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Santiago Medina and Monterrey EJC Top $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Ocala

©ESI Photography. Santiago Medina and Monterrey EJC rode to the top of the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix.

OCALA, FL (March 7, 2013) – Santiago Medina was nothing short of regal when he entered the ring today at HITS Ocala. Donning a military uniform turned show coat, Medina and his own Monterrey EJC jumped their way to a win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, this afternoon. A captain in the Columbian Army, Medina has been carefully prepping Monterrey EJC for their upcoming appearance in the FEI World Cup Finals in Göteborg, Sweden.

“He has been really focused on using his time in Ocala to be very prepared for the World Cup Finals,” said Manuel Torres, who trains Medina.

He piloted his nine-year-old Holsteiner stallion to victory over a course designed by Bernardo Cabral of Lisbon, Portugal. The first-round course included 12 obstacles and 15 jumping efforts, including a double combination at fence six and a triple at 11. While the combinations, proved manageable, it was the fences in between the two that prompted the most faults. Seven were clear in the first round, topped by Medina who returned first for the jump-off.

“I knew that if I was going to win, speed was the only way to get it done,” said Medina. And speed is exactly what he used – he and Monterrey EJC posted a clear round in the first trip in 40.54 seconds.

The next clear came from Adrienne Iverson of Califon, New Jersey aboard Redfield Farm’s Ultimo. They left the rails up, but were two seconds shy of bumping Medina from the lead. Iverson finished in second place with a time of 42.53 seconds.

Two more pairs were able to crack the code to finish without faults: Lauren Patava of Ontario, Canada aboard Bonaventure Farms Sly rode to 44.18 seconds for third, and Erin Haas of Ann Arbor, Michigan claimed fourth in the irons of North Face Farm’s Casino Van de Helle. Lisa Goldman of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois capped the top five with her own Morocco. She was the fastest of three four-fault rounds in the jump-off with a time of 40.04 seconds.

Sunday will deliver another opportunity for grand prix riders to return to the spotlight with the $50,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis. The final two weeks of show jumping at HITS Ocala will present opportunities for pivotal Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix qualifying leverage and will conclude with the $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix, presented by Great American Insurance Group, Sunday March 17.

©ESI Photography. David Tromp and Zidane Z on their way to win in the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome
©ESI Photography. David Tromp and Zidane Z on their way to win in the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome

$2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome
David Tromp of Morriston, Florida was in the ribbons in today’s grand prix, finishing eighth with Zidane Z, but they also rode to the top spot over a 1.40m course in Wednesday’s $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome to get Week VIII started at HITS Ocala.

Michael McCormick of Flower Mound, Texas was second with MTM Farm’s MTM Remington, while Michelle Vandal of Mississauga, Ontario and her own VDL Viper H took third. Robin Walker of Grasslake, Michigan finished fourth with Patrice Schreiber’s Under The Radar, and Erin Haas rounded out the top five with Casino Van de Helle.

Brook Ledge Horse Transportation presents weekly jumper classes at HITS Ocala, aside from the winner’s purse, Brook Ledge Open Welcome riders also compete for the Brook Ledge Rider Bonus. The award, given at the conclusion of the nine-week competition, includes a $1,500 shipping credit for the rider who accumulates the most points in those classes throughout the HITS Ocala circuit.

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MatchnRide.com and The Challenge of the Americas a Perfect Pairing

Wellington, FL – March 7, 2013 – It was just natural for the co-founder of the horse classified website MatchnRide.com, Mary Ross, to support The Challenge of the Americas, an event benefiting breast cancer research.

Not only did she help create the MatchnRide website to help prospective horse owners find their perfect match, but Ross is also the organizer of The Challenge. The Challenge of the Americas (COTA) Presented by SSG Gloves returns for its 11th anniversary on March 9 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center to continue its fight against breast cancer.

“It makes sense, since I founded The Challenge, that I would want to have my company support the cause,” Ross said. “My partner, Dr. Timmie Pollock, and I thought it was important to support something that affects so many of us.”

Ross created the event in honor of her mother, Jean Cruse, who died from the disease. The Challenge of the Americas features teams of international riders competing in dressage quadrilles to world-class music and choreography in an effort to raise money to help find a cure for breast cancer. Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Play For P.I.N.K.

Ross works tirelessly to make the family-friendly event a success and gives it her all.  That work ethic and philosophy carries over to MatchnRide.com, the best new website around for listing horses and ponies for sale or lease, advertising an equestrian professional’s business through the Trainers Corner, or listing any other equestrian-related business in the online Marketplace.

“The goal of the MatchnRide website is to find the perfect pairing of horse and rider,” Ross said.  “When a buyer goes to MatchnRide.com, they learn more about a prospective horse and the horse’s owner and trainer. We’re different from the rest and it’s much more comforting to the buyer and to the seller.”

To learn more about MatchnRide.com and peruse the horses available for sale, visit www.matchnride.com.

Visit www.challengeoftheamericas.com to find out about The Challenge of the Americas.  To buy tickets, contact Mary Ross at (561) 433-0988 or via email at Anglot@aol.com.

