Horse Shows by the Bay Series II Wrap-Up
RELEASE: July 24, 2009
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: By Rebecca Walton and Lauren Fisher
Addison Phillips and Teirra dominated the jumper competition at Horse Shows by the Bay this week. Coming off of a win in Friday's $10,000 Welcome Prix, the pair jumped to victory in Sunday afternoon's $30,000 Grand Traverse Bay Grand Prix, held in the grand prix ring at the beautiful Flintfields Horse Park.
Twenty-five entries competed in Sunday's class, and course designer Guilherme Jorge of San Paul, Brazil, set another great track to challenge the competitors. The course consisted of 13 obstacles and 16 jumping efforts set at 1.50m in height.
At the conclusion of the first round, nine entries had jumped clear to earn the opportunity to compete in the jump-off. Addison Phillips and Teirra were first to go in the class, and their clear round brought them back to jump first over the shortened course.
Still feeling confident from their win in Friday's Welcome Prix, the pair put down a fast, smooth round in a time of 33.939 seconds, well under the 48 second time allowed. Phillips' round put the pressure on for the remaining eight competitors who all tried to catch her time, but she held the lead until the very end to take home the top prize.
Scott Lenkart and Un Prince, owned by Martha MacMillan of Minneapolis, MN, entered the ring next and jumped a clear round in 34.868 seconds to earn fourth place upon the completion of the class. Ali Wolff and her second jump-off mount, H&M Necoll, also went clear, but ended in third place with their time of 34.626 seconds.
Maggie McAlary and Euro Mon Amie followed with a slightly faster clear round in 34.457 seconds, which was still not enough to beat Phillips' time and landed the pair in second place.
Class winner Addison Phillips is from New York, NY, and has owned nine-year-old Teirra for a year and a half. Phillips was very happy with her win, and is excited to be improving with Teirra. "She was awesome; she is such a cool horse," Phillips smiled. "She was great in the first round and then she was awesome in the jump-off. It was definitely our fastest, smoothest jump-off that we have had yet, so I was really happy with her."
Phillips returned first in the jump-off, and she explained that her plan was to go smooth and fast, but definitely put in a clear round. "It is harder to go first, but there is definitely an advantage to it because then you can put the pressure on the others. People who were trying to catch my time maybe had a rail that they would not have had if they had not known what my time was."
Earlier in the day the NAL/WIHS Child and Adult Jumper Classics were held in the grand prix ring. The $2,500 NAL/WIHS Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by North Face Equine Services of Ann Arbor, MI, was first to compete. With a class of 33 entries, 15 went clear in the first round to jump-off, and the top 10 finishers all went double clear. The fastest clear jump-off round belonged to Debbie C. Beebe and Lennox, who stopped the clock in 39.189 seconds to win the class.
Next to compete was the $2,500 NAL/WIHS Children's Jumper Classic, sponsored by Phelps Media Group, Inc., of Wellington, FL. With a class of 34 entries, 14 went clear in the first round to jump-off, and the top seven were double clear. The winner of the class for the second week in a row was Ashley Reed riding Fast Break. The pair had the fastest clear jump-off round in a time of 37.558 seconds to take the top prize.Jumper Results
The second week of competition at the 2009 Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival got under way Wednesday morning at the Flintfields Horse Park in Traverse City, MI. Starting the week off in the grand prix ring, Ali Wolff and Hertel Landman got the win in the 1.30m Jumpers, and Patricia Griffith and Veronieque triumphed in the 1.35m Jumpers.
Course designer Guilherme Jorge of San Paulo, Brazil, set the tracks for the day's classes, and 13 entries showed in th