Second World Championship Hunter Rider Week Coming July 22-26 to 2020 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

11 Weeks of Summer Competition Begins June 17th with CSI2* and AA Hunters

Traverse City, Mich. – May 28, 2020 – Traverse City Horse Shows is pleased to announce that a second World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) week has been added to the schedule for the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF), presented by CaptiveOne Advisors, LLC. In addition to the previously-scheduled WCHR distinction during GLEF Week II, exhibitors will now have a chance to earn valuable WCHR points for end-of-the-year finals and prize money during GLEF Week IV. Thanks to this update, one-third of the six weeks during the GLEF summer series will be optimal competition opportunities for hunter and derby horses and riders.

“Considering how difficult it has been for equestrians to find horse shows to compete at given all of the unfortunate show closures and postponements due to COVID-19, we are happy to be able to bring some extra opportunities to our riders by adding the second WCHR week to the schedule this summer,” commented Matt Morrissey, Event Director at Traverse City Horse Shows. “We are looking forward to having everyone join us in Traverse City beginning June 17 and are expecting another beautiful summer season.”

A second WCHR week has been added to the 2020 GLEF summer schedule. Photo: Andrew Ryback Photography

Held at the picturesque Flintfields Horse Park, GLEF will begin July 1 and run for six consecutive weeks through its conclusion on August 9. Hunter exhibitors can expect a National Hunter Derby for each of the six weeks of GLEF, in addition to divisions for every level of horse and rider. Weeks I, III, V and VI will include a $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby in the schedule, while $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derbies will take place during Weeks II and IV. The paramount hunter class will take place during Week IV in the form of the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Copper Fox, LLC.

Exhibitors interested in participating in 2020 GLEF should send in entries as soon as possible, as stalls will be limited as entries will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. A check and/or a credit card authorization form is required to reserve stalls. For those with reservations already, please reach out to the show office to confirm stall counts.

Entry Forms
Stall Rental Form
Paddock/Feed/Stall Mat Rental Form

Competitors are also encouraged to organize their housing as soon as possible. More information can be found on

For more information on how to become a sponsor of the 2020 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, click here or contact Nicolle Meyer at


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