The Challenge of The Americas Fast Facts

What:

The Challenge of The Americas (COTA), presented by SSG Gloves, known throughout the equestrian world for its spectacular performances on horseback, returns for its 11th anniversary to continue its fight against breast cancer. This annual fundraiser is a one-of-a-kind affair that highlights the equestrian sport of dressage. Competing riders include the “Who’s Who” of top equestrian competitors in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe.

There are few, if any, places throughout the world where an audience can delight in the performances of such a large and distinguished group of riders and their magnificent equine partners. The Challenge of The Americas’ teams of international riders compete in quadrilles to world-class music and choreography in an effort to raise money to help find a cure for breast cancer. Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Play for P.I.N.K.

When:

Saturday, March 9, 2013
5:30 p.m.        Cocktails and hors d’Oeuvres
6:15 p.m.        Opening Ceremonies
6:25 p.m.        Reining Freestyles and Pas de Deux
6:45 p.m.        Quadrille Team Challenge
7:30 p.m.        Award Presentation
7:45 p.m.        The Challenge Gala: Dinner and Dancing

Where:

Jim Brandon Equestrian Center
West Palm Beach, Florida
www.pbcgov.com/parks/equestrian/jimbrandon/#.UP1pfqHjmFc

Sponsors:
Back on Track Products
Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock, Inc.
International Polo Club Palm Beach
MatchnRide.com
Merrill Lynch, The Seley Parker Group
Purina Mills
Red Barn Feed & Supply
Samshield
SSG Gloves
Steed Training
Tackeria
United States Dressage Federation
Wellington Classic Dressage

Ticket Information:

Mary Ross
8067 Montserrat Place
Wellington, FL 33414
(561) 433-0988
(561) 251-7945
Anglot@aol.com

Ticket prices:

VIP Tables of 8:
Gold Patron               $6,500 per table
Silver Patron              $4,500 per table
Bronze Patron            $2,000 per table

VIP Individual Seating:
Competition and Gala (includes dinner and dancing)       $250 per person
Competition (includes hors d’oeuvres and cash bar)        $100 per person

General Admission seating $20 per person at the gate
Children 12 and under admitted free (General Admission)

News and Information:
Phelps Media Group
Sue Weakley
skw@phelpsmediagroup.com
(561) 753-3389
12012 South Shore Blvd., Suite 105
Wellington, FL 33414
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Website:
www.challengeoftheamericas.com

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ChallengeOfTheAmericas

The Challenge of The Americas Beneficiaries:

Play for P.I.N.K.

Play for P.I.N.K. (Prevention, Immediate diagnosis, New technology, Knowledge) is a grassroots organization dedicated to raising funds to fight breast cancer, by creating and promoting awareness of breast cancer through sporting and lifestyle events including men’s and women’s golf tournaments, tennis, swimming, card games, equestrian events, and shopping benefits.  Our commitment is to contribute 100% of all funds raised to our beneficiary, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In 2012, PFP donated $4 million to BCRF for a cumulative total of $29.75 million. For more information about PFP, visit playforpink.org.

Website: playforpink.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/playforpink

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Website: www.bcrfcure.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheBreastCancerResearchFoundation

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Christine McCrea and Zerly Top $125,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 9

Christine McCrea and Zerly. Photo © Sportfot.

Team of Porter, Pasmore, Garza and Reid Wins $20,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Team Event; Lucador and Peter Pletcher Victorious in Fumero Law Pre-Green Level 2 Hunters

Wellington, FL, March 7, 2013 – Christine McCrea (USA) and Candy Tribble’s Zerly beat an all-star international field in Thursday’s $125,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 9 during the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival’s (FTI WEF) CSI-W 5* week sponsored by The Bainbridge Companies. McCrea and Zerly won the largest portion of prize money in the richest purse ever offered in the 24-year history of the WEF Challenge Cup series over Olympic Gold Medalists Nick Skelton (GBR) and Big Star. Germany’s Daniel Deusser and Cornet d’Amour finished third.

Week nine runs March 6-10, 2013. The week will feature the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m on Friday, the $300,000 FEI World Cup CSI-W 5* presented by The Bainbridge Companies on Saturday evening, and the $82,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday afternoon. The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival features 12 weeks of competition running from January 9 – March 31, 2013, and will be awarding almost $7 million in prize money throughout the circuit.

Steve Stephens of Palmetto, FL, is the course designer in the International Arena at PBIEC for week nine. In Thursday’s Challenge Cup competition, Stephens saw 84 entries jump his first round course and 31 competitors make it through to the jump-off. Twenty-eight riders representing six different countries returned for the tiebreaker after three entries opted out of the final round.

The USA’s Christine McCrea and Zerly raced to the win in 31.10 seconds, the fastest of 14 double clear rounds. The top five places were all separated by hundredths of a second.

Placing second, Nick Skelton and Beverly Widdowson’s Big Star finished in 31.25 seconds. Daniel Deusser and Cornet d’Amour, owned by Stephex Stables and Pedro Veniss, clocked in at 31.43 seconds to place third. Daniel Bluman (COL) and Sancha LS completed the course in 31.44 seconds for fourth place honors and Laura Kraut (USA) and Cherry Knoll Farm, Inc.’s Cedric were right behind them in 31.46 seconds to finish fifth.

