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Rebecca Hudson Captures Win in $750 Children's Jumper at Horse Shows by the Bay Series III

Traverse City - August 1 - The Flintfields Horse Park is the location of Traverse City's Horse Shows by the Bay. In its third week, everyday brings exciting classes and exhibitions for spectators and competitors. Horse Shows by the Bay ends on August 3rd. Tonight, Horse Shows by the Bay is hosting Traverse City's first ever Polo Match and Charity Event. University of Michigan and Michigan State will go head-to-head for top honors.

Today, the hill and VIP tent overlooking Team Elmer's Grand Prix ring was buzzing with visitors. Blankets scattered the observation hill, acting as place markers for tonight's polo match.

In the Children's Jumpers today, one of the classes was a speed class. It was run according to Table II Sec. 2.1. There was no shortage of talented riders in the class, making it the most intense and exciting of the day.

Coming out on top was junior rider Rebecca Hudson and her aptly named 12-year-old Thoroughbred, Playboy. The pair comes from Clarkston, Michigan and rides with Tara Golaszewski of Hidden Hollow Farm in White Lake, Michigan. Hidden Hollow Farm has a long history of producing top horses and riders. Hudson came to Horse Shows by the Bay with jumper rider and trainer Michelle Freidman while Golaszewski manages another horse show. Friedman's facility is Dragonfly Farm out of Northville, MI.

"It is funny because Rebecca rides with Tara and came to the show with me, and I actually used to ride with Tara," said Friedman. "She taught me everything I know so I think that helps make Rebecca feel more comfortable while she is at a show with a different trainer. I still remember some of my first lessons with Tara. I didn't want to canter, and she used to make me stay in the ring until I did. Her tough love is why Rebecca and I are here."

Hudson has just been accepted into the prestigious Horse Management Program at Michigan State University and will be attending in the fall. Hudson has aspirations of becoming a trainer like Friedman and Golaszweski and wants to compete in grand prixs. She and Playboy are already winning, and this was their first day of showing. In their first class earlier today, they were third out of close to 40 riders.

Hudson is a very hands-on rider both in the tack and back at the barn. Even though she doesn't have to, she helps muck, feed, wash and does anything she can to help out. It was evident that she takes good care of her horse, and in turn her horse tries just as hard for her.

"I have just recently moved up and started doing the "A" stuff. My riding has improved so much since then. I am sitting up, staying tall and giving my horse a better ride," said Hudson. "I think the courses at this level are what have been making me a better rider. I am applying what both Tara and Michelle have taught me and I wouldn't be winning otherwise."

Hudson's biggest supporters are her grandmother and grandfather. They help Hudson both financially and also help her groom, tack up and otherwise take care of Playboy. The Craig's never miss a show and are always there supporting her.

The class was run as a speed class, so the fastest first round wins. Hudson was obviously the fastest, and she and Friedman both say it was Playboy's big step that helped them win.

"He doesn't jump the fences any higher than he has to, and he doesn't have a lot of hang time," said Friedman. "That and the fact that he is so tidy."

Hudson has a very unique riding style, one that Friedman described as aggressive, but even when she gets caught up in the moment, always listens and sticks to the plan, which is what Golaszewski taught her and is important to Hudson.

The $25,000 D-BRAIDER Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix will be held tomorrow, at 5 p.m. and is the highlight class of the week. For more information and full results, please visit http://www.horseshowsbythebay.com.

$750 Children's Jumpers

1. Playboy, Rebecca Hudson, Rebecca Hudson

2. Cartigny, Rose Town Stables, Haley Rosenthal

3. Prelude, Kendall Meijer, Kendall Meijer

4. Valstar, Becca Mac Williams, Becca Mac Williams

5. Promise, Olivia Mikula, Olivia Mikula

6. Lancealot, Heather Prince, Victoria Prince

7. Oberlinus, Kimberly Grabowski, Kimberly Grabowski

8. Noranta, Maggie Levy, Ellie Levy


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