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Back in the Saddle at 72 Linda Priboth of Parker, Illinois rode her horse Dolce out of the hunter ring as Reserve Champion in the Adult Hunters during Week II. Their success was celebrated, but the real story is how Priboth and the 16-year-old Hanoverian mare found each other. The story, however, goes back even further than Dolce’s entrance into Priboth’s life. Priboth, a sprightly 72-year-old rider, is the mother of Colorado trainer Laurie Priboth Jueneman of Snowfield Farm and didn’t find her place in the

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By Lindsay Yandon led Priboth to the show ring where she began competing in the Adult Amateur Hunter division. In 2008, Priboth was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and began intensive treatment. The treatment sent her illness into remission, but Priboth still made the decision to stop showing. “She made a deal with my family that she would go back to casual riding and no longer compete,” said Jueneman. Cue Dolce. In December of 2013, cancer reentered the lives of Jueneman and Priboth as one of Jueneman’s clients, Dory, passed away from the disease. “I had promised Dory that I would care for her horses for the rest of their lives,” Said Jueneman. “And that is when mom started taking lessons on one of them – Dolce.” After another family discussion earlier this year, Priboth decided to dust off her show coat and bring Dolce to Thermal. “They were an instant match,” said Jueneman. “I could see a confidence in her [Priboth] when she was riding Dolce that I haven’t ever seen before.”

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saddle until she was 45. Ever the dedicated horse show mom, she groomed, mucked, trailered and braided for her daughter before Jueneman left for college. Not wanting to sell their horses, she started riding them herself. “She got very serious about her riding and fell in love with it,” said Jueneman. Love soon

Sixteen-year-old Hannah Von Heidegger was all smiles on Sunday afternoon. She and E-Unanime De La Haie won the $10,000 Junior/AmateurOwner High Jumper Classic, presented by Bayer’s Legend, but also made a splash in the Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium. Before Von Heidegger earned her fair share of the spotlight in the $50,000 Horze Equestrian Grand Prix, she piloted Monarch International’s E-Unanime De la Haie with hopes to qualify for the Bayer’s Legend® (hyaluronate sodium)  (Continued on page 4)

The calm and collected Priboth was unhinged with excitement after her success in Thermal. “It was the highlight of my riding career to win this on a very special horse,” she said. “We know Dory was watching.” Despite show-ring glory coming later in life, Priboth admits that she will forever be a horsewoman, riding multiple horses and filling her days with barn chores. Most importantly, however, she’s just plain proud to be Dolce’s new partner.

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Riders to Watch: Katie Cook

by Lindsay Yandon

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. KC: Blessed! I owe so much gratitude to so many people. John [Bragg] has done so much for me and allowed me to ride some amazing horses. The owners who let me ride their horses are the reason that I am where I am. Lastly, I am blessed that my husband supports this passion of mine. HNW: What are you doing when you aren’t in the saddle? KC: Professionally, I am a sales representative for Equitex stall drapes and accessories. I love my job because it involves horses and is flexible enough that I get to focus on my kids. It’s really hard to balance family and competing, but I’m afraid that if I let it go now, it will be really hard to find my way back. You never know where life is going to take you, so I am going to hang on to what I have now for as long as I can.

Katie Cook and Tiny Dancer FCF during DC V.

Photo by Lindsay Yandon

Katie Cook’s entrance into the horse world was a casual one. She grew up with horses in her backyard and was a proud member of her local 4-H club. Today, Cook, an amateur, rides with acclaimed West Coast trainer John Bragg at Bridgeport Farms in San Juan Capistrano, California. Despite not having a mount to call her own, Cook and her catch rides have made a splash at this year’s HITS Desert Circuit. Beginning with Capital Challenge in 2013, Cook decided to take her competitive riding to a more serious level and committed to showing the duration of the HITS Desert Circuit. Cook began turning heads with a pinto gelding named Symphony after winning the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix twice in a row. That streak grew to three when she jumped Pamela Moellenhoff ’s Santos to the blue during Week III. Cook’s ride invitations soon expanded and she quickly became the rider to watch during West Coast qualifying for the Platinum Performance $250,000 Hunter Prix Final. “This is a big deal,” exclaimed Cook in reaction to the success she has had during the winter circuit. “I never imagined that things would go this way for me this year – I was just happy to be able to be in the saddle.”

HNW: What is the one piece of riding apparel that you couldn’t live without? KC: My boots – they’re my lucky boots. They were custom made for a friend of mine who never got to wear them. She passed away unexpectedly and I started to wear them. Since I began showing in them I have been Champion or won more classes than ever before – I have had the best year ever in these boots. Whenever I put them on, I think of her. Luck is something Cook admits she has experienced a lot of in the last few months. “I’m lucky to ride the horses I ride, I’m lucky people have given me the opportunities they have and I’m lucky to find eight distances every day for weeks in a row,” she joked. “But honestly, it’s so much more than winning ribbons – I live for the moments when I am in the saddle and don’t have to think about anything else except riding.” Cook, even with her humble attitude, has big plans for 2014. Qualifying and heading east for the Platinum Performance $250,000 Hunter Prix Final tops the list, while she also hopes to stay at HITS-on-the-Hudson for the Marshall & Sterling Insurance League National Finals, making a nostalgic return to her equitation roots. While Cook admits that she takes her amateur riding career one day at a time, her daughter Charlotte is “horse-obsessed”, so Cook may be not only be a rider, but a horse show mom before she knows it.

Here’s a closer look at Katie Cook: HNW: How did you get your start in the show ring? KC: I took my first jumping lesson when I was 12 and soon after my trainer sent me to ride with the Karazissis’ at Far West Farm. During my last years as a junior, I competed in the equitation ring and did the medal classes. During college, I took a break from riding and when I graduated, I started riding whatever extra horses I could find in Orange County. HNW: What brought you back to the show ring? KC: After I had my first child – Cody, who is now four – I wanted to find a local barn and that’s when I met John [Bragg]. My plan was to take some lessons and not really jump again. Within a couple of months though, I was back in the show ring and hooked all over again. HNW: Describe your experience at the 2014 HITS Desert Circuit in one word? Vol. 2 No. 4

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Injectable Solution $250,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Prix, a final that Von Heidegger and trainer Will Simpson are aiming for. Hannah Von Heidegger is seeing dollar signs thinking about competing at the HITS Championship in September for a share of $250,000 and is competing in the Junior/Amateur-Owner High Jumper Classics at HITS Thermal in an effort to head east this fall.

