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Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc. Selected to Host 2010 Dressage Championships

Traverse City, MI - May 28, 2009 - Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc. is pleased to announce that they have been awarded the opportunity to host the 2010 Great American Insurance Group/United States Dressage Federation Region 2 Dressage Championships. The championships will be held September 9-12, 2010, at Flintfields Horse Park in beautiful Traverse City, MI.

Flintfields Horse Park is home to the Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival, which is a month-long equestrian competition featuring some of the country's best horses and riders competing in the hunter, jumper, equitation and dressage disciplines. The facility has five all-weather show rings and warm up rings, including the spacious Grand Prix Ring overlooking the scenic Traverse City countryside. The horse park is located just three miles east of Traverse City, and this scenic location offers first-class equestrian competition right in the heart of Michigan's most popular vacation destination.

The honor of hosting this event was awarded based on prior performance producing quality dressage shows, as well as on rider and show official recommendations, so it is a great credit to Horse Sports by the Bay to receive such an opportunity. Combining an amazing horse show with all that Traverse City has to offer allows participants to have a unique, fun experience, which adds to the quality of the show.

"We are really happy to host this event and look forward to producing it," said Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc Vice-President Alex Rheinheimer. "We trust that the Region 2 participants will enjoy our facility and the Grand Traverse Region as much as we do."

The Great American/USDF Regional Dressage Championships program is designed to promote and recognize the pursuit of excellence by providing a showcase venue for riders within each of the nine USDF regions. Riders can qualify for the Regional Championships by riding in designated qualifying classes at USDF recognized competitions. The Regional Championship competitions provide an excellent opportunity for spectators to view the top horses and riders in their region. USDF Region II encompasses Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The dressage championships are coming up next year, but until then riders are encouraged to preview the facility by participating in the Dressage by the Bay Series I and II shows at the Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival this summer.

Dressage by the Bay will be held July 29 - August 2, and will be featuring $5,000 in FEI Freestyle Prize Money. It is a USDF rated event and the only rated dressage show in Northern Michigan. The series is being generously supported by Hampton Green Farm of Fruitport, MI, and Equistride International of Fenton, MI. The shows feature complementary exhibitor parties, first-class competition, and much more.

Held in the luxury summer resort area of Traverse City, Michigan, the Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival is set against the backdrop of the Cherry Capital of the World, complete with vineyards, beaches, orchards, and golf courses. Festival dates are July 8 - August 2, 2009. For more information please visit http://www.horseshowsbythebay.com.

Photo Credit: Dressage competitor Jamie Kreichoff rode at last year's Dressage by the Bay at the Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival. Photo Randi Muster. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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