Class winner, Zerly, is a nine-year-old KPWN mare by Querlybet Hero x Carthago. McCrea got Zerly last August and explained that she had watched the mare show a lot in Europe with her previous rider, American Andrew Ramsay. When Zerly came up for sale, McCrea jumped at the chance to buy her.

“Honestly, she is like a dreamboat,” McCrea praised. “She has a big stride, but she can make it very small. She can jump a really careful jump and she can jump the hugest jump. For me, she is everything.”

Commenting on this afternoon’s class, McCrea noted, “I never thought there would be 31 clear, but I think this is a big week and people have geared up for it. Everybody knows that this is the biggest money of the circuit this week, so I think everybody is coming here with their ‘A’ game. There are so many good horses and riders; you can’t underestimate anybody.”

“The course didn’t ride easy,” McCrea added. “I didn’t think it was small. I think the horses just jumped really well and the footing is good and there are really good horse and rider combinations here.”

Nick Skelton and Big Star were holding on to the lead in the jump-off when McCrea and Zerly entered the ring and just edged out their time. “I saw Nick go in the jump-off and I thought there was no way I could beat him, but she is very fast,” McCrea acknowledged. “I have no idea how I made the time. I flew from one to two. That is the only thing. The rest I am not really sure.”

McCrea was excited to get her first big win with Zerly, especially in Thursday’s big money class. “It is fantastic that they had this much prize money, especially when you have so many in the class,” she stated. “It is inspiring and we appreciate it.”

“I am thrilled,” she concluded. “She is only nine and this was my first big win with her. I just started in the grand prixs (with her) down here, so I am really excited.”

In addition to the winning check for $37,500 for the class, McCrea was also presented with $6,000 for the SSG “Go Clean for the Green” promotion. A $3,000 bonus is offered each week if the winning rider of the Challenge Cup class is wearing the SSG ‘Digital’ Riding Gloves in all rounds of competition with the SSG logo clearly visible. The bonus went unclaimed during week eight, so McCrea won two weeks’ worth of bonus money. Zerly was also honored with the Champion Equine Insurance Jumper Style Award.

Team of Porter, Pasmore, Garza and Reid Wins $20,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Team Event

Thursday’s competition concluded in the International Arena at PBIEC with the $20,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Team Event, held in a Nations Cup format shown over two rounds of competition. With five teams of four competing, Team 5 was the winner. The team, made up of Wilton Porter riding Sleepy P Ranch LLC’s Paloubet, Catherine Pasmore riding Freddy Star, Eugenio Garza riding El Milagro’s Bariano, and Chloe Reid riding Damascus, was coached by Kim Prince.

After the first round, each team dropped their highest score. In the second round, all five teams returned in order of highest to lowest total faults. The winner was determined by the lowest total of each team’s top three riders from each round.

Watch an interview with young rider Wilton Porter
Watch an interview with young rider Wilton Porter

For the winning team, Wilton Porter and Paloubet had the drop score of 19 faults in round one, but redeemed themselves with the only clear trip of the competition in the second round. Catherine Pasmore and Freddy Star had eight faults in round one and four faults in round two. Eugenio Garza and Bariano had four faults in round one and the drop score of 12 in round two, and Chloe Reid and Damascus had 15 faults in round one and eight faults in round two. The team finished on 39 faults total for the win.

From the winning team, Catherine Pasmore has the most team experience with senior Nations Cup performances. Pasmore rode her horse Freddy Star, an eleven-year-old Westphalian gelding by Lancer III x Polydor. Commenting on her rounds, Pasmore noted, “I went in fairly early and I had a foot in the water and four time faults, so a total of eight. I was a little disappointed, but as the class went on, the course definitely got the better of all of us today, so I was actually pleased with my round at the end.”

“For the second round they did make a few things slightly easier and they lengthened the time allowed, but I still wanted to make sure that I did not have time fault; that’s one of the worst things you can have in a Nations Cup, so I really jumped one, got right over to two, got right over to three. I really tried to make the time up a little bit early so that by the end when they got a little bit careful, I could take my time.”

“Freddy Star is a fairly new ride for me,” Pasmore said. “I jumped him a little bit early on and he did really well and I brought him out today basically to see what he would do with two rounds. He was really good, so I am pleased with that. I hope that he’ll come along and be a nice second horse for me to some of my other horses.”

Although Pasmore has had top Nations Cup experience, she counts all team experience equally. “Any Nations Cup to me is important,” she declared. “It doesn’t matter if its young riders or a senior team, you just really have to go in and give it 100%. Even if you have one down, you just can’t let your guard down and you can’t have another one.”

Wilton Porter and Paloubet. Photo © Sportfot
Wilton Porter and Paloubet. Photo © Sportfot

Although Wilton Porter had a little trouble in round one, he came back to jump a clear round even with an equipment malfunction.

“After the first round we decided to change the bridle to a hackamore so that he had less interference with his mouth jumping and then the hackamore actually ended up breaking in the second round about six jumps in,” Porter explained. “I did the second half of the course with a broken bridle. He is already pretty strong as it is, and I pretty much had no brakes, but I almost never have brakes anyway, so I just sort of steered him and he jumped great in the second round. It all worked out in the end.”