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“It’s certainly the most amount of money I have ever ridden for and it would be great to get there,” she said. In the Horze Equestrian Grand Prix, Geledimar was the first of Von Heidegger’s two jump-off rides and she left the ring wide eyed and grinning after both. “I’m still hoping for my first grand prix win, but I could not have been happier with how this day went. I was so excited just to get my first horse clean – the second one was icing on the cake,” said Von Heidegger.

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Hannah Von Heidegger pilots E-Unanime De La Haie to a Junior/Amateur-Owner High Jumper Classic win before collecting two ribbons in Sunday’s grand prix.  ©Flying Horse Photography

Anyone watching as Von Heidegger landed off the last fence would have been convinced she was the winner as she dove onto the neck of Geledimar and wrapped her arms around the mare, planting kisses in her mane. “We have been having four faults week after week and I knew this was coming soon – I could feel it” said Von Heidegger. Von Heidegger was also eighth in the grand prix with Axl Rose for Monarch International.

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2014 2nd-Half Circuit Standings - presented by TuffRider & Equine Couture - HUNTERS HORSE OWNER RIDER PNTS Adequan Hunter Cafe de Colombia Mountain Home Stables Taylor Siebel 40 All Pleasur Danielle Walker Jessie Jia 30 Tuscany Emily Sukert Jenny Karazissis 20 Adult Hunter 18-35 Poetic Stephanie Goodson Stephanie Goodson 32 Lassalle Emma Townsend Emma Townsend 30 Adult Hunter 36-45 Juilliard Lisa Williams Lisa Williams 73 Cascada Anita Dawson Anita Dawson 20.5 Conviction Briteney Mercer Briteney Mercer 20 Adult Hunter 46-55 Serantino Starview, LLC Pamela Moellenhoff 35 Tiny Dancer FCF Linda Law Linda Law 34 Casson Ashley Stravch Kathleen Waldorf 32 Adult Hunter 56 & Over Duet Polly Sweeney Polly Sweeney 56 Sole Heir Lucy Stewart Sally E Smith 50 Tesoro Marlena Carlson Marlena Carlson 26 Amateur Owner Hunter 18-35 TypeCast Homestead Lane Farm Sybil Rose 42 Arcadia Jacqueline Jacqueline 35 Attwood-Dupont Attwood-Dupont Winnetoe Montana Coady Montana Coady 28.5 Amateur Owner Hunter 18-35 3’3 Borealis Joan Buchanan Katie Buchanan 64 Moonrise Kingdom Allison Talbot Allison Talbot 43.5 Comus Rainie Rose Rainie Rose 26.5 Amateur Owner Hunter 36 & Over Ante Up Janie Andrew Janie Andrew 53 Ivory Coast West Coast Jessica Sullivan 50.5 Equine Partners LLC Neverland Gina Groth Gina Groth 30.5 Amateur Owner Hunter 36+ 3’3 Argonaut Elizabeth Hund Elizabeth Hund 35.5 Brent Bernadette Mulliken Bernadette Mulliken 34 Academy Award Jane Fraze Jane Fraze 33.5 Baby Green Hunter Bliss Shari Roseboom Nick Haness 78 Clintino Kelley Cloud Colleen Brombach 41.5 Russian Hill Lauren Fleming Lesann LeClaire 20 Children’s Hunter 13 & Under Tazo Jessica King Olivia Brandon 38 Off the Chart PLC Farm Audrey Isackson 31.5 Consens Harris Equestrian LLC Grace Peek 31.5 Children’s Hunter 14-17 Sandro Bear Kimberley Sharpe Kimberley Sharpe 24 Go Shorty Catherine Rankin Kassidy Keith 23 SpellBound Robin Tomb Chloe Green 22 Children’s Hunter Pony Right On Time Hayley Jacquin Avery Kalafatas 72.5 Lady Henslee Ishani Paul Ishani Paul 25 Harry Winston Della Walker Della Walker 20 First Year Green Hunter Ultime Espoir Barbara Chapin John French 78 Willow CBF Julie Hancock Jamie Taylor 33 Saphir West Coast Jenny Karazissis 31.5 Equine Partners LLC Green Conformation Ultime Espoir Barbara Chapin John French 94 Lookbook Balmoral Farm Inc Carleton Brooks 38.5 Mr. Banks Churchill International, Inc Carleton Brooks 31 6 | HITS News Weekly

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Samantha Smith Kailin Kerzner Bianca Jenkins

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Peter Lombardo John French Jamie Taylor

76 32.5 28

Sally E Smith Natassha Ledon Cindy Busby

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Rachel Penner Julia Guglielmo Briana Sukert

40 18 14

Natassha Ledon Victoria LaCagnina

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Sonya Maxwell

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Morgan Dickerson Emma Waldfogel Alexandra Nitti

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Hunter Siebel Hunter Siebel Abbygale Funk

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Photos by Lindsay Yandon 1. Week V ends with a gorgeous view from HITS Desert Horse Park. 2. A pony rider shows off her days work. 3. Scott King, product manager at Bayer with Joe Norick of Marshall & Sterling Insurance, Tom Struzzieri of HITS and Olympian Will Simpson. 4. Barn dogs on patrol. 5. Bristol thanks an adoring fan after carrying Rusty Stewart to a grand prix victory. 6. Lion Crest Farm accepts Grand Champion in the Gracie’s Emporium Tack Room Decorating Contest. 7. Students from the Coachella Valley High School meet Ashton at HITS. 8. Steve Bond and Richard Spooner at the Bayer’s Legend trainer reception. 9. Leadliners meet a grand prix fence. 10. Lane Clarke jumps the Sore No-More fence in Jumper 1. 11. Mandy Porter walks for the $50,000 Purina Animal Nutrition CSI-W2*. 12. Chianto celebrates sixth in Sunday’s grand prix.

