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Wilhelm Genn and Dieta

Wilhelm Genn and Dieta

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Eugenio Garza and Lawfull Z

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Genns Continue Winning Streak During Week Seven of Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

Written by: Taylor Renner
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2016-08-27

Traverse City, Mich. – Aug. 27, 2016 – The Grand Prix Ring at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF) took a break from the week's FEI competition on Saturday and highlighted the $5,000 1.40m Open Jumpers and the $1,500 YJC 7-Year-Old Qualifier at the Flintfields Horse Park. Father/son duo Wilhelm and Theo Genn came out and took the top prize in both of the day's feature jumper classes.
Thirteen exhibitors turned out for the $5,000 1.40m Open Jumper competition, where five jumped clear around the Leopoldo Palacios-designed first round course to advance to the immediate jump-off round. The top three finishers were the only horse and rider combinations to produce double-clear efforts, and three of the top four spots were filled by Genns in the final standings.
"I love the way Leopoldo builds," said Wilhelm. "I thought the course today was great. He makes you be sharp and he makes you ride sporty. If you add somewhere or you go a little wide, you're going to have to make up for it somewhere else. It really teaches the riders that are a little inexperienced to step it up and be more sporty and it teaches the horses the same thing. For us older guys, it forces us not to slack off out there and to stay sharp. It's great, I love his courses."
Darragh Kerins and Silteplait De Circee, owned by Remarkable Farms LP, were the first to make it to the short course as second in the order of go, however a collection of 4 faults in the jump-off in 42.916 seconds left the door open for a double-clear round to snatch the lead away from Kerins.
Theo did just that in the next round with Eduardo Leon's Dirocco Blue. They finished double-clear and tripped the timers in 38.708 seconds to takeover the first place spot on the leaderboard.
The next to jump clear around the first round course and progress to the jump-off was Eugenio Garza six rounds later aboard El Milagro's Lawfull Z. The pair performed faultlessly over the speed track and crossed the finish line in 41.360 seconds to position himself behind Theo in the standings.
Wilhelm and Taylor Reid's Dieta entered the ring one trip later and laid down a speedy double-clear round to steal the first place ranking from Theo in 35.120 seconds.
"With Dieta, I'm working on consistency and making her comfortable," said Wilhelm. "She's very careful. She tries very hard. She gives you 100 percent all of the time. I really appreciate that. I would probably have her in the grand prix events by now if it weren't for me being hurt all year. I just started showing again two weeks ago. So now I'm working on getting her ready for the grand prix level. Hopefully I can find one or two that I know are going to be a little easier for her to step up to, but my plan is next year, she'll do all of the grand prix events. I think she will win two or three next year because she covers a lot of ground, she can go fast and is very careful. I really have fun with her; she's great."
Ryan Genn attempted to best his father's time as next in the order. He piloted Aramon, owned by Wilhelm and Mark Atkins, to the fastest 4-fault finish of the jump-off in 37.013 seconds.
At the end of the day, it was Wilhelm who took the blue ribbon, while Theo finished second and Garza claimed the third place honors.
Prior to the 1.40m class was the $1,500 YJC 7-Year-Old Qualifier, which saw eight horses and riders vying for the blue ribbon and three jump clear to advance to the short course.
Theo and Eduardo Leon's Enigma walked away with the win in a fault-free performance around both of Palacios' courses in 36.635 seconds. Sarah Segal and Robert Segal's Performance EP finished with the second place, also double-clear, in 39.193 seconds. David Jennings and Golden Warrior, owned by Magnolia Properties LLC, rounded out the top three with 13 faults in the jump-off in 58.005 seconds.
The final week of Series Two at GLEF will continue to welcome riders and thrill spectators through Aug. 28. Week Seven culminates in the $100,000 Grand Traverse Grand Prix CSI3* on Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Flintfields Horse Park.
After Saturday's win, Wilhelm is looking forward to competing in Sunday's grand prix with Bugatti, owned by Eduardo Leon, and continuing his winning streak through the final day of the GLEF summer circuit.
"He's ready," said Wilhelm. "He's jumped six FEI classes so far and jumped five clean. In two, he had 1 time fault. He's not naturally as fast as Dieta so I have to watch the time a little bit. I just hacked him and he felt great so there's nothing else to do for tomorrow besides just getting in a good warm-up and hopefully we'll be a little lucky."
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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