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Samuel Parot and Couscous Van Orti

Samuel Parot and Couscous Van Orti

David Beisel and Call Me Hannes

Lisa Goldman and Morocco

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Chile's Samuel Parot and Couscous Van Orti Claim First FEI Title of Week Seven in $35,000 Welcome Stake CSI3*

Written by: Taylor Renner
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2016-08-25

Traverse City, Mich. – Aug. 25, 2016 – Twenty-six international horse and rider combinations gathered at the Flintfields Horse Park Grand Prix Ring on Thursday to kick-off the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival's (GLEF) CSI3* competition with the $35,000 Welcome Stake CSI3*. It was the country of Chile whose national anthem rang throughout the showgrounds at the end of the day as Samuel Parot clinched the first FEI title of the week aboard his own Couscous Van Orti.
Venezuela's Leopoldo Palacios designed Thursday's challenging one-round speed course, which saw 13 exhibitors finish clear with no faults.
Darragh Kerins (IRL) and Maarten Huygens' Ilan were the early clear pathfinders, crossing the finish line in 67.650 seconds. Lisa Goldman (USA) entered the ring next and piloted her own Morocco, a 13-year-old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding, to a blazing time of 57.770 seconds, shaving 10 seconds off of Kerins' time to beat.
However, Parot followed Goldman one round later and, with his 14-year-old Belgium Warmblood gelding, broke the beam in 55.970 seconds, besting Goldman's time by two seconds and taking over the top spot on the leaderboard.
"I am happy that I stayed for one more week!" said Parot. "Couscous is very fast all of the time. I saw the course, made my plan to number two and three and I made five when everyone else did six. Then to four I made six instead of seven and then had a really good turn. Couscous was really good.
"In the FEI class tomorrow I will ride Dazzle White, but I will ride Couscous and Quick Du Pottier in Sunday's grand prix," continued Parot. "After GLEF, I will compete in the HITS Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix."
Goldman took another shot at reclaiming her first place position with her own Hindsight. She rode the 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding to a time of 57.830 seconds, just one tenth of a second behind her own time with Morocco.
Parot wore a target on his back as David Beisel (USA) entered the ring two rounds later aboard the big strided 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding Call Me Hannes, owned by Harlow Investment Enterprises LLC. The pair came close to catching Parot's lead as they raced through the timers in 56.510 seconds to move into second place, garnering Goldman third and fourth place honors with her two mounts.
"Call Me Hannes loves to compete," said Beisel. "He was third in the Welcome last week. He just had a great week last week. It seemed like to me the key was doing the inside turns. There was one inside turn to the left to the plank and then another inside turn after that back to the oxer, and it seemed like if you could get those turns you'd be right there in the hunt. I tried to incorporate turns in our warm-up so he kind of knew what was coming, and he was great. The plank didn't come up perfect, but he zeroed right in and he got it.
"That's probably his best placing in a speed class," continued Beisel. "He's done well in jump-offs, but that's probably my best placing with him going right out of the gate in a speed class. So it was good practice. I love this course designer, Leopoldo. I thought it was a really nice, welcoming course. It gave you options to try and be fast. Some people I think were schooling their horses, and it gave them a nice track to jump around. I'm looking forward to riding the rest of the courses this week and I have to thank the Harlows for providing me with great horses to ride."
Beisel, a consistent competitor of Traverse City horse shows for 12 years, has enjoyed returning to Flintfields Horse Park for GLEF's second year and is appreciative of the new FEI series.
"I've been coming here since they started it at the other facility," said Beisel. "I love it. I was here for the first year of GLEF last year as well. It's hard to beat the town and the weather. The show's great. I've enjoyed having my family here. There are so many fun, family activities to do. The new FEI series has been great. It's nice to get ranking points. It's so important these days so I'm very appreciative of the whole crew for putting on the FEI. I hope it continues to grow and keeps going."
The final week of Series Two at GLEF will continue to welcome riders and thrill spectators 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. Additional highlight events for the week include the $40,000 Great Lakes Stake Classic CSI3* on Friday.
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 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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