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2014 2nd-Half Circuit Standings - presented by TuffRider & Equine Couture - HUNTERS HORSE OWNER Modified Child Hunter Cambiaso Grace Pearson Rimpoche Claire Archer Erato Paseo Farms, LLC Modified Junior Hunter 3’3” Fine Design Patti Gingras Altimo Sterling Equine Investments, LLC Cafe de Colombia Mountain Home Stables Performance Hunter 3’3” Gabriel Sarah Ryan Donato Katie Ramsey Chrush Q of E Farms, LLC Performance Hunter 3’6” - 3’9” Harvard Gwen Mccaw King’s Peak Emma Waldfogel Hennepin County Terry Garfield Pre-Adult Hunter La Prairie Catherine Antonelli Sunday Drive Sue Miner Cavallio Julie Taft Pre-Child Hunter Horse Fleur D’ Li Shirley Barrett Fleur D’ Li Emily Johnson Mariner Nancy Turrill Pre-Green Hunter Marley Anna Hunt Binkley Nostalgic Penelope Murray Boss Laura Wasserman Regular Conformation Hunter Academy Award Jane Fraze Carma Montana Coady Banderas Ecole Lathrop Second Year Green Hunter Krave Mountain Home Stables Y Wonder Y West Coast Equine Partners LLC Roulette Spartan Stables Short Stirrup Hunter - Horse Rubix Nyah Chernoff Percynality Anna Patterson Fleur D’ Li Shirley Barrett Short Stirrup Hunter - Pony Storytime Kaelin Podstrleleny Weather Girl Nyah Chernoff Vin Hoof Coxe Horses LLC Small Junior Hunter 15 & Under Krave Mountain Home Stables Autumn Lane Eugenie Kilb Coffeetalk Whitney Downs Small Pony Hunter All That Sonoma Valley Stables Inc Small Introduction Iwasaki & Reilly Heavenly Patch of Blue Kellie Purfoy Small Schooling Pony Hunter Wink And Smile Virginia Bonnie Mini Me Sara Murphy Harry Winston Della Walker Thermal Adult Hunter 2’3” La Prairie Catherine Antonelli Paradisio Shari Roseboom Amplitude Natalie Geller Vol. 2 No. 4 

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Kate Gilhuly Robert Sean Leckie

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Hunter Siebel

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Hope Glynn Hope Glynn Katie Gardner

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Quinn Partridge Hope Glynn Morgan Thomas

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Emily Johnson Emily Johnson Lindsey Vargo

28 28 27

Nick Haness John Bragg John French

42 38 25.5

Peter Lombardo Archibald Cox Nick Haness

70 37 32

Nick Haness Jenny Karazissis

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Kaelin Podstrleleny Stella Chernoff Stella Wasserman

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Hunter Siebel Eugenie Kilb Gabriella Cinquini

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Avery Glynn

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Augusta Iwasaki Anna Moellenhoff

30 30

Virginia Bonnie Ashley Penner Della Walker

28.5 21 19.5

Catherine Antonelli Shari Roseboom Martha Jensen

30 24 20

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Nick Haness Jamie Taylor Colleen Brombach

51 42 38

Amanda Barlow Rachel Wood Kathleen Lord

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Bailey Fuller Taylor Cowles Ami Langlois

27 26 20

Kristen Buckingham 26 Melanie Brooks 24 Troy Christiansen 22 Leslie Cox Leslie Cox Duncan Peters

52 27.5 20.5

Hayley Boyd Chase Fine Lauren Kee

24 22.5 22

Samantha Waslewski 21 Catherine Guyman 16.5 Paulina Ramirez 15 Macy Mitchell Haley Wright Emma Anderson

35 16 14

Jenny Ross 20 Anna Timm 16 Alexandra Biederman 16 Hugh Mutch Benson Carroll Joie Gatlin

36 30 20

Jillian LI Hannah Loly Melanie Brooks

31 22 22

Shelby Edwards Nicole Distefano Ali Ramsay

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2014 2nd-Half Circuit Standings - presented by TuffRider & Equine Couture - HUNTERS HORSE OWNER Junior Jumper Medium Zidane B Karly Lowe Zola Sophia Mossman Avacon Amanda Pollack Junior/A-O Jumper High Wiberra Merlin & Associates, LLC Wildthing 2 Rancho Corazon, LLC Beau Soleil Bradon Construction Ltd Level 5 Jumper Adamus Pinnacle Equine Group, Ltd Landiego Catherine Hannay Polar Light Beatrice Marienau Level 6 Jumper SIG Excel SIG International, Inc. No More Talk Amanda Nichols Mike Mario Onate HORSE OWNER Level 7 Jumper Coolio 17 Ali Ramsay Acomulado Laurie Thomas Colgan Cruise Chapman & Fellers Level 8 Jumper Semira De Saulieu Charlotte Gadbois Geledimar Monarch International Chakira Isabelle Terry YJC 6 Year-Olds Durani S Suanna Singlehurst Consanto Sara L Van Fleet Breezeby Rebecca Irvine YJC 7 & 8 Year-Olds Cescha M Les Ecuries De La Chaudiere Baraka Nayel Nassar Chaya Cristalle Rebecca Lewis

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Karly Lowe Sophia Mossman Abbygale Funk

313.3 182.4 172

Adult Equitation 36-45

Junior Limit Equitation

Blake Lindsley

34

Erica Grabowski

19

Lisa Williams

27

Reed Dinger

14

Briteney Mercer

12

Zoe Marshall

7

Madison Cameron Chenoa McElvain Justin Prather

389.6 305.8 258

Adult Equitation 46 & Over Anne Hill

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Lindsey Vargo

15

Guy Thomas

2354

Linda Law

14

Makena Whims

12

Leslie Wright Benson Carroll

1490 816

Susan Hutchison Guy Thomas Rodrigo Lambre

1374 1282.8 840

Junior Maiden Equitation

Maureen Howe

18

Katie Lee

17

Beginner Equitation

Junior Novice Equitation

Avania Costello

32

Sophia Davies

17

Ilaria Costello

12

Sara Faust

9

Shiloh Roseboom

11

Tonia Lee

8

Equitation 11 & Under

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RIDER PNTS

Lauren Pleasance

33

Kim Nixon

18

Ali Ramsay Mandy Porter Rich Fellers

552 516 496

Elli Yeager

26

Erica Korbel

18

Claire Archer

16

Elisabeth Raymond

17

Lane Clarke William Simpson Christian Heineking

4500 3300 2900

Grady Lyman

16

Melissa Deryn Foster 26

Camille Shelton

15

Payton Smith

15

Emily Perkins

12

Bianca Jenkins

13

Nick Gegen Sara L Van Fleet Rebecca Irvine

775 300 260

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Short Stirrup Equitation-Horse

