Saugerties: Laura Chapot und Quointreau Un Prince siegen im Grand Prix

Saugerties/New York - Den mit US$ 50.000 dotierten HITS Grand Prix gewann am vergangenen Sonntag bei strahlendem Sonnenschein Laura Chapot auf Quointreau Un Prince (Besitzer Laura Chapot & McLain Ward). Es war das vierte HITS-on-the-Hudson-Weekend mit der Qualifikation zum 1 Million Grand Prix im September an gleicher Stelle.

22 Sportlerpaare gingen in den Umlauf. Der Parcours wurde einmal mehr und wie angekündigt vom Deutschen Olaf Petersen entworfen. In diesem Fall legte er die Latte nicht so hoch an und blieb gnädig. Neun Paare schafften den Weg ins Stechen.

Mit Mary Chapots Umberto wurde Laura Chapot (Neshanic Station/New Jersey) erstmal Vierte und legte auf Quointreau Un Prince eine blitzsaubere Runde hin. Nebenbei sei erwähnt, dass Mrs. Chapot zwei Tage vorher auf dem gleichen Pferd einen dritten Platz im Brook Ledge Open Welcome erreichte und eine Woche vorher den siebten Platz im SmartPak Grand Prix. Quointreau Un Prince scheint also gerade in der Form seines Lebens zu sein. Im Stechen am Sonntag legte Patricia Griffith auf Wieminka B vor und setzte die Zeit auf 44,45 sec. Sie wurde am Ende Dritte und als letzte im Stechen fehlerfrei. Nach ihr kamen Chapot und Quointreau Un Prince auf den Platz und verbesserten die fehlerfreie Zeit auf unschlagbare 39,47 sec. Gefährlich hätte ihr nur noch Patty Stovel mit Carigor Z werden können. Die beiden blieben zwar fehlerfrei; waen mit 43,30 sec aber deutlich langsamer.

©ESI Photography: Laura Chapot und Quointreau Un Prince im Parcours des HITS Grand Prix in Saugerties 

$10,000 Marshall & Sterling Child/Adult Jumper Classic

Den mit US$ 10.000 ausgeschriebenen Marshall & Sterling Child/Adult Jumper Classic am Samstag wollten insgesamt 65 Paare gewinnen. Auch hier hatte Parcoursdesigner Olaf Petersen seine Hände im Spiel. Nach dem Stechen stand fest, dass Linda McBurney aus Fairhaven/New Jersey mit ihrem eigenen Pferd  Less is More das Feld dominierte. Auf den zweiten Rang kam Andreas De Leyer aus Tomball/Texas und Johannis De Leyer’s Skylark gefolgt von Mackenzie Kane aus Durham/Connecticut mit Linda Radigan’s Realist unter dem Leder.

©ESI Photography: Linda McBurney und Less is More im Marshall & Sterling Child/Adult Jumper Classic.



For Immediate Release
  July 24, 2012



Home of the World's Richest Weekend in Show Jumping - September 8-9, 2012 
HITS-on-the-Hudson - Saugerties, NY




Laura Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince capture the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at HITS-on-the-Hudson IV

Linda McBurney shines in the $10,000 Marshall & Sterling Child/Adult Jumper Classic

SAUGERTIES, NY (July 24, 2012) The weather proved perfect for competition at HITS-on-the-Hudson IV this weekend and was highlighted by Sunday’s $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health. As 22 entries made their attempt to capture Sunday’s big stake, Laura Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince, owned by Laura Chapot & McLain Ward emerged as the winners.

International course designer Olaf Petersen, Sr. of Paehl, Germany set the course and had nine horse and rider combinations advance to the jump-off.

Chapot, of Neshanic Station, New Jersey, had two mounts in the jump-off and also earned the fourth-place ribbon aboard Mary Chapot’s Umberto. Earlier in the week, Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince had scored a third-place finish earlier in the week in the $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome and a seventh-place finish in Friday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, which helped prime them for a strong finish on Sunday.

Lady veterans rounded out the top ribbons as first to show in the jump-off was Heritage Farm’s Patricia Griffith of Katonah, New York aboard her own Wieminka B.They set the Great American Time to Beat at 44.45 seconds to finish in third and were one of only three double-clear efforts.

Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince were next to show and easily took the lead in a blazing fast time of 39.47 seconds, which would secure the victory.

Two trips later, Patty Stovel and her own Carigor Z produced the third double-clear round in a time of 43.30 seconds. It has been a strong couple of weeks for Stovel, of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania as she earned second place on Sunday and fourth place in last week’s $40,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at HITS Culpeper.

Rounding out the top five was Kevin Babington of Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania and his own Mark Q, who posted a four-fault jump-off round in 41.01 seconds

Laura Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince on course in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health.

Wendy Metzger, Marie Letterii and Tony Hitchcock of HITS present Laura Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince with the first place ribbons and awards, including a complimentary bottle of chardonnay courtesy of Sonoma-Cutrer, after their win in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health.

$10,000 Marshall & Sterling Child/Adult Jumper Classic
The $10,000 Marshall & Sterling Child/Adult Jumper Classic took place on Saturday in the Strongid® C 2X Grand Prix Stadium as 65 riders challenged a course set by Olaf Petersen, Sr. The jump-off was all about time as the top five riders boasted double clear rounds. Linda McBurney of Fairhaven, New Jersey produced the speed required for the win as she and her own Less is More topped the field with a jump-off time of 31.58 seconds.

Second place went to Andreas De Leyer of Tomball, Texas and Johannis De Leyer’s Skylark, who were just fractions of a second behind McBurney in a time of 31.88 seconds. Mackenzie Kane of Durham, Connecticut and Linda Radigan’s Realist captured third in 33.09 seconds and Noah Buehler was fourth aboard his own Shane in 33.40 seconds. Rounding out the top five was Madison Newman aboard Todd Minikus’ Dana with a time of 33.64 seconds.

Linda McBurney and Less is More on course in the $10,000 Marshall & Sterling Child/Adult Jumper Classic.

Joe Norick of Marshall & Sterling Insurance and Lindsay Yandon of HITS present the first place awards to Linda McBurney and Less is More for their win in the $10,000 Marshall & Sterling Child/Adult Jumper Classic.

The road to HITS Championship Weekend September 7-9 continues this week as HITS-on-the-Hudson V promises to deliver another exciting week of show jumping. Record-breaking entries are filling in fast as riders attempt to qualify for the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final and the HITS $250,000 Hunter Prix Final, which will be the richest show jumping weekend in the history of the sport.


$50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health

Place Horse                           Owner                                  Rider                    Prize $ Rd 1 Faults JO Faults JO Time
1 Quointreau Un Prince Laura Chapot & McClain Ward Laura Chapot $15,000 0 0 39.47
2 Carigor Z Patty Stovel Patty Stovel $11,000 0 0 43.30
3 Wieminka B Patricia Griffith Patricia Griffith $6,500 0 0 44.45
4 Umberto Mary Chapot Laura Chapot $4,000 0 4 40.71
5 Mark Q Kevin Babington Kevin Babington $3,000 0 4 41.01
6 User I.D. Atlanta Equestrian Juan Pable Gnecco $2,500 0 4 43.84
7 G&C Flash Gustavo Mirabal Luis Larrazabal $2,000 0 4 48.29
8 Seventh Free Michael Dorman Michael Dorman $1,500 0 8 42.60
9 Pomme Lady Bobby Ginsberg Bobby Ginsburg $1,500 0 12 44.69
10 G&C Blue Gustavo Mirabal Mark Bluman $1,000 4 - -
11 Macoemba Todd Minikus, LTD. Todd Minikus $1,000 4 - -
12 Waterloo M. Michael Meller Schuyler Riley $1,000 4 - -

About HITS, Inc.
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. In 2011, HITS hosted the richest weekend in show jumping with the return of the Pfizer Million and the introduction of the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final. In 2012, the historic weekend will get even sweeter with the addition of the $250,000 HITS 3’ Hunter Prix Final September 8-9.

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2012 HITS Show Schedule

HITS Culpeper Show Series
Culpeper, VA
April / July / August / September

HITS Saugerties Show Series
Saugerties, NY
May-June / July-August / September


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Thermal, CA
January 22 - March 17

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January 16 - March 17

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January 30 - March 10


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