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Rachel Reid Gallops to Victory in Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper at Horse Shows by the Bay Series III

Traverse City, MI - July 31, 2008 - Another beautiful day launched the second day of week three at Horse Shows by the Bay. Hosted at Flintfields Horse Park, the beautiful show grounds are located in the vacation town of Traverse City. The show runs through Sunday, August 3.

A full day of classes was on the schedule at Team Elmer's Grand Prix ring. One of the larger classes of the day was the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper class. The class was generously sponsored by Kim Carey of Huntington Ridge Farm out of White Lake, MI.

The course, designed by Guilherme Jorge from Brazil, had many riders picking up time faults. Only six riders made it to the jump-off. The course was created with many lines, roll back turns and open spaces to gallop in the large ring. It required a precise ride and not many made it through.

Winning the class today was Rochester Hills, MI, native Rachel Reid. She won with a time of 32.160 seconds in the jump-off. Last to go in the class, the lead had been held Erin Haas and was beat by a little less than a second. Reid's winning performance was aboard her horse Blossom. She trains with Melissa Anne Hirt of Northern Pines Farm, whose barn is four hours north from her home town.

"I got her about a year and a half ago and she is an Australian Thoroughbred. She is about fourteen and she used to do the World Cup (classes)," said Reid. "So she knows all about this."

Reid thought the course rode nicely and worked out for her because of the way it was designed. Her horse was quick and covered the ground without even looking like she was going fast. The pair had the fastest first round time of 72.726 seconds. The second fastest first round time was 77.350 seconds.

"The course was really nice; it had a lot of turns that I knew would be right for Blossom because of how the turns were laid out on the course," commented Reid. "My horse has a really big step so she can open right up; she does that by herself sometimes."

Tomorrow at Horse Shows by the Bay is the long anticipated University of Michigan and Michigan State University Polo Match. The match will raise money for the two teams. Participants are encouraged to come sporting their team's colors. Cash prizes will be awarded for best team spirit, craziest hat, and much more. The $25,000 D-BRAIDER Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix on Saturday, August 2, at 2 p.m. is the highlight class of the week. For more information and full results, please visit http://www.horseshowsbythebay.com

Final Results: Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumpers

1. Blossom, Rachel Reid, Rachel Reid, 0/0/32.160

2. All of A Sudden, Jacob Haas, Erin Haas, 0/0/33.373

3. Loralinde, Emily Reynolds, Emily Reynolds, 0/0/38.210

4. Jordy, Fox Meadow Farm, Laura Pfeiffer, 0/4/34.954

5. First Knight, Greer Gordon, Greer Gordon, 0/4/35.782

6. Gemini De Terlong, Robert Cole, Lisa Mc Kee-Cole, 0/4/40.609

7. Champange Du Riouz, Ashley Terhaar, Ashley Terhaar, 4/82.054

8. Dimitri, Laura Sherwin, Laura Sherwin, 4/77.854

Photo Credit: Rachel Reid and Blossom, winners of the Low Junior/Amateur Owners Jumpers. Photo (C) 2008 Randi Muster. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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