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Rider Rewards Increase for 2009 Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival Circuit

Traverse City, MI - May 25, 2009 - Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc. is pleased to announce that for the sixth straight year, prize money and rider rewards have increased for their upcoming 2009 Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival. The month-long, Traverse City, Michigan, based event features some of the best horses and riders in the country competing in hunter, jumper, equitation, and dressage disciplines. A total of $395,000 will be awarded throughout the festival, which is an increase of over $25,000 from last season.

Jumper highlights include three $30,000 Grand Prix, three $10,000 Open Jumper Welcome Prix, three $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Prix, Young Jumper Qualifiers and a $10,000 Children's/Adult Jumper Prix. Grand Prix sponsors D-BRAIDER and Spy Coast Farm return as major show jumping supporters as well as Positive Step Farm and Schreiber Roofing.

For the show hunter community, the International Hunter Derby will again take center stage as one of the most anticipated events of the Grand Prix ring schedule. Prize money totaling $15,000 has been dedicated to the class, and a complimentary dinner for horse show participants will be served ringside. Horse Shows by the Bay is also recognized by the World Championship Hunter Rider Awards Program as a member event.

New for the two-show Dressage by the Bay series is the $5,000 in prize money being awarded to the Series II FEI musical freestyle winners. Northern Michigan's only rated dressage show series is being generously supported by Grand Prix partner Hampton Green Farm.

Supplying the lavish awards to the winning participants throughout the entire festival are Ann K. Hubbard's Tack Shop, Custom Fox Tack Shop, English Riding Supply, Grazi Custom, LLC, and Sport Horse Saddlery. Fancy wool dress coolers, hand-made riding shirts, and embroidered saddle pads are just a few of the many top-of-the-line items to be awarded to festival winners and champions.

Silver sponsor Grazi Custom, LLC is also supplying beautiful prizes to the winning riders of the HJAM Equitation Medal Finals. Based out of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, Grazi Custom LLC specializes in creating on-of-a-kind custom riding shirts, show jackets, and everyday apparel for the discerning equestrian.

Recognized as the United States' leading importer of over 25 top riding apparel and equipment brands, English Riding Supply is returning as the sponsor of the Ovation Leading Rider Series Awards. The points-based program recognizes the top twelve leading hunter and jumper riders from throughout the festival. Each winning rider will receive a $500 gift certificate to the English Riding Supply catalog. This year marks the fifth season that English Riding Supply has been a Horse Shows by the Bay sponsor representing Pessoa, Veredus, and Mountain Horse.

Held in the luxury summer resort area of Traverse City, Michigan, the Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival is set against the backdrop of the Cherry Capital of the World, complete with vineyards, beaches, orchards, and golf courses. Festival dates are July 8 - August 2, 2009. For more information please visit http://www.horseshowsbythebay.com.

Photo Credit: Peggy Murray of English Riding Supply Presenting Katherine Newman with the Award for Leading Junior Hunter Rider at last year's Horse Shows by the Bay. Photo 2008 Randi Muster. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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