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Lisa Jacquin and Rolls

Nick Novak and Cico

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Lisa Goldman and Sovereign

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Lisa Goldman and Lisa Jacquin Ride Clean and Clear at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival IV

Written by: Emily Meehan
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2015-07-22

Traverse City, MI – July 22, 2015 - The fourth and final week of the all-new Great Lakes Equestrian Festival got underway this morning, and many familiar faces returned to the beautiful Grand Prix Ring at Flintfields Horse Park to make their mark during the last week of competition.

Lisa Goldman stole the show in the Grand Prix Arena, riding away with wins in both the 1.40m and 1.35m classes. Her ride in the 1.40m atop her new horse of only three weeks, Sovereign, was especially exciting as it was one of the largest tracks she has ever jumped the stallion. Goldman and Sovereign won last week’s first 1.35m class, so Goldman decided they were ready to turn it up a notch.

“He was so awesome,” Goldman said. “He’s really starting to settle into my program and my ride. We’ve done one other Grand Prix together before, but this was the second biggest course I’ve done on him. He’s going to do one more 1.40m this week, but that’s it. He really just needs to be fit.”

Although the pair was riding to new heights in the 1.40m, they made it look like second nature, going double clear over Bernardo Cabral’s tight course and putting in a swift jump-off time of 34.811 seconds.

Just behind Goldman was another double clear round put in by Nick Novak aboard his gelding, Cico, but their jump-off time of 37.69 seconds wasn’t quite quick enough to catch Goldman’s new stallion. The pair would have to settle for second position.

Novak and Cico are another new team that has only been working together since February, but have had a successful first few months together displaying Cico’s newly acquired skills in the Grand Prix Ring. Novak explained that Cico competed in eventing before he purchased him but he has enjoyed successfully moving the 8-year-old gelding up through the jumper divisions.

“I’ve been moving him up right along pretty quickly, and he has been doing great,” Novak said. “He has such a big personality, and he’s learning really fast. When he gets in the ring he’s just so excited to jump. We’ve moved right up from the 3’6” to the 1.40m, so to be jumping clear rounds is pretty awesome.”

Before the 1.40m class, Goldman proved that she was no stranger to success at the 1.35m height, mimicking her top standing on the leaderboard from last week. While it was Goldman and Sovereign who rode to first place last week, today it was Memphis Belle’s turn to have her moment in the spotlight. The winning mare, owned by Goldman’s client Louisa Brackett, also moved up a division this week, and it proved to be an easy task.

“Belle was really great, I love her to death,” Goldman said. “She won at 1.30m last week, and was third in the Low Junior Classic. She’s always ready to go very fast, and she is a really great horse for Louisa to learn to jump bigger tracks on and become more competitive. We stepped her up to the 1.35m from the 1.30m and she jumped around really great.”

Goldman only arrived in Traverse City last week, but already has complimentary words for the event and its new Stadium Jumping, Inc. management.

“This show has been great,” she said. “After being here a week and getting a feel for it, I think they’ve really nailed all of the little details, like the exhibitors party with Josh Davis, and the food and beverages in the VIP. Thank you, Karen Flint; it’s been really well done!”

Goldman and Memphis Belle were one of four horse-and-rider combinations to go double clear out of a field of 12 total pairs. Theo Genn and Eduardo Leone’s Asirea Fortuna tagged closely behind Goldman with a jump-off round of 35.268 seconds, just 1.445 seconds away from the winning round to earn them second place.

In the 1.30m this morning, it was two-time Olympic Silver Medalist Lisa Jacquin who came out on top aboard Rolls, owned by Doublethink LLC. As the only pair to go double clear, they made Cabral’s complicated course look easy, seamlessly riding through the various combinations and in-and-outs without brushing a rail. David Beisel’s jump-off time of 35.862 seconds atop Harlow Investment Enterprises, LLC’s Rumorosa was a whole 6.71 seconds quicker than Jacquin’s winning ride, but unfortunately a knocked rail cost him the top spot.

The Great Lakes Equestrian Festival will continue tomorrow, with numerous horse-and-rider entries competing for the top spot in their respective divisions. Feature events this week include the $25,000 Welcome Stake Friday and the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by the Gochman family Saturday. The festival will come to a close Sunday, July 26, after the highlight event; the $50,000 Great Lakes Grand Prix, presented by The Peninsula Group at Morgan Stanley scheduled for 2 p.m.



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