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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.

January 23, 2009

2008 Winter Circuit Champions: Ashley LeCroy Makes Her Presence Known At HITS Ocala

This winter circuit first-timer takes home the medium pony hunter circuit championship.

To say that Ashley LeCroy is a fast learner would be an understatement.

Just 11⁄2 years ago, she was competing in the children’s small pony hunters. Six months later she took home the medium pony hunter circuit championship at the 2008 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit (Fla.) on an unknown green pony whom she’d met only two weeks beforehand.

January 23, 2009

2008 Winter Circuit Champions: Glenda Lippman Meets All Her Goals At HITS Thermal

This adult amateur came back from a scary fall to become circuit champion.

In 2006 Glenda Lippman suffered an injury that might have convinced many adult amateurs to hang up their spurs. An ill-timed buck in the warm-up at the Capital Challenge (Md.) sent the Las Vegas, Nev., rider flying, and she ended up on six weeks of bed rest with a broken pelvis.

January 23, 2009

2008 Winter Circuit Champions: There's Nothing Wrong With Wright At HITS Arizona

Neither snow nor a 21⁄2-hour commute can keep this dedicated junior rider out of the saddle.

Many 12-year-old riders who heard their barn would be shutting down and their trainer moving from 5 to 120 miles away would hang up their helmets and pick a new sport, but not Devon Wright. When Wright learned four years ago that the stable where she rode—the last major horse facility in Vail, Colo.—would be torn down to make way for a high school, she never considered altering her plan to continue to compete on the A-rated circuit.

March 30, 2007

Kroff Cruises To Victory In Arizona Final

Allison Kroff and her Nomograff sped to the blue ribbon in the $25,000 Arizona Finals Grand Prix, the final day of the HITS Arizona Desert Finals, held March 14-18 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Nomograff, a 12-year-old Dutch Warm-blood, narrowly defeated Brandi Holloway’s young mare Gabriella Z. Both had clear rounds, but Nomograff squeaked to victory in 40.07 seconds, .89 seconds ahead of Gabriella Z.

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