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Two for Two! Mattias Tromp and Avon Clinch $50,000 Grand Prix CSI2* to Conclude Week Six of Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

Written by: Taylor Renner
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG) http://www.stadiumjumping.com/sj/index.cfm
Release Date: 2016-08-21

Traverse City, Mich. – Aug. 21, 2016 – After just claiming the victory in Friday's $35,000 Welcome Stake CSI2*, Mattias Tromp (USA) and Beyaert Farm Inc.'s Avon continued their winning streak on Sunday, blazing through the two rounds of show jumping competition to win the $50,000 Grand Prix CSI2* at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF).
 
Twenty-three exhibitors turned out for the week's main event in the Grand Prix Ring at Flintfields Horse Park. In the first round, course designer Jose Gamarra tested riders over a 13-fence serpentine, consisting of a triple bar, double and triple combinations and a liverpool obstacle. Nine successfully navigated the first round course, securing their chance to return for the tiebreaker.
 
Alma Björklund (SWE) led the way in the jump-off with the first double clear round aboard her own Loro Piana Ballyleck Royale. They crossed the finish line in 36.040 seconds.
 
The next double clear performance did not come until five rounds later when Lisa Goldman (USA), winner of Saturday's $7,500 1.40m Open Jumpers, and her own Morocco, an Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding, entered the ring. Although Goldman lost a stirrup mid-way through the course, the pair still jumped clear to finish in 33.910 seconds, besting Björklund's time by three seconds.
 
"Morocco is a bit of a spit-fire," said Goldman. "He's like a big dog; he's my pet. He's who I go to if I'm having a bad day. He's 13 this year. I've had him since he was 4 coming 5. He's a won a ton for me. It was sad not having him in Europe, but it's nice to be back in the tack with him now.
 
"There were a lot of lines that ended up being quite steady for most horses and that worked out great for me on Morocco because he has that short gallop-y stride," continued Goldman. "I had a lot of really lucky rubs so I will definitely take that today. The jump-off was really good for me. I jumped one and sliced the triple bar at number two and realized that I really should take a deep breath and slow down a bit. I was good in the middle and then I lost a stirrup in the last turn so I never really got my gallop where I wanted to the last jump. My horse jumped amazing though. He couldn't have done any more for me."
 
It was Tromp and Avon, the talented 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood stallion, who were up next. Hot on Goldman's trail, they blazed around the short course, leaving no door open, and broke the beam in 32.860 seconds to secure the victory.

"I thought the course was big enough," said Tromp. "Parts of the course were a little bit collected, but I thought it was technical and difficult. In the jump-off, we just planned to go quick. Everything just kind of came up how we wanted."
 
Wilhelm Genn (GER) concluded the jump-off phase of Sunday's grand prix with Eduardo Leon's Bugatti. They produced the last double clear round in 34.750 seconds to place behind Goldman and round out the top three in the final standings.
 
Having just begun forming their partnership together earlier this spring, 21-year-old Tromp and Avon are undoubtedly proved their winning ways at GLEF, grabbing blue ribbons in both of the FEI-rated competitions during Week Six.
 
"I feel great!" said Tromp. "I couldn't have asked the horse for any more, he was amazing here. We'll take a week off and then we'll go to the Hamptons. I'm looking forward to competing in the U25 National Championship in Kentucky this fall. That's kind of my plan. I'll base out of Ocala over the winter and we'll see what horse shows we do from there. Avon's been great though, I couldn't have asked him for more. He was great and I have to thank McLain Ward for helping me find him."
 
Preceding the grand prix on Sunday was the $7,500 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Six horses and riders rode for top honors, but none were able to jump clear around Gamarra's challenging first round course resulting in a jump-off against the four 4-faulters.
 
In the end, it was Olivia Chowdry and her own Cosma 20, an experienced mount previously ridden internationally up to the 5* level with Abigail McArdle of Plain Bay Sales, who took the win. The 24-year-old rider piloted the 13-year-old chestnut Hanoverian mare to the only clear round of the class in 34.984 seconds for the top spot on the leaderboard.
 
Julia Tops and Stone Ridge Farms LLC's Zamiro 16 finished behind Chowdry with 4 faults in 32.163 seconds, garnering them second place honors. Dana Wille and her own Mach 5 collected 8 faults in 30.176 seconds to take third place, while Allison Stawarz and her own RF Black Pearl finished on 8 faults in 30.673 seconds for fourth place.
 
The final week of Series Two at GLEF will continue to welcome riders and thrill spectators as it kicks off on Aug. 24 and runs through Aug. 28. Week Seven will feature hunter and jumper competition all week long with a FEI CSI3* rating, culminating in the $100,000 Grand Traverse Grand Prix CSI3* on Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Flintfields Horse Park.
 
Hunter competition will continue throughout Week Seven of GLEF. The final Glory Days Farm, LLC USHJA National Hunter Derby of Series Two will take place 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 hosted the Kari Lynch Band and farm BBQ dinner by www.PorterhousePresents.com on Friday, Aug. 19, at the Flintfields Horse Park, while Week Seven will headline the Billy Strings Bluegrass Closing Party by www.PorterhousePresents.com 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.

For more information or to view schedules, please visit mmg.management or www.greatlakesequestrianfestival.com.

 

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