For Immediate Release
July 31, 2009



Katie Dinan rides top Hunter Angelo to the blue in the $10,000 USHJA/Chronicle of the Horse International Hunter Derby

  SAUGERTIES, NY (July 31, 2009)Angelo proved that he is one of the top hunters around when Katie Dinan rode him to the blue in the $10,000 USHJA/Chronicle of the Horse International Hunter Derby at HITS-on-the-Hudson, in Saugerties, New York.

The pair got the best of 46 starters on a course set by Rian Beals, of Saugerties, New York, in the Grand Hunter Ring at HITS-on-the-Hudson. The top 12 in the first round were invited back for a handy round where Angelo and Dinan stole the show with their brilliance.

“He is the best hunter in the country,” said Dinan’s trainer Steve Weiss. “A lot of people will tell you the same thing. He is a fantastic jumper and has a great style.”

In 2008, the Small Junior Hunter was named Horse of the Year as well as Champion at Harrisburg, Capital Challenge and Washington. Dinan piloted her horse to a Championship at Devon this year and showed him in the Regular Working Hunters at Lake Placid where he was named the Grand Champion.

“The best thing about Katie is that she is a straight A student,” said Weiss. “She's not skipping school to ride. She goes to school full-time and rides full-time. She is an extremely dedicated kid.”

Dinan and Angelo came from behind to win the prestigious class as Patricia Griffith and Cool Boy led the way heading into the second round. When the class was complete Griffith would finish in sixth aboard Cool Boy and 12th riding Travino.

“We did the best we could,” said Griffith. “Beals did a great job on the course.  The handy round was fresh and interesting. This was a nicely run event.”

Matthew Metwell and Pioneer took second place in the class and Kirsten Coe took third and fourth place aboard Radscha a.w. and Double Diamond, respectively. The fifth-place ribbon went out to Crespo, ridden by Alexa Bayko.

Over the course of the 2009 show season, HITS has proudly hosted the USHJA/Chronicle of the Horse International Hunter Derby at its Thermal, Ocala and Saugerties horse shows. HITS winners in the Derby for 2009 have included John French and Mountain Homes Stables' Rumba, who took the title twice in Thermal this year; Jen Alfano and SBS Farm Inc.’s Jersey Boy in Ocala and, now, Dinan and Angelo in Saugerties.

Show jumping action continues this weekend in Saugerties and features the big summer finale, the $125,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix to close out the series on Sunday, August 2.

HITS, Inc. is a special events management company primarily focused on producing hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS produced its first horse show circuit in Gainesville, Florida in 1982. Since that time, HITS has grown into a nationwide company with world-class hunter/jumper circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia.

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©Lili Weik Photography
Katie Dinan and Angelo on course in the $10,000 USHJA/Chronicle of the Horse International Hunter Derby at HITS Saugerties.

©Lili Weik Photography
Katie Dinan and Angelo are congratulated after their exciting come-from-behind win in Thursday's $10,000 USHJA/Chronicle of the Horse International Hunter Derby in Saugerties, New York. 

1 Angelo Katie Dinan   Katie Dinan LLC   $3,000
2 Pioneer Matthew Metell  Zeidler Farm Canada LTD  $2,000
3 Radscha a.w.  Kirsten Coe  Heritage Farm Inc  $1,400
4 Double Diamond  Kirsten Coe  Christina Gellos  $1,000
5 Crespo             Alexa Bayko Alexa Bayko $800
6 Cool Boy Patricia Griffith Peter Pletcher $700
7 Vulkano  David Oliynyk Millar Brooke Farm $600
8 Borealus  Katie Dinan Katie Dinan $500
9 Cervinio  Katherine Schmidt Saer Coulter
10 Beyond Belief  Geoff Case Marian Giffin 
11 Eastwood  Kelly Tropin Kelly Tropin
12 Travino Patricia Griffith Heritage Farm Inc 


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