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Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run's Faustino De Tili speed to top honors in Grand Traverse Classic at Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

Saturday, 04 August 2018
CSI2* Great Lakes Equestrian Festival 2018

Photo (c) Diana Hadsall Photography. Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run's Faustino De Tili. Photo (c) Diana Hadsall Photography.

International horses and athletes returned to the Grand Prix Ring at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF) on Friday to go head-to-head in the $35,000 Grand Traverse Classic CSI3*. Continuing FEI competition for Week V, it was the USA's Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run's Faustino De Tili who produced the quickest, clear performance in the one-round speed class to earn the win.

"Honestly, he was so fast today. He's coming off of a week and a half break. He was just in the paddocks while I was away so he's quite fresh. From start to finish felt quite fast. I left out a couple of strides down the last line. I did six in a seven and left out coming in to a combination, which was a little risky but he was super sharp and really good to me there," Vanderveen explains after her win. 

Thirty-three combinations came forth to challenge the technical track designed by Mexico's Manuel Esparza. While nine jumped fault-free, it all came down to time.

As second to last in the order, Vanderveen raced around the course and left all of the rails intact to finish in 58.62 seconds, stealing the lead from Chile's Samuel Parot and his own Atlantis who clocked in at 60.44 seconds.

Vanderveen and the 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion, owned by Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC, have been competing in international competition together since the start of 2015 and have collected numerous wins over the course of their partnership.

Thus far in 2018, they qualified for and competed at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Paris, France, in April after winning the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Qualifier Grand Prix CSI3*-W at Live Oak International one month earlier in March.

Since then, they've gone on to secure multiple FEI wins at the Tryon International Equestrian Center this summer, including the $204,000 Coca-Cola Grand Prix CSI4* in June.

Not showing any signs of slowing down, literally and figuratively, Vanderveen and "Frosty" returned to GLEF to claim another Week V win after the pair also won the Walsh $35,000 Welcome Stake CSI2* during Week V of GLEF in 2017.

With Parot finishing behind Vanderveen in second place, Luis Pedro Biraben (ARG) rounded out the top three with Claudia Pedroso and his own Eres Tu in 62.99 seconds. Vanderveen also rode to a fourth place finish with her second mount of the class, Bull Run's Prince Of Peace, owned by Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC, in 63.20 seconds.

Week V of GLEF runs through Sunday, Aug. 5, and will culminate with the week's main event, the $100,000 Grand Traverse Grand Prix CSI3*, on Sunday at 2 p.m. To purchase tickets for Sunday, click here.

Source: Press release from Great Lakes Equestrian Festival / Photo (c) Diana Hadsall Photography. 

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