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Week V

Canadian National Anthem Plays in Sochi and California  By Lindsay Yandon

Becoming a Clarke

While Canadian hockey was winning gold in Sochi, Canada was also made proud in the U.S. When O Canada played after Saturday’s $50,000 Purina Animal Nutrition CSI-W2* Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, it was playing for more than just the winner, Elizabeth Gingras of Alberta. Gingras and the up-and-coming Bretton Chad, also of Alberta, went one-two for Canada in a threehorse jump-off and celebrated together for their home nation.

An intimate event at the Chateau le Dome at Saddle Rock Ranch in Malibu, California brought two equestrian families together forever with the wedding of Ashlee Bond and Sage Clarke on October 13, 2013.

While humble about the results, Gingras couldn’t control her excited reaction to how her 11-year-old Hanoverian mare performed. One of only three to jump clear over Manuel Esparza’s original track, Gingras topped a complete field of 21 for her first-ever win in a World Cup qualifying class. Esparza of Mexico City, Mexico set a technical track within the FEI-standard confines of the Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium. The twelve obstacles offered horse and rider 15 jumping efforts, with a long and scopey line across the middle of the ring that included a vertical with a Liverpool, seven strides to the triple combination and ended with a tall plank vertical.

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Bond, a household name in international show jumping, and Clarke, a rodeo bulldogger, cousin to show jumper Lane Clarke and farrier by trade, horses rule this couple’s world. The age-old advice to keep business and personal separate was, however, lost on this pair. “We both get it,” said Bond. “We understand how time consuming this business, but we both love it and it works out better that way. I love that he is able to work at the shows with me and he loves to able to watch me compete.” 

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“The water to the triple was very tricky to jump clear,” said Gingras. “The first vertical was a very careful fence and my horse has a large stride, so I was worried about fitting in the seven properly. Then, the plank was tall and pointed right at the out-gate.”

Elizabeth Gingras (right) and Bretton Chad (left) made Canada Photo by Lindsay Yandon

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“We have been riding together in Alberta for many years,” said Gingras of her history with Chad. “Obviously you always want to win, but it was awesome to see two Canadians at the top. If the roles had been reversed, I would have been a very proud second.”

Gingras jumped the line unscathed, but others were not so lucky – half the field picked up faults in the triple combination line and it was the only element that crushed clear rounds for six pairs. “Her scope is unreal,” said Gingras of the mare that Emile Hendrix found for her over a year ago. “I got her as a nine-year-old, so we have really grown together and become a team. I couldn’t have asked for anything more than what she gave me today.” 



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RIDERS TO WATCH: Riders Eye HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping

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Read each week for an insider’s look at who we think will be the top West Coast contenders for the HITS Championship at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York September 3-7.

Nayel Nassar

When he isn’t riding, Nayel Nassar is rooting for the Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors on the basketball court. However, after qualifying for the FEI World Cup Finals, winning the North American West Coast League last year and capturing the 2013 Zoetis Million, it’s not often that one see’s Nassar out of the irons. “The past year has been so exciting, so unplanned and so rewarding,” said Nassar looking back on 2013 – a dream that the Egyptian rider hopes he never wakes up from.

ride. Lordan is more careful than he is scopey, while Raging Bill is more scopey than he is careful. HNW: When you indulge, what’s your favorite fast food? NN: That’s a tough one. I would have to say it’s a tie between Five Guys and Chick-fil-A. HNW: What are your 2014 goals? NN: We actually have a huge year coming up – first, the World Cup Finals in April and then World Championships [Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™] in September in Normandy. I have already qualified for the World Championships and it’s especially important because my region chooses our Olympians based on their performances there. The goal is that I and the other top Arab riders will punch tickets to the Olympics. HNW: Is the HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping something you have your sights on? NN: After the AIG Million, we will head to Ocala for the Great American Million and hopefully, if the scheduling works out, to Saugerties for the Zoetis Million in September. These events are exciting, but I try not to focus on the money at stake – I just try and focus on riding likes it’s any other class.

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Born in Chicago and raised in Kuwait, Nassar has trotted the globe with a string of impressive horses in tow. In 2009, however, Nassar embarked on the biggest balancing act of his career – he started pursuing a degree in Economics from Stanford University while maintaining a robust riding schedule. “It’s been a really tough few years, but with an amazing team behind me I am able to focus on school when I am at school and focus on the horses with I am with the horses,” he said. Nassar graduated from Stanford before coming to Thermal for the winter.

After several “in the money” placings this year, Nassar and Lordan jumped to their first grand prix win of the 2014 HITS Desert Circuit with an all-out gallop to the blue in the $33,500 HITS Desert Classic during Week IV. “When I landed after the second-to-last fence, I looked at the clock and saw that I only had ten seconds to get to the other end of the ring, so I put the pedal to the metal,” he said after the class admitted. As the crowd watched the pair go from top speed to air borne within seconds, they had everyone wondering if this young rider and his little horse can clinch the Triple Crown of Show Jumping.

So, what makes Nassar’s story even richer? The rider is only 23 years old and has come a long way from his first time on a horse’s back as a five-year-old. Here’s a closer look at Nayel Nassar: HNW: Who on your team do you attribute your success to? NN: My Family. My parents are my sponsors and supporters and my brother is an important piece of the puzzle. Without them, none of this would be possible. My Groom. Linda has been with us for over ten years and knows me, my horses and my system. It really helps to have someone work with the horses and keep them going the same from week to week. My Trainers. I have had the opportunity to ride with trainers like Jos Lansink, Laura Kraut and Piet Raijmakers who have all helped me become the rider that I am today. HNW: Describe your grand prix horses Raging Bull Vangelis S and Lordan. NN: I could not have two horses that are more different – they are complete opposites. Raging Bull Vangelis S, my stallion, is coming 16 and a bigger type with a more classical way of going, less blood and a much bigger stride. Lordan is nine and small – easily under 16 hands. He is very short strided and we add in almost every line we Vol. 2 No. 3

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Bretton Chad and Santa Catarina LS La Silla.

