HITS Culpeper: Callan Solem gewinnt den US$ 40.000 HITS Grand Prix

HITS Culpeper: Callan Solem gewinnt den US$ 40.000 HITS Grand Prix

 

Culpeper/Virginia - Nach einem Monat Pause geht es auch im Springen wieder los. Erster Gewinner, im HITS Commonwealth Park ist Callan Solem aus Chester Springs in Pennsylvania. Er gewann am Ostersonntag, den HITS Grand Prix mit Magic Cruise. US$ 12.000 musste der Veranstalter allein an den Sieger bzw. die Besitzer des Pferdes der Horse Shoe Trail Farm austüten. Callan Solem zeigte Style and Attitude und legte sportlich auch noch Platz zwei mit VDL Torlando hin. Mehr geht nicht.


"Ich habe es schon immer genossen, im April in Culpeper zu sein - und - natürlich möchte ich mich für den Pfizer Grand Prix qualifizieren," sagte Solem nach dem Wettbewerb. Bis jetzt sieht es gut aus für ihn, kann man sagen. Und der Parcours war nicht von Pappe. Der kanadische Course Designer Danny Foster sorgte dafür, dass lediglich vier Paare bis ins Stechen kamen. Neben Callan Solem waren das Helen Goddard mit Blue Danub und Michael Grinyer aus Campbelville/Ontariomit Alcatraz. Aber nur CS legte die Doppelnull hin, um dem Ganzen die Krone aufzusetzen. Da kann sich die Konkurrenz frisch machen.


Foto: © ESI Photography.
Callan Solem und Magic Cruise unterwegs beim  $40,000 HITS Grand Prix, präsentiert von Pfizer Animal Health

 

 

Platz
Pferd Besitzer
Reiter
Preis-
geld
RD 1
Fehler
Stechen
Fehler
Stechen
Zeit
1 Magic Cruise Horseshoe Trail Farm Callan Solem $12,000
0
0
45.092
2 VDL Torlando Torlando Group Callan Solem $8,800
0
0
46.835
3 Blue Danube The Goddard Harrison Group Helen Goddard $5,200
0
4
40.831
4 Alcatraz Michael Grinyer Michael Grinyer $3,200
0
4
43.366
5 Uppsala Woodrun Laura Linback $2,400
4


6 Bull Run's La Bamba Bull Run Jumpers, Inc. Kristen VanderVeen $2,000
4


7 Carigor Z Patty Stovel Patty Stovel $1,600
4


8 KT Undercover Michael Kirby Michael Kirby $1,200
4


9 Amicello Windsor Farm Sales Alexa Lowe $1,200
4


10 Viggo Beth Underhill Beth Underhill $800
4


11 Quelqu'un De La Christopher Cullen Beth Underhill $800
4


12 Sir R Janet Faloney Peter J. Gisborn $800
5


 
 




International Canadian Course Designer Danny Foster set the course on Sunday and had four teams advance to the jump-off.

Helen Goddard of Colts Neck, New Jersey and Blue Danube, owned by The Goddard Harrison Group, were third in the order and the first to go clear. Two trips later, Solem guided VDL Torlando clear to ensure a jump-off. Just when it looked like no one else could master Foster’s first-round course, Solem came back aboard Magic Cruise and put forth another clear round, giving her two mounts for the jump-off against Goddard.

Canadian Michael Grinyer of Campbellville, Ontario immediately followed Solem with a clear round aboard his own Alcatraz, making four in the jump-off.

While Goddard and Grinyer each had a jumping fault in the second round, Solem went double clear on both of her mounts and found her way to the victory aboard Magic Cruise after setting the Great American Time to Beat in 45.092 seconds.

“The horses have been jumping really well this week,” said Foster. “Since the winter, this is the first time in over a month for some of these horses to be jumping at this level. I wanted them to get comfortable being back in the ring, and I was impressed with the quality of horses here.”

“I thought Danny [Foster] built a really good course,” said Solem. “You come to expect the best from Danny. I think it was challenging, but he asked the right questions. Everything rode nicely and was appropriate for this kind of class.”

“This summer I plan on showing at HITS Saugerties,” continued Solem, who will be joined by an all-star roster of riders who also plan to make HITS’ shows their spring and summer competition destinations in the hopes of qualifying for this year’s Pfizer Million, which will take place at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York on Sunday, September 11.

$15,000 Brook Ledge Open Jumper Prix
The $15,000 Brook Ledge Open Jumper Prix took place on Friday, and it was Kristen VanderVeen of St. Charles, Illinois who captured the blue ribbon aboard Bull Run’s Alpha & Omega, owned by Bull Run Jumpers, Inc.

“I couldn’t be any happier!” exclaimed VanderVeen, who also dominated the YJC 7 and 8-Year-Old division during the week. “The horses have been jumping so well and this win is definitely a big one for us.”

Solem and VDL Torlando placed second and Manuel Torres of Leesburg, Virginia placed third aboard Chambacunero, owned by TG Show Stables.

Heading North!
The road to the Pfizer Million makes its next stop at the highly-anticipated HITS Saugerties Spring Series for three consecutive weeks of competition starting Wednesday, May 25, and will offer six Pfizer Million Grand Prix Qualifiers. After that, competition will return to HITS Culpeper for two consecutive weeks starting Wednesday, July 6, and will feature the $40,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, on July 10, as well as the $40,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, set for July 17.

 
 

HITS, Inc. produces high-quality, international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS has been producing shows since 1982 and is now a nationwide company with world-class circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia. In 2010, HITS took the industry to new heights when it hosted the first-ever Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix. HITS will once again offer the most innovative weekend in show jumping history in 2011 when it hosts the second annual Pfizer Million and the inaugural Diamond Mills $500,000 3'3" Hunter Prix Final, September 10-11, at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York.

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© ESI Photography.
Holly Bachor and Joe Calcagno of HITS present the awards to Callan Solem and Magic Cruise after their victory in Sunday's $40,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health.

Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run's Alpha & Omega won the $15,000 Brook Ledge Open Jumper Prix on Friday.

 

$40,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health

PLACING
HORSE
OWNER
RIDER
PRIZE
MONEY
RD 1
FAULTS
JO
FAULTS
JO
TIME
1 Magic Cruise Horseshoe Trail Farm Callan Solem $12,000
0
0
45.092
2 VDL Torlando Torlando Group Callan Solem $8,800
0
0
46.835
3 Blue Danube The Goddard Harrison Group Helen Goddard $5,200
0
4
40.831
4 Alcatraz Michael Grinyer Michael Grinyer $3,200
0
4
43.366
5 Uppsala Woodrun Laura Linback $2,400
4
6 Bull Run's La Bamba Bull Run Jumpers, Inc. Kristen VanderVeen $2,000
4
7 Carigor Z Patty Stovel Patty Stovel $1,600
4
8 KT Undercover Michael Kirby Michael Kirby $1,200
4
9 Amicello Windsor Farm Sales Alexa Lowe $1,200
4
10 Viggo Beth Underhill Beth Underhill $800
4
11 Quelqu'un De La Christopher Cullen Beth Underhill $800
4
12 Sir R Janet Faloney Peter J. Gisborn $800
5

 

 
 

 

 
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