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Tracy Fenney and MTM Centano capture the $40,000 HITS Grand Prix

Tuesday, 02 October 2012

Tracy Fenney and MTM Centano on course in the $40,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health. Photo by ©ESI Photography. Tracy Fenney finished another year of HITS horse shows doing what she does best – winning! The Flower Mound, Texas native has found Grand Prix success throughout the year at HITS Ocala, Saugerties, and Culpeper and made her third appearance in the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix this past September. As another year at HITS Culpeper comes to an end, Fenney aboard MTM Farm’s MTM Centano sealed a victory in Sunday’s $40,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, to earn her ninth Grand Prix victory at HITS in 2012.

“There’s no better way to end a year than with a win,” said Fenney. “Even though the course was challenging with some difficult turns and questions all across the field, this turned out to be such a good class.  Overall, I’m just really happy that we had such a great summer both here in Culpeper, as well as in Saugerties, and it’s nice to finish up victorious before heading back down to Texas. I’m so lucky to have great horses who work very hard to compete and win.”

Germany’s Olaf Petersen Sr. designed the track for the $40,000 HITS Grand Prix that saw nine of the 26 horse-and-rider combinations advance to the jump-off.  The jump-off course proved to be difficult, as only three would be double-clear. “I anticipated at least seven clear,” said Petersen. “I expected Tracy [Fenney] would do well in this class, and I think the course, especially the jump-off, really suited her horses.”

In the jump-off, the first double clear round came at the reins of Fenney and her winning mount, MTM Centano, who went fifth in the jump-off and set the Great American Time to Beat at 36.009 seconds. Next to show was Dr. Fernando Cardenas of New Hill, North Carolina riding his own Quincy Car and they were the next double-clear round in 38.601 seconds which moved them into second place. As three rounds remained in the jump-off, Harold Chopping of Southern Pines, North Carolina and Paddy Ann Burns’ Calando Z produced a clear effort in 39.163 seconds to take home the third place ribbon. Rounding out the top five was Kaitlin Campbell of Brookeville, Maryland and her own Rocky W in fourth place, and Fenney on her second mount, MTM Farm’s MTM Timon in fifth place.

“Before you know it, we’ll be back in Ocala,” said Fenney, who won seven Grand Prix classes at HITS Post Time in 2012. “HITS does a great job at running horse shows and I love to show here. We have some new horses in the barn that are really looking good, so I’m already excited to show at HITS next year.”

Sunday’s class served as the first qualifier for 2013 $1 Million Grand Prix, which will take place next September at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York as part of HITS Championship Weekend – the richest show jumping weekend in the world.

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