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March 14, 2010

Bottom Line Moves To The Top In $300,000 Grand Prix Of The Desert

Jill Henselwood had the obvious disadvantage of going first in both rounds of the $300,000 Grand Prix Of The Desert, held March 14 at HITS Thermal. It didn’t hamper her performance, however, and Henselwood and Bottom Line turned in two fault-free turns over Olaf Petersen’s courses in the Grand Prix ring and took home the top check.

“I hate going first!” Henselwood said after the class. “It’s a big advantage to be at the end of the class.”

March 14, 2010

Reina Rules In The $25,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix

Michelle Parker could be forgiven for not going all out in the jump-off for the $25,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix during the HITS Arizona Desert Finals. After all, her mount, Reina, had just stepped up to the grand prix level last week.

“I tried to go fast at the beginning and then ride a little conservatively in the middle,” said Parker. “I knew with those fast riders coming behind me I might be beaten, but I got a little lucky.”

March 13, 2010

Theodore Boris Keeps It Simple In R.W. "Ronnie" Mutch Equitation Classic

Despite the fact that trainers aren’t allowed to assist riders when they’re warming up or walking the course for the R.W. "Ronnie" Mutch Equitation Classic, Theodore Boris wasn’t too worried. He felt like he could hear the words of his trainer, Karen Healey, in his head.

“It’s so nice to have Karen as a trainer,” Boris said. “It’s very confidence-building to be with someone who has so much knowledge. Even if she’s 20 miles away, you can still hear her voice.”

February 13, 2010

He's A Real Son Of A Gun, Alright, In The $50,000 HITS Desert Circuit CSI-W

John Pearce knew he’d have his work cut out for him when he walked the course for the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix CSI-W on the evening of Feb. 13. “I thought it would be tough. There wasn’t anything ridiculous, but everything was an effort,” Pearce said. “It was challenging, but quite doable. It was a good course for me, because I love to be challenged.”

February 12, 2010

Crown Affair Reigns In HITS Desert Circuit Hunter Derby

Just call John French the king of the hunter derby. The poster child of the 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby season with the charismatic Rumba, French has kicked off the 2010 season with a bang.

At the HITS Desert Circuit on Feb. 12 in Thermal, Calif., he rode Crown Affair to the top of the $10,000 The Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby and claimed second with Cruise. The class was held in the evening, under the lights of the expansive Grand Prix field.

October 21, 2009

Rumba Dances To The Top

There was a dramatic backdrop for the $10,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby, held during week 3 of the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, Calif. Light rain in the morning of Feb. 7 had given way to a wide sky of broken clouds, with the mountaintops shrouded in mist and fresh snow.

September 18, 2009

HITS Announces $1 Million Grand Prix For 2010

Management of Horse Shows In The Sun has announced plans to offer a $1 million U.S. Grand Prix League Grand Prix at the HITS-on-the-Hudson VIII show in Saugerties, N.Y., on Sept. 12, 2010.

September 3, 2009

Jay Z Stands Tall At HITS Ocala Winter Festival

A big heart and husky build combined with long legs and an ample step are just a few of the qualities Ashley Ann McGehee finds appealing—in a horse that is. During the HITS Ocala Winter Festival, Feb. 21-25, Ocala, Fla., McGehee and her 17.3-hand Hanoverian, Jay Z, towered above the competition, winning the large junior, 15 and under, championship.

“He’s gynormous!” said McGehee. “When we measured him, the stick stopped at 17.3, and he was still taller than that!”

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