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Lisa Goldman and Centurion B Cash In with $20,000 Open Welcome Stake Win at Showplace Spring Spectacular I

Lisa Goldman and Centurion B.

Wayne, IL – June 5, 2014 – The applause resounded throughout the Lamplight Equestrian Center as 13 horse and rider combinations faced off in the Showplace Spring Spectacular $20,000 Open Welcome Stake. It came down to a battle of speed as Lisa Goldman and Tracy Fenney went neck and neck, but Goldman and Centurion B came away the victors. Fenney laid down two impressive double-clear efforts for the second and third place positions with MTM Timon and MTM Centano, respectively.

Twenty-seven riders were tested over a 12-obstacle track, including rollbacks, a liverpool, triple bar, a tricky in-and-out, and two double combinations. The course, although technical, proved welcoming for the riders on the second day of the Showplace Spring Spectacular I. For the jump-off, riders had to navigate the opening oxer and then make a right rollback over a single vertical; a quick left turn took them to the Animo oxer where they then entered into the technical in-and-out. Upon landing they had to think fast to shave the seconds and make a sharp left rollback to a newly introduced oxer that led to a narrow oxer that allowed riders to choose and inside turn to the final black vertical set on the outside. Many of the riders opted to stick to the outside track, but with speed as the name of the game, the inside turn proved crucial.

Theo Genn and Aniviero Z, owned by Amy Lefferdink of Cleveland, OH, were the pathfinders as the first horse and rider combination to take on the course. Choosing to stay in the ring, in accordance to the Table A format, they posted a double-clear effort in 41.378 seconds. Although their time was commendable, it would prove too conservative with several speed demons waiting in the wings.

Lisa Goldman was the next rider to clear the opening track, riding Centurion B, owned by Mary Goldman of Hawthorn Woods, IL, to an effortless round. Although she is normally a strong proponent of staying in the ring for the jump-off, she opted to return later. She made the same decision with her second mount, Morocco.

Laura Linback laid down an impressive double-clear in 39.355 seconds with HH Dauphin, owned by Woodrun of Mundelein, IL, but her time was shortly shattered when Tracy Fenney entered the ring with MTM Centano, owned by MTM Farm of Flower Mound, TX.

Fenney flew around the ring in a breezy 35.545 seconds, taking over the lead with MTM Centano. She later duplicated her effort aboard MTM Timon, producing a second clean and clear effort in 35.497 seconds to slightly beat out her previous time.

Tracy Fenney and MTM Timon
Tracy Fenney and MTM Timon

“They are both veterans, and are good at doing what they do,” Fenney described. “We are trying to get them back up and recuperated before Sunday’s class. I was very happy with how they went today. Lisa and I went back and forth in Ocala quite a bit, so I knew that she was going to be a hard one to beat.”

Fenney elaborated, “I probably should have made the inside cut with Lisa on my heels, but I was hoping that staying nice and tidy would be enough to win today – anything can happen out there.”

Linback and Whittaker MVNZ, owned by Woodrun of Mundelein, IL, came back to the Grand Prix Ring in an attempt to close in on Fenney; however, their time of 38.409 seconds was not enough to take over the lead. Linback would eventually earn the fifth and sixth place ribbons.

Goldman returned to the ring as the final rider to jump-off with her two mounts. She had produced clear efforts early in the class with Centurion B and Morocco, but had opted to return at the end in an effort to save her mounts’ energy after the long opening track.

It was clear that she had her eyes set on the win as she took the opening oxer. She utilized Centurion B’s large stride, eating up the ground and shaving the seconds with tight turns. She made an impressive turn from the in-and-out to the oxer with Centurion B turning on a dime and leaving change as he spun to the obstacle. She then completed the inside track to the final vertical, breaking the beam in 34.609 seconds to take the lead.

“He was phenomenal; I wasn’t quite sure if I would get the turn to the last jump, but he is so good that he got it for me,” Goldman laughed. “He is so good at the spin-back, and as soon as I saw this course, I knew that my horses could do this. I know I can land and stay on the inside track. Centurion B (Leo) and Morocco (Cowboy) are both so good at turns and they love jump offs.”

She nearly beat her own time with Morocco, but when she landed from the penultimate obstacle she doubted her inside turn. Morocco was ready take it, and the miscommunication caused her to ride into the standard of the fence that had caused many of the other riders to negate the inside track. She recovered quickly, but the misstep cost her the time she was after. She tripped the timers in 37.798 seconds for the fourth place finish.

“Morocco is my boy!” Goldman exclaimed. “I have had him since he was a 4-year-old, so almost as long as I have had Leo. He has won all over the country with me. He got hurt last year in the winter, and he had the whole year off, so this was his first big class back. I am so excited about how great he was out there. He has so much fun out there, and I could feel how happy he was to be back.”

“There is a lot of compromising with Cowboy,” Goldman reminisced. “I went clean in Ocala one time and got bucked off after the timers. He, more than any other horse, has bucked me off, but I love him. He can turn like a Quarter Horse, and the mishap on the turn was totally my fault. It was his first big class in a year, and I was worried, but he had the turn. I should have known that he would have done it for me, but he picked right back up and jumped the last fence beautifully.”

It was an emotional win for Goldman today, dedicating her tricolor to Fletcher McCracken, who passed away earlier in the week. Fletcher was married to Centurion B’s breeder, Allyn McCracken. Goldman was thrilled to have the opportunity to win the $20,000 Open Welcome Stake in his honor.

Earlier in the day the Young Jumper Championships got underway, with Goldman riding to the top slot in the $1,000 Young Jumper 7/8 Year Old Championship with her own Rocs to Riches. Haylie Rolfe and Lithium, owned by Alex Jayne of Engle, IL, took the second place, while Roderick Kyle Dewar and Chalco, owned by Jennifer Sprenger of Milwaukee, WI, finished third. Rolfe and Lithium were awarded the division championship, while MTM Cravitz and Tracy Fenney captured the reserve championship.

“It was really nice to be able to come here for the Young Jumper divisions. The fact that Pat [Boyle] was able to offer the division without entry fees allowed for us to bring horses that would have normally sat at home,” Fenney said. “Because of the lack of entry fee we were able to bring them with, which is great experience for them.”

The $5,000 1.30m Open Jumpers will take center stage tomorrow afternoon in the Grand Prix Ring at the Spring Spectacular I as riders from across the nation vie for the top honors. The High and Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers will also have the opportunity to prepare for the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic on Saturday, and the $10,000 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic on Sunday. For more information, please visit: http://www.showplaceproductions.com.

