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Tim Goguen and Capella

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Peter Pletcher and Thanks For The Gold

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Pletcher, Goguen, and Rasmussen Sweep Professional Hunters, Splitting Six Tricolors at Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

Written by: Elaine Wessel
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2015-07-09

Traverse City, MI – July 9, 2015 – In a mimic of the prior day’s competition, three professional riders continued to dominate the hunter divisions in multiple rings at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival. Peter Pletcher, Tim Goguen and Maria Rasmussen all took turns winning, forming a near unbeatable trio that took both the champion and reserve titles in four divisions all before the afternoon. Numerous competitors tried to break into the winner’s circle, many of which were able to produce high-quality performances, but none proved apt enough to take the wins away from the three frontrunners.

Maintaining his position as leader after yesterday’s first and second place finishes, Peter Pletcher continued to rally with Susan Baker’s Q today, claiming three more blue ribbons in the Second Year Green Working Hunters, coincidentally sponsored by Pletcher’s own PJP Farm.

“We have been taking this horse up the ranks, and I’m definitely impressed with him. He is coming along very well,” the rider observed of the bay gelding, that was recently imported from overseas. The horse can also be seen competing in the Amateur-Owners with Baker, who just purchased him during the winter Florida show circuit.


Rounding out the top two in the runner-up position was Saddle Ridge LLC’s Ransom, ridden throughout the division by Tim Goguen of Lexington-based Boggs Hill Farm.

Off to a great start to the week in only the second day of competition, Pletcher added another win to his name in the Green Conformation Hunters with Rancho De Los Arboles LLC’s Thanks For The Gold. Coming off a strong showing yesterday, Pletcher solidified the pair’s top rank with two firsts and the second Thursday morning.

The winning rider described his mount as the farm’s “pretty horse,” and continued on to attribute his steady nature as a main component of their consistent top placings.

Although the reserve champion did not compete in the under saddle portion of the division, Goguen and Anytime, owned by Boggs Hill Farm, accumulated enough points in the first four classes of the division to earn the second-highest number of points behind Pletcher and ‘Hank.’

Next door in the secondary hunter ring, Pletcher mounted aboard another horse, this time Sue Lightner’s Sandriano as an entrant in the $1,000 Pre-Green Hunter Incentive Stake. The pair bested a field of 20 competitors to walk away with the champion honors, followed by MTM Friend Request, owned by Ashley Netzky and ridden by Rasmussen, claiming the second place honors.

“We are staying here in Michigan for the next couple of weeks before a short break at home followed by the Medal Finals and Pre-Green Finals in Kentucky,” Pletcher noted of the farm’s upcoming summer plans. “Anything to escape the Texas heat,” he laughed.

The First Year Green Working Hunters, generously sponsored by Wrenwood Farm and Jenny Sutton, got underway in the Polk Family Main Hunter Ring, once again with a number of heavy hitters in the mix. Rasmussen and Corporate started the day with a slight advantage, having been awarded the blue and red ribbons by the judges yesterday, but fell victim to a downed rail, losing the lead to one of Goguen’s two mounts. Taking advantage of their window of opportunity, Goguen and Capella produced two quality rounds and a strong flat performance to clinch the champion title. Capella is a repeat winner as the champion in the same division last week.

Just recently purchased at the end of the Florida circuit, Capella has been carrying momentum in the First Year Green division, having earned numerous champion and reserve rosettes at premier events in both Florida and Kentucky.

“We haven’t had him very long, but he has proven himself over these past shows,” Goguen said of the horse. “We wanted to take him to Devon, but he wasn’t able to get enough points in the short time we had him before the show.”

Rasmussen was able to regain ground in the flat portion, winning the class to help her and Corporate to the reserve tricolors. Always hot on the tails of the two leaders, Hillary Johnson and Copper Fox LLC’s Moonwalk also earned high marks throughout the division, only ever placing below the third position in the under saddle.

Looking back at the books for the day, it was clear that the three forces of Pletcher, Goguen, and Rasmussen proved themselves as formidable contenders for the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival. Together they accumulated a combined 10 first place finishes, six seconds, seven third place positions, as well as all six tricolors in the three divisions. With both Pletcher and Rasmussen returning for weeks three and four of the GLEF series, exhibitors have a difficult task ahead of them if they intend to break into the higher ranks of the professional hunter classes.

Hunter action continues tomorrow at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival with the Junior and Amateur-Owner Hunters claiming the spotlight. Sunday will be the showcase day of the week, with horses and riders competing for a stake in the $5,000 USHJA National Derby and the two-round $10,000 Great Lakes 3’6” Hunter Classic.

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