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Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc. Selected as the Honorary Rescue of the Washington International Horse Show

November 19, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

UPPER MARLBORO, Md., Nov. 1, 2013— Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc. was selected as the honorary rescue of the Washington International Horse Show, which took place October 22-26 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

 

Sidelines Magazine Intern Christina Alex's OTTB Junior

Sidelines Magazine Intern Christina Alex’s OTTB Junior

TPR was selected for this honor through A Home For Every Horse, a program through the Equine Network, which has partnered with the American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition to provide care and shelter to America’s horses. A Home For Every Horse program is sponsored by Purina, Zoetis, Absorbine, Cavallo, WeatherBeeta and Tractor Supply.

 

“We would like to thank A Home For Every Horse and their generous sponsors.  They help non-profits like ours continue the important work that is making a difference in the lives of these amazing animals,” said Kimberly Clark, founder of TPR, which works to retrain and find qualified homes for retired Thoroughbreds, as well as to educate owners, trainers and the general public about the value of retired racehorses as show and pleasure horses.

 

TPR takes in an average of 35 horses annually.  In addition to boarding, each horse receives basic care, including vaccinations, coggins, blacksmith and dental care.

The horses are retrained over a 90-day period.  Although all of the training and riding time is donated by Leighton Farm, the home of TPR, the cost of the 90-day retraining program is approximately $2,120 per horse.  Upon completion of the retraining, horses are adopted by qualified homes and the adoption fees are placed back into the program.

 

“We are grateful to A Home For Every Horse, which has provided us with free feed coupons from Purina,” said Clark.

 

Clark went on to express her gratitude for TPR being recognized at the

 

Washington International Horse Show, the country’s foremost indoor metropolitan indoor horse show.

 

The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) has been a leading equestrian

event for the past 55 years, according to their Web site.  The WIHS features events such as show jumping, dressage, hunter and equitation competition, as well as a Kids’ Day, Barn Night, special exhibits and shopping and attracts horses and riders from around the world. (www.wihs.org)

 

According to their Web site, WIHS is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and is proud to support and partner with local, military and national charities.

 

For more information about WIHS, visit www.wihs.org.

 

For more information about A Home For Every Horse, visit www.equisearch.com/a-home-for-every-horse/

 

TPR is a 501(c)(3) charity which exists to improve the lives of Thoroughbred racehorses through a comprehensive, multifaceted approach.  TPR successfully transitions and retrains racehorses for other disciplines and strives to improve the

reputation of the Thoroughbred by providing education and support.

 

For more information, please contact Terri Hirschmann and Kerrie-Anne Sparks at news@goodhorse.org or call 410-703-2657.

 

Third Time is a Charm for Todd Minikus and Quality Girl

June 09, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

SAUGERTIES, NY (June 1, 2013) – After two in-the-money finishes last week at HITS Saugerties, Todd Minikus and Quality Girl kicked off Week II grand prix action by topping a ten-horse jump-off in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis.

 

Minikus won the Week I $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome at HITS Saugerties and picked up sixth and eighth-place ribbons in last week’s grand prix classes, but his spring circuit reached its pinnacle on Friday when he cashed a $7,500 check.

 

“She has really matured a lot over the winter,” said Minikus of Quality Girl, a ten-year-old Oldenburg mare by Quidam’s Rubin x Dobrock. He admits that she started off very green with little hope of making it to the grand prix ring. Her doubters were proved wrong, however, and the young mare has collected her share of successes in recent months. “She has been performing fantastic and between Purina, Vita Flex and Charles Owen, she has what she needs to keep us in the winner’s circle.”

 

Martin Otto of Muenster, Germany set Friday’s course, which included 12 obstacle and 16 jumping efforts with a double and triple combination. Faults were spread throughout the track, but ten riders, of an original 28, were clean to advance to the short course.

 

Margie Engle of Wellington, Florida piloted two mounts and returned first in the jump-off with Elm Rock, LLC’s Cabras. She and the nine riders behind her faced a seven-obstacle course, which include the 5ab double combination from the original course. True to form, the pair was clean and set the Great American Time To Beat at 41.29 seconds.

