PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
  February 9, 2012

Home of the World's Richest Weekend in Show Jumping - September 8-9, 2012 
HITS-on-the-Hudson - Saugerties, NY

Ocala Premier comes to a close as rated competition gets underway at HITS Ocala

OCALA, FL (February 9, 2012) – Riders, trainers and owners wrapped up the first week of rated competition at HITS Post Time Farm at the Ocala Premiere this weekend and settled in for six more weeks of AA rated hunter/jumper competition. Competitors move on to the Ocala Winter Classic this week as Grand Prix and Hunter riders are offered another round of opportunities to qualify for the HITS Championship Weekend at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York in September.

Tracy Fenney goes two-for-two at HITS Ocala

Tracy Fenney started the Ocala Winter Circuit off on the right foot as she boasted two back-to-back Grand Prix victories aboard two different mounts. After an impressive victory in Thursday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, aboard MTM Farm’s MTM Timon, she celebrated her birthday on Sunday by going one-two in the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, on MTM Farm’s MTM Centano and MTM Timon, respectively. Fenney’s wins marked the first and second of 14 remaining qualifiers for the anticipated Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, scheduled for September 9, 2012 as part of HITS-on-the-Hudson’s all-new Championship Weekend.


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Tracy Fenney and MTM Timon are back to their winning ways at HITS Ocala. The pair took first place in Thursday's $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at Post Time Farm.


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Tracy Fenney and MTM Centano cruise through the course in Sunday's $50,000 EMO Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala.

Hunter riders embark on the road to qualifying

As Grand Prix riders try for their spot in the third annual Pfizer Million, Hunter competitors will also take to qualifying for two HITS Championship Weekend offerings – the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final and the all-new $250,000 HITS 3’ Hunter Prix Final.

The Ocala Premiere hosted an exciting weekend of competition as Jennifer Alfano, one of the nation’s leading Hunter riders, was showcased in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix with a win aboard Helen Lenahan’s Sting. Rising to the top of amateur competition was Michelle Stopford in the iron’s of Mark Stopford’s Agassi, who topped a field of 19 competitors to take home the blue in the $1,500 HITS 3’ Hunter Prix.

There was plenty of hardware to be won at the Ocala Premier and Vanessa McCarthy earned her fair share with a win in the Marshall & Sterling Medal aboard her won Ralph Lauren. Aley Russell won the Farnam adult Medal in the iron’s of her own Rio. Other wins throughout the week included Hasbrouck Donovan taking the $7,500 U-Dump Junior Jumper High Classic aboard DerbyPie, LLC’s Delilah and Mallory Vale wining the Amateur Owner offering on Thinkslikeahorse’s Kryptonite.


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Jennifer Alfano and Helen Lenahan’s Sting earned the top score in Sunday's $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix at HITS Ocala.


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Michelle Stopford of Reddick, Florida and Mark Stopford’s Agassi finished first in Saturday's $2,500 HITS 3' Hunter Prix at HITS Ocala.

For complete results from the Ocala Premiere, click here.

Coming Up

During the next six weeks of show jumping action, HITS Ocala is also proud to present a variety of special events to HITS competitors.The Paddock Mall, located on Highway 200 at 3100 College Road, will offer specials for HITS exhibitors every Monday during the 2012 Winter Circuit.

Charles Owen Helmet Awareness Week is underway and runs through Sunday, stressing the importance of responsible riding. Representatives from Charles Owen Helmets will be on-hand to educate riders on the importance of properly fitted, approved riding helmets. Make sure to fill out a Charles Owen Riders' Pledge and enter to win a free Charles Owen Helmet – winner will be announced Sunday, February 12.

Saturday, Der Dau will host a Launch Party at its booth featuring the debut of their new Dream Boot.

On Sunday, February 12, HITS Official Radio Station, Country 103.7 The Gator will host a welcome party for everyone at HITS at The Hilton in Ocala from 6 – 10 pm. Exhibitors are encouraged to escape the show grounds and meet at the Outside Pool Deck next to the Hilton Lobby and enjoy a Valentine’s Day themed party featuring great music, give-aways and complimentary food.

About SmartPak

SmartPak Equine was founded in 1999 with the purpose of simplifying the administration of nutritional supplements and medications for horses. The SmartPak system has been embraced by riders from all disciplines and all levels, including many Olympic medalists. In addition to the SmartPak supplement system, they offer a broad line of horse health, show apparel, tack, dog supplies and equine and canine pharmacy items. For more information on SmartPak, please visit SmartPak.com.

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 and Virginia. In 2010, HITS took the industry to new heights when it hosted the first-ever Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix. In 2011, HITS hosted the richest weekend in show jumping with the return of the Pfizer Million and the introduction of the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final. In 2012, the historic weekend will get even sweeter with the addition of the $250,000 HITS 3’ Hunter Prix Final September 8-9.


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2012 HITS Show Schedule

HITS Desert Circuit
Thermal, CA
January 24 - March 11

HITS Ocala Winter Circuit 
Ocala, FL

January 18 - March 18

HITS Arizona Winter Circuit
Tucscon, AZ
February 1 - March 11

HITS Culpeper Show Series
Culpeper, VA
April / July / August / September

HITS Saugerties Show Series
Saugerties, NY
May-June / July-August / September

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