Make Your Way Back to Spring Spectacular Now with New Third Week and USHJA $25,000 International Hunter Derby

Showplace Productions’ Spring Spectacular is bigger and better than ever. Showplace has added another week to its popular Spring Spectacular event from June 17-22. This new week will allow competitors to attend their regular summer circuits and have a taste of what Showplace and Chicago have to offer on a week when they might be off or traveling. Showplace Productions has added new classes and over-the-top hospitality to make your showing experience even more enjoyable at beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center.

During Week III, Showplace Productions will hold a USHJA $10,000 National Hunter Derby and a USHJA $25,000 International Hunter Derby in the Grand Prix Ring, plus compete to earn WCHR points. More prize monies have been added to the Open Jumpers, Welcomes and Junior/Amateurs Owners. A new and exciting Accumulator class has been added to the Junior/Amateur Owner division. For professionals, Showplace is offering the opportunity to show young jumpers in some classes at no cost. There will also be some no cost Tuesday schooling opportunities for the pros. For Juniors, an all-new Equitation Championship will be held on Sunday of Week III. Juniors will be asked to demonstrate their horsemanship skills without the help of their trainers in this challenging class. There is something for everyone and a good reason to make your way back to Chicago for Spring Spectacular.

Showplace Spring Spectacular Fast Facts:

What: Three-week, USEF AA rated, Five Star, NAL, WIHS, M&S points eligible Showplace Productions signature event.

Website:
www.ShowplaceProductions.com

When:
Showplace Spring Spectacular I June 3-8, 2014
Showplace Spring Spectacular II June 10-15, 2014
Showplace Spring Spectacular III June17-22, 2014

Where: Lamplight Equestrian Center
6N940 Dunham Road
Wayne, IL 60184

Highlights:
More than $500,000 in Prizes

Showplace Spring Spectacular I:
$5,000 NAL Children’s Jumper Classic
$5,000 NAL Adult Jumper Classic
$5,000 Open Jumper 1.30m
$10,000 High Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic
$10,000 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic
$20,000 Open Welcome Stake
$30,000 Barrington Saddlery Grand Prix Benefiting Assistance in Healthcare

Showplace Spring Spectacular II:
$2,500 Low Amateur Owner Accumulator class
$2,500 High Junior/Amateur Jumper Accumulator Class
$2,500 Low Junior Jumper Accumulator Class
$5,000 NAL Adult Jumper Classic
$5,000 NAL Children’s Jumper Classic
$10,000 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic
$20,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic
$20,000 Open Welcome Stake
$30,000 Nutrena Grand Prix

Showplace Spring Spectacular III:
$5,000 Pony Hunter Classic
$2,500 Children’s Adult Hunter Derby
$5,000 Low Junior Amateur Owner Gamblers Choice
$5,000 High Junior Amateur Owner Gamblers Choice
$7,500 NAL Children’s Jumper Classic
$7,500 NAL Adult Jumper Classic
$10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
$25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
$10,000 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic
$20,000 High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic
$20,000 Open Welcome Stake
$40,000 Weathertech Grand Prix
$75,000 in Hunter Classic Prize Money
Showplace Equitation Championships

Over-the-Top Spring Spectacular Hospitality Includes:
Sushi Yama lunch on Thursdays
Exhibitors dinner party with music from 4-8 p.m. every Friday
Exhibitors dinner party with music from 4-8 p.m. every Saturday
Exhibitors Jersey Mikes Lunch driven around and passed out at 2 p.m. every Saturday
Exhibitors Ice Cream Party every Saturday around 3 p.m.
VIP Tables at the Grand Prix Ring Luncheon every Saturday at 1 p.m.
VIP Tables at the Grand Prix Ring Luncheon every Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Contacts:
Manager: Patrick Boyle (847) 274-6834, Fax (847) 717-6653 ShowsNo1@aol.com
Secretary: Nicole Boyle  nicole@showplaceproductions.com

Directions:
FROM CHICAGO: I-90 (Kennedy Expressway) West to Route 59 (Barrington, IL).
Route 59 South (Left Turn) to Stearns Road (West Bartlett, IL)
Stearns Road West (Right Turn) to end. (Dunham Road)
Left turn on Dunham Road.
1/8 mile-Lamplight Equestrian Center is on Right.

FROM DOWNTOWN ST. CHARLES: Route 64 East to Dunham Road.
North (Left Turn) on Dunham Road.
Lamplight Equestrian Center is on Left approximately 1.5 miles after Army Trail Road.

FROM ST. CHARLES HOTELS: Route 64 to Kirk Road North.
Kirk Road runs into Dunham Road. Continue North.
Lamplight Equestrian Center is on Left approximately 1.5 miles after Army Trail Road

Hotels:
Horse Show Accommodations
Courtyard by Marriott (2 miles) (800-321-2211) Official Hotel
Best Western Inn of St. Charles (2 miles) (800-528-1234)
Fairfield Inn & Suites (2 miles) (800-228-2800)
Hilton Garden Inn (2 miles) (800-445-8667)
Quality Inn (2 miles) (800-424-6423)
Holiday Inn Express (2 miles) (800-465-4329)
Super 8 Motel (2 miles) (800-800-8000)
Country Inn and Suites of St. Charles (3 miles) (800-456-4000)
Hotel Baker (3 miles) (800-284-0110)
Pheasant Run Resort, located three (3) miles south of Lamplight is a large resort complex offering golf, tennis, swimming and dining facilities. (800-474-3272)
Comfort Inn of Geneva (5 miles) (630-208-8811)
The Herrington Inn (5 miles) (800-216-2466)
The Oscar Swan Inn of Geneva (7 miles) (630-232-0173

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Tracy Fenney Earns Back-to-Back Wins with $50,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix

©ESI Photography. Tracy Fenney jumps to her second straight win at HITS Ocala.

OCALA, FL (March 10, 2014) – The sun was shining bright over the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium for the $50,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, as ‘big guns’, including Margie Engle, Rodrigo Pessoa and Stephan Barcha, made appearances. While riders jump to earn a spot in the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix on March 24, Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas earned a win on MTM Timon.

Forty-three riders attempted to best a course presented by designer Danny Foster of Milton, Ontario. The course was both technical and challenging, consisting of 13 obstacles and 16 jumping efforts. A long gallop from fence one to two followed by an oxer-vertical double combination proved a difficult line. But it was the line from a liverpool at fence six to the vertical-vertical-oxer triple combination at fence seven that ended many competitors’ hopes of advancing to the jump-off.

Eight horses qualified to return in the jump-off, which only produced two double-clear efforts. The first to return to challenge the nine jump-off fences was Fenney and MTM Centano. With three grand prix wins together this circuit, the most recent came on Friday. It was not their day, however, as they collected 12 jumping faults and a time of 51.83 second, good for eighth-place.

“Centano can be high-strung and sometimes tough to ride. Once he gallops full out, that’s all he wants to do. He was wound up from the start with the long gallop from fence one to fence three in the jump-off and he just wouldn’t settle after that,” said Fenney after the class.

