New Traverse City Hunter Finals Offers Over $275K Guaranteed Prize Money During 2021 American Gold Cup

Traverse City, Mich. – Feb. 24, 2021 – New to this year’s Traverse City Horse Show (TCHS) series, hunter competitors can look forward to the addition of a brand new hunter incentive program, culminating in the Traverse City Hunter Finals in September. The TCHS management team has implemented this new program to celebrate hunter athletes and horses, offering increased prize money and a chance to qualify for the Traverse City Hunter Finals and the Traverse City Derby Finals. Both finals will run concurrently with the 51st Anniversary of the American Gold Cup, set to take place Sept. 15-19.


Kate Conover aboard Small Social with Samantha Schaefer aboard Trademark

Matt Morrissey, Event Director of Traverse City Horse Shows, commented, “We are really excited to be able to offer this new incentive program this year to support our hunter competitors. As a discipline that is often overlooked when it comes to prize money and championships, we hope this new addition will set a precedent for the future of hunter competition. We are looking forward to a really exciting year!”

Unique to Traverse City, exhibitors will have the chance to opt-in to the incentive program throughout the 12 weeks of competition. Over $275k dollars in guaranteed prize money is up for grabs at the conclusion of the season, with 70% of all enrollment fees dedicated as add back prize money for each division final. Horses not enrolled in the incentive program will still be eligible to compete for prize money as long as they have competed for three weeks during the Traverse City show series.


Traverse City Hunter Finals include:
$25,000 3′ / 3’3″ Green Hunter Traverse City Final
$25,000 3’6″ / 3’9″ Green Hunter Traverse City Final
$25,000 3’3″ Jr Hunter Traverse City Final
$25,000 3’6″ Jr Hunter Traverse City Final
$25,000 3’3″ A/O Hunter Traverse City Final
$25,000 3’6″ A/O Hunter Traverse City Final
$50,000 Performance Horse Hunter Final (3’3″, 3’6″, 3’9″, 4′)
$50,000 Traverse City 3′ Derby Finals (Pro)
$25,000 Traverse City 3′ Derby Finals (Non Pro)

The TCHS series will kick-off Wednesday, June 9, with the Traverse City Spring Horses Show, presented by Turtle Creek Hotel & Casino. Participants enrolled in the Traverse City Hunter Finals program will be entitled to all prize money and awards as offered within their respective divisions.


Save the date for the 2021 Traverse City Horse Shows!

Traverse City Spring, presented by Turtle Creek Hotel & Casino
June 9 – 27, 2021
World Championship Hunter Rider Week (TCS III)

Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors
July 7 – Aug. 15, 2021
World Championship Hunter Rider Week (GLEF 2)
Major League Show Jumping CSI 5* (GLEF 3)
USHJA Zone 5 Jumper Team/Platinum Jumper Championship (GLEF 5)
FEI North American Youth Championship – Jumping & Dressage (GLEF 6)

Traverse City Tournament of Champions
Sept. 1 – 19, 2021
USHJA Young Jumper Championship (TCF 2)
Silver Oak Jumper Tournament (TCF 2)
Traverse City Hunter & Derby Finals (TCF 3)
American Gold Cup Presented by, CaptiveOne Advisors (TCF 3)
Major League Show Jumping CSI 5* (TCF 3)

Traverse City Horse Shows Fast Facts:

Where: Flintfields Horse Park
6535 Bates Road, Williamsburg, MI 49690
Ten miles east from the beautiful resort town of Traverse City.

Accommodations: Traverse City is a popular vacation destination and accommodations go quickly. Don’t wait – book your housing early!

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