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Hunter Riders Come Out in Full Force for Horse Shows by the Bay II

Traverse City, MI - July 25, 2006 - At 8 a.m. this morning in picturesque Traverse City, MI, the most prestigious week of Horse Shows by the Bay began at Flintfields. This second week of competition has been awarded the coveted World Champion Hunter Rider sanctioning by the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation. Featuring some of the country's top horses and riders, this week of Horse Shows by the Bay promises to be the most competitive.

Competing during the three-week equestrian festival and WCHR week include two past World Champion hunter riders, Louise Serio and Peter Pletcher, the 2007 American Hunter-Jumper Foundation Hunter Spectacular winner, Safari, and last year's Horse Shows by the Bay Grand Hunter Champions, Tim Goguen and Boulevard Deir. Also competing are world-renowned hunter riders Cookie Beck, Ken Smith and Rob Bielefeld. Susan Baginski's Baskin Farm, Ann and Skip Thornbury's Equisports, Inc., and Jeff and Keeley Gogul's Flagship Farm will also show, among many others.

For these three weeks, Traverse City is also host to some of the top jumper riders. Scott Lenkart, Shane Sweetnam and Roberto Teran are competing at Horse Shows by the Bay. Casey Hodges, Kels Bonham, Emily Williams and Morgan Kennedy are just some of the younger jumper riders that have been holding their own against the more seasoned professionals.

This second week of Horse Shows by the Bay also features a $3,000 NAL Open Speed on Thursday and a $10,000 Welcome Prix on Friday. On Saturday, the Polk Family Main Hunter Ring schedule includes a $10,000 Pro/Jr/AO Hunter Classic, which coincides with a complementary dinner in the hospitality tent. Also on Saturday, in the Team Elmer's Grand Prix Ring, riders will compete in a $2,500 Low Jr/AO Jumper Classic and a $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jr/AO Jumper Prix. Horse Shows by the Bay II concludes on Sunday, July 29, 2007, with the $25,000 Grand Travers Bay Grand Prix.

Along with competition, Horse Shows by the Bay offers a diverse selection of vendors for both the competitors' and spectators' enjoyment. Vendors Row features Ann K. Hubbard's Tack Shop, Mustphoto Photography, EverAfter Diamonds, The Custom Fox, Bead by Bead, Regal Crowne, and Personalized Products, among others. Horse Shows by the Bay is made possible by a number of sponsors and supportive vendors. Various awards and prizes are donated by quality vendors and presented to division champions and class winner throughout the three-week festival. English Riding Supply, Ariat International, The Horse Village and Sporthorse Saddlery also support Horse Shows by the Bay.

In addition to the many quality vendors, Vendors Row will welcome local craftsmen on-site every weekend, free of charge, to display their wares. The Artisan's Tent will bring together the competitors and the local community of Traverse City. Currently, there are several local painters, cherry growers and a designer fudge shop who have signed on to participate.

For more information about Horse Shows by the Bay, please visit http://www.horseshowsbythebay.com.

PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Goguen riding Boulevard Deir. Photo by Randi Muster.


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