SmartPak Grand Prix Saugerties: Jeffrey Welles auf Merlin zum Sieg

Saugerties/New York - Jeffrey Welles aus Brewster/New York hatte in Saugerties am Freitag die Nüstern vorn. Im SmartPak Grand Prix (US$ 25.000 Siegprämie) am Hudson River war er mit Merlin (B.: Noel Love Gross) zwischen den Eisen fast eine Sekunde schneller als die am Sonntag erfolgreiche Margie Engle mit Royce (B.: Elm Rock Partners,LLC).

Im Umlauf waren 31 Starterpaare auf dem Platz. Von denen qualifizierten sich lediglich fünf für den Jump Off. Im Parcours von Ken Krome aus Westminster/Maryland waren 16 Sprünge zu meistern. Davon blieben für das Stechen noch acht in sieben Hindernissen übrig. Von fünf Finalrundenteilnehmern blieben immerin vier doppelt fehlerfrei. Margie Engle auf zwei folgte Darragh Kenney und The Wannahaves Group Sandor de la Pomme. Auf Engle fehlte fast eine halbe Sekunde. Jeffrey Welles reichten die US$ 7.500 Siegprämie nicht aus. Er nahm sich mit Aries (B.: ebenfalls Noel Love Gross) auch noch die US$ 2.000 für den vierten Platz mit nach Hause. Hinter seiner eigenen Bestzeit blieb er allerding fast genau zwei Sekunden zurück. Platz fünf belegte Peter Leone aus Greenwich/Connecticut auf Lincourt Gino (B.: Monica Carrera), der das Stechen auch eröffnete und mit acht Fehlerpunkten keine Chance auf den Sieg hatte.

Im Brook Ledge Open Welcome am Mittwoch (US$ 10.000) siegte Ronan McGuigan auf seinem eigenen Pferd Capall Zidane.

©ESI Photography: Jeffery Welles steuert Merlin zum Sieg im SmartPak Grand Prix beim HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties/New York

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
  June 1, 2012

 
 

 

 
 

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

 
 

Jeffery Welles and Merlin work their magic for a win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

 
 

SAUGERTIES, NY (June 1, 2012)  Two of the top-five slots in today’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, were captured by one man. Jeffery Welles of Brewster, New York rode two horses to clean rounds and won the class aboard Noel Love Gross’ Merlin, while finishing fourth on Aries, also owned by Gross.

Ken Krome of Westminster, Maryland presented riders with a challenging 13-obstacle course, which included 16 jumping efforts and its fair share of technical turns and bending lines, as well as a tight time-allowed. The track included three double combinations – a two-stride and two one-strides. The jump-off began with the return of fence nine from the first round – an airy vertical – and was followed by six more obstacles, including the first one-stride combination. 

The jump-off welcomed five pairs back into the ring and Peter Leone of Greenwich, Connecticut kicked things off with an eight-fault round to finish in fifth. Welles returned second in the order to post the first clear round and set the Great American Time to Beat at 42.92 seconds aboard Aries.

“There were a lot of right turn rollbacks in this course and [Aries] in particular needs to work on them, so he was resisting a little and we got off to a slow start,” said Welles of his first jump-off appearance. “After we added a stride to the Liverpool, he settled in and we finished well.”

Despite a hard rub on the ninth fence of the first round, Darragh Kenny of Wellington, Florida advanced to the jump-off and stole the lead from Welles in the irons of The Wannahave Group’s Sandor de la Pomme. Even while jumping the last two fences without his right stirrup, Kenny took the lead in a time of 42.21 seconds, which ultimately gave him third place.

After a win in Sunday’s $50,000 Grand Prix, Margie Engle of West Palm Beach, Florida was fourth to ride in the jump-off and again raised the bar with a total time of 41.88 seconds. She and Elm Rock Partners, LLC’s Royce finished in second behind Welles.

“This horse is really young, but he has all the scope in the world and a wonderful attitude,” said Engle of Royce, an eight year old German bred stallion. “Sometimes I feel like he can jump anything. We just have to keep working on getting him fast enough to be competitive.”

