Hunter Exhibitors Rock the Ring at HITS Coachella Desert Circuit

Thermal, CA (January 25, 2017): California’s first qualifying opportunity for the Diamond Mills Hunter Final and Platinum Performance Hunter Final, which takes place at the HITS Championship each September, commenced during Week I of the HITS Coachella Desert Circuit. Riders and horses from the west coast and beyond turned out to compete in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix and the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix.
$5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix
John French dominated the classes, taking home three places in the top five in last weekend’s $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix. It was a battle between French and fellow Californian hunter pro, Hope Glynn, who brought home second and fourth place.

The blue ribbon for French came aboard Bay Lane, owned by Noelle Wolf; they raked in the second-highest score of the first round, an 86, and an 84 in the second round for a winning total of 170.

Hope Glynn followed close behind in second place with Canturo T, owned by October Hill Hunters and Jumpers. Glynn earned third-place in last September’s $500,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix at HITS Saugerties, and has started this season off well, garnering a total of 169 after receiving a first-round score of 84 and a second-round score of 85.  

French was third in the ribbons with Maritime, owned by Meadow Farms, LLC. They scored just one-half of a point behind Glynn with 168.5, thanks to their combined scores of 85 and 83.5, respectively.

Glynn and Fandango HX, owned by Karen Trione, earned fourth place with a first round score of 87, the highest in the class, and a second-round score of 80 to total 167.

French rounded out the top five with Soldier, also owned by Meadow Farms, LLC. They earned consistent scores of 83 in both rounds to total 166 and the fifth-place prize.
Place  Horse Owner Rider Prize R.1 Score R.2 Score Total
1 Bay Lane Noelle Wolf John French $1,500  86 84 170
2 Canturo T October Hill Hunters and Jumpers Hope Glynn $1,000 84 85 169
3 Maritime Meadow Farms, LLC John French $700 85 83.5 168.5
4 Fandango HX Karen Trione Hope Glynn $500 87 80 167
5 Soldier Meadow Farms, LLC John french $400 83 83 166
6 Maple Bay Ellen Brown Shelley Campf $325 82.5 83 165.5
7 Puissance R Lisa Hankin Jenny Karazissis $300 81 84 165
8 Know-How Karson Parry Dustin Goodwin $275 82 82 164
John French and Bay Lane on their way to a $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix win. 
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John French and Bay Lane winning the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix. 
$1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix
Violet Barnett kicked off the Coachella Desert Circuit with a bang, bringing home not only the win in the first $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix of the season, but also the second-place prize as well.

Barnett took the victory piloting Luscious, owned by Sloan Lindemann-Barnett. They earned an 82 in the first round, improving to an 83 in the second for the winning total of 165.

Her second place mount was Venice. They earned the second-place prize with a final score of 163, combined by their scores of 81 and 82, respectively.

Third in the ribbons was Sue Takata riding A Timely Affair, owned by Stonebridge Farm. They received an 80 in the first round, followed by a 78 in the second round for a total of 158.

Elizabeth Stodden took home fourth place with Lonan Z, and the top five rounded out with Makenna Thrasher riding Ishta Devata.
Place Horse Owner Rider Prize R.1 Score R.2 Score Total
1 Luscious Sloan Lindermann-Barnett Violet Barnett $450 82 83 165
2 Venice Violet Barnett Violet Barnett $300 81 82 163
3 A Timely Affair Stonebridge Farm Sue Takata $200 80 78 158
4 Lonan Z Elizabeth Stodden Elizabeth Stodden $150 77 80 157
5 Ishta Devata Makenna Thrasher Makenna Thrasher $125 79 76 155
6 Wingman Forever Ageless Sport Horses Katie Cox $100 74 75 149
7 Alberto SF Lauren Sherry Grace Tuton $100 72 74 146
8 Amazing Furth Bonomi Farm, LLC Adele Bonomi $50 67 71 138
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Violet Barnett and Luscious on their way to a $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix win.
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Violet Barnett pictured with her first-place and second-place mounts, Luscious(1) and Venice(2) after winning the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix
About HITS, Inc.
HITS, Inc. produces high-quality, international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the Village of Saugerties, HITS has been producing shows since 1982 and is now a nationwide company with world-class circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York, Virginia, a new property coming to Chicago, Illinois in May 2017. 

While hosting the richest weekend in show jumping at HITS-on-the-Hudson, HITS also formed the Triple Crown of Show Jumping. This includes the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix  in Thermal, California, the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala, Florida and Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix FEI CSI-5* in Saugerties, New York.

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