Ransome Rombauer 13

Nyah Chernoff

22

Isabelle Lapierre

350

Melanie Selleck

10

Caia Costello

19

Kelsey Fenger

10

Felyssa Kaplan

18

Nayel Nassar Mandy Porter

350 290

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Pony Equitation

Equitation 16-17

Short Stirrup Equitation-Pony

Alexandra Ladove

20

Stella Chernoff

24

Robert Sean Leckie

15

Presley Newton

12

Sabrina Tirador

15

Caroline Burke

12

Adult 2’ Equitation Buddy Brown

18

Nancy Free

14

Julie Taft

10

Adult 2’6” Equitation Mary Anderson

23

Gail Forrest

22

Natassha Ledon

13

Adult 2’9” Equitation Marcy Wehde

27

Holli Kolkey

15

Alison Heath

6

Adult Equitation 18-35 Laura Owens

28

Sophie Verges

13

Kacie Doyle

12 John French wins the Charles Owen Leading Hunter Rider Award after Week V competition and accepts his free helmet from HITS representative Chris Mayone, along with Ashley Collins and Lexi Shaw of Waldenbrook Farm. Photo by Lindsay Yandon

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Honor the Unsung Heroes of the Horse Show 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 Jesus Jiminez for trainer Alexis TraylorSilvernale of Aleron Training Stables. Jiminez received a $250 gift card from CardFlex.

Jesus Jiminez is accompanied by his parents and trainer Alexis Taylor-Silvernale as he collects his CardFlex Grooms Award from HITS representative Tony Hitchcock. ©Flying Horse Photography

Mandy Porter Takes Catch Ride to the Blue When Mandy Porter walked into the Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix Stadium on Friday, the crowd expected to see her in the tack of her usual stallion, Con Capilot. This time, however, she piloted a 16.3 hand grey gelding named Lexito for Marguerite McAfee of P2 Capital, LLC. Porter, who hails from Encinitas, California, catch rode for Lexito’s regular rider Toni McIntosh of McIntosh Stables after injury has sidelined McIntosh and earned them a win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis. “I rode this horse a little last fall for Toni [McIntosh], so I was familiar with him, but I certainly did not expect that we would go in there today and win,” said a pleasantly surprised Porter. “This is a game horse, but doesn’t have a lot of experience at this level – my goal was just to help keep him right and building for Toni.”

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Karazissis, Sweeney Win in Hunter Ring Jenny Karazissis of Calabasas, California is a regular contender in the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final, and has clearly lost no ground this year as she jumped Splendid to a win in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix for owner Julia Landmann on Friday. With top scores of 85.75 and 88, Karazissis bested a field of 35 to win under the lights in the desert. “This is a relatively new ride for me and I was very impressed with how well he handled this level of competition,” said Karazissis of the six-yearold gelding that she found for Landmann in Florida this January. “Julia bought him right before the circuit without trying him herself, and that gamble has paid off with this success today.” Tucker Williams of Houston, Texas designed the courses for both hunter prix at and made great use of the expansive Hunter Stadium. “We used every inch of the ring and spread the fences out to let them really gallop. The riders really showed up to compete today, which created a very exciting atmosphere,” said Williams who owns and operates CCI Jumps in Texas. Highlighting the course, Williams built a 12 stride bending line across the middle of the ring that gave many riders a chance to shine.

Jenny Karazissis and Splendid.

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Polly Sweeney and Duet.

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In the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix, a West Coast qualifier for the Platinum Performance $250,000 Hunter Prix Final at HITS-onthe-Hudson, Polly Sweeney jumped her own Duet to a win with consistent scores of 83 and 84. Sweeney hails from Pasadena, California and rode under the direction of trainer Archie Cox for the blue. Twenty-one turned out for the class as excitement builds on the West Coast for the HITS Championship, which will return to Saugerties, New York September 3-7.

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Why Sleep is Critical

by: Kimball Willson, Certified Health Coach

when you wake up in the morning, there are many techniques that can support you in getting better zzzz’s.

Health Coaching is usually thought of as nutrition consulting, but there are many other aspects to health than just eating well. Sleep is just one of those important areas that is critical to your overall health, but with the lifestyle of competitive riders, it tends to be one area where we end up shortchanging ourselves. However, ensuring that you get enough sleep is one lifestyle change you can make immediately that can have a big impact on your energy levels and your health. Learning some strategies and developing a sleep routine can help you to feel ready and restored, and give you the edge you need to maintain steady energy levels, even on the most challenging horse show days. Sleep deprivation can affect your mood, appetite, increase sugar cravings and leave you feeling unmotivated and unable to think clearly. With early schooling hours and uncomfortable hotel accommodations, getting the recommended seven-nine hours of sleep may seem impossible when on the road. If you are having sleep problems, whether you are not able to fall asleep, you wake up too often, or you don’t feel well-rested

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1. Creating a bedtime routine will help prepare your mind and body for rest. Start by shutting down electronics that can be over stimulating such as the TV or your laptop an hour before bed. Maybe incorporate some gentle stretching or deep breathing. Some people like to relax by reading or taking a warm shower. Whatever works for you and is something you can stick to is what is important in creating this routine. If you tend to wake up with your mind racing with the next day’s barn chores or nervousness, keep a journal nearby where you can write down your thoughts so you can get back to sleep. 2. Aim to go to bed and wake at the same time each day whenever possible. This will help your body get into a sleep rhythm and make it easier to fall asleep and get up in the morning. It is also important that the room be pitch black as this will help maintain the hormonal levels that help you get a good night’s rest. When light hits the eyes, it disrupts the circadian rhythm of the pineal gland and disturbs production of melatonin and serotonin. (There also should be as little light in the bathroom as possible if you get up in the middle of the night.) 3. Be careful of what you consume during the day. Try to limit caffeine intake as this can alter your ability to sleep well. Many people can still experience the stimulating effects long after consuming caffeine and it can keep you from falling asleep. On the other hand, alcohol may make you drowsy,

but the effect is short lived and you will often wake up several hours later, unable to fall back asleep. Alcohol can also keep you from falling into the deeper stages of sleep, where the body does most of its healing. It is also best to avoid grains and sugars before bed (no late night dessert). This can raise blood sugar and inhibit sleep. Later, when blood sugar drops too low (hypoglycemia), you might wake up and not be able to fall back asleep. And of course, avoid foods that you may be sensitive to as they may affect sleep, such as causing apnea, excess congestion, gastrointestinal upset and gas. Implementing a few simple changes and committing to this small shift can make a huge impact on your energy levels the next day. Although long horse show days may seem draining, if you prepare by supplying your body with the rest it needs, you can transform the way you feel, as well as improve the consistent energy levels you experience. 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.EquestrianHealthCoach.com.

