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Margie Goldstein-Engle notches 250 career wins with 2* Grand Prix victory in Traverse City

Monday, 24 June 2024
CSI2* Traverse City Horse Shows 2024

Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography. Margie Goldstein-Engle and JackOfHearts. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography.


Press release from Traverse City Horse Shows


Another high-point in an already storied career, USA’s Margie Goldstein-Engle won the $75,000 Molon Excavating CSI2* Grand Prix on Sunday at Traverse City Horse Shows to claim her 250th career victory. The 66-year-old Show Jumping Hall Of Fame rider concluded FEI action for the Traverse City Spring Series, presented by Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, taking the win in the irons of 12-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, JackOfHearts. 

USA’s Hilary McNerney and Brava (Balou Du Rouet x Graf Top), who won Spring II’s National Grand Prix, gave Engle a tight time to beat across the Anderson Lima (BRA) designed short track, keeping all the rails up in 37.81 seconds. Delaney Flynn (USA) and Namamia (Fantomas De Muze x Berlin) closed out the all-American podium on a clean time of 39.01 seconds. 

Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography. Hilary McNerney and Brava. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography.

Engle bested McNerney by less that a tenth of a second with JackofHearts (Heartbeat x Baloubet Du Rouet), emerging victorious after conquering the short course in a clear 37.73 seconds.

“Every win out here is special,” said Engle after her momentous win. “It’s always exciting [to win]. I don’t care whether it’s your first grand prix or your last grand prix, it’s special.”

Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography. Delaney Flynn and Namamia. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography.

Looking back on the horses she’s had throughout her career—and her assumed affinity for larger types like JackofHearts—Engle, said, “I’ve been on many different types of horses; everyone thinks I look for these big ones but I really don’t. I’ve been on horses that were almost a little bigger than ponies and done some of my biggest classes on them. Most of the other ones I’ve had since they were four or five years old so that’s special as well. This horse [JackOfHearts] is coming into his own so it’s really special to me how consistent he’s gotten.” 

Engle had a large field to beat with nine horse-and-rider combinations returning for the jump-off. “I didn’t watch too many. I knew the ones were very fast ahead of me and I had my plan with him,” said Engle. 

“He moved up to the second jump for me great and the leave-out to the fence three he got easily. He has a huge stride and he was very good back on the oxer because, again, the medium distance showed up. He doesn’t normally get flat. He gets so careful, then once I start galloping he’s like ‘okay I know I have to protect myself’ so he pretty much sets himself up.” 

Engle’s ease with JackOfHearts in the grand prix ring wasn’t always there, and didn’t come easily. Getting him as a young horse, Engle had the job of creating flexibility and rideability in the saddle. “The goal is trying to keep him comfortable because nothing moved a whole lot when we got him,” said Engle. “[Grand prix dressage rider] Lisa Wilcox has really helped me. He’s built a little bit like a giraffe so he has his head up here and he’s sitting in a valley. It’s hard for him to flat normally and do the dressage work but she’s done an amazing job.” 

Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography. Margie Goldstein-Engle and JackOfHearts are presented as winners of the $75,000 Molon Excavating CSI2* Grand Prix by Ashly and Olivia Grubb with Brian and Vivian Dreves. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography.

The Sunday afternoon crowd at Flintfields Horse Park cheered as Engle claimed her win; a true crowd favorite for equestrians and spectators of all ages. “It’s always nice to have the crowd behind you and it gives you that little bit of an extra edge to go for it and the crowd here is very supportive,” said Engle. 

International competition at Flintfields Horse Park returns with the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, presented B&D Builders, running for six weeks from July 3 through August 11.

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