 

Three trips later, Minikus entered with Quality Girl and it was clear they had one goal – speed. They turned and burned to a clear ride in 34.78 seconds. Their time stood unscathed for the remaining five rounds and was nearly five seconds ahead of second place at the conclusion of the class.

 

©ESI Photography Todd Minikus and Quality Girl jumping their way to a win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Saugerties.

©ESI Photography
Todd Minikus and Quality Girl jumping their way to a win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Saugerties.

“She is such a sweet mare, but extremely aware of everything going on around her,” Minikus said of Quality Girl. “She has a lot of blood and she was fantastic today – we have some good things ahead of us I think.”

 

Engle was double clear on both of her rides and picked up second place with Elm Rock, LLC’s Celena Z. Their time on the short course was 39.35 seconds. She and Cabras ended in fourth.

 

Third place went to James North of New York, New York on Fair Play Farm’s The Man To See. North and The Man To See rode in the middle of the jump-off order and posted 40.72 seconds on the clock. Heather Caristo-Williams of Saugerties, New York finished in fifth aboard Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Carsito’s Evening Star. They rode to a final time of 41.90 seconds.

 

The five remaining riders in the jump-off had rails and all ended with four faults.

 

Grand prix competition will return to the Strongid© C 2X Grand Prix Stadium on Sunday with the $75,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis. With a serious spike in prize money, riders will look to pocket qualifying leverage for the fast-approaching Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix of HITS Championship Weekend. Once eligible, the start order for the prestigious event will be determined by a rider’s money won on their leading grand prix mount. Keep tabs on all Zoetis Million qualifying action at HITShows.com.

 

©ESI Photography Lindsay Yandon and Chris Mayone of HITS present first-place honors to Todd Minikus and Quality Girl after the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis. Awards included a $200 gift certificate for an Éce Equestrian Co. shirts, offering the perfect marriage of style and athletic functionality. Éce Equestrian Co. shirts provide comfort in extreme heat, elasticity without losing form, are machine washable and quick-drying, versatile for any athletic sport and for everyday life, and are made in the USA.

©ESI Photography
Lindsay Yandon and Chris Mayone of HITS present first-place honors to Todd Minikus and Quality Girl after the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis. Awards included a $200 gift certificate for an Éce Equestrian Co. shirts, offering the perfect marriage of style and athletic functionality. Éce Equestrian Co. shirts provide comfort in extreme heat, elasticity without losing form, are machine washable and quick-drying, versatile for any athletic sport and for everyday life, and are made in the USA.

 

$10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome

Henrik Gundersen and his own Ahaveros won Wednesday’s $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome to get Week II at HITS Saugerties underway. Gundersen of Wellington, Florida and his eight-year-old bay gelding topped 33 contenders over the 1.40m course.

 

Mattias Tromp of North Salem, New York picked up second aboard Beyaert Farm, Inc.’s Zalicia and Michael Dorman of Wellington, Florida was third with Valinski S, who he owns with Wyndmont, Inc. Michael Desiderio of Chester, New Jersey rode to fourth on Tranquillity Farm’s High Eight, and Peter Wylde of Lake Worth, Florida capped the top five in the irons of Societe Civile de L’Ecurie Meautry’s Ak’s Clowney.

 

Brook Ledge Horse Transportation presents weekly jumper classes at HITS Saugerties. Aside from the winner’s purse, Brook Ledge Open Jumper riders also compete for the Brook Ledge Rider Bonus. The award, given at the conclusion of the circuit, includes a $1,500 shipping credit for the rider who

 

©ESI Photography  Henrik Gundersen and Ahaveros kick off Week II at HITS Saugerties with a win in the $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome.

©ESI Photography
Henrik Gundersen and Ahaveros kick off Week II at HITS Saugerties with a win in the $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome.