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Overall Circuit Standings Top 3 - presented by Horseware Ireland - HUNTERS & JUMPERS HORSE OWNER RIDER PNTS Cross Rail Hunter Patriot Mallory Olson Tate Beteta 36 Miracle on 34th Rolling Acres Carlee McCutcheon 22 Thumbelina Ella Kaplan Djuna Stein 16 Adequan Hunter County Line Ann Deren-Lewis Jenny Karazissis 105 Gorgeous George Anne Stevenson Heidi Snider Evans 56 Cafe de Colombia Mountain Home Stables Hunter Siebel 52.5 Adult Hunter 18-35 Leonetti Stephanie Goodson Stephanie Goodson 87 Poetic Stephanie Goodson Stephanie Goodson 54 Lassalle Emma Townsend Emma Townsend 51 Adult Hunter 36-45 Victorias Secret Tiffany Sandor Tiffany Sandor 78 Juilliard Lisa Williams Lisa Williams 73 Rumor Has It Stephanie Von Gortler Stephanie Von Gortler 67.5 Adult Hunter 46-55 Samba Gracious Heidi Kane Heidi Kane 59 Buddha Spartan Stables Pam Theodosakis 49.5 Serantino Starview, LLC Pamela Moellenhoff 44 Adult Hunter 56 & Over Duet Polly Sweeney Polly Sweeney 109 Maldini Star Lane Farms INC Gail Horrigan 67.5 Samos Crystal Springs Ranch Kathy Weiss 57 Amateur Owner Hunter 18-35 Arcadia Jacqueline Jacqueline 78 Attwood-Dupont Attwood-Dupont Winnetoe Montana Coady Montana Coady 78 TypeCast Homestead Lane Farm Sybil Rose 76.5 Amateur Owner Hunter 18-35 3’3 Lugano Alexis Meadows Alexis Meadows 85.5 Adele Woodvale Inc Chelsea Samuels 78 Late Night Eureka Farm Erika Scherer 64.5 Amateur Owner Hunter 36 & Over Ante Up Janie Andrew Janie Andrew 94.5 Ivory Coast West Coast Equine Partners LLC Jessica Sullivan 84.5 Quinnus Gail Morey Gail Morey 67.5 Amateur Owner Hunter 36+ 3’3 Brent Bernadette Mulliken Bernadette Mulliken 62 Saphir West Coast Gail Ellis 56.5 Equine Partners LLC MTM Inside Scoop Mr & Mrs Ken Mackenzie Didi MacKenzie 50.5 Baby Green Hunter Bliss Shari Roseboom Nick Haness 90.5 West Lane Jaz Creek, Inc. Buddy Brown 60 Summertime Pastorino Hay Hope Glynn 50.5 & Ranch Supply Inc Children’s Hunter 13 & Under SideKick Briana Sukert Briana Sukert 92.5 Zapateada Briana Sukert Briana Sukert 41 Tazo Jessica King Olivia Brandon 38 Children’s Hunter 14-17 Sorbet Grace Tuton Grace Tuton 60 Ceto-V Emily Hutson Emily Hutson 34.5 Lavaletto Rachel De Muro Josephine Cassens 33 Children’s Hunter Pony Right On Time Hayley Jacquin Avery Kalafatas 72.5 Indian Summer Sarah Dyer Ava Peck 35.5 Candy Crush JH Sporthorses Alexa Leong 35 First Year Green Hunter Ultime Espoir Barbara Chapin John French 138 Vol. 2 No. 4 

HORSE OWNER Saphir West Coast Equine Partners LLC Willow CBF Julie Hancock Green Conformation Ultime Espoir Barbara Chapin London Laura Strasburg Diana Rose Melissa Brandley Green Pony Hunter Whatdoyasay? Bianca Jenkins Believe Victoria Ibanez Kingston JH Sporthorses High Performance Wkg Hunter Clue Corinne Bevis Ante Up Janie Andrew Cipriani Michele Stabile HITS Adult Hunter 2’9” Sole Heir Lucy Stewart Shadow Box Alexandra Mc Donald Samba Patti Gingras HITS Child Hunter 2’9” Zapateada Briana Sukert Erato Paseo Farms, LLC SideKick Briana Sukert HITS Hunter Conteros Natassha Ledon Westbella Lauren Suranko Bling It On Reyna Stevenson Junior Hunter King’s Peak Emma Waldfogel Chapel Hill Morgan Dickerson Nonchalant Tylor Nowell Junior Hunter Low 3’3” Paloma Mark Miness Enlighten Tara Heffernan Portrait Maile Burtech 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 Cherry Brook Christine Carlsen Skye Blue Carmello Dorothy Rose Kauffman-Skloff Large Schooling Pony Hunter Whatdoyasay? Bianca Jenkins Navigator Melissa Deryn Foster Just Blue In Caitlin Liebman Long / Short Stirrup Hunters Ice Breaker Stella Wasserman Pixczar Dawn Bodell Mini Me Sara Murphy

