Traverse City, Mich. – Aug. 7, 2021 – Taking center stage in the Jumper Annex ring, the East Wind Farms Children’s Jumper, Pinecone Shavings Adult Jumper and Sugar Run Farm & Gajoch Family Low Amateur-Owner and Junior Jumper division all rounded out three days of competition followed by honoring each respective champion. Children, junior, amateur and adult show jumping competitors were all hopeful to close out Week V of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors, with a top finish. Each division held a Classic round Saturday, with valuable bonus points up for grabs toward the champion and reserve awards.
Kicking the day off, Jerry Chu and Himeros, owned by Baoma Corp, were crowned the East Wind Farms Children’s Jumper division champion. The duo rode to a second place finish during Saturday’s $2,500 East Wind Farms Children’s Jumper Classic to clinch the championship after also claiming two first place finishes during the previous days of competition. It was Lorena Nieto Rullan who would finish with the reserve champion tricolor aboard Castanuela La Silla Cocarde, owned by Sergio Nieto del Rio. Nieto Rullan nabbed one first and one eighth place finish to earn her enough points for the reserve champion honors.
Immediately following, adult competitors took to the Jumper Annex arena to vie for their respective championship in the Pinecone Shavings Adult Jumper division. It was Cox aboard her own Blue Bella who topped Saturday’s $2,500 Pinecone Shavings Adult Jumper Classic on top, with her win earning bonus points toward the championship. After claiming second and third place during the other two days of the division’s competition, Cox ultimately rode away with the tricolor award. It was a two-way tie for the reserve championship title between Caroline Ratigan and Javan Dalman. Ratigan’s first place finish riding Emilia, owned by Pine Hollow Farm, during Thursday’s portion of the competition garnered her enough points to count toward the reserve championship. Dalman piloted Electra, owned by Richard Neal, to a first place finish Friday’s to match Ratigan’s points and also walk away with the reserve champion honors.
Rounding out the afternoon of championship awards, the Sugar Run Farm & Gajoch Family Low Amateur-Owner Jumper and Sugar Run Farm & Gajoch Family Low Junior Jumper competitors were the final groups to have their shot at emerging as the champion. Out of a field of a whopping field of 40 competitors in the Amateur-Owner division, Britta Stoeckel and EHS LLC’s Billy Galleon sealed the deal for the championship after putting in the fastest double-clear effort of the day in the NAL Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic to claim the win. The pair also placed within the top three during Friday’s class thanks to an outstanding performance. For the Junior riders, a large field of 57 horse-and-rider combinations made up the division, and it was Mia Frigon with Catch Me who rode to victory in the Sugar Run Farm & Gajoch Family NAL Low Junior Jumper Classic. Following her fourth place finish in Friday’s class, the pair clinched the championship at the conclusion of Saturday’s competition.
Competition at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival will conclude Sunday, August 7. Exhibitors look forward to cheering on their favorite international athlete in the $137,000 Southern Arches Grand Prix CSI3* to close out the week.