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What do the shows in the latest Weekly Wrap have in common? Midwest locations and very few clear rounds.

ShowNet has all the action from the first FEI week at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival and the Showplace Summertime II show at Balmoral Park.

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ShowNet's latest Weekly Wrap is positively action-packed!

ShowNet was leading productions at four horse shows last week, documenting live action from the first week of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, the I Love NY Horse Show at Lake Placid, the final week of the Brandywine Horse Shows in Devon, Pa., and Showplace Sumertime at Balmoral Park in Chiago.

You won't want to miss a minute of this Weekly Wrap, especially a certain jump-off in Traverse City that had our hears pounding...

 

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How do we know it's summer? Not sunshine, beaches, or the silencing of school bells, but the start of one of our favorite horse shows: Lake Placid. Home of the 1932 and 1980 winter Olympic Games, Lake Placid hosts two weeks of stupendous horse shows in June and July, and ShowNet is there for every minute. 

The Dixon Oval also gets back to business, as the Brandywine Horse Shows take up residence at the home of the Devon Horse Show. The latest ShowNet Weekly Wrap has all the big moments from the first week of competition.

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Balmoral Park in Chicago, Illinois, has been in existence since 1926, but it's never looked like this. The facility known as "Lincoln Fields" until 1955 held both Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing until the property was purchased last year and converted into a show facility.

In its very first year under HITS ownership, ShowNet is at Balmoral Park bringing you all the action from HITS Horse Shows and partner Showplace Productions. The Showplace Spring Spectacular III horse show took place June 20-25 with its annual Derby Day, and ShowNet has all the highlights in the latest Weekly Wrap.

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The week of June 12-18 saw ShowNet in action at the Country Heir Horse Shows in Lexington, Ky. and the Showplace Spring Spectacular in Chicago at the brand new HITS venue at Balmoral Park.

It's all in the latest Weekly Wrap!

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ShowNet added a new event to its calender this spring: America's oldest horse show, Upperville. The 164th Upperville Colt & Horse Show was action-packed, and we've got all the top moments in the latest Weekly Wrap.

 

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As ShowNet’s host and commentator, I’m very fortunate to visit some of the most beautiful horse show venues in the country see a lot of positively stupendous horseflesh on a daily basis.

 It often seems as if each horse is more well bred, more athletic and scopier than the next, and with some classes having entries in excess of 50 or even 100, it can be easy for a talented, up-and-coming horse to get lost in the shuffle, the impact of his courageous 4-fault round in a 1.50-meter debut diminished by the 15 or so clear rounds ahead of him.

Along my travels to ShowNet’s many show destinations—our spring and summer schedule includes the Upperville Colt & Horse Show, the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, the Hampton Classic, and the American Gold Cup among others—I’ll pick out my top three horses from the week’s competition. They may not necessarily be the horses that won or even made the ribbons, but their performances or sheer presence nonetheless made a strong impression.

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Highlights from the 121st Devon Horse Show & Country Fair in Devon, Pa.ShowNet's visit to the 121st Devon Horse Show & Country Fair was truly magical. ShowNet captured every moment from the historic event, all brought together in a special all-things-Devon Weekly Wrap.

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After receiving a huge response from the inaugural season of ShowNet's Weekly Wrap, the wrap returns with a new look for spring and summer 2017. Where can you find ShowNet over the next few months? The lineup includes the Devon Horse Show, Upperville Colt and Horse Show, Lake Placid, the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, the Kentucky Summer Classic, HITS Saugerties, the Hampton Classic, and more!

ShowNet's spring season opened up with stops in North Salem, N.Y., and Lexington, Ky., for the Old Salem Farm Spring Shows and the Kentucky Spring Classic. A speedy fan favorite, a pair of FEI firsts, a one-two punch, and grand prix redemption are just some of the highlights.

With so many shows and so much coverage, we know it can be tough to keep up with everything, but the Weekly Wrap will quickly bring you up to speed with highlights from across the nation.

Take a look for yourself: The ShowNet Weekly Wrap is back and better than ever!

To view all of ShowNet's productions, visit our ShowNet Productions YouTube Channel

 

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Less than two weeks ago, McLain Ward came away with an individual championship at the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final. Tonight begins the quest for another kind of championship: the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs.

How does this relate to show jumping? Top international rider and host of the CP Palm Beach Masters CSI4* Charlie Jacobs is heavily involved with both horses and hockey. He's the CEO of the Boston Bruins, one of the original six NHL teams. When the 2017 Palm Beach Masters kicked off at Jacobs' family's Deeridge Farm in Wellington, the venue's pristine grass field was decorated with Boston Bruin flags and custom-designed Bruins-themed fences, including one—the final fence of the grand prix qualifier—that proved to be one of the most difficult on course, drawing comparisons to the Bruins' staunchy defense.

The fact that Jacobs not only qualified for his third World Cup Final, but also finished just outside the top 15 (He was 16th overall with his own Cassinja S) in Omaha, is a testament to his organization and work ethic. He often spends his week commuting between Buffalo, N.Y., Boston, and Wellington to manage his business career with his riding. In addition to being the CEO of the Bruins, Jacobs also owns TD Garden and jointly operates the New England Sports Network with the Boston Red Sox, among other endeavors.

The Bruins, who won the Stanley Cup Final in 2010 under the Jacobs family's tutelage, face the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the playoffs this year, and Jacobs made his final in Omaha. In honor of the start of hockey's playoffs, we're re-sharing our unique interview with Jacobs at the 2017 CP Palm Beach Masters about his experiences juggling horses and hockey.

Check it out below!

To learn more about Jacobs and the Palm Beach Masters, check out this article on RulingSports.com.

 

 

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