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Caitlyn Shiels and Cassius

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Tim Goguen and Category

Tim Goguen and Splendid

Tim Goguen pats Category.

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Caitlyn Shiels Starts WCHR Week Strong at Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

Written by: Allyson Lagiovane
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2016-07-13

Traverse City, Mich. – July 13, 2016 – Wednesday kicked off World Championship Hunter Rider week for the second week of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival. Caitlyn Shiels started off strong in the Second Year Green Working Hunter riding Cassius, earning top ribbons to put her in contention for the division championship.

Shiels and her 7-year-old gelding, Cassius, received a fourth place ribbon after their first over fences round, finishing with a score of 84. The pair came back strong in the handy round, successfully navigating the tight rollbacks, bending lines, and trot fence to earn another score of 84 to best the field of riders.

“I just was thinking about smooth turns and practicing all the inside turns,” Shiels said of her winning handy round. "This is his first time ever doing the Second Years. We practiced a little yesterday with the bigger height and decided to go ahead and put him in there and see what we’ve got. He’s super handy and starting to really figure it out. He was very good today!”

Shiels continued, “We’ve just been partnered since the end of Florida. We brought Cassius home from Florida this year. I think he’s going to be a fantastic hunter and derby horse!" Shiels and Cassius will also compete in the Glory Days Farm, LLC. $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby on Sunday, July 17.

Also earning top ribbons in the Second Year Green Working Hunter was Maria Rassmussen riding Memorable. Rasmussen earned a first place in the first over fences round with a score of 86. In the handy round, Rasmussen and Memorable finished with a fifth place.  

In the First Year Green Working Hunter division, Tim Goguen and his mount Category earned top ribbons, receiving second places for both of his rounds in the first portion of the class. Goguen also rode Splendid, owned by Belhaven Farms, LLC, to a fourth and fifth place ribbon.

Geoffrey Hesslink rode another Belhaven Stables, LLC. mount, Clever, to a first place win in the handy round with a score of 85. Hesslink and Clever also earned a fourth place in their first over fences round. Both Hesslink and Goguen will be in the running to earn champion during the second portion of the class.

Goguen continued proving his skills in the Green Conformation Hunter aboard his two mounts, Splendid and Category. Goguen piloted Splendid to a first place in the first over fences round, and earned a third place in the handy round with a score of 84.5. With Category, Goguen finished in fourth in round one, and navigated his way around the tricky handy course to receive the blue with a score of 87.

Goguen and Category won the championship in the Green Conformation Hunter during the first week at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, and will return to the ring on Thursday, July 13 to contend for the championship again.

“The horses are going well and jumping nice,” Goguen said. “I love it here, it’s a great time. It’s a nice horse show, nice town, and there’s lots of things to do.”

With the first week of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival over, riders are settling into the routine for week two and enjoying their time in Traverse City, Michigan.

Shiels said, “We came last year and we had a really great time. The new management has been super so we’re excited to be here, we’ll be here for three weeks. The town is great and the horse show is great so we’re excited!”

Riders will return to the hunter ring on Thursday, July 13 to contend for their respective champion and reserve champion ribbons. Competition at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival will begin at 8 a.m.

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