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August 14, 2009

Dinan Gets It Done At HITS-On-The-Hudson Hunter Derby

She and the elegant Angelo add another hunter accolade to their résumé.

Katie Dinan hadn’t been having a good week at HITS-On-The-Hudson VI.

She’d started the week competing in the USEF Junior Hunter Championships-East. “It was terrible!” Dinan said. “We had a rail in each class. Angelo isn’t really the type of horse that has rails—he never does that. It was upsetting, because he was great otherwise.”

June 26, 2009

Night Train Stays Off The Rails At HITS-On-The-Hudson III

One less stride in a miraculously appearing spot gave Darragh Kerins and Double H Farm’s Night Train both redemption and the victory in the $125,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix at the HITS-On-The-Hudson III, held June 3-7 in Saugerties, N.Y.

The Irish-born horseman’s defeat of rival McLain Ward on Sagamore Farms’ Phillipa came by a whisker, with Kerins turning in a clear trip in 39.55 seconds over Ward’s round in 39.62.

April 10, 2009

Jersey Boy Finds New Role As A Leading Man At WEF

When Rock Star underwent colic surgery last fall, Jennifer Alfano knew it would be a challenge to find a mount ready to fill his formidable shoes while he eased back into the show routine. After all, the pair led the ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby standings almost all season after recording win after win in the series.

April 10, 2009

Carlos Boy Does Double Duty

When Ken Berkley broke his foot a week before the end of circuit, he reluctantly planned to scratch his seasoned grand prix partner Carlos Boy from the $50,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby, March 28-29.

But Berkley’s partner Scott Stewart decided to take a turn aboard the gray gelding for owner Krista Weisman, and the last-minute decision paid off with Carlos Boy finishing third, the best of Stewart’s five rides.

April 3, 2009

The Beat Goes On For Rumba At HITS Thermal

He and John French pull off a second consecutive hunter derby win.

Rumba and John French faced lofty expectations walking into the ring for the $10,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA Hunter Derby during the HITS Desert Circuit VIII. Despite partnering with two new riders, Rumba had already danced away with two series titles and tallied a win at the derby held during week 3 of HITS Thermal.

April 3, 2009

Ingalls Shines in the R.W. Mutch Equitation Classic

Plenty of teenagers can find their way around a tough equitation course with a veteran trainer on hand to decide on a schooling regime, choose how many strides to put in a line set on a half-stride and pick which inside turns will pay off and which would backfire. But for the R.W. Mutch Equitation Classic on March 20 at HITS Thermal VIII, the trainers settled into the VIP Oasis Club to hit the bar and let their students tackle a tough course on their own.

March 27, 2009

Spencer Has Her Ideal Game Day At HITS Desert Circuit VI

This young rider sweeps the children’s, 13 and under, division with two young hunters.

For Tara Spencer, transitioning from ponies to horses has been successful and, in her opinion, a lot of fun. And her enjoyment increased twofold when she took the championship and reserve tri-colors in the children’s hunter, 13 and under, division at HITS Desert Circuit VI in Thermal, Calif., on March 3-8.

She rode Brielle Mariucci’s Game Day, a 7-year-old dark bay gelding, and Gaetan Moran’s Ideal, a 5-year-old mare, and said she enjoyed her trips on both of them.

March 27, 2009

A Borrowed Mount Brings Holloway Blue

The Kansas-based grand prix rider saddles her daughter’s junior hunter to top the $10,000 class at the HITS Arizona Desert Finals.

In order to find a mount for the $10,000 Fast Lane Farm High Performance Hunter Classic, Brandie Holloway had to borrow a horse from a very tough customer: her 11-year-old daughter.

March 27, 2009

Linback Saves Best For Last At HITS Ocala

This Illinois-based amateur wins the featured grand prix on the HITS Ocala Winter circuit.

Laura Linback really couldn’t complain. She’d had six successful weeks on the HITS Ocala Winter circuit, all of her horses were healthy, sound and had won ample ribbons, and her family spent the entire circuit together in Ocala, Fla.

But there was one small thing missing—a grand prix victory.

February 26, 2009

Archie Bunker Flies To The Top At HITS Desert Circuit

Will Simpson’s new ride might take him to Las Vegas.

It was gold versus gold, with a little silver thrown in, in the $50,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix CSI-W on Feb. 7 in Thermal, Calif.

The jump-off featured Olympic gold medal teammates McLain Ward and Will Simpson, with the addition of Canada’s team silver medalist Jill Henselwood.

Ward led the way in the first round and turned in a graceful clear with Phillipa over Bernardo Cabral’s challenging track. It looked for a while like that might be the only clean round of the evening.

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