Balmoral Set for First Venture to Traverse City

Traci and Carleton Brooks. Photo by Jennifer Taylor

Carleton and Traci Brooks will take their Balmoral operation northeast for the first time this summer, with four weeks of competition planned at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival in Traverse City, MI.

A string of Balmoral horses and ponies will make the 30-hour venture, shipped by the Hall of Fame horseman himself, for the first four events of the GLEF circuit, which will feature USEF Premier “AA” rated competition as well as a week with World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) designation. Traverse City, a popular tourist destination, is also known for its natural attractions, dining, and abundance of recreational activities, many of which are centered around Lake Michigan, one of the five Great Lakes in North America.

Traci Brooks. Photo by Sara Shier Photography

“We’re really looking forward to taking Team Balmoral on the road for our first visit to GLEF,” Traci said. “We have not traveled outside of California since 2019, as we made the difficult decision to forego the indoor championships last year, and Traverse City has a fantastic schedule that will suit all of our horses and clients in a beautiful area of the country. Carleton and I have heard so many great things about this horse show, and we’re excited to experience it for ourselves.”

Carleton and Traci share the show ring. Photo by McCool Photos

The trip will precede the farm’s annual venture to Lexington, KY, for the USEF Pony Finals and USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships. During Pony Finals, Carleton will be the official clinician for the Pony Finals Modeling Clinic series. The following week in Lexington, Carleton will once again be on the judging panel at the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships

“The Kentucky Horse Park is less than 10 hours from Traverse City, making it a great place for us to break up our trip to Kentucky,” Traci said. “It’s going to be a great summer!”

Watch Carleton and Traci’s entire series of educational training videos on Balmoral TV!

About Balmoral

Owned and operated by Carleton and Traci Brooks, Balmoral offers a full service and comprehensive equestrian program with convenient locations in West Los Angeles and Agoura Hills, CA. Carleton and Traci have a lifetime of experience with horses, an extensive teaching and training background and a keen ability to match horses and riders and produce results. They share an appreciation and respect for horses, and in addition to their training skills they are also well known for their high standard of horse care and attention to detail. Together they’ve trained and produced numerous National Champions as well as developed riders of all ages. Contact Balmoral to learn more.

Watch Carleton and Traci’s series of educational training videos on Balmoral TV!

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