 

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis

Place; Horse; Owner; Rider; Prize $; Rd 1 Faults; JO Faults; JO Time 

1 Quality Girl Todd Minikus, Ltd. Todd Minikus $7,500 0 0 34.78

2 Celena Z Elm Rock, LLC Margie Engle $5,500 0 0 39.35

3 The Man To See Fair Play Farm James North $3,250 0 0 40.72

4 Cabras Elm Rock, LLC Margie Engle $2,000 0 0 41.29

5 Evening Star Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Caristo Heather Caristo-Williams $1,500 0 0 41.90

6 Capall Zidane Ronan McGuigan Ronan McGuigan $1,250 0 4 37.78

7 Casey Beyaert Farm, Inc. Mattias Tromp $1,000 0 4 38.02

8 Valentino Mavis Spencer Darragh Kenny $750 0 4 39.21

9 High Eight Tranquillity Farm Michael Desiderio $750 0 4 43.81

10 Rancine Von Het Gravenhof Dagny Mactaggart Judy Garofalo Torres $500 0 4 41.06

11 KT Undercover Michael Kirby Michael Kirby $500 – 1 –

12 Quivola Trade Winds Farm Agatha D’Ambra $500 – 3 –

 

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 hosted a second $1 million class with the AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Thermal and announced the first-ever Triple Crown of Show Jumping with the addition of the Ocala $1 Million Grand Prix in 2014.
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.

 

2013 Horse Show Dates

HITS Desert Circuit
Thermal, CA
January 22 – March 17, 2013

HITS Ocala Winter Circuit 
Ocala, FL
January 16 – March 17, 2013

HITS Arizona Winter Circuit
Tucson, AZ
January 30 – March 10, 2013

HITS Culpeper Show Series
Culpeper, VA
April / July / August / September

HITS Saugerties Show Series
Saugerties, NY
May-June / July-August / September

HITS Championship Weekend
Saugerties, NY
September 6-8, 2013

Peter Wylde Makes Ann Dotoli Proud at HITS Saugerties

June 09, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

SAUGERTIES, NY (June 3, 2013) –  Before a fourth-place finish in Sunday’s $75,000 Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, Peter Wylde piloted Ann Dotoli’s Eternity to the blue in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix on Saturday at HITS Saugerties. Wylde, of Lake Worth, Florida, switched hypothetical gears and rode Eternity to a pair of 88s for the hunter prix win.

“I was lucky to be able to do this on such a great horse. My dear friend Ann Dotoli let me ride her and she is such a fantastic jumper,” said Wylde. “Both rounds were super.”

 

Eternity, a nine-year-old Belgian-bred Warmblood, is currently in her first year of hunter competition and is wasting no time in going straight to the top. Dotoli imported the mare from Belgium in January. “Ann thought the horse looked like a good prospect and she was certainly right,” said Wylde.

 

This weekend’s Devoucoux Hunter Prix used the elements of the popular and newly-designed Outside Course, which was installed last year to add dynamic course options to the hunter prix classes. Horses navigated hills, banks and some unique lines thanks to the design of the course built by Rian Beals of Saugerties, New York.

 

Wylde and Eternity topped a field of 39 and boasted the leading scores in both rounds. “Horses with as much quality as Eternity are rare, so I think she has big things ahead of her,” concluded Wylde. “She is a special animal.” With Saturday’s win, one big thing Eternity may be pointed toward is the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final of HITS Championship Weekend this fall.

Qualifying for the year-end event is well underway and standings are available at HitsShows.com.

 

©ESI Photography Peter Wylde and Eternity on their way to the blue in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix this weekend at HITS Saugerties.

©ESI Photography
Peter Wylde and Eternity on their way to the blue in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix this weekend at HITS Saugerties.

 

Kelly Wilson of Gladestone, New Jersey pocketed an 87 in the irons of Matthew Degrande’s Silvester in round one. They returned to score an 85 and finish second. Tallying the second-highest score of the first round, Santa Maspane of Eden, New York rode Kathryn Haefner, LLC’s Columbus to an 87.5 and returned to pick up an 85, which landed them in third overall.

 

Wilson also rode her own Star Street to fourth with scores of 86.5 and 85. Fifth went to Lexi Seldorff of Farmington, Connecticut on Stone Horse Farm, LLC’s Zilver Star with scores of 86 and 83.

