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Lisa Goldman-Smolen Overcomes Back Surgery and Covid Lock Down to Ride to Top Honors

Updated: Feb 17, 2021

Lisa Goldman-Smolen and Nike earned the Showplus Protection Performance of the week during the Silver Oak Jumping Tournament. Photo Andrew Ryback Photography

Hawthorn Woods, IL – November 2, 2020 – Lisa Goldman-Smolen, known for fast jump off rides and developing successful junior jumper riders, hit the ground running once the horse shows reopened this summer. Goldman-Smolen had a second back surgery after the end of the Ocala circuit and used the Covid down-time to recover and reboot to come back as competitive as ever. Goldman-Smolen has chalked up $4 million in Lifetime Jumper Money won and has a string of junior jumper riders following in her footsteps.

Goldman-Smolen has a strong support team behind her from Kim Woodsum, who is the office manager and a big part of the schooling program, Sari Reid, who oversees the schooling program, breaks and starts the young horses while making sure the barn runs smoothly, to mom Mary Goldman, who basically can and does help with anything and everything, and her crew of junior riders who are always willing to put a foot in the stirrup to help. All hands were on deck with Covid-19 protocols in place, so horses and riders stayed fit and ready to show once the shows resumed.

Once horse shows resumed, Red Coat Farm headed to Hits Chicago at Lamplight, where they spent seven weeks, then on to Traverse City, Kentucky and Split Rock for some top ribbons and honors for Goldman-Smolen and her clients.

Barbara Disko's Ivaro N earned the Classic Champions Award of Distinction for seven-year olds. Photo Andrew Ryback Photography

Some of the season highlights for Goldman-Smolen included being the Showplus Protection Performance of the week on Nike at the Silver Oak Jumping Tournament in Traverse City. Goldman-Smolen also won a HITS $25,000 Grand Prix in Chicago aboard Nike and won the Welcome Stake on Sovereign at the Kentucky National. Goldman-Smolen’s newer mount, Ivaro N, owned by Barbara Disko, won the 7-year-old Classic Champions Award of Distinction at the young jumper championships in KentuckyGoldman-Smolen and Disko had only had the horse for about six weeks and the team just clicked to put in multiple clean rounds.

Red Coat Farm riders took over the top 3 spots in the 1.40m $7,500 Classic with Kyle Perkovich in 1st aboard Hit Me Vant Zorgvliet, Sarah Korenthal on Legacy B in 2nd and Maddi Cardelli took home 3rd on Baal Berith at HITS Lamplight.

Goldman-Smolen is a hands-on trainer and expects the same of her students. They clean tack, give baths, tack up their own horses and help out around the barn. There are extra horses to ride for students who spend time at the barn, many have multiple horses of their own to care for as well. 

Red Coat ridersRebecca Gutstein, Kate Cornell, and Steph Renguso

at Ledges Sporting Horses showing off their goods!

Red Coat Farm’s program begins from the beginners who come to the Red Coat School of Horsemanship, take lessons and lease horses to show at the local shows, and when they are ready, they move up to the National level shows. The advantage to riders having more than one horse, whether they are owned or leased or a combination of both, is they get more riding time in the saddle giving them more experience in a shorter period of time.  When they show more than one horse, riders get more time and experience in the show ring which leads them to success at the top levels of the sport. Goldman-Smolen has a positive approach to teaching and can demonstrate to her students how it should be done. She can also tell riders easily how to fix issues on their own horses, since she rides them as well and knows what the rider is feeling. 

Kate Cornell and Rossi Bianci with Lisa Goldman-Smolen in the winner's circle a Ledges.

Riders in the Red Coat Program get a well-rounded education from care of the horse to riding at National and FEI level shows. After an unusual but successful Covid show season, the team is looking forward to 2021 but celebrating the victories of 2020.

Lisa Goldman-Smolen and Rarity won the 1.35m Jumper Classic at Spring Spectacular III. Photo M4E.

