Galway Farm Starts Great Lakes Equestrian Festival with Championships
Updated: Oct 17
Mary Beth Canfield's Class Act with Sarah Duhon aboard won the 3'6" Performance Hunter Championship during Great Lakes Equestrian Festival II. (Trainer Lorrie Canady pictured right.) Photo Andrew Ryback Photography. Traverse City, MI – July 19, 2021 – Lorrie Canady (Long Grove, IL) and her Galway Farm crew kicked-off their first week of competition at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival II (GLEF) in gorgeous Traverse City, Michigan, earning top ribbons and championships with their talented horses. With a sold-out horse show and large classes, the Galway Farm team was in top form.
Caston with Mary Beth Canfield in the tack. Photo Andrew Ryback Photography Professional rider Sarah Duhon (St. Louis, MO) piloted Mary Beth Canfield’s (Chicago, IL) Class Act to the 3’6” Performance Hunter Championship, winning the handy round and a second place over fences in addition to other top ribbons to win the title. Duhon also rode Caston, owned by Molly McAdow, to the 3’3” Open Hunter Championship with two firsts, a second, and a fifth place. Canfield earned great ribbons in the Adult Amateur Hunters 50 and Over with the handsome chestnut as well. The pair currently tops the HITS Chicago leader board for the season in the Adult Hunters. Duhon continued her winning streak with Roc Hunter 18, owned by Dr. Rachel Kane, adding a first and third in the Open Hunters 3’ to the Galway Farm banner. “I’m so pleased that the horses performed their best this week,” said Canady. “The program is really working for everyone and it allows me to spend time on some of our nice sale horses. I enjoy bringing the sale horses along and seeing them succeed with their new owners. I’m really proud of our group and can’t wait to see what they do next week. We love it here, it’s such a beautiful show.” Duhon took two seconds and a third in the USHJA 2’9” hunters on First Klasse CR, owned by Samantha Bohn, while Mary Beth Canfield earned a second, fourth, and seventh, in the Low Adult Hunters 2’6” out of 40 plus entries. Canfield currently tops the 2’9” Adult Equitation standings on this horse for the HITS Chicago circuit.
Molly Canfield and Donnalaris. Photo Andrew Ryback photography. The Canfield’s Donnalaris with Lorcan Gallagher in the stirrups, earned a blue ribbon in the 1.10m jumpers while Molly Canfield galloped to the second place spot in the Low Children’s Jumpers Classic. Molly Canfield headed to the Junior Hunter 16-17 Division on her Class Act to add top ribbons to the Galway Farm tally including a first, a seventh in the stake class, and tenth in the $1,000 Junior Hunter Classic. The Canfield’s love showing in Traverse City in July. They have been a Galway client for around 25 years, developing an excellent resume of championships between the mother/daughter combination with a string of fabulous horses Canady hand-picked for them. Molly Canfield will close out a very successful junior career this year with numerous victories in hunters, equitation, and the jumpers at premier horse shows including the Winter Equestrian Festival. In 2020, Canfield made the headlines as she kicked off Equitation Tuesday at GLEF with a win in the ASPCA Maclay with Gameboy. She was a top-three finisher in the prestigious National Horse Show 3’3” Equitation Finals in 2017 and looks forward to attending her freshman year at Baylor University as a member of the equestrian roster this fall.
Chase Miller and VDL Denzo. Photo Andrew Ryback Photography More up and coming Galway Farm riders include Chase Miller (Chicago, IL) and VDL Denzo, owned by Sydnie Ziegler, who rode to a fantastic second place finish in the Low Children’s Equitation. The pair started together at the Winter Equestrian Festival and are becoming a great team.
Eva Orlando and Speechless. Photo Andrew Ryback Photography Eva Orlando (West Dundee, IL) and her Speechless earned a third place in the USHJA 2’9” Hunters with Duhon in the stirrups and a very respectable fourth, fifth, and sixth in the Children’s Hunters 14 & under with Orlando. The pair also won ribbons in the Equitation 12-14 including a third place victory. Orlando and Speechless came to Traverse City after claiming the Reserve Championship in the Children’s Hunters at the Lamplight Spring Spectacular Show in June. Galway Farm plans to spend another week in Traverse City before heading home for a quick break, then on the Equifest in Chicago followed by Brownland Farm.
Save the Date
Save the date for the return of the Galway Classic, September 25-26, 2021! Reserve your spot for the Saturday clinic day with USEF Licensed Official Diane Carney, then get your show clothes ready for Sunday’s show day. Enter the Galway Equitation Classic or the Galway Hunter Derby, then get feedback from the judge on your performance! More surprises are included like dinner and an educational speaker plus awards and prizes! All heights are accommodated. Contact Lorrie Canady for a reservation!
About Galway Farm
Galway Farm is conveniently located 20 miles northwest of O'Hare Airport and 6 miles north of Arlington Park racetrack. The farm is a full-service hunter/jumper training and showing facility providing full training, boarding with turnout , and a great lesson program. Lorrie Canady, trainer/owner, had the vision to start and operate an equestrian facility that could cater to the serious show rider but also be a place to help beginning riders get started in the sport. Galway Farm is a friendly, family-oriented facility that is a fun and safe environment for all. Canady has participated in major competitions throughout North America including Wellington, Florida; Ocala, Florida; Lake Placid, New York, and Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Canada.
Galway Farm prides itself on having quality show horses for sale and lease. Contact Lorrie Canady for your next winner.