Traverse City, MI – March 22, 2016 – With only a few months to go until the start of the 2016 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, organizers of the festival announced that they have augmented this year’s shows with the addition of FEI 2* and 3* weeks, as well as a $25,000 U-25 Grand Prix to the August show series.

The week of August 10-14 will surely be action packed, boasting both U-25 competition and two CSI2* ranking classes. The excitement continues just a week later, moving into August 17-21 with two more CSI2* ranking classes. Both CSI2* weeks will feature a $35,000 and $50,000 classes. Rounding out the new additions, the week of August 24-28 will be a CSI3* with three rankings classes consisting of $35,000, $40,000 and $100,000 Grand Prix.

Away from the show ring, Traverse City boasts a number of stunning attractions. Traverse City was named one of Smithsonian Magazine’s “Top Ten Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015.” Fodors Travel’s Jimmy Im says, “Traverse City is a burgeoning food and wine destination, popular for its cherries, excellent vineyards, and farm-to-table cuisine.” Bon Appetit magazine named it one of the top five foodie towns in America.

Known for its pristine beaches, the area was voted one of the top 10 best summer trips by the travel editors at National Geographic. Viewers of ABC’s Good Morning America voted nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes, “The Most Beautiful Place in America.”

With July and August shaping up to be a summer of unforgettable competition and housing in this beautiful resort town always at a premium, make sure to arrange your travel accommodations now. For travel and housing information, please visit Also, see the Fast Facts below for direct contact information.

Stabling, VIP table, vendor, paddock, and camper reservation forms are now available online at Time Schedules and prize list will be available on March 22nd online. GLEF organizers encourage exhibitors to get their stall and camper reservations in promptly, as July is expected to sell out.

There are many sponsorship opportunities still available, so secure a spot for your brand by contacting Brook Berganza at

For questions and comments, feel free to contact

Organizers of GLEF look forward to welcoming you to beautiful Traverse City and seeing you and your horses at the second annual Great Lakes Equestrian Festival.


The beautiful Flintfields Horse Park, home to the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival



July 6-10
July 13-17
July 20-24
July 27-31
Aug. 10-14
Aug. 17-21
Aug. 24- 28


Flintfields Horse Park, 6535 Bates Road, Williamsburg, MI 49690 – 10 miles east from the beautiful Resort town of Traverse City.


A seven-week-long hunter and jumper equestrian festival.


Week IV $25,000 USHJA International Derby presented by the Gochman Family
Weekly $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
$25,000 Weekly Welcome Stake for July series
$50,000 Weekly Grand Prix for July series
$35,000 and $50,000 FEI classes Week V and VI
$35,000, $40,000 and $100,000 FEI classes Week VII