Three letters have summed up the Grand Prix competition this winter at HITS Ocala – M, T and M. Tracy Fenney of MTM Farm in Flower Mound, Texas has had a circuit most riders can only dream of. The talented high-performance rider won her sixth Grand Prix of the season on Sunday in the $50,000 Ring Power Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, aboard MTM Farm’s MTM Centano. Three times this year, she has won back-to-back Thursday and Sunday Grand Prix and this time around she won both classes aboard MTM Centano, which put another $22,500 in prize money in her pocket and their total money won together at a whopping $76,750. The pair currently has a substantial lead in the preliminary Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix Rider Rankings as the winter qualifying season for the Pfizer Million heads into its final weeks.
“This is one of the best circuits I’ve ever had,” Fenney said with a smile as she got back to work in her barn. “One of the first years HITS was at these show grounds and ran five weeks with what is now Jumper 1 as the Grand Prix ring, I won almost every Grand Prix. Since then I’ve always done well, but this is by far the most success I’ve had here.”
Sunday’s class featured a talented group of 38 horse-and-rider combinations with 10 in the jump-off. First to show in the jump-off was the 2011 Pfizer Million champion Andre Thieme of Plau Am See, Germany aboard his own Livios. The duo set the Great American Time To Beat at 34.54 seconds.
The lead would change hands two rounds later when Ashlee Bond of Hidden Hills, California led the pack with a double-clear effort in 31.23 seconds aboard Little Valley Farms’ Chivas Z. As one of the most promising young high-performance riders in the country, Bond was a competitor on the West Coast for many years at the HITS Desert Circuit, first in Indio and then in Thermal, California. As a child, Bond was named Best Child Rider at the Desert Circuit for six consecutive weeks. Since then she has cruised her way through International Grand Prix classes and the Olympic Selection Trials, all during her early 20’s. Bond’s lead stayed intact until she beat her own time with her second mount, Little Valley Farm’s Wistful in 29.84 seconds. Only two riders remained in the jump-off as Bond held a tight grip on the first and second place ribbons.
Once again, Fenney saved the best for last. The crowd was on their feet to witness another victory in a historic season for Fenney and erupted when she and MTM Centano crossed the timers clear, in 28.44 seconds to claim the victory for the second time this week. “You’re never sure if you’re going to win the class, especially with such great riders such as Andre [Thieme] and Ashlee [Bond],” said Fenney. “Anything can happen and it was good that Ashlee went fast, because if she hadn’t I would have eased up a bit. Seeing her go fast made me just go for it. I ride the best when I’m against the clock.”
As Fenney continues to win, she remains humble in the midst of success. “Hopefully we’ll keep on going, but I’m just happy my horses are feeling well and they’re staying healthy,” she added. “We just continue to work hard everyday and have fun with what we’re doing. I’m sure it will catch up with me one of these days, but for now it’s incredible.”
$50,000 Ring Power Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health
1 MTM Centano/Tracy Fenney 0-0 28.44
2 Wistful/Ashlee Bond 0- 0 29.84
3 Chivas Z /Ashlee Bond 0-0 31.23
4 Livios/Andre Thieme 0- 0 0 34.54
5 Vicki Vale/Isabelle LaPierre 0 -0 35.43
6 Vosqinos/Mattias Tromp 0-0 37.74
7 MTM Timon/Tracy Fenney 0-4 30.28
8 Quonschbob Andre Thieme 0- 4 30.78
9 Wodka L./Aaron Vale 0-4 31.65
10 VDL Torlando/Callan Solem 0 -4 33.91
11 Carigor Z /Patty Stovel 1 - -
12 Quipit L.F./Ragan Roberts 4 - -
Source: Press release from HitsShows.com
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