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Lisa Goldman and Centurion B

Ryan Genn and Cookie Monster

Lisa Goldman and Morocco

David Beisel and Call Me Hannes

Leopoldo Palacios

Theo Genn and Enigma

David Beisel and Five Star

Lisa Goldman Award Shot

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Lisa Goldman and Centurion B Go Great Guns to Nab the $25,000 Welcome Stake at Great Lakes Equestrian Festival Week III

Written by: Carrie Wirth
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2015-07-17

Traverse City, MI – July 17, 2015 – Lisa Goldman and Mary Goldman’s Centurion B bested a large field of horse and athlete combinations over a track built by FEI course designer Leopoldo Palacios. The pair earned the lead spot in the victory gallop in the $25,000 Welcome Stake during Week III of Great Lakes Equestrian Festival. David Beisel and Call me Hannes raced to the second place spot in the sensational class.

Of the nearly 30 entrants, 13 had fault-free rounds and progressed to the jump-off round. First to go, Wilhelm Genn and Welcome Cor, owned by Ann Anastasio, had a rail and a time of 37.810 seconds. David Beisel and Call Me Hannes, owned by Harlow Investment Enterprises, LLC, was next to try his hand at Palacios short course. The pair succeeded in leaving all the jumps in the cups and tripped the timer at 37.036 seconds, taking the lead and the time to beat.

Thursday’s High Junior Amateur/Owner Jumper winner Alliy Moyer and her own Etoile Van’t Lambroeck were next but downed a rail with a time of 39.001 seconds. Next to try for a clear jump off was Amanda Derbyshire and David Gochman’s Lady Maria BH, who became the second double clear finisher with a time of 39.099 seconds, and temporarily took the second place position.

Next to go, Goldman and Centurion B claimed the lead with a clear and blazing fast round in 36.235 seconds. Amanda Derbyshire then returned to the Grand Prix Arena with Cannavaro BH, also owned by David Gochman. The pair became the third of the four-faulters and stopped the clock at 40.356 seconds. Texan Tommy Brawley and his own Nando KCT also went fault-free in 45.031 seconds, which would eventually land the duo in seventh place.

Goldman and her own Morocco were clear and fast in 37.173 seconds, but not fast enough to best her previous performance and Beisel’s time on Call Me Hannes. Goldman ultimately took the third spot with Morroco. Cookie Monster, owned by Wilhem Genn and piloted by Ryan Genn, joined the double clear ranks with a speedy time of 38.421 seconds and earned the fourth place prize. Moyer returned with her next mount, Chicco 337, and laid down another clean trip in 42.338 seconds for the sixth place.

Goldman had four faults in the jump-off with Aslan, owned by Charity Judge. Amanda Derbyshire and her own Goldbreaker had two down for eight faults and Erin Haas and As di Chupito, owned by North Face Farm, also ended with eight faults and just out of the money.

“I thought it was a nice big, hard track,” Goldman said. “All the horses jumped great today. My plan was to kind of just go for it. Leo (Centurion B) has a really big stride, while Morocco is a little bit more of the fast horse, so he’s better with courses that have a lot of lines in them. So, I knew it was a big horse course, and everything just came up on step – you know when the distance gods are with you!”

Goldman chose to do five strides instead of six to the liverpool, but she said she shaved the corner a bit too much which made her slow down over the next jump, a plank. The horse and rider pair did seven strides instead of six in the next line but were still fast enough to overtake Beisiel’s lead.

“Morocco, he was so fast and crazy in the first round that he almost threw me off,” she said. “I didn’t plan on really pushing him in the jump-off. I just wanted the clear round. I was on top with Centurion, so I knew Morocco would just stay up near the top because he’s so naturally fast.”

Second place finisher in the Welcome Stake, Call Me Hannes is 9 years old and Beisel purchased him last January in Ocala. He competed in his last Grand Prix here at Flintfields Park a year ago.

“He spent last fall and winter really learning about the sport, and this summer he has really come into his own,” Beisel said. “We’ve had quite a few nice double clear placings, and I think he was super amazing today. He went pretty darn fast! I tried to hit a good gallop right off the bat, because he’s a big-strided horse, and kept him galloping and he was right there. “


Results - Great Lakes Equestrian Festival $25,000 Welcome Stake - Week III














6-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship Named

Enigma, owned by Eduardo Leon and ridden by Theo Genn, repeated last week’s success at Great Lakes Equestrian Festival by earning another championship in the 6-Year-Old Young Jumper Division. Rev Media Marketing LLC’s Five Star, ridden by David Beisel, was named reserve champion of the division.

“Enigma is a really great horse,” said Theo Genn. “He’s fairly green for his age, but does everything easily. We’ll do the 6-year-olds again next week, and finish up the rest of the year in the same division.”

Genn says he plans to continue working up through the Young Jumper divisions and eventually start in the 1.40m. The pair won one of their classes, were second in one, and fourth in the third to earn them the championship of the 6-Year-Olds for the second consecutive week.

“Right now, Eduardo keeps him with us in training, and we’re just going to see what he turns into,” he said. “We’re really excited about him; I think he’ll make a really good Grand Prix horse.”

International Course Designer Leopoldo Palacios Comments on Flintfields Horse Park and Nature

Leopoldo Palacios Jugo is one of the most respected course designers in show jumping. He has served on Olympic Games and has course designed in more than 40 countries. He is known for his innovative, challenging, and humane approach. His passion is to create the optimum technical sport conditions in combination with an artistic presentation. As a course director of FEI, he is a co-founder of the Aachen School of Equestrian Arts. He produces master plans for equestrian venues and serves as footing expert and adviser for tournament organizers and equestrian teams.

“Nowadays there are more rings in the middle of cities and in places that don’t fit with horses,” he said. “When you’re getting old you tend to be more romantic about your life. I’ve had this sport in my life my whole life. My family are farmers. Horses need to be in nature. A place like this gives a lot for the sport; everywhere you look there are nice trees and nature. Here, its green, green, green! It’s beautiful. The designers of this property used the topography and landscaped it very well around nature, and this is a very important aspect for me.”

“I’ve worked 22 years at Spruce Meadows and we’ve tried to maintain all grass rings,” he continued. “Natural fences and banks are so important for the sport. When I’m building for the Olympic Games, I like to make my fences very green with a lot of flowers. I like things to always be near nature. In this sport, I understand the young people want to be in the cities, but I’m a country man. What can I do?”

Exciting show jumping in the midst of beautiful natural green surroundings in the Grand Prix Arena Saturday at Flintfields Horse Park in Traverse City kicks off at 9 a.m. Highlights of the day include the $7,500 NAL Low Junior Amateur/Owner Jumper Classic and the $2,500 Sport Horse Saddlery Modified Children’s Adult Jumper Classic.


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