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For Fantoms Pleasure, ridden by Wilhelm Genn. Owned by Karola Giebmanns

 Cavelier II, ridden by Caitlyn Shiels. Owned by Caitlyn Shiels

Sovereign, ridden by Lisa Goldman. Owned by Barbara Disko

Chantal, Ridden by Javier Berganza Anderhub. Owned by Doublethink, Llc.

Abazu BS, ridden by Amanday Derbyshire. Owned by David Blake

Lisa Goldman and Hindsight

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Wilhelm Genn Tops the 1.40m with Late Starter For Fantomís Pleasure

Written by: Carrie Wirth
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2015-07-15

Lisa Goldman Makes Her Mark on Day One of Great Lakes Equestrian Festival Week III

Traverse City, MI – July 15, 2015 - Week III of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival kicked off at glorious Flintfields Horse Park just outside of Traverse City, Michigan where yellow daffodils and other summer bloomers contrasted a deep blue clear sky. It was the ideal setting to compete show jumpers in the Grand Prix Arena.

The quintessential sportsman, Wilhelm Genn ended the day on a high note, clinching the win in the 1.40m class aboard For Fantom’s Pleasure, owned by Karola Giebmanns. The pair edged out Caitlyn Shiels and her own Cavalier II and David Beisel and Redfield Farm’s Alastar, who were both double clear around Leopoldo Placios’ straightforward and open track. Liz Atkins and Undine, owned by Benchmark Stables LLC, also progressed to the jump-off round but had an unfortunate rail to land the pair in fourth.

Genn calls For Fantom’s Pleasure a late-starter with tremendous talent. The pair have only competed in a few 1.40m classes and this was the first time they started out the week at that height.

“He jumped fantastic,” Genn said. “I loved that I had so much time between the jumps. That’s what made me decide to put him in [at 1.40m] because we had time to fix things, just in case he got a little nervous or a little spooky.”

Genn said that he was torn as to whether or not to compete him in the $25,000 Welcome Stake on Friday.

“I’m leaning toward it,” he said. “The owner is here, and she says, ‘Do it.’ I think if he [Placios] spreads the jumps out, it doesn’t matter how high they are. It’s when it gets complicated and really technical – he’s a little green for that.”

Lisa Goldman announced to Michigan that she is in the house by earning the blue ribbons in the 1.30m and 1.35m classes. After multiple victories at Spring Spectacular at Lamplight in Chicago in June, this competitor is a well-mounted force in the ring. Goldman brought 15 horses, six that she will compete. With Morocco and Centurion, she will aim for the top prizes in the $25,000 Welcome Stake Friday and the $50,000 Flintfields Grand Prix, presented by North Face Farm Sunday.

In the 1.35m class, Goldman and Sovereign outran three other double clear horse and rider contenders, including the second place finisher Amanda Derbyshire and David Blake’s Abazhu BHS as well as Jill Knowles’ two mounts – third place Condeza Z and fourth place Fanta, both of which she owns..

“Sovereign is my brand new one,” Goldman said. “He’s a stallion that Barbara Disko bought for me to ride. This is my second horse show with him, I’ve only had him for about two weeks. He’s really cool, and he’s the first stallion I’ve ever owned, but he’s a sweetheart. He jumped amazing out there. I think I’ll do him in the Welcome Stake Friday, but we’ll see.”

With Hindsight in the 1.30m class, Goldman eclipsed the second place finisher, Doublethink LLC’s Chantal piloted by Javier Berganza Anderhus, by nearly two full seconds. Twelve horse and rider teams out of 23 had fault-free first rounds and 10 were double clear.

“Hindsight is one I got in January, and he’s mine,” Goldman said. “He’s an 8-year-old that hadn’t done anything but the 2’6” hunters until I got him. He’s been really good. He’s just moving up. This is his first day out so we only did the 1.30m. We’ll see what we do the rest of the week with him, but he’s hopefully going to be one of my new grand prix horses. He’s really cool and easygoing.”

Goldman shared that she has attended the summer circuit at Flintfields Horse Park for many years. “The weather is so beautiful here,” she said. “I’ve only missed one year in almost 10 years. It’s so beautiful. I love the Grand Prix Ring - the footing feels awesome.”

Jumper action continues throughout the week at Flintfields Horse Park, with the highlight events taking place later in the week in the Grand Prix Ring. The $25,000 Welcome Stake is on Friday, while the $50,000 Flintfields Farm Grand Prix takes place Sunday.

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