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Lisa Goldman Takes Top Two Spots in $5,000 Welcome Class at Lamplight's Equifest II

Lisa Goldman set the pace with Centurion B to win the $5,000 Welcome Class at Lamplight's Equifest II. Photo by Andrew Ryback

Wayne, IL – July 30, 2014 – The feature class at Lamplight Equestrian Center’s Equifest II today was the $5,000 1.40m Welcome class in the newly remodeled Grand Prix ring. Fourteen entries vied for the prize over the Manuel Esparza designed course. Esparza of Mexico City, Mexico, was the Assistant Designer for the Olympic Games from 1996-2008. His time allowed on today’s track was comfortable and the toughest two spots seemed to be a wide oxer off a short turn by the in-gate and the triple combination.
“I thought the course was big and technical,” said Goldman, “right to the specs. The triple was tough being an oxer, vertical, vertical set as a long one to a short two.  The number eleven oxer was literally two strides from the gate which made it challenging.”
Only three managed to put in a clear round to proceed to the jump off. Two of those were Lisa Goldman’s of Hawthorn Woods, IL. Centurion B proved to be the fastest by fractions of a second with 40.523. Goldman’s second mount, Morocco, was right behind with 40.844 and Liz Atkins, Hampshire, IL, with NIro 8, caught a rail and a time of 43.657.

Liz Atkins and Niro 8 were the only other pair to make the jump off with Goldman. Photo Andrew Ryback.

 “I tried to slow down at the end,” said Atkins, “but I didn’t get it done soon enough and he got too flat.”
Atkins and Niro 8, a thirteen year old Trakehner stallion, finished third in the $35,000 Prix de Lamplight last week at Equifest I.
Goldman was at Traverse City last week and came to Equifest with two big wins under her belt, the $2,500 1.40m Open Speed Class for Centurion B and the $10,000 Welcome Prix with Morocco. Goldman was first on Centurion B, a twelve year old Belgian Warmblood, and quickly set the pace in her usual fashion with a clean, fast time.

Lisa Goldman and Morocco placed second by fractions of a second. Photo by Andrew Ryback.

When she returned on Morocco, she knew she only had to go clean but says Morocco is naturally fast.
“I wasn’t planning on doing the harder inside turn with him but it just showed up,” said Goldman.
“I was actually really most pleased with my seven-year-old, (Rocs to Riches) who did her first Welcome today. She had the tough oxer eleven down but we just started her in the 1.40m and she was great.”
Rocs to Riches finished fifth and is a Roc USA baby like Morocco.
Competitors will now gear up for the $35,000 Prix de Lamplight, which takes place Saturday afternoon with VIP seating available.
Equifest II continues through August 3rd and is managed by Allen Rheinheimer. The week features a $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby and the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby along with a fantastic Derby Brunch.
Lamplight Equestrian Center has been host to a number of prestigious horseshows including the American Eventing Championships, The Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships and the U.S. Para-Equestrian National Championships in addition to countless first-class Hunter shows, Jumper shows, Eventing competitions, Dressage shows and Sporthorse Inspections.
Numerous facility improvements including GGT Footing, make Lamplight Equestrian Center Chicago’s premier horse show facility.
For more information on Lamplight Equestrian Center, contact Anna Margalef at 630-546-5576 or or visit the website For more results
$5,000 1.40m Welcome Class

            #       HORSE NAME           RIDER NAME       JF1   TF1     TIME 1    JF2    TIME 2

1      174      CENTURION B          LISA GOLDMAN        0       0       78.826     0        40.523
2      404      MOROCCO               LISA GOLDMAN        0       0        0.000      0        40.844
3      247      NIRO 8                    LIZ ATKINS              0       0        0.000      4        43.657
4      245      ESCONIAL                LIZ ATKINS              0       2        84.310
5      173      ROCS TO RICHES      LISA GOLDMAN        4       0        75.497
6      231      LEGOLAS                  THOMAS CERRA       4       0        77.710
7      41        SPITFIRE-W              KATHERINE DEWAR  4       0        79.087
8      384      S & L ELITE               DOROTHY DOUGLAS 4       0        80.864
9      248      UNDINE                    LIZ ATKINS               4       0        81.413
10    116      REPLIQUE                 KATIE LEVERICK        4       0        82.50

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