His horse Paloubet is a 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding by Baloubet du Rouet x Voltaire. “I’ve had him for a little over a year now. Katie and Henri Prudent helped find him for me,” Porter detailed. “He is a great horse and we have done some big classes. I have a great team helping me with him. John Roche is training me and I am extremely grateful to my parents and the sponsors of this class for helping me and providing us with the opportunity to do this.”

“It is a great experience,” Porter said of the series. “The team event helps get us ready for the young rider championships in Kentucky and the individual competition really tries to enforce consistency so that you can be right up there at the top at the end. It is a big class and an important class, so anytime you get the chance to do a class that is more important than a normal class, it helps you practice and gives you experience. I try to use those opportunities for my horses and then there is good prize money too. It is a lot of fun.”

Eugenio Garza rides for Mexico and was aboard his twelve-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Bariano (Jetset-D x Skippy).

“He is a great horse,” Garza expressed. “This is maybe my fifth month riding him. He has all the scope in the world and he is really careful. He has personality, everything. I just love him.”

Garza commented on the course, stating, “When we walked the course I thought it was good, but as people started going it was obvious that it was hard and we were going to have to work to get a good score. It was a hard course actually.”

Chloe Reid and her horse Damascus, an eleven-year-old KWPN mare by Cardento x Corland, have been working on their partnership since joining up last spring. Reid noted, “Right from the beginning we had a really strong connection and I really learned how to ride her well. Recently she has been really learning to become my horse and really listening. Today in the first round, the time was really tight and my trainer told me to go in and just try as best as I could. By the second round I already knew that we were going to win, but I still wanted to go in for the individual. I am happy with my round. I am disappointed that I had a few down, but I am happy.”

Reid also appreciated the team experience. “Being on a team is a lot of fun,” she smiled. “It is mostly an individual sport where you don’t have a lot of opportunities to compete on a team. This is my second week now; I did the junior Nations Cup last week and every time it is just a lot of fun rooting with other people and just the excitement of it all.”

Team 3 from Zone 2 finished second on a 47 fault total. The team included Charlotte Jacobs and Candy Tribble’s Promised Land, Gabrielle Bausano and Ubico H, Mattias Tromp and Beyaert Farm, Inc.’s Casey, and Lillie Keenan riding Chansonette Farm LLC’s Londinium.

Team 1 with riders from Colombia and Venezuela had 50 faults to place third. The team included Mario Gamboa and Stransky’s Mission Farms’ Unico, Emanuel Andrade riding Hollow Creek Farm’s ZZ Top VH Schaarbroek Z, Nicolas Herrera and Concorde, and Luis Fernando Larrazabal riding Anabel Simon’s G&C Sacramento.

Lucador and Peter Pletcher Victorious in Fumero Law Pre-Green Level 2 Hunters

Peter Pletcher and Lucador claimed victory for the second week in a row in the Fumero Law Pre-Green Level 2 Hunter division during week nine of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The five-year-old Oldenburg gelding, owned by Brian and Sophie Baldwin of Sagamore Farm, dominated day one of competition, winning the under saddle and both over fences classes. Pletcher and Lucador wrapped up the division on day two with a second place finish over fences. Reserve champion honors went to 21-Gun Salute, ridden by Christina Serio and owned by Kendall Sharkey. Serio and 21-Gun Salute were fourth under saddle and sixth and second over fences on day one before finishing day two with first and fifth place ribbons over fences.

Lucador and Peter Pletcher. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography
Lucador and Peter Pletcher. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography

Lucador began his show career at the 2013 FTI WEF with Pletcher and has proven his potential as a top competitor. “He’s come into his own these last few weeks. He’s been champion the last two weeks he’s shown in the Pre-Greens,” Pletcher commented. “He’s a super horse and a talented athlete with a beautiful jump.”

Pletcher has helped the gelding settle in to life at the showgrounds, which is no small feat when starting out at the massive grounds of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). “At first, he was a little ADD and looked around a bit. Now that he’s been here a few weeks, he’s really gotten it. He can be looking around but then focus in on the jump and give you an amazing jump, seemingly out of nowhere,” Pletcher described.

Lucador’s inexperience showed briefly when he jumped a shadow on day two of competition for the division, but overall Pletcher couldn’t be happier with the young horse’s performance. “He was really good today. The second round he went around really nicely so we were happy,” Pletcher smiled.

Pletcher looks forward to continuing to ride Lucador this year.

“He’s amazing. He’s such a good horse and very, very talented. He jumps as well as any horse at [the FTI WEF]. He has a wonderful jump and is lovely across the ground. He’s a gorgeous mover and is beautiful to look at too,” he remarked.

Sophie Baldwin was also thrilled with Lucador’s early success and is happy to have Pletcher in the irons. “They’re two peas in a pod! Peter does such a good job with him. Peter is very smooth and just lets [Lucador] do his thing. He’s so fancy and special; he just shines. Peter is the perfect match for him, so we’re really happy with the both of them!” Baldwin stated.

The Fumero Law Pre-Green Level 2 Hunter division kicked off week nine of competition of the FTI WEF, sponsored by The Bainbridge Companies. Week nine will continue Friday with Section A of the Adult Amateur Hunter 36-50 division, hosted in the Rost Arenaof the PBIEC. The $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m will be featured in the International Arena. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

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About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded. For more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com.

