Horse Shows by the Bay Provides the Ultimate Summer Horse Show Experience!



Pack your Swim Suit, Flip-flops and Your Family for a Great Summer in Traverse City, Michigan


Traverse City, Michigan - April 14, 2011 - Packing for a horse show typically requires the same set of clothes week in and week out, especially in the summer time. As barns coordinate their summer schedules, many have taken notice of Horse Shows by the Bay in Traverse City, Michigan. 

Not only have these horse shows become a great place for riders of all skill levels, offering classes for just about everyone, they have also become THE place people look forward to showing at each summer because of the area's fantastic weather and wide variety of attractions.  With so many other activities to do in Traverse City besides showing horses, exhibitors suitcases might be a bit more full than normal to include fun items like bathing suits, snorkels, fishing rods and even boats for some families, as they gear up for this month-long vacation-destination series.

Traverse City offers the opportunity for exhibitors to show at one of the most beautiful facilities in the country, and also to spend time with their families in one of the best vacation spots in the United States.  "When we first discovered Traverse City we knew it would be a great place for a horse show," states Horse Shows by the Bay owner and manager, Alex Rheinheimer. "The area has such a great vibe - great food, unique shopping, and is situated on the most beautiful body of water (Grand Traverse Bay); so right away we just knew that our exhibitors would really enjoy their summers in Michigan both with their horses and their families."

The list of amenities is wide-ranging and fun for the entire family, including a casino, numerous challenging golf courses, fishing or boating on the lake.  The area was selected by Golf Magazine as one of the top six golf destinations in the country, including designs by Nicklaus, Palmer, Player and Weiskopf.

If you're more of a food lover, then plan to visit one of the many incredible restaurants like Red Mesa Grill, Red Ginger, Union Cantina, or Siren Hall - all of which are partners of the horse show and who offer unique and fresh one-of-a-kind menus.  If your sweet tooth is calling your name, local ice cream spot Moomer's Homemade Ice Cream is also a town favorite.  Moomer's was voted by "Good Morning America" as the nation's best ice cream. Or, enjoy an afternoon shopping in the Front Street area or even a massage at one of the local spas: the possibilities of things to do are endless!

"My clients base their summer schedule around Traverse City," said trainer Heather Irvine from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  "They love being able to show during the morning and then hit the beach in the afternoon, there are not many places you can do that in the summer!  Plus, the mornings are chilly and the horse show is great.  There are so many delicious restaurants, I can't wait to spend four weeks there this summer."  

Recently, Traverse City has been added to a number of "best of" lists from some of the top travel advisors.  AOL Travel News gave Traverse City the #8 spot in its list of America's Top Ten Beach Towns, and named Traverse City one of the Top 10 "Coolest Towns in the States" in May of 2010.  TripAdvisor.com listed Traverse City in second place in "Our Top 10 Charming Small Towns," while Livability.com (April 2010) listed Traverse City in first place in its Top 10 list of "Surprising Foodie Towns," after surveying 200 American cities in April of 2010.  Traverse City has obviously made an impact on the critics, and even made National Geographic's list as one of America's Top adventure towns.  Best of all, National Geographic has recently named Traverse City's Sleeping Bear Dunes as one of its best views of 2011.

Top rider Peter Pletcher has won numerous hunter classes at the nation's most prestigious competitions, and plans to again bring his horses this year to Horse Shows by the Bay. "It is a fantastic place to be. I love the horse show. Besides a great facility and schedule, it's located in such a super town - overall it's just a fun place to show. My clients love going, because it is a fantastic place for them to take their family for a vacation. They get two for one; they can take their family on vacation and be at a wonderful horse show," he said.  

For more information, please visit www.horseshowsbythebay.com or call Alex Rheinheimer at 561.723.6287.  

2011 HORSE SHOWS BY THE BAY EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL FAST FACTS

WHEN: 2011 FESTIVAL DATES  

Dressage by the Bay Series I: June 30 & July 1
Dressage by the Bay Series II: July 2  

Horse Shows by the Bay Series I: July 6 - 10
Horse Shows by the Bay Series II: July 13 - 17
Horse Shows by the Bay Series III: July 20 - 24
Horse Shows by the Bay Series IV: July 27 - 31  

EVENT: Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival  

WHAT: A five week long hunter /jumper & dressage equestrian festival that attracts 1,500 horses and their riders who are in attendance to accumulate year end points and compete for $550,000 total prize money.  