 

©ESI Photography Lindsay Yandon of HITS presents Peter Wylde and Eternity with top honors after the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix. Awards included a $200 gift certificate for the Le Fash show shirting and polo shirting collections. Le Fash is the first-ever cross over clothing brand suitable for equestrian competition and the fashion forward. They fill the void between standardized riding attire and high end equestrian inspired sportswear by creating one product line that can cross seamlessly into both markets. For more information on Le Fash and their products, visit www.lefashny.com.

©ESI Photography
Lindsay Yandon of HITS presents Peter Wylde and Eternity with top honors after the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix. Awards included a $200 gift certificate for the Le Fash show shirting and polo shirting collections. Le Fash is the first-ever cross over clothing brand suitable for equestrian competition and the fashion forward. They fill the void between standardized riding attire and high end equestrian inspired sportswear by creating one product line that can cross seamlessly into both markets. For more information on Le Fash and their products, visit www.lefashny.com.

 

$1,500 HITS Hunter Prix
Anna Pavlov placed in the money twice in the $1,500 HITS Hunter Prix over the weekend. In an effort to guarantee an appearance in the coveted HITS $250,000 Hunter Prix Final in September, she piloted Jan Golash’s Seymour to the win and also picked up sixth-place honors on her own Adelante.

To stay on top of HITS Hunter Prix qualifying standings, visit HITSShows.com.

 

Under the direction of trainer Shane Powell, Pavlov of Pound Ridge, New York rode Seymour to the top score of 83 in the first round. She returned in the second round with an 82.5 and the win.

 

Brendan Weiss of Southampton, Pennsylvania rode Kathy Weiss’ Piedmont to a pair of 82s and finished second. Tess Mahoney of Southhampton, New York and Twin Oaks Stables, Inc.’s Eye Spy earned a 75.5 in the first round and topped the second round with an 84 for third.

 

Rounding out the top five was Emily Keefe of Dover, Massachusetts on her own Boeing in fourth and Lena Rae Reeb of Weston, Connecticut aboard Jamie Ringel’s Private Ryan in fifth. Keefe pocketed an 80 and a 76.5, while Reeb earned a 76 and a 78, respectively.

 

RRiders in both the Devoucoux and HITS Hunter Prix with their sights set on qualifying for the Diamond Mills and HITS Hunter Prix Finals will have weekly opportunities to earn points as the HITS Saugerties season continues. Both finals will return to HITS Championship Weekend and highlight hunters during the world’s richest weekend in show jumping this September.

©ESI Photography Anna Pavlov and Seymour on their way to a win in the $1,500 HITS Hunter Prix this weekend at HITS Saugerties. Pavlov has high hopes to qualify for the HITS $250,000 Hunter Prix Final as part of Championship Weekend this fall. For her win, Pavlov also received a $200 gift certificate for the Le Fash show shirting and polo shirting collections.

©ESI Photography
Anna Pavlov and Seymour on their way to a win in the $1,500 HITS Hunter Prix this weekend at HITS Saugerties. Pavlov has high hopes to qualify for the HITS $250,000 Hunter Prix Final as part of Championship Weekend this fall. For her win, Pavlov also received a $200 gift certificate for the Le Fash show shirting and polo shirting collections.

 

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.

©Michael Nelson Photography. One of 30 luxury rooms at the all-new Diamond Mills Hotel.

©Michael Nelson Photography.
One of 30 luxury rooms at the all-new Diamond Mills Hotel.

 

 

$5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix 

Place; Horse; Owner; Rider; Prize $

1 Eternity Ann Dotoli Peter Wylde $1,500

2 Silvester Matthew Degrande Kelly Wilson $1,000

3 Columbus Kathryn Haefner, LLC Santa Maspane $700

4 Star Street Kelly Wilson Kelly Wilson $500

5 Zilver Star Stone Horse Farm, LLC Lexi Selldorff $400

6 Bentley Kathryn Haefner, LLC Kathryn Haefner $350

7 Third Day Kenneth Stovel Sarah Lane $300

8 Poker Face Harris Hill Farm, LLC Jennifer Bliss $250

 

$1,500 HITS Hunter Prix

Place; Horse; Owner; Rider; Prize $ 

1 Seymour Jan Golash Anna Pavlov $450

2 Piedmont Kathy Weiss Brendan Weiss $300

3 Eye Spy Twin Oaks Stables, Inc. Tess Mahoney $210

4 Boeing Emily Keefe Emily Keefe $135

5 Private Ryan Jamie Ringel Lena Rae Reeb $112

6 Adelante Anna Pavlov Anna Pavlov $105

7 Absolut Bliss Stephanie Dixon Stephanie Dixon $97

8 Asante’ Dudley Mac Farlane Dudley Mac Farlane $90

 

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.

