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March 25, 2014

Thieme Owns The Night In The Great American $1 Million Grand Prix

Ocala, Fla.—March 24   

Just after the thud of the rail echoed through the stadium, an excited “Whoop!” of joy followed.

“Oops, was I too loud?” Andre Thieme said sheepishly in the press conference of his in-gate celebration. He can be forgiven—that rail thudding meant he just won $350,000. “It’s a big difference between first and second, so I was maybe a little too loud, but I was very excited,” Thieme admitted.

March 13, 2014

Entries Finalized For AIG $1 Million Grand Prix At HITS Desert Circuit

Thermal, Calif.—March 13   

HITS, Inc., announced the final list of riders set to compete in Sunday’s AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, presented by Lamborghini Newport Beach, at HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, Calif.

With the touch-down of the East Coast qualified riders and manager’s picks yesterday, the list is made up of a cast of international superstars, World Cup Champions, Olympians and wide-eyed young talent.

March 10, 2014

Veterans Cristallo And Flexible Make Short Work Of Winning At HITS Thermal

Thermal, Calif.—March 7-9  

What brought Richard Spooner home to California from Europe after two years away from the HITS Desert Circuit? The allure of the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix on March 17.

With that in mind, Spooner rode his veteran Cristallo to the top of the $50,000 CardFlex Grand Prix at HITS Desert Circuit on March 9. He hopes he and the 16-year-old Cristallo are just getting warmed up. “When the jumps get bigger, Cristallo gets better, so we will see what happens,” Spooner said.

February 24, 2014

King's Dream Horse Wins One At HITS Thermal

Thermal, Callif.—Feb. 23   

Quigley may not have many grand prix miles behind him, but his rider Kyle King of Ocala, Fla., is looking forward to the 10-year-old gelding stepping up to the level with a bang.

He is certainly on the right track after winning Sunday’s $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Thermal. “He’s the horse of my dreams,” said King. “Who knows where we go from here, but he’s the best horse I’ve ever had.”

February 23, 2014

Gingras Gets It Done For Canada In HITS Thermal World Cup Class

Thermal, Calif.—Feb. 22   

It wasn’t just hockey fans celebrating for Canada this weekend. Neighbors from our north dominated the $50,000 Purina Animal Nutrition CSI-W, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Thermal. Elizabeth Gingras of Alberta and the up-and-coming Bretton Chad, also of Alberta, went one-two for Canada in a three-horse jump-off and celebrated together for their home nation.

February 18, 2014

Alpha VDL Starts Out A Winner At HITS Ocala $50,000 HITS Grand Prix

Ocala, Fla.—Feb. 16   

The future looks bright for Darragh Kenny after his new ride Alpha VDL topped their second grand prix together. “He’s a big, easy-going horse. I’ve shown him a few times now and nothing fazes him,” said Kenny. “He has a big stride and for a big horse he is amazingly light on his feet.”

February 2, 2014

Saer Coulter And Springtime Own the Clock To Win $50,000 Strongid C 2X CSI-W At HITS Thermal

Thermal, Calif. — Feb. 1    

In their first grand prix of the 2014 season, Saer Coulter and Springtime kicked off their year on the highest of notes. They topped a field of 31 in the $50,000 Strongid© C 2X CSI-W, presented by Zoetis, to highlight World Cup week at HITS Thermal. The class was a qualifier for the Longines FEI World Cup Finals in Lyon, France this April.

January 31, 2014

Ashlee Bond Clarke Wins No. 2 In HITS Thermal

Thermal, Calif.—Jan. 30   

Ashlee Bond Clarke of Hidden Hills, Calif., has had her eye on Chela LS for years. The big-bodied chestnut mare was the ride of Simon Nizri before Bond Clarke purchased Chela LS in July. It was then that she realized just how special the mare, now coming 10, really was.

January 27, 2014

Fenney Goes Two For Two At HITS Ocala

Ocala, Fla.—Jan. 26   

After jumping to the top of Jan. 24’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas, found success again on Jan. 26 in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, this time aboard MTM Farm’s Centano.

January 20, 2014

Centurion B: Grand Prix Winner And Parade Horse

When the Chronicle posted a photo of Lisa Goldman and Centurion B winning the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix on its Facebook page, the comments about the chestnut’s clip job almost outnumbered the congratulations.

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