It all came down to speed in Sunday’s $40,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, as Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas and MTM Farm’s MTM Timon rode to their second victory during the Constitution Classic. Five of the seven pairs who advanced to the second round went double clear and looked to the clock to reveal the final results. Douglas Russell of Ocala, Florida set the track with 15 jumping efforts and saw the majority of faults at the double combination at fence five, and the triple combination at the end of the course at fence 11. “I never think a course looks easy when I walk it,” said Fenney. “But this course turned out to be really nice.”
Coming off a successful week at HITS Culpeper, Tracy Magness of Hughsville, Maryland was first to ride and posted the first clear round aboard Mr. & Mrs. John Bartko’s Tarco Van Ter Moude. She and Tarco Van Ter Moude also rode to the blue in Thursday’s Level 7 Jumper class. Ragan Roberts of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania guaranteed a jump-off with a clear round seven trips later on Quipit Group’s Quipit L.F. They were eventually joined by five more horses, two of which had Fenney in saddle.
Magness returned in the jump-off to set the Great American Time To Beat at 37.56 seconds. She was quickly bumped to second, however, when Fenney posted a time of 34.78 seconds in the irons of MTM Farm’s MTM Centano. The time was again made tighter by Megan Edrick of Agoura, California on Procedures, Inc’s Cadence. They rode the jump-off course in 33.54 seconds to steal the lead. Edrick remained in the top spot until Fenney returned last in the jump-off ready to do what she does best – use MTM Timon’s speed. She and MTM Timon completed the course in 33.02 seconds for the win. “I didn’t have any choice but to go as fast as I could and, as usual, [MTM] Timon jumped around really nicely,” said Fenney of her 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding.
Edrick and Cadence were second, followed by Fenney aboard MTM Centano in third. Ramiro Quintana of Wellington, Florida finished in fourth on Maverick Ventures, LLC’s Largo and Magness and Tarco Van Ter Moude rounded out the top five.
Riders and horses alike have begun to hit their peaks before they put their hard work to the test in the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix as part of HITS Championship Weekend September 7-9, 2012. Show jumping action at HITS now moves north to Saugerties for two consecutive weeks of competition leading to the highly anticipated Championship Weekend, featuring the third-annual Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix Sunday, September 9. Fenney and her professional counterparts will have two more opportunities to bank qualifying classes and prize money for the Pfizer Million Rider Rankings in Saugerties with this week’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, on Friday, followed by the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, on Sunday afternoon.
Source: Press release from the HITS Media Team
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