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Lourie and Vivaldi In Tune for Win at Horse Shows by the Bay II

Traverse City, MI - July 25, 2007 - On the first day of competition at Horse Shows by the Bay II, Julia Lourie of East Setauket, NY, proved to be victorious in the High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumpers with her 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood Vivaldi.

Riding last in the class of 16 entries, Lourie was one of six to jump-off. This week's courses are designed by Hector Loyola, and today's course featured a time allowed of 70 seconds and 9 numbered jumping efforts. Erin Haas was the first rider of the class and set the early lead with a double clear round and a time of 34.602 seconds. Brenda McLean, Gabrielle Stern and Caroline Dunn also had clean and fast jump-off rounds, but none could beat Haas' time. Lourie tripped the timers, however, in 33.843 seconds for the win.

"He's a 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood by Heartbreaker. I've had him for just over a year, and in my first show I did Children's, then I went right to the Lows, and I moved up the last week of Kentucky, so this was my third week in the Highs," Lourie explained. Vivaldi is owned by Spy Coast Farm.

"(Vivaldi) gives a really big effort: He's really, really scopey and he bailed me out of a lot of tricky situations in the Lows if I was short, if I was leaning my body...In the Highs, he taught me to be more technical because you can't afford to make the same mistakes at the bigger height. He's synched up perfectly with me. We bought him when he was 8 as a grand prix prospect, and he just gives everything his all," she said.

In addition to her success today, 15-year-old Lourie also won the $2,500 Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic last week on trainer Shane Sweetnam's Quidam Junior.

David Beisel found victory this afternoon in the $1,000 Level 6 Jumpers with Brisco, stopping the clock with a clear round and a time of 39.317 seconds. Peter Pletcher of Magnolia, Texas, was edged into second place on Connardo MZ with a time of 42.241 seconds, while Tim Goguen piloted Rocky W to third place and a time of 42.295 seconds. Beisel was fourth with Irish Hunt, having the fastest four-fault jump-off round with 38.895 seconds, and Linda Radigan took fifth place on Chevalier with 8 faults and a time of 38.663 seconds.

In today's $750 Level 5 Jumpers, Grant Field rode Vermeer to the first place finish over Jennifer Hauser and Carmelita and Robert Ross and Henry Jota Romano, who took second and third, respectively. Louise Serio piloted Clemtine to fourth place, while Lisa Spano and Nadija were fifth and David Beisel rode Ecstasy to sixth place.

Competition will resume tomorrow morning at Horse Shows by the Bay in Traverse City, MI. Highlights include a $3,000 NAL Open Speed class and the pining of the professional hunter divisions. For complete results, please visit http://www.horseshowing.com.

For more information, please visit http://www.horsesportsbythebay.com.



PHOTO CREDIT: Julia Lourie and Vivaldi, winners of today's High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper class at Horse Shows by the Bay II. Photo (C) 2007 Chrissy Lane.

 

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