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Erynn Ballard and Classic Penny win the MLSJ $36,600 1.45m Speed Stake CSI5*

Sunday, 25 July 2021
CSI5* Traverse City 2021

Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography. Erynn Ballard and Classic Penny. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography.


Press release from Great Lakes Equestrian Festival



After weather canceling the first two Major League Show Jumping classes of the day, the MLSJ $36,600 1.45m Speed Stake CSI 5* proved to be worth the wait. A total of 17 entries contested for the top honors, creating a tight leaderboard with thrilling competition. Ultimately, the podium was formed in the second half of the class. Christina Heineking (GER) set the bar with a clear round of 61.69 seconds aboard NKH LLC’s NKH Cento Blue. Heineking was shortly overtaken by Andrew Bourn (IRE) and his own Darquito, who created a new time to beat in 59.78 seconds. In the end, it was Ilan Ferder’s 9-year-old Norwegian Warmblood mare, Classic Penny, who clinched the win with Erynn Ballard (CAN) in the irons, riding a brilliant 56.04 second round. 

Australia’s Katie Laurie has kept a tight hold on the lead position of the 2021 CaptiveOne Advisors Open Jumper Rider Bonus leaderboard with 42 points after a successful Traverse City Spring Horse Show series. Karl Cook (USA) sits in the second place position on a total of 37 points after his win in the $137,000 Staller Grand Prix CSI3* during the final week of Traverse City Spring Horse Show, and another victory in last week’s $137,000 Meijer Grand Prix CSI3*. Currently rounding out the top three on the leaderboard is Tiffany Foster of Canada with 27 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.

Competition during Week III of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors, will conclude Sunday, July 25, with the highlight event of the week, the $230,000 Grand Prix CSI5* rounding out the afternoon. Sunday will also see theMLSJ $72,900 1.45m Winning Round CSI5* and the MLSJ $36,600 Groulx Family 1.45m Grand Prix CSI2*.


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