Horse Shows by the Bay Hunter/Jumper Series IV, July 24-28, is underway at Flintflields Horse Park.
Traverse City, MI - July 24, 2013 - Lisa Goldman returned to the show ring today after an illness sidelined her last week, and she didn't miss a beat. The 23-year-old guided Centurion B to the blue ribbon in the $2,500 CMJ Sporthorse 1.40m Speed Stake, the featured jumper class today at Horse Shows by the Bay.
"We came last week, I showed Wednesday, and then I got really sick and had to go to the hospital," she said. "So, today is my first day back riding, and I feel much better." Her fellow competitors certainly noticed Goldman was back to full speed.
Going third in the order, Goldman and Centurion B, her 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood (Rebel Z--Paloma G), turned in a clear round in 58.74 seconds, a time no one could come close to matching. Martien van der Hoeven and Zeldenrust Z placed second with a clear round in 62.62 seconds, and Caesar and Renee Lenkart took third with their slower clear in 74.96 seconds.
Goldman, of Red Coat Farm in Hawthorn Woods, IL, has owned Centurion B since he was a 2-year-old, and she knows him well. She took the chestnut gelding over his very first fence, and now 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, MI, the duo won the $25,000 Weathertech Grand Prix and the $5,000 Open Welcome Stake at the Ledges Summertime Horse Show in their home state of Illinois.
Before Goldman's illness, Centurion B was second in a 1.35m class during HSBB Series III, and today she stepped him up a notch in preparation for the bigger classes later this week. "The course was great and challenging enough," she said of J.P. Godard's twisty speed track. "It was a good height. We decided to do the 1.40m instead of the 1.35m since he got a week off. I like to do a class before the Welcome Stake and the Grand Prix, and I thought it went really well."
Goldman said she was a bit slow from fences 1 to 2, but after that she didn't hold back. She left out strides where she could, and her decision to do five strides rather than six from fences 9 to 10 may be where she sealed her victory.
"I've got a really fast horse; I know that, and I'm kind of a speed demon," she said with a smile. "David [Beisel] was fast [with Ammeretto], but he had the second-to-last fence down. He was the closest." Goldman was happy to be back in the saddle, and she hopes their victory is a good omen for the rest of the week.
She'll be defending her title as the winner of last year's Series IV $30,000 D-Braider Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix, which she claimed aboard Morocco, with Centurion B taking the fifth-placed ribbon.
"I've never missed a horse show from being sick before. Never," she said. "I don't get sick very often. I had a kidney infection and a fever for days, and I was miserable. This was my first day back riding, so it's nice to have it go like this. I feel really good, and the horses have all been great so far. They're ready to show!"
In the Performance Hunter sections today, the four blue ribbons went to four different horses.
In the 3'6" section, sponsored by Pine Hollow Farm, Molly Ashe guided Elisee Browchuk's Original Du Rietz to the top call in the first over fences class and placed second in the other. The 11-year-old Selle Francais gelding is transitioning to the hunter ring after life as Browchuk's junior jumper.
Rietz and Browchuk, of Avon, CT, switched over at the I Love New York Horse Show in early July, where they earned ribbons in the Large Junior section before traveling to Traverse City.
Original Du Rietz placed ninth last week with Ashe in the $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, hosted by The Gochman Family, his derby debut.
Liz Lusk's Casa Loma is continuing his winning ways after earning the Children's Hunter, 15-17, section championship during Series III. The 7-year-old Holsteiner (Cassini II--Paloma S) took top honors in the second 3'6" Performance Hunter over fences class.
Russell Frey was busy in the hunter rings today and guided Julia Nagel's Ruben to the blue ribbon in the first Westview Farm 3'3" Performance Hunter class.
They returned for the red ribbon in the second class, jogging in behind Lauren Bardy's elegant gray Aventuur, with Sarah Mechlin in the irons.
Heading into the final week of competition, Michigan resident Greg Crolick still remains atop the $10,000 North Face Farm Leading Hunter Rider Cash Bonus Award standings. With his seventh-placed finish aboard Grey Street in the $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and his second place with Shocktop in the $2,500 National Hunter Derby, Crolick increased his point total to 205. Kelley Farmer holds second place with 147.5 points, and Molly Ashe is third with 140 points.
Riders will have one final opportunity to add points in this week's $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by Walgreens.
In the $10,000 Hagyard Leading Jumper Rider Cash Bonus Award standings, Yann Candele holds the lead with 205 points after winning the $30,000 Danny & Ron's Rescue Grand Prix of Traverse City, sponsored by Missy and Doug Smith, and the $30,000 Grand Traverse Bay Grand Prix, among other placings.
Aaron Vale, who won the $10,000 Positive Step Farm Open Welcome Prix during Series I sits second with 163.25 points, while Wilhelm Genn, the winner of last week's $30,000 Grand Prix of the Great Lakes, moved up to third with 115.75 points.
This week's final standings will be determined after the $30,000 D-Braider Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix, the $10,000 Positive Step Farm Open Jumper Welcome Prix and $2,500 CMJ Sporthorse 1.40m Speed Stake.
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 - 81 points
Adult Jumper Rider - Emily Reder - 71.50
Amateur Hunter Rider - Becky Gochman - 149.50
Children's Hunter Rider - Madeline Pogorzelski - 70
Children's Jumper Rider - Emma C. Wujek - 40
Equitation Rider - Bethany D. Bolen - 46.50
High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Rider - Ali Wolff - 50.50
Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Rider - Madison A. Billings - 30.50
Junior Hunter Rider - Kirklen Petersen - 134
Pony Hunter Rider - Sophie Gochman - 153.50
Modified Children's/Adult Jumper Rider - Erin M. Walker - 30
Pro Jumper Rider - Wilhelm Genn - 112
Pro Hunter Rider - Kelley Farmer - 850
Follow the action on July 24-28 during Horse Shows by the Bay Series IV. Competition will be held in all five rings, with the Grand Prix Ring and R.L. Polk Family Main Hunter Ring streaming live thanks to ShowNet LLC and this week's free streaming partner, Alltech Equine TV. They're bringing the action right to your screen every day, beginning at 8 a.m. Go to www.horseshowsbythebay.com and click on "Watch It Live."
Horse Shows by the Bay Series IV
Featured events for July 25-28:
$1,000 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Stake Class, sponsored by PJP Farm, Inc - Thursday, July 25
$10,000 Positive Step Farm Open Jumper Welcome Prix - Thursday, July 25
$2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by Walgreens - Friday, July 26
HJAM Junior, Adult and Limit Medal Finals, sponsored by Equis Ltd. - Saturday, July 27
$30,000 D-Braider Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix of the Great Lakes - Saturday, July 27
$5,000 NAL Low JR/AO Jumper Classic, sponsored by Graystone Catering - Sunday, July 28
$10,000 SJHOF High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic - Sunday, July 28
$10,000 Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Children's/Adult Jumper Prix - Sunday, July 28
Special Exhibitor functions this week include the Wine & Cheese Social on Thursday, with wines from Verterra Winery in Leland, MI, sponsored by Plante Moran Financial Advisors. The ice cream socials will be sponsored by CMJ Sporthorse LLC on the weekdays & the Gochman Family over the weekend. The "Hay Day" Michigan Horse Welfare Fundraiser and Silent Auction Dinner, sponsored by Meijer, will be held on Saturday, and the Morgan Stanley VIP/Sponsor Luncheon will be held on Sunday afternoon.
For full show results, please visit www.horseshowing.com.