Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Risen Rise to $72,900 Premier Equestrian 1.50m CSI5* Win
Traverse City, Mich. – Sept. 16, 2021 – Show jumping competition during Week III of the Traverse City Tournament of Champions continued Thursday, September 16, bringing a star-studded list of athletes and their mounts back to the Flintfields Horse Park for a final week of sport. A total of 33 horse-and-rider combinations put forth their names in the $72,900 Premier Equestrian 1.50m CSI5*, all hoping to kick off the week with a win and claim the lion’s share of the money. In the end, it was Kristen Vanderveen (USA) who rode Bull Run’s Risen to victory, also claiming the Horse & Style Magazine Style of Riding Award at the conclusion of the class.
Tiffany Morrissey and Heartfelt II Conquer Staller Shows Performance Hunter 3’6″ Division
Hunter riders and their horses took to the Polk Family Hunter Ring to continue competition Thursday, September 16. Top hunter competitors from across the United States are looking forward to an exciting finale to the 12-week Traverse City Horse Shows series, the inaugural Traverse City Hunter & Derby Finals, with over $275k in prize money up for grabs. As hunter athletes and their horses gear up for the event, the Staller Shows Performance Hunter 3’6’’ division crowned its champion Thursday afternoon. Following two days of competition, it was Tiffany Morrissey aboard Heartfelt II who rode away with the tricolor honors.
Major League Show Jumping Gets Underway in Traverse City with CSI5* and CSI2* Competition
Major League Show Jumping (MLSJ) brought another exciting tour stop to Traverse City, Michigan. The inaugural event features eight teams of six high-performance show jumping athletes from across the globe, and will offer over $6 million dollars in prize money throughout its ten events in 2021. Competition got underway Thursday afternoon in the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel International ring, kicking off with the $5,000 1.40m Two-Phase CSI2*. A field of 28 international athletes had their shot at the top prize, but it was ultimately the United States’ McKayla Langmeier and Bahira S, owned by Rafferty Farm LLC, who rode away with the win.