Great Lakes Equestrian Festival Announces Exciting Facility Improvements for 2019

Traverse City, Mich. – May 7, 2019 – The Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF) will continue its fifth year of competition at the spectacular showgrounds of the Flintfields Horse Park in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan, beginning on July 3.
The management team at GLEF is dedicated to making constant improvements to the show each year in order to better serve its exhibitors and maintain the quality of the grounds. As a result, GLEF is excited to announce the extensive improvements and upgrades that have been made to the Flintfields Horse Park in preparation for the upcoming 2019 summer circuit.
The world-class Flintfields Horse Park facility is home to the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival each year in Traverse City, Michigan. Photo: Diana Hadsall Photography
In 2019, the Flintfields Horse Park will offer six competition rings, with the addition of the Williamsburg Ring, as well as a number of spacious schooling rings. The extra competition ring will help better accommodate exhibitors more efficiently so they can spend more time enjoying the beautiful resort town of Traverse City after the show, while also providing an extra place for people to ride when not being used as a competition ring.
One of the key elements to any successful event is great footing, and the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival is no exception. The Jumper Annex and VanKampen Rings have all been revamped with world-renowned German-based GGT Footing, installed by JTWG and 4G Surfaces.
“This is just one of the many improvements we are making at the GLEFfacility,” said show manager Matt Morrissey of Morrissey Management Group. “We are thrilled to once again have this footing featured in some of the busiest and most popular rings at the show.”
Along with a brand new ring, this year’s GLEF exhibitors can expect the highest quality of safe footing, offering the perfect blend of soft and firm and providing the correct amount of support that is ideal for both hunter and jumper horses. This upgrade of world-class footing is sure to please the most discerning owners, trainers and riders at the upcoming 2019 GLEF.
Upgraded footing, an additional competition ring and new pavilion are just some of the highlighted improvements exhibitors can expect to enjoy at the 2019 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival! Photo: Courtesy of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival
Finally, a new pavilion built and installed by Suncast® Commercial, the Southern Arches Pavilion, will debut this year between the two main hunter rings.
This year’s closing date for entries for the first three weeks of competition is June 3. Trainers and riders are encouraged to submit their entries and stall reservations as soon as possible to ensure acceptance. Exhibitors can submit their entries for GLEF 2019 online at The entry deadline for Weeks IV, V and VI is July 1. Click here for the stabling form and reserve your stalls today!
The team at GLEF and Morrissey Management Group is dedicated to providing top-notch customer service for those attending this year’s event. With its convenient location in the heart of Traverse City, traveling through the Cherry Capital Airport – TVC is the ideal situation for those participating at GLEF this summer. In addition, if you would like assistance in booking housing arrangements for the 2019 circuit, please email
A variety of sponsorships are still available for this year’s circuit and include the opportunity to reserve camper spaces onsite before they are available to exhibitors. For more information on how to become a sponsor, click here and contact Nicolle Meyer at or call 440-258-5099.
We hope you join us for a fun and competitive six weeks of competition in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan, at the 2019 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival!

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