Between Royce and her 2011 Pfizer Million mount Indigo, Engle is hoping to pick up her required qualifying classes and punch her ticket once again for this Fall’s Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties, New York.

Welles saved the best for last and rode for the win with Merlin in a time of 40.94 seconds.

“[Merlin] tends to get strong throughout the course, but the turns kept him organized,” said Welles. “He rode well and ended up having enough speed to get it done.”

Welles is also hoping to join Engle in the highly-anticipated Pfizer Million this Fall. After piloting Merlin in last year’s featured event, Welles is primed to return to glory and anticipates that Aries, an 11 year old Dutch bred gelding, is just the horse to get him there.

Jeffery Welles piloted two mounts to the jump-off, but it was Merlin who carried him to victory in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York.

Tony Hitchcock and Marie Letterii of HITS are joined by Melissa Hamlet of SmartPak to present Jeffery Welles and Merlin with first place awards, which included a bottle Chardonnay, courtesy of Sonoma-Cutrer, after their win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health at HITS Saugerties.

$10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome
Jumper action got underway on Wednesday with the $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome highlighting the happenings in the Strongid® C 2X Grand Prix Stadium. Ronan McGuigan of Far Hills, New Jersey rode to top honors aboard his own Capall Zidane.

Kenny also found the ribbons earlier in the week aboard The Wannahave Group’s Lipton de L’Othain with a second place finish in the Brook Ledge. Following Kenny was Peter Lutz of South Salem, New York in third on Davenport Incorporated’s Indiana 127 and Leone on Lincourt Gino in fourth. Rounding out the top five was Brandie Holloway of Topeka, Kansas on Hays Investment Corp.’s Any Given Sunday.

Ronan McGuigan in the irons of Capall Zidane as the pair rode to victory in Wednesday’s $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome at HITS Saugerties.

Ann Kobylenski of HITS presents Ronan McGuigan with first place awards after winning the $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome at HITS Saugerties.

HITS-on-the-Hudson will shift into high gear this weekend as competition heats up during the second week of the Spring circuit. Qualifying for HITS Championship Weekend will be in the spotlight during the coming days as hunter and jumper riders alike set their sights on September’s Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final, all-new HITS $250,000 Hunter Prix Final and coveted Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix.

Outside the show ring there is plenty to keep both exhibitor and spectator busy at HITS Saugerties this weekend. Taste of HITS-on-the-Hudson will be back Saturday, June 2 from noon to 2 pm. The return of this popular event will showcase local restaurants and educate HITS spectators and exhibitors alike on where to unwind in the Hudson Valley. Sunday will feature the 25 South Prix Party with DJ Kue at The Tavern at Diamond Mills. Drink specials and dance music begin at 10 pm to celebrate Week 2 and welcome Week 3 of the HITS Saugerties Spring circuit.

About SmartPak Equine
Founded in 1999, SmartPak Equine is the country's largest online and catalog retailer serving the needs of the active and engaged horse owner. The patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system has simplified the process of feeding horse supplements and medications, making it easier for thousands of riders to keep their horses healthier by ensuring their supplements are being fed correctly. SmartPak's diverse and expansive product offering includes its own line of supplements, tack, and horse blankets as well as an extensive selection of leading brands of equine health, apparel, tack, and equipment. SmartPak is a six-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree and is the only equine company ever named to the Inc 500 list. SmartPak is backed by Waltham, Massachusetts-based North Bridge Growth Equity.