It took four more trips before the first no-fault round established the Great American Time to Beat. After going 1-2 in last Sunday’s grand prix, the young and talented Jordan Coyne of New Port Richey, Florida again rode her speedster Lazaro, trained by Derek Peterson. Lazaro and Coyne put in a fast time of 50.30 seconds, but it only held until the next competitor.

No stranger to the winner’s circle, Fenney proved her mettle under pressure once again for MTM Farm in the irons of powerhouse MTM Timon. Fenney jumped MTM Timon fault-free in a hair-raising time of 49.44 seconds for her sixth grand prix win of the Ocala Winter Circuit.

Third place went to Quintus 66 and Daniel Damen of Ocala, Florida for owners Chuck & Dana Waters of Sparr, Florida with one time fault and four jumping in 58.25 seconds. Angel Karolyi of Aiken, South Carolina was fourth with the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood Indiana 127, owned by Hollow Creek Farm. They had eight faults and a time of 54.72 seconds. Karolyi was also sixth with Hollow Creek Farm’s Amigo.

Christine McCrea of East Windsor, Connecticut rounded out the top five with Warmblood stallion Wannick WH for owner Candy Tribble with eight faults and a time of 57.40 seconds.

“Timon was just awesome again today. We gave him a day off on Friday and he was ready to jump today. He just loves to jump – it makes him happy,” said Tracy. “I thought the course was the toughest so far this circuit, but Timon was up to the challenge.”

For their win, Fenney and husband Michael McCormick were presented with one ton of Purina horse feed, courtesy of Purina Animal Nutrition. “They’ll deliver to Texas – that’s great,” exclaimed McCormick.

Grand prix action continues this week as HITS IX, the Ocala Celebration, features the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, on Thursday and the $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, on Sunday. Next week, all attention will turn to the Great American Million, which debuts as the second jewel in the HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping Monday, March 24 in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium.

About Purina Animal Nutrition
Innovative research is the proudest tradition at Purina Animal Nutrition. No other national brand of feed has invested more time in research and understanding the needs of horses and their owners. An American original, the Checkerboard is one of the most recognized symbols in animal nutrition, standing for quality ingredients, in-depth research, and complete consistent animal nutrition. Learn more about how Purina can help your performance horses by visiting Horse.PurinaMills.com.

About Zoetis
Building on 60 years of experience as Pfizer Animal Health, Zoetis delivers quality medicines and vaccines, complemented by diagnostics products and genetics tests and supported by a range of services. They work every day to better understand and address the real-world challenges faced by those who raise and care for animals in ways they find truly relevant. Zoetis produces a comprehensive range of safe and effective products, including equine vaccines, dewormers and sedative analgesics, to help professionals and individual horse owners keep their animals healthy. Both veterinarians and horse owners know and trust the Zoetis will help their horses live longer, healthier lives. For more information, visit www.zoetis.com.

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

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Tracy Fenney and MTM Centano Make It Five, Dominate $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

©ESI Photography. Tracy Fenney and MTM Centano on their way to a win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix.

OCALA, FL (March 8, 2014) – Boasting the richest prize in show jumping, the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix is only two weeks away and riders are now looking to punch their ticket for the showdown in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium. Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas made herself a top contender for the March 24 title with her fifth grand prix win of the circuit on Friday in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis. She piloted MTM Centano, owned by MTM Farm and trained by Michael McCormick, by zipping through the timers to best the field by more than 2.5 seconds.

The course, designed by Danny Foster of Milton, Ontario in the expansive Ocala Horse Properties Stadium, challenged 31 contenders with open gallops, a liverpool, big oxers and a vertical-oxer-vertical triple combination. The triple and the clock, with a time allowed of 87 seconds in the first round, proved to be the most troublesome.

Twelve returned to jump off and four went on to double-clear rounds. First to return, having qualified both of her mounts for the jump-off, was Callan Solem of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania and VDL Wizard for Horseshoe Trail Farm, LLC. With a time of 49.56 seconds and four faults, she finished in sixth. Her second mount Cortender finished in seventh place.

Next to returned was three-time grand prix winner at HITS Ocala this circuit, Lisa Goldman and the strapping chestnut Centurion B for Mary Goldman, both of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois. They set the Great American Time to Beat at a fast 48.26 seconds and no faults. This time would hold first place for several more trips, until Fenney and MTM Centano showed up. With a time of 45.19 seconds and no faults, they took a commanding lead. Goldman and Centurion B held on for second place.

“The brisk wind today had Centano wound up and he was a handful,” said Fenney. “Usually he is like a carousel or merry-go-round horse to ride. It was his agility and ability to jump from any distance or angle that saved us a couple of seconds on this course.”

Harold Chopping of Southern Pines, North Carolina rode Basje for owner Kendra Bullington and took third place with a clean round in a time of 50.86 seconds. Melissa Rudershausen of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania was fourth, jumping clean in a time of 51.60 seconds. Conthendrix with Andre Thieme of Plau Am See, Germany in the irons was the fastest of the four-faulters, with a time of 48.33 seconds for fifth.

Grand prix action returns on Sunday as the HITS Ocala Winter Finals continues with the $50,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, as excitement builds for the first-ever Great American $1 Million Grand Prix. The Great American Million will debut as the second jewel in the HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping Monday, March 24 in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium.

About SmartPak
SmartPak powers healthy horses and happy riders. The patented SmartPak Supplement Feeding System makes it easy for riders across the country to take the best care of their horses. Founded in 1999, with the purpose of simplifying the administration of nutritional supplements and medications to horses, the system has been adopted by thousands of barns and horse owners across the country, who value knowing that their supplements will be fed correctly. For more information, visit SmartPak.com.

About Zoetis
Building on 60 years of experience as Pfizer Animal Health, Zoetis delivers quality medicines and vaccines, complemented by diagnostics products and genetics tests and supported by a range of services. They work every day to better understand and address the real-world challenges faced by those who raise and care for animals in ways they find truly relevant. Zoetis produces a comprehensive range of safe and effective products, including equine vaccines, dewormers and sedative analgesics, to help professionals and individual horse owners keep their animals healthy. Both veterinarians and horse owners know and trust the Zoetis will help their horses live longer, healthier lives. For more information, visit www.zoetis.com.

$2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome

Hometown hero and back-to-back winner of two grand prix this circuit, professional rider and trainer Aaron Vale, in the irons of Gems Bond, owned by Thinkslikeahorse of Williston, Florida, continued his winning ways by defeating a strong field of thirty-four competitors on Wednesday. Vale jumped to his second victory in the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open this circuit, moving them into second place in the Brook Ledge Leading Rider Standings.