(Continued from Page 1) Both Gingras and Chad are undecided about whether they will attend the 2014 FEI World Cup Finals if qualified, but the milestone is not far off for either rider. “This is my first season stepping up into the World Cup classes, so I am just over the moon to even be here,” said Chad, who also piloted a mare – Santa Catarina LS La Silla – to second. “My horse was a rock star today. She is so honest and is really helping me to move up and get around these bigger courses.”

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for the United States on Bridgeside Farms, LLC’s Cesar. Saturday night was the final FEI World Cup qualifier of the 2014 winter season at HITS Thermal as attention now turns to who will qualify for the coveted AIG $1 Million Grand Prix on March 16. Weekly grand prix on Fridays and Sundays will continue over the next three weeks as riders race to qualify for the richest class in show jumping.

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In the jump-off, Crooks rubbed a rail on the second-to-last fence, which eventually came down, landing him with four faults in 44.49 seconds. Chad posted a time of 48.14 seconds, but Floreen SFN’s stride paid off for Gingras, as she crossed the timers in 45.58 seconds for the win.

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A jump-off between four fault rides was becoming a real possibility in the first round until Sean Crooks, riding for the United States and hailing from Wellington, Florida, jumped the first clear in the irons of Glen Youell’s Armegedon. Chad joined him two trips later before Gingras rounded out the group.

American rider Ashlee Bond Clarke of Hidden Hills, California was the fastest of the four-faulters from the first round aboard Little Valley Farms’ Chela LS for third. Fourth was awarded to Thursday’s FEI winner Nayel Nassar, representing Egypt on his own Lordan. Bliss Heers of Olivehain, California capped the top five

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Staying Hydrated While at the Show two. Also, you can only absorb small amounts of water at a time, so it is ideal to sip water throughout the day, instead of chugging it all at once. It is a good habit to begin your morning by drinking a glass of water as you get ready. Herbal teas and lemon water are also appealing options that can help you hydrate after you’ve been sleeping. However, coffee and other caffeinated drinks tend to be diuretics and can actually dehydrate your body, so they are not the best way to start your morning. With fluctuating desert temperatures, the days can suddenly get quite hot. When combined with riding and all the activities that go on at the show, it is important to be aware that you do not become dehydrated*. Dehydration is a condition that occurs when the loss of body fluid exceeds the amount taken in – this can result in the body’s ability to function normally. Symptoms of dehydration include a dry or sticky mouth, increased thirst, low urine output or dark yellow urine, dizziness, confusion, fainting and decreased ability to sweat. We naturally lose water throughout the day in our sweat, urine, stool and in the form of water vapor when we breathe. Along with this water loss, small amounts of electrolytes (or salts) are also lost. If we drink filtered water and consume a healthy whole-foods diet, we are able to maintain this careful balance. However, as riders, grooms, trainers and stable managers, we are usually involved in strenuous physical activities when we are around the horses – when in the dry desert heat, we can easily become dehydrated. Surprisingly, one of the last signs of dehydration is thirst. That is why you need to be proactive in making sure you are supplying your body with enough water. Everyone’s requirements for water will differ based on body composition, physical energy output, the duration of activity and the ambient conditions. As a general rule of thumb, the number of ounces you should consume in a day is your body weight divided by

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Throughout the day, being prepared with a bottle of pure water (that you can refill at the ingate) is usually good enough for mild to moderate activities. Just make sure you don’t get so wrapped up in your riding that you neglect to check in with yourself and drink enough water. You may want to invest in a stainless steel water bottle that you can keep by your side or in your grooming box. If you are working out hard or constantly riding, you may need to replenish your electrolytes too. Sodium (found in regular table salt, Himalayan salt, or sea salt) is the main electrolyte to include in your rehydration drink, especially if you have been exercising for over an hour. For endurance, including a carbohydrate (a simple sugar such as that found in honey or fruit) can help to recover any lost glycogen stores and will help to replenish your energy. One condition to be aware of is Hyponatremia. This is a rare, but serious condition affecting the amount of water around the cells in your body (this can be very dangerous for the brain). Hyponatremia relates to the water/sodium balance in the body, and can occur by overconsuming water or by losing too much sodium through long-term, intense activity. Although this is less common, it is important to mention as a caution against drinking too much water unnecessarily. Lastly, if you reach for the commercially sold sports drinks, know that most contain artificial sugars, flavors and dyes, along with other unpronounceable chemical additives. While

