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New Horse Park Location Brings Business Partners to Horse Shows by the Bay

Traverse City, MI – April 19, 2007 – Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc. is pleased to announce that additional Northern Michigan area businesses are showing their support of the new horse park. The park is being built three miles east of Grand Traverse Bay in Williamsburg. Shanty Creek Resort and Club, Pointes North Resort, Meijer, Eastfield Laundry, Outback, and Left Foot Charley Wines have all signed on as sponsors of this year’s production of Horse Shows by the Bay, which is a three-week equestrian festival featuring some of the nation’s best horses and riders.

Shanty Creek Resorts is one of two new host hotels offering special incentives to all horse show attendees and is located in Bellaire, MI. Shanty Creek Resorts is a four-season resort offering 72 holes of championship golf including Legend Golf Club, an Arnold Palmer golf course that has been awarded the highly regarded title of “The Number One Resort Course in the Midwest” by the readers of Golf Magazine. Located on 4,500 acres 30 miles northeast of Traverse City, Shanty Creek Resorts features three breathtaking village resorts, each with its own personality and offerings, allowing you to stay and play in sync with your preferences. Cedar River Village features modern, lodge-style rooms overlooking Cedar River Golf Course and majestic Schuss Mountain. Summit Village offers a spectacular 360 degree view of Lake Bellaire with cozy studios and one-, two-, or three bedroom units. Schuss Village features traditional hotel guest rooms with mountain views or condos overlooking Schuss Mountain Golf Course. Reservations are available by calling 1-800-678-4111 or online at http://www.shantycreek.com.

“Shanty Creek Resorts is proud to be a sponsor of Horse Shows by the Bay and provide the largest block of guestrooms in the area for the event. We see the equine industry as a significant growth market for Northern Michigan. Together, Shanty Creek Resorts and Horse Shows by the Bay will provide exceptional services and a memorable experience for the exhibitors and spectators. Shanty Creek Resorts looks forward to this opportunity to have the attendees enjoy pure Michigan hospitality,” said Jon Stutlz, Shanty Creek Resorts General Manager. In addition to their affiliation as a host property this season, Shanty Creek Resorts is also sponsoring the Series I’s $3,000 NAL Open Jumper Speed Qualifier.

Pointes North Resort Hotel is a premier boutique property located on Lake Michigan’s East Grand Traverse Bay. The property is a scenic 10 minute drive from Horse Shows by the Bay’s brand new permanent facility. The unique resort offers only bayside rooms. All of their newly renovated, spacious king or queen units have an in-room two person Jacuzzi, private deck and awesome views. Pointes North takes pride in their meticulously groomed 300-foot sugar sand beach with a beachside, outdoor heated pool. Convenient on-site watercraft rentals are one of many amenities that this luxury resort offers. Pointes North Resort encourages this year’s horse show competitor to “Discover the Difference.” Reservations are accepted by calling 1-800-968-3422. Additional information can be found on their web site: http://www.pointesnorth.com.

Both resorts are newly added to the list of participating host hotels – some of which still have three week rooms available. Horse show participants are encouraged to visit the Web site, http://www.horseshowsbythebay.com for complete lodging information and can call 1-800-TRAVERS for the complete list of Group Block Rooms.

Meijer, known being named as the 2006 Retailer of the Year, recently signed on as the sponsor of the CANTER fundraiser, which will take place this summer during Horse Shows by the Bay Series III. The event will coincide with the production of the final grand prix on August 4. The event is graciously sponsored by Meijer as a way to demonstrate their support of CANTER’S dedication to providing retiring racehorses with opportunities for new careers after the finish line.

Another new partner to Horse Sports by the Bay is Eastfield Laundry, a full service laundry facility located on 8th Street and Garfield Avenue in Traverse City. Eastfield Laundry will be located on-site this summer providing laundry and dry cleaning services to all horse show participants. Eastfield Laundry specializes in 24 hour turn around, a clean and smoke free environment, professional ironing and wi-fi access.

Outback - Traverse City is also adding their signature gourmet brand to the horse show this summer. While watching the feature show jumping grand prix, VIPs will be treated to a special luncheon provided by Outback. Outback looks forward to welcoming competitors to Traverse City and will also be offering special offers to those that visit their M-31 South Location.

Each Thursday of the Horse Show look for a new “wine guy” to be joining Spencer Stegenga of Bower’s Harbor Vineyard. During the weekly wine and cheese exhibitor socials, representatives from Left Foot Charley Wines will accompany Stegenga to introduce their award-winning labels to horse show competitors. Left Foot Charley, a relatively new face the Northern Michigan wine scene, is looking forward to opening their unique urban winery in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons in July. Bowers Harbor Vineyards is a family run boutique winery located on the Old Mission Peninsula near Bower’s Harbor. Both vintners are excited to be associated with the horse show and look forward to the popular Thursday afternoon socials.

Horse Shows by the Bay Series I, II, and III and Zada Enterprises, LLC Dressage by the Bay I and II are produced annually by Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc. The three-week series will be held from July 18 through August 5 and offers $350,000 in prize money. Feature events include a weekly $25,000 grand prix, Young Jumper Qualifiers, two $10,000 Hunter Classics, World Championship Hunter Rider Sanctioning, fundraisers and exhibitor socials. Traverse City, MI, is a resort community nestled on the south side of Grand Traverse Bay’s Lake Michigan. For more information, please visit http://www.horseshowsbythebay.com or call 561-723-6287.


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