 

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health

Place Horse                           Owner                                  Rider                    Prize $ Rd 1 Faults JO Faults JO Time
1 Merlin Noel Love Gross Jeffery Welles $7,500 0 0 40.94
2 Royce Elm Rock Partners, LLC Margie Engle $5,500 0 0 41.88
3 Sandor de la Pomme The Wannahave Group Darragh Kenny $3,250 0 0 42.21
4 Aries Noel Love Gross Jeffery Welles $2,000 0 0 42.92
5 Lincourt Gino Monica Carrera Peter Leone $1,500 0 8 46.64
6 Vicki Vale La Chaudiere Farm Isabelle LaPierre $1,250 1 - -
7 Darling The Darling Group Ainsley Vince $1,000 2 - -
8 Robin Van Roosendael Looking Back Farm Erynn Ballard $750 4 - -
9 Capitano Sir Ruly Inc. Danielle Torano $750 4 - -
10 Indiana 127 Davenport Incorporated Peter Lutz $500 4 - -
11 Polygraaf Winsor Farm Sales, Inc. Bill Lowry $500 4 - -
12 Vive la Vie Blue Spruce Farm, LLC Zachary Libes $500 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.


For more information and a complete schedule of classes and events, visit www.HitsShows.com. Stay connected with HITS, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!

Media should contact the HITS Media Team at 845.246.8833 or e-mail Media_Info@HitsShows.com.

 

 
 

2012 HITS Show Schedule

HITS Desert Circuit
Thermal, CA
January 24 - March 11

HITS Ocala Winter Circuit 
Ocala, FL

January 18 - March 18

HITS Arizona Winter Circuit
Tucson, AZ
February 1 - March 11

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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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
  June 1, 2012

 
 

 

 
 

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

 
 

Jeffery Welles and Merlin work their magic for a win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

 
 

SAUGERTIES, NY (June 1, 2012)  Two of the top-five slots in today’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, were captured by one man. Jeffery Welles of Brewster, New York rode two horses to clean rounds and won the class aboard Noel Love Gross’ Merlin, while finishing fourth on Aries, also owned by Gross.

Ken Krome of Westminster, Maryland presented riders with a challenging 13-obstacle course, which included 16 jumping efforts and its fair share of technical turns and bending lines, as well as a tight time-allowed. The track included three double combinations – a two-stride and two one-strides. The jump-off began with the return of fence nine from the first round – an airy vertical – and was followed by six more obstacles, including the first one-stride combination. 

The jump-off welcomed five pairs back into the ring and Peter Leone of Greenwich, Connecticut kicked things off with an eight-fault round to finish in fifth. Welles returned second in the order to post the first clear round and set the Great American Time to Beat at 42.92 seconds aboard Aries.

“There were a lot of right turn rollbacks in this course and [Aries] in particular needs to work on them, so he was resisting a little and we got off to a slow start,” said Welles of his first jump-off appearance. “After we added a stride to the Liverpool, he settled in and we finished well.”

Despite a hard rub on the ninth fence of the first round, Darragh Kenny of Wellington, Florida advanced to the jump-off and stole the lead from Welles in the irons of The Wannahave Group’s Sandor de la Pomme. Even while jumping the last two fences without his right stirrup, Kenny took the lead in a time of 42.21 seconds, which ultimately gave him third place.

After a win in Sunday’s $50,000 Grand Prix, Margie Engle of West Palm Beach, Florida was fourth to ride in the jump-off and again raised the bar with a total time of 41.88 seconds. She and Elm Rock Partners, LLC’s Royce finished in second behind Welles.

“This horse is really young, but he has all the scope in the world and a wonderful attitude,” said Engle of Royce, an eight year old German bred stallion. “Sometimes I feel like he can jump anything. We just have to keep working on getting him fast enough to be competitive.”

Between Royce and her 2011 Pfizer Million mount Indigo, Engle is hoping to pick up her required qualifying classes and punch her ticket once again for this Fall’s Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties, New York.

Welles saved the best for last and rode for the win with Merlin in a time of 40.94 seconds.

“[Merlin] tends to get strong throughout the course, but the turns kept him organized,” said Welles. “He rode well and ended up having enough speed to get it done.”

Welles is also hoping to join Engle in the highly-anticipated Pfizer Million this Fall. After piloting Merlin in last year’s featured event, Welles is primed to return to glory and anticipates that Aries, an 11 year old Dutch bred gelding, is just the horse to get him there.

Jeffery Welles piloted two mounts to the jump-off, but it was Merlin who carried him to victory in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York.

