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October 29, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Press release, 2010/10/28



As he was a little distracted by his environment, Warum Nicht (nicknamed “Hannes” in his stables) was not able to reach the score he had achieved at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington (72,936% against 75,704%). This does not really disturb his rider Isabel Werth too much – in Lexington, she added medal number 29 to her collection:

“It’s his first go after the WEG and I haven’t really prepared him for this indoor event, where the indications are not the same as outdoor. I had to restrain him from jumping the fence and in the end, I am rather satisfied with this result.” After her stay in the United States, the German champion had indeed been concentrating on her other horse, Satchmo, with whom she won the Danish stage of this same World Cup in Odensee last week. She obviously takes the lead in the temporary ranking. Isabel’s reaction to a question about the possibility of her riding the phenomenal Totilas – recently bought by the great “stallion holder” Paul Schockemöhle – shows little enthusiasm: “To ride a horse that was made by someone else is not really something I am looking for. The satisfaction of this sport is to reach a high level with a horse that you discovered, you worked with and shaped for a high level. I certainly felt sorrow for Edward. I couldn’t stand being separated from Gigolo, the horse of my best years and I am very lucky as something like that could not happen with Madeleine Winter-Schulze and Brigitte Werth, the owners of my horses. This selling of Totilas is part of our sport; for Paul Schockemöhle it’s a great advertisement for his stud and the offer of stallions. But riding Totilas is no warrant for a Gold Medal at the next Olympics. The comprehension between the rider and his horse has to be right – it’s very possible that the chemistry between them does not work, and our sport is a couple’s business. And, of course, many things can still happen on the way towards London: Just remember the misfortune of Adelinde Cornelissen in Lexington.”

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Calling all Juniors: Inagural College Prep Show at PBIC!

October 21, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL  – The inaugural College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show (CPI) will be held January 14-15, 2011, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) located in Wellington, FL.

Katherine Bellissimo, one of the founding partners of Wellington Equestrian Partners, explains that events such as the CPI offer a definite path to college for young equestrians. “The FTI Winter Equestrian Festival is proud

to host the inaugural College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show to encourage the connection of young equestrians to their bright, horse-filled futures in higher education,” Bellissimo said.

The CPI’s mission is to prepare and educate students about the format of collegiate equestrian competition, to encourage academic horsemanship, and to provide riders with the resources to create their desired future equestrian experience. The Invitational is intended to introduce young equestrians from grades 6-12 to the college-format competition as well as highlight participating colleges and universities. With $40 million available just in the last year for equestrian scholarships, the opportunity for education supported by equestrian sport is available.

Go here for more information.

HITS Ups the Ante with the Announcement of the $500,000 HITS 3’3” Hunter Prix Final for 2011 Show Season

October 20, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

SAUGERTIES, NY (October 19, 2010)–Less than two weeks after announcing plans for a $100,000 Hunter Final for its popular 3’3” Devoucoux Hunter Classic, HITS has decided to quintuple the purse and make history again by offering the richest hunter class in the sport of show jumping.

The $500,000 HITS 3’3” Hunter Prix Final will be a culmination of more than 30 Devoucoux Hunter Prix qualifying classes offered at all HITS horse shows from January 19 through September 4, 2011.

The Final will be take place September 10-11 as part of the Million Weekend in Saugerties, New York. 

“Our first announcement about the 3’3” Hunter Final generated a lot of interest and excitement from around the sport,” said Tom Struzzieri, HITS President and CEO. “It became clear that the demand for a groundbreaking event for hunters is something the sport is hungry for and we needed to think bigger, so we did. We have set this class up as an opportunity for juniors, amateurs, children and adult riders to have a chance to be competitive. As I said before, our goal is to create an environment that does not currently exist for the large majority of the sport and I think with the combination of this unprecedented prize money and the unique format of this class we have achieved both.”

Struzzieri went on to explain that the $500,000 HITS 3’3’ Hunter Prix Final and all qualifying classes will be formatted as a traditional Hunter Classic with fences set at 3’3” with no higher options and beautifully decorated jumps without any spooky intentions. No bonus points will be awarded and jumper-type horses will not be rewarded based on bravery alone.

“This class will bring it back to the hunters. I envision that Adults, Pre-Greens, Juniors, and Amateurs can all be competitive in this division and Final, with no distinct advantage at the outset other than a good ride and a talented horse,” he added.

“It will not be a ‘given’ before the class begins.”

Similar to the Pfizer Million, it will be the rider who qualifies for the class. Riders will need to qualify by showing in a minimum of five Devoucoux Hunter Prix classes in order to become eligible for the Final. Once eligible, it will be a rider’s leading horse based on points from their top five finishes that will place them in the Rankings for the $500,000 HITS 3’3” Hunter Prix. Details for exactly how the points will be awarded are still being finalized; however, it will a formula that takes into account the amount of prize money offered as well as the number of horses in the class.

Archie Cox of Brookway Stables in Los Angeles, California is a well-respected hunter rider and trainer, and longtime customer of the HITS Desert Circuit, who was thrilled of the most recent news coming out of HITS.

“People in California are really excited about the opportunity to compete for $500,000 in prize money and are already making their winter circuit plans with qualifying for this Final as one of their primary goals,” said Cox. “The opportunity to compete for that much money is just amazing. I think that the structure of having one horse per rider really invites many more junior and amateurs to participate in the class. My students and I are looking forward to competing in the classes throughout the winter circuit and hope to qualify for and participate in the Final come September.”

Also to be determined is how many riders will make the final lineup for the class and if the Final will be a two-round classic, like the Devoucoux qualifiers, or a three-round classic. A rider may only ride one horse in the Finals, and like the Pfizer Million, the rider can select any horse of his/her choice.

Riders will be able to start earning points for the $500,000 HITS 3’3” Hunter Prix Final this January at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit in Florida, the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, California, and the HITS Arizona Winter Circuit in Tucson, Arizona, where each week a qualifying Devoucoux Prix will be offered.

The 2011 HITS Culpeper spring and summer show series will feature five qualifying Devoucoux Prix classes from April through August, while HITS Saugerties will offer riders seven chances to qualify for the all-new $500,000 HITS 3’3” Hunter Prix Final during Weeks I through VII.

HITS also plans to offer a Wild Card class during Week VIII at HITS-on-the-Hudson where one lucky rider, not already qualified, can earn a spot in the Final.

More information for the $500,000 HITS 3’3” Hunter Prix Final, including complete qualifying specifications, will be available online in the coming weeks. The HITS 2011 winter show season kicks-off with the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit on January 19 and runs through March 20. On the west coast, the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, California will take place January 25, through March 13, while the HITS Arizona Winter Circuit will run six consecutive weeks from February 2, through March 13.

All HITS Winter Circuit Prize Lists will be available by mid-to-late October. To request a prize list, please visit HitsShows.com.

© Flying Horse Photography Junior Melissa Doddridge is congratulated after winning the $10,000 Devoucoux Hunter Classic at HITS Thermal in 2010.

Eric Lamaze & John Fleischhacker Are FEI Owners of the Year

October 19, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

For the second year running, Eric Lamaze and John Fleischhacker, joint-owners of the 14 year old bay stallion Hickstead, have been awarded the prestigious title of “Owner of the Year” by the Jumping Owners Club. Hickstead and Canadian rider Eric Lamaze continued their superb form to maintain their position as the most successful horse and rider combination in 2009.

Eric Lamaze and Hickstead competing in the Rolex Final Four at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Photo by Kit Houghton/FEI

Christian Baillet, Chairman of the Jumping Owners Club, and FEI First Vice President Sven Holmberg presented the award to Eric Lamaze. The ceremony took place during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Lexington (KY), USA.

Formed in 2005 and supported by Rolex, the Jumping Owners Club is an exclusive organisation of international owners which works towards growing the popularity of the sport around the world. It is the only body which represents the views and opinions of the owners, and works closely alongside the FEI in building the profile and inclusiveness of Jumping.

Eric Lamaze said, “It’s an honour to win this award for a second time, this has been a great year. I’d like to thank everyone behind us as without their hard work, much of our success would not have been possible”.

The FEI Owner of the Year Award was created in 2004 to recognise the most successful owner of each year in the discipline of Jumping. To determine the winner, a classification is established for all horse and rider combinations based on points obtained for the Rolex Rankings during the calendar year. The owner of the horse of the winning combination receives the award; a bronze sculpture produced by Caroline Wallace and a silver picture frame presented by Rolex. Bruno Meier, Chief Executive Officer of Rolex, was on hand to present the picture frame to Eric Lamaze.

Christian Baillet, Chairman of the Jumping Owners Club, said, “Hickstead and Eric Lamaze are an outstanding partnership and deserve recognition for their many successes.”

Previous winners of this award were John, Pat and Lisa Hales (GBR) for Arko III in 2004 and 2005, Serena Hamberg (AUT) for The Sixth Sense in 2006, Nancy Clark (USA) for Shutterfly in 2007, and Eric Lamaze (CAN) & John Fleischhacker (USA) for Hickstead in 2008.