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Fifteen-year-old Hunter Holloway Hoping for her Shot at $500,000

March 12, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

OCALA, FL (March 5, 2013) – This weekend’s win in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix has Hunter Holloway, 15, of Topeka, Kansas seeing zeros and eagerly awaiting an appearance in the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final this fall in Saugerties, New York.

 

Holloway was one of 12 to return for second-round competition out of an original 38 starters. The course was designed by Timmy Hott of Cumming, Iowa, and utilized the all-new Outside Course at HITS Ocala.

 

Holloway, daughter of grand prix rider Brandie Holloway, piloted Hays Investment Corp.’s Bellini to the top scores in both rounds of this weekend’s hunter prix, earning an 88 and 89 for a combined score of 177. “Today’s course was straightforward, but the new ring with the bank keeps the courses fresh and fun to ride,” said Holloway.

 

©ESI Photography Hunter Holloway and Bellini kicked Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final qualifying into high gear this weekend with a win in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix at HITS Ocala.

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Hunter Holloway and Bellini kicked Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final qualifying into high gear this weekend with a win in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix at HITS Ocala.

 

Bellini and Holloway were partnered this past summer to show primarily in Junior Hunter divisions and collected six top-five ribbons last week, in addition to their blue in the Devoucoux Hunter Prix. “Bellini is very easy, very honest and a joy to ride. He was awesome today,” said Holloway of the seven-year-old Warmblood gelding. “If he hasn’t sold by September, he is most definitely the horse I would choose to ride in the Diamond Mills Final.”

 

Adrienne Marciano of Collegeville, Pennsylvania, try as she might to best Holloway, pocketed a pair of 86s for a combined score of 172, which was good enough for second place. She was aboard her own Grey Street. The top three was completed with Harold Chopping of Southern Pines, North Carolina and Caroline Russell Howe’s Caramo earning a 170.5.

 

©ESI Photography Hunter Holloway and Bellini collect top prizes after winning the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix at HITS Ocala.

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Hunter Holloway and Bellini collect top prizes after winning the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix at HITS Ocala.

 

Only fractions of a point decided fourth and fifth places. Meghan Flanagan of Atlanta, Georgia and her own O’Ryan finished fourth with a combined score of 169.25, and Nicole Lyvere of Lakewood, Colorado settled for fifth aboard her own Drumline with a 169.

 

Devoucoux, the makers of fine French saddles, will continue to present weekly hunter prix, which represent the only way for hunter riders to punch their ticket to the prestigious Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Final during HITS Championship Weekend in Saugerties this September.

 

$1,500 HITS Hunter Prix

Sophia Lothrop of Shelburne, Vermont has gone south this winter to qualify for the popular HITS $250,000 Hunter Prix Final and she found success with her own Castell this weekend. The pair rode to first place in the first of three remaining HITS Hunter Prix qualifiers in Ocala. Amy Zettler of Aldie, Virginia, who finished second in last year’s HITS Hunter Prix Final, finished in second place with her own Glad Rags this week.

 

©ESI Photography Sophia Lothrop and Castell on their way to a win in the $1,500 Hunter Prix at HITS Ocala.

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Sophia Lothrop and Castell on their way to a win in the $1,500 Hunter Prix at HITS Ocala.

 

Kristen Sameth of Lebanon, New Jersey was third aboard her own Vandrin and Erica Lipke of Hamburg, New York was fourth on Christine Hannon’s Knight Call. Eliza Month of Scarsdale, New York rounded out the top five in the irons of her own Duval.

 

©ESI Photography Sophia Lothrop and Castell are awarded winner’s honors after the $1,500 Hunter Prix at HITS Ocala.

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Sophia Lothrop and Castell are awarded winner’s honors after the $1,500 Hunter Prix at HITS Ocala.

 

About Devoucoux

Devoucoux, makers of fine French saddles, is proud to be the title sponsor of each and every qualifying Hunter Prix leading up to the phenomenal Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final. The Devoucoux Hunter Prix will be a featured event at all HITS horse shows this season as riders from around the country set out to qualify for the third-annual Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Final, which will take place September 7-8 at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York.

