Horse Shows In The Sun Saugerties 2012: Danielle Torano holt ersten Grand Prix


Saugerties/New York - Den ersten Grand Prix der laufenden Saison in Saugerties im Bundesstaat New York sicherte sich Danielle Torano aus SW Ranches /Florida auf Capitano (Sir Ruly Inc.). Im mit US$ 25.000 ausgeschriebenen SmartPak Grand Prix waren noch vier Paare im Stechen. Torrano und ihr 17-jähriger Holsteiner Wallach Capitano legten im Parcours des Brasilianers Marina Azevedo eine Doppelnull hin und waren danach nicht mehr in Gefahr. Auf den zweiten Platz kam ebenfalls fehlerfrei Michael Kirby auf seinem eigenen Pferd KT UnderCover. Er hatte mehr als 1,5 sec Rückstand auf Torrano und bekam auch US$ 2.000 weniger an Siegprämie (US$ 5.500). Allison Pras und Drake kamen auf den dritten Rang vor Todd Minikus und Macoemba zwischen den Eisen. Platz fünf ging an Kyle Timm auf Wadisson (nicht im Stechen).

Bereits am Mittwoch siegte Laura Chapot aus Neshanic Station/New Jersey im US$ 10.000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome in Saugerties. Ihr Partner unter dem Sattel war Mary Chapots Umberto. Auf den zweiten Platz ritt Brandie Holloway aus Topeka/Kansas mit Any Given Sunday.

©ESI Photography: Danielle Torano und Capitano im SmartPak Grand Prix in Saugerties/New York








For Immediate Release
  May 25, 2012




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Danielle Torano captures first Grand Prix of 2012 HITS Saugerties season


SAUGERTIES, NY (May 25, 2012) HITS Saugerties kicked into high gear this afternoon as Danielle Torano of SW Ranches, Florida rode to victory in the first Grand Prix of the season. In the irons of Sir Ruly, Inc.’s Capitano, Torano was one of four to advance to the jump-off and post a double clear round for the win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health.

Torano piloted Capitano, a 17 year-old Holsteiner gelding, over 16 jumping efforts of a 13 obstacle course designed by Marina Azevedo of Campinas, Brazil. The course offered both height and technical turns, with three double combinations – a one stride and a two stride in the middle of the course and another one stride in the last line. Aside from the third combination, the last four-fence line of the course proved to be a heartbreaker for many as more than half the field took down a top rail at the final fence to keep them from the jump-off.

“The course was bigger than I expected, but certainly fair for $25,000,” said Torano. “It turns out that today was meant to be for us.”

Capitano has been with Sir Ruly, Inc. for about ten years and Torano has recently been showing him in the Amateur-Owner Jumpers with an occasional Grand Prix. Despite modest Grand Prix experience, however, he rose to the occasion today and topped a competitive field.

Capitano felt great all day,” added Torano. “He was forward in a couple lines and got away with a rub on the last line, but we ended up clear.”

Second to go in the first round, Torano was the first to produce a clear round and sat untouched until Michael Kirby of Madison, Connecticut went clear aboard his own KT UnderCover. Kirby and his 11 year old 16 hand Dutch Warmblood secured a spot in the jump-off and were later joined by Todd Minikus and Allison Pras.

“He may be small, but he has a lot of heart,” said Kirby of KT UnderCover. “He has grown up a lot over the past year and turned into a great little horse.”

Torano and Kirby mirrored the first round in the jump-off, producing the first and second double-clear rounds of the day to place first and second, respectively.

“I really didn’t think we were going to be fast enough in the jump-off, so we had to really go after it at the end,” said Torano. 

The last minute effort from Torano turned out to be just enough for the win with a second round time of 42.08 seconds. Kirby followed closely behind with a time of 43.89 seconds. Pras of Colts Neck, New Jersey was third to go in the jump-off and finished in third with eight faults in a time of 51.13 seconds, while Minikus of Loxahatchee, Florida finished fourth with 11 faults in a time of 54.32 seconds.

Rounding out the top five was Kyle Timm of Apex, North Carolina in the irons of Apex Equestrian Center’s Wadisson who picked up one time fault in the first round to keep him from the jump-off, but still clinch fifth place.

Grand Prix action continues at HITS-on-the-Hudson as the first weekend of Spring competition arrives. High-performance riders will again enter the Strongid® C 2X Grand Prix Stadium on Sunday for the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, as the road to the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix once again makes its way through Saugerties and points to September’s HITS Championship Weekend. 

Danielle Torano and Capitano kicked off their season at HITS-on-the-Hudson with a bang as they rode to victory in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health.

$10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome
The HITS-on-the-Hudson show grounds came alive from the winter on Wednesday and welcomed equestrians from all corners of the nation back to Saugerties, New York. The $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome got things under way and Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, New Jersey came away with the win. She piloted Mary Chapot’s Umberto to the victory. Chapot was followed closely by Brandie Holloway of Topeka, Kansas, who rode Hays Investment Corp.’s Any Given Sunday to second place.

Also in the ribbons earlier in the week were Minikus and Macoemba in third. Rounding out the top five was Chapot on her second mount of the day, Quointreau owned by Laura Chapot & McLain Ward, followed by Ainsley Vince of Burlington, Ontario on The Darling Group’s Darling.

Laura Chapot and Umberto on their way to winning Wednesday’s $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York.

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

Place Horse                           Owner                                  Rider                    Prize $ Rd 1 Faults JO Faults JO Time
1 Capitano Sir Ruly Inc. Danielle Torano $7,500 0 0 42.08
2 KT UnderCover Michael Kirby Michael Kirby $5,500 0 0 43.89
3 Drake Allison Pras Allison Pras $3,250 0 8 51.13
4 Macoemba Todd Minikus Ltd. Todd Minikus $2,000 0 11 54.32
5 Wadisson Apex Equestrian Center Kyle Timm $1,500 1 - -
6 Umberto Mary Chapot Laura Chapot $1,250 4 - -
7 Mark Q Kevin Babington Kevin Babington $1,000 4 - -
8 Royce Elm Rock Partners, LLC Margie Engle $750 4 - -
9 Any Given Sunday Hays Investment Corp. Brandie Holloway $750 4 - -
10 Vicki Vale La Chaudiere Farm Isabelle LaPierre $500 5 - -
11 Superbad Amanda Flint Amanda Flint $500 6 - -
12 Timo Cathy Gerhart Kate Gerhart $500 8 - -

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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January 24 - March 11

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January 18 - March 18

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Culpeper, VA
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