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Jennifer Nadalin and Westeros

Jennifer Nadalin and Catango V

Hillary Johnson and Vienna

Tamara Provost and Salt

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Jennifer Nadalin and Westeros Top Opening Day of Performance Hunter Leaderboard at GLEF Six

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2016-08-18

Traverse City, Mich. – Aug, 18, 2016 – On Thursday, hunter riders gathered at the Flintfields Horse Park, to enjoy the blue skies, light breeze and top equestrian competition. It was the perfect beginning to Week Six, with the Performance Hunters and the Treesdale Farms Pre-Green Hunters taking the spotlight at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF).

Jennifer Nadalin and Westeros, owned by Katie Jordan, took the lead in the Performance Hunter division on Thursday with a first place finish over fences as well as in the under saddle, and capped off the opening day with a third place in the handy.

“Westeros is a really cool horse, and he is aptly named with a really cool name,” Nadalin laughed. “His owner, Katie, is a Game of Thrones fan and she named him. We usually compete in the First Year Green Working Hunters, but this week we gave him a few days off, pulled him out and went in the Performance Hunters. He went wonderfully!”

The 9-year-old chestnut gelding also competes in the Intermediate and Adult Hunters with Jordan. Nadalin credited his attitude to his success in the hunters.

“He is just lovely, and all six weeks that we have been here, he has not done one thing wrong. He is lazy and laidback, so as long as I make sure he is awake, he is the perfect ride. He never looks at anything. He is super handy, and he is very laid back. He has been a super star all year, very reliable, you can really count on him.”

Nadalin also captured the first place in the handy with Catango V, owned by Samantha Gajoch, as well as the second place over fences, and the third under saddle. Alise Oken rode Cavalia, owned by Hi Hopes Farm LLC, to two second place ribbons, and the third for the opening day.

“It was nice today,” Nadalin said of the show. “After all the rain yesterday, they set everything so that it was very nice and inviting. It was a lot of rain yesterday, but the footing was really great today, and we were all very happy with the way the courses rode.”

In the Treesdale Farms Pre-Green Hunters, the ribbons swapped back and forth between Tamara Provost and Hillary Johnson. Provost captured the first and second place ribbons over fences with Salt, owned by Merrylegs South, while Johnson rode Vienna, owned by Altair Farms to the first place finish over fences. Vienna was the winner of the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Stake during Week Five of GLEF.

“Vienna is a good girl,” Johnson said . She has been a blast. We got her at the end of the Florida winter circuit, and she just started showing. She is simple, sweet, easy and beautiful. We are always keeping our eyes open for special horses. Her owner rides her and is getting closer to showing, and they get along really well.”

Vienna has proven that she is calm and brave, and Johnson trusts her as an Adult Hunter horse for her owner, as well as a possible Pre-Green Incentive Horse for the 2017 Finals.

“She has placed really well in Pre-Green Incentive classes, and this is her first year showing her, so we will probably end up taking her next year. We have gone back and forth a little bit in the 3’3” and 3’ Pre-Green Hunters, and I think she is going to be a really good one.”

Johnson also captured two third place ribbons on Vera, owned by Rebekah Watkins, while David Beisel rode his own Sneakers to the second and fourth place finishes. 

Series Two kicked off on August 10 and will run 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. Hunter highlights include the USHJA National Hunter Derby, which will take place each Sunday through the end of the second series. 

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 do not 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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