by: Kimball Willson, Certified Health Coach they are marketed as a “must-have” for athletes of all levels, there are healthier alternatives: 1. WATER – reach for the purest water you can find. (Option: add a pinch of salt and squeeze of lemon) 2. HOME-MADE SPORTS DRINK – (there are many popular versions of this found online): 3 cups of water or herbal tea, ¼ teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt, ¼ cup fresh fruit juice, 1-2 tablespoon raw honey. 3. COCONUT WATER – this trendy drink is loaded with potassium (more than a banana), but you may want to add a little salt to certain brands. Also, look for non-concentrate versions when possible. Remember that drinking enough water is one of the best things you can do for your health. Hydration not only benefits your physical performance, but can also support and improve your skin, digestion and mood. Sip water throughout the day and when you are active, and stay aware of your intake of both fluids and electrolytes in order to keep your body in peak condition. *Most dehydration can be reversed by drinking water or water containing electrolytes, but keep in mind that you should always seek medical attention if there are any questions or you are not feeling well since moderate to severe cases of dehydration (or hyponatremia) can lead to coma or even death. Kimball Willson is a certified Health Coach with an extensive background in the equestrian industry. As a lifelong rider and competitor, she understands the dietary and lifestyle struggles faced by today’s equestrian athletes. She specializes in guiding and supporting riders of all levels who want to gain more energy, improve their diet and lifestyle, and ultimately perform their best in the ring. Learn more and get your free copy of “3 Common Health Mistakes that are Ruining Your Ride” at www.

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Honor the Unsung Heroes of the Horse Show

David Vega, accompanied by Traci and Carlton Brooks, collects his award from HITS representative Tony Hitchcock.  ©Flying Horse Photography

Vote for your groom to win the CardFlex Grooms award! One groom will be chosen each week based on the number of votes received from the ballot box in the horse show office. The winning groom will be part of the weekly Horze Equestrian Parade of Champions and receive a gift card, courtesy of CardFlex. Stop by the horse show office during regular hours and vote for you groom. This week’s winner was David Vega for trainer’s Traci and Carlton Brooks of Balmoral Farm. Vega received a $250 gift card from CardFlex.

(Continued from page 1) Bond and Clarke met in 2012 at the Showpark Summer Classic after being introduced by Bond’s father. Six months later, the couple snuck away from the hustle of the HITS Desert Horse Park on Valentine’s Day in 2013 and returned engaged.

of family and close friends were welcomed with horse shoe accents and “his and her” signature cocktails.

Bond admits that she never imagined she would marry a horseman. “I vowed to never date a rider, but Sage was my last exception,” she said with a laugh. “We are from two very different parts of the horse world, but I think we’ve found the best of both.”

Amalfi Coast. But, as all devout horse people know, a trip to Europe isn’t complete without some horse shopping.

While their engagement photos made a strong nod to the couple’s devotion to all things equine, the wedding day tie-in was more subtle. A guest list which consisted

After the celebration, Bond and Clarke retreated for a two week Honeymoon in Paris, the south of France, Monaco and the

Upon Clarke’s return to the States, Bond stayed behind for five days and bought herself a wedding present – an eight-yearold mare named Cornancer which can be seen showing this season at HITS Thermal. Ashlee Bond and Sage Clarke after they said “I Do” at Saddle Rock Ranch in Malibu California. ©Love and Lemonade Photography

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Nayel Nassar Tops Two-Horse Jump-Off, Wins $33,500 HITS Desert Classic on Lordan It all came down to the gallop in the $33,500 FEI HITS Desert Classic, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Thermal on Thursday. With only two horses in the jump-off, Nayel Nassar put the speed of his nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding Lordan to the test and bested Bliss Heers by fractions of a second. Nassar of Santa Clara, California represents the colors of Egypt and secured a jump-off in the HITS Desert Classic after chasing down Heers’ early clear in the first round. They would eventually be the lone two to advance.

said Nassar. “I was a little surprised that there were only two clears, but I’m not complaining.”

Heers, who hails from Olivenhain, California, recently returned to American soil after riding in Europe for a time, and was the first to prove that the course designed by Mexico City’s Manuel Esparza could be jumped. She piloted Cesar, a 12-year-old gelding, for Bridgeside Farms, LLC. Heers and Nassar topped a field totaling 24 over a track of 13 obstacles and raced a tight time allowed of 80 seconds. “It didn’t walk big – was fairly technical – but a tight time can make any track difficult,” 14 | HITS News Weekly

Nayel Nassar and Lordan jump to a win in the $33,500 FEI HITS Desert Classic, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Thermal.  ©Flying Horse Photography

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Overall Circuit Standings Top 3 - Hunters & Jumpers HORSE OWNER Adequan Hunter County Line Ann Deren-Lewis Gorgeous George Anne Stevenson Cafe de Colombia Mountain Home Stables Adult Hunter 18-35 Leonetti Stephanie Goodson Lassalle Emma Townsend CR Haribo Emma Townsend Adult Hunter 36-45 Victorias Secret Tiffany Sandor Glory Bound Debbie Boyle Rumor Has It Stephanie Von Gortler Adult Hunter 46 - 55 Serantino Starview, LLC Samba Gracious Heidi Kane Luciano Haley Webster Adult Hunter 56 & Over Duet Polly Sweeney Samos Crystal Springs Ranch Maldini Star Lane Farms INC Amateur Owner Hunter 18-35 Winnetoe Montana Coady TypeCast Homestead Lane Farm Easy Company Haley Farms, LLC Amateur Owner Hunter 18-35 3’3 Adele Woodvale Inc Late Night Eureka Farm Lugano Alexis Meadows Amateur Owner Hunter 36 & Over Ante Up Janie Andrew Quinnus Gail Morey Willow CBF Julie Hancock Amateur Owner Hunter 36+ 3’3 Brent Bernadette Mulliken Saphir West Coast Equine Partners LLC Athabasca Anne Marie Mueller Baby Green Hunter West Lane Jaz Creek, Inc. Summertime Pastorino Hay & Ranch Supply Inc Resplendent Helen McEvoy Children’s Hunter 13 & Under SideKick Briana Sukert Zapateada Briana Sukert Night Cap Jane Fraze Children’s Hunter 14-17 Sorbet Grace Tuton Ceto-V Emily Hutson Lavaletto Rachel De Muro Children’s Hunter Pony Right On Time Hayley Jacquin Indian Summer Sarah Dyer Candy Crush JH Sporthorses First Year Green Hunter Ultime Espoir Barbara Chapin Saphir West Coast Equine Partners LLC Willow CBF Julie Hancock Green Conformation Ultime Espoir Barbara Chapin London Laura Strasburg Diana Rose Melissa Brandley 16 | HITS News Weekly