 

About Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern

Just 100 miles outside of New York City, nestled in the Village of Saugerties, Diamond Mills is a 30-room luxury hotel featuring stellar accommodations, fine-dining at The Tavern and full-service events at a state-of-the art Special Events Center. Diamond Mills is a proud member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the WorldTM, an unsurpassed collection of over 520 luxury hotels around the world. Saugerties’ newest luxury hotel is also the proud sponsor of the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final, which will take place at HITS-on-the-Hudson as part of the HITS Championship Weekend. For more information about Diamond Mills or the special VIP packages available to HITS-on-the-Hudson exhibitors, please visit DiamondMillsHotel.com or call 845.247.0700.

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One of 30 luxury rooms at the all-new Diamond Mills Hotel.

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About HITS, Inc.

HITS, Inc. produces high-quality, international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS has been producing shows since 1982 and is now a nationwide company with world-class circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia. In 2010, HITS took the industry to new heights when it hosted the first-ever Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix – now the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix. In 2011, HITS hosted the richest weekend in show jumping with the return of the Pfizer Million and the introduction of the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final. In 2012, the historic weekend got even sweeter with the addition of the HITS $250,000 HITS Hunter Prix Final. This year, HITS will host a second $1 million class with the AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Thermal.

 

For more information and a complete schedule of classes and events, visit www.HitsShows.com. Stay connected with HITS, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!

 

Media should contact the HITS Media Team at 845.246.8833 or e-mail Media_Info@HitsShows.com.

Jared Petersen and Titus 2:11 Make it Three in a Row to Dominate HITS Ocala

March 11, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

OCALA, FL (March 4, 2013) – Jared Petersen will likely never forget the 2013 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. He and Titus 2:11 won their third consecutive Sunday grand prix, and their fourth grand prix of the circuit in yesterday’s $50,000 Ring Power Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis. The 20-year-old rider from Archer, Florida is sitting on a relatively new mount with Titus 2:11, owned by his father Derek Petersen, and this season marks their first at grand prix-level competition together.

 

The Petersen family, while elated at the recent string of successes, is admittedly shocked at how things have played out so early in this duo’s career. “Don’t pinch me!” said Petersen’s father Derek after Sunday’s event. “We are blown away by how well this horse keeps jumping.”

 

Sunday’s course was designed by Dave Ballard of Tottenham, Ontario and saw five clear rounds advance for a jump-off that proved to be one of the more difficult tests presented at HITS Ocala this season.

 

©ESI Photography.  Jared Petersen and Titus 2:11 soared to another win on Sunday. The $50,000 Ring Power Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, was their fourth grand prix title in just two weeks and their third in a row.

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Jared Petersen and Titus 2:11 soared to another win on Sunday. The $50,000 Ring Power Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, was their fourth grand prix title in just two weeks and their third in a row.

 

First to return was Sulu Rose-Reed of Mechanicsville, Virginia and Envy, owned by Reed and Lisa Stripllin. Eight jumping faults on the field and a time of 37.01 seconds ultimately secured her the third-place ribbon.

 

Next to show was Petersen and Titus 2:11, who made it look easy with a beautiful ride over Ballard’s final test. A clear round set the Great American Time to Beat at 38.11 seconds.

 

“This horse has one of the biggest strides of any horse I have ever ridden and it makes him hard to beat in the jump-off,” said Petersen of Titus 2:11, a nine-year-old Holsteiner gelding.

 

Third to show was David Beisel of Goshen, Ohio and Ammeretto, owned by Equine Holdings LLC. Beisel was second to Petersen in Thursday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, and hoped to capitalize on his second chance at victory. Sixteen jumping faults in 44.67 seconds, however, put Beisel in fifth.

 

Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas and MTM Farm’s MTM Centano had two rails for eight faults in a time of 37.81 seconds, good enough for fourth. Fenney also earned the tenth place ribbon with her second mount, MTM Farm’s MTM Timon.

 

©ESI Photography.  Sam, Nicole and daughter Kate Love, joined Derek and Jared Petersen in the winner’s circle after Jared and Titus 2:11 captured the win in the $50,000 Ring Power Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis.

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Sam, Nicole and daughter Kate Love, joined Derek and Jared Petersen in the winner’s circle after Jared and Titus 2:11 captured the win in the $50,000 Ring Power Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis.

 

Last to show was Lisa Goldman, 23, of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois and her own Morocco. Goldman has made a name for herself with two grand prix victories already under her belt. She is known for being hard to beat in the jump-offs and was the perfect candidate to put Petersen’s win in jeopardy. But, a fall in the warm-up ring left Goldman a little shaken.

