Madison Goetzmann Wins Prestigious Masters Two Sam Edelman Grand Prix29 April 2018 - EEM World
In a thrilling finale to the Masters Two division at the inaugural Longines Masters of New York, 17-year-old Madison Goetzmann (USA) displayed talent well beyond her years to win the $35,000 Sam Edelman Grand Prix following a seven-horse jump-off. Riding Prestigious, her 11-year-old Westphalian gelding, Goetzmann of Skaneateles, NY, took every risk in the jump-off before galloping through the timers in 35.55 seconds. With 1984 World Cup champion Mario Deslauriers (CAN) last to go in the jump-off, the crowd was on the edge of its seat as the two-time Canadian Olympian gave it his best effort aboard Bardolina 2, a nine-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by Wishing Well Farm. It was close, but not close enough, as the pair stopped the clock in 35.70 seconds to finish runner-up. Megan McDermott (USA) rounded out the top three after incurring four faults in the jump-off in a time of 35.42 seconds.
“It’s amazing!” said Goetzmann of her Longines Masters debut. “I wasn't really sure what to expect but it's managed so perfectly, it’s a beautiful atmosphere, and the crowds are amazing. I'm really sad that it's over!”
With top results throughout the Masters Two division, including a win in Saturday’s Mark Cross Trophy riding Curo, Deslauriers, who resides in New York City, was crowned the Stephex Leading Rider. His reward was a one-year lease on a Stephex STX 2 horse van.