Mändli Makes it to the Winner’s Circle in Traverse City

Beat Mändli (SUI) and Vic Des Cerisiers. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Edited Press Release

Beat Mändli (SUI) is done being a bridesmaid in Traverse City. Already three times a second-place finisher since arriving during week two of the Traverse City Spring series, presented by Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, he secured the win to kick off week three in Friday’s $37,000 Launch Consulting CSI3* Welcome Stake with Vic Des Cerisiers.

Twice second and now a winner, Vic Des Cerisiers has been a long and steady partnership for Mändli. “We bought Vic as a 7-year-old,” he said of the now 13-year-old Selle Francais gelding (Olympic D’Anguerny x Desir Du Chateau) owned by Grant Road Partners LLC. “First Katie [Dinan] rode him a little bit then we switched around. He had a bit of a break over the winter and he’s just coming back to the scene. He’s doing quite well here; it’s really impressive and I’m very happy with him.”

The win wasn’t handed to the two-time Swiss Olympian, however, as he topped a six-horse jump-off to claim top honors in a time of 33.27 seconds. “I was early to go and I had a few fast ones behind me,” Mändli remarked on his strategy. “I didn’t want to go too crazy, but he feels good at the moment so I decided to have a go, and it worked out well. I had a slow start with six strides but then the rollback to that one vertical was fast and then to the oxer I made up time.” 

First to jump off and second in the final placings was Roberto Teran Tafur (COL) and Dez Ooktoff, navigating to a double-clear effort just off Mändli’s time in 33.68 seconds. Third place went to Margie Engle (USA) and Royce, owned by the Gladewinds Partners, LLC, with the final double-clear effort in 34.60 seconds.

Beat Mändli (SUI) and Vic Des Cerisiers in their winning presentation. Photo ©Andrew Ryback Photography

Final Results: $37,000 Launch Consulting CSI3* Welcome Stake

1. VIC DES CERISIERS: 2009 SF gelding by Olympic D’Anguerny x Desir Du Chateau

BEAT MANDLI (SUI), Grant Road Partners LLC: 0/0/33.27

2. DEZ OOKTOFF: 2008 KWPN stallion by Colandro x Lys Rouge

ROBERTO TERAN TAFUR (COL), Roberto Teran Tafur: 0/0/33.68

3. ROYCE: 2004 OS stallion by Cafe Au Lait x Grandilot

MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Gladewinds Partners, LLC: 0/0/34.60

4. LIVESTREAM 2: 2010 OLDBG gelding by Lordanos x LandadelLISA

CARLSEN (CAN), Lisa Carlsen: 0/4/33.32

5. ATIKA DES HAUTS VENTS: 2010 SF mare by Rock’n Roll Semilly

KATIE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners LLC: 0/4/33.39

6. TACHINI Z: 2009 ZANG gelding by Toulon x Burggraaf NV

MICHAEL MORRISSEY (USA), MD Stables: 0/4/34.27

7. ESCADA 289: 2012 HOLST mare by Clearway x Coriano


8. ATHOS D’ELLE: 2010 SF stallion by Apache D’Adriers x Papillon Rouge

KATIE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners LLC: 1/70.49

9. BUGA Z: 2010 ZANG gelding by Chester Z x Quality Touch Z

SAMUEL PAROT (CHI), Samuel Parot: 1/70.54

10. GAZELLE ES: 2011 KWPN mare by Diarado x Ukato 

JONATHAN MCCREA (USA), Windsor Show Stables: 1/70.85

11. AYAMONTE BG Z: 2009 ZANG gelding by Air Jordan x Capital

DANA ESCALES (USA), Buttonwood Show Jumpers LLC: 4/68.80

12. LUIGI VD BISSCHOP: 2011 BWP gelding by Bamako De Muze x Nabab De Reve

MATT ARCHER (USA) Rhys Farms, LLC: 4/69.16