smoothly and effortlessly.
"I really like the shape of the ring," said DeMartini. "I thought it was nice. There were a few bending lines, but it was pretty straightforward. I think the horses like the ground here so they jump well."
Only three riders advanced to the jump-off during the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers, with DeMartini being the best of the day. Alliy Moyer and her own Beorn collected 4 faults to finish in second place in 41.761 seconds, while Julia Tops and Zamiro 16, owned by Stone Ridge Farms LLC, placed third with a total of 13 faults in 50.552 seconds.
Prior to the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers was the 1.35m Open Jumpers where 16 exhibitors vied for first place honors.
Mattias Tromp and Beyaert Farms Inc.'s KM Whatever RV were one of five to ride clear over the one-round speed track, tripping the timers in 59.265 seconds to take the top spot.
"I thought it was a really nice speed track," said Tromp. "There was that one option for the inside turn, the rest of it was really nice and flowing. The one turn at the liverpool was a little bit of a challenge, but I liked it. I thought it had a good flow and was a good course."
Of the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Tromp said, "[KM Whatever RV] is a really cool horse. I've had him and been riding him for about a year and a half. Whenever you're on him, you never really feel like you're going that fast — he has such a big stride. He doesn't really jump so high over the fences; he doesn't take a lot of time in the air so he's a lot faster just by skimming the jumps. He's such a good speed horse."
Trailing Tromp by six seconds was Wednesday's 1.40m Open Jumpers winner, Ryan Genn, and Ann Anastasio's Welcome Cor. They finished in second place with no faults in 65.646 seconds. Theo Genn followed his brother with a clear round aboard Eduardo Leon's Dirocco Blue in 66.195 seconds for third place.
Similar to DeMartini, this week is Tromp's first time competing at GLEF.
"I've never been here before," said Tromp. "I think the footing is amazing. The town surrounding the show is fantastic. All of the important parts are really here at this horse show. I think there's a lot of growth here and I think there's going to be a lot more people showing here. I'll be here for the first two weeks. I have one in the U25 and one in the two grand prix coming up."
The 1.30m Open Jumpers earlier in the day saw six contenders produce double clear rounds. Mattias Tromp and Beyaert Farm Inc.'s Capri Van De Helle took the first place spot in 61.917 seconds, while Dorothy Cox and her own Pensilvania trailed by one second to finish with the red ribbon in 62.521 seconds. Wilhelm Genn and Taylor Reid's Dieta rounded out the top three in 64.158 seconds.
Feature jumper events for Week Five include 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.
Series Two kicked off on Aug. 10 and will run through Aug. 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, Aug. 28. Hunter highlights include the USHJA National Hunter Derby, which will take place each Sunday through the end of the second series.
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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