About FTI Consulting
FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

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Happy Endings Farm’s Rising Stars Top Hunter and Equitation Divisions during WEF 8

Avery Kelley and Farnley Romeo. Photo By: Parker/Russell – The Book LLC.

Wellington, FL – March 7, 2013 – Mark Leone trotted his way to impressive placings in the Short Stirrup division during week six of the Winter Equestrian Festival. Now just three short weeks later, under the tutelage of Linda Smith-Faver at Happy Endings Farm, Leone has quickly jumped his way up the divisions to be a top contender in the Medium Children’s Hunters and the Equitation 11 & Under.

During week eight, Leone and his mount Care Bear, owned by Hannah Patten, finished in the ribbons in the Medium Children’s Hunters besting many of the 16 talented young riders competing in the division. Leone’s successes come after a few months away from riding; now back in the saddle and under Smith-Faver’s careful instruction, the sky is the limit for the gifted up-and-comer.

Parker Wright is another rising star taking the reins for Happy Endings Farm as a catch rider. This past week, Wright rode Barbara Milanese’s Miss Ticket to Ride to ribbons in each one of the over fences class in the Children’s 14 & Under Hunter division. Wright trains with Elizabeth Pandich out of Lionshare Farm. Miss Ticket to Ride was bred and raised at Happy Endings, only make her debut at the Winter Equestrian Festival this 2013 season.

Parker Wright and Miss Ticket to Ride
Parker Wright and Miss Ticket to Ride

Not to be outdone by the boys, Avery Kelley and Farnley Romeo, owned by Jimmy Torano, gave it their all in the Cross Rail Hunter division, earning them a blue ribbon and the reserve championship in the division. Kelley is proving to be a small, but mighty force to be reckoned with over the cross rails. With multiple championships and reserve championships under her tiny belt, Kelley is leading the division circuit standings by more than 60 points.

Happy Endings Farm will show at the Winter Equestrian Festival throughout the 12-week series, and then will travel north for the summer shows. To stay up-to-date with Linda Smith-Faver and Happy Endings Farm, follow them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HappyEndingsFarm?ref=ts&fref=ts. You can also visit their Web site at http://www.happyendingsfarm.com/.

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Daniel Deusser and Mouse Top $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m at FTI WEF 9

Daniel Deusser and Mouse. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL, March 6, 2013 – Week nine of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), featuring CSIW-5* competition sponsored by The Bainbridge Companies, began on Wednesday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) with a win for Germany’s Daniel Deusser and Mouse in the highlight $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m, a Longines FEI world ranking class.

Week nine of FTI WEF competition, sponsored by The Bainbridge Companies, runs March 6-10, 2013. The week will feature the $125,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 9 and $20,000 Artisan Farms Young Riders Grand Prix Team Event on Thursday, the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m on Friday, the $300,000 FEI World Cup CSIW-5* presented by The Bainbridge Companies on Saturday evening, and the $82,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday afternoon.

The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival features 12 weeks of competition running from January 9 – March 31, 2013, and will be awarding almost $7 million in prize money throughout the circuit.

Steve Stephens of Palmetto, FL, is the course designer in the International Arena at PBIEC for week nine. In Wednesday’s $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m, 59 entries competed in a one round speed class with 15 clear rounds. The winning track belonged to Daniel Deusser and Mouse in a time of 55.69 seconds.

Mouse, a fifteen-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Limbus x Grundyman, is owned by Stephex Stables. Commenting on the ride, Deusser noted, “Mouse is already fifteen years old. He has a lot of experience with a lot of riders and I took over last year when I came to Stephex. There is not too much to tell really. Mouse is a speed horse. He knows what to do in the ring, so I just have to steer and show him the fences and then normally he tries to do everything right.”

Detailing his plan for the course, Deusser explained, “I know the horse is really quick over the fence, in the turns, everywhere, so I didn’t really go full speed. I tried to get a good turn from one to two; I think there I was already faster than most of the other ones. Also the rollback turn after the double to the Liverpool, I had a really good turn there. For the rest I think I did the same strides as everyone else. My advantage is that the horse is really quick naturally, so even if I have the same distance as all the other ones I am normally a little bit faster.”

Behind Deusser and Mouse, Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam and Solerina, owned by Sweet Oak Farm, cleared the course in 56.63 seconds. Coming in third, Brianne Goutal (USA) and Remarkable Farms’ Onira stopped the clock in 58.07 seconds. Germany’s Johannes Ehning and Cayenne 162, owned by Winley Farm LLC, finished in 58.25 seconds to place fourth. Beezie Madden (USA) and Abigail Wexner’s Simon were fifth with their time of 58.60 seconds.

Earlier in the day, Deusser also won the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m jump-off class riding Stephex Stables’ Domingo. The pair also won last week’s $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class.

Deusser is enjoying his time in Wellington and will continue to show through week nine. He then plans to go home for a week off and return for the end of the circuit.

“Of course I am enjoying it here,” he smiled. “It is totally different from Europe this time of year. You cannot ride outside there; it’s impossible. The ring is really big here and everything is really nice for the horses. I expected it a little bit warmer to be honest, it is quite cold now, but overall I have had a really good experience so far. The horses feel really good. They are fresh and they have jumped well. I think it is also really good preparation for the outdoor season for our horses.”

