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Jennifer Nadalin with Performance Hunter Champion Westeros and Reserve Champion Catango V

Jennifer Nadalin and Westeros

Hillary Johnson and Vienna

Hillary Johnson and Vienna

Tamara Provost and Salt

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Jennifer Nadalin Claims Performance Hunter Championship and Reserve Rosettes at GLEF Week Six

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2016-08-19

Traverse City, Mich. – August 19, 2016 – The Performance Hunters kicked off the third day of competition at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF) on Friday. Jennifer Nadalin did not let her grip slip on her first day lead aboard Westeros, returning on the second day to clinch the championship and move Catango V into the reserve champion position.

“Westeros was great,” Nadalin said. “It has been a long week, and he has shown all six weeks of competition. We didn’t want to do too much with him, I just did a quick warm-up and we went in—he couldn’t have been better.”

Westeros, owned by Katie Jordan, is a 9-year-old chestnut gelding who has proven himself time and time again in the First Year Working Green Hunters. Nadalin entered him into the Performance Hunter division during the sixth week of competition, and was thrilled to see that he did not put one hoof out of place. He earned the first and second place over fences on the second day to finish out the division with the clear lead from his two-day combined collection of ribbons. Nadalin also nabbed the reserve championship for the Performance Hunter division with Catango V, owned by Samantha Gajoch.

“Catango also did a great job,” Nadalin said. “Samantha showed him last week, but this week she returned to school, so he is only doing the Performance Hunters and then hopefully we will do the National Hunter Derby on Sunday.”

Nadalin continued, “The courses were very nice for the second day. The footing was really good, and the courses rode really nicely. It was a very busy morning for us, a lot of hustling between rings with all the different divisions, but it all worked out really well, and the horses were wonderful.”

During the Treesdale Farms Pre-Green Hunters, it was Hillary Johnson and Vienna, owned by Altair Farms, who broke their reserve championship streak, finally claiming the Pre-Green Hunter Championship. They sealed their claim on the tricolor with two additional first place finishes over fences, as well as the top spot in the under saddle for a second day sweep.

“She has been really good; we have been here for six weeks. It was nice to get in a different ring. She went in there, and was happy to be in there with some different jumps and scenery,” Johnson said of the move into the main hunter ring for the Pre-Green Hunter division. “She doesn’t school on Tuesdays, she just gets ridden Wednesday and competes in the division. We are hoping to do the derby this week, it will be her first one.”

Johnson continued, “She is a very soft ride, she is a mare after all,” Johnson laughed. “She likes you to sit pretty quiet. She has a good engine and a good mouth. She is fairly straightforward.”

Owner, Starr Humphries of Altair Farms, was onsite to see Vienna compete, “She is here almost every time the horses show. She is an absolutely wonderful owner. She loves seeing her horses do well, and she never puts any pressure on me. We are excited to have finally broken our streak of reserve championships.”

The reserve championship was awarded to Tamara Provost and Salt for their first and second place finishes Thursday, as well as dual second place finishes over fences Friday.

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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