Horse Shows by the Bay Announces 2014 Blue Ribbon Lodging Partners

Traverse City, MI - Whether you're looking to relax, play or simply catch some Z's, you'll be able to find your perfect home away from home through the Horse Shows by the Bay 2014 Blue Ribbon Lodging Partners. The Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival takes place July 2-27 at the Flintfields Horse Park in scenic Traverse City, Michigan. Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc., is pleased to announce that this year's lodging options include some of the finest accommodations in the greater Traverse City area, offering a wide range of amenities and services tailored for every budget, taste and lifestyle consideration. Since tourism is at an all-time high during this time of year, your highly encouraged to reserve well in advance!

Horse Shows by the Bay's newest lodging partner is West Bay Beach - A Holiday Inn Resort. West Bay Beach is the only Holiday Inn Resort in the Midwest and as such offers two restaurants, an outdoor patio bar and grill, an outdoor and indoor swimming pool, fitness center, business center and children's playroom.

On-site restaurant Shimmers on the Bay boasts one of the most beautiful bay views in town, lunch and dinner dining, plus dancing and live entertainment on the weekends. West Bay Beach is the closest beachfront resort to downtown Traverse City, is newly renovated, and also accepts pets.

Additional beachfront options include the Park Shore Resort & Sugar Beach/Grand Beach Resort & Villas. These well-appointed properties are located on the pristine shores of East Grand Traverse Bay and have been supporters since the horse show's inception.

Park Shore Resort features an on-site restaurant/lounge, a fitness center and pool, plus in-room whirlpool spa suites and efficiencies.

Sugar Beach/Grand Beach Resorts & Villas offer beachfront rooms and villas as part of their multiple floor plan offerings.

Located 3 miles west of Horse Shows by the Bay is the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. Situated on 900-acres, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa is a full-service resort property boasting 600 rooms and condos and 54 holes of championship golf, including the Bear, designed by Jack Nicklaus, and the Wolverine, a Gary Player signature course.

A full-service spa, shopping gallery and a diverse selection of dining options round out the many amenities featured as part of this resort experience.

Just south of Traverse City and close to the Grand Traverse Mall is the Courtyard Marriott Traverse City. Courtyard Marriott surrounds travelers with the conveniences that make travel easy. Features include the Bistro, Starbucks Coffee Station, Courtyard Go Board, breakfast and dinner service plus complimentary high-speed Internet and a 24-hour fitness center.

For additional information about the Traverse City area and additional hotel options, please contact Sherry Davis at the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau (231) 995-3900 or email:

Horse Shows by the Bay for 2014

The four-week Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival, July 2-27, is a United States Equestrian Federation Premier (AA) Hunter and Level 4 Jumper competition and attracts many of the country's best horses and riders.

Entries and stall reservations are being accepted on a first pay, first-served basis starting April 1 until the supply of stalls is exhausted.

Each week the comprehensive schedule will feature the $40,000 Grand Prix; $10,000 Positive Step Farm Open Jumper Welcome Prix; $10,000 SJHOF Junior/Amateur-Owner Prix; $7,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Young Jumper Championship Qualifiers; AA-rated Hunter sections; NAL/WIHS Classics, and much more.

Other weekly feature events inlude:

  • Walgreens $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby 
  • PJP Farm, Inc. $1,000 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Qualifiers 
  • Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter Divisions & Jumper Stakes 

Series II has once again been selected as a USHJA/WCHR Member Event. The feature event for Series III is the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby & Exhibitor Derby Breakfast, presented by The Gochman Family. Series IV highlights include the HJAM Equitation Medal Finals and the $10,000 North Face Farm Children's/Adult Amateur Jumper Prix.

In total, $600,000 will be awareded in prize money along with fabulous prizes, circuit titles, and Leading Rider Awards.

The 2014 Prize List is now online; hard copies will be mailed shortly to sponsors, participants, owners and trainers from the past two summers and by request.