 

2013 Horse Show Dates

HITS Desert Circuit
Thermal, CA
January 22 – March 17, 2013

HITS Ocala Winter Circuit 
Ocala, FL
January 16 – March 17, 2013

HITS Arizona Winter Circuit
Tucson, AZ
January 30 – March 10, 2013

HITS Culpeper Show Series
Culpeper, VA
April / July / August / September

HITS Saugerties Show Series
Saugerties, NY
May-June / July-August / September

HITS Championship Weekend
Saugerties, NY
September 6-8, 2013

Agatha D’Ambra and Udiana Cash in at HITS Saugerties

June 07, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

SAUGERTIES, NY (June 3, 2013) – Agatha D’Ambra couldn’t wipe an excited smile off her face Sunday as she waited patiently to take a victory gallop aboard Trade Winds Farm’s Udiana. The Rexford, New York professional and her 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare jumped to a $22,500 payday in the $75,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Saugerties this weekend.

 

“She’s a show horse through and through – she’s competitive and fiery. – She fights really hard to win and she was electrified today,” said D’Ambra of the mare she affectionately calls Udy around the barn. Agatha and Udiana have been partnered in the show ring for just over a year and this weekend marked the second-ever grand prix win for both of them.

 

Martin Otto of Muenster, Germany designed a technical track where striding and a steady stream of broken lines put an end to more than half the field’s attempts at clear rounds. Difficult, but fair, according to D’Ambra, Otto’s course produced four clean rounds.

 

“Overall, it was a great course – it was very technical and there were a lot of options,” said D’Ambra. “I had a plan, but I definitely didn’t stick to it once I saw all the variations in striding and approaches. It’s a little difficult for her [Udiana] because she doesn’t have the biggest stride in the world, but she is very forward, so I had to decide whether I was going to go for the leave out, or add and be a little patient.”

 

Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, Florida wasted no time in proving that the first-round course was rideable. As the first go of the day, Minikus and his own Quality Girl posted a clear ride within the time allowed and looked to make it two-in-a-row during Week II of HITS Saugerties. The duo won Friday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis. Five trips later, D’Ambra and Udiana guaranteed a jump-off. They were later joined by Patty Stovel of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania on her own Carigor Z and Peter Wylde of Lake Worth, Florida in the irons of Societe Civile de L’Ecurie Meautry’s AK’s Clowney.

 

Minikus returned first in the jump-off and had every eye in the Strongid© C 2X Grand Prix Stadium on him has he crossed the timers in a blistering 42.99 seconds. His excitement was short-lived, however, when a glance back over his shoulder revealed the back rail of the final oxer had come down.

 

D’Ambra returned next with one goal – to make it or break it. “Honestly, there were only four, so I knew I just had to go for it, and I did. She [Udiana] was amazing, she was so fast. She was turning tight, she was looking for the next jump every time and she was just on it.”

 

Udiana left her short-strided reputation behind after the first fence of the jump-off. The line from the first fence to the second begged for a forward gallop and, according to D’Ambra, Udiana opened her stride four more feet and flew. They finished the jump-off course clear in 44.04 seconds.

 

Stovel and Carigor Z were clear, but just over two seconds slow for the lead, finishing with a time of 46.52 seconds. Wylde and AK’s Clowney had a rail at the vertical at fence six to pick up four faults in a time of 47.11 seconds.

 

Stovel ended in second, Minikus third and Wylde fourth. While two time faults kept them from the jump-off, Jimmy Torano of SW Ranches, Florida and Marley Goodman’s Blue Sky Van de Olmenhoeve capped the top five.

