Tracy Fenney Wins $50,000 HITS Grand Prix at HITS Ocala Week VII

Ocala, FL (March 6, 2017): Week VII at HITS Ocala came to end with Sunday’s $50,000 HITS Grand Prix and 37 riders went head-to-head for the chance to sit on top of the leaderboard.

The rider to beat would be Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas, riding MTM Reve Du Paradis, owned by MTM Farm. The pair claimed the win as the quickest of the four-fault rounds in the jump-off.

Course designer Olaf Petersen, Jr. of Germany set a challenging course for the day’s contenders, but only four would garner clear rounds overt the first-round course to advance to the jump-off course.

Hayley Waters was the first to re-enter the ring to test the shortened course aboard Qurint, owned by Chuck and Dana Waters. Waters would ultimately opt to retire her mount, saving the ride for another day. Their appearance in the jump-off would still give them the eventual fourth-place ribbon.

Next in was David Beisel piloting Ammeretto, owned by Equine Holdings, LLC. Beisel took home the other grand prix win earlier in the week with another horse in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand prix, and would once again return to the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium to snag a top five finish.

Beisel and Ammeretto finished the course with two rails, resulting in eight faults in a time of 38.798, which would ultimately land them with the third-place prize.

Following Beisel was Canadian equestrian Kyle Timm riding Cornet’s Gold 2, owned by Apex Equestrian Center. They would finish with one less rail in a four-fault trip of 48.371, putting them at the top of the leaderboard with only one trip remaining.

Victors Fenney and MTM Reve Du Paradis are no strangers to the winners circle at HITS Post Time farm, and Fenney has snagged several blue ribbons and top finishes at HITS including third place in last year’s $500,0000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix at the HITS Championship in Saugerties, New York.

Fenney knew what she had to do to capture the win, after a rail in the course, she put the pedal to the medal, knowing she would need a speedy round to be victorious. She and her powerful grey clocked in at 43.060 to take home the title and the lion’s share of the prize purse. 

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Tracy Fenney and Reve Du Paradis on their way to a $50,000 HITS Grand Prix win. 
David Beisel Sweeps Up the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix Win
Week VII is in full-tilt at HITS Post Time Farm and the competition really started to heat up on Thursday with the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix.

Thirty-six riders turned out to compete over the course set by Olaf Petersen Jr. of Germany. Six would go clear in the first round to advance to the jump-off, where four would gain another clean round.

The team to beat proved to be David Beisel and call Me Hannes, owned by Harlow Investment Enterprises, LLC. They captured the win with a thrilling ride as the second-to-last trip in the jump-off. Not only would Beisel take home the victory, but he would also take home the third-place prize aboard Ammeretto, owned by Equine Holdings, LLC.

Beisel was first to test the abbreviated course, riding Ammeretto. They set the tone for the remaining challengers with a cool, clear round in 42.390.

Following Beisel was hometown dynamo Hayley Waters and Qurint, owned by Chuck and Dana Waters. They powered through the course, chasing Beisel’s ride with every ounce of their skill. They too would clock in clear, but their time of 42.693 was just fractions of a second behind, ultimately settling them in fourth place.

Next in was Irish equestrienne Christina Kelly piloting Kingdom, owned by Andrea O’Brien. Kelly and Kingdom laid down a blazing-fast ride to move up on the leaderboard with their trip in 41.708, taking over the temporary lead.

Germany’s Andre Thieme followed suit with Conbalou, owned by Seth Vallhonrat. They clocked in with four faults in 46.016 to eventually round-out the top five with the pink ribbon.

Victors Beisel and Call Me Hannes were next to challenge the abbreviated course. The crowd cheered as they took each fence by storm and zoomed toward the finish line. As Call Me Hannes’ feet touched the ground, and they passed the timers in 40.160, it was clear there was a new leader.

Thieme had one more chance to bump Beisel from the top spot with his second ride in the jump-off, Cupertino, owned by Susanne Lehrfield. They were careful in their pursuit, but a rail and two time faults would give them six total faults as they crossed the finish in 54.946. Still, Thieme would also take home two good ribbons, one for fifth and one for sixth place.

To see the full results of the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, please click here.
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David Beisel and Call Me Hannes on their way to a $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix win. 

Devin Ryan Wins $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Welcome at HITS Ocala

The seventh week of competition resumed at HITS Post Time Farm on Wednesday with the $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Welcome.

Six would move on from the first-round to the jump-off over the course set by Olaf Petersen, Jr. of Germany. The team to emerge victorious was Devin Ryan of Long Valley, New Jersey, piloting Cooper.

Ryan has had several victories and top placings this season at HITS Ocala, including an FEI CSI4* win during the FEI Nations Cup™ week. Ryan also placed fourth in last Sunday’s $50,000 HITS FEI Grand Prix.

This week, he and Cooper captured the win with a thrillingly-fast round in 37.213. Their time was over six seconds ahead for the lead, and as the second-to-last rider in the jump-off, it provided an exciting finale to the class.

Hunter Holloway and Cassanova 30, owned by Virginia T Bartholomay were the first to put in a clean round in the Jump-off. Holloway also took home an FEI Grand Prix victory during Nations Cup Week at HITS Ocala, and today she piloted her powerful mount through the course in 43.375 seconds which would hold up for second place when the class was finished.   

Next in was Debbie McCarthy Connor and Zim, owned by Connor & Ebetino Jumpers, LLC. Chasing Holloway’s cool, clear trip, they flew to the finish. All of the rails would remain intact as they stopped the clock in 45.255, a few seconds shy of the lead but good enough for third place.

Francois Lamontagne was next to enter the ring with Chanel Du Calvaire. The two have been in the top ribbons in the past few weeks at HITS Ocala, and for this class, they would not be bumped out of the top five. An unfortunate rail at a mid-course vertical would give them four faults as they crossed the timers in 39.440, finishing in fourth place.

Ryan and Cooper were next, and they zoomed through the course no holds barred, in a blazing-fast 37.216.

Kristen Coe of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, was the final rider to challenge the jump-off course. Coe rode Silver Creek’s Rolex to a valiant trip, with one rail mid-course. Their time of 41.211 was not quick enough to catch Lamontagne, rounding out the top five with fifth-place honors.

Looking ahead, the countdown is on to the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix, the grand finale of the Ocala Winter Circuit. For tickets, please click here

Place      Horse  Owner Rider Prize R.1 Faults J.O Faults J.O Time
1 Cooper Devin Ryan Devin Ryan $1,500   0 0 37.216
2 Cassanova 30 Virginia T. bartholomay Hunter Holloway $1,000 0 0 43.325
3 Zim Connor & Ebetino Jumpers Debbie McCarthy Connor $700 0 0 45.253
4 Chanel Du Calvaire Francois Lamontagne Francois Lamontagne $500 0 4 39.440
5 Silver Creek's Rolex Silver Creek Farms Kirsten Coe $400 0 4 41.211
6 MTM Carelly MTM Farm Tracy Fenney $350 0 12 35.948
7 Bolanda VDL Canadian Woods Enterprise August Torsilieri $300 4 - -
8 Condero 3 DDM Equestrian, LLC Brian Moggre $250 4 - -
9 Charmeur Ask Melissa Rudershausen Melissa Rudershausen - 4 - -
10 Stitch Amy Yoder Carlos Aramburo - 4 - -
11 Ca Va Bien Trade Winds Farm Agath D'Ambra - 4 - -
12 Cavalier II Caitlyn Shields Caitlyn Shields - 4 - -


Devin Ryan and Cooper on their way to a $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Welcome win. 
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, and 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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