Margie Engle and Dicas – Photo by Diana Hadsall Photography
Traverse City, Mich. – Aug. 6, 2017 – Margie Engle of the United States rode Storm Ridge Capital LLC’s 8-year-old gelding, Dicas, to his first grand prix win in the $50,000 Grand Traverse Grand Prix CSI2* at the Flintfields Horse Park on Sunday as the fifth week of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF) came to a close.
The rainy weather cleared up just in time to see 21 riders challenge Ireland’s Alan Wade’s course, with 10 riding clear to advance to the jump-off. Engle bested the class putting in a speedy time of 40.56 seconds aboard one of her newer mounts, Dicas, a Rhinelander gelding.
Erynn Ballard (CAN) set the pace to beat in the jump-off with a clear round in 42.23 seconds aboard the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Bella Donna, owned by Sagamore Farms, but at the end of the day she finished the class in third place.
Michael Morrissey (USA) finished hot on Ballard’s heels, just two-tenths of a second behind, in a time of 42.44 seconds on QBS Equestrian LLC’s 11-year-old mare, La Lopez 3, to claim fourth place honors.
The last to go, Santiago Lambre (MEX), flew down the final line, opting to leave out a stride, but couldn’t quite catch Engle, finishing in second place, after also finishing second in Friday’s Walsh $35,000 Welcome Stake CSI2*, in a time of 41.50 seconds on his own Dingeman. The pair had recent success when Lambre and the 9-year-old gelding took home the victory in the $50,000 Great Lakes Grand Prix CSI2* two weeks ago during GLEF Week Three. Lambre has consistently placed at the top of the leaderboard during his time in Traverse City, winning the $35,000 Welcome Stake CSI2* and $50,000 Flintfields Farm Grand Prix CSI2* with his mare Doloris during Week Four.
The sixth and final week of GLEF kicks off on Tuesday and will feature CSI3* competition and international show jumping highlights such as the $35,000 Welcome Speed Stake CSI3* on Thursday, Aug. 10, the $40,000 Great Lakes Classic CSI3* on Friday, Aug. 11, and the finale, the $100,000 Grand Prix of Traverse City CSI3*, on Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Flintfields Horse Park. Sunday’s highly anticipated grand prix competition will also be counted as an opportunity for athletes and horses to qualify for the upcoming 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Margie Engle – $50,000 Grand Traverse Grand Prix CSI2* winner
“He’s a really exciting horse. I’ve had him since he was 6 years old. We had him in Florida and did some of the 1.35m and 1.40m classes and then moved him up by the end of the circuit to the 1.45m. He learned a lot this summer in Spruce, finishing in the 1.50m. This is actually his first grand prix won so I was really excited. He’s such a game horse. For an 8-year-old, he has the mind of an older horse.”
On her jump-off:
“[Dicas] started off with a good pace to the first jump and he really came forward for me nicely to the second jump. It was easy for me to get up in the seven to leave out going down the first line, and then he caught the inside angle, which for a lot of young horses could get very confusing, and he sighted right in on the angle at the vertical and was super back on the double. He really has a good brain and is brave. Whatever you ask of him he’s willing to try. It’s a nice combination to have.”
“It’s been great. The rain came a little bit right before the class – just enough to water the ring down. The weather was perfect. It’s the only place in August where we’re not sweating to death so that’s really nice. The footing has been fantastic, the jumps are great and it’s been lovely here. We’re here for one more week. My horses have had some time off since Spruce so I’ll start back some of the others that have been vacationing. After this, we go to Chicago and then we have another couple of weeks off before we go out to Old Salem.”
$50,000 Grand Traverse Grand Prix CSI2*:
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / Owner / R1 Faults / R2 Faults / Time
1. Dicas / Margie Goldstein-Engle / USA / Storm Ridge Capital LLC / 0 / 0 / 40.56
2. Dingeman / Santiago Lambre / MEX / Santiago Lambre / 0 / 0 / 41.50
3. Bella Donna / Erynn Ballard / CAN / Sagamore Farms / 0 / 0 / 42.23
4. La Lopez 3 / Michael Morrissey / USA / QBS Equestrian LLC / 0 / 0 / 42.44
5. For Edition / Taylor Land / USA / Jay Land / 0 / 0 / 42.88
6. Romance Du Criolo / Samuel Parot / CHI / Samuel Parot / 0 / 4 / 39.05
7. Redmond / Alberto Michan / MEX / Brianne Goutal LLC / 0 / 4 / 43.43
8. Victorio 5 / Adam Prudent / USA / Plain Bay Sales / 0 / 4 / 44.53
9. Iluna / Ramiro Quintana / ARG / Michael Smith / 0 / 4 / 45.87
10. EAX Run Run LS / Ilan Bluman / COL / Blue Star Investments / 0 / 4 / 46.29
11. Van Gogh / Theo Genn / USA / Wilhelm Genn / 1 / 79.180
12. Bull Run’s Almighty / Kristen Vanderveen / USA / Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC / 1 / 79.530