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Tim Goguen and Category

Tim Goguen and Category

Tim Goguen and Splendid

Maria Rasmussen and Memorable

Caroline Weeden and Oak Grove

Maria Rasmussen and Memorable

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Tim Goguen Continues to Blow Away the Competition at Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

Written by: Allyson Lagiovane
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2016-07-14

Traverse City, Mich. – July 14, 2016 – Sunny skies and high winds set the scene in the Main Hunter ring during the second day of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival Week II. Seasoned competition mounts remained unfazed while winds gusted and tent tops flapped ringside. It was Tim Goguen aboard his impressive mounts that blew away the competition as he nabbed another championship win.

During Week I of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, Goguen and his newer mount, Category, owned by Garland Alban, made their way to the winner’s circle after earning champion in the Green Conformation Working Hunter. Goguen and Category returned to Week II just as strong, defending their title in the division and again finishing with the championship.

“Category has been pretty consistent,” Goguen commented. “He had a late start doing the Greens, but he’s gotten better and better as he comes along.”

Goguen and Category had an impressive run in the division, earning three firsts, a third, and a fourth to best the field of riders. Goguen’s winning streak did not stop with the championship, however. Goguen also entered the division aboard Splendid, a more seasoned mare that is owned by Belhaven Stables, LLC. Goguen and Splendid ended up receiving the reserve championship ribbon.  

Goguen added, “Splendid has also been pretty consistent throughout the year. They both went really well. It’s really windy today, but they were good. The courses are great and this ring is a nice size to ride in!”

Tim Goguen and Category continued to set the standards high, picking up another championship in the First Year Green Working Hunter. The pair accumulated one first, three seconds, and a fifth place. The reserve champion in the First Year Green Working Hunter went to Peter Pletcher riding Quirino, earning a first and second place ribbon.

In the Second Year Green Conformation Working Hunter, it was Maria Rasmussen and Memorable that earned the championship tricolor. Rasmussen and Memorable received a first place in the first over fences round and a fifth place in the handy round on the first day of the competition, and finished up the division strong after accumulating another first, a second, and a fifth.

“We call him Mo,” Rasmussen said of the horse. “He’s a winner, he’s a great horse. I’ve had him since he was a Pre-Green horse. The courses were good and he went really well today. He jumped really careful and tried hard.” As for the windy distractions, she exclaimed, “He doesn’t mind any of that!”

Caroline Weeden and her 7-year-old mount, Oak Grove, owned by Piper Benjamin, were the reserve champion finishers in the division. Weeden and Oak Grove accumulated two firsts, third, fourth, and fifth place in the division.

“He’s very talented, good mover, good jumper, but he can be a little bit green every now and then,” Weeden said of Oak Grove. “Today he actually was very consistent. The second round he really stepped up to the plate. I think it’s a little bit hard out there today with the wind, you feel like you’re riding against the wind, and he actually handled that really well.”

Competition at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival will continue Friday, July 15, beginning at 8 a.m. This week is World Championship Hunter Rider Week, and will feature the Glory Days Farm, LLC $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby that will take place on Sunday, July 17.

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