Horse Shows by the Bay Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Horse Shows by the Bay has exciting plans in place for the 10th Anniversary, and you're invited to Traverse City for the celebration! The 2013 Horse Shows by the Bay Hunter/Jumper series, July 3-28, will feature exciting new awards and festive parties, including a fantastic 10th Anniversary Celebration sponsored by the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine on Saturday, July 13. 

Horse Shows by the Bay Series II, July 10-14, will have a modified schedule to focus on the anniversary party, which includes the Grand Traverse Bay Grand Prix early Saturday evening instead of Sunday afternoon. A complimentary exhibitor and sponsor dinner–complete with "Orange and Blue" birthday cake–will be served during the Grand Prix.

"We are thrilled to have the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine join us in celebrating our 10th anniversary. We wouldn't be here without the state of Michigan supporting us; MSU is an important and valuable resource here that continues to provide cutting edge research and programs to improve the lives of our horses in sport," said Horse Shows by the Bay owner and Show Manager Alex Rheinheimer.   

Christopher Brown, dean of MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine, commented on MSU's support of this year's Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival.

"We are excited about our Equine Sports Medicine program, and this sponsorship is part of our effort to let people know about MSU's unique and comprehensive service under the leadership of Dr. Duncan Peters," he said. "The equine industry is important to the state of Michigan, and the College is committed to supporting the health and well being of horses in Michigan and across the country."

In recognition of MSU's generosity, all gate proceeds from "Orange and Blue Day" will be donated to the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Peters will be on-site July 13 to help celebrate and to share what new programs are now in place at MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine.

10,000 Reasons

In addition to the 10th anniversary festivities, High-Point hunter and jumper riders actually have 10,000 more reasons to enjoy their time at Horse Shows by the Bay. North Face Farm and the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute are each sponsoring a $10,000 Leading Rider Cash Bonus Award. North Face Farm will reward the top Hunter riders, while Hagyard will do the same for the Jumpers.

The $10,000 awards will be distributed during Series IV and will honor the top-three riders accumulating the most points in select Hunter and Jumper classes throughout the four weeks of competition.

Also added to the hunter/jumper schedule is the weekly $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by Walgreens, and the new $2,500 CMJ Sporthorse 1.40m Jumper Speed Stake, earmarking $10,000 each in total prize money. 

"We came up with these four $10,000 programs in recognition of our 10-year celebration," said Rheinheimer. "We'd like to thank all of our sponsors, capital campaign investors, staff and supporters for joining us on this decade-long journey. We have great expectations for a stellar 2013 season and look forward to many more!" 

Horse Shows by the Bay For 2013 

The four-week Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival, July 3-28, is a United States Equestrian Federation AA-Hunter and Level 4 Jumper competition and attracts many of the country's best horses and riders. 

This year's 10th Anniversary Festival will include a variety of special competitions and events in celebration of this special milestone. 

Entries and stall reservations are taken on a first come, first-served basis from 

April 1 through June 1, or until the supply of stalls is exhausted.  

Riders will vie for a chance to win $600,000 in total prize money, in addition to fabulous prizes, circuit titles and year-end points through HSBB Series I-IV.

Each week the comprehensive schedule will feature: the $30,000 Grand Prix; $10,000 Positive Step Farm Open Jumper Welcome Prix; $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Prix; $5,000 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic; Young Jumper Championship Qualifiers; AA-rated Hunter Sections; NAL/WIHS Classics; and much more.

The following new events and awards have been added to this year's schedule, and they include:

$10,000 Hagyard Leading Jumper Rider Cash Bonus

$10,000 North Face Farm Leading Hunter Rider Cash Bonus

$2,500 Walgreens USHJA National Hunter Derby held weekly

$2,500 CMJ Sporthorse 1.40m Speed Stake held weekly

$1,000 PJP Farm, Inc., USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Qualifiers held weekly

$2,000 Take-2 Thoroughbred Hunter Section (Series I & IV)

$500 Take-2 Jumper Stake (Series I & IV)

Series III will showcase the $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, hosted by the Gochman Family, and Series IV highlights the HJAM Equitation Medal Finals and the $10,000 Hagyard Children's/Adult Amateur Jumper Prix.

In 2012, Horse Shows by the Bay Series III was voted the United States Hunter Jumper Association Zone 5 AA-rated Horse Show of the Year. In addition, the North American Riders Group (NARG) named Horse Shows by the Bay to the coveted list of top-25 Horses Shows in North America for the third consecutive year!

Hard copies of the Prize List will be mailed to participants from the previous two seasons and to others by request. To add your name to the mailing list, please email 

The Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival, staged at the beautiful Flintfields Horse Park, is located 10 miles east of downtown Traverse City, Michigan. Nearby tourist destinations include the famed Torch Lake Sandbar and the Sleeping Bear Dunes, which was voted by "Good Morning America" viewers as the Most Beautiful Place in America.  

More information on Traverse City and the surrounding Grand Traverse Region can be found by visiting

More information on the exciting 2013 Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival–including links to the official Blue Ribbon Lodging & Transportation Partners–can be found at Stay tuned for more announcements and news leading up to this exciting, vacation-oriented equestrian festival.