RIDER PNTS

Jenny Karazissis

89.5

Philip Cillis

86.5

John French John Bragg Sue Lightner

212 71.5 63.75

Bianca Jenkins Samantha Smith Dalan Laughlin

52.25 51.25 51

John French Peter Lombardo Jamie Taylor

125.5 100 80.5

Sally E Smith Henri Hall Patti Gingras

36 33 29

Briana Sukert Rachel Penner Briana Sukert

67 66.5 43

Natassha Ledon Lauren Suranko Reyna Stevenson

56 48.5 46

Emma Waldfogel Morgan Dickerson Tylor Nowell

61 60.5 59

Eliza Foster Tara Heffernan Maile Burtech

26.5 22 15

Katrina Komitsch Hannah Von Heidegger Peyton Warren

72 62

Hunter Siebel Hunter Siebel Grady Lyman

54 51 33

Destry Spielberg Morgan Dickerson Emma Waldfogel

52.5 37.5 27

Brooke Morin Christine Carlsen

86 85

Dorothy Rose Kauffman-Skloff

53

56

Bianca Jenkins 100 Melissa Deryn Foster 62.5 Payton Smith 53 Stella Wasserman Dawn Bodell Ashley Penner

58 45 36

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Overall Circuit Standings Top 3 - presented by Horseware Ireland - HUNTERS & JUMPERS HORSE OWNER Long Stirrup Hunter Luxury Erica Korbel Sprinkles Turning Point Farms Bentley Cynthia Jackson Low Hunter Campari Helen Mc Evoy Boss Laura Wasserman Frederick Sabrina Hellman Medium Pony Hunter Always Happy Laura Strasburg Madeline Margaret McGovern Orchard Hills Emma Hansen Photogenic Medium Schooling Pony Hunter Fine Art Bianca Jenkins Wish Me Luck Amber Ayyad Happy Thoughts Cameron Brown Modified Adult Hunter Samba Patti Gingras Charmant Courtney Sibert Miss January Sloan Lindemann -Barnett Modified Child Hunter Erato Paseo Farms, LLC Gentry Rosie Garlock Cambiaso Grace Pearson Modified Junior Hunter 3’3” Cafe de Colombia Mountain Home Stables Fine Design Patti Gingras Comus Rainie Rose Performance Hunter 3’3” Lassalle Emma Townsend Chrush Q of E Farms, LLC Norwegian Wood Kelly Straeter Performance Hunter 3’6” - 3’9” King’s Peak Emma Waldfogel Harvard Gwen Mccaw Hennepin County Terry Garfield Pre-Adult Hunter Andiamo Shabe Behzadpour La Prairie Catherine Antonelli Under the Radar Raphaelle Cassens Pre-Child Hunter Horse Autobahn Jordan Matteri WT Who Knew Wild Turkey Farm, LLC Mr. Darcy Annie Thomas Pre-Green Hunter Boss Laura Wasserman Nostalgic Penelope Murray Playlist Alexandra Zell Regular Conformation Hunter Carma Montana Coady Academy Award Jane Fraze Idyllic Ann Thornton Second Year Green Hunter Y Wonder Y West Coast Equine Partners LLC Krave Mountain Home Stables Undeniable Kelly Straeter Short Stirrup Hunter - Horse Rubix Nyah Chernoff Percynality Anna Patterson Fleur D’ Li Shirley Barrett 16 | HITS News Weekly

RIDER PNTS

Erica Korbel Deborah Sandford Cynthia Jackson

52 40 40

Hope Glynn John French Hope Glynn

123 80 77

Brooke Morin Alivia Hart Emma Hansen

66.5 66.5 64.75

Bianca Jenkins Amber Ayyad Cameron Brown

68 41 39

Patti Gingras Courtney Sibert Sloan Lindemann -Barnett

50 38 32

Rachel Penner Rosie Garlock Grace Pearson

51 43 26

Hunter Siebel Kate Gilhuly Rainie Rose

64 18 16

Hope Glynn Katie Gardner Jenny Karazissis

87.5 81 63

Hope Glynn Quinn Partridge Morgan Thomas

120.5 56.5 30

Shabe Behzadpour Catherine Antonelli Raphaelle Cassens

68.5 50 48

Katie Lee Katie Lee Augusta Iwasaki

69 49 43

John French John Bragg Shelley Campf

124.5 95 53.5

John French Peter Lombardo John Bragg

150.5 118.5 65.5

Jenny Karazissis

133.5

Nick Haness Jenny Karazissis

85 53

Nyah Chernoff Caia Costello Emily Johnson

63.5 49 34

HORSE OWNER RIDER PNTS Short Stirrup Hunter - Pony Storytime Kaelin Podstrleleny Kaelin Podstrleleny 52 Weather Girl Nyah Chernoff Stella Chernoff 36.5 Vin Hoof Coxe Horses LLC Stella Wasserman 24 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 Kaitlyn 35.5 Van Konynenburg Van Konynenburg Small Pony Hunter Small Introduction Iwasaki & Reilly Augusta Iwasaki 106 Tip Top Kailin Kerzner Juliette Joseph 68 Heavenly Patch of Blue Kellie Purfoy Anna Moellenhoff 67 Small Schooling Pony Hunter Bit of Flurries Avery / Sonoma Avery Glynn 75.5 Valley Stables Glynn All That Sonoma Valley Stables Inc Avery Glynn 55.5 Mini Me Sara Murphy Ashley Penner 39.5 Small/Medium Green Pony Hunter Dust Bunny Laura Ware Jillian Stuart 79 Pink Cadillac Stone Gate Stables Talei Ferra 30.75 Astro Boy Walden Farm Kailin Kerzner 28 Thermal Adult Hunter 2’3” Paradisio Shari Roseboom Shari Roseboom 34 Special Delivery Moonlite Beach LLC Jerrie Calandra 30.5 La Prairie Catherine Antonelli Catherine Antonelli 30 Thermal Child Hunter 2’3” Charme Of Chicago Elvenstar Farm Stella Buckingham 49 Gentry Rosie Garlock Brooke Morin 36.5 Cambiaso Grace Pearson Grace Pearson 30 Training Hunter WT Who Knew Wild Turkey Farm, LLC Hope Glynn 105.5 Bliss Shari Roseboom Nick Haness 54 Conteros Natassha Ledon Jamie Taylor 42 Adult Amateur Jumper Low Boulahrouz Shannon Becker Shannon Becker 41 Belle Vue Abbygale Funk Kendra Lyon 33.5 Animo Sun Laura Forsythe Amanda Barlow 30 Adult Jumper 18-35 Finding Eden P2 Capital LLC Elizabeth McAfee 35.5 Bohemio Z Bailey Fuller Bailey Fuller 27 Dante Z Taylor Cowles Taylor Cowles 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 36.5 Adult Jumper 50 & Over Musketeer Blue Meadows, LLC Leslie Cox 99.5 Cassius Blue Meadows, LLC Leslie Cox 70.5 Galileo Lori Bidwell Duncan Peters 53.5 Child Jumper 15/U Derby County Claire Gallagher Hollie Allen 31 Quiver Kira Stevenson Kira Stevenson 24.5 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 Vol. 2 No. 4


