SAUGERTIES, NY (June 3, 2013) – Before a fourth-place finish in Sunday’s $75,000 Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, Peter Wylde piloted Ann Dotoli’s Eternity to the blue in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix on Saturday at HITS Saugerties. Wylde, of Lake Worth, Florida, switched hypothetical gears and rode Eternity to a pair of 88s for the hunter prix win.
“I was lucky to be able to do this on such a great horse. My dear friend Ann Dotoli let me ride her and she is such a fantastic jumper,” said Wylde. “Both rounds were super.”
Eternity, a nine-year-old Belgian-bred Warmblood, is currently in her first year of hunter competition and is wasting no time in going straight to the top. Dotoli imported the mare from Belgium in January. “Ann thought the horse looked like a good prospect and she was certainly right,” said Wylde.
This weekend’s Devoucoux Hunter Prix used the elements of the popular and newly-designed Outside Course, which was installed last year to add dynamic course options to the hunter prix classes. Horses navigated hills, banks and some unique lines thanks to the design of the course built by Rian Beals of Saugerties, New York.
Wylde and Eternity topped a field of 39 and boasted the leading scores in both rounds. “Horses with as much quality as Eternity are rare, so I think she has big things ahead of her,” concluded Wylde. “She is a special animal.” With Saturday’s win, one big thing Eternity may be pointed toward is the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final of HITS Championship Weekend this fall.
Qualifying for the year-end event is well underway and standings are available at HitsShows.com.
Kelly Wilson of Gladestone, New Jersey pocketed an 87 in the irons of Matthew Degrande’s Silvester in round one. They returned to score an 85 and finish second. Tallying the second-highest score of the first round, Santa Maspane of Eden, New York rode Kathryn Haefner, LLC’s Columbus to an 87.5 and returned to pick up an 85, which landed them in third overall.
Wilson also rode her own Star Street to fourth with scores of 86.5 and 85. Fifth went to Lexi Seldorff of Farmington, Connecticut on Stone Horse Farm, LLC’s Zilver Star with scores of 86 and 83.
$1,500 HITS Hunter Prix
Anna Pavlov placed in the money twice in the $1,500 HITS Hunter Prix over the weekend. In an effort to guarantee an appearance in the coveted HITS $250,000 Hunter Prix Final in September, she piloted Jan Golash’s Seymour to the win and also picked up sixth-place honors on her own Adelante.
To stay on top of HITS Hunter Prix qualifying standings, visit HITSShows.com.
Under the direction of trainer Shane Powell, Pavlov of Pound Ridge, New York rode Seymour to the top score of 83 in the first round. She returned in the second round with an 82.5 and the win.
Brendan Weiss of Southampton, Pennsylvania rode Kathy Weiss’ Piedmont to a pair of 82s and finished second. Tess Mahoney of Southhampton, New York and Twin Oaks Stables, Inc.’s Eye Spy earned a 75.5 in the first round and topped the second round with an 84 for third.
Rounding out the top five was Emily Keefe of Dover, Massachusetts on her own Boeing in fourth and Lena Rae Reeb of Weston, Connecticut aboard Jamie Ringel’s Private Ryan in fifth. Keefe pocketed an 80 and a 76.5, while Reeb earned a 76 and a 78, respectively.
RRiders in both the Devoucoux and HITS Hunter Prix with their sights set on qualifying for the Diamond Mills and HITS Hunter Prix Finals will have weekly opportunities to earn points as the HITS Saugerties season continues. Both finals will return to HITS Championship Weekend and highlight hunters during the world’s richest weekend in show jumping this September.
Devoucoux, makers of fine French saddles, is proud to be the title sponsor of each and every qualifying Hunter Prix leading up to the phenomenal Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final. The Devoucoux Hunter Prix will be a featured event at all HITS horse shows this season as riders from around the country set out to qualify for the third-annual Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Final, which will take place September 7-8 at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York.
About Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern
Just 100 miles outside of New York City, nestled in the Village of Saugerties, Diamond Mills is a 30-room luxury hotel featuring stellar accommodations, fine-dining at The Tavern and full-service events at a state-of-the art Special Events Center. Diamond Mills is a proud member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the WorldTM, an unsurpassed collection of over 520 luxury hotels around the world. Saugerties’ newest luxury hotel is also the proud sponsor of the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final, which will take place at HITS-on-the-Hudson as part of the HITS Championship Weekend. For more information about Diamond Mills or the special VIