Traverse City, MI - Lisa Goldman returned to Horse Shows by the Bay for Series IV, July 23-27, and picked up right where she left off. She and Centurion B won the $2,500 1.40m Open Jumper Speed class, sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone, just as they had last year during the culminating week.
The difference this time, however, was that it was Centurion B's first time in the Horse Shows by the Bay Grand Prix Ring this season.
"We're off to a great start," said Goldman. "He was fantastic. I wasn't really planning on going too fast. I wanted to practice turns, and that inside turn I did from 7 to 8AB I really wasn't planning it, but it lined up so perfectly. I think that's what allowed me to win the class and not run the rest of the course."
David Jennings and Trapatoni set the pace early on with a clear round over the Scott Starnes-designed course that offered riders several inside turn options over the twisty track. Welcome Cor and Wilhelm Genn then took over the lead with a smooth, clear trip in 65.96 seconds before Centurion B and Goldman stopped the clock in the winning time of 63.92 seconds.
"I loved the course; I thought it rode great," noted Goldman. "He likes to get in the ring and look around. So, it was a really good warm-up for tomorrow and, hopefully, the rest of the week."
Genn also slipped into third place aboard Akida, with a clear round in 68.09 seconds.
Goldman, of Red Coat Farm in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, has owned Centurion B since he was a youngster and knows him well. She took the now 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood (Rebel Z--Paloma G) over his first fence, and nearly a decade later the pair is a well-established team under the watchful eye of her mother and trainer, Mary Goldman.
Prior to their journey to Traverse City, the duo won two $20,000 Open Welcome Stakes and placed second in the $30,000 Nutrena Grand Prix during the Showplace Spring Spectacular Series in June in their home state.
"He was really good there, and then he had some time off before coming here," said Goldman. "I want to send out a big thank you to breeder Allyn McCracken and Bannockburn Farm for him. He's my baby. I've had him since he was 3 and jumped his first jump on him."
In the R.L. Polk Family Main Hunter Ring, Ice Time made a big splash. The elegant bay won all four Conformation Hunter classes with David Beisel, including the model, two over fences and the under saddle. This was Ice Time's first appearance in the section during Horse Shows by the Bay after showing in the 3'6" Performance Hunters with Beisel and the Junior Hunters with owner Maria Yzerman earlier in the series.
"David just started riding him during Series I," said trainer Heather Irvine of Hillside Farm in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. "We hadn't done him in a professional division for a while, and we felt he needed it. He's still green, and he only showed five times last year. He's really kind of like a first-year horse in a way."
Ice Time, a 7-year-old Oldenburg gelding, won tricolors in the Green Conformation and Junior hunter sections last year at Horse Shows by the Bay, but he hadn't stood for conformation since last summer.
"I thought he was super in the first round," said Irvine. "I was a little concerned doing the 3'9" because he hasn't shown much, and the Juniors go today as well. I thought it might be too much for him, but he handled it great."
Irvine also complimented Beisel on his two performances over fences.
"David's an amazing rider and has such a great feel," said Irvine. "He rides really light even though he does the jumpers a lot. I thought it would be a really good match because he's confident, strong and light. So it worked out. I was really pleased with [Ice Time] today."
Tim Maddrix and Missy Nolen's Special added two blues to their growing collection of ribbons earned during Horse Shows by the Bay. After last week's First Year Green Hunter Reserve Championship, they returned strongly and won an over fences class and the under saddle today.
Timothy Maddrix and Special Maddrix, of Fox Lake Farm in Birmingham, Alabama, has had the 7-year-old warmblood gelding for about 1 1/2 years and had success in the Pre-Greens last year before moving him up. The flashy chestnut is nicknamed "Sully" after the character in the movie Monsters Inc. for his entertaining personality.
"He's like a cartoon character. He's in your pocket all of the time," said Maddrix. "He just wants someone to play with him."
Sully is all business in the ring, though, and the pair has also started to contest the USHJA International Hunter Derby classes, with ribbons at the Atlanta Summer Classic shows prior to Horse Shows by the Bay.
"He's really cool. He's really the best in the handy rounds because he's slow and scopey and can turn inside," said Maddrix. "He jumps even better when you start to jump and turn. The more challenge he gets, the better he jumps."
In the 3'6" Performance Hunter section, sponsored by Team Rakowsky Equestrian, it was DDM Equestrian LLC's Amadeo and Bob Brawley who stepped up for the two blue ribbons offered.
Amadeo, an 11-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Rebel Z II--Renommee Z), traveled with Brawley from Argyle, Texas, and has earned ribbons throughout the Horse Shows by the Bay series.
Lugano and Courtney Schwabauer also swept their two over fences classes in the Large Junior, 16-17, section, sponsored by Huntsover Farms. The pair, trained by Greg Crolick at Top Call Farm LLC, earned the show championship during Series II and the reserve championship last week, and are certainly in contention for another tricolor.
After Horse Shows by the Bay Series I, II and III have concluded, the race is on for the Ovation Leading Rider Awards. Current standings include:
- Adult Hunter Rider - Terri Irrer - 112.50 points
- Adult Jumper Rider - (tie) Lindsey M. Tomeu & Madeline C. Cooley - 48
- Amateur-Owner Hunter Rider - Becky L. Gochman - 303
- Children's Hunter Rider - Claire Daniel - 94.50
- Children's Jumper Rider - Anika Pirkle - 80
- Equitation Rider - Martha Ingram - 47.50
- High Junior/Amateur-Owner Rider - Erin E. Haas - 52.50
- Junior Hunter Rider - Martha Ingram - 111.50
- Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Rider - Emily Reder - 32
- Professional Hunter Rider - Greg J. Crolick - 353
- Professional Jumper Rider - David Q. Beisel - 184
Other Featured Winners Today Included:
- $500 Take2 Thoroughbred Jumper Stake - Tricked Out, owned and ridden by Robin Krieger
- USEF Talent Search Medal, sponsored by The Wille Family - Emma Wujek riding Von Dutch
- $750 Young Jumper 7-/8-year-olds, sponsored by Animo USA - Calsido, owned by Equine Holdings LLC and ridden by David Beisel
- $750 Young Jumper 6-year-olds, sponsored by Animo USA - Vigilante, owned by Patrice Schreiber and ridden by David Beisel
- WIHS Hunter Phase, sponsored by Ogilvy Equestrian - Francesca Dildabanian riding Freedom
- WIHS Jumper Phase, sponsored by Ogilvy Equestrian - Ali Tritschler riding Helio Rouge