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Vol. 2 No. 6

Riders to Watch: Page 3 Lena Rae Reeb

August 1, 2014

Week 6

Carleigh Babbit: Not Your Every Day HITS Champion

More Big Changes in Store for the Los Angeles Preview and Los Angeles National Horse Shows

The grand prix ring at Desert Horse Park will be home to Sunshine I and II feature classes.

The Los Angeles National Preview and Los Angeles National Horse Show, two of California’s premier Equestrian competitions traditionally held in early November, will move from their present location at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, California to Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California in the Fall of 2014. They will be known as National Sunshine I (formerly the LA Preview) and National Sunshine II (formerly the LA National). Their dates will remain consistent, falling October 29 - November 2 and November 4-9. The shows will host top hunter/jumper events, medal finals and championships including the Onondarka Medal Finals, WCE Medal Finals, Desert Pony Hunter and Pony Jumper Finals. Both shows will be FEI Sanctioned with National Sunshine I offering a $50,000 and

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$75,000 FEI Class and National Sunshine II offering a $33,500 FEI Class, $100,000 CSIW2* World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix and $25,000 National Grand Prix. Show jumper Ali Nilforushan and his wife Francie purchased the shows in June from Langer Equestrian Group, who developed them in the early 80s. When Nilforushan later realized the present facilities could not accommodate his vision and goals for the shows, he approached Tom Struzzieri about relocating them to HITS Desert Horse Park. This move will enable the events to develop their full potential, creating two of the most prestigious and well attended Equestrian competitions in the world. The National Sunshine I & II will have a Boutique flavor, with space and entries limited. Only permanent stabling will be used and continued on Page 5

Carleigh Babbit, nine, meticulous and in perfect form wearing jodhpurs and pink bows, guided her white pony Be My Valentine to Beginner Equitation Champion at HITS Saugerties last week. From outside the ring, there was nothing out of the ordinary about this smiling girl winning ribbons and dreaming of beating Olympic Medalists. Nothing appears to be holding Babbit back from chasing those goals. Not even the fact that she is deaf. When Jai Smith-Rezac, owner of Century Mill Stables, was approached about giving lessons to a deaf girl five years ago, she never imaged she would find herself coaching that same girl at an “A”-rated HITS show. continued on Page 4

Carleigh Babbit

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HITS News Weekly Vol. 2 No. 6  

The HITS News Weekly - Saugerties Edition tells you what's happening in the winner's circle and behind the scenes at HITS-on-the-Hudson.

HITS News Weekly Vol. 2 No. 6  

The HITS News Weekly - Saugerties Edition tells you what's happening in the winner's circle and behind the scenes at HITS-on-the-Hudson.

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