Traverse City, MI - The 2010 Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival continued with its second week of hunter/jumper competition on Wednesday with the start of the professional hunter and open jumper divisions at the beautiful Flintfields Horse Park in Traverse City, MI. The jumpers took main stage in the Grand Prix Ring this morning with wins for Frankie Chesler-Ortiz and Lisa Jacquin in the 1.30m and 1.35m Jumper divisions. The horses and riders showed over tracks set by renowned course designer Guilherme Jorge of Brazil.
Showing first in the morning, the $1,000 1.30m Jumpers competed thanks to the generous sponsorship of Blue Gate Farm and Denise Wilson of Oconomowoc, WI. The class saw 20 entries and an impressive twelve pairs were able to jump clear in the first round to advance to the jump-off. Five of those entries jumped double clear, and it was the fastest time of 32.297 seconds within the 45-second time allowed, which earned Frankie Chesler-Ortiz and Aslan the top call.
Chelser-Ortiz and Aslan beat out the previously posted double clear of Richard Moloney and Olympic Lad in 32.382 seconds to push that pair into second place. Michael Tokaruk and Roger Rabbit made a valiant effort to beat the time, but finished in 32.927 seconds to finish in third place. Kim Farlinger and Bay Street were just a second slower in 33.795 seconds to earn the fourth place honors, and Juan Ortiz and Ghandi had the only other double clear round in 34.249 seconds to finish in fifth.
Class winner Frankie Chesler-Ortiz is from Orangeville, ON Canada and runs Sher-Al Farm with her husband, Juan Ortiz. Her mount for today's class, Aslan, is an eleven-year-old chestnut gelding that she purchased as a six-year-old. "Aslan has had a few breaks in his career with a few minor injuries and so he has been back showing now for about a year and doing really well," Chesler-Ortiz explained. "He is very competitive, and last week's grand prix was the biggest class that I have done with him so far and he was really good."
"He really likes to go fast; he is a bit hot, but really rideable, so it is actually a nice ride," Chesler-Ortiz continued. "He plays a little bit and has fun with it. I know that he likes showing and he is a good boy, so it is very enjoyable to ride him."
Chesler-Ortiz commented on today's course, which she noted was a change from Pierre Jolicoeur's courses from last week. "The course was really nice today, it was very different from Pierre's courses, but it is nice to change it up each week and do different things," she noted.
Many horses were very close in their times in today's jump-off, but it was Aslan who stopped the clock the fastest. Chesler-Ortiz thought that her gallop at the beginning of the course is what made the difference. "I didn't really get a chance to watch anyone else go but I was really fast from fence one to two," she said. "Everywhere else I did the same inside turns as everyone else, but I really galloped from one to two hard and then I just finished the rest at a nice coast."
Aslan and Chesler-Ortiz will show in this week's Welcome Prix and Grand Prix classes. "This was just a class that he could just go in and kind of have fun and play and not make too much of an effort," Chesler-Ortiz concluded. "He made a few big efforts last week, so I just wanted to give him a class that he could go in and relax and have fun. He is a little bit sensitive, so he tries really hard."
Also showing in the Grand Prix Ring this afternoon was the $1,250 1.35m Jumpers with a win for Lisa Jacquin and Casa Blanca La Silla. Jacquin and Casa Blanca La Silla completed one of just three clear trips in the first round of the class to jump-off. The pair was first to attempt the shortened course and stopped the clock in 33.358 seconds, which would be the fastest time for the win. Blythe Marano and Askaban jumped off next and finished double clear in 42.300 seconds to take home second place honors. Luke Tokaruk and Lucius 35 jumped clear in the first round, but chose to voluntarily withdraw from the jump-off to finish in third place.
Class winner Casa Blanca La Silla is an eight-year-old gray Holsteiner mare owned by Flintwoode Farms, LLC. The mare was first shown by Anne Kursinski in 2009 and then went on to a great partnership with Lisa Jacquin this year. Jacquin has been showing the mare in the Seven & Eight-Year-Old Young Jumper division and the 1.35m Jumpers this winter and spring, including competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows in Lexington, and the Devon Horse Show in Pennsylvania. The mare has placed well all year and shows great talent as an up and coming young horse.
The 2010 Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival will continue tomorrow with a full schedule of hunter/jumper competition at the Flintfields Horse Park. In the hunter rings, the professional hunters will wrap up their division championships for week two and will award championship and grand championship tricolors. In the Grand Prix Ring, the Five-Year-Old, Six-Year-Old, and Seven & Eight-Year-Old Young Jumper will be featured as they compete in qualifiers for their divisions. For more information, please visit www.horseshowsbythebay.com.
$1000 1.30 METER JUMPERS TABLE II, SEC 2 (B)
1 644 ASLAN FRANKIE CHESLER -ORTIZ SHER-AL FARM 0 0 32.297
2 548 OLYMPIC LAD LISA KENT RICHARD MOLONEY 0 0 32.382
3 280 ROGER RABBIT MICHAEL TOKARUK MICHAEL TOKARUK 0 0 32.927
4 675 BAY STREETKIM FARLINGER PETER FARLINGER 0 0 33.795
5 645 GHANDI JUAN ORTIZ JUAN ORTIZ 0 0 34.249
$1250 1.35 METER JUMPERS TABLE II, SEC 2 (B)
1 71 CASA BLANCA LA SILLA LISA JACQUIN FLINTWOODE FARMS LLC 0 0 33.358
2 98 ASKABAN BLYTHE MARANO RIVERVIEW FARM, LLC 0 0 42.300
3 279 LUCIUS 35 LUKE TOKARUK LUKE TOKARUK 0 WD
4 667 CARUSO VAN PAEMEL Z KIM MERVYN JENNIFER FOOTMAN 4 70.738
5 147 CHANEL Z BRIAN SHOOK EQUESTRIAN ENDEAVORS 4 71.567
Photo Credit: Frankie Chesler-Ortiz Triumphed in the $1,000 1.30m Jumpers at Horse Shows by the Bay II. Lisa Jacquin and Casa Blanca La Silla Won the $1,250 1.35m Jumpers at Horse Shows by the Bay II. Photos © 2010 Lauren Fisher/PMG.