 

“It took me a couple minutes to get back up, but I knew I had to get back on and go for it,” said Goldman. She and Morocco were plenty fast, but a rail after the in-and-out combination came down to keep her from the win. She finished with eight faults and a time of 34.52 seconds for second place.

 

“I hurt my ankle in the fall, but I’ll be fine. I was definitely going for it when I got out there and I knew I was really fast from the start. I even slowed down after the first jump,” added Goldman. “I’m really happy for Jared, he’s having a great season.”

 

Goldman finished in the ribbons on three mounts yesterday, picking up the seventh aboard Mary Goldman’s Centurion B and ninth with Tammy McConnell’s Zacantos Z.

 

The road to HITS Championship Weekend continues through HITS Ocala this week as the winter winds down in the Horse Capital of the World. Major classes and Zoetis Million qualifying opportunities for high-performance riders in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix and $50,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix, both presented by Zoetis.

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About HITS, Inc.

HITS, Inc. produces high-quality, international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS has been producing shows since 1982 and is now a nationwide company with world-class circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia. In 2010, HITS took the industry to new heights when it hosted the first-ever Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix – now the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix. In 2011, HITS hosted the richest weekend in show jumping with the return of the Pfizer Million and the introduction of the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final. In 2012, the historic weekend got even sweeter with the addition of the HITS $250,000 HITS Hunter Prix Final. This year, HITS will host a second $1 million class with the AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Thermal.

 

For more information and a complete schedule of classes and events, visit www.HitsShows.com. Stay connected with HITS, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!

 

Media should contact the HITS Media Team at 845.246.8833 or e-mail Media_Info@HitsShows.com.

Red Coat Farm 1-2 in $15,000 Marshall & Sterling Insurance Child/Adult Jumper Classic

March 08, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Grace Knox rode to first aboard Rapidash in the $15,000 Marshall & Sterling Insurance Child/Adult Jumper Classic Saturday, while Nicole Loochtan and Dreaming Out Loud finished second, adding to the string of successes Red Coat Farm has seen thus far at HITS Ocala. Coupled with two grand prix wins by Lisa Goldman earlier in the season,Illinois trainer Mary Goldman is making quite the debut during her first winter in Florida.

Grace Knox and Rapidash ©ESI Photography

Grace Knox and Rapidash ©ESI Photography

Callan Solem Starts off Week IV at HITS Ocala with Two Top-Five Finishes in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

February 08, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

OCALA, FL (February 7, 2013) – Callan Solem admits that she feels at home at HITS Ocala and she staged quite the homecoming today when she rode Torlando Group’s VDL Torlando to a win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis. Solem of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania and VDL Torlando, of which she is part owner, topped 25 contenders over a course designed by Germany’s Olaf Petersen, Sr.

 

 

The course, which included 13 obstacles, utilized a triple combination at fence six and a double at 11. “Olaf [Petersen] Sr.’s courses are always very challenging, so I was prepared. It’s really important to always have control on the landing over his tracks and, overall, I was really pleased with how my horses performed,” said Solem, who was also fifth with her own VDL Wizard. “I always feel like I’m part of a family when I show at HITS and I’m really happy that I get to keep coming back here each winter.”

 

 

Petersen Sr. had five go clear in the first round – a perfect result for this level class at this point in the season, according to Solem. Joining her in the jump-off was Megan Wexler (Edrick) of Reddick, Florida with Cadence, owned by Procedures, Inc.; Adam Cramer of Pittstown, New Jersey on Equi-Sport, LLC’s Luke 54; and Lisa Goldman of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois aboard Mary Goldman’s Centurion B.

 

 

Solem and VDL Torlando were second to go in the first round and returned first for the jump-off, setting the eventual winning time at 38.35 seconds.

 

 

“I was lucky that Tracy Fenney didn’t jump off because she is terribly hard to beat with speed, but I knew that Lisa Goldman has seen a lot of success so far this year in Ocala, so my strategy was to really push it,” said Solem. “I was using a little more bridle than I usually do, so I was able to go faster and set up for the jumps quicker.”

 

 

With the cushion of one more horse in the wings, Solem laid all her cards on the table, which proved to be the right move when her trip went unbeaten.  “I am just crazy about this horse,” said Solem of the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion that she started riding in 2006. “He’s really the first horse that I can call my own and it’s nice to have one that you can spoil and show on your own terms.”

