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NAL $3,000 Open Speed Class is Success for Steve Weiss at Horse Shows by the Bay

Traverse City, MI - July 17, 2008 - At the Flintfields Horse Park in Traverse City, competition at Horse Shows by the Bay was in full swing. Even though the wind had picked up, it didn't blow away anyone's drive to win. Horse Shows by the Bay runs through August 3, 2008.

In the expansive Team Elmer's Grand Prix ring, which sits at the bottom of a sloping hill, the $3,000 NAL Open Speed class had everyone on the edge of their seats. Many top names had turned out for their chance at the generous prize money and first-place honors.

The NAL Open Speed class ran off of Table II Sec 2.1, Level 7. There was no jump-off; the best first round was how the winner was determined. The course, designed by Canadian Eve Friske, was quick but interesting.

Steve Weiss, who resides in New York, was all smiles as he was named the winner and was awarded top honors. With two rides in the class on Laura Connolly's horses, his winning round was aboard Sil, owned by Laura Connolly of Rye, NY.

"Sil is owned by Laura Connolly. She was not able to be here the first two weeks of the show, so when she cannot make it, I will usually ride Sil in the speed classes and the grand prix," said Weiss.

The grand prix ring was filled with beautiful and challenging fences, including the massive Mackinaw Island jump. Not used yesterday or today in the earlier classes, it was finally used in the $3,000 NAL Open Speed class and horses and riders seemed to like it.

The one topic of conversation that kept coming up between competitors was the footing. People could not stop saying good things about the rings.

"This grand prix ring is fantastic. I love riding in it. I was not here last year and I know the ring is new, and it reminds me a lot of the grand prix ring in Kentucky," commented Weiss. "The ring has a beautiful, beautiful setting, backdrop and amazing footing."

$3,000 NAL Open Speed Class Table II Sec 2.1 LV 7

1. Sil, Steve Weiss, Laura Connolly

2. Belvedere, Kimberly Seay, Kimberly Seay

3. Victor III, Shane Sweetnam, Spy Coast Farm

4. Irish Hunt, David Beisel, Carlie Beisel

5. Quebec, Sven Frei, Sven Frei

6. VDL Nuit De Pomme, Steve Weiss, Laura Connolly

7. Sienna, Shane Sweetnam, Spy Coast Farm

8. Tiffany 241, Victory Birdsall, Liberty Farm LLC

Tomorrow will begin another fantastic day at Traverse City's Horse Shows by the Bay. In the Team Elmer's Grand Prix ring, the highlight will be the $10,000 Welcome Prix. For more information and full results, please visit http://www.horseshowsbythebay.com.

Photo Credit: Steve Weiss and Sil won the $3,000 NAL Open Speed class at the first week of Horse Shows by the Bay. Photo (C) 2008 Jenny Underwood/PMG. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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