ESI Photography. Aaron Vale and Gems Bond were the ones to beat in the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome 1.40m
ESI Photography. Aaron Vale and Gems Bond were the ones to beat in the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome 1.40m

Vale was one of 16 to return for the jump-off over a 1.40m course designed by Foster, and posted the fastest clear round of the day. “I watched several go in the jump-off and the last two I looked like they were awfully fast,” said Vale. “That told me I had to find a different track to save time if I wanted to win.” Making the inside turn from fence one to two, Vale found that different track and laid down a super-fast time, winning by exactly 1.5 seconds, with a time of 41.86.

Second place went to Amanda Flint and VDL Zedaldine for owners The Coverboy Group, with a time of 43.36 seconds. Third were Christina Kelly and Zulieka for owner Faith Stewart with no faults and a time of 43.42 seconds. Lisa Goldman landed in fourth with Zacantos Z, jumping clean in a time of 44.21 seconds. Sunday’s victor Jordan Coyne and High Hickstead for owner Tracy Magness capped the top five with no faults and a time of 44.80 seconds.

Brook Ledge Horse Transportation will continue to present a weekly jumper class throughout the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Aside from the winner’s purse, Brook Ledge Open Welcome riders also compete for the Brook Ledge Rider Bonus, which includes a $1,500 shipping credit for the rider who accumulates the most points in those classes throughout the HITS Ocala circuit.

About Brook Ledge Horse Transportation
Brook Ledge, Inc. offers a comprehensive over-the-road horse transportation fleet with the premier equipment in the industry operated by the finest drivers. Brook Ledge has trips weekly from the northeast to FL and KY and back, as well as weekly trips to CA. From full van loads to one or two horses looking for a ride, Brook Ledge can handle your shipping needs. Every trip is expedited and ships when the customer needs to ship. This family-owned and operated business has been proudly serving horsemen for over 50 years. For more information, visit BrookLedge.com.

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Tracy Fenney Makes It Three at HITS Ocala

©ESI Photography. Tracy Fenney and MTM Timon picked up their second grand prix win of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit.

OCALA, FL (February 4, 2014) – Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas again jumped to a win with MTM Farm’s MTM Timon on Sunday in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, picking up her third grand prix victory of the 2014 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit.

MTM Timon, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, has been partner to Fenney for countless grand prix wins, as well as jumping at the highest tier of the sport. The pair has had three top-twenty finishes in the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix, in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Doug Russell of Ocala, Florida designed a technical course that presented 13 obstacles and 16 jumping efforts to a field of 29. Scott Keach of Reddick, Florida proved early that the course could be conquered when he rode clear in the first trip of the order aboard Southern Cross’ Fedor. He was later joined by eight pairs, including Fenney, to stage a nine-horse jump-off.

The jump-off course proved to be a challenge with the first six riders picking up faults. Hugh Graham of Reddick, Florida was first to ride clear, setting the Great American Time to Beat at 44.99 seconds with Julie Firestone’s Airborne. Fenney returned next with only one pair to ride behind her. She and MTM Timon shaved over one second off Graham’s time, stopping the clock in 43.01 seconds to move into the top spot and drop Graham to second. Jordan Coyne of New Port Richey, Florida did her best to challenge and went clean in the irons of her own Lazaro with a time of 45.57 seconds, which was good enough for third.

Jared Petersen of Archer, Florida piloted Derek Petersen’s Titus 2:11 to four faults and a time of 45.10 seconds in the jump-off to finish fourth. Keach and Fedor capped the top five with a four-fault jump-off round in 45.29 seconds.

Known for being notoriously hard to beat in the jump-off, Fenney is gearing up for the Great American $1 Million Grand Prixat the conclusion of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit before heading north to jump at HITS-on-the-Hudson and make her fourth appearance in the coveted Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix in September.

About Zoetis
Building on 60 years of experience as Pfizer Animal Health, Zoetis delivers quality medicines and vaccines, complemented by diagnostics products and genetics tests and supported by a range of services. They work every day to better understand and address the real-world challenges faced by those who raise and care for animals in ways they find truly relevant. Zoetis produces a comprehensive range of safe and effective products, including equine vaccines, dewormers and sedative analgesics, to help professionals and individual horse owners keep their animals healthy. Both veterinarians and horse owners know and trust the Zoetis will help their horses live longer, healthier lives.

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

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845.246.8833 Tel • Media_Info@HitsShows.comHitsShows.com

Tracy Fenney Two for Two with Bookend Performance at HITS Ocala

©ESI Photography. Tracy Fenney stayed in the top spot this week, but switched horses, jumping to the blue in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix with her own MTM Centano. She was twelfth with Friday’s winner MTM Timon.

OCALA, FL (January 27, 2014) – After jumping to the top of Friday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas found success again today in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, this time aboard MTM Farm’s Centano. Lucky enough to have two grand prix mounts to choose from, she also capped the ribbons in twelfth with Friday’s victor, MTM Timon.

Twenty-three combinations made up the starting field and jumped a course set by Jerry Dougherty of Bokeelia, Florida. The original track included 13 obstacles and 16 jumping efforts, including a double combination at the sixth fence and a triple two jumps later.

The buzz about today’s grand prix was the all-new Ocala Horse Properties Stadium. The Stadium was constructed for special classes at the 2014 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, including the inaugural Great American $1 Million Grand Prix to be held on March 24. Today’s $50,000 Grand Prix was the first grand prix to be jumped on it.

“The Ocala Horse Properties Stadium is a game changer here in Ocala. This new ring will open the door to hosting International Jumping Events at Post Time Farms,” HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri, who flew to Florida from the HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California for the ring’s debut.

“The crew here in Ocala did an exceptional job to preparing this side of the property for the first of many Grand Prix events. While aesthetics are important, any ring is judged by the quality of the ground. All involved, most importantly myself, were thrilled with this product,” he added. “This footing will assure that the jumping in the Great American Million ill be extraordinary. The horses want to jump brilliantly off this ground and I imagine that Bernardo Cabral will have his work cut out for him in designing a suitable challenge.”

With twenty-three in the first round and 11 advancing to the jump-off, speed was the number-one priority. True to form, Fenney and MTM Centano did what they do best – they went fast. They were third to challenge the jump-off course and set the Great American Time to Best with the first clear round in 46.02 seconds.

“I knew that the riders behind me could go fast, and anyone in the jump-off could have come away with the win,” said Fenney. “Going early in the jump-off, I didn’t have much of a choice but to go as fast as I could and try and put as much pressure on them as possible.”

Fenney had eight challengers to ride behind her and spared no time in making their jobs a real test. Even she admits that sometimes her competitors underestimate MTM Centano. “Centano is a really big horse, so most people look at him and assume he is slow,” said Fenney of the gelding who has proved to be anything but slow. “His stride is deceiving because he covers so much ground.”

