Traverse City, Michigan – June 13, 2021 – The first week of the Traverse City Spring Horse Show (TCS), presented by Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, concluded Sunday afternoon with the highly anticipated $213,300 Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel Grand Prix CSI 4*. A total of 25 talented international horse-and-rider combinations had their shot at the lion’s share of the prize money, with seven hopeful athletes advancing to the jump-off tie-breaker. Taking a gamble on his up-and-coming mount Cachemire de Braize, Israel’s Daniel Bluman (ISR) played his cards right to emerge victorious as the winner for the second day in a row at Flintfields Horse Park.
Course designer Guilherme Jorge (BRA) set forth a challenging 13-effort first round track fit for exciting CSI4* competition. With fences built up to the 1.60m height and the course featuring various difficult combinations, including a wall obstacle, the first round saw just seven horse-and-rider combinations navigate their way around the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel International Ring leaving all of the rails intact. Clear efforts included Katie Laurie (AUS), John Perez Bohm (COL), Camilo Rueda (COL), Tiffany Foster (CAN), Margie Engle (USA), Robert Teran Tafur (COL) and Bluman (ISR).
Coming back to compete over a shortened 8-obstacle jump-off course, the seven qualified athletes returned to the arena putting their best foot forward. Leading the way with the first double-clear effort was rising talent Rueda (COL) aboard his own Indus Van Het Keysereck. As the third pair to tackle the jump-off course, Rueda and the 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding cut corners and left out strides to lay down an impressive ride in 33.67 seconds. Their time seemed near impossible to overtake, until veteran athlete Bluman entered the arena riding Over the Top Stables LLC’s Cachemire de Braize.
As the winning pair from Saturday’s $36,600 1.45m Winning Round CSI4*, Bluman and the 9-year-old Selle Français gelding had plenty of confidence going into the jump-off round. Leaving it all in the arena to conclude the class, Bluman and Cachemire de Braize moved swiftly across the ground to make up as much time as they could. Their efforts paid off as they crossed through the timers in 33.01 seconds, ultimately lending the pair the first place honors. Rueda and Indus Van Het Keysereyck claimed second place with Engle and Royce, owned by Gladewind Partners LLC, taking home third place for their 35.64-second jump-off.
Capping off an incredible week of awards, Bluman earned a whopping 24 points towards the 2021 CaptiveOne Advisors Open Jumper Rider Bonus, claiming his rightful spot at the top of the leaderboard at the conclusion of Week I of the Traverse City Spring Horse Show. Katie Laurie moved down just one spot to finish the week in the second position with 18 total points, while Jonathan McCrea held his spot in the top three to end the week in the third position with 14 points. Offering show jumping competitors the chance to accumulate points throughout the 12-week Traverse City Horse Shows series, the bonus is awarded to the athlete with the most points at the conclusion of the 2021 $230,000 American Gold Cup Grand Prix CSI5*, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors. The CaptiveOne Advisors Open Jumper Rider Bonus is a highly sought-after prize among the field of international competitors that attend Traverse City Horse Shows.
Week II of the Traverse City Spring Horse Show, presented by Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, will kick-off Monday, June 14, spotlighting hunter competitors throughout the week and highlighting the $15,000 Platinum Performance USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by the Ingram Family, and the $5,000 Traverse City Derby Wednesday, June 16. Show jumping competitors can look forward to the $72,900 Four G Surfaces Grand Prix CSI2* set to take place Sunday, June 20.
Final Results – $213,300 Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel Grand Prix CSI 4*
Place / Rider / Horse / R1 Faults / R2 Faults / Time
1) Daniel Bluman (ISR) & Cachemire De Braize – 0 / 0 – 33.010
2) Camilo Rueda (COL) & Indus Van Het Keysereyck – 0 / 0 – 33.670
3) Margie Engle (USA) & Royce – 0 / 0 – 35.640
4) Roberto Teran Tafur (COL) & Dez Ooktoff – 0 / 0 – 37.680
5) Katie Laurie (CAN) & Casebrooke Lomond – 0 / 4 – 36.210
6) John Perez Bohm (COL) & Desperado – 0 / 4 – 37.830
7) Tiffany Foster (CAN) & Hamilton – 0 / 8 – 37.210
8) Tiffany Foster (CAN) & Northern Light – 4 / 75.390
9) Jonathan McCrea (USA) & Fantasy BB – 4 / 77.760
10) Rowan Willis (AUS) & Ashton Dakota – 4 / 78.250
11) Ali Ramsay (CAN) & Lutz – 4 / 78.380
12) John Perez Bohm (COL) & VooDoo 10 – 4 / 79.580
Source: Press Release by Allyson Lagiovane / Phelps Media Group for Traverse City Horse Shows
Photo: © Phelps Sports / Allyson Lagiovane