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Wilhelm Genn and Dieta

Ryan Genn and Welcome COR

Theo Genn and Asirea Fortuna

Lisa Goldman and As Di Sogrand

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Genns Dominate 1.35m and 1.30m Open Jumpers on Thursday at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival Week Six

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

Traverse City, Mich. – Aug. 18, 2016 – The Grand Prix Ring during Week Six of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF) picked back up with jumper competition on Thursday at 8 a.m. Wilhelm Genn and sons Theo and Ryan dominated the 1.35m and 1.30m Open Jumpers, taking first, second and third place honors throughout the two classes.

The 1.35m Open Jumpers saw 19 challengers in the one-round speed class with eight producing faultless efforts. Wilhelm was the early clear pathfinder of the class as third to take on the Jose Gamarra-designed course aboard Taylor Reid's Dieta, crossing the finish line in 57.569 seconds.

"I thought it was a very good course," said Wilhelm. "It was long, which I like for a speed class. It was challenging with good inside options, which I took. You have to see if your horse is ready for it or not, but I thought it was a nice challenge. I thought it was well set. In a couple of spots you had to be pretty sharp and ready for the next jump, but I thought it was a really well thought out course. I liked it a lot."

Two rounds later, Brian Shook and Didgereedoo VDL, owned by F.A.S. Farms, LLC, looked to best Wilhelm's time with another clear round, but fell short by four seconds in 61.022 seconds, putting him in second place behind Wilhelm.

None came close to outpacing Wilhelm or Shook's time except Wilhelm's son Ryan and Ann Anastasio's Welcome COR five rounds later. Wilhelm and Welcome COR won the $50,000 Grand Prix of Traverse City at GLEF in 2015, and on Thursday Ryan rode the 10-year-old Holsteiner mare to a fault-free finish in 59.220 seconds to take the red ribbon, garnering Shook the yellow ribbon for third place.

After Wilhelm and Dieta placed second in Wednesday's 1.35m Open Jumper competition, the pair maintained their early lead to come out on top on Thursday. A veteran of the sport, Wilhelm has won over 100 grand prix in his career, many of which while competing in Traverse City for over a decade with well-known mounts such as Happy Z, Chantal and Ariado.

"Dieta is an 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare who belongs to Taylor Reid," said Wilhelm. "She bought her from me last year, but I am showing her. She is a wonderful horse; I love her. I think she will win grand prix events next year so we are pretty excited about her. Hopefully we'll finish the week as well as we started. In the meantime, we're enjoying this beautiful weather, scenery and people.

"We just love it up here," continued Wilhelm. "We came to this show back when it was still at the other facility. We skipped it for a few years, but the last five or six years we have been back every year. I think it is great. It is only going to get better every year. It has been a beautiful show so far. I see it only getting bigger each year."

Earlier in the day, the 1.30m Open Jumpers got underway in the Grand Prix Ring at Flintfields Horse Park. Twelve horse and rider combinations navigated around the one-round speed course, designed by Jose Gamarra, but only six finished with zero faults.

The fastest of the faultless rounds went to Theo and Eduardo Leon's Asirea Fortuna. Theo originally took the lead aboard Victoria Watters' Posh in 60.708 seconds as second in the order-of-go. He held that lead until Lisa Goldman and her own As Di Sogrand outpaced his time by one second in 59.531 seconds to move up in the rankings.

Theo challenged Goldman's time with his second mount of the class, Asirea Fortuna, three rounds later. He piloted the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare to a speedy time of 58.384 seconds to re-take the lead, thus finishing in first and third place with his two mounts, while Goldman took second place honors.

"Asirea Fortuna is a good speed horse," said Theo. "I have had her for quite a few years now. She's won a grand prix and she was second in three grand prix events; this was a fairly easy class for her. It was a good warm-up class. We did a couple of the inside turns. I didn't push the speed; she is just a naturally fast horse. She's super efficient. She was awesome today.

"The course was great," continued Theo. "We were here the first two weeks of the circuit and then gave the horses a few weeks off and came back last week. I love the show; it's always been great. They make improvements every year. The management is great, the course designers are always top-notch and the footing is really nice."

After GLEF, Theo plans to return home to Rheinland Farm based out of Lebanon, Ohio, before gearing up for the Young Jumper Championships in September.

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 two weeks throughout the second series of competition, which runs Aug. 10–28. Feature jumper events for Week Six include the $35,000 Welcome Stake CSI2* on Friday and the $50,000 Grand Prix CSI2* on Sunday.

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 CSI3* on Sunday, Aug. 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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