Derek Braun of Lexington, Kentucky was the next to ride clear in the irons of Split Rock Farm, Inc.’s Cyraneiky. Despite the clear trip, their time of 50.19 seconds was a full four seconds slower than Fenney’s, landing them in second. Daniel Damen of Ocala, Florida challenged two trips later with a clear round aboard Chuck & Dana Waters’ Quintus 66. Their time of 50.21 seconds, just three one-hundredths behind Braun, settled them in third.

The fourth and final double-clear effort of the day came from Jordan Coyne of New Port Richey, Florida and her own Cordovo. They were handed fourth-place honors after posting a time of 51.17 seconds. Lisa Goldman of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, who won both grand prix during week I, capped the topped five on Mary Goldman’s Centurion B. She was fractions faster than Fenney in 45.39 seconds, but took down a rail at the second-to-last jump to pick up four faults.

Grand Prix competition continues at HITS Ocala during the Ocala Premiere next week with another $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix and $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, both presented by Zoetis.

About Zoetis
Building on 60 years of experience as Pfizer Animal Health, Zoetis delivers quality medicines and vaccines, complemented by diagnostics products and genetics tests and supported by a range of services. They work every day to better understand and address the real-world challenges faced by those who raise and care for animals in ways they find truly relevant. Zoetis produces a comprehensive range of safe and effective products, including equine vaccines, dewormers and sedative analgesics, to help professionals and individual horse owners keep their animals healthy. Both veterinarians and horse owners know and trust the Zoetis will help their horses live longer, healthier lives.

$5,000 U-Dump Jr/A-O High Jumper Classic, Presented by Bayer’s Legend
Coached by her husband Troy, Laura Linback, of Mundelein, Illinois and their Dutch Warmblood Whittaker MVNZ, won the $5,000 U-Dump Junior/Amateur-Owner High Jumper HHH Classic, presented by Bayer’s Legend, with a time of 42.80 seconds.

“Whittaker MVNZ usually shows in the grand prix, but because of the weather at home, has not been able to train much or show since October,” stated Linback. “He’s not quite in shape yet so we’re bringing him back slowly.”

©ESI Photography. Laura Linback and Whittaker MVNZ jump to a win in the $5,000 U-Dump Junior/Amateur-Owner High Jumper Classic
©ESI Photography. Laura Linback and Whittaker MVNZ jump to a win in the $5,000 U-Dump Junior/Amateur-Owner High Jumper Classic

Linback had nothing but accolades for the new Ocala Horse Properties Stadium, which was host to the U-Dump Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Prix. “It is wonderful! I can’t say enough good things about it,” she said. “The footing was firm and the stadium had a nice open feel to it as we entered. It pumped us up and my horse rose to the occasion.”

Second place, with a time of 43.10 seconds, went to Anabella, ridden by Andrea Torres Guerreiro of Waterford, Virginia for Santa Catalina Farm. Jacqueline Steffens of Harriston, Ontario was third aboard Quercus Van Generhese for Double C Stables. Callie Morgan Smith of Bernardsville, New Jersey, and Smithfield Farms, LLC’s Captain Krutzmann were four, while Melissa Rudershausen of Ocala, Florida capped the top five aboard her own Gunner.

About U-Dump
Since 1980, U-Dump has been manufacturing the finest dump trailers in the industry.  Built strictly from top-grade materials, all of their trailers are made with the latest construction techniques to eliminate bending and breakage in all stress areas.  U-Dump Trailers has built their reputation on manufacturing state-of-the art trailers of the highest quality and endurance. For more information on U-Dump, visit udumptrailers.com.

About Bayer Animal Health
Bayer Animal Health is amongst worldwide leaders in animal health. Bayer has attained this leadership position by continuously researching and developing products for animal health since 1919. A responsible relationship between humans, companion animals and livestock requires ensuring the health of animals. For more information on Bayer Animal Health, visit bayer.com.

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Tracy Fenney and MTM Timon Soar in $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

©ESI Photography. While batting clean-up in the jump-off, Tracy Fenney and MTM Timon won the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix.

OCALA, FL (January 24, 2014) – Tracy Fenney is no stranger to the grand prix winner’s presentations that take place at HITS Ocala, and the 2014 circuit is starting off to be no different. She piloted both of her grand prix mounts, MTM Timon and MTM Centano, in Thursday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, and it was MTM Timon who carried her to the blue.

Twenty-six combinations made up the starting field and jumped a course set by Jerry Dougherty of Bokeelia, Florida. The original track included 13 obstacles and 16 jumping efforts, including an oxer-vertical-vertical triple combination at the fifth fence.

MTM Timon, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, has been partner to Fenney for countless grand prix wins, as well as jumping at the highest tier of the sport. The pair has had three top-twenty finishes in the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix, in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Fenney was one of nine to return for the jump-off and was the last to ride with nothing but the clock standing between her and a win. “You’re never sure if you’re going to win the class, but I ride the best when I’m against the clock,” she said.

Amanda Flint of Long Valley, New Jersey posted the Great American Time to Beat at 40.44 seconds in the third trip of the jump-off, aboard The Coverboy Group’s Superbad. Australian rider Scott Keach answered three rounds later with a time of 38.72 in the irons of Coco, owned by Southern Cross.

Fenney rode last and bested Keach’s effort with a time of 38.47 seconds. Keach picked up his second red grand prix ribbon of the circuit, finishing second behind Fenney. Flint finished in third, while last week’s phenom Lisa Goldman of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois settled Mary Goldman’s Centurion B into fourth. Christina Kelly of Keene, Kentucky capped the top five with her own Ushuaia van de Wolfsakker.

Grand Prix competition continues at HITS Ocala this Sunday with the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis. The class will take place in the all-new Ocala Horse Properties Stadium and serves as the grand prix debut of the new ring. Throughout the circuit, the Stadium will host select special classes, including the premiere of the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix.

©ESI Photography. Christina Kelly and Zulieka jump to a win in the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome
©ESI Photography. Christina Kelly and Zulieka jump to a win in the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome

$2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome
Before riding to fifth in Thursday’s grand prix, Kelly moved up the ranks this week after finishing in the top five in last week’s $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome at HITS Ocala. She and Zulieka, owned by Faith Stewart led the field on Wednesday and won this week’s offering.

After sweeping both of last week’s grand prix, Goldman was second and third in the Brook Ledge Open Welcome. She was second with her own Zacantos Z and third in the irons of Charity Judge’s Aslan. Silvio Mazzoni of Ocala, Florida finished the class fourth with KR Group’s Chaplina Z and Michael Grinyer of Campbellville, Ontario rounded out the top five on Cheryl Dorricott’s Camiro Z.