Also showing on Wednesday, Laura Kraut (USA) and the Evita Group’s Nouvelle were the best out of 120 competitors in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class.

Week nine of the FTI WEF will continue on Thursday with the $125,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 9 at 11 a.m. and the $20,000 Artisan Farms Young Riders Grand Prix Team Event at 3 p.m. featured in the International Arena. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded. For more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com.

About FTI Consulting
FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations
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Two Incredible Evenings Honoring Paralympian Jonathan Wentz and the USPEA

Jonathan Wentz at the 2012 London Paralympics cheering his team on. Photo (c) Lindsay Yosay McCall.

Thursday, March 7th
The United States Para-Equestrian Association Presents
“Inspire a Generation” private Benefit Party and Auction
Honoring Jonathan Wentz
Hosted by Rancho Valencia Resort
Rancho Santa Fe, CA

&

Friday, March 8th
1st Annual Wooden Horse Race and Casino Night
Hosted by the 2013 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CDI YJ3*
Del Mar, CA

Del Mar, CA – March 6, 2013 – For two exciting evenings the late Para-Dressage rider and USPEA member Jonathan Wentz will be honored in the Southern California community. On March 7th, the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) presents “Inspire a Generation” private Benefit Party and Auction Honoring Jonathan Wentz Hosted by Rancho Valencia Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, California.  Guests will learn about the newly created Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship Fund before enjoying delectable hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and entertainment by musician Mack Bailey. Patrons of this event will be given the opportunity to bid on the finest of auction items and experiences. Although the party is private any person may bid on the unique auction items.

Please contact Lisa at lblaufuss@dressageevents.com if you are interested in bidding on the auction items virtually or over the phone.  The auction will commence at 7:00 p.m. (west coast time). Please view the list of auction items by clicking the link below.

(You may download the list of auction items here)

Thursday, March 7th “Inspire a Generation” Benefit Party Honoring Jonathan Wentz Hosted by Rancho Valencia Resort Rancho Santa Fe, CA

What:  “Inspire a Generation” Benefit Party Honoring Jonathan Wentz

When: March 7th

Where: Rancho Valencia Resort Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Cost: Tickets are sold out but the cost to bid on the auction items is free

About the USPEA Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Fund was established to continue the dream of Paralympian Jonathan Wentz; to advance High Performance Para Dressage in the USA by supporting and encouraging Para Dressage Young Riders to set the goal of International competition.

At age 13 Jonathan set the goal of riding for the USA in the Paralympics. At age 16 he established a plan and budget to achieve his dream. In 2012, at the age of 21, Jonathan was able to achieve his dream of riding for Team USA in the 2012 London Paralympics earning the highest placing of all U.S. equestrians that competed in London. Another goal of Jonathan’s was to develop a Para Dressage Young Rider program to help grow and improve Para Dressage in the USA. His scholarship fund will be used to offset the cost of International competition for Para Dressage Young Rider’s and to encourage their participation enabling them to excel in their sport.

Scholarship funds will go toward Para Dressage High Performance Young Riders, ages 16-25, within the competition year, who are actively competing in International Para Dressage competitions, 3* and above.

Funds shall be awarded to help offset competition expenses up to $1,000.00 per competition to help cover entry fees including stabling and/or shipping (greater than 500 miles one way) costs for competition.

Guidelines for Application of JW Scholarship fund:
Athlete’s must submit a Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Grant Request form with expenses itemized, along with a copy of completed entry forms, invoices and/or receipts for consideration of scholarship funds, along with a list of their competition highlights, competition goals and competition plan/schedule for the current 2 years. (Example; 2013-2014, 2015-2016) Scholarship funds are intended for direct payment of specific competition expenditures, entry fees, stabling, and/or shipping only. Checks made out to athlete or immediate family for reimbursement will require a completed W-9, and will be subject to the approval.

Scholarship funds may be awarded for a maximum of two CPEDI3* events per competition year with a maximum of $1,000.00 awarded per competition. Grants are subject to the approval of the USPEA board. Funds will be awarded based on “own horse” (according to FEI Para definition), distance to competition, number of competitions athlete is planning to attend in 2-year competition period, and/or number of applicants.

Friday, March 8th
1st Annual Wooden Horse Race and Casino Night
Hosted by the 2013 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CDI YJ3*
Del Mar, CA

The Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CDI YJ3* will be hosting the 1st Annual Wooden Horse Race and Casino Night March 8, 2013. This event will commence after the last class on Friday at the Del Mar Horse Park. The entire evening, featuring horse races, casino games, appetizers, and awards, will help benefit the Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Fund under the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA).

1st Annual Wooden Horse Race and Casino Night

What: Horse Races, Casino Night, & “Around the World” Appetizers

When: Friday March 8th (end of show day)

There will be 12 wooden horses available for purchase at check in. Trainers would make a donation for their horse of $50.00 and can decorate them to make them unique. Supplies will be available and payments collected by your Bookie/Barn Manager Lisa Vidov.

Display your horse in your barn area and solicit clients and friends to join your syndicate for a donation of $5/person. You can choose to make your investment back first or let it ride in the pot. There is no limit to the size of your syndicate. Proceeds will support the United States Para Equestrian Association.

