The team from True North Stables, led by head trainer Caitlyn Shiels, had a successful two weeks competing at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival in Traverse City, MI, on July 15-26. Based outside of Chicago, IL, True North Stables is a full-service hunter/jumper training program. Read more below on their time at GLEF and their clients’ return to the show ring!
Photo by True North Stables.
Earning the Young Hunter 3’3″ championship during WCHR week, One Dance, a six-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, and Caitlyn won two jumping classes as well as placed second over fences and third under saddle. One Dance also had a top-eight finish in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby during week three.
One Dance. Photo by True North Stables.
One Dance is offered for sale and can be seen in Kentucky at the Bluegrass Festival and KHJA Horse Shows in August.
At just five years old, Carlisle is showing immense talent! He and Caitlyn won the reserve championship in the Baby Green Hunters during week three at GLEF. They placed first, second, and fourth over fences and were second under saddle.
Carlisle. Photo by True North Stables.
Carlisle is also offered for sale and can be seen in Kentucky at the Bluegrass Festival and KHJA Horse Shows in August.
Lucca stepped back into the ring with ease, winning the Performance Hunter 3’6″ reserve championship with Caitlyn and top-six ribbons in three over fences classes in the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6″ division with owner Michelle Durpetti. Michelle and Lucca also finished third in the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6″ Classic and had a top-ten finish in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby in week three.
Michelle Durpetti on Lucca. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography.
Caitlyn Shiels stated, “This was Michelle’s first show since March in Florida. She has a lot of trust in our team and in her horses. She was mentally focused. I give her a lot of credit, and I’m very proud of her and her horses. It was a huge reward to what [assistant trainer] Cody Wooten and I have been doing with her horses’ programs.”
With her horse Europa on a break, Jennifer Betts took to the ring on Lola, a horse she is leasing from Oakland Ventures. They placed second, third, and fourth in the Low Adult Jumpers.
Jennifer Betts with Lola. Photo by True North Stables.
Of Betts’ riding, Shiels said, “Her riding has come a long way. She was able to get right on a new horse, go in the ring, and be competitive. She’s worked very hard for it!”
Caitlyn and Cassius, owned by Durpetti Equestrian, picked up two seconds and a third in the High Performance Hunters during week four. Although they had a hiccup at the first jump in the derby, Caitlyn used it as a nice way to learn.
Caitlyn Shiels on Cassius. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography.
She stated, “We continued with our plan and did all of the high options on course. I utilized the rest of our time in the ring to practice and refocus.”
Apollo made his Green Hunter 3′ debut at GLEF and had competitive ribbons with consistent performances. “He’s becoming a show horse!” said Shiels of his growth.
Caitlyn Shiels on Apollo. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography.
Michelle Durpetti also took to the jumper ring in her first time back in competition since the Winter Equestrian Festival in March. She and Serafina had a blue ribbon clear in the 1.0m jumpers.
Michelle Durpetti on Serafina. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography.
Also showing under the guidance of Shiels and Wooten was Alexis Bodo of Coronation Farm. She and Donald Duc T&LZ were reserve champions in the 1.20m jumpers during week four.
Alexis Bodo on Donald Duc T&LZ. Photo by True North Stables.
About True North Stables
True North Stables is a full-service hunter/jumper training program, dedicated to horsemanship and to providing top-class riding, training, and sales services to both horse and rider. Led by Caitlyn Shiels and assistant trainer Cody Wooten, with bases in Illinois and Florida, True North Stables offers highly individualized instruction, horse acquisition and sales assistance, and the opportunity to excel in the sport and in nationwide competion. To learn more, click here.
True North Stables is accepting new sales horses and clients. Contact Caitlyn Shiels if you want to join the True North team and start 2021 with a fresh outlook.