Brook Ledge Horse Transportation will continue to present a weekly jumper class throughout the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Aside from the winner’s purse, Brook Ledge Open Welcome riders also compete for the Brook Ledge Rider Bonus, which includes a $1,500 shipping credit for the rider who accumulates the most points in those classes throughout the HITS Ocala circuit.

About SmartPak
SmartPak powers healthy horses and happy riders. The patented SmartPak Supplement Feeding System makes it easy for riders across the country to take the best care of their horses. Founded in 1999, with the purpose of simplifying the administration of nutritional supplements and medications to horses, the system has been adopted by thousands of barns and horse owners across the country, who value knowing that their supplements will be fed correctly.

About Zoetis
Building on 60 years of experience as Pfizer Animal Health, Zoetis delivers quality medicines and vaccines, complemented by diagnostics products and genetics tests and supported by a range of services. They work every day to better understand and address the real-world challenges faced by those who raise and care for animals in ways they find truly relevant. Zoetis produces a comprehensive range of safe and effective products, including equine vaccines, dewormers and sedative analgesics, to help professionals and individual horse owners keep their animals healthy. Both veterinarians and horse owners know and trust the Zoetis will help their horses live longer, healthier lives.

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Tracy Fenney Dominates Final Week at HITS Culpeper

©ESI Photography. Coming off a top 20 performance in the Zoetis Million, Tracy Fenney and MTM Timon kicked off qualifying for the 2014 event by winning the $40,000 HITS Grand Prix.

CULPEPER, VA (October 2, 2013) – Tracy Fenney gave new meaning to the phrase ‘on a roll’ this weekend at HITS Culpeper. With her string of horses from MTM Farm, she claimed impressive honors, including the $40,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis – the first qualifier for the 2014 Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix as part of the HITS Championship in Saugerties, New York. Just a few weeks after riding in the coveted 2013 event, Fenney and MTM Farm’s MTM Timon kicked off qualifying for next year’s edition, as well as jump started the excitement surrounding the 2014 HITS Triple Crown of Show jumping.

“It’s great to be back on the road to the Zoetis Million,” said Fenney. “We work so hard at qualifying for the class all year long and it’s nice to have this beginning to an exciting year.”

Fenney and Timon were one of five pairs who rode clear to advance to a jump-off over course designed by Wendy Chapot-Nunn of Florham Park, New Jersey. Thirteen obstacles and 17 jumping efforts contained most of the faults to the middle of the track, which included three combinations – two doubles and one triple.

With three mounts crossing the start flags throughout the class, Fenney was first to conquer the course with MTM Farm’s MTM Centano, staging a familiar duel between her two geldings. She was later joined by Callan Solem of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania and Horseshow Trail Farm, LLC’s VDL Wizard, Leann Kelly of Valatie, New York aboard Honorway Farm, LLC’s Leander and Kama Godek of Fairfax Station, Virginia in the irons of her own Air Force One. Fenney was kept from the jump-off with her third mount, Leviticus, by one time fault in the first round.

After Fenney picked up four faults in the jump-off at the return of the triple’s b element with MTM Centano, Solem set the Great American Time to Beat with a clear round in 39.46 seconds. One trip later, Fenney answered with MTM Timon and shaved two seconds off her time, crossing the timers in 37.35 seconds. Godek was the final ride and had the speed, but clipped a heartbreak rail at the final fence of the course to collect four faults in a time of 36.54 seconds.

Solem finished second, Godek third, Fenney fourth with MTM Centano and Kelly settled for capping the top five after eight faults in the jump-off.

Just two days before riding to her grand prix win, Fenney and MTM Timon kicked off the circuit by riding to the blue in the $15,000 Brook Ledge Open Jumper Prix. She was also second with MTM Farm’s Leviticus. Culpeper local Brooke Kemper was third on her own Classified and Solem was fourth with VDL Wizard. Fenney and MTM Centano made it a book-end performance capping the top five and hinting at a big weekend ahead.

Clean Junior Amateur-Owner Sweep
HITS offered two of its biggest money classes for Junior and Amateur-Owner jumpers to end the season in Culpeper with a $15,000 Low Classic and a $25,000 High Classic highlighting the schedule.

©ESI Photography. Lauran Linback and HH Dauphin on their way to a win in the $25,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper High Classic
©ESI Photography. Lauran Linback and HH Dauphin on their way to a win in the $25,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper High Classic

Laura Linback of Mundelin, Illinois cashed in, winning both classes to join Fenney in dominating the jumper ring on Sunday. Linback piloted Woodrun’s 11-year-old Dutch-bred gelding HH Dauphin to the top in the High Classic. Travel woes kept Linback from arriving at HITS Culpeper until Thursday and she admitted that HH Dauphin was “fresh” in the ring on both Friday and Saturday. “By Sunday, he had settled into himself and he was brilliant,” she said. “He is the loveliest horse I have ever ridden.”

Joining Linback and HH Dauphin in the jump-off was Melissa Rudershausen of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania aboard her own Gunner and Taylor Burns of Blairstown, New Jersey on her own Cordero Zaffiro.

“My plan going into the jump-off was to do the inside turns that no one else was doing,” said Linback who returned last over the shorter course. “He is not as fast as some horses in the ring, but his stride is huge and his scope is impressive, so I knew that I could lose seconds by riding him smart.”

Linback piloted HH Dauphin to a clear jump-off ride in 37.42 seconds with Burns hot on her heels with Cordero Zaffiro. They finished clear in 39.3 seconds for second, while Rudershausen and Gunner were third. Linback was fourth on Woodrun’s Whittaker MVNZ and Barbara Ruziska of Ijamsville, Maryland capped the top five aboard Centennial Farm, Inc.’s FYI.

Linback only rode one mount into the money in the $15,000 Low Classic, but made that one ride count. She and Woodrun’s gelding Clooney, who she affectionately calls George, topped the 20-horse field and were one of only two double-clear efforts.

“The low was built big, so it suited my horse well – he is used to size,” said Linback of the nine-year-old Argentinean-bred gelding. “He did so well – he jumped out of his skin.”

Linback returned first in the jump-off with the clock on her mind. She and Clooney stopped the timers at 37.25 seconds with three to ride behind them.

Alexa Lowe-Wiseman of Upperville, Virginia followed Linback and was clear aboard Windsor Farm Sales’ Ami du Houssoit, but two seconds shy of the lead with a final time of 39.39 seconds she finished in second place. Andrea Smith of Ellicot City, Maryland rode her own Carivel to a four-fault effort for third and Sherri Jamison of Citra, Florida piloted her own Caliente Z to four jumping faults and two time faults to finish fourth. Sandra Zimmerli of Fairfax Station, Virginia and her own Apollo Mission capped the top five after one time fault in the first round.