SANCTIONED BY: United States Equestrian Federation, United States Hunter-Jumper Association, United States Dressage Federation, North American League, Young Jumper Championships, Show Jumping Hall of Fame, World Champion Hunter Rider Awards Program, Washington International Horse Show Championships, Hunter-Jumper Association of Michigan, Ohio Hunter-Jumper Association, Ohio Professional Horseman's Association, Indiana Hunter-Jumper Association, Wisconsin Hunter-Jumper Association, and Michigan Horse Show Association  

WHERE: Flintfields Horse Park, 6535 Bates Road, Williamsburg, MI 49690 - 10 miles east from the beautiful Resort town of Traverse City complete with NEW FOOTING!  

WEEK BY WEEK HIGHLIGHTS of the 2011 HORSE SHOWS BY THE BAY EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL:  

July 6 - 10: Horse Shows by the Bay Series 1

  • $30,000 Grand Prix of Traverse City
  • $10,000 Open Jumper Welcome Stake
  • $10,000 SJHOF Jr/AO Jumper Prix
  • $5,000 NAL/WIHS Low Jr/AO Jumper Classic
  • $2,500 NAL/WIHS Children's & Adult Jumper Classics
  • $2,500 Pre-Green Hunter Classic
  • $2,000 JR & Amateur Owner Hunter Classics
  • $1,000 Pony Hunter Classic
  • $1,000 NAL/WIHS Children's & Adult Hunter Classics

July 13 - 17: Horse Shows by the Bay Series II WCHR Member Event

  • $30,000 Grand Traverse Bay Grand Prix
  • $10,000 Open Jumper Welcome Stake
  • $10,000 SJHOF Jr/AO Jumper Prix
  • $10,000 Open Hunter Classic
  • $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Classic
  • $5,000 NAL Low Jr/AO Jumper Classic
  • $2,500 NAL/WIHS Children's & Adult Jumper Classics
  • $1,000 Pony Hunter Classic
  • $1,000 NAL/WIHS Children's & Adult Hunter Classics  

July 20 - 24: Horse Shows by the Bay Series III

  • $30,000 Grand Prix of the Great Lakes
  • $20,000 International Hunter Derby
  • $10,000 Open Jumper Welcome Stake
  • $10,000 SJHOF Jr/AO Jumper Prix
  • $5,000 NAL Low Jr/AO Jumper Classic
  • $5,000 NAL/WIHS Children's & Adult Jumper Classics
  • $1,000 Pony Hunter Classic
  • $1,000 NAL/WIHS Children's & Adult Hunter Classics

July 27 - 31: Horse Shows by the Bay Series IV

  • $30,000 D-BRAIDER Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix

HJAM Equitation Medal Finals

  • $10,000 Open Jumper Welcome Stake
  • $10,000 SJHOF Jr/AO Jumper Prix
  • $10,000 NAL/WIHS Children's & Adult Jumper Prix
  • $5,000 NAL Low Jr/AO Jumper Classic
  • $2,000 JR & Amateur Owner Hunter Classics
  • $1,000 Pony Hunter Classic
  • $1,000 NAL Children's & Adult Hunter Classics

Fun Facts: 

  • Charity Fundraisers
  • Exhibitor Socials
  • Easy In-Easy Out Airport
  • Casinos
  • Fantastic Vacation Destination Setting!
  • Fun for the Entire Family!!  

For more information on the Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival please visit www.horseshowsbythebay.com, become a friend on Facebook, and/or call Alexandra Rheinheimer at 561.723.6287.  

STABLING/SPONSORSHIP/VENDOR CONTACT:
Alex Rheinheimer
561-723 6287
alexrheinheimer@aol.com
www.horseshowsbythebay.com  

Photo: Sleeping Bear Dunes-Bluff overlooking Lake Michigan Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Client




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