OCALA, FL (January 28, 2013) – Tracy Fenney went two-for-two this week with a win in Thursday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health and in yesterday’s $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health aboard MTM Farm’s MTM Timon.
Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas showed her two longtime mounts on Sunday, MTM Centano and MTM Timon and produced clear rounds on both, to help shape an exciting jump-off of eight horse and rider combinations over a course designed by Ken Krome of Westminster, Maryland.
“I think this was a really good, forward, confidence building class,” Krome commented. “I was really happy with the way it turned out. The horses jumped great, I thought eight was a good number clear and 12 finished with four faults, which is great. There was not a lot of trouble on the course.”
The weather was beautiful and the stands full of spectators as Aaron Vale attempted the jump-off first aboard Zippo II, owned by 2VR Showjumpers. Vale, of Morriston, Florida, had dominated Week I of the competition with back-to-back wins in the Grand Prix and looked for his third win early in the season. He posted a four fault round in 41.00 seconds to set the pace.
Next to show was Lisa Goldman of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois and Mary Goldman’s Centurion B. Goldman is enjoying her first season at HITS Ocala and has already seen several early top finishes. Her student Grace Knox captured the win in the $15,000 Marshall & Sterling Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic as Goldman tried to emulate success on Sunday. She posted a fast double-clear round in 39.21 seconds to take the lead and post a new Great American Time to Beat.
Goldman’s lead held up for the next several trips until Fenney returned second to last, with her second mount of the jump-off , MTM Timon. After suffering a four fault round with MTM Centano, Fenney re-strategized to take the lead. A tight inside turn that nobody else dared gave Fenney the advantage and shaved two seconds off the time to beat in 37.77 seconds.
“The course was great today; it was very friendly for the horses which is nice this early in the season. It was competitive, but we didn’t have to pull out all the stops,” said Fenney, who is primed for another appearance in the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix. “It’s great to be back here on the road to the Pfizer Million again. We work towards that all year long and we start here in Ocala. I haven’t jumped these horses at all the last several months, and they’re being fantastic. We just started using Pfizer’s Xylexis on both of my Grand Prix horses and they showed up to Ocala as healthy as can be, so we couldn’t be any happier.”
Goldman ended in second with Patty Stovel in third aboard her own Carigor Z. Jonathon Millar of Perth, Ontario was fourth with Iron Horse Farm’s Cantero Z and Santiago Medina and his own Monterrey in fifth.
Fenney and the rest of the high-performance roster at HITS Ocala is now geared up for Week III as the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix and the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, both presented by Pfizer Animal Health, highlight the competition on the road to HITS Championship Weekend.
$15,000 Marshall & Sterling Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic
It was another exciting weekend for child and adult jumper riders as 41 competitors made their way to the grand prix ring to capture show jumping glory in the $15,000 Marshall & Sterling Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic. Grace Knox of North Barrington, Illinois and her own Rapidash captured the blue ribbon after an exciting 12 horse jump-off. Lacy Morrone Cramer of Pittstown, New Jersey and Equi-Sport LLC’s Val De Loir-Imoo took home second place while Alissa Kinsey of Danville, New Hampshire and her own Grisset rounded out the top three.
$5,000 U-Dump Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper High Classic
The $5,000 U-Dump Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper High Classic was the prelude to Sunday’s grand prix as 20 junior and amateur jumper riders took to the ring. Callie Morgan Smith of Jacksonville, Florida topped the field aboard Smithfield Farm’s Upstaire, while Jordan Coyne of New Port Richey, Florida and her own Cordovo came in second place and Erin Haas of Ann Arbor, Michigan and North Face Farm’s As di Chupito took third, respectively.
$50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health
|Place||Horse||Owner||Rider||Prize $||Rd 1 Faults||JO Faults||JO Time|
|1||MTM Timon||MTM Farm||Tracy Fenney||$15,000||0||0||37.77|
|2||Centurion B||Mary Goldman||Lisa Goldman||$11,000||0||0||39.21|
|3||Carigor Z||Patty Stovel||Patty Stovel||$6,500||0||0||39.49|
|4||Cantero Z||Iron Horse Farm||Jonathon Millar||$4,000||0||0||42.12|
|5||Monterrey||Santiago Medina||Santiago Medina||$3,000||0||4||39.07|
|6||Zippo II||2VR Showjumpers||Aaron Vale||$2,500||0||4||41.00|
|7||MTM Centano||MTM Farm||Tracy Fenney||$2,000||0||4||41.18|
|8||Winter||Blue Gate Farm, LLC||Denise Wilson||$1,500||0||4||45.09|
|9||Morocco||Lisa Goldman||Lisa Goldman||$1,500||4||–||–|
|10||Yolo||Hays Investment Corp.||Hunter Holloway||$1,000||4||–||–|
|11||La Rocco Jun||Kyle Dewar||Kyle Dewar||$1,000||4||–||–|