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Copper Creek Dressage Series Growing and Thriving

WILLIAMSTON, MI – Forget the gloomy Michigan economic news. This summer, there’s a bright spot just a half hour east of the state’s capital. In the charming town of Williamston, Michigan, the Copper Creek Dressage Series is growing and thriving.

“We have been absolutely delighted with the participation and the success of our first two shows,” said Show Manager Sandy Hunt. The Spring Dressage @ Copper Creek show in May began with an excellent roster of competitors and the June Dressage @ Copper Creek show filled all stalls with an increased number of horses and exhibitors. “We like to think of ourselves as a boutique show,” said Hunt. “We are the right size to give riders new to approved shows the support they need and at the same time to provide the best conditions we can for experienced competitors. Judging from the comments we receive from our exhibitors, it’s working.”

The series finale takes place July 18 and 19 with Summer Dressage @ Copper Creek. Hunt anticipates another excellent show and is working to provide a few special treats. Prizes will include popular books by Michigan State University McPhail Chair Dr. Hilary Clayton. The Rowe Memorial trophy will be awarded again at the July show. Said Hunt, “Throughout the series, local businesses have provided such fun prizes as gift certificates to Williamston restaurants, original artwork and even gift certificates for art lessons from noted equine artist Karen Bartlett. Other surprises are in the works.”

Copper Creek Dressage Series has been called “the most exhibitor-friendly show” in the area. With its setting in the historic community of Williamston and close to shopping and entertainment in the Okemos-East Lansing area, this show makes showing a pleasure. Once again Gracie’s Place is our food concession and exhibitors continue to appreciate the quality of food available. The Comfort Inn of Okemos offers exhibitors special USEF-member rates. To see more about the 2009 Copper Creek Dressage Series and to enter classes, visit Dressagesecretary.com or call 517-655-3710.

Spring Dressage @ Copper Creek (May 30-31) High Point and Special Awards: Training Level Jr/Yg Rider: Grand Champion Jillian Ann Johnson; Reserve Champion Anna Marek Training Level Adult Amateur Grand Champion Elizabeth Ostrovets; Reserve Champion Lynne Liechty. Training Level Open Grand Champion Sandra Tull; Reserve Champion Kathy Walters. First Level Jr/Yg Rider Grand Champion Claire Kendall; Reserve Champion Kerrigan Gluch. First level Adult Amateur Grand Champion Shari Waolke; Reserve Champion Birgit Villeminey. First Level Open Grand Champion Valerie Mortier; Reserve Champion Barb Reis. Second Level Jr/Yg Rider Grand Champion Kelly Day; Reserve Champion Kerrigan Gluch. Second Level Adult Amateur Grand Champion Patricia Keller; Reserve Champion Elizabeth Lyles. Second Level Open Grand Champion Sandra Tull; Reserve Champion Jakki Balzer. Third Level Jr/Yg Rider Grand Champion Sarah Marquardt; Reserve Champion Jakki Balzer. Third Level AdultAmateur Grand Champion Kristen Foley; Reserve Champion Paula Meyer. Third Level Open Grand Champion Anne Stahl, Reserve Champion Beverly Rapp. Fourth Level Adult Amateur Grand Champion Scott Redwantz; Reserve Champion Paula Meyers. Fourth Level Open Grand Champion Susan Snethkamp; Reserve Champion Rob Van Wessum. Prix St. Georges Jr/Yg Rider Grand Champion Megan Levine. FEI Open Grand Champion Anne Stahl; Reserve Champion Sue Thome. Winner of the James Rowe Memorial Trophy for High Percentage FEI Ride and High Percentage Trakehner Ribbon, Anne Stahl on Dressman, 68.421%. Dover Medal Winner, Patricia Keller on Cheops.

June Dressage @ Copper Creek (June 20-21) High Point and Special Awards: Training Level Jr/Yg Rider Grand Champion Louise Vanderploeg; Reserve Champion Cassandra McAllister. Training Level Adult Amateur Grand Champion Elizabeth Ostrovetz; Reserve Champion Cathie Yoder. Training Level Open Grand Champion Jessie Myers; Reserve Champion Sandra Tull. First Level Jr/Yg Rider Grand Champion Kayli Pioszak; Reserve Champion Claire Kendall. First Level Adult Amateur Grand Champion Sheryl Chaffee; Reserve Champion Amy McKeighan. First Level Open Grand Champion Carrie Wilson. Reserve Champion Valerie Mortier. Second Level Jr/Yg Rider Grand Champion Maddie Nelson; Reserve Champion Jennifer Haneghan. Second Level Adult Amateur Grand Champion Shari Wolke; Reserve Champion Birgit Villeminey. Second Level Open Grand Champion Sandra Tull; Reserve Champion Julie VanZee. Third Level Jr/Yg Rider Grand Champion Kristine Petrella. Third Level Adult Amateur Grand Champion Kristen Foley; Reserve Champion Melinda Park. Third Level Open Grand Champion Anne Stahl; Reserve Champion Tracy McEwan. Fourth Level Adult Amateur Grand Champion Carol Cooper. Fourth Level Open Grand Champion Carolyn Hoekstra; Reserve Champion Jessie Myers. Prix St. George Jr/Yg Rider Grand Champion Megan Levine. FEI Adult Amateur Grand Champion Hilary Clayton; Reserve Champion Janis Cliff. FEI Open Grand Champion Rob Van Wessum; Reserve Champion Cheryl Kellerman. Winner of the James Rowe Memorial Trophy for High Percentage FEI Ride Rob Van Wessum on Luciano at Intermediare I, 73.158%. High Percentage Trakehner Ribbon, Amy McKeighan on Traumee, 67.632%. Dover Medal Winner, Patricia Keller on Cheops.

 

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