Jenny Karazissis Heidi Snider Evans Hunter Siebel

105 56 52.5

Stephanie Goodson 59 Emma Townsend 51 Emma Townsend 28 Tiffany Sandor 78 Patricia Brooke 65 Stephanie Von Gortler 56.5 Pamela Moellenhoff 41.5 Heidi Kane 41 Danae Evrigenis 38 Polly Sweeney Kathy Weiss Gail Horrigan

79 52.5 50.5

Montana Coady Sybil Rose Tiffany Sullivan

78 76.5 43.5

Chelsea Samuels Erika Scherer Alexis Meadows

78 64.5 61.5

Janie Andrew Gail Morey Julie Hancock

77.5 67.5 55

Bernadette Mulliken 62 Gail Ellis 42.5 Anne Marie Mueller


Buddy Brown Hope Glynn

60 50.5

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Briana Sukert Briana Sukert India Brittenham

78.5 41 37.5

Grace Tuton Emily Hutson Josephine Cassens

60 34.5 33

Avery Kalafatas Ava Peck Alexa Leong

38 35.5 35

John French Jenny Karazissis

92 84

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John French John Bragg Marisa Metzger

157 70.5 63.75



Green Pony Hunter Kingston JH Sporthorses Pink Cadillac Stone Gate Stables Chiccobello Alexa Leong High Performance Wkg Hunter Clue Corinne Bevis Cipriani Michele Stabile Ante Up Janie Andrew HITS Adult Hunter 2’9” Shadow Box Alexandra Mc Donald Samba Patti Gingras Glory Bound Debbie Boyle HITS Child Hunter 2’9” Zapateada Briana Sukert Erato Paseo Farms, LLC SideKick Briana Sukert HITS Hunter Westbella Lauren Suranko Bling It On Reyna Stevenson Cadbury Megan Henderson Junior Hunter King’s Peak Emma Waldfogel Chapel Hill Morgan Dickerson Cansas Grady Lyman Junior Hunter Low 3’3” Paloma Mark Miness Enlighten Tara Heffernan Gettysburg Emily Perkins Large Green Pony Hunter Candy Crush JH Sporthorses Easter Parade Glenshire Farm Chiccobello Alexa Leong Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under Pure Abundance Mountain Home Stables C Coast Z Mountain Home Stables Heart And Soul Camilla Brinkman Large Junior Hunter 16-17 Rumba Dogwood Hill LLC Chapel Hill Morgan Dickerson King’s Peak Emma Waldfogel Large Pony Hunter Party Favor John Bragg Champagne Wishes Madison England Center Field Lexie Looker Large Schooling Pony Hunter Whatdoyasay Bianca Jenkins Just Blue In Caitlin Liebman Navigator Melissa Deryn Foster Long / Short Stirrup Hunters Ice Breaker Stella Wasserman Pixczar Dawn Bodell Mini Me Sara Murphy Long Stirrup Hunter Bentley Cynthia Jackson Avant Jocelyn Krabbenschmidt Mini Me Sara Murphy Low Hunter Campari Helen Mc Evoy Frederick Sabrina Hellman Boss Laura Wasserman Medium Pony Hunter Madeline Margaret McGovern Always Happy Laura Strasburg Orchard Hills Photogenic Emma Hansen


Dalan Laughlin Talei Ferra Peyton Warren

51 38.5 26

John French Jamie Taylor Peter Lombardo

93 67.5 64

Henri Hall Patti Gingras Patricia Brooke

33 29 22

Briana Sukert Rachel Penner Briana Sukert

67 46.5 29

Lauren Suranko Reyna Stevenson Megan Henderson

48.5 46 38

Emma Waldfogel Morgan Dickerson Grady Lyman

40.5 40.5 36

Eliza Foster Tara Heffernan Emily Perkins

53 44 35

Katrina Komitsch 72 Hannah Von Heidegger 62 Peyton Warren 56 Hunter Siebel Hunter Siebel Grady Lyman

54 51 33

Destry Spielberg Morgan Dickerson Emma Waldfogel

52.5 37.5 27

Brooke Morin Madison England Lexie Looker

86 48.5 45

Bianca Jenkins 80 Payton Smith 38 Melissa Deryn Foster 38 Stella Wasserman Dawn Bodell Ashley Penner

58 45 36

Cynthia Jackson Pattie Sciola Ashley Penner

40 32 28.5

Hope Glynn Hope Glynn John French

107 77 63

Alivia Hart Brooke Morin Emma Hansen

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Equine Aid Honors Leadline Riders

Macy Mitchell and Ringmaster Conquer the Hunter Ring Macy Mitchell’s 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Ringmaster proved that he may have found his home in the hunter ring on Friday. After a brief hiatus in the jumpers, Mitchell of Hailey, Indiana entered him in his first-ever $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix and jumped to a win.

and turns.” Fifteen-year-old Mitchell admits that she has a soft spot for Ringsmaster’s personality, despite characterizing him as a “closet naughty”. “He pretends to be a good boy, but he’s always looking to play tricks,” said Mitchell.