 

 

Wexler and Cadence were one of three double clear pairs and finished in second place with a time of 38.89 seconds – just fractions off Solem’s winning time. Cramer and Luke 54 were also double clear and posted a final time of 41.19 seconds for third.

 

 

After going two-for-two in a break-through performance in last week’s grand prix at HITS Ocala, Goldman and Centurion B were on their way to the blue when a rail at the last fence came down. They finished with four faults in a time of 37.48 seconds for fourth.

 

 

Solem and VDL Wizard rode to a time of 40.65 seconds, but picked up four faults to finish in fifth.

 

 

High-performance competition will return to the Grand Prix Ring Sunday when the EMO Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, offers $50,000 up for grabs. HITS Ocala will continue to offer two weekly grand prix events as riders take aim at qualifying for the coveted Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Championship Weekend this fall in Saugerties, New York.

 

©ESI Photography Callan Solem admits that Ocala is one of her favorite places to show and it showed today as she and VDL Torlando rode to a win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix to kick off Week IV. She topped 25 and was also fifth with VDL Wizard.

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Callan Solem admits that Ocala is one of her favorite places to show and it showed today as she and VDL Torlando rode to a win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix to kick off Week IV. She topped 25 and was also fifth with VDL Wizard.

 

©ESI Photography Callan Solem, aboard her fifth-place horse VDL Wizard, accepts winning honors for her ride on VDL Torlando in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Ocala.

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Callan Solem, aboard her fifth-place horse VDL Wizard, accepts winning honors for her ride on VDL Torlando in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Ocala.

 

$2500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome

Ragan Roberts of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania piloted Quipit Group’s Quipit L.F. to the top of the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome on Wednesday to start off Week IV at HITS Ocala. They topped 19 over a 1.40m course.

 

 

Santiago Medina was second with his own Monterrey, while David Tromp and Zidane Z, owned by David Trump Show Stables, Inc. finished in third. Mary Lisa Leffler was fourth with Paulexi, LLC’s Quastor Van De Helle Z and Kyle Timm rounded out the top five with Platinum, owned by Apex Equestrian Center.

 

©ESI Photography Ragan Roberts and Quipit L.F. started the week of at HITS Ocala with a win in the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome on Wednesday.

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Ragan Roberts and Quipit L.F. started the week of at HITS Ocala with a win in the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome on Wednesday.

 

 

©ESI Photography Ragan Roberts and Quipit L.F. are presented with top prizes after their win in the 2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome at HITS Ocala.

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Ragan Roberts and Quipit L.F. are presented with top prizes after their win in the 2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome at HITS Ocala.

 

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis

Place Horse                Owner                          Rider                   

Prize $

Rd 1 Faults

JO Faults

JO Time

1 VDL Torlando Torlando Group Callan Solem

$7,500

0

0

38.35

2 Cadence Procedures, Inc. Megan Wexler

$5,500

0

0

38.89

3 Luke 54 Equi-Sport, LLC Adam Cramer

$3,250

0

0

41.19

4 Centurion B Mary Goldman Lisa Goldman

$2,000

0

4

37.48

5 VDL Wizard Horseshoe Trail Farm, LLC Callan Solem

$1,500

0

4

40.65

6 MTM Centano MTM Farm Tracy Fenney

$1,250

4

7 Titus 2:11 Derek Petersen Jared Petersen

$1,000

4

8 MacArthur Christina Fried Michael Hughes

$750

4

9 Yolo Hays Investment Corp. Hunter Holloway

$750

4

10 Quastor Van De Hello Z Paulexi, LLC Mary Lisa Leffler

$500

4

11 Luxina Christina Fried Michael Hughes

$500

4

12 Campbell VDL Stateside Farm, LLC Candice King

$500

4

 

About HITS, Inc.
HITS, Inc. produces high-quality, international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS has been producing shows since 1982 and is now a nationwide company with world-class circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia. In 2010, HITS took the industry to new heights when it hosted the first-ever Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix – now the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix. In 2011, HITS hosted the richest weekend in show jumping with the return of the Pfizer Million and the introduction of the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final. In 2012, the historic weekend got even sweeter with the addition of the HITS $250,000 HITS Hunter Prix Final. This year, HITS will host a second $1 million class with the AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Thermal.

 
For more information and a complete schedule of classes and events, visit www.HitsShows.com. Stay connected with HITS, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!

Media should contact the HITS Media Team at 845.246.8833 or e-mail Media_Info@HitsShows.com.