More wins for Lisa Goldman-Smolen:


Won $5,000 1.35m Jumper Classic Spring Spectacular III- Rarity


Won $2,500 Open Welcome Equifest II - Rarity

2nd $10,000 Hits 1.35m Prix Equifest II – Bengtsson


2nd $10,000 Showplace Grand Prix – Lilly Pezy

2nd Jump for Kevin-  Ivaro N

Champion in 1.30m Jumpers


$75,000 Silver Oak Jumper Tournament 6th – Nike and 

Showplus Protection Performance of the week

Won $25,000 Hits Grand Prix Showplace Fall - Nike

Won $10,000 Hits 1.35m Prix Showplace Fall – Nike

Won $5,000 1.35m Classic Showplace Fall - Sovereign

Won Welcome Stake and another 1.40m class KY National - Sovereign

More Red Coat Farm Success:


  • Malanya Bownes- brought CM Gavi to his first horse show and successfully competed in puddle jumpers

  • Nicole Noland- competed her new 4-yr old around the jumpers

  • Elese Kirby- first horse show back since being at college and did the Jr Jumpers

HITS Chicago at Lamplight

  • Emma Gutstein won and placed well in several medals all through the summer

  • The Fitzpatrick twins also showed all summer and did very well in Children's hunters and some of the derbies

  • Addie Rohrbach showed all summer. Won a high Jr/am classic and bought a new 4-yr-old

  • Laura Laftnitzeggar moved up to Low Jr/Am this summer

  • Kate Boshold moved up to low Jr/Am this summer as well 

  • Ave Wineman placed in the IHJA Children's Medal final

  • Tori Stamato got to horse show with the group

  • Riley Malina was double clear in a Children's jumper classic 

  • Stef Shaw competed in High Jr Am's all summer

  • Bob Otis went to his first show on his new horse and did very well

  • Sarah Slaasted- Luck competed in Derbies and performance hunters

  • Madelyn Cardelli earned grand prix ribbons

  • Kyle Perkovich also rode to Grand Prix ribbons.

Traverse City Horse Show Aug 26-30

  • Rebecca Gutstein and Empty Spaces - Reserve Champion Children’s Jumpers.

won the $2500 Children’s Jumper Classic

3rd in the $2500 Children’s WIHJS/NAL Classic on Completely Nuts

  • Sydney Barnett and Hindsight won 1.05m jumper class.

Silver Oak Jumper Tournament at Traverse City Sept 2 – 6

  • Bengtsson VDL 3rd in 1.40m- Lisa Goldman-Smolen

  • Rebecca Gutstein and Empty Spaces 2nd in 1.20m

  • Stephanie Renguso and Nora B 2nd in $500 Adult Jumpers and

    • 5th in the NAL/WIHS Classic.

  • Sydney Barnett and Hindsight, Sumiko Fujihara and Filippa DL,  and Hilary Dossett and Rochidee collected numerous clear rounds and blue ribbons in the 1.0m Jumpers Blue Ribbon classes. 

  • Karlee Boshold and Virantos rode to second place in the Kevin Babington Benefit Classic with Rebecca Gutstein and empty spaces in 8th, Madelyn Cardelli and Chasinta in 12th.

HITS Chicago at Lamplight

Hits $25,000 Grand Prix - Sovereign 4th Lilly Pezy 5th Bengtsson VDL 8th

Kentucky National Sept. 13-20

  • Sovereign won the Welcome Stake and another 1.40m class

  • Ivaro N won 7-year-old Classic Champions Award of Distinction 

  • Also jumping double clear rounds in the 7-year-olds was Narcotique B owned by Kim Woodsum

  • Madelyn Cardelli and Chasinta won a 1.25m jumper class

  • Rebecca Gutstein and Empty Spaces won a 1.15m class

  • Hindsight with Sydney Barnett won a .80m class

  • Centurion B loves his new job jumping in the low children’s jumpers with Hilary Dossett.

There were so many victories it is hard to list them all. Congratulations to all Red Coat Farm Riders on a great show season and special thanks to everyone for their understanding and help during the pandemic shutdown and going forward into 2021.

For more information on horses for sale or lease, contact Lisa Goldman-Smolen.

Thank you to our sponsors!! #samshield #nutrenahorsefeed #finishlinehorseproducts #cwd #brookeledge #saddlersrow #rjclassics For more information visit the website at Red Coat Farm Gold Run Show Jumpers Located at Red Coat Farm 24675 West Gilmer Rd Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047 847-837-8000


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