“I was very surprised,” said Mitchell, who trains with Teresa Englehart. “This was his first show back after a year off and we were just on our game for those bending lines

The pair led the first round with a 78 and returned to impress with an 82 on their way to the win.

Woodstock Carries Hope Glynn to Devoucoux Hunter Prix Win

Marcy Wehde presents complimentary Equine Aid product to Leadline winners. Photo by Lindsay Yandon

After a particularly bad colic scare a few years ago, Marcy Wehde decided enough was enough. She went to a show in July and competed for four days in 85 degree temperatures. Her horse didn’t drink enough water, came home and immediately coliced. What if he had simply drank more water? Could she have avoided that whole situation? From these questions, Equine Aid was born. Equine Aid is an all-natural, organic, nonGMO powdered formula which, when added to a bucket of water, flavors the water and entices horses to drink. Made from human grade ingredients--alfalfa powder, molasses, and pink Himilayan rock salt, it’s all flavors that horses love. When added to water it’s like a horse cookie to them. Equine Aid is available in individual packets for $2 per packet, or a box of twelve packets for $20. It is available for sale during HITS Thermal at Solea Equestrian, and in tack stores throughout the West Coast and Florida. Stop by Solea Equestrian for a free sample of the product! For more information, visit

Most people dream about a horse whose “spook” is a better jump. For Hope Glynn, those dreams are a reality. Glynn, who hails from Penngrove, California, piloted Sabrina Hellman’s Woodstock in Friday’s $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix where the unfamiliar ring, new jumps and first hunter prix of the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood Gelding’s season gave Glynn the advantage. “This is his first week here and he was impressed by the surroundings, which helped me to get a better jumped out of him,” said

Glynn characterizes Woodstock as her “old faithful” and the pair has had a storied career together since the Hellman family first brought the gelding to Sonoma Valley Stables. They added Friday’s Devoucoux Hunter Prix in the Main Hunter Ring at HITS Thermal to their list of accolades after posting a first round score of 85.75 and leading the second round with a solid 87.

Kyle King Wins on ‘Horse of His Dreams’ at HITS Thermal Quigley may not have many grand prix miles behind him, but his rider Kyle King of Ocala, Florida is looking forward to the 10-year-old gelding stepping up to the level with a bang. He is certainly on the right track after winning Sunday’s $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Thermal. “He’s the horse of my dreams,” said King. “Who knows where we go from here, but he’s the best horse I’ve ever had.” Quigley is owned by Paul Politeski who broke the gelding and rode him up until last year when he moved into the grand pix ring with King. Politeski and King took Quigley to HITS Tucson last week in preparation for the HITS Desert Circuit and he jumped perfectly, according to King. “We got him [Quigley] fired up a little bit in Arizona. He was a little spooky in the Level 6 earlier this week, but jumped around great today,” said King.

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Glynn. “Where most horses spook, his spook is just a better jump.”

Kyle King and Quigley bested an impressive field on Sunday to win the $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Thermal. They were one of three in the jump-off and used Quigley’s speed to earn the blue.  ©Flying Horse Photography

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Medium Schooling Pony Hunter Fine Art Bianca Jenkins Bianca Jenkins 45 Happy Thoughts Cameron Brown Cameron Brown 39 Wish Me Luck Amber Ayyad Amber Ayyad 36 Modified Adult Hunter Samba Patti Gingras Patti Gingras 50 Charmant Courtney Sibert Courtney Sibert 38 Limo Marta Mazess Marta Mazess 20 Modified Child Hunter Erato Paseo Farms, LLC Rachel Penner 41 Gentry Rosie Garlock Rosie Garlock 38.5 Cambiaso Grace Pearson Grace Pearson 26 Modified Junior Hunter 3’3” Cafe de Colombia Mountain Home Stables Hunter Siebel 64 Fine Design Patti Gingras Kate Gilhuly 18 Donato Katie Ramsey Emma Waldfogel 16 Performance Hunter 3’3” Lassalle Emma Townsend Hope Glynn 77 Norwegian Wood Kelly Straeter Jenny Karazissis 63 Tuscany Emily Sukert Jenny Karazissis 63 Performance Hunter 3’6” King’s Peak Emma Waldfogel Hope Glynn 96 Krave Mountain Home Stables Archibald Cox 29 Zarah R55 Corry Smallegange Jenny Karazissis 26 Pre-Adult Hunter Andiamo Shabe Behzadpour Shabe Behzadpour 68.5 Under the Radar Raphaelle Cassens Raphaelle Cassens 48 Great Expectations Marc Grock Jerrie Calandra 42.5 Pre-Child Hunter Horse Autobahn Jordan Matteri Katie Lee 69 WT Who Knew Wild Turkey Farm, LLC Katie Lee 49 Mr. Darcy Annie Thomas Augusta Iwasaki 43 Pre-Green Hunter Boss Laura Wasserman John French 99 Nostalgic Penelope Murray John Bragg 75 Playlist Alexandra Zell Shelley Campf 41 Regular Conformation Hunter Carma Montana Coady John French 150.5 Academy Award Jane Fraze Peter Lombardo 79.5 Idyllic Ann Thornton John Bragg 65.5 Second Year Green Hunter Y Wonder Y West Coast Equine Jenny Karazissis 103.5 Partners LLC Krave Mountain Home Stables Nick Haness 66.5 Undeniable Kelly Straeter Jenny Karazissis 53 Short Stirrup Hunter - Horse Fleur D’ Li Shirley Barrett Emily Johnson 34 Percynality Anna Patterson Caia Costello 30 Riesling John Bragg Jackson Hinz 20 Short Stirrup Hunter - Pony Weather Girl Nyah Chernoff Stella Chernoff 24.5 Windsong Golddust Holiday Kriegel Caroline Burke 22.5 Storytime Kaelin Podstrleny Kaelin Podstrleny 18 Small Junior Hunter 15 & Under Coffeetalk Whitney Downs Gabriella Cinquini 48 Krave Mountain Home Stables Hunter Siebel 43.5 Autumn Lane Eugenie Kilb Eugenie Kilb 27 Small Junior Hunter 16-17 Illusion Dogwood Hill LLC Destry Spielberg 64.5 Crusader Pastorino Hay & Paige Pastorino 37 Ranch Supply Inc Triton Z Kaitlyn Van Kaitlyn Van 35.5 Konynenburg Konynenburg Vol. 2 No. 3 




