Traverse City, Michigan, USA – August 04, 2022 – The first CSI 5* class of the day at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF) was all about speed, a gear in which Tanner Korotkin (USA) is quite comfortable. The young rider for the United States took the win aboard a new ride for him, Quinn 33, owned by Zascha Nygaard Andreasen.
Quinn 33 is exactly Korotkin’s ride: fast. “I’ve always loved hot-headed horses like this that are naturally quick and love to jump,” he remarked. “He’s a bit similar to my other horse Ideal in certain ways. The horse has done a lot. It jumped the European Championships a couple years ago, has been everywhere and is a fantastic horse. I’m excited for the future.”
“We were planning on going somewhat quick, but it’s only my second week showing the horse,” Korotkin said of his plan. “It’s a very naturally fast horse so we cruised around and did our numbers. His natural speed took over and no one was able to catch it.”
Korotkin and his new mount, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Quidam De Revel x Contender), took an early lead and were untouchable by all remaining entries.
The closest to catch his time was Alberto Michan (ISR) who snagged both second and third places aboard Firewall and Bugatti, respectively, both owned by Eduardo Leon.
“In this sport the name of the game is speed,” Korotkin commented on his preference for ride type. “If you look at any top rider in the world, their horses that win the most are the naturally quick ones. If that’s the type you like then you’re lucky because you need that advantage.”
While his top horse, Volo’s Diamond, is not in Traverse City this summer, Korotkin has racked up top placings with Ideal and is now off to a winning start with Quinn. “It’s been incredible,” he said of his summer at Flintfields Horse Park. “We’ve come to Michigan for years. This is a fabulous show and I’ve always loved being here. We came early to get our feet wet and now we’re ready to rock and roll for Major League.”
After Major League Show Jumping, where he’ll compete a few times, Korotkin will compete with Ideal in the FEI North American Youth Championships to close the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival.
Final Results: Iguana Yachts Speed Stake CSI 5*
1. Tanner Korotkin (USA) & Quinn 33: 2012 HOLST gelding by Quidam De Revel x Contender, Zascha Nygaard Andreasen: 0/61.31
2. Alberto Michan (ISR) & Firewall: 2010 KWPN gelding by Lexicon x Padinus, Eduardo Leon: 0/66.37
3. Alberto Michan (ISR) & Bugatti: 2006 KWPN gelding by Heartbreaker x Pilot, Eduardo Leon: 0/67.7
Source: Press Release from Traverse City Horse Shows
Photos: © Andrew Ryback Photography