Lisa Goldman and Morocco with Georgina Bloomberg and South Street in the presentation with Jim and Suzanne Cantrell and Matt Varney of Wellington Equestrian Realty as well as ringmaster Gustavo Murcia © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.com.
Friday’s CSIO competition also included a $10,000 Speed Stake, sponsored by Wellington Equestrian Realty. The class saw 30 entries with ten clear rounds. Lisa Goldman (USA) was the winner aboard her own Morocco. The 12-year-old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding (American-bred by Nancy Whitehead’s Roc USA) blazed through the course in 59.66 seconds. Georgina Bloomberg (USA) and Gotham Enterprizes LLC’s South Street finished second in 60.12 seconds. Laura Kraut (USA) and Cherry Knoll Farm’s Constable II were third in 63.65 seconds.
“He has been unbelievable. I have had huge success with him,” Goldman said of Morocco. “He is naturally incredibly fast, so I generally don’t think about going fast on course, I just end up going. He doesn’t have the biggest stride in the world, which I can actually take advantage of because he is really fast on his feet. I can kind of run him down the lines and make up time. He also turns on a dime. He turns like a barrel racer, so that helps. I had a lucky rub at the last jump, so I can’t complain there.”
From Illinois, Goldman graduated from Baylor University in Texas in 2012 and competed on their NCAA equestrian team. She spent the last few years showing in Ocala, FL, in the winter, but decided to bring her top horses to Wellington this year.
“This is my first time here in seven years,” Goldman detailed. “This is my first week in the FEI classes, so it is really exciting to come down here and ride amongst the top people in the world and be able to represent USA with an American-bred horse.”
“I wanted to see how my two boys would do down here, and it has been incredible so far,” Goldman acknowledged. “The weather has been great. It is cooler today, which I love. I don’t mind it being cooler for the horses. Today was really nice too because a lot of the girls from home in Chicago flew in to watch this weekend, so it was really exciting that they got to see me win. I have loved it down here and we are here the rest of the time, so we are just having fun.”
Also showing on Friday, the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge was held in a California split with wins for Nicolas Pizarro (MEX) and Jacobo Zaga’s Calvaretto in Section A and Abigail McArdle with David McArdle’s Cosma 20 in Section B.
Source: Equestrian Sport Productions
Final Results: $10,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty CSIO Speed Stake
1. MOROCCO: 2003 Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding by Roc USA x Unknown
LISA GOLDMAN (USA), Lisa Goldman: 0/59.66
2. SOUTH STREET: 2006 American Warmblood mare by Languster x Indorado
GEORGINA BLOOMBERG (USA), Gotham Enterprizes LLC: 0/60.12
3. CONSTABLE II: 2007 KWPN gelding by Harley VDL x Lupicor
LAURA KRAUT (USA), Cherry Knoll Farm: 0/63.65
4. ACAPULCO Z: 2005 Zangersheide stallion by Action-Breaker x Lux II Z
DANIEL ZETTERMAN (SWE), Gyllebo Farm LLC: 0/63.78
5. LA PETITE FLEUR 6: 2007 Oldenburg mare by Lexicon x Romino
ANDRES AROZARENA (MEX), Jorge Arozarena: 0/64.57
6. BIALDA: 2006 KWPN mare by Salvatore x Grosso Z
RAMIRO QUINTANA (ARG), St. Bride’s Farm: 0/64.80
7. MERIDA 8: 2007 Irish Sport Horse mare by Metropole x Hildenley
MEREDITH MICHAELS-BEERBAUM (GER), Artemis Equestrian Farm LLC: 0/66.09
8. ZERNIKE K: 2004 KWPN gelding by Sam R 60 x H Topas
BRIANNE GOUTAL (USA), Remarkable Farms LP: 0/67.23
9. ZIPPO CG: 2004 KWPN stallion by Hold Up Premier x Quinar
JUAN PABLO PIVARAL (GUA), Luis Garcia: 0/68.62
10. B AMELUSINA: 2006 KWPN gelding by Sam R x Calando I
CALLAN SOLEM (USA), Horseshoe Trail Partners: 0/69.99
11. SIMON: 1999 KWPN gelding by Mr. Blue x Polydox
BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 3/84.46
12. BARANUS: 2003 Oldenburg gelding by Balou du Rouet x Centauer Z
IAN MILLAR (CAN), The Baranus Group: 4/61.63