Between competition in the Grand Prix Ring, a $10,000 USHJA Derby and a $10,000 Pre-Green Hunter Classic coupled with a full slate of hunter and jumper classes for every level, HITS Culpeper boasted a record-breaking day, giving away more than $100,000 in prize money. The big-money competition put an exclamation point on the 2013 HITS Culpeper season as all attention will soon turn to winter competition at HITS Ocala in Florida and HITS Thermal in California. While qualifying for the HITS Championship shifts into high gear during the winter months, HITS Culpeper will be well underway with a complete renovation project and HITS management looks forward to welcoming riders and horses alike back to a new and improved Commonwealth Park in 2014.

About Zoetis
Zoetis (zō-EH-tis) is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on a 60-year history as the animal health business of Pfizer, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, with a focus on both farm and companion animals. The company generated annual revenues of $4.3 billion in 2012. It has more than 9,300 employees worldwide and a local presence in approximately 70 countries, including 29 manufacturing facilities in 11 countries. Its products serve veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals in 120 countries. For more information on the company, visit www.zoetis.com.

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Tracy Fenney Eyes Two Championship Sunday Appearances

©ESI Photography. Tracy Fenney has a busy Sunday coming up – she is preparing to ride in the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix, as well as aiming MTM Inquisitive at the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final after the pair won the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix this weekend at HITS Saugerties.

Irene Peluso Wins Wild Card Appearance in $25,000 HITS Hunter Prix

SAUGERTIES, NY (September 2, 2013) – While still deciding what horse she will pilot in the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix just days away, Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas is pulling double duty as she aims MTM Inquisitive at the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final. Fenney and the five year old Warmblood gelding won Saturday’s $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix Wild Card at HITS Saugerties with a score of 177 after an 87 and 90.

Thirty-five competitors took to the Outside Course at HITS-on-the-Hudson over a track set by Rian Beals of Saugerties, New York. The class was the first time Inquisitive had seen the elements of the Outside Course, including the bank and multi-level surface. Despite his inexperience, however, Fenney piloted him to the fourth highest score in the first round.

“He was imported in March and we call him Inquisitive because he is always checking things out in the best way possible,” said Fenney. “He has a great attitude and despite being young and not as seasoned as the other horses out there, I think he will hold his own next week.”

Beals’ course made use of the bank in the Outside Course, asking riders to jump both in and out of the ring, as well as presented several oxers across the middle of the ring.

Adrienne Iverson of Califon, New Jersey led the first round with an 89 aboard Redfield Farm’s Clear Sailing. Their second round score of 86.5 combined for a 175.5 and handed them second place. Therese Peck of Flower Mound, Texas rode Cammy Turgon’s Scoop to an 88 and 85.5 for a total of 173.5, which was good enough for third place. Peck trains with Fenney and Mike McCormick, giving MTM Farm credit for two out of the top three placings.

David Oliynyk of Franklin, Massachusetts finished fourth with Lori Gaudet’s Generous. The pair won the Devoucoux Hunter Prix during Week VI and this time rode to an 86.5 and 86 for a total score of 172.5. Jaime Auletto of Cherry Hill, New Jersey capped the top five with score of 87.5 and 84.5 for a final score of 172 in the irons of her own Crusader.

With qualifying complete, the country’s top hunter riders will soon converge on HITS Saugerties in preparation for the richest hunter class in the world. Fenney and her fellow East Coast riders will soon do battle with West Coast qualifiers, including the likes of Hope Glynn and Nick Haness. Round one of the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final begins Friday morning in the Outside Course at HITS-on-the-Hudson.

©ESI Photography. Irene Peluso and Newcastle jump their way to a win in the $1,500 HITS Hunter Prix and earn a Wild Card berth in Sunday’s HITS $250,000 HITS Hunter Prix Final
©ESI Photography. Irene Peluso and Newcastle jump their way to a win in the $1,500 HITS Hunter Prix and earn a Wild Card berth in Sunday’s HITS $250,000 HITS Hunter Prix Final

$1,500 HITS Hunter Prix Wild Card
Sunday marked the very first $1,500 HITS Hunter Prix for Irene Peluso of Farmington, Connecticut and Rebecca Gorman’s Newcastle, but first-time jitters were not a problem for Peluso or the 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding. Peluso piloted Newcastle to the top score of 86 in the first round and combined it with a 74 in the second round for a total of 160.

“We had such a great time and went in with no expectations,” said Peluso, who trains at Folly Farm. “The bank was a great exercise for us – it’s all about balance and listening to your horse. There aren’t a lot of places where you get to experience that.”

The Wild Card win offered Peluso and Newcastle a coveted spot in the HITS $250,000 Hunter Prix Final, which she accepted. Thanks to the Wild Card berth into the second-annual event, the pair will compete against qualified riders from all corners of the country beginning this Friday.

Newcastle is recently back from an injury and has been away from the show scene, according to Peluso who made a transition from the jumper ring to the hunters this summer. “I lost my jumper earlier this summer and riding Newcastle has been very therapeutic for me. He goes in the ring like a pro every time and helps me out when I need it.”

Behind Peluso, Audrey Gallagher of Richmond, Virginia rode Alexandra Worthington’s Romina 58 to scores of 77.5 and 80 for a total of 157.5 and second place. Third was awarded to Teddy Vlock of Branford, Connecticut and his own Remember When after scores of 78 and 76 combined for a 154. Nicole Oliynyk of Franklin, Massachusetts piloted her own Sea Walker to fourth with scores of 72 and 78 for a total of 150, and Tracie Schoelen of Toms River, New Jersey closed out the top five with scores of 74 and 75 for a total of 149 in the irons of her own Redford.

The long-awaited Diamond Mills $500,000 and HITS $250,000 Hunter Prix Finals take the stage beginning on Friday. The first two rounds will take place on the Outside Course before the top 25 ride for historic prize money in the Strongid C 2X Grand Prix Stadium on HITS Championship Sunday, September 8.

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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Tracy Fenney Picks Up Zoetis Million Momentum with a Win in $40,000 HITS Grand Prix

©ESI Photography. Tracy Fenney and MTM Centano jump their way to a win in the $40,000 HITS Grand Prix.

CULPEPER, VA (August 27, 2013) – Top prize in the $40,000 HITS Grand Prix presented by Zoetis at HITS Culpeper came down to a speed duel on Sunday afternoon. Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas topped a five-horse jump-off with MTM Farms’ MTM Centano by fractions of a second. She returned first over the short course and crossed the timers clear in 42.60 seconds, eventually landing her the blue ribbon.

Jerry Dougherty of Bokeelia, Florida set the track for the grand prix, which included 13 obstacles and 16 jumping efforts. Three double combinations tested riders with an oxer-oxer at fence five, a vertical-oxer at fence seven and an oxer-vertical at fence 12. “The footing dried out perfectly after some rain earlier in the week and the course was difficult, but was a really nice way to get ready for Saugerties and the [Zoetis] Million,” said Fenney. “There were a couple of tall verticals that did a good job of getting the horses ready for what they will see in Saugerties.”

