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Red Coat Farm Taking Blues at HITS Chicago

Lisa Goldman-Smolen and Romeo B jumped to victory in the $24,500 Voltaire Grand Prix.

May 13, 2024 - St. Charles, IL - Spectators gathered at the Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Stadium at HITS Chicago in Wayne, Illinois, on Saturday, May 11, 2024, for the highlight of the first week of the Lamplight Spring Classic Series, the $24,500 Voltaire Grand Prix. Returning to her home turf, Lisa Goldman-Smolen of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, took home the blue ribbon with Romeo B, and also placed second aboard Narcotique B. Stephen Foran piloted Colour Your Day to the third-place prize.

“This is actually Romeo B’s first grand prix,” enthused Goldman-Smolen after her win. “He’s a good size. He’s not huge; he’s not small; he’s just perfect. He has great balance, a great canter, a natural jump, and he loves his job.”

The inviting first-round track was comprised of 12 obstacles that included a triple and double combination. Six duos jumped clear to advance to the tie-breaking jump-off, where Goldman-Smolen produced two quick and clear rounds with her mounts to claim the top two spots.

Goldman-Smolen expressed her excitement to be back at HITS Chicago, stating, “It feels good to, essentially, be back home. I love it here so much. The staff is wonderful and has been really making these showgrounds so beautiful.”

Jumper competition will continue on Sunday, May 12, 2024, with the $24,500 Horseflight Jumper Classic debuting as the day’s main event.

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Stephanie Renguso and Nora B Race Their Way to the Top of the $2,500 The League 1.15m Jumper Classic at HITS Chicago

Stephanie Renguso and Nora B.

On Sunday, May 12, 2024, HITS Chicago’s Classic Day was in full swing to conclude Lamplight Spring Classic I. In the $2,500 1.15m The League Jumper Classic, Stephanie Renguso earned the blue ribbon on her 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, Nora B (USA Aleria M).

Second place went to Priana Malhotra with VDL It’s Andiamo, a KWPN gelding by Andiamo Z. Rounding out the top three was Andrea Klinefelter with Loony Star De La Bastide, a Luxembourg Warmblood gelding by Landor S.

“Nora B was actually supposed to be a broodmare, but my trainer saw something more in her and asked if I wanted to give her a try, and I immediately fell in love with her,” explained Renguso. “She loves her job so much; she loves to jump, loves to show, and she truly is my heart horse.”

Renguso has had a long history with Lamplight Equestrian Center.

“I’ve been coming to Lamplight since I was a little kid,” she said. “The location is unbeatable. The rings and the footing are a favorite for the horses, and in the summer, the trees and flowers are breathtakingly beautiful.

"I’ve been riding with Red Coat Farm my whole life, and my parents rode with Mary Goldman before I was even born,” continued Renguso. “I want to thank the Goldmans for being the absolute best in my family’s riding journey.”


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