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Rusty Stewart and Bristol Quickly Back on Top Rusty Stewart, who hails from Camarillo, California, has rested his longtime grand prix mount Bristol since the end of last season, but returned to competition on the highest of notes this weekend. Stewart and the homebred 16-year-old gelding were the fastest double-clear effort in an 11-horse jumpoff to win the $50,000 Horze Equestrian Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, in front of a packed house. An original order of 37 showed over a course set by Danny Foster of Milton, Ontario. According to Stewart, there wasn’t a stride on the course where one could take a break. “The course was very technical, plenty big enough and asked a question with every turn. All-in-all it produced an exciting jump-off,” said Stewart.

Rusty Stewart and Bristol.

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Despite the recent hiatus from competition, it took Bristol no time to readjust to the show ring. “He was just Bristol,” said Stewart in reaction to how his horse performed. “He’s getting faster every day and he loves to jump in front of a crowd – the course designer could have built anything and I would have trusted him to do his job today.”

Gracie’s Emporium in Old Town La Quinta judged the annual Tack Room Decorating Contest. Pictured above are first-place winners John French and Waldenbrook Farm for the permanent barns. Pictured left is a Ventana Farm rider accepting firstplace for the tented barns.

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Overall Circuit Standings Top 3 - presented by Horseware Ireland - HUNTERS & JUMPERS HORSE OWNER Child Jumper Low Kantos Macy Mitchell Lexia B Gigi Papasavvas Cassal’s Diamond Maryam Ghassemi Level 3 Jumper Cleopatra Mountain Home Stables Baloubina Megan Camaisa Bini Balou Stuart Belkin Level 4 Jumper W Natal Simone Coxe Simon says Isola Stables Charlie Antonio Ramos Modified Child/Adult Jumper U Rascal Melanie Brooks Athos Nancy Batter Graphite Hannah Loly Amateur Jumper Low Alonzo Ali Ramsay Lukamigo Dinnia DiGennaro Chablis Z Samia Staehle Amateur Owner Jumper High Quasiboy Lily Berlin Levis-U Silverstar Farms Ltd Wiberra Merlin & Associates, LLC Amateur Owner Jumper Medium Hugo Garnett Farms Little Annie Rolling Oaks West, LLC Gaja 20 Olivia Chowdry Junior Jumper High E-Unanime De La Haie Monarch International VDL Viper H Callaway Stables LLC RRC Black Magic 944 700 Alberta LTD Junior Jumper Low Ariva Jensma Emily Moffitt No More Talk Amanda Nichols

RIDER PNTS

Macy Mitchell Gigi Papasavvas Maryam Ghassemi

35 31 30

Jenny Ross Tanya Levorchick Samantha Buirs

30 28 20

Hugh Mutch Benson Carroll Antonio Santiago

62 60 30

Melanie Brooks Delaney Batter Hannah Loly

42.5 32 31

Ali Ramsay 1082.4 Dinnia DiGennaro 709.8 Samia Staehle 658.4 Lily Berlin Brenda Riddell Madison Cameron

312 264 237.6

Morgan Garnett Jessica Allen Olivia Chowdry

1753 1024 588.6

Hannah Von Heidegger570 Sydney Callaway 424 Meagan Beunder 345 Emily Moffitt Amanda Nichols

584 487.6

HORSE OWNER RIDER PNTS Avacon Amanda Pollack Abbygale Funk 468 Junior Jumper Medium Manchester Alexandra Worthington Alexandra Worthington636.7 Conquistador Sarah Jane Haskins Sarah Jane Haskins 470.1 Contigo Mercedes Benz Carlos Hank Jr Carlos Hank Jr 366 Junior/A-O Jumper High Wiberra Merlin & Associates, LLC Madison Cameron 635.8 Ferrari Alexander Dornbracht Alexander Dornbracht468.8 Kalvinretto C & M Partnership LLC Caroline Lynn 320.8 Level 5 Jumper Adamus Pinnacle Equine Group, Ltd Guy Thomas 2354 Landiego Catherine Hannay Leslie Wright 1490 Freedom 95 Alexandra Afzal Jeffrey Fields 1186.4 Level 6 Jumper SIG Excel SIG International, Inc. Susan Hutchison 4826 No More Talk Amanda Nichols Guy Thomas 2433.2 Murka’s Milord d’elle Colleen May Macella O’Neill 1230 Level 7 Jumper Coolio 17 Ali Ramsay Ali Ramsay 1080 Alimit Coxe Horses LLC Helen McNaught- 878.4 McFarlane ASB Conquistador Signe Ostby Karl Cook 808 Level 8 Jumper Coupido Mercedes Benz Carlos Hank Jr Eduardo Menezes 5200 Chakira Isabelle Terry Isabelle Terry 4950 Semira De Saulieu Charlotte Gadbois Lane Clarke 4500 YJC 6 Year-Olds Durani S Suanna Singlehurst Nick Gegen 1440 Alva Nayel Nassar Nayel Nassar 700 Chuck Norris Marina Skye Bynum Peter Petschenig 525 YJC 7 & 8 Year-Olds Baraka Nayel Nassar Nayel Nassar 700 Chaya Cristalle Rebecca Lewis Mandy Porter 540 Chiara van de Broekkant Coxe Horses LLC Duncan McFarlane 420

Overall Circuit Standings Top 3 - presented by Horseware Ireland - EQUITATION Adult 2’ Equitation Nola Dyal Buddy Brown Raphaelle Cassens Adult 2’6” Equitation Gail Forrest Mary Anderson Lindsay Mynott Adult 2’9” Equitation Marcy Wehde Margaret Schliessler Lindsay Mynott Adult Equitation Karen O’Leonard Stephanie Fanning Patricia Brutten Adult Equitation 18-35 Serena Anand Laura Owens Emily Winkler Adult Equitation 36 + Nori Burby