Small Pony Hunter Small Introduction Iwasaki & Reilly Augusta Iwasaki 106 Tip Top Kailin Kerzner Juliette Joseph 68 Skippin School Kailin Kerzner Juliette Joseph 64.5 Small Schooling Pony Hunter Bit of Flurries Avery/ Avery Glynn 70.5 Sonoma Valley Stables Glynn All That Sonoma Valley Stables Inc Avery Glynn 43 Mini Me Sara Murphy Ashley Penner 39.5 Small/Medium Green Pony Hunter Dust Bunny Carolyn Biava & Jillian Stuart 79 Laura Ware Pink Cadillac Stone Gate Stables Talei Ferra 30.75 Astro Boy Walden Farm Kailin Kerzner 28 Thermal Adult Hunter 2’3” Special Delivery Moonlite Beach LLC Jerrie Calandra 30.5 Cosette Susan Thompson Susan Thompson 26 Nigel Eleanor Hellman Sabrina Hellman 25.5 Thermal Child Hunter 2’3” Charme Of Chicago Elvenstar Farm Stella Buckingham 39 Gentry Rosie Garlock Brooke Morin 34 Cambiaso Grace Pearson Grace Pearson 30 Training Hunter WT Who Knew Wild Turkey Farm, LLC Hope Glynn  105.5 Lavaletto Rachel De Muro Patrick Spanton 34 Clintino Kelley Cloud Colleen Brombach 31 Adult Amateur Jumper Low Boulahrouz Shannon Becker Shannon Becker 41 Belle Vue Abbygale Funk Kendra Lyon 33.5 Architekt Mountain Home Stables Stacey Siebel 26.5 Adult Jumper 18-35 Finding Eden P2 Capital LLC Elizabeth McAfee 35.5 Precious McLain Ward Ariel Black 26 Bohemio Z Bailey Fuller Bailey Fuller 26 Adult Jumper 36-49 Traveler Christine O’Hanlon Christine O’Hanlon 77 Wakyra Christine O’Hanlon Christine O’Hanlon 38 Perserverence Jill Hunter-Hensley Jill Hunter-Hensley 32 Adult Jumper 50 & Over Musketeer Blue Meadows, LLC Leslie Cox 77.5 Cassius Blue Meadows, LLC Leslie Cox 53 Sharper Image Deanna Van Valer Melanie Rapp 45.5 Child Jumper 15/U Derby County Claire Gallagher Hollie Allen 31 Lexia B Gigi Papasavvas Gigi Papasavvas 24 Duvel Hayley Boyd Hayley Boyd 24 Child Jumper 16-17 Olli 80 Actuality LLC Julia Finn 50 Sherry Lady Peyton Warren Alexa Avila 38 Sir Blue Tiffany Sullivan Caroline Thomas 24.5 Child Jumper Low Lexia B Gigi Papasavvas Gigi Papasavvas 31 Cassal’s Diamond Maryam Ghassemi Maryam Ghassemi 30 Molson Janet Pharmacy Sasha Janet 24.5 Enterprises Level 3 Jumper Baloubina Megan Camaisa Tanya Levorchick 22 Toomyvara Bonnee James Tamie Phillips 20 Bini Balou Stuart Belkin Samantha Buirs 20 Level 4 Jumper Charlie Antonio Ramos Antonio Santiago 30 Simon says Isola Stables Benson Carroll 30 W Natal Simone Coxe Hugh Mutch 26 HITS News Weekly | 19

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Modified Child/Adult Jumper U Rascal Melanie Brooks Athos Nancy Batter Livingston Abby Lincoln Amateur Jumper Low Celina Jacqueline Toomey Lesotho Kay Christine Charmeur Z Riley Thomas Amateur-Owner Jumper Medium Hugo Garnett Farms Little Annie Rolling Oaks West, LLC Gaja 20 Olivia Chowdry Amateur-Owner Jumper High Quasiboy Lily Berlin Ferrari Alexander Dornbracht Wildthing 2 Rancho Corazon, LLC Junior Jumper Low Ariva Jensma Emily Moffitt Avacon Amanda Pollack No More Talk Amanda Nichols Junior Jumper Medium Manchester Alexandra Worthington Conquistador Sarah Jane Haskins Contigo Mercedes Benz Carlos Hank Jr Junior Jumper High RRC Black Magic 944 700 Alberta LTD E-Unanime De La Haie Monarch International VDL Viper H Callaway Stables LLC


