Great Lakes Equestrian Festival Concludes 2019 With Top International CSI3* Competitors For Week VI
Traverse City, Mich. – Aug. 7, 2019 – The closing week of the 2019 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF), presented by CaptiveOne Advisors, LLC, welcomes international athletes to the Flintfields Horse Park for CSI3* competition to culminate the summer series. As the final event, week six will also award the $25,000 CaptiveOne Open Jumper Rider Bonus as competitors vie for the valuable remaining points in hopes of earning the added prize. The title is up for grabs as the top three athletes on the leaderboard, Abigail McArdle (USA), Wilhelm Genn (GER) and Santiago Lambre (MEX), return to Week VI.
The comprehensive list of international contenders competing during the concluding week includes 55 horse-and-athlete pairs hailing from the seven countries of Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States. Making his debut in the 2019 GLEF series, Andrew Kocher (USA) looks to repeat his prior success in Traverse City with a grand prix win under his belt in 2016. The United States’ 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ team gold medalist Adrienne Sternlicht will return for her second week of competition along with a strong contingent of female athletes including McArdle, Alison Robitaille, Kelli Cruciotti, Catherine Tyree, Molly Ashe Cawley, Ali Wolff and Schuyler Riley.
Nineteen horse-and-athletes will represent the United States, but international competitors offer exciting competition as 2019 GLEF grand prix winners, Genn and Lambre, return to compete for another victory. They are joined by the winning Bluman brothers from Week V, Mark and Ilan (COL), Roberto Teran Tafur (COL), Vasco Flores (PUR), Jim Ifko (CAN) and Tomas Yofre (ARG).
McArdle looks to hold her position at the top of the CaptiveOne Open Jumper Rider leaderboard for the $25,000 bonus, which will be awarded upon completion of the $133,700 CaptiveOne Advisors Great Lakes Grand Prix CSI3* on Sunday, August 11. Upon winning the $35,700 Devoucoux Welcome Stake CSI2* during Week IV and the $133,700 Staller Grand Traverse Grand Prix CSI3* during Week V, McArdle leads the way ahead of Genn, who claimed victories in both Week I’s $50,000 GGT Footing Grand Prix and Week II’s $50,000 Meijer Grand Prix of Michigan.
FEI competition begins Wednesday, August 7, with the $1,000 1.40m Jumper CSI3* and will continue Thursday, August 8, to feature the $35,700 CWD Welcome Stake CSI3* in the afternoon. The $35,700 NetJets Classic CSI3* will take place Friday afternoon, August 9, and the highlight event of the week, the $133,700 CaptiveOne Advisors Great Lakes Grand Prix CSI3* will begin Sunday, August 11, at 2 p.m.
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Tune in to USEF Network throughout Week VI for more broadcasts! Thursday, August 8, will feature the $35,700 CWD Welcome Stake CSI3* in the afternoon, with the $35,700 NetJets Classic CSI3* featured the afternoon of Friday, August 9. The highlight event of the final week, the $133,700 CaptiveOne|Advisors Great Lakes Grand Prix CSI3*, will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 11.
2019 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival Fast Facts:
What: The Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF), presented by CaptiveOne Advisors, LLC, is held annually in July and August at the Flintfields Horse Park in Williamsburg, Michigan, located just outside Traverse City. This six-week event hosts nationally and internationally rated hunter/jumper competition, featuring weekly classes and classics for children, junior, adult and amateur-owner riders. Each week, the festival also holds classes for young horses, open jumper classes and professional hunter derbies, culminating every Sunday with an exciting grand prix show jumping competition with some of the world’s top athletes.
When: July 3-Aug. 11, 2019
Where: Flintfields Horse Park
Ten miles east from the beautiful resort town of Traverse City.
Weekly competition schedules (all schedules are subject to change):
GLEF I: July 3-7
$50,000 GGT Footing Grand Prix, presented by JTWG, Inc. and 4G Surfaces
$30,000 Welcome Stake
$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
GLEF II: July 9-14
$50,000 Meijer Grand Prix
$25,000 Welcome Stake
$5,000 Outdoors USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Camping World and Gander Outdoors
GLEF III: July 16-21
$71,200 North Face Farm Grand Prix CSI2*
$35,700 Welcome Stake CSI2*
$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by Greg Crolick Stables and Renaud Farm
GLEF IV: July 23-28
$71,200 Flintfields Farm Grand Prix CSI2*
$35,700 Devoucoux Welcome Stake CSI2*
$25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, sponsored by Copper Fox LLC
Dudley B. Smith Equitation Championship, presented by Northern Pines Farm
$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Fig Street Marketing Group
GLEF V: July 30-Aug. 4
$133,700 Staller Grand Traverse Grand Prix CSI3*
$35,700 Welcome Stake CSI3*
$35,700 Grand Traverse Classic CSI3*
$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
GLEF VI: Aug. 7-11
$133,700 CaptiveOne|Advisors Great Lakes Grand Prix CSI3*
$35,700 CWD Welcome Stake CSI3*
$35,700 NetJets Classic CSI3*
Exhibitors: To submit stall reservations and entries for the 2019 GLEF circuit, click here.
Hospitality: Tables of six are available in the beautiful VIP Club overlooking the Grand Prix Ring throughout the 2019 GLEF – the perfect way to entertain clients and friends this summer! Download a table reservation form here!
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