On Friday, at the end of the show day, all horses will collect in the paddock (warm up arena) for display purposes. Then, when the bugle sounds, each trainer will parade their horse to the start gate and the race will occur down the FEI Jog lane. Winner and syndicate will get photo opportunity in the Rancho Valencia Arena with their horse and trophy presented during the Brunch on Sunday.

Prizes:

Best decorated horse
Largest syndicate
Best in show for the horse parade to start gate (great mover? crazy? lazy?)
Huge Engraved Trophy to winning trainer and syndicate

Support the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

Continue on to vendor row for “Around the World” appetizers and drinks sponsored by your vendors and try your hand at BlackJack, Craps or Roulette!!! Make a donation to the USPEA for $20.00 worth of chips/play money to use at Casino Night.

Real Dealers!
Real Casino Tables!
Free drawings for more prizes!

Written by: Lindsay Y McCall & Keenan Productions & Events INC

To view an online version of this press release with more photos, please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/.

About United States Para-Equestrian Association:

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation board members, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the para-equestrian umbrella.

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport.  This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage para-equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the para-equestrian discipline.  From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved.  From local horse shows to international Olympic Games, the USPEA will provide para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and USEF which provides Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

For more information about the USPEA, please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President Hope Hand by e-mail: Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone: (610)356-6481.

Alexis Conover Earns $1,500 Grant through USEF Equestrians in Action

Photo submitted by Alexis Conover.

Lexington, KY – Seventeen-year-old Alexis Conover (New Port Richey, FL) volunteered more than 1,800 hours to accrue the most time of all participants in the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Equestrians in Action volunteer recognition program.

USEF Equestrians in Action tracks youth volunteer hours that are aimed at improving the welfare of the horse or positively promoting equestrian sport. Sponsored by The EQUUS Foundation, the program encourages youth to give back to equestrian sport – at horse shows, equine promotional events, equine businesses or organizations, trade fairs, therapeutic riding clinics, horse rescue, and 4-H events.

As the participant with the most volunteer hours in 2012, Conover earned a $1,500 grant for her academic or equestrian educational pursuits. A Hunter exhibitor, Conover volunteered her time at Straight Forward Farm, helping care for and train the farm’s rescue horses. She also spent time at St. Andrews University Therapeutic Horsemanship program, Thoroughbred Rescue of Tampa Bay and Odessa Equine Clinic.

As a freshman at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC, and a member of the Equestrian Team, Conover balances her horse involvement with academics. She has completed two stars of the USEF High School Equestrian Athlete program and is a member of the National Honor and Merit Scholars Society, National Society of High School Scholars, Science Honor Society, and Future Business Leaders of America.

The EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) have established a new volunteer recognition program through the EQUUS Foundation’s carrots4acause network. The USEF Champion of Equine Service Scholarship is part of the EQUUS Foundation’s Champions program sponsored by Ariat International. It is an incentive-based, equine-service volunteer program that recognizes and rewards individuals and organizations on their carrots4acause network. CHAMPIONS are individuals who volunteer a minimum of 24 hours for an organization or organizations on the EQUUS Foundations carrots4acause network. All eligible applicants for the USEF scholarship are also automatically eligible for the EQUUS Foundation Champion of Equine Service Scholarships. To learn how to participate in the Champions program, visit their website at www.equusfoundation.org.

Salute to Driving Goes Off without a Hitch, Raising Funds for USET Foundation

Michael Freund driving Wendy O’Brien’s Pony Pair. Photo: Vicki Long.

Windsor, SC – March 6, 2013 – For the third year in a row, the Salute to Driving weekend, held in Windsor, SC, March 1-3, 2013, featured a beautiful dinner and auction, multiple driving clinics and a Combined Test Competition, all for the benefit of the United States Equestrian Team Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation’s High Performance Driving program.

A highlight of the weekend was the successful Saturday night dinner and auction, which was held at organizing committee member Bev Lesher’s Courage to Lead Farm. The evening event was put on to raise funds for the USET Foundation that will be specifically dedicated to helping train the best drivers and equines to represent the USA in World Driving Championships.

During the decadent Berry Catering dinner, organized by Wendy O’Brien, attendees bid on fabulous live auction pieces. Auctioneer Paul Martin donated his time to handle the Live Auction of six special items. A sampling included a week at Hilton Head SC in a top resort condo for four including free greens fees, a dinner for 6 in Aiken in Jack Wetzel’s restored Log Cabin, three nights for two (including breakfast) in Boston at the prestigious Union House, Stabling and a B&B for two nights in Maine at the wonderful Acadia National Park in Maine, and a week’s stay in a 4 bedroom home on Block Island in Rhode Island. In addition to the Live Auction, a Silent Auction ran at the event from Friday morning through Saturday night and came to a close following the dinner.

Prior to the benefit dinner and auction, the weekend long Salute to Driving kicked off with dressage clinics by Michael Freund and Sterling Graburn at Chateau Log and Courage to Lead Farms. Freud led the USEF long listed drivers through the clinic, while Graburn worked with developing drivers. Other special events included a hazard demonstration and clinic, harnessing demonstrations, farrier demonstrations and a carriage exhibit. All of the weekend events served to help raise awareness and educate different audiences about the discipline of driving.

