3 No. 4 HITS NEWS WEEKLY Vol. March 28, 2015
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CHARLIE JAYNE: Newest Member of $1 Million Grand Prix Winners’ Club
by Emily Glass
SAUGERTIES $1 MILLION GRAND PRIX SHINES WITH 5* FEI RATING by Emily Glass
Sold out crowd watches as Jayne and Chill R Z triumph at the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix There wasn’t a quiet spectator in the house as Charlie Jayne, of Elgin, Illinois, aboard Chill R Z, owned by Alex Jayne and Maura Thatcher, made his victory gallop around the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium after winning the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix on March 23. After placing third at the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix in Thermal, California, just one week earlier, Jayne brought his A-game to the Sunshine State for a second chance at the top spot and, after a thrilling jump-off round, left the ring $350,000 richer.
Forty-six of the world’s top riders, including Beezie Madden, Rich Fellers, Ian Millar and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, attempted the 14-effort course set by Buddy Brown of Menlo Park, California. Many riders had a chance to talk to Brown while they were walking the course, and it was clear the track questioned riders in all the right places, with six securing a spot in the coveted jump-off. “I was very happy with the six,” said Brown. “I did my homework and I knew they had (Continued on page 3)
Todd Minikus and Quality Girl Take it to the Top in the 2014 Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix. ©ESI Photography
Hosting the Furusiyya FEI Nations CupTM during HITS Ocala Week V Is just the beginning of an enhanced commitment by HITS to domestic high performance athletes. Exciting new opportunities to compete on an international level continue in the United States during the HITS Championship when the Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix, presented by Wells Fargo at HITS-on-theHudson debuts as an FEI CSI-5* event. The HITS Saugerties Series commences in New York’s majestic Hudson Valley on May 20 with eight weeks of show Charlie Jayne and Chill R Z cut through the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix course.
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