Tony Hitchcock and Marie Letterii of HITS are joined by Melissa Hamlet of SmartPak to present Jeffery Welles and Merlin with first place awards, which included a bottle Chardonnay, courtesy of Sonoma-Cutrer, after their win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health at HITS Saugerties.

$10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome
Jumper action got underway on Wednesday with the $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome highlighting the happenings in the Strongid® C 2X Grand Prix Stadium. Ronan McGuigan of Far Hills, New Jersey rode to top honors aboard his own Capall Zidane.

Kenny also found the ribbons earlier in the week aboard The Wannahave Group’s Lipton de L’Othain with a second place finish in the Brook Ledge. Following Kenny was Peter Lutz of South Salem, New York in third on Davenport Incorporated’s Indiana 127 and Leone on Lincourt Gino in fourth. Rounding out the top five was Brandie Holloway of Topeka, Kansas on Hays Investment Corp.’s Any Given Sunday.

Ronan McGuigan in the irons of Capall Zidane as the pair rode to victory in Wednesday’s $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome at HITS Saugerties.

Ann Kobylenski of HITS presents Ronan McGuigan with first place awards after winning the $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome at HITS Saugerties.

HITS-on-the-Hudson will shift into high gear this weekend as competition heats up during the second week of the Spring circuit. Qualifying for HITS Championship Weekend will be in the spotlight during the coming days as hunter and jumper riders alike set their sights on September’s Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final, all-new HITS $250,000 Hunter Prix Final and coveted Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix.

Outside the show ring there is plenty to keep both exhibitor and spectator busy at HITS Saugerties this weekend. Taste of HITS-on-the-Hudson will be back Saturday, June 2 from noon to 2 pm. The return of this popular event will showcase local restaurants and educate HITS spectators and exhibitors alike on where to unwind in the Hudson Valley. Sunday will feature the 25 South Prix Party with DJ Kue at The Tavern at Diamond Mills. Drink specials and dance music begin at 10 pm to celebrate Week 2 and welcome Week 3 of the HITS Saugerties Spring circuit.

About SmartPak Equine
Founded in 1999, SmartPak Equine is the country's largest online and catalog retailer serving the needs of the active and engaged horse owner. The patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system has simplified the process of feeding horse supplements and medications, making it easier for thousands of riders to keep their horses healthier by ensuring their supplements are being fed correctly. SmartPak's diverse and expansive product offering includes its own line of supplements, tack, and horse blankets as well as an extensive selection of leading brands of equine health, apparel, tack, and equipment. SmartPak is a six-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree and is the only equine company ever named to the Inc 500 list. SmartPak is backed by Waltham, Massachusetts-based North Bridge Growth Equity.

 

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health

Place Horse                           Owner                                  Rider                    Prize $ Rd 1 Faults JO Faults JO Time
1 Merlin Noel Love Gross Jeffery Welles $7,500 0 0 40.94
2 Royce Elm Rock Partners, LLC Margie Engle $5,500 0 0 41.88
3 Sandor de la Pomme The Wannahave Group Darragh Kenny $3,250 0 0 42.21
4 Aries Noel Love Gross Jeffery Welles $2,000 0 0 42.92
5 Lincourt Gino Monica Carrera Peter Leone $1,500 0 8 46.64
6 Vicki Vale La Chaudiere Farm Isabelle LaPierre $1,250 1 - -
7 Darling The Darling Group Ainsley Vince $1,000 2 - -
8 Robin Van Roosendael Looking Back Farm Erynn Ballard $750 4 - -
9 Capitano Sir Ruly Inc. Danielle Torano $750 4 - -
10 Indiana 127 Davenport Incorporated Peter Lutz $500 4 - -
11 Polygraaf Winsor Farm Sales, Inc. Bill Lowry $500 4 - -
12 Vive la Vie Blue Spruce Farm, LLC Zachary Libes $500 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.


For more information and a complete schedule of classes and events, visit www.HitsShows.com. Stay connected with HITS, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!

