Wednesday, May. 29, 2024

We’re Getting Off To A Great Start In Knokke

It’s really great to be back at a horse show. I went a little stir crazy just sitting around for three days [at the layover farm]. The show at Knokke [Belgium] is beautiful!

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It’s really great to be back at a horse show. I went a little stir crazy just sitting around for three days [at the layover farm]. The show at Knokke [Belgium] is beautiful!

There are a lot of Americans here. Madison Goetzmann won a 1.40-meter class yesterday, which was great to watch. There are some familiar faces here.

Everyone jogged great. I was double clean and pretty quick, so I was 11th out of 150 in the [1.40-meter CSI** class on Thursday]. It was the first day so I didn’t go too fast, just trying to be nice and clean. He jumped great.

My gray horse [Hindsight] was really good in the same class—he just had one rail in the triple down behind, but I think he was one of the quicker four-faulters.

Today was the 1.45-meter power and speed for Centurion and I just barely had the in of the triple combination down in the power phase. He jumped great—the horses feel really good.

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Centurion will get Saturday off and do the grand prix on Sunday. Hindsight will jump in the 1.45-meter ladies class tomorrow.


Centurion B and I checking out the ring at Knokke. 


Hindsgight (left) and Centurion B waiting for the jog.

Meet Lisa Goldman, who saw a lifelong dream come true when she was named to the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Development Tour this summer. Goldman, 26, works alongside her mother, Mary, at the family’s Red Coat Farm in Hawthorn Woods, Ill., and has worked her way up the grand prix ranks over the years.

Goldman will be taking her top grand prix horses, the U.S.-bred Centurion B and Hindsight. The horses left Chicago on June 27 for JFK airport (N.Y.) where they then flew to Amsterdam.  After landing in Amsterdam, the horses shipped to a layover farm in Brussels. 

The team—which includes Jamie Barge, Chloe Reid, Brittni Raflowitz, and Emily Short—shows July 6-10 in Knokke, Belgium then will spend the next two weeks preparing for the FEI Nations Cup in Sanmorin, Slovakia.  After the Nations Cup, the group will show one week in San Giovanni, Italy on July 28-31, before making the trek back home. Goldman will be blogging along the journey for Chronicle readers.

Lisa Goldman grew up riding ponies and off-the-track Thoroughbreds in the Chicago area as a junior rider and attended Baylor University, where she rode on the equestrian team, helping them ride to the 2012 NCEA national championship. Since graduating in 2012, Goldman has been a serious competitor in the grand prix ring. She and her mother, Mary, run Red Coat Farm in Hawthorn Woods, Ill., and Lisa specializes in developing young horses, especially U.S.-bred prospects.

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