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Lenkart and Impulsive Win Grand Prix at Horse Shows by the Bay I

Traverse City, MI - July 22, 2007 - The highlight of this week's competition at Horse Shows by the Bay I, the $25,000 Grand Prix of Traverse City, concluded this afternoon with a class of 24 entries. Bringing home the top check was Scott Lenkart and Impulsive, owned by Bennett Sporthorses.

The pair beat out Morgan Kennedy and Zaboomerang and Emily Williams on Kaiser De La Cour for the blue ribbon with a jump-off time of 40.123 seconds. Kennedy and Williams followed in second and third places respectively, stopping the clock at 41.319 seconds and 43.174 seconds.

Today's course was designed by Michel Vaillancourt and featured 16 total jumping efforts and 13 numbered obstacles, including a triple bar, a liverpool and double and triple combinations. The time allowed was 84 seconds.

"(Impulsive's) been on a good roll: This is three out of four wins in the last four classes," Lenkart said. "I didn't show him all week, but he jumped great. I was really happy with him."

The beginning of the class was grim, with 11 riders jumping before the twelfth, Roberto Teran, had the first clear round with Jamestown. Lenkart followed Teran, and four additional riders had a clean first round to return for the jump-off. Teran and Jamestown brought down the first fence of the original combination 4A-B, a vertical, and stopped the clock at 37.682 seconds. Lenkart followed, riding a smooth and steady round to take the early lead. Erin Haas and Chianti 67 had an unlucky rub, adding four faults to their time of 45.367 seconds, and Kennedy rode next, tripping the timers just a second behind Lenkart. Havens Schatt and Oliver had a refusal at fence 15, a vertical, for four faults and 13 time faults. Riding last, Williams left all the fences standing but could not catch Lenkart or Kennedy.

Lenkart explained his plan for the jump-off but noted that he strayed from it once he was on course. "You can't go really fast because it's new footing, and I was worried about it giving out around the corners. My horse is basically really fast across the ground, so...I was able to keep it nice and tidy and get lucky," he said.

Teran and Jamestown finished in fourth place with the fastest four-fault round, while Haas and Chianti 67 took fifth place. Schatt rounded out the top six places with Oliver.

In the $2,500 NAL/WIHS Children's Jumper Classic, Rachel Reid rode her 13-year-old bay mare to the win over a field of 37 entries. Twelve riders advanced to the jump-off, and Reid rode fourth in the order, setting a blazing pace of 36.621 seconds that no other rider could beat. Ellie Levy and Noranta finished in second place with a time of 38.128 seconds, and Anna Levy and Guesswork took third place with 41.632 seconds.

Pancharan and Meghan Abbott were victorious in the $2,500 NAL/WIHS Adult Jumper Classic with a double clear round and a time of 36.820. Abbott rode first in the order and set the pace early. Arly Golombek and Solitaire finished in second place with a time of 39.026, narrowly edging out Spectrum and Amanda Lewis with their time of 30.065 seconds.

Competition at Flintfields will resume on Wednesday morning with Horse Shows by the Bay II. For more information, please visit http://www.horsesportsbythebay.com. For complete results, please visit http://www.horseshowing.com.



PHOTO CREDIT: Scott Lenkart and Impulsive, winners of the $25,000 Grand Prix of Traverse City. Photo (C) 2007 Chrissy Lane.

 

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