Ocala, FL - March 4, 2011 - Texas native Tracy Fenney made her return to the HITS Ocala Grand Prix winner’s circle after capturing her first victory of the season aboard MTM Farm’s MTM Centano in Thursday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health. As the legendary competitor rose to the top of the class, Germaine Edelmann, a relative newcomer at the Grand Prix level, made an impact of her own with a nail-biting, second-place finish.
Thirty-two starters challenged the course set by Course Designer Danny Foster of Canada, as seven returned for the jump-off.
“The fences were wider than usual,” explained Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas. “The course required you to come in to the combinations quiet, but you had to push hard to come out of the in-and-out and the triple.”
Fenney has had one of the most impressive careers in the history of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, including a victory in last year’s $100,000 DeLuca Toyota Tundra Grand Prix, presented by Great American Insurance Group. She and MTM Farm’s MTM Timon were one of the illustrious pairs to compete in the 2010 Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix and finished in the top 20. This year, she’s earned numerous ribbons throughout the Circuit and also captured a win in the $10,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix two weeks ago.
“It feels great to win,” said Fenney. “We’ve been having a pretty good season, so far. The horses are jumping well and I’m glad we got a win as we head into the last few weeks of the circuit.”
This year, Fenney plans on qualifying for the 2011 Pfizer Million, again. “The Pfizer Million was a great event to be a part of last year. Everything was spectacular that weekend in Saugerties and it was my first time going to that horse show. Mike [McCormick] and I enjoyed being a part of that event and it was something we built towards all year-long. I think the plan is to return again this year, and today definitely helped us get on the right path.”
In the jump-off, Edelmann and Blue River Farm Sales’ Carotino were moments away from winning their first Grand Prix ever as they held the Great American Time to Beat of 54.27 seconds. However, Fenney and MTM Centano saved their best for last and made quick work of the time, and finished in a blazing fast 50.43 seconds for the win.
Edelmann, of Rexford, New York showcased her talents amongst a talented and diverse group of riders. “I’m so happy!” she exclaimed after the class. “This is probably my best moment ever in show jumping. There were so many great people in this class that have been showing at this level for so long. To share the field with them and do as well as I did was such an honor.”
Edelmann was equally proud of her mount, Carotino. “Matt [Edelmann] and I recently acquired this horse in partnership with Koen de Waele of KDW Horses, and we’ve only had him for eight weeks,” she said. “He really deserves all the credit for today; I’m amazed at how well he jumped. I also need to thank Matt, David Tromp and Paul Halpern for everything they’ve done to help me.”
Rounding out the top three was Isabelle LaPierre of Breakeyville, Quebec, Canada aboard LaChaudiere Farm’s Vicki Vale.
$2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome
Maryland’s Tracy Magness continued her dominant ways again this week with yet another win in Wednesday’s $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome aboard Mr. and Mrs. John Bartko’s Tarco Van Ter Moude. The duo bested 23 competitors on Foster’s course to claim their third victory of the class this season at HITS Ocala. Second place went to Michigan’s Robin Walker and Ruth Armstrong’s Ilian De Taute, as Patty Stovel of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania and her own Shandor 41 finished in third place.
$2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome
The Ocala Tournament continues this week and will be highlighted by the $50,000 Ring Power Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, and the $10,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix. Both events will be held on Sunday, March 6, as the road to the Pfizer Million and the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final continues through HITS Ocala. The Circuit will offer five more Grand Prix qualifiers this season for the 2011 Pfizer Million, including the big-ticket $100,000 DeLuca Toyota Tundra Grand Prix, presented by Great American Insurance Group. A first-place finish in that class will propel the winner to a top spot in the preliminary Pfizer Million Rider Rankings, making this Grand Prix the not-to-miss finale of the HITS Ocala season!
About SmartPak Equine
Founded in 1999, SmartPak Equine is the country’s largest online and catalog retailer serving the needs of the active and engaged horse owner. The patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system has simplified the process of feeding horse supplements and medications, making it easier for thousands of riders to keep their horses healthier by ensuring their supplements are being fed correctly. SmartPak’s diverse and expansive product offering includes its own line of supplements, tack, and horse blankets as well as an extensive selection of leading brands of equine health, apparel, tack, and equipment. SmartPak is a six-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree and is the only equine company ever named to the Inc 500 list. SmartPak is backed by Waltham, MA-based North Bridge Growth Equity.
HITS, Inc. produces high-quality, international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS has been producing shows since 1982 and is now a nationwide company with world-class circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia. In 2010, HITS took the industry to new heights when it hosted the first-ever Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix. HITS will once again offer the most innovative weekend in show jumping history in 2011 when it hosts the second annual Pfizer Million and the inaugural Diamond Mills $500,000 3'3" Hunter Prix Final, September 10-11, at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York.
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$25,000 SmartPak, presented by Pfizer Animal Health
PLACING HORSE OWNER RIDER PRIZE MONEY RD 1 FAULTS JO FAULTS JO TIME
1 MTM Centano MTM Farm Tracy Fenney $7,500 0 0 50.431
2 Carotino Blue River Farm Sales Germaine Edelmann $5,500 0 0 54.272
3 Vicki Vale La Chaudlare Farm Isabelle LaPierre $3,250 0 0 54.658
4 Uppsala Woodrun Laura Linback $2,000 0 4 48.709
5 Renoir du Buisson Beyaert Farm Inc. David Tromp $1,500 0 8 44.574
6 Blue Danube The Goddard Harrison Group Helen Goddard $1,250 0 8 46.421
7 Tarco Van Ter Moude Mr. & Mrs. John Bartko Tracy Magness $1,000 0 8 47.221
8 Bull Run's Alpha & Omega Bull Run Jumpers Kristen VanderVeen $750 4
9 Arwen Mandel Stables Chris Delia $750 4
10 MTM Timon MTM Farm Tracy Fenney $500 4
11 747 Chuck & Dana Waters Chuck Waters $500 4
12 South Bound Martien Van der Hoeven Martien Van der Hoeven $500 4
Photo Credits: Tracy Fenney and MTM Centano cruise through the course to capture their first Grand Prix win of the season in Thursday's $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida. © ESI Photography.
Tracy Fenney is joined in the winner's circle by HITS' Lucy McKinney, Lisa Engel and Tommy Struzzieri, son of HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri. In addition to a beautiful silver tray, Fenney also received a cooler, courtesy of Shires Equestrian Products, and a bottle of Chardonnay, courtesy of Sonoma-Cutrer™ Wines. © ESI Photography.
Tracy Magness and Tarco Van Ter Moude won their third $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome of the season on Wednesday afternoon at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. © ESI Photography.