Traverse City, MI - The 2010 Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival concluded its final day of competition on Sunday with a beautiful day at the Flintfields Horse Park. The Grand Prix Ring hosted several jumper classics throughout the day, giving many riders the opportunity to win top prize money, and providing a fun afternoon for the spectators. VIP Sponsors enjoyed a special luncheon sponsored by Bowers Harbor Vineyard while watching the action from the top of the hill.
Up first in the Grand Prix Ring this morning, the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Farm (SJHOF) High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Prix was held with a big win going to Denise Wilson and her mount Corsavita. The $2,500 Modified Child/Adult Jumper Classic followed, sponsored by Bay Harbor Equestrian Club, with a win going to Faith Stewart and Umberto Ter Linden. Phelps Media Group generously sponsored the $5,000 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic for week three with an exciting win for Kimberly Seay and her mount Belvedere. Finally, the $10,000 Children's/Adult Jumper Prix was held thanks to the sponsorship of Posiitive Step Farm and Patrice Schreiber, with a victory for Kelsey Ostberg and Parnas.
All of the day's courses were built by Canada native Michel Vaillancourt and Vaillancourt challenged the riders to compete at their best. The Children's/Adult Jumper Prix saw a total of 44 entries compete and just eleven were able to clear the first round course. Five that returned for the shortened course jumped double clear, and it was the fastest time of 40.651 seconds set by Kelsey Ostberg and Parnas that earned the prestigious first place prize. Madeline Cooley and Fleur D'Lis finished in second with a time of 41.127 seconds, and Kady Arahamson rode Chalvino Z through the timers in 41.129 seconds to earn the third place prize.
Twenty-five-year- old Kelsey Ostberg rides with trainer Lisa Jacquin, and lives in Pennsylvania. Ostberg's winning mount, Parnas, is owned by Shannon Frigerio. "This summer is the first time that I have actually shown him, but I have ridden him for a few years," Ostberg stated. Shannon just had a baby cannot ride, so she was kind enough to let me ride him for the summer. He is awesome; he is very willing and he loves his job. When he goes in the ring he actually starts getting excited when the buzzer goes off. He is very happy at the shows and he loves it."
Parnas is an eight-year-old Trakehner gelding that they call Hank around the barn. "He is fairly easy to ride, you just really have to keep him going and keep your leg on him," Ostberg noted. "He does move forward very nicely and he will jump from anywhere. He is very game, he is very handy and he turns on a dime."
Ostberg commented on the day's course, stating, "I thought the course was pretty technical today and it was good because it helped differentiate the riders a little bit. I was kind of worried that there would be a lot of clean rounds because there were so many in the class, but I think eleven was good."
"I try not to get too nervous, so today I just tried to go step by step and focus on what I needed to do after every jump," she continued. "I knew I could do it, I just had to put everything together in the first round and it worked out really well. In the jump off, just from watching some of the other riders, I knew that I had to make tighter turns than them and we did get a little slow to the bridge jump, but other than that we just galloped around and got to the other spots and I was really happy with it."
This was Ostberg's second year showing at Horse Shows by the Bay and she was excited for the win. "I love the show and Karin Flint, who owns the property, is good friends with Lisa, which is fun," Ostberg acknowledged. "It is just such a good atmosphere. It is really laid back, which is what I like. I love that it is really secluded here and everybody is so nice. Traverse City is great and I have just been having a good time with my mom and our friends."
Today's competition concluded the 2010 Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival. Up next, Horse Sports by the Bay will have the prestigious honor of hosting the 2010 Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 2 Dressage Championships & Dressage by the Bay Fall Classic in September. For more information, please visit www.horseshowsbythebay.com.
Photo Credit: Kelsey Ostberg and Parnas won the $10,000 NAL/WIHS Children's/Adult Jumper Class at Horse Shows by the Bay III. Photo © 2010 Lauren Fisher/PMG.