Patricia Griffith and Bellagio Win $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix

Patricia Griffith and Bellagio, owned by Zoe Ganek, are presented with the blue ribbon after winning the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson II, Saturday, May 30, 2015. (c) ESI Photography
Patricia Griffith and Bellagio, owned by Zoe Ganek, are presented with the blue ribbon after winning the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson II, Saturday, May 30, 2015. (c) ESI Photography

Saugerties, NY (June 2, 2015): Wrapping up an exciting week, Patricia Griffith and Bellagio, owned by Zoe Ganek, won the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix on Saturday, topping a large field of 36 competitors. "That was a fun class," she said. "Bellagio is a very experienced horse."

At the end of the first round, Griffith was behind second place finisher Jeffery Welles by one point, with a score of 87 to his 88. Griffith and Bellagio earned an 87 again in round two to top Welles and Millcreek Golden Time, owned by Millcreek Stables, by just one point, 174 to 173.

Rounding out third place was McKayla Langmeier on Ilyana, owned by Linda Langmeier. The pair finished both rounds with a total 169.5.

Bellagio, a 10-year-old 16.2 hand gelding, stables at Heritage Farm in Katonah, New York, where Griffith trains and rides. "He's done hunters and equitation," Griffith said. "I normally don’t get to show him but he was fun and easy and the course flowed nice."

Griffith attributed the win to Bellagio’s no-nonsense style. "He lets you ride him with a loose rein; he's so pretty. You can ride him with very little hand, you basically just steer him around," she said.

The Devoucoux Hunter Prix is held weekly at HITS-on-the-Hudson. In weeks three and six, the prize increases to $10,000. The Devoucoux Hunter Prix is a qualifier for the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final held here on September 4-6 during the HITS Championship.

Place    Horse    Owner    Rider    Prize    Rd. 1/2    Total
1  Bellagio  Zoe Ganek    Patricia Griffith  $1,500  87/87  174
2  Millcreek Golden Time  Millcreek Stables  Jeffery Welles  $1,000  88/85  173
3  Ilyana  Linda Langmeier  McKayla Langmeier  $700  84.5/85  169.5
4  The Graduate    Nancy Van Inwegen  Jenny Fischer  $500  85.5/83  168.5
5  Levland  The Levland Group    Peter Wylde  $400  85/81  166
6  Zandor  Emily Sun  Dottie Areson  $350  81/81  162
7  Cascor's Splendor  Maria Moalli  David Oliynyk  $275  79/81    160
8  Chiquita  Louisa Kania  Kristen Bumpus  $275  78.5/80  158.5




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