 

The final week of spring competition at HITS Saugerties begins Wednesday and will welcome high-performance riders to the Strongid© C 2X Grand Prix Stadium for the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix on Friday and the $100,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand  Prix on Sunday. Both events are presented by Zoetis. Riders will have two more chances to log qualifiers on the road to the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix before HITS Saugerties competition takes a brief hiatus and returns July 17-August 4 for three more weeks of summer competition. Once eligible, the start order for the prestigious event will be determined by a rider’s money won on their leading grand prix mount. Keep tabs on all Zoetis Million qualifying action at HITShows.com.

©ESI Photography Agatha D’Ambra and Udiana jumping their way to a win in the $75,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Saugerties this weekend.

©ESI Photography
Agatha D’Ambra and Udiana jumping their way to a win in the $75,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Saugerties this weekend.

 

©ESI Photography Tony Hitchcock and Flora Veitch of HITS present top honors to Agatha D’Ambra and Udiana after the $75,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis.

©ESI Photography
Tony Hitchcock and Flora Veitch of HITS present top honors to Agatha D’Ambra and Udiana after the $75,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis.

$5,000 Pyranha NAL Low Junior Jumper Classic

Ali Tritschler of Southport, Connecticut and Norfield Stables, LLC’s Velinta Palo Blanco topped Junior Jumper competition at HITS Saugerties over the weekend. Tritschler and Velinta Palo Blanco rode to the blue in Sunday’s 1.35m $5,000 Pyranha NAL Junior Jumper Classic Low.

 

Helena Le Picart of New York, New York and her own Bon Vivant were second and Lucy Deslauriers of New York, New York rode Lisa Deslauriers’ Hester to the third spot. Lauren Fischer of Bedford Hills, New York and her own Norton De La Sapaie were fourth, while Brianne Link of East Islip, New York and her own Zycarla Z capped the top five.

 

©ESI Photography Ali Tritschler and Velinta Palo Blanca on their way to a win in the $5,000 Pyranha NAL Junior Jumper Low Classic.

©ESI Photography
Ali Tritschler and Velinta Palo Blanca on their way to a win in the $5,000 Pyranha NAL Junior Jumper Low Classic.

 

$75,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis

Place; Horse; Owner; Rider; Prize $;Rd 1 Faults; JO Faults ;JO Time 

1 Udiana Trade Winds Farm Agatha D’Ambra $22,500 0 0 44.04

2 Carigor Z Patty Stovel Patty Stovel $16,500 0 0 46.52

3 Quality Girl Todd Minikus, Ltd. Todd Minikus $9,750 4 0 42.99

4 Ak’s Clowney Societe Civile de L’Ecurie Meautry Peter Wylde $6,000 4 0 47.11

5 Blue Sky Van de Olmenhoeve Marley Goodman Jimmy Torano $4,500 2 – –

6 Evening Star Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Caristo Heather Caristo-Williams $3,750 4 – –

7 Olympic De Chamant Sagamore Farm Jonathan Corrigan $3,000 4 – –

8 Indigo Garber, Griese, hidden Creek & Gladewinds Margie Engle $2,250 4 – –

9 Pumped Up Kicks Chansonette Farm, LLC Lillie Keenan $2,250 4 – –

10 Valentino Mavis Spencer Darragh Kenny $1,500 8 – –

11 VDL Dogan Bellissimo, LLC Candice King $1,500 8 – –

12 Casey Bayaert Farm, Inc. Mattias Tromp $1,500 8 – –

 

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 hosted a second $1 million class with the AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Thermal and announced the first-ever Triple Crown of Show Jumping with the addition of the Ocala $1 Million Grand Prix in 2014.
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.

 

 

2013 Horse Show Dates

HITS Desert Circuit
Thermal, CA
January 22 – March 17, 2013

HITS Ocala Winter Circuit 
Ocala, FL
January 16 – March 17, 2013

HITS Arizona Winter Circuit
Tucson, AZ
January 30 – March 10, 2013

HITS Culpeper Show Series
Culpeper, VA
April / July / August / September

HITS Saugerties Show Series
Saugerties, NY
May-June / July-August / September

HITS Championship Weekend
Saugerties, NY
September 6-8, 2013

 

 

Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Malou Top an Impressive Jump-Off to Win the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, Presented by Zoetis

March 10, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

THERMAL, CA (March 4, 2013) – The $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, won’t be easily forgotten. Fifty-five top horse-and-rider combinations took to Brazilian course designer Marina Azevedo’s course Sunday afternoon and 10 of the most competitive made it to one of the most exciting jump-offs yet this season, with the top four having less than a second to differentiate their time.

