Traverse City, MI - Another picture perfect day in northern Michigan set the backdrop for some fantastic competition in the Grand Prix Ring at Horse Shows by the Bay on Friday. David Beisel topped another class in the 1.25m Jumpers, Steve Schaefer earned his second win of the week in the 1.30m Jumpers, and Taylor Flury and Alexandra Morefield each triumphed in the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed classes.
The jumper tracks at Horse Shows by the Bay III have been expertly set by course designer Michel Vaillancourt. Today, Vaillancourt challenged the riders to their best, and saw many great rounds.
Jumping first in the morning were the 1.25m Jumpers, sponsored by Wild Oak Farm and The Lenkart Family of Delano, MN, with a win going to David Beisel and Ecstasy. The 1.30m Jumpers followed thanks to the sponsorship of Blue Gate Farm and Denise Wilson of Oconomowoc, WI, with a win for Steve Schaefer and Zero Point.
Up next in the Grand Prix Ring, the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers showed thanks to the support of Winter Meadow Farm and Jeannine Lamb-Huigi of Mundelein, IL. Held as a table II, 2.1, the class was run in a timed first round format. Taylor Flury and her horse Upido were the only pair to jump the course without fault, and also finished with the fastest time of 65.943 seconds for the win. Denise Wilson and Corsavita finished in second with the fastest four-fault round in 66.732 seconds.
Class winner Taylor Flury was excited about her win and praised Upido after the class. "He is a 13-year-old gelding that I have had for awhile and he is great," Flury smiled. "Usually I am the fastest four-faulter, so I just wanted to be smooth and clean today and he was really good."
"I liked the course today," Flury added. "It was really smooth and the lines were set perfectly for my horse. There were places that you could do the inside turn or go around and it asked a lot of questions. The in and outs were a little bit tight and so you had to make sure your horse was listening when you landed. I like the course designer and I love the big open ring; it is beautiful. My horse obviously loved it too because he was really good!"
This is Flury's second time competing at Horse Shows by the Bay and she enjoys the atmosphere of the show. "We ride with Joe Fargis and he came last week and helped us out and then my sister, Alison Flury, helps me at home in Chicago. We like it here; it a great show. We get done early and it is a great town."
Following the Highs, the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers showed, sponsored by Lisa Kent and Select Smile of Troy, MI. Six entries were able to jump the course without fault, and then the times came into play. Erin Haas and All of a Sudden set the fastest clear round early in the class with a time of 59.922 seconds. The pair held the lead through many rounds, but were topped by the very last horse and rider to enter the ring.
Eighteen-year-old Alexandra Morefield and Sugar Magnolia jumped fast and clear, and were able to stop the clock almost a full second faster than Haas' time. The duo finished in 58.836 seconds to take over first place.
Sugar Magnolia is an eight-year-old Warmblood mare owned by Dana Hancock. Morefield is riding the mare while her owner is away at college and explained, "I have been riding her for the summer and I took her to Florida this winter. We have been spending a lot of time getting to know one another and she is super talented. She is green, but she loves her job."
"She is a little bit deceiving when you ride her because she is very forward but she loves a lot of leg," Morefield noted. "You have to raise your hand and tell her to pick her back up, and that is when she jumps her best. This was my first time winning with her, but we have been consistently in the ribbons with a lot of fastest four-fault rounds. We have done a few speed derbies on the grass and she loves to run; she is amazing."
Morefield, who trains with Thursday's Welcome Prix winner Steve Schaefer, enjoyed today's course and thought it suited her horse. "I think the course today was a really good track for us because there were places that we could open up our stride but still get some really quick inside turns. She is really cool like that; she can gallop and turn really tight."
This is Morefield's first time competing at Horse Shows by the Bay and she has enjoyed the show. She concluded, "It is a gorgeous horse show and it is very nice to have a change from Lamplight because I mostly stay in Illinois. I think it is fun footing, great jumps, and it is a gorgeous venue; I love it!"
The 2010 Horse Show by the Bay Equestrian Festival will continue through August 1 with much more exciting hunter/jumper action through the weekend including the HJAM Medal Finals and the $30,000 D-BRAIDER Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix. For more information, please visit www.horseshowsbythebay.com.
$1000 HIGH JR/AO JUMPER TABLE II, SEC 2.1 1.35M
1 Taylor Flury Upido 0 65.943
2 Denise Wilson Corsavita 4 66.732
3 Faith Stewart Udora 4 67.934
4 Courtney Frederick Soulshine 4 72.322
5 Sara Kemper Barack 4 75.751
$750 LOW JR/AO JUMPER TABLE II, SEC 2.1 1.25M
1 Alexandra Morefield Sugar Magnolia 0 58.836
2 Erin Haas All of a Sudden 0 59.922
3 Lisa Goldman Let's Roc 0 64.432
4 Denise Wilson Quik Graf 0 66.735
5 Acardia 3 Emily Kinch 0 66.836
Photo Credit: Taylor Flury and Upido won in the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers at Horse Shows by the Bay III. Alexandra Morefield and Sugar Magnolia won in the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers at Horse Shows by the Bay III. Photos © 2010 Lauren Fisher/PMG.