Media should contact the HITS Media Team at 845.246.8833 or e-mail Media_Info@HitsShows.com.

 

 
 

2012 HITS Show Schedule

HITS Desert Circuit
Thermal, CA
January 24 - March 11

HITS Ocala Winter Circuit 
Ocala, FL

January 18 - March 18

HITS Arizona Winter Circuit
Tucson, AZ
February 1 - March 11

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

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

 
 

Find us on

 
 

HITS, Inc. • 319 Main Street • Saugerties, NY 12477-1330
845.246.8833 Tel • Media_Info@HitsShows.com
HitsShows.com

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
  June 1, 2012

 
 

 

 
 

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

 
 

Jeffery Welles and Merlin work their magic for a win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

 
 

SAUGERTIES, NY (June 1, 2012)  Two of the top-five slots in today’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, were captured by one man. Jeffery Welles of Brewster, New York rode two horses to clean rounds and won the class aboard Noel Love Gross’ Merlin, while finishing fourth on Aries, also owned by Gross.

Ken Krome of Westminster, Maryland presented riders with a challenging 13-obstacle course, which included 16 jumping efforts and its fair share of technical turns and bending lines, as well as a tight time-allowed. The track included three double combinations – a two-stride and two one-strides. The jump-off began with the return of fence nine from the first round – an airy vertical – and was followed by six more obstacles, including the first one-stride combination. 

The jump-off welcomed five pairs back into the ring and Peter Leone of Greenwich, Connecticut kicked things off with an eight-fault round to finish in fifth. Welles returned second in the order to post the first clear round and set the Great American Time to Beat at 42.92 seconds aboard Aries.

“There were a lot of right turn rollbacks in this course and [Aries] in particular needs to work on them, so he was resisting a little and we got off to a slow start,” said Welles of his first jump-off appearance. “After we added a stride to the Liverpool, he settled in and we finished well.”

Despite a hard rub on the ninth fence of the first round, Darragh Kenny of Wellington, Florida advanced to the jump-off and stole the lead from Welles in the irons of The Wannahave Group’s Sandor de la Pomme. Even while jumping the last two fences without his right stirrup, Kenny took the lead in a time of 42.21 seconds, which ultimately gave him third place.

After a win in Sunday’s $50,000 Grand Prix, Margie Engle of West Palm Beach, Florida was fourth to ride in the jump-off and again raised the bar with a total time of 41.88 seconds. She and Elm Rock Partners, LLC’s Royce finished in second behind Welles.

“This horse is really young, but he has all the scope in the world and a wonderful attitude,” said Engle of Royce, an eight year old German bred stallion. “Sometimes I feel like he can jump anything. We just have to keep working on getting him fast enough to be competitive.”

Between Royce and her 2011 Pfizer Million mount Indigo, Engle is hoping to pick up her required qualifying classes and punch her ticket once again for this Fall’s Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties, New York.

Welles saved the best for last and rode for the win with Merlin in a time of 40.94 seconds.

“[Merlin] tends to get strong throughout the course, but the turns kept him organized,” said Welles. “He rode well and ended up having enough speed to get it done.”

Welles is also hoping to join Engle in the highly-anticipated Pfizer Million this Fall. After piloting Merlin in last year’s featured event, Welles is primed to return to glory and anticipates that Aries, an 11 year old Dutch bred gelding, is just the horse to get him there.

Jeffery Welles piloted two mounts to the jump-off, but it was Merlin who carried him to victory in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York.

Tony Hitchcock and Marie Letterii of HITS are joined by Melissa Hamlet of SmartPak to present Jeffery Welles and Merlin with first place awards, which included a bottle Chardonnay, courtesy of Sonoma-Cutrer, after their win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health at HITS Saugerties.

$10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome
Jumper action got underway on Wednesday with the $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome highlighting the happenings in the Strongid® C 2X Grand Prix Stadium. Ronan McGuigan of Far Hills, New Jersey rode to top honors aboard his own Capall Zidane.