 

It was Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum of Germany who could not be stopped in her quest to be the best. Riding Octavia Farms’ Malou, Michaels-Beerbaum blazed to victory with two clear rounds and a jump-off time of 39.23 seconds.

 

The win was all the more sweet in that last week, the pair came within striking distance of blue, placing second in the $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis. Susan Artes of South Pasadena, California, came in second with Zamiro, owned by Alix Fargo, with a time of 39.46 seconds and Oregin’s Rich Fellers’ posted a time of 39.62 seconds on Flexible for third. Fourth-placed Ashlee Bond of Hidden Hills, California, had a time of 39.93 seconds with Cadett 7, and Saer Coulter and Don VHP Z finished fifth with no faults in a time of 45.82 seconds.

 

“I was pleased to have my young horse beat a fast horse like Flexible in the jump-off, it was a very big step up for her,” Michaels-Beerbaum said of Malou, the nine-year-old KWPN mare.

 

©Flying Horse Photography After riding to second in last week’s Sunday grand prix, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Malou found their way to the top spot in yesterday’s $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Thermal.

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After riding to second in last week’s Sunday grand prix, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Malou found their way to the top spot in yesterday’s $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Thermal.

 

Malou has a long stride, “and there was a really short rollback turn and those are always hard on big-strided horses,” but the mare rose to the occasion. “I think she’s going to be a top grand prix horse. She’s very careful and learning to be fast in the jump-offs, too,” Michaels-Beerbaum said.

 

Rails were scattered evenly throughout the main course, with jump six – an oxer leading into a rollback to the Liverpool – and jump nine – a narrow vertical right before the triple combination – winnowing out a fair share of the first round hopefuls.

 

The only starter who made it to the jump-off with two horses, Michaels-Beerbaum was the first in on Bella Donna, owned by Michaels-Beerbaum and EOS Sport, but the duo had two rails down and ultimately landed seventh.

 

Second in, Simon Nizri of Mexico, and Club Hipico La Silla’s Chela L-S also scattered rails and had one time fault, placing tenth.

 

It was the third pair in for the jump-off, Bond and Cadett 7, that were the first to go clear, setting the Great American Time to Beat. Lane Clarke of Laguna Niguel, California, riding Granville Equine’s Casseur de Prix, went next, and also had a rail, riding to sixth.

 

©Flying Horse Photography Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Malou are presented with top prizes after winning the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Thermal.

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Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Malou are presented with top prizes after winning the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Thermal.

 

Up next, Michaels-Beerbaum on her second ride, Malou, raised the bar for the four to follow. With Egypt’s Nayel Nassar collecting eight faults on the next ride, it looked like she might remain at the top.

 

Then came Artes, followed by Fellers, with two very fast trips that thrilled the audience, but left Michaels-Beerbaum’s lead intact. “The course was not super big, but it was technical enough,” said Artes. “Going toward the middle of the class I got to watch some of the horses go. Zamiro has such a big stride, I decided to leave strides out in the first and the last line, and that worked for me.” Artes has been riding the nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood since he was five and scored second in a Level 8 class earlier in the week. “We won a Level 8 last year, but this is his first grand prix win on the Desert Circuit,” Artes noted.

 

Heading into week VI of the Desert Circuit, the riders’ top grand prix placings are having an impact on the AIG Thermal $1 Million Preliminary Rider Standings and the big event that will cap the Desert Circuit on the last day of Week VII, March 17, is tantalizingly within sight.

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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.

Fellers and Flexible Back on Top, Win the $25,000 Smartpak Grand Prix, Presented by Zoetis

March 09, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

THERMAL, CA (March 2, 2013) – Fifty-three horse-and-rider combinations took the field, but it was the reigning World Cup winners who ruled the day Friday, when Rich Fellers and Flexible rode to victory in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis.