From a field of 23, Fenney was joined in the jump-off by Jordan Coyne of New Port Richey, Florida on two different self-owned mounts – Lazaro and Cordovo, as well as Henrick Gunderson of Wellington, Florida with his own Krake Ask and Jared Petersen aboard Derek Petersen’s Titus 2:11.

After finishing one-two in last week’s Culpeper grand prix, Petersen and Coyne were primed for a repeat. “I knew that those kids can be fast, and anyone in the jump-off could have come away with the win,” said Fenney. “Going first in the jump-off, I didn’t have much of a choice but to go as fast as I could and try and put as much pressure on them as possible.”

Coyne went second and chased Fenney’s Great American Time to Beat, piloting Cordova to a clear round in 48.43 seconds. Petersen took to the course next but had a bit of bad luck as he and Titus 2:11 clipped two rails for eight faults in a time of 44.50 seconds. Coyne returned fourth with a second chance at besting Fenney and was well on her way, but landed from the last jump two tenths of a second slower, finishing clear in 42.83 seconds. Gunderson and Krake Ask wrapped up the jump-off with four faults in a time of 47.87 seconds.

Coyne was both second and third on Lazaro and Cordova, respectively, while Gunderson finished fourth and Petersen fifth.

“Centano is a really big horse, so most people look at him and assume he is slow,” said Fenney of the gelding who has proved to be anything but slow. “His stride is deceiving and he covers so much ground. We turned really tight at the 5 A-B in-and-out in the jump-off and I think that is where we won it.”

With the wrap of the August HITS Culpeper shows, Fenney is heading north for HITS Saugerties Weeks VII and VIII. At this point, she is still unsure which mount – Centano or MTM Timon – she will pilot in the coveted Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix on September 8. Grand prix riders still have two qualifying opportunities, plus the $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, on September 6 before the fourth annual Zoetis Million takes the stage at HITS-on-the-Hudson.

$15,000 Brook Ledge Open Jumper Prix
With some unknown foreshadowing, Fenney and Gunderson went to battle on Friday in the $15,000 Brook Ledge Open Jumper Prix. Fenney and Centano finished on top, while Gundersen and his own Sly were second over the 1.45m course.

Coyne rounded out the top three with Cordova and Gundersen was also fourth with his own Adlanteur.Andrea Torres Guerreiro capped the top five with Santa Catalina Farm’s Emma Du Chateau.

Brook Ledge Horse Transportation presents weekly jumper classes at HITS Culpeper. 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 accumulates the most points in those classes throughout the HITS Culpeper circuit.

About Zoetis
Zoetis (zō-EH-tis) is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on a 60-year history as the animal health business of Pfizer, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, with a focus on both farm and companion animals. The company generated annual revenues of $4.3 billion in 2012. It has more than 9,300 employees worldwide and a local presence in approximately 70 countries, including 29 manufacturing facilities in 11 countries. Its products serve veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals in 120 countries. For more information on the company, visit www.zoetis.com.

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Tracy Fenney and MTM Timon Win the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

OCALA, FL (February 21, 2013) – Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas rode to a HITS Ocala hat trick with MTM Farm’s MTM Timon today, picking up her third grand prix win of the winter circuit. She and the13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding that carried her to three top-twenty finishes in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, and countless grand prix victories, were the best of 37 in today’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis.

Fenney characterized the course as fair for $25,000 and was one of eight to produce first-round clears and advance to the jump-off. Course designer Danny Foster of Milton, Ontario built a 13-obstacle course, which included a triple and double combination.

The jump-off saw four in a row go clean and Michael Hughes of Allendale, New Jersey aboard Christina Fried’s Luxina got it started. The 17-year-old rider posted a time of 45.16 seconds, which was quickly bested by Kristen VanderVeen of St. Charles, Illinois with Bull Run Jumpers’ Bull Run’s Eternal. She finished in 45.09 seconds, hinting that today’s class results would be determined by the clock.

With only one of her two mounts advancing, Fenney had to play her speed card early in the second round. Third to ride, she and Timon crushed the Great American Time To Beat by almost two full seconds and crossed the beam in 53.58 to sit first. She then waited, fingers crossed, for the remaining five trips, but the code had been cracked. Harold Chopping of Southern Pines, North Carolina produced one more clear round with Paddy Ann Burns’ Calando Z, but was two seconds too slow for the lead.

VanderVeen finished second and Hughes third. Chopping settled for fourth and Aaron Vale of Morriston, Florida capped the top five in the irons of 2VR Showjumpers’ Zippo II – the fastest of the four-fault rounds. SmartPak will continue to sponsor $25,000 grand prix each Thursday for the next three weeks, each presented by Zoetis.

Fenney has experienced surplus grand prix success at HITS Ocala in the past several years and swept the high-performance jumper classes during Week II this winter. She has her two top mounts, MTM Timon and MTM Centano, primed for Sunday’s $50,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, as well as anticipating a return to HITS Championship Weekend’s Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix this fall. She and husband Mike McCormick, however, may be thinking of taking their success west this year. “We own all of our horses, so we have some freedom as far as our schedule is concerned,” said Fenney. “We are considering taking a trip to California this season for the [AIG Thermal] $1 Million class out there as well as the [Zoetis] $1 Million in Saugerties.”

While some chase $1 million glory on the West Coast, East Coast riders will have their chance to ride for serious money during the same weekend. The $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix, presented by Great American Insurance Group, will return to HITS Ocala March 17.

$2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome
Canada was well represented in the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome this week at HITS Ocala and was the home country of three of the top five riders.

©ESI Photography. Kim Farlinger and her own Caprice van de Brouweshoeve on their way to winning the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome
©ESI Photography. Kim Farlinger and her own Caprice van de Brouweshoeve on their way to winning the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome

Kim Farlinger and Kelley Robinson, both hailing from Ontario, were one-two in the 1.40m event – Farlinger on her own Caprice van de Brouweshoeve and Robinson in the irons of Cimarron Farm’s Barretta. Farlinger topped 28 contenders for the win. Also from Ontario, Jean-Nicholas Goyette rode to fourth aboard his own Delgado Van Neerhoff.

Denise Wilson of Dousman, Wisconsin was third on Blue Gate Farm, LLC’s Aconito 5, while Ocala, Florida local My Weber capped the top five aboard AvailableJumpers.com’s Available Aphrodite.

Brook Ledge Horse Transportation will continue to present a weekly jumper class throughout the three weeks remaining in the circuit. Aside from the winner’s purse, Brook Ledge Open Welcome riders also compete for the Brook Ledge Rider Bonus, which 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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