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Douglas Boyd Opens Great Lakes Equestrian Festival III with Strong Finish in 1.40m Open Jumpers

Douglas Boyd kicked off Week Three of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival with a win in the 1.40m Open Jumpers with Berkley III. 

Traverse City, Mich. - July 20, 2016 - 
The third week of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF) kicked off with cloudless skies, a gentle wind and the nation's top horse and rider combinations. Exhibitors prepared for a full schedule of competition at the destination venue, many were relaxed from two days of exploring all Traverse City has to offer, from sugar-sand beaches and blue waters to picking cherries and exploring the best restaurants in north Michigan.
Douglas Boyd captured the win during the $2,500 1.40m Open Jumpers with Berkley III, owned by the Sapphire Riding Academy out of Mettawa, Illinois. He traversed the Pierre Jolicouer-designed track with the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, breaking the beam in 43.559 seconds to secure the first place.
"We have had him for about a year and a half now, and I brought him along," Boyd stated. "We have been keeping a slow and steady program, just letting him come into his own. He actually jumped some 1.50m Welcome classes over that last couple of weeks, and he was in the ribbons. We could not be more pleased with him. We were out there basically schooling him today, having fun and letting him burn off some steam. I though the course was good, straightforward and a good course to kick off the 1.40m for the week."