 

The rider from Wilsonville, Oregon and the chestnut stallion owned by Harry and Mollie Chapman, laid down a pair of sizzling rounds, although they were chased to the finish by Lane Clarke of Laguna Niguel, California and Horsemanship Unlimited’s Kiss the Sky, who finished second. Germany’s Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Windward Farm’s Unbelievable 5 placed third.

 

“He’s coming back into the zone,” said Fellers of Flexible, who finished in the money for all three HITS Desert Circuit CSI-W2* World Cup qualifier grand prix last month, scoring as high as third.

 

©Flying Horse Photography Rich Fellers and Flexible rode to the winner’s circle over an impressive field this weekend to collect first-place honors in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Thermal.

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Rich Fellers and Flexible rode to the winner’s circle over an impressive field this weekend to collect first-place honors in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Thermal.

The duo presented one blazing round after another on a course well-suited to Flexible’s ability to shave time off the turns, turning in six strides where others were putting in eight. Brazilian designer Marina Azevedo’s track of 13 obstacles and 16 jumping efforts was set at up to 1.50m. It included three twisting loops, which was just technical enough to make, “Oh! Just that one rail,” a recurring theme from the announcer’s booth. Seventeen finished the first round with a single knock-down and eleven were clear.

 

In all, eleven combinations returned for the jump-off, including Tomba Mercedes Benz and Calavda, ridden by their owner Eduardo Menezes, who lives in Carlsbad, California, but rides for Brazil. Menezes was one of two jump-off riders to return on multiple horses; the other was Mexico’s John Perez, riding Zeidler Farm Canada, LTD’s Ranville and his own Utopia.

 

Menezes, who is sponsored by Mercedes Benz of Mexico, is known to be quite a speed demon. As the first in the ring for the jump-off, he established a formidable Great American Time to Beat of 35.65 seconds against a time-allowed of 45. He was followed by Perez on Ranville, who went clear, but was about a single second slower at 36.51, good for fourth.

 

Fellers and Flexible went next and when they broke the beam at 32.91 seconds, the audience was breathless. Clarke and Kiss the Sky, however, came close to catching them. With the clock at 33 seconds as they cleared the final jump the crowd let out a collective shriek, but it would be fractions of a second before they crossed the timers in 33.43, and Fellers and Flexible retained their lead.

 

©Flying Horse Photography HITS’ Tony Hitchcock presents winner’s awards to Rich Fellers (aboard his other mount McGuinness) after his win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, on Flexible.

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HITS’ Tony Hitchcock presents winner’s awards to Rich Fellers (aboard his other mount McGuinness) after his win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, on Flexible.

“My horse was amazing,” Clarke said afterwards of his 15-year-old French mare. “I tried to pull out all the stops – I took the inside slice to the last fence, and I did a lead up to the in-and-out, a five stride for six after the skinny, but Rich and Flexible are amazingly fast.” By the time Menezes and Calavda entered the ring as the last pair in the jump-off, tension was at a fever pitch. They tried, but a time of 39.59 seconds and two rails put them in ninth.

 

“That’s Flexible!” added Fellers. “He had a nice little run for fun there. I let him open up and gallop a little, and he loved it.” Fellers and Flexible have set their sights on the AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix, sponsored by Lamborghini Newport Beach, on March 17.

 

Earlier in the day, Jill Blunt of Lake Stevens, Washington, won the Level 6 Rocky Mountain Show Jumping class on her own Shannondale and was awarded a $600 prize. Vinton Karrasch of Rancho Santa Fe, California, and Coral Reef Ranch’s Coral Reef Carmel Z took second, for $400, and Jenni Martin-McAllister of Sun Valley, California, earned $280 for third place on LEGISequine.com’s LEGIS Rockstar.

 

In the Level 5 FarmVet Jumper at 1.20m, it was Peter Breakwell of Menlo Park, California, and Hillstreet, owned by Connacht Sport Horse, who took the blue and pocketed the top prize. Helen McNaught of San Ramon, California and Carnutelabryere placed second, while Becky Warner of Scottsdale, Arizona rode Ashley Kaplan’s Aquilles to third.

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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 Prixat 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.

 

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.