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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!”

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.

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