Greg Crolick and August Iwasaki Emerge Victorious in Inaugural Traverse City Non-Pro and Pro Derby Finals
Traverse City, Mich. – Sept. 19, 2021 – The grand finale to the 2021 Traverse City Horse Shows series took the form of the inaugural Traverse City Hunter & Derby Finals. Unique to Traverse City, Michigan and offering over $275k in guaranteed prize money to hunter athletes, the Finals was set in place by management in order to elevate the hunter divisions and create additional opportunities to compete for some of the most prize money on offer in North American hunter sport. Junior rider Augusta Iwasaki showcased her derby talent Sunday afternoon, closing out the series by taking the top three spots in the $25,000 3’ Non-Pro Derby Final, presented by Makoto Farm. Professional athlete Greg Crolick continued his winning ways, topping another leaderboard with Jon Cotton’s Testify in the $50,000 3’ Pro Derby Final.
Talli Wallin, Olivia Sweetnam and Carlee McCutcheon Top Inaugural Junior and Amateur Owner Traverse City Hunter Finals
Hunter athletes and their top mounts made a triumphant return to the Polk Family Hunter Ring Sunday morning for the second and final day of the inaugural Traverse City Hunter Finals. Developed by Traverse City Horse Show management to elevate the hunter divisions and incentivize riders to compete for some of the highest prize purses available in the sport, some of the country’s most renowned hunter riders and horses participated in the championship style event. Of the competitive lineup, it was Talli Wallin and About Time who rode to victory in the $25,000 3’3”-3’6’’ Amateur Owner Hunter Final, presented by the Gajoch Family, Olivia Sweetnam aboard Big Business who bested the $25,000 3’3” Junior Hunter Final, and Carlee McCutcheon who rode KT Hedwich at the forefront of the victory gallop for the $25,000 3’6” Junior Hunter Final, presented by the Ingram Family.