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*ALERT!* Hotel Rooms and Stalls Selling Fast at Horse Shows by the Bay

Traverse City, MI - May 15, 2008 - Horse Shows by the Bay, a three week equestrian festival held at the scenic resort area of Traverse City in Traverse Bay, Michigan, announces that they are quickly selling out of stalls available. Hotels in the area are also selling out of available rooms as well. The rooms at local hotels are selling due to the popularity of the area during the summer months.

Rooms at the official host hotel, the feature hotel, and other affiliated hotels are currently held especially for patrons of Horse Shows by the Bay, and rooms for the two to three week period of the horse show will be difficult to obtain once they are released back into general inventory. Many group block rates at affiliated hotels will expire in the next few weeks. "This year the hotels went to great lengths to commit a large portion of their inventory to us, so we encourage anyone that hasn't reserved their rooms to do so right away," says Alexandra Rheinheimer, show organizer.

As the official host hotel of the Horse Shows by the Bay series, the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa offers many luxurious amenities for equestrians, including the golf courses, which offer 54 holes and are among the finest golf courses in the Midwest. The Spa Grand Traverse is a full-service haven that was created for optimal health, a grand feeling of well-being, and beauty. The Spa's 7,000 square feet of luxurious treatment space is adjacent to a world-class 100,000-square foot Health Club. The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa has recently upgraded and renovated over $15 million worth of improvements. A portion of the block will be released on May 18; the remaining rooms will be released June 16, 2008.

The feature hotel is the Park Place Hotel, which is in the heart of downtown Traverse City's shopping and dining district. They have 140 tastefully appointed guest rooms and suites, as well as the distinctive Minervas restaurant and lounge for fine food and fun, and The Beacon Lounge at the Top of the Park for beverages and entertainment. Their group block rate expires June 1, 2008.

There are other local hotels that are affiliated with Horse Shows by the Bay as well, and a full listing with contact numbers is noted below.

The horse show management also asks that anyone who is interested in competing at Horse Shows by the Bay this summer, from July 16 to August 3, contact the show as soon as possible to reserve stalls. For more information about stabling, please contact Alex Rheinheimer at 561-723-6287 or email alexrheinheimer@aol.com. More information on Horse Shows by the Bay, as well as online prize lists and schedules are available at http://www.horsesportsbythebay.com. The official closing date for show entries and stalls is June 4, 2008.



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

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

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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