Traverse City, Michigan – July 17, 2021 – World-class show jumping competition continued Saturday, July 17, at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF), presented by CaptiveOne Advisors. Competitive classes in the inaugural Major League Show Jumping (MLSJ) CSI 5* tour kicked off earlier in the week, with excitement for the highlighted team competition ramping up on Saturday. The newly introduced 2021 Major League Show Jumping tour hosted at North America’s premier equestrian venues will feature eight teams of six high performance show jumping athletes from across the globe, and will offer over $6 million dollars in prize money throughout the ten events.
After a tight race to the finish, it was the Lucky Charms team, comprised of Shane Sweetnam (IRL), Andrew Bourns (IRL), and Jordan Coyle (IRL) who emerged victorious with the top podium position in the MLSJ $200,000 Team Competition CSI 5*.
With many of the MLSJ teams’ competitors getting warmed up in the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel International Ring earlier in the week, the eight organized teams were revving to go for the $200,000 Team Competition CSI 5*. The new team competition format for the MLSJ entailed all three riders of the eight teams battling it out over the first round course of the class to determine the top four who would advance to the second round, the speed phase.
Once one member in each of the top four teams, determined by their teammates to be the quickest, had completed their second round course, the top two teams carrying the least amount of faults would battle it out for the gold medal. The third and fourth place ranked teams following the second round advanced to round three to determine who would claim the bronze medal, the third position on the podium.
First to go, Sydney Shulman (ISR) of A.I.M. United stepped foot on the course that designer Marina Azevedo (BRA) fashioned, featuring 12 obstacles and 15 efforts in a time allowed of 66 seconds. Although the A.I.M. United team, consisting of Shulman, Andrew Welles, and Brianne Goutal-Marteau, made a solid effort around the course, the group accumulated 24 faults and a team total time of 180.02 seconds.
After their first attempts around the course, the Blazing 7’s, made up of Nicolette Hirt (USA), Chandler Meadows (USA), and Rodrigo Lambre (BRA), finished with a combined fault score of 12 and a combined time of 198.04 to settle into fourth place, just earning their ticket into the second round.
Eye Candy, composed of Jacqueline Steffens (CAN), Amy Millar (CAN), and Paul O’Shea (IRL), added their team’s name to the second round order-of-go with a combined fault score of 12 and combined time of 197.14 to sit in third place going into the speed round.
The Lucky Charms riders, Shane Sweetnam (IRL), Andrew Bourns (IRL), and Jordan Coyle (IRL), set the standard after their first round performances, with all three riding clear and quick to sit in first place with a combined time of 196.79 seconds.
Roadrunners, Kyle King (USA), Erin Davis-Heineking (USA), and Kaitlin Campbell (USA), held the second place position with a combined fault score of 8 and a combined time of 196.44 after round one.
The Diamond Devils, Otomi Warriors and Crusaders all made a valiant effort as well, but were short of the cutoff for round two.
Major League Show Jumping $200,000 Team Competition CSI5*
R1 Team Faults / R1 Team Time / R2 Team Faults / R2 Team Time / R3 Team Faults / R3 Team Time
Rider / Country / Horse / Owner
1) Lucky Charms
0 / 196.79 / 0 / 86.63 / 0 / 38.27
Shane Sweetnam (IRL) & Indra Van De Oude Heihoef / Shane Sweetnam
Andrew Bourns (IRL) & Darquito / Andrew Bourns
Jordan Coyle (IRL) & Picador / Elan Farm
2) Eye Candy
12 / 197.14 / 0 / 87.66 / 0 / 41.72
Jacqueline Steffens (CAN) & Freaky Liefhebber / Team Eye Candy
Amy Millar (CAN) & Christiano / Future Adventures
Paul O’Shea (IRL) & Squirt Gun / Eye Candy Jumpers
3) Road Runners
8 / 196.44 / 0 / 97.74 / 0 / 42.31
Kyle King (USA) & Etalon / Christine Maclean
Erin Davis-Heineking (USA) & Leonie / October Hill Sales Limited
Kaitlin Campbell (USA) & Palina De L’escaut / SWS Training and Sales
4) Blazing 7s
12 / 198.04 / 0 / 99.76 / 0 / 44.84
Nicolette Hirt (USA) & Fleurette / St. Bride’s Farm
Chandler Meadows (USA) & Zamia 3 / Chandler Meadows
Rodrigo Lambre (BRA) & Chapilot / Mario Onate
5) Diamond Devils
20 / 192.57
Kristen Vanderveen (USA) & Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili / Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC
Natalie Dean (USA) & Cocolina / Marigold Sporthorses LLC
Erynn Ballard (CAN) & Classic Penny / Ilan Ferder
17 / 207.52
Charles Jacobs (USA) & Est Di Palatina / CMJ Sporthorse LLC
Peter Leone (USA) & Cedric 84 / Maarten Huygens
Molly Ashe Cawley (USA) & Berdien / Louisberg Farm
7) A.I.M. United
24 / 180.02
Sydney Shulman (ISR) & Contefina LVF / Ashlee Bond Show Jumping
Andrew Welles (USA) & Catoki’s Son Z / Andrew Welles LLC
Brianne Goutal-Marteau (USA) & Tanael des Bonnes / Gerald Ford
8) Otomi Warriors – Eliminated
Nicolas Pizarro (MEX) & Atlantica Du Soleil Z / Arianna Azcarraga
Julio David Vainer (MEX) & De Flor 111 Z / Julio David Vainer
John Perez Bohm (COL) & Voodoo 10 / John Perez Boh
Source: Press Release by Allyson Lagiovane / Phelps Media Group for Traverse City Horse Shows
Photos: © Andrew Ryback Photography