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2008 Horse Shows by the Bay Recognizes Generous Sponsors

Traverse City, MI - July 7, 2008 - The 2008 Horse Shows by the Bay equestrian festival will feature three disciplines of equestrian sport over three weeks from July 16-August 3 at the Flintfields Horse Park in scenic Traverse City, MI. The horse shows have grown annually in their five year history, and the success of the shows could not have happened without the generous support of sponsors.

The grand prix level sponsors include:

D-BRAIDER & Karin Flint - Karin Flint, originally from Harbor Springs, MI, is the founder and creator of D-BRAIDER which is a grooming tool used to take out show braids in a horse's manes. Karin Flint is responsible for the construction of Flintfields Horse Park and her company D-BRAIDER is the sponsor of Series III's $25,000 Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix. Flint has show jumping horses in training with Olympic Silver Medalist Lisa Jacquin, who will be showing this year during Horse Shows by the Bay Series II and Series III.

HAMPTON GREEN FARM & Kimberly Van Kampen Boyer - Kimberly VanKampen Boyer is the owner of Hampton Green Farm which is a breeding and training barn out of Fruitport, MI and Wellington, FL. Hampton Green specializes in the promotion of the Pure Spanish Horse (PRE). Their breeding stock has been carefully selected with an emphasis on exceptional movement, athletic build and a kind temperament. The stallions compete in the National and International FEI Dressage arenas and have a proven record of winning titles at the most prestigious shows. Hampton Green horses will be in attendance this year at Dressage by the Bay which will be featured in the Robert Van Kampen Arena and Robert Van Kampen Pavilion during Series III of Horse Shows by the Bay.

JANET READ - Janet Read is a Michigan native with ties to the Old Mission Peninsula. Read owns horses in training with Tim and Kelly Goguen of Boggs Hill in Lexington, KY and Wellington, FL. Boggs Hill will compete at all three weeks of Horse Shows by the Bay. The Main Hunter Ring has been dedicated in the name of R.L. Polk in honor of her family. This year Janet is the proud sponsor of the $10,000 ASG/USHJA High Performance Hunter Derby Classic scheduled for Series II.

POSITIVE STEP FARM - Positive Step Farm, in Howell, MI, is owned by Patrice Schreiber and Brian Moore. Patrice and Brian are members of the Horse Shows by the Bay Founders Club and continually play an integral role in the annual production of Horse Shows by the Bay. Their 40 acre farm is a family-run breeding operation specializing in the production of fine Irish Sport Horses.

SPYCOAST FARM - Spycoast Farm is a 24 acre farm located on the northern coastline of Long Island, NY, on a peninsula called Strongs Neck. The farm is owned by the Lourie Family and specializes in the breeding and early development of top quality hunter and jumper performance horses. Look for the Spy Coast Farm riders Shane Sweetnam and Julie Lourie piloting one of their many winning horses in the Team Elmer's Grand Prix Ring during Series I and II. Spycoast Farm is the title sponsor to the $25,000 Grand Prix of Traverse City.

The platinum level sponsor is:

TEAM ELMER'S - Team Elmers is a full service engineering and construction company based out of Traverse City, MI. They are responsible for the development and construction of both Phase I and Phase II of the newly constructed Flintfields Horse Park which serves as headquarters for Horse Shows by the Bay. Team Elmer's is Northern Michigan's largest construction company and is the sponsor this year of the newly constructed Grand Prix Show Jumping Arena.

Gold sponsors are:

AMBERWAY EQUINE SOLUTIONS -- AmberWay Equine Solutions (AES) offers a variety of equestrian products for the private facility, large boarding facilities, and racing operations. They are based out of Amberway Stables in Ortonville, MI, and offer Stable Comfort by Promat Stall Systems, PavesafeTM Rubber Pavers, HDPE Fencing, Centaur Fencing, Palladium Fencing, horse stalls, and other quality equine products. AES is the proud sponsor of the Series II $10,000 Open Jumper Welcome Prix.

LISA A.H. CUDAHY - Lisa A.H. Cudahy, of Mequon, WI, is an avid horse owner and amateur rider. She has horses in training with Cookie Beck, who will be in attendance during Horse Shows by the Bay Series I and Series II. Cudahy serves as the sponsor to the $5,000 Adult Hunter Classic and the $5,000 Children's Hunter Classic which are feature hunter events of Series I.

ENGLISH RIDING SUPPLY - English Riding Supply, in Scranton, PA, is the USA importer for more than 25 of the top brands in riding equipment and apparel. Their brands are available from over 800 tack shops, catalogs, and web sites nationwide. English Riding Supply is the title sponsor to the Ovation Leading Riders Series and is also the supplier of the championship and classic wool show coolers that are awarded to all of the winners at Horse Shows by the Bay.

GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT AND SPA - Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is located three miles west of Flintfields Horse Park in Acme, MI. The Resort, named among the top 50 travel destinations by Conde Nast Traveler, is a Golf Magazine Silver Medal Resort and is also Michigan's finest and most comprehensive resort experience. Luxurious accommodations, tournament-caliber golf, a world-class spa, superb dining, nearby Turtle Creek Casino and the finest meeting facilities in Northern Michigan showcase their attentive hospitality. The Resort is the Official Host Hotel of Horse Shows by the Bay and is the sponsor to the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur Owner Prix during Series I.

MEIJER -- Meijer, headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, is a retail supercenter offering a full grocery department plus over 40 other departments including Fashion, Automotive, Home Decor, Health and Beauty Care, Pharmacy, Electronics, Pets and more! Meijer stores are open 24 hours a day, 364 days a year. Meijer is the proud sponsor of the CANTER fundraiser during Series III of Horse Shows by the Bay.