Kenny also found the ribbons earlier in the week aboard The Wannahave Group’s Lipton de L’Othain with a second place finish in the Brook Ledge. Following Kenny was Peter Lutz of South Salem, New York in third on Davenport Incorporated’s Indiana 127 and Leone on Lincourt Gino in fourth. Rounding out the top five was Brandie Holloway of Topeka, Kansas on Hays Investment Corp.’s Any Given Sunday.

Ronan McGuigan in the irons of Capall Zidane as the pair rode to victory in Wednesday’s $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome at HITS Saugerties.

Ann Kobylenski of HITS presents Ronan McGuigan with first place awards after winning the $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome at HITS Saugerties.

HITS-on-the-Hudson will shift into high gear this weekend as competition heats up during the second week of the Spring circuit. Qualifying for HITS Championship Weekend will be in the spotlight during the coming days as hunter and jumper riders alike set their sights on September’s Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final, all-new HITS $250,000 Hunter Prix Final and coveted Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix.

Outside the show ring there is plenty to keep both exhibitor and spectator busy at HITS Saugerties this weekend. Taste of HITS-on-the-Hudson will be back Saturday, June 2 from noon to 2 pm. The return of this popular event will showcase local restaurants and educate HITS spectators and exhibitors alike on where to unwind in the Hudson Valley. Sunday will feature the 25 South Prix Party with DJ Kue at The Tavern at Diamond Mills. Drink specials and dance music begin at 10 pm to celebrate Week 2 and welcome Week 3 of the HITS Saugerties Spring circuit.

About SmartPak Equine
Founded in 1999, SmartPak Equine is the country's largest online and catalog retailer serving the needs of the active and engaged horse owner. The patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system has simplified the process of feeding horse supplements and medications, making it easier for thousands of riders to keep their horses healthier by ensuring their supplements are being fed correctly. SmartPak's diverse and expansive product offering includes its own line of supplements, tack, and horse blankets as well as an extensive selection of leading brands of equine health, apparel, tack, and equipment. SmartPak is a six-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree and is the only equine company ever named to the Inc 500 list. SmartPak is backed by Waltham, Massachusetts-based North Bridge Growth Equity.

 

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health

Place Horse                           Owner                                  Rider                    Prize $ Rd 1 Faults JO Faults JO Time
1 Merlin Noel Love Gross Jeffery Welles $7,500 0 0 40.94
2 Royce Elm Rock Partners, LLC Margie Engle $5,500 0 0 41.88
3 Sandor de la Pomme The Wannahave Group Darragh Kenny $3,250 0 0 42.21
4 Aries Noel Love Gross Jeffery Welles $2,000 0 0 42.92
5 Lincourt Gino Monica Carrera Peter Leone $1,500 0 8 46.64
6 Vicki Vale La Chaudiere Farm Isabelle LaPierre $1,250 1 - -
7 Darling The Darling Group Ainsley Vince $1,000 2 - -
8 Robin Van Roosendael Looking Back Farm Erynn Ballard $750 4 - -
9 Capitano Sir Ruly Inc. Danielle Torano $750 4 - -
10 Indiana 127 Davenport Incorporated Peter Lutz $500 4 - -
11 Polygraaf Winsor Farm Sales, Inc. Bill Lowry $500 4 - -
12 Vive la Vie Blue Spruce Farm, LLC Zachary Libes $500 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.


For more information and a complete schedule of classes and events, visit www.HitsShows.com. Stay connected with HITS, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!

Media should contact the HITS Media Team at 845.246.8833 or e-mail Media_Info@HitsShows.com.

 

 
 

2012 HITS Show Schedule

HITS Desert Circuit
Thermal, CA
January 24 - March 11

HITS Ocala Winter Circuit 
Ocala, FL

January 18 - March 18

HITS Arizona Winter Circuit
Tucson, AZ
February 1 - March 11

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

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

 
 

Find us on

 
 

HITS, Inc. • 319 Main Street • Saugerties, NY 12477-1330
845.246.8833 Tel • Media_Info@HitsShows.com
HitsShows.com