Do Not Miss the Show of the Summer! Great Lakes Equestrian Festival Entries Close July 11 for Weeks IV, V and VI

New Footing Receiving Rave Reviews

Traverse City, Mich. – July 5, 2018 – The 2018 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF) is officially underway and exhibitors are thrilled to be back for the show’s fourth year in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan.

With the first half of the six-week circuit off to a great start, now is the time to get your entries in for Weeks IV, V and VI before stalls sell out! The entry deadline is Wednesday, July 11. Submit your stall reservations and entries as soon as possible at the button below:

Submit GLEF Stall Reservations and Entries Today!

So far, the show has received rave reviews from exhibitors on the extensive facility improvements and upgrades made to the footing, courtesy of 4G Surfaces and GGT Footing, throughout the Flintfields Horse Park showgrounds.

Hear what riders and trainers are saying about the 2018 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival here.

“Footing has become a primary thing for us when we’re picking which horse shows to go to,” said Tom Wright of Uphill Farm. “Now that Traverse City has this premier footing, I think we’re going to see a lot more horses and barns coming here. It’s a great thing.”

“The footing is lovely this year,” said Heather Irvine of Hillside Farm. “Everything has been re-done. The new fencing around the show is nice and there are great course designers, judges and management here. We just love it. It’s a great place, and it’s a destination horse show too so people can come and be on the lake, skydive, go parasailing, golf and have a family vacation at the same time.”

Weeks IV, V and VI will feature one week of CSI2* competition and two weeks of CSI3* competition, where the season will culminate with the highly anticipated $100,000 Grand Prix of Traverse City CSI3* on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. In addition, Week IV will also highlight the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Copper Fox LLC, in the Grand Prix Ring on Saturday, July 28, at 4 p.m.

The first grand prix competition of the 2018 season will be held on Sunday, July 8, with the $50,000 Great Lakes Grand Prix, presented by East Wind Farms, at 2 p.m., while Week II will feature the $50,000 Meijer Grand Prix of Michigan on Sunday, July 15.

Other highlights from Week I include the $30,000 Welcome Stake on Friday and the $5,000 Ingram Family USHJA National Hunter Derby on Sunday, where the winner will take home the first Platinum Performance Hunter Horse of the Week award of the circuit.

Be sure to check out the all-new, revamped GLEF website to find important information regarding the 2018 GLEF circuit. The website offers materials and resources for exhibitors, spectators and sponsors, and will also host livestreams of highlighted events throughout the show!

For more information on how to become a sponsor of the 2018 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, click here and contact Nicolle Meyer at or call 440-258-5099.

The team at Morrissey Management Group and the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival are dedicated to providing top-notch customer service for those attending this year’s event. If you would like assistance in booking housing arrangements for the 2018 circuit, please email


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