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Keara Obrzut and Cake lead the opening day of the Junior Hunters at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival Week Seven.

Cole Battershall and Rogelio

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Keara Obrzut Tops Junior Hunter Leaderboard with Cake at GLEF Week Seven

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG) http://www.stadiumjumping.com/sj/index.cfm
Release Date: 2016-08-26

Traverse City, Mich. – Aug. 26, 2016 – With the 2016 school year underway, the struggles of juggling an academic schedule and showing are well known to the juniors competing at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF). On Friday morning, competition kicked off for the Large Junior Hunters at the Flintfields Horse Park, with Keara Obrzut and Cake taking the lead.

Obrzut competed at GLEF during the first series, and only recently returned to Traverse City for the seventh and final week of the circuit. The pair laid down solid rounds in the Junior Hunters during their first stay, and did not disappoint Friday. Obrzut rode her own Cake, a 6-year-old Holsteiner gelding, to the first place over fences, and claimed the second place in the handy as well as the third place under saddle.

“Cake loves his job as a hunter,” Obrzut smiled. “He is a very sweet horse. He goes out and does his job every time. He needs a lot of leg. He is quite quiet, but he really tries, and he gets the job done for me. He has a big step.” 

Cole Battershall and Rogelio also captured good ribbons, riding to the win in the handy as well as the third place over fences and the second place under saddle. Paige Matthies, Week Five and Six Junior Hunter Champion, rode Justified, owned by Dudley Smith, to the second place over fences as well as the third place in the handy. Matthies also captured the win in the under saddle, and brought home a trio of third place ribbons aboard her second mount of the class, Icaris Vede, owned by Smith. 

Obrzut hopes to continue to place well during the second day of competition Saturday. The ambitious 15-year-old has her sights set on competing in the USHJA International Hunter Derby series as well as trying her skills in show jumping. She laughed, saying, “Maybe I can try going forward for once.” 

She concluded, “I love it up here. It is a beautiful horse show. They have taken really good care of it this year, and in my opinion, it is better than it has been any other year we have been here in the past.”

Series Two concludes Aug. 28, after 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. Hunter highlights for Week Seven include the $2,500 Glory Days Farm, LLC USHJA National Hunter Derby, which will take place 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 do not stop there as the park offers convenient on-site 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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