Melanie Brooks Delaney Batter Julia Hanssen

36.5 32 22

Jacqueline Toomey Kay Christine Riley Thomas

44.4 41 41

Morgan Garnett Jessica Allen Olivia Chowdry

1249 672 588.6

Lily Berlin 472 Alexander Dornbracht468.8 Chenoa McElvain 342 Emily Moffitt Abbygale Funk Amanda Nichols

518.4 468 459.6

Alexandra Worthington572.5 Sarah Jane Haskins 431.1 Carlos Hank Jr 366 Meagan Beunder Hannah Von Heidegger Sydney Callaway

505.8 486 308



Level 5 Jumper Freedom 95 Alexandra Afzal Elle Mark Cassar Landiego Catherine Hannay Level 6 Jumper SIG Excel SIG International, Inc. No More Talk Amanda Nichols Murka’s Milord d’elle Colleen May Level 7 Jumper Coolio 17 Ali Ramsay Alimit Coxe Horses LLC Asb Conquistador Signe Ostby Level 8 Jumper Coupido Mercedes Benz Carlos Hank Jr Dunsoghly Junior Nayel Nassar Legis Touch The Sun YJC 6 Year-Olds Durani S Suanna Singlehurst Alva Nayel Nassar Chuck Norris Marina Skye Bynum YJC 7 & 8 Year-Olds Chaya Cristalle Rebecca Lewis Baraka Nayel Nassar Chiara Van De Broekkant Coxe Horses LLC


Jeffrey Fields Kristin Hardin Leslie Wright

1186.4 1016 956

Susan Hutchison Guy Thomas Macella O’Neill

3452 1730.4 1230

Ali Ramsay Helen McNaught- McFarlane Karl Cook

984 878.4

Eduardo Menezes Nayel Nassar Jenni McAllister

5200 4500 4400

Nick Gegen Nayel Nassar Peter Petschenig

1115 580 525

Mandy Porter Nayel Nassar Duncan McFarlane

470 450 420


Overall Circuit Standings Top 3 - Equitation HORSE



Adult 2’ Equitation SLF Rapallo Nola Dyal 37 Under the Radar Raphaelle Cassens 14 Pixczar Dawn Bodell 13 Adult 2’6” Equitation Happy Thoughts Gail Forrest 23 Fuerte Ventura Lindsay Mynott 20 Samba Patti Gingras 18 Adult 2’9” Equitation Symphony Margaret Schliessler 21 Fuerte Ventura Lindsay Mynott 16 Boulahrouz Shannon Becker 15 Adult Equitation Achilles Karen O’Leonard 12 Noble Boy Stephanie Fanning 9 Vivaldi Colleen Harp 8 Adult Equitation 18-35 Catalpa Serena Anand 33 Lautento Emily Winkler 27 L’Alta Vida Laura Owens 15 Adult Equitation 36 + Rinadlo Nori Burby 11 Vibrant Annie Finch 9 High Class Patricia Brutten 5 Adult Equitation 36 - 45 Rumor Has It Stephanie Von Gortler 20 Leopold Von Bayren II Blake Lindsley 18 Viktor Patricia Brooke 13 20 | HITS News Weekly



Adult Equitation 46 & Over Remington Steel Yasmin Sexton Tiny Dancer FCF Linda Law Mi Amor Maureen Howe Beginner Equitation Telynau Madeline Abigail Beck Patriot Tate Beteta Do You Believe In Magic Shari Roseboom Cross Rail Hunter Patriot Tate Beteta Miracle on 34th Carlee McCutcheon Thumbelina Djuna Stein Equitation 11 & Under B B Quiberon Elli Yeager Amoranda Jolie Emme Lauer Mister Lauren Pleasance Equitation 12-13 Gettysburg Emily Perkins Skye Alexis Oleary Night Cap India Brittenham Equitation 14-15 STS Quantador Madison Myro Lanos Kit Cunningham Jamestown Nina Vogel Equitation 16-17 Fabio Julia Landmann Chadwick Alexandra Ladove Aragon Lena Block

15 14 13 25 22 21 36 22 16 46 21 18 41 16 15 20 16 13 22 21 17



Junior Limit Equitation Foreign Escape Erica Grabowski Black Velvet Emma Sigurdsson Skye Alexis Oleary Junior Maiden Equitation Autobahn Katie Lee Mariner Lindsey Vargo Viktor Alexa Kathleen May Burnett Junior Novice Equitation Land Star Sophia Davies Amoranda Jolie Emme Lauer Noble Image Nicole Schuler Long Stirrup Equitation Con Amore Kim Nixon Miracle on 34th Luke Jensen Dreamcatcher Braeden Morrison Long/Short Stirrup Equitation Posh Trick Shot Quinn Durbin Clover Zoe Dupzyk Miracle on 34th Luke Jensen Pony Equitation Fine Art Bianca Jenkins Roxy Nicole Bakar Navigator Melissa Deryn Foster Short Stirrup Equitation-Horse Rubix Nyah Chernoff Diorissima Tessa Darling Desert Lotus Felyssa Kaplan

14 13 13 31 15 14 17 17 13 13 13 12 18 9 8 27 22 14 14 11 7

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2014 AIG Million Grand Prix Rider Standings - Updated 2.25.14 Thermal, CA

