Great Lakes Equestrian Festival Welcomes Impressive Field of International Athletes as FEI Competition Commences

Wilhelm Genn and Bugatti

Traverse City, Mich. – July 19, 2018 – Week III of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF), now underway, kicks off international competition for the 2018 circuit with a FEI CSI2* rating.

FEI competition during Week III will feature a total of 33 athletes and 46 horses from 10 nations around the world, including the USA, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela.

This week, the U.S. is the most represented country followed by Mexico, Canada and Germany.

Top athletes to look out for include Germany’s Wilhelm Genn, who was Week I’s grand prix winner, Ireland’s Paul O’Shea and U.S. Olympic gold medalist Peter Wylde as well as a number of up-and-coming young professionals such as Tori Colvin and Kelli Cruciotti of the United States.

FEI competition in the Grand Prix Ring begins on Thursday at the Flintfields Horse Park with the Staller 1.40m Jumper CSI2* class. Friday will highlight the $35,000 NetJets Welcome Stake CSI2*, while Sunday will feature the week’s most coveted prize, the $50,000 North Face Farm Grand Prix CSI2*, at 2 p.m.

The 2018 GLEF will continue to host internationally ranked competition throughout the remainder of the circuit. Week IV holds another CSI2* rating, while Weeks V and VI boast a more prestigious CSI3* rating.

Do not miss your chance to see some of the world’s best athletes compete at a world-class venue, and catch all of the action live on GLEF TV! To see the full FEI riders list for GLEF Week III, click here.

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2018 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival Fast Facts:

What:
The Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF) is held annually in July and August at the Flintfields Horse Park in Williamsburg, Michigan, located just outside Traverse City. This six-week event hosts nationally and internationally rated hunter/jumper competition, featuring weekly classes and classics for children, junior, adult and amateur-owner riders. Each week, the festival also holds classes for young horses, open jumper classes and professional hunter derbies, culminating every Sunday with an exciting grand prix show jumping competition with some of the world’s top athletes.

When:
July 4-Aug. 12, 2018

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

Weekly competition schedules (all schedules are subject to change):

GLEF I: July 4-8
$50,000 Great Lakes Grand Prix, presented by East Wind Farms
$30,000 Welcome Stake
$5,000 Ingram Family USHJA National Hunter Derby

GLEF II: July 10-15
$50,000 Meijer Grand Prix of Michigan
$30,000 Ingram Family Welcome Stake
WCHR week in the Grand Prix Ring
$7,500 Camping World USHJA National Hunter Derby
Equitation Tuesday

GLEF III: July 17-22
$50,000 North Face Farm Grand Prix CSI2*
$35,000 NetJets Welcome Stake CSI2*
$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
Equitation Tuesday

GLEF IV: July 24-29
$50,000 Flintfields Farm Grand Prix CSI2*
$35,000 Devoucoux Welcome Stake CSI2*
$25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Copper Fox LLC
$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
Equitation Tuesday

GLEF V: Aug. 1-5
$100,000 Grand Traverse Grand Prix CSI3*
$35,000 Welcome Stake CSI3*
$35,000 Grand Traverse Classic CSI3*
$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

GLEF VI: Aug. 8-12
$100,000 Grand Prix of Traverse City CSI3*
$35,000 CWD Welcome Speed Stake CSI3*
$35,000 Great Lakes Classic CSI3*

Exhibitors: To submit stall reservations and entries for the 2018 GLEF circuit, click here.

Hospitality: Tables of six are available in the beautiful VIP Club overlooking the Grand Prix Ring throughout the 2018 GLEF – the perfect way to entertain clients and friends this summer! Download a table reservation form here!

Sponsorship, vendor and advertising opportunities:
Nicolle Meyer – [email protected]/440-258-5099
Matt Morrissey – [email protected]/941-915-3449

Flight accommodations: Traverse City is as easy to get to as life is once you arrive! Nonstop flights from Newark Liberty International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Denver International Airport, Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, Detroit Metro Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Airport – TVC are available all summer long! Visit www.tvcairport.com for more information!

Hotel, motel, resort contact information: Please refer to greatlakesequestrianfestival.com and email [email protected] for information on hotels, campgrounds and home rentals.

Fundraising: Local organizations looking for fundraising opportunities, please contact Nicolle Meyer at [email protected]

Management:
Morrissey Management Group
PO Box 1375
Bradenton, FL 34206
Phone: 941-744-5465
Fax: 941-744-0874