NORTHFACE FARM -- Northface Farm is owned by Jacob and Ann Haas of Chelsea, MI. They, along with their daughters Erin and Sarah, tour the national horse show circuit as show jumping exhibitors and as jewelry shop owners. Their shop, Bead by Bead, specializes in hand-crafted custom-made beaded jewelry. Northface Farm is sponsoring the $10,000 Children's and Adult Prix this year during Horse Shows by the Bay Series III.

PHELPSSPORTS.COM - PhelpsSports.com, a new and highly innovative subscription equestrian sports website, offers equestrians and fans of equestrian sports from around the world a single web address for the latest breaking news of the Hunter, Jumper, Dressage, Eventing and other High Performance disciplines. PhelpsSports.com features up-to-the-minute audio reports, live video interviews and unique features from around the globe, photography, and the creative writing and reporting of some of the finest equestrian journalists in the world. This year PhelpsSports.com is the sponsor to Series II $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur Owner Prix and will be on-site daily covering all of the main events at Horse Shows by the Bay.

SCHREIBER CORPORATION - Schreiber Corporation of Detroit, MI, provides services in new construction, re-roofing and maintenance. They specialize in industrial and commercial built-up roofing, modified bitumen, single ply and metal standing seam roofing systems. They purchase direct from all major manufacturers, such as, Honeywell, Inc., GAF Building Materials, John Mansville, Koppers Industries, Siplast and others. Over 80% of Schreiber Corporation's business is with repeat customers such as Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation and DaimlerChrysler Corporation. The company has been rated 1 of the top ten Roofing Contractors in Engineering News Record for the past 12 years.

For more information on Horse Shows by the Bay and their sponsors, please visit http://www.horsesportsbythebay.com.



2008 HORSE SHOWS BY THE BAY FAST FACTS

EVENT: Horse Shows by the Bay

WHAT: A three week equestrian festival that is "AA" rated, World Champion Hunter Rider sanctioned, and hosts a $25,000 grand prix each week. Horse Shows by the Bay hosts 1,200 horses and offers more than $360,000 in prize money

WHERE: Flintfields Horse Park, 6535 Bates Road, Williamsburg, MI 49690 - 10 miles east from the beautiful Resort town of Traverse City

WHEN: July 16-August 3, 2008

HIGHLIGHTS:

Friday, July 18, July 25, and Thursday, July 31

$10,000 Open Jumper Welcome Prix

Saturday, July 19

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

$5,000 Adult Hunter Classic, sponsored by Lisa A.H. Cudahy

$5,000 Children's Hunter Classic, sponsored by Lisa A.H. Cudahy

Kid's Day Program, sponsored by Vinnie's West Side Eats

Sunday, July 20

$25,000 Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix of Traverse City

$5,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic, sponsored by Lanes End

$5,000 Pony Hunter Classic, sponsored by Peter Pletcher

Saturday, July 26

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

$10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Janet P. Read - member event of the ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Dietrich Insurance, featuring Walsh Harness & Saddlery.

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

Sunday, July 27

$25,000 Grand Traverse Bay Grand Prix

Friday, August 1

University of Michigan vs. Michigan State University Polo Match & Charity Fundraiser

Saturday, August 2

$25,000 D-BRAIDER Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix

Sunday, August 3

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

$10,000 Children's/Adult Jumper Prix, sponsored by North Face Farm

ADDITIONAL WEEKLY FEATURES:

$2,500 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classics

$2,500 Children's & Adult Jumper Classics

$3,000 NAL Open Speed Qualifiers

USEF "AA" Hunter Divisions

"A" & "C" Rated Hunter Classics

Young Jumper Championship Qualifiers

New Hunter Breeding Divisions

New Short Stirrup and Children's Pony Hunter Classics

Non-rated Hunter, Jumper, & Equitation Classes

Charity Fundraisers

Daily and Weekly Exhibitor Socials and Parties

HOURS:

Wednesday through Sunday, beginning at 8 a.m.

ADMISSION:

Wed and Thursday - Closed to the Public

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays - $5/person, Children under 5 are free

July 19 - Children under the age of 18 Free

General admission tickets can be purchased at the gate

PARKING: Available on-site; included in admission price

DIRECTIONS:

From South East Michigan (Detroit Area):

I-75 North to M-72 West (@ Grayling); Follow M-72 West through Kalkaska; @ 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; Show Facility on Left 1 mile

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

OFFICIAL HOST HOTEL:

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

Michigan's finest and most comprehensive resort experience, 3 miles west of Flintfields Horse Park, Group Block Rate expires May 16, 2008

http://www.grandtraverseresort.com

800-236-1577

FEATURE HOTEL:

Park Place Hotel

In the heart of downtown Traverse City's shopping and dining district, group block rate expires June 1, 2008

http://www.park-place-hotel.com

231-946-5000

ADDITONAL BLUE RIBBON HOST HOTELS:

Grand Beach Resort, 231-938-4455

Park Shore Resort, 231-947-3800

Sugar Beach Resort, 231-938-0100

Super 8- East Bay, 231-938-1887

Traverse Victorian Inn, 231-947-5525

Holiday Inn-West Bay, 800-888-8020

Pointes North Resort, 800-968-3422

Shanty Creek Resorts, 800-678-4111

Timber Ridge RV Resort, 800-909-2327

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

STABLING/SPONSORSHIP CONTACT:

Alex Rheinheimer

561-723-6287

alexrheinheimer@aol.com

http://www.horsesportsbythebay.com

 

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