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 26 27

Rider Nayel Nassar Ashlee Bond Clarke Enrique Gonzalez Mandy Porter Christian Heineking Alec Lawler Saer Coulter Jenni McAllister Andrew Ramsay Elizabeth Gingras Josephina Nor Lantzman Vinton Karrasch John Pearce Bretton Chad Francie Steinwedell-Carvin Duncan McFarlane Michelle Parker Susan Hutchison Eduardo Menezes Eric Navet Will Simpson Justin Resnik Francois Esteves Sean Crooks Kyle King Francisco Pasquel Juan Pablo Gnecco

Horse Lordan Chela LS Quilebo du Tillard Con Capilot NKH Selena Dauphin De Muze Springtime Casseur de Prix Adamo Van't Steenputje Floreen SFN Chello Z Coral Reef Baloufino Son of a Gun Santa Catarina LS La Silla Taunus Mr. Whoopy Socrates De Midos Sig Zuleika Quintol Mercedes Benz quanto Fino 2 Acorina Carismo Z Cord 11 Armegedon Quigley Othelo Du Park User ID

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28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40

Rich Fellers Tatiana Dzavik Jamie Barge John Anderson Andres Rodriguez Tasha Visokay Allyssa Hecht Gabriella Salick Erin Davis-Heineking Peter Petschenig Joie Gatlin Harley Brown John Perez

Flexible Dahlia Lasse Terrific Caballito Caspa 7 Calero Centuria 2 October Hill's Concho Saint Quentin Miss Cashcall Cassiato Utopia

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Number of Qualifying HITS Sum of prize money Weeks 42,620.00 4 40,080.00 4 35,805.00 3 35,217.50 3 34,800.00 4 27,715.00 4 26,135.00 1 25,405.00 4 24,750.00 3 24,342.50 4 23,300.00 2 20,735.00 1 18,250.00 2 18,200.00 3 18,000.00 2 17,150.00 0 15,135.00 4 14,300.00 2 14,250.00 3 12,300.00 2 12,000.00 0 10,100.00 4 9,500.00 0 9,000.00 3 9,000.00 1 8,800.00 0 7,900.00 3 6,600.00 6,400.00 6,150.00 6,100.00 5,952.50 5,900.00 5,662.50 5,535.00 5,500.00 5,330.00 5,200.00 4,010.00 3,900.00

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*In order to be eligible to for the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, a rider needs to compete in at least one (1) Qualifying Grand Prix at four (4) or more HITS Desert Circuit shows prior to the week of the AIG Million. Once a rider has competed in a Qualifying Grand Prix at four (4) or more HITS Desert Circuit shows, the money won on their leading horse will place them in the 2014 AIG Million Rider Rankings. 22 | HITS News Weekly

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Calendar of Events DC V

February 24 - March 2

28FRIDAY 4 pm: $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, in Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium.

1SATURDAY 12 pm: Gracie’s Emporium Tack Room Decorating Contest judging by Gracie’s Emporium and Kathy Hobstetter.

2SUNDAY 8 am: $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix in Outside Course. 11 am: $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix in Outside Course. 11 am: $10,000 Junior/Amateur Owner High Jumper Classic, presented by Bayer’s Legend in Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium. 1 pm: Horze Equestrian Parade of Champions in Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium. 1:30 pm: Gracie’s Emporium Tack Room Decoration Contest Awards and Charles Owen Leading Hunter Award in Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium. 1:45 pm Leadline class in Strongid C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium. ®

2 pm: $50,000 Horze Equestrian Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, in Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium. 3 pm: CardFlex Groom's Award in Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium. 3-6 pm: Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitor Bureau Reception at Go Rentals VIP Club. DC VI

March 3-9

4TUESDAY 8 am - 3 pm: Reception with Hill & Piibe immigration attorneys behind barn 5/6. Appointments welcome. Refreshments available.

7FRIDAY 8 am: $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix in Outside Course. 11 am: $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix in Outside Course. 4 pm: $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, in Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium. 4 pm: $1,000 Pony Hunter Prix in Outside Course. Vol. 2 No. 3 

9SUNDAY 11 am: $10,000 Junior/Amateur Owner High Jumper Classic, presented by Bayer’s Legend in Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium. 1 pm: Horze Equestrian Parade of Champions in Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium. 1:30 pm: Charles Owen Leading Hunter Award in Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium. 1:45 pm: Leadline class in Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium. 2 pm: $50,000 CardFlex Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, in Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium. 3 pm: CardFlex Groom's Award in Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium. DC VII

March 10-16

14FRIDAY 8 am: $5,000 Platinum Performance Hunter prix

in Outside Course.

10 am: $50,000 East vs. West Hunter Challenge Round 1 in Outside Course. 2 pm: $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix Wild Card, presented by Zoetis, in Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium. 4 pm: $3,500 Junior/Amateur-Owner Young Rider Qualifying Class in Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium. 6 pm: R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship in Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium.

15SATURDAY 8 am: $25,000 California Horsetrader Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic High in Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium. 12 pm: $50,000 East vs. West Hunter Challenge Final Round in Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium.

16SUNDAY* 1 pm: Horseware Ireland Grand Circuit and Horze Equestrian Parade of Champions in Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium. 1:45 pm: Leadline class in Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium. 2 pm: AIG $1 Million Grand Prix in Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium. *All rings will be finished by 12 pm on Sunday, March 16.

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Vol. 2 No. 3

HITS News Weekly Vol.2 No. 3  

Success for Canada, riders to watch and a bit of wedded bliss - the third issue of the 2014 HITS News Weekly tells you what's happening at H...

HITS News Weekly Vol.2 No. 3  

Success for Canada, riders to watch and a bit of wedded bliss - the third issue of the 2014 HITS News Weekly tells you what's happening at H...