40 18 14 34 23 20 27 21 16 12 9 8 38 28 27 11

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Annie Finch 9 Patricia Brutten 5 Adult Equitation 36-45 Blake Lindsley 34 Lisa Williams 27 Stephanie Von Gortler 22 Adult Equitation 46 & Over Maureen Howe 18 Yasmin Sexton 15 Anne Hill 14 Beginner Equitation Avania Costello 32 Abigail Beck 25 Tate Beteta 22 Cross Rail Hunter Tate Beteta 36 Carlee McCutcheon 22 Djuna Stein 16 Equitation 11 & Under Elli Yeager 59 Lauren Pleasance 33 Tommi Stockham 22

Equitation 12-13 Emily Perkins 42 Alexis Oleary 16 Grady Lyman 16 Equitation 14-15 Madison Myro 20 Kit Cunningham 16 Ransome Rombauer 13 Equitation 16-17 Julia Landmann 27 Robert Sean Leckie 21 Alexandra Ladove 21 Junior Limit Equitation Erica Grabowski 19 Reed Dinger 14 Emma Sigurdsson 13 Junior Maiden Equitation Katie Lee 31 Katie Lee 17 Lindsey Vargo 15 Junior Novice Equitation Jolie Emme Lauer 17

Sophia Davies 17 Nicole Schuler 13 Long Stirrup Equitation Kim Nixon 18 Erica Korbel 18 Elisabeth Raymond 17 Long/Short Stirrup Equitation Quinn Durbin 18 Zoe Dupzyk 9 Susan Swettenham 8 Pony Equitation Bianca Jenkins 40 Melissa Deryn Foster 26 Nicole Bakar 22 Short Stirrup Equitation-Horse Nyah Chernoff 22 Caia Costello 19 Felyssa Kaplan 18 Short Stirrup Equitation-Pony Stella Chernoff 24 Presley Newton 12 Caroline Burke 12 Vol. 2 No. 4


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2014 AIG Million Grand Prix Rider Standings - Updated 3.4.14 Thermal, CA

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27

Rider Nayel Nassar Ashlee Bond Clarke Enrique Gonzalez Mandy Porter Christian Heineking Alec Lawler Saer Coulter Jenni McAllister Andrew Ramsay Elizabeth Gingras Francie Steinwedell-Carvin Josephina Nor Lantzman Vinton Karrasch John Pearce Rusty Stewart Bretton Chad Duncan McFarlane Michelle Parker Susan Hutchison Eduardo Menezes Eric Navet William Simpson Hannah Von Heidegger Bliss Heers Justin Resnik Francois Esteves Sean Crooks

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

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

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

Kyle King Francisco Pasquel Juan Pablo Gnecco Harley Brown Susan Artes Rich Fellers Tatiana Dzavik Jamie Barge John Anderson Andres Rodriguez Tasha Visokay Allyssa Hecht Gabriella Salick

Quigley Othelo Du Park User ID Cassiato Zamiro Flexible Dahlia Lasse Terrific Caballito Caspa 7 Calero Centuria 2

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

Number of Qualifying HITS Sum of prize money Weeks 44,120.00 5 40,080.00 5 35,805.00 4 35,217.50 4 34,800.00 5 27,715.00 5 26,135.00 1 25,405.00 5 24,750.00 3 24,342.50 4 23,500.00 3 23,300.00 3 20,735.00 1 18,250.00 3 18,250.00 2 18,200.00 3 17,150.00 0 15,135.00 5 14,300.00 2 14,250.00 3 12,300.00 2 12,000.00 1 11,837.50 3 10,950.00 3 10,100.00 5 9,500.00 0 9,000.00 3 9,000.00 8,800.00 8,400.00 8,010.00 7,400.00 6,600.00 6,400.00 6,150.00 6,100.00 5,952.50 5,900.00 5,662.50 5,535.00

2 0 4 4 3 2 0 3 3 0 0 3 3

*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 VI

March 3-9

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.

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

2015 HITS HORSE SHOW DATES - TENTATIVE HITS THERMAL DESERT CIRCUIT PREVIEW, January 13-18 DESERT CIRCUIT I, January 20-25 DESERT CIRCUIT II, January 27 - February 1 DESERT CIRCUIT III, February 3-8 DESERT CIRCUIT V, February 24 - March 1 DESERT CIRCUIT VI, March 3-8 DESERT CIRCUIT VII, March 10-15

HITS OCALA OCALA JANUARY CLASSIC, January 14-18 OCALA JANUARY FESTIVAL, January 21-25 OCALA PREMIERE, January 28 - February 1 OCALA WINTER CLASSIC, February 3-8 OCALA WINTER FESTIVAL, February 10-15 OCALA MASTERS, February 17-22 OCALA TOURNAMENT, February 24 - March 1 OCALA WINTER FINALS, March 3-8 OCALA WINTER CELEBRATION, March 10-15 OCALA CHAMPIONSHIP, March 17-22

HITS ARIZONA

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.

SUNDANCE WELCOME, January 28 - February 1

15SATURDAY

WINSTON NATIONAL, August 12-16

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. Enjoy the AIG Million! Vol. 2 No. 4 

KACHINA CLASSIC, February 4-8 TUCSON WINTER CLASSIC, February 11-15 SAHUARO CLASSIC, February 18-22 ARIZONA WINTER FESTIVAL, February 25 - March 1 ARIZONA DESERT FINALS, March 4-8

HITS CULPEPER COMMONWEALTH NATIONAL, April 15-19 SHOWDAY NATIONAL, July 1-5 CAVALIER CLASSIC, July 8-12 CONSTITUTION CLASSIC, August 19-23 CULPEPER FINALS, September 23-27

HITS SAUGERTIES HITS-ON-THE-HUDSON I, May 20-24 HITS-ON-THE-HUDSON II, May 27-31 HITS-ON-THE-HUDSON III, June 3-7 HITS-ON-THE-HUDSON IV, July 15-19 HITS-ON-THE-HUDSON V, July 22-26 NY HORSE & PONY SHOW (VI), July 29 - August 2 HITS-ON-THE-HUDSON VII, August 26-30 HITS-ON-THE-HUDSON VIII, September 2-6 MARSHALL & STERLING INSURANCE LEAGUE NATIONAL FINALS HITS-ON-THE-HUDSON, Saugerties, NY, September 9-13 HITS News Weekly | 23


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