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Safari and Tim Goguen Add Another Championship to Their Collection

Wellington, FL – March 9, 2007 – Professionals wrapped up their last division of the week this afternoon in the Grand Hunter Ring, and Safari and Tim Goguen had a successful outcome in the First Year Green Hunters, bringing home another championship. With only one week remaining in Wellington, riders are starting to count their points that will go toward circuit championship.

Safari, a five-year-old bay gelding owned by Janet Read, certainly has made his mark on the circuit this season, having surprised many by recently winning the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation Hunter Classic Spectacular of Palm Beach.

Goguen noted today that although they started Safari late in the season, he has been going extremely well and seems to be unaffected by the stress of frequent showing.

“He went great today, he really did,” he explained. As far as what sets Safari apart from others in the ring, Goguen said it has to do with the horse’s style. “He’s a real scopey horse and real slow off the ground. He’s got a lot of presence with those white legs. He has a great look and he’s a great jumper.” Goguen said that the horse’s next show destination will be in Lexington, Ky., this spring.

Reserve champions in the First Year Green Hunter division were Rob Bielefeld and Girl Scout.

In a new partnership, Lando and Cortwright Wetherill captured first place in Section “A” of the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search class, qualifying the pair for the R.W. ‘Ronnie’ Mutch Equitation Championship. This is only the second week that Wetherill has shown Lando, a 13-year-old Dutch gelding owned by Lauren Sturgis.

“Julie Welles did him two years ago and won the USET and the Washington,” Wetherill explained. “I leased him last week for nine months, and he’s pretty much the perfect horse. Last week, it was not so good, but I’ve had a couple of lessons with Missy (Clark). I was overriding him a little bit and pushing him at the jumps. He doesn’t really like that, and she taught me how to ride him.”

He noted that Lando was much better this week and “felt awesome.” In addition to the USEF Talent Search, the pair will also compete in the Washington International Horse Show Equitation class. Qualifying for the Ronnie Mutch class was a goal of Wetherill’s, which made today’s victory especially sweet. First place in Section “B” went to Maggie McAlary, who rides with Heritage Farm, on her own Mid-Accord.

Hunter competition will resume tomorrow in the Rost and Grand Hunter arenas, in addition to Rings 6 and 7. Championships that will be pinned tomorrow include Small Junior 16-17 Year Hunters and Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunters, sponsored by Kilkenny Insurance Agency.

PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Goguen and Safari. Photo ©2007 Randi Muster.

 

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