Traverse City, Michigan – September 05, 2021 – The final day of show jumping competition during Week I of the Traverse City Tournament of Champions featured the highly anticipated Traverse City Tournament of Champions $137,000 Grand Prix CSI 3*. Some of the world’s top show jumping athletes took center stage in the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel International Ring to battle for the lion’s share of the prize money. In the end, it was Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Ideal who galloped their way to victory after a clear and blazing jump-off time of 41.180 seconds. The United States’s Jonathan McCrea (USA) and Gazelle ES took home second place after a double-clear effort and a jump-off time of 41.630 seconds, while Katherine Dinan (USA) and Dougie Douglas were awarded third place with a time of 41.810 seconds.
Canadian course designer Peter Grant (CAN) set forth a 13-obstacle track at an 80 second time to challenge the riders through a winding course starting strong with a triple bar fence, followed by two complex triple combinations that many athletes found challenging, resulting in rails down. Competitors from all over the world were hopeful to navigate qualifying rides to nab one of the coveted jump-off spots and a shot at the prize money. Only 11 athletes were clear to make it to the jump-off, with Jonathan McCrea (USA) and Gazelle ES, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare owned by Windsor Show Stables, among the first of 10 athletes who elected to return for the jump-off and would become the pathfinders for the shortened 7-obstacle course. The dynamic pair galloped their way through the second round, overcoming the previous competitors with a double-clear effort and the fastest time thus far with a time of 41.630 seconds.
Fellow competitor Sweetnam (IRL) and his partner Ideal, a 9-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Sweet Oak Farm, would quickly overtake McCrea (USA) and Gazelle ES as they were one of the final pairs to enter the ring. This pair is no stranger to the winner’s circle, notching several major grand prix wins at some of the top horse show venues in the country, including the Winter Equestrian Festival, Kentucky Spring Classic and the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival. However, Sweetnam (IRL) knew the horse had the swiftness and carefulness to win the class, overtaking his fellow competitors with a double-clear effort and a blazing jump-off time of 41.180 seconds.
Katherine Dinan (USA) and Dougie Douglas, a 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Grant Road Partners LLC, was the final competitor to take their turn at the shortened 7-obstacle track. Dougie Douglas is known for his speed, and Dinan (USA) was slicing and dicing her way aboard the gelding to a double clear effort and a time of 41.810 seconds, just six-tenths of a second shy of Sweentam and Ideal to ultimately claim third place. Sweetnam (IRL) would be the one to emerge at the top of the leaderboard at the conclusion of the class, with McCrea (USA) taking home second place.
Sunday’s $137,000 Grand Prix CSI 3* counted towards valuable points for the $30,000 CaptiveOne Advisors Open Jumper Rider Bonus. As the finale for this highly sought-after bonus quickly approaches, Katie Laurie (AUS) once again remains at the top of leaderboard with a total of 42 points. Kyle King (USA) and Jonathan Mc Crea (USA) are tied for second with 38 points. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) moves up to the fourth position with 37 points. Offering show jumping competitors the chance to accumulate points throughout the 12-week Traverse City Horse Show 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.
The $137,000 Grand Prix CSI3* marks the conclusion of Week I Traverse City Tournament of Champions. Competition will resume for Week II Wednesday, September 8, featuring the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament, presented by the Davis McCullough Foundation, as well as the USHJA Young Jumper Championship.
Final Results – $137,000 Traverse City Tournament of Champions Grand Prix CSI 3*
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / Owner / R1 Faults | R1 Time / R2 Faults | R2 Time
1) Shane Sweetnam (IRL) & Ideal – 0 / 0 – 41.180
2) Jonathan McCrea (USA) & Gazelle ES – 0 / 0 – 41.630
3) Katherine Dinan (USA) & Dougie Douglas – 0 / 0 – 41.810
4) Jonathan McCrea (USA) & Fantasy BB – 0 / 0 – 41.840
5) Tanner Korotkin (USA) & Volo’s Diamond – 0 / 0 – 43.600
6) Ashley Vogel (USA) & Madiba AG Z – 0 / 0 – 45.280
7) Brooke Kemper (USA) & Caroline Blum – 0 / 4 – 41.020
8) Olivia Chowdry (USA) & Balkana du Tillard – 0 / 4 – 44.500
9) Lauren Ditallo (USA) & Zero Gravity – 0 / 4 – 48.830
10) Katherine Dinan (USA) & Athos d’Elle – 0 / 8 – 40.980
11) Gustavo Prato (ARG) & Luke Skywalker 70 – 0 / 12 – 41.570
Source: Press Release by Libby Greene / Phelps Media Group for Traverse City Horse Shows
Photos: © Andrew Ryback Photography