Last year Andre Thieme won the Pfizer million. This year he is back in the States trying to defend his victory, but first there is a long way just qualifying for the big weekend when HITS-on-the-Hudson takes place in Saugerties, New York September 9th. The riders need to bank eight qualifying classes to become eligible, and then the top 40 riders, based on money won on their leading horse, will earn their spot in the line-up.
Thieme got his 2012 qualifying efforts off to the perfect start with a win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at HITS Post Time Farm with his own Cesar. With one Grand Prix and $7,500 in the bank, Germany’s own Thieme is on his way to becoming eligible for the 2012 Pfizer Million. He topped the 18 pairs who took to Tim Hott’s course, which boasted two challenging double combinations to only reveal four clear efforts. Megan Edrick of Agoura, Californai, Hasbrouck Donovan of Gainesville, Florida and Harold Chopping of Southern Pines, North Carolina joined Thieme in the second round to face six remaining obstacles.
Edrick and Cadence posted the first clear round in the jump-off and set the time to beat at 36 seconds. Thieme was last to go in the second round and was in it to win with tight turns. He and Cesar posted a winning time of 35.28 seconds to bump Edrick to second place.
“I’m really happy about this win,” said Thieme. “The first round felt good, but he [Cesar] got a little flat in the end of the jump-off because she [Edrick] was really fast and I really had to go for it.”
Source: pressrelease from HITS Media Inc
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