2017 GLEF Champions
Congratulations to all the 2017 GLEF Champions
The Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF) wrapped up a successful 2017 season on Sunday after six weeks of competition held from July 5 - Aug. 13 at the Flintfields Horse Park in Traverse City, Michigan. Hunter, jumper and equitation circuit champions and leading rider awards were announced at the conclusion of the final week.
- Leading Professional Hunter Rider: Hillary Johnson
- Leading Junior Hunter Rider: Emma Wujek
- Leading Amateur-Owner Hunter Rider: John Ingram
- Leading Adult Hunter Rider: Susannah Rose
- Leading Children's Hunter Rider: Natalie Groulx
- Leading Pony Hunter Rider: Tessa Downey
- Leading Equitation Rider: Paige Matthies
- Leading Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Rider: Paige Matthies
- Leading High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Rider: Erika Jakobson
- Leading Children's Jumper Rider: Grace Klein
- Leading Adult Jumper Rider: Lindsey Tomeu
- Leading Open Jumper Rider: Santiago Lambre
- Leading Overall Trainer: Heather Irvine
Other special awards were also presented throughout the circuit including the Gochman Family 'Rafael' Sportsmanship Perpetual Memorial Trophy, which was awarded to Philippa Ammann during Week Four. The Karin Flint Perpetual Trophy was awarded to Hillside Farm's Heather Irvine on Sunday, Aug. 13, during the final week of GLEF. Irvine was recognized for her outstanding horsemanship and achievements throughout the 2017 GLEF circuit and also won the Leading Overall Trainer title.
The 2017 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival circuit champions are as follows:
*The Large 15 and Under Junior Hunter division was generously sponsored by French Road Cellars and the Matthies family, while the Large 16-17 Junior Hunter division was sponsored by Hillside Farm.