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Mattias Tromp and Avon

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Mattias Tromp and Avon

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Abigail McArdle and Comeback

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Great Lakes Equestrian Festival Week Six Wrap-Up: Aug. 1721

Written by: Taylor Renner, Kendall Bierer
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2016-08-23

Traverse City, Mich. – Aug. 23, 2016 – Mattias Tromp (USA) and Beyaert Farm Inc.'s Avon went two for two on Sunday at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF), grabbing the victory in the $50,000 Grand Prix CSI2* after just claiming Friday's $35,000 Welcome Stake CSI2*.
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.
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.
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 next. 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.

Jumper Highlights: Wednesday – Sunday

Goldman of Red Coat Farm just returned stateside a week ago after competing in Europe for five weeks as part of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Show Jumping Development Tour. She rode her Nations Cup mount Hindsight on Saturday, claiming the win with the 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding in the $7,500 1.40m Open Jumpers.
Eighteen horses and riders competed in Saturday's feature jumper class, and eight were able to produce clear efforts over Gamarra's first round course to advance to the immediate jump-off.
Goldman kicked the class off aboard her first mount, Sovereign, owned by Barbara Disko, and finished double clear, setting the pace to beat at a speedy 29.300 seconds.
The 26-year-old rider from Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, maintained her lead for the duration of the class until she returned to the Grand Prix Ring at Flintfields Horse Park twelve rounds later with her second mount, Hindsight, who she bested her own time with by one second in 28.696 seconds to take the win.
"Hindsight is just getting better and better and getting more into these jump-offs," said Goldman. "He's really, really liking being a jumper. The bigger heights are just starting to feel really comfortable with him."
Earlier in the day on Saturday, the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers saw 17 horses and riders vying for the blue ribbon in the one-round speed class. Fifteen-year-old Carly Dvorkin rode to a fast and faultless round aboard the aptly named 11-year-old Zangersheide gelding, Catch Me Z, in 55.112 seconds to grab the win.
On Friday, Tromp also led the victory gallop in the $35,000 Welcome Stake CSI2* at GLEF. Based out of North Salem, New York, Tromp piloted Avon to grab the blue ribbon and win their first FEI class together.
Thirty-four exhibitors made up the starting lineup, and only 12 jumped clear to add themselves to the good list and return for the jump-off.
Björklund (SWE) and her own Loro Piana Ballyleck Royale were the early clear pathfinders as the first to jump-off, setting the pace to beat at 38.120 seconds.
David Beisel (USA) entered the Grand Prix Ring as third in the jump-off order-of-go with Harlow Investment Enterprises LLC's Call Me Hannes and was the next pair to produce a double clear round, besting Björklund's time by five seconds in 33.400 seconds.
Samuel Parot (CHI) and his own Dazzle White followed and laid down a speedy and faultless round, just two tenths of a second faster than Beisel, to take over the lead in 33.240 seconds.
Four horses and riders attempted to catch Parot's time, but it was Tromp and Avon who were able to succeed in 32.430 seconds and come out on top at the end of the day. Parot finished with second place honors, while Beisel rounded out the top three of the class.
Avon, now owned by Beyaert Farm Inc., was previously owned by international Swedish show jumper Alexander Zetterman. The stallion competed internationally in the jumpers with Zetterman up to the 5* level, but was also champion with Tori Colvin in the hunter divisions at the Winter Equestrian Festival in 2016.
"I didn't see David or Samuel go in the jump-off," said Tromp. "I saw the times and I knew they were fast. I kind of took a shot and tried to get there — I was a little bit lucky but it worked out!"
Wilhelm 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 on Thursday at GLEF.
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 Gamarra-designed course aboard Taylor Reid's Dieta, crossing the finish line in 57.569 seconds.
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.
Earlier in the day on Thursday, 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, 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 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.
Week Six of GLEF got underway on Wednesday as the 1.40m and 1.35m Open Jumpers took center stage in the Grand Prix Ring. McArdle and David Jennings kicked the week off strong by taking home blue ribbons in their respective classes.
In the 1.40m Open Jumpers, 12 horses and riders competed for the top spot on the leaderboard with only four jumping clear over the first round course to move on to the immediate jump-off round.
Tromp and Beyaert Farm Inc.'s KM Whatever RV started the class off and produced the first double clear round to take the early lead in 32.008 seconds. McArdle followed Tromp, duplicating his round with another double clear performance aboard Plain Bay Sales' Comeback in 31.357 seconds to take over the first place ranking. Five rounds later, Dana Wille and her own Mach 5 produced a clear first round to move on to the jump-off, but collected 8 faults in 32.807 seconds to move behind Tromp in the standings.
Goldman and her own Hindsight entered the ring as the last of the challengers to try and catch McArdle's lead. They advanced to the jump-off and finished on 4 faults in 31.476 seconds to take third place honors, while Tromp took second place and Wille finished in fourth place.
The 1.35m Open Jumpers immediately followed the 1.40m competition and saw another 12 exhibitors vie for first place honors with six advancing to the short course and producing double clear rounds.
Wilhelm and Dieta were the early double clear pathfinders as first in the order of go, finishing in 36.339 seconds. The pair maintained their lead for nine rounds until Jennings and KM Corfina, owned by KM Farms, bested their time by one second with another double clear round in 35.106 seconds. David Blake and Pine Hollow Farm's Deavantus entered the ring after Jennings and finished double clear in 36.934 seconds to round out the top three behind Wilhelm in the final standings.
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 Highlights: Thursday – Sunday

On Thursday, hunter riders gathered at the Flintfields Horse Park, to enjoy blue skies, a 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.
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.
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 place for the opening day.
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 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.
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.
The Performance Hunters kicked off the third day of competition at 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, 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.
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.
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.
For 14-year-old Paige Matthies, GLEF has been the proving ground for her recent mount Justified, owned by Dudley Smith. During the seven-week series, Matthies has continually worked with the 9-year-old Warmblood in the Junior Hunter divisions, riding to the top of the leaderboard consistently. Week Six proved no different as she duplicated her efforts with the bay gelding in Large Junior Hunters.
Matthies picked up two first place finishes over fences with Justified, showing off his handiness during the second over fences course, where designer Eric Maybrook challenged riders with a serpentine track. They also picked up the second place under saddle, just behind Cole Battershall and Rogelio.
Matthies and Justified were one of the first pairs of the class, kicking off the hunter competition during a sudden storm that blew through the lower peninsula Saturday morning.
It was Icaris Vede, also owned by Smith, who captured back-to-back red ribbons in the Large Junior Hunters with Matthies in the irons. Also known as "Rufus," the chestnut gelding has consistently climbed the equitation ranks, and proved competitive against the hunters.
During the Junior 3'3" Hunters, Kathryn "Kit" Brown returned to take a strong first day lead with her own Bourbon Street, pinning first in the handy as well as the under saddle, and finishing in the second place for the over fences. Brown was all smiles as she walked out of the under saddle class saying, "We usually don't place in the under saddle. It was a surprise that we won it, but he was moving really well!"
It was Brown's second round that made Bourbon Street really shine. She opted to take several inside turns, a big step as Brown showed off Bourbon Street's handiness at only his second show since she acquired him after the Wellington winter circuit.
It was a tight race to the Amateur-Owner 3'3" Hunter Championship on Sunday as Kendall Meijer, Jill Donaldson and Barbara Goldberg competed for the tricolor. Saturday, Meijer took a marginal first day lead aboard Breckinridge with the first place in the handy, as well as the second place over fences and in the under saddle. Donaldson was hot on her heels with Troubadour, winning the under saddle and finishing second and third over fences. Goldberg concluded the first day of competition with the first and third over fences, as well as the third place in the under saddle.
GLEF concluded its sixth week of hunter competition with the highlight event of the second series, the $5,000 Glory Days Farm, LLC USHJA National Hunter Derby. Kelsey Wickham and Pick Six rode to the top of the leaderboard with a cumulative 178-point total, while 14-year-old Paige Matthies and Icaris Vede claimed second place honors.
Wickham has owned Pick Six, or 'Bandit' as he is more affectionately called, for a little over a year. Purchasing him was a decision that she never regretted, noting that "he was too nice, and we didn't really want him to leave the barn," so she bought him. Bandit proved himself once again on Sunday afternoon when he laid down an exceptional classic round, earning the score of 84 points, and jumping all high options, to take the lead with a total of 88 points.
Wickham held the highest classic score, meaning that she would return last in the order for the handy round. Although nerve-racking to watch her fellow competitors, Wickham had a plan and she wanted to stick to it.
Paige Matthies, the young talent who has swept the Junior Hunter divisions during GLEF Series Two, earned the score of 80 points, with four high-option points included, to return as the third to last to go in the order. Only Aristea Santoro and Comtico, owned by Equinvest Partners LLC, placed ahead of her after the classic round, holding a score of 83 points.
Matthies only recently began riding Icaris Vede (Rufus) in the hunter divisions. Normally her equitation horse, she made the decision to enter him for a change of scenery from the equitation ring. Having competed in five national hunter derbies in her junior career, Matthies felt confident going into the Glory Days Farm, LLC National Hunter Derby at GLEF, especially since she knew that she could capitalize on her prowess as an equitation rider and her trust in her handy mount, even with it being their inaugural derby together.
Knowing that she could lean on Rufus in the handy, Matthies stuck to a very tight inside track, and was the first rider to land from the fifth obstacle, an oxer out of a two-stride, and make an immediate right rollback over the consecutive vertical. The only other rider to attempt such a turn was the victor, Wickham.
The inside track proved enough to move Matthies into the second place with a handy score of 81 points, and with all high options, a total score of 85 points. When combined with her first-round score, the cumulative points sat at 165, only seven points shy of Wickham.
It paid off for Wickham and Bandit, who captured the win with the high scoring round of 90 points, with high options included. Even though Wickham has not entered Bandit in many hunter derbies, and the Glory Days Farm, LLC USHJA National Hunter Derby will be the first of the year, he rose to the occasion, and Wickham laughed, "I guess he still likes these classes."
The third place was awarded to Aristea Santoro and Comtico for their total of 164 points, while Michelle Durpetti captured the fourth. Olivia Jacobs and Southside finished fifth, while Jennifer Nadalin and August Rush rounded out the top six.
Hunter competition will continue throughout Week Seven of GLEF (Aug. 24–28). 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 on Friday, Aug. 19, 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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