Traverse City, Mich. – July 24, 2019 – International competition continues for the fourth week of the 2019 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors, LLC, with the second FEI-rated week of the series. Week IV touts a CSI2* rating and offers a number of chances for contenders to rack up prize money earnings.
In total, 49 partnerships representing six nations will compete. Contenders hail from Israel, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Argentina and the home nation of the United States, which boasts the greatest number of athletes. American exhibitors will include well-known names such as Molly Ashe Cawley, Schuyler Riley, Andrew Welles and Ali Wolff, while Tomas Yofre will compete as the only Argentinian entry and Sydney Shulman will serve as the sole Israeli flag bearer.
One of the heavy-hitters returning to GLEF during Week IV is Santiago Lambre of Mexico with his mounts, Diathago, Chapiletto and Ibabco. In Lambre’s GLEF debut in 2017, he took home three back-to-back FEI wins throughout Weeks III and Week IV in the $50,000 Great Lakes Grand Prix CSI2*, $35,000 Welcome Stake CSI2* and the Amalaya Investments $50,000 Flintfields Farm Grand Prix CSI2*. Ireland Willie Tynan will aim to repeat another grand prix win after topping the $71,200 North Face Farm Grand Prix CSI2* during Week III riding Fancy Girl.
FEI competition begins Thursday in the Grand Prix Ring with the $1,000 1.40 Jumper CSI2*, and will resume Friday with the $35,700 DevoucouxWelcome Stake CSI2* in the afternoon. The highlight event of the week, the $71,200 Flintfields Farm Grand Prix CSI2* will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The 2019 GLEF will feature two more weeks of internationally-ranked competition to conclude the six-week circuit. Weeks V and VI will both boast a prestigious CSI3* rating.