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Top Roster of Riders to Attend Sold-Out Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival

Traverse City, MI - June 23, 2009 - The 2009 Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival is pleased to announce they have sold out for the first two weeks of events and are expecting the largest number of competitors for their third week in the six-year history of the competition. Making the Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival what it is today are some of the best hunter and jumper riders in the nation, and even more will be in Traverse City, Michigan, this year. The three weeks of hunter/jumper competition will be held from July 8 to July 26 at Flintfields Horse Park.

"We are anticipating a fantastic circuit this year," said Alex Rheinheimer, Vice-President of Horse Sports by the Bay. "We are really thrilled to be at maximum capacity, and we're proud and honored to be hosting such an esteemed group of riders, owners, horses, and sponsors."

The $15,000 Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby will be one of the most anticipated events of the hunter riders' schedule. To make the day even more special, 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 (WCHR) Awards Program as a member event.

Some top hunter riders that will be competing at this year's festival are: 2008 Horse Shows by the Bay USHJA International Hunter Derby winner Tammy Provost, three-time WCHR Professional Rider of the Year Peter Pletcher, 2008 American Hunter Jumper Foundation (AHJF) Hunter Spectacular winner Tim Goguen, 2009 AHJF Hunter Spectacular winner Kelley Farmer, 2008 Chronicle of the Horse Show Hunter Rider of the Year Patricia Griffith, top pony and junior rider Lillie Keenan, and junior riders Laura Pfeiffer and Caitlin Ziegler, who each have won numerous championships across the country.

Jumper riders have multiple events each week to look forward to, including a $10,000 Open Jumper Welcome Prix, $30,000 Grand Prix, $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.

There are many notable names that will be competing in the jumper divisions, such as: returning Grand Prix winners Scott Lenkart and Addison Phillips, Weeks 1 and 2 $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Prix winner Victoria Birdsall, returning Ovation Leading Jumper Rider David Beisel, top amateur and grand prix rider Erin Haase and 2007 Grand Traverse Bay Grand Prix winner Brian Shook.

Brian Shook was born and raised in Michigan and started his business, Hunterpointe Farm LLC, in 1995 in Holly, Michigan. Brian works with Young Jumpers, bringing them along to the grand prix level and his business includes breeding horses and training clients.

"Without Dean and Alex Rheinheimer's vision and commitment to bringing a quality show facility and quality show jumping back to Michigan, I probably would not show in my home state at all," Shook said. "It's great that they continue their efforts to improve the show each year. The show draws super competitors whether in the hunter divisions or the jumper divisions."

He added, "Traverse City is a super town, has an enjoyable atmosphere, and there are too many things to do to mention. It is one of my favorite shows to participate in of all time."

Riding for Spy Coast Farm, who is the sponsor of week one's $30,000 Grand Prix of Traverse City, is Shane Sweetnam. He has just returned from Europe after a successful tour and representing his home country of Ireland in the Meydan FEI Nations Cup Tour. Julia Lourie, also of Spy Coast Farm, returns to Horse Shows by the Bay to contend for prizes in the junior/amateur-owner jumpers after a strong winter circuit.

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: Scott Lenkart and Impulsive won two grand prix events last year at the Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival and will return this year along with 2008 $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby winner Tammy Provost. Photos 2008 Randi Muster. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

 

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