“We helped educate more people about the driving discipline, and at the same time raised funds for the USET Foundation, specifically for the driving discipline,” Lesher said. “We received many compliments about the dinner and the whole organization of everything. Everyone really enjoyed themselves.”

The weekend concluded on Sunday with the Combined Test Competition. Drivers at the preliminary through advanced levels had the opportunity to showcase their skills in both dressage and cones. For the first time since its inception three years ago, the Salute to Driving also welcomed ‘Very Small Equines’ (VSEs) in the combined test. The VSEs were also showcased doing a quadrille driving performance organized by Janelle Marshall. To the tune of “Flight of the Bumblebees,” eight drivers decked out in yellow and black bumblebee style put their VSEs through their paces and got huge appreciation from the crowd.

For more information about the Salute to Driving, please visit http://salutetodriving.com/.

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

For more information on the USET Foundation, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.

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Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper Divisions Heading to All Classic Atlanta Shows for 2013

The Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper Division offer thoroughbreds a second chance at successful, competitive careers [photos provided by NYTHA]

Johns Island, South Carolina [March 6, 2013] – Classic Company is proud to announce that they will be offering the Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper Divisions the second week of the Atlanta Spring, Summer and Fall Horse Shows this year.

The Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper Divisions are under the auspices of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. The Division will be offered over forty-five weeks at AA horse shows in ten of the 12 USEF zones throughout the country.  “Rick Violet of the NYTHA contacted me about this opportunity and a year later, here we are,” said Adele Einhorn, Executive Director of the Saratoga Classic Horse Show and Special Projects Director at Skidmore College in Saratoga, New York.  “The goal is to provide second careers for Thoroughbred horses and infiltrate them back into the show ring,” Einhorn said. “I think it’s a great thing. I am passionate about it and believe there is a place for the thoroughbreds in the show rings.” Einhorn continued, “There has already been $150,000 in prize money allocated by NYTHA for these events this year and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.”

NYTHA112Classic Company will be offering a $2,500 Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper Division during the second week at all its Atlanta shows.  For the purposes of eligibility for all classes and awards, a “thoroughbred” is defined as any horse that has been registered with the Jockey Club or a foreign thoroughbred stud book approved by the Jockey Club and the international Stud Book Committee.  The riders will be required to verify registration on the day of the horse show through one of the following methods:

T.I.P. Identification Number Certificate, OR completed T.I.P. Identification number request form and one of the following:

  • Jockey Club Certificate of Foal registration (or similar document from a foreign stud book) or a copy thereof
  • the horse’s lip tattoo
  • the horse’s 5-cross pedigree and the successful tattoo lookup result from the Jockey Club’s tattoo identification services (located at registry.jockeyclub.com)
  • a letter from the Jockey Club verifying the horse’s identity

“It is of utmost importance to racing’s owners and trainers that our horses have the chance for happy and productive lives when they leave the track,” NYTHA President Rick Violette Jr. said. “In recent years, it has been harder to find homes for retired racehorses in the sport horse world, because the popularity of Thoroughbreds as hunters and jumpers has been on the decline. We believe TAKE2 is helping to reverse that trend. The program was met with remarkable enthusiasm last year, and horse shows have been eager to add the TAKE2 classes to their prize lists this year. It is also encouraging to discover how many riders, from the pony clubbers to Olympic-class horsemen, now look to the Thoroughbred when it’s time to shop for their next horse.”

NYTHA113“Horses retire from the race course at a very young age and through this program, it is hoped they will discover a second winning career in the show ring,” commented Classic Company President Bob Bell. “We are delighted to be able to offer it to our customers,” he added.

Anyone who has shown with the Classic Company knows what sets them apart from the rest:  Classic Shows are FUN!  And, this year the fun continues at the Gulfport show with complimentary exhibitor parties, breakfasts, luncheons and office snacks to make your showing experience the best ever.

Classic Company never charges a scratch or add fee for those last minute adds and scratches, so if you haven’t entered yet, go to the prize list or simply click on Equestrian Connect to fill out your entry form and stabling requests.

Equestrian Connect is Classic Company’s Official Service Provider and allows exhibitors to store their data one time, on the web, and then use that data to automatically fill out hunter/jumper entry forms across the country.  The service offers a free 45 day trial period for new members.  At the conclusion of the trial period, Equestrian Connect offers an annual subscription, or a “pay as you go” service. The service allows exhibitors to save both time and money.  This is the one-minute online entry service that will help you get your entries in on time and you to the show!

So, whether you are a seasoned veteran or a novice looking for a positive show experience, look to the Gulf Coast Classic shows in Gulfport, and let the good times roll!

The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States.  For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at www.ClassicCompany.com or call them at 843-768-5503.

All sponsorship, marketing and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Sponsorship, Marketing and Public Relations Director at classicsponsorship@gmail.com.  All program advertising should be directed to Nate Poliquin, Program Sales Representative at classicshowads@yahoo.com.

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See you at the ring,
Bob Bell
The Classic Company, Ltd.
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Post Office Box 1311  Johns Island  SC 29457

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

©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.

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.

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.

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.

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

$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.

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.

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 World, 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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