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Local Attractions Make Horse Shows and Dressage by the Bay a Summer Vacation

Wellington, FL - May 18, 2007 - Riders who compete at the 2007 Horse Shows by the Bay and Dressage by the Bay are treated to more than a world-class horse show. Held in Traverse City, MI, a luxury summer resort area, Horse Shows by the Bay and Zada Enterprises, LLC Dressage by the Bay are set against the Cherry Capital of the World, complete with vineyards, beaches, orchards and golf courses.

Cherries

As Traverse City is the Cherry Capital of the World, visitors can find all things cherry, from ice cream and cherry chili to cherry salsa and cherry wine. Several local destinations specialize in cherry products, including Cherry Stop, Grand Traverse Pie Company and Cherry Republic.

Day Trips

The Traverse City Region is rich with unique towns and villages that are the perfect destination for a summer day trip. All offer unique boutique shopping, great restaurants that dish up local flavors, sandy lakeshores and fishing and boating, among other activities. Some of the surrounding villages include Elk Rapids, 10 minutes north of Traverse City; Charlevoix, 1 hour north; Petoskey, 1 hour north; Harbor Springs, 1 hour, 30 minutes north; and Mackinaw Island, 3 hours north.

Fishing

Torch Lake is another destination for a special day trip and is located just 30 minutes north of Traverse City. The lake is known for its exceptional beauty as its waters are unusually clear and exhibit a bright turquoise hue. It's also a popular fishing destination and was named one of the world's most beautiful lakes by National Geographic Magazine.

Grand Traverse Lighthouse & Museum

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse is set at the top of the Leelanau Peninsula and has navigated ships through the northern entrance to the Manitou Passage for more than 150 years. It's one of the oldest lighthouses on the Great Lakes and was home to decades of keepers and their families, whose lives are chronicled in several exhibits in the museum. Picnic areas are available, as well as a gift shop.

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was created by Congress in 1970 and is part of the National Park Service. The Dunes are popular with both residents and visitors, as its beauty and unique features offer something for everyone. It extends for 64 miles along Lake Michigan and covers more than 70,000 acres of massive sand dunes, seven major watersheds, four stream corridors, 20 inland lakes, beech and maple forests, two islands and the remains of more than 50 shipwrecks.

Downtown and Old Town Shopping

Downtown and Old Town shopping is about more than buying - it's about walking up and down tree-lined streets and stopping to browse the goods and the 19th century architecture. There are more than unique 100 stores varieties selling clothing, furniture, art, music, sporting goods, foods, cameras, books, bicycles, eye wear, jewelry, stationery, kitchen accessories, toys, kites, and antiques.

Golfing

Traverse City is host to more than 20 golf courses, some of which have been designed by Nicklaus, Palmer, Player, Doak, and Weiskopf. In addition, the Michigan Golf Coast has been named one of the top six golfing destinations in the country. Courses include The Crown, High Pointe Golf Club, The Bear, The Wolverine, Spruce Run, Sundance, Pinecroft and more.

Traverse City is a fisherman's heaven, complete with great facilities, convenient boat launches, charter fishing boats, accommodations and natural beauty. Numerous charters work out of East and West Grand Traverse Bays and Leland Harbor. Other places to find a bit include Boardman River, AuSable, Manistee and the Cedar. Popular catches are lake trout, salmon, steelhead and brown trout.

Wineries

Traverse City is home to vintners who grow grapes and bottle wines on the scenic Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas. Notable for Rieslings, methode champenoise sparkling wines, Chardonnays and fruit wines, Traverse City area vintners are also receiving high praise from critics and consumers alike for other varieties. Visitors can enjoy days of tours and tastings in beautiful wineries in some of the most pristine parts of the area.

All competitors will receive a coupon book, the "Traverse City Very Important Places." The booklet highlights recommended restaurants and attraction in the greater Traverse City area.

For more information about Traverse City, MI, and a comprehensive listing of area attractions, please visit http://www.visittraversecity.com.

For more information about Horse Shows by the Bay and Zada Enterprises Dressage by the Bay, please visit http://www.horsesportsbythebay.com.



Fast Facts: 2007 Horse Shows by the Bay and Zada Enterprises, LLC Dressage by the Bay

EVENTS: Horse Shows by the Bay and Zada Enterprises, LLC Dressage by the Bay in Traverse City, Michigan

WHAT: A three-week summer hunter, jumper and dressage festival produced by Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc.

WHERE: Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc. is located in Acme Township in scenic Grand Traverse County, just minutes from downtown Traverse City.

WHEN:

July 18-22, 2007

July 25-29, 2007

August 1-5, 2007

PRIZE MONEY: $350,000 is offered over the course of the three-week festival.

WEEKLY FEATURES:

$25,000 Regional Level Grand Prix

$10,000 Open Jumper Welcome Prix, Level 7

$10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Prix

$2,500 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classics

USEF "AA" Hunter Divisions

A-Rated Junior, Amateur & Pony Hunter Classics

Young Jumper Championship Qualifiers

NAL/WIHS Children Adult Hunter & Jumper Classics

NAL Open Speed Qualifiers

Non-rated Hunter, Jumper, & Equitation Classes

Charity Fundraisers

Dressage Exhibitions

Daily and Weekly Exhibitor Socials and Parties

HIGHLIGHTS:

Kid's Day - Grand Traverse County 4H Benefit, Saturday, July 21

Equestrian Aid Foundation Benefit, Sunday, July 22

$10,000 NAL/WIHS Adult Hunter Classic, Sunday, July 22

$5,000 NAL/WIHS Children's Hunter Classic, Sunday, July 22

World Champion Hunter Rider Sanctioning, July 25-29

$10,000 Junior, Amateur-Owner, & Pro Hunter Classic, Saturday, July 28

$1,000 Ride for the Ribbon 2'6" Non-Pro Hunter Classic, Sunday, July 29

CANTER Benefit, Saturday, August 4

$10,000 NAL/WIHS Children's & Adult Jumper Prix, Sunday, August 5

Zada Enterprises, LLC Dressage by the Bay Series I & II, August 2-5

HOURS:

Wednesday through Sunday, beginning at 8 a.m.

ADMISSION: Wed through Friday - Free; Saturdays and Sundays - $5/person ages 3 and up; Saturday, July 22nd; Children under the age of 18 Free

PARKING: Available on-site; included in admission price

DIRECTIONS:

From South East Michigan (Detroit Area)

I-75 North to M-72 West (at Grayling); Follow M-72 West through Kalkaska; at Williamsburg continue 1.9 miles to Bates Road; after Rail Road Crossing turn right onto Bates Road; Show Facility on Left 1 mile

From Mid Michigan (Lansing Area)

Follow US-127 north to Clare; Merge onto M-10 Wes/M-115 West towards Ludington/Cadillac to Route 115 North; Merge onto M-131 North; Turn left onto Fife Lake Road/CR-605; Follow jog left staying on CR-605 to Williamsburg; Turn left on M-72 West; @ Williamsburg continue west 1.9 miles to Bates Road; after Rail Road Crossing turn right onto Bates Road; Show Facility on Left 1 mile

From South West Michigan (Grand Rapids Area)

East I-96 north to Grand Rapids; take US 131 north to Cadillac; Turn left onto Fife Lake Road/CR-605; Follow jog left staying on CR-605 to Williamsburg; Turn left on M-72 West; @ Williamsburg continue 1.9 miles to Bates Road; after Rail Road Crossing turn right onto Bates Road;

From Northern Michigan (Petoskey Area)

US 31 South to Acme; East on M-72 3 miles; just prior to Railroad Tracks, turn left on Bates Road; Show Facility on Left 1 mile

From Traverse City

Follow US 31 East to Acme; turn East on M-72 3 miles; just prior to Railroad tracks,

Turn left on Bates Road; Show Facility on Left 1 mile

By Air:

Use the Cherry Capital Airport-Traverse City; Follow Directions from TC

HOTELS:

Gold Coast Inn:

231-938-2538

Grand Beach Resort:

231-938-4455

Park Shore Resort:

231-947-3800

Sugar Beach Resort:

231-938-0100

Super 8 Motel:

231-938-1887

Traverse Bay Inn and Lodge:

231-947-5436

Traverse Victorian Inn:

231-947-5525

Timber Ridge Resort (10% discount offered):

800-909-2327

Traverse Bay RV Park:

238-928-5800



For all other Group Rates & Additional Hotel Listings, contact 1800-TRAVERS

SPONSORSHIP CONTACT:

Alex Rheinheimer

sponsor@horsesportsbythebay.com

Barbie Downer

judandbarbi@earthlink.net

 

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