Madison Goetzmann of Skaneateles, NY, kept cool and calm under pressure to win the Masters Two Equo App Grand Prix 1.45m on Sunday at the Longines Masters of New York. From the original 26-horse starting field, exactly half managed to jump clear over the track set by course designer Frank Rothenberger and advance to the jump-off. Despite being 18 years of age, Goetzmann showed composure beyond her years to deliver the winning round in a time of 32.82 seconds riding Prestigious, her 12-year-old Westphalian gelding.
“He was incredible!” said Goetzmann of her partner of two years. “He has really been on top form. He hasn’t touched one rail all week. I think that’s one of the faster jump-offs I’ve done on him; he was so game for every inside turn and all the leave-outs and I really couldn’t be happier with him.”
Ireland’s Jonathan Corrigan came the closest to catching her time but was still more than two full seconds off the winning pace, clocking in at 34.94 to finish runner-up riding Loughnavatta Indigo. Lindsay Douglass of New York, NY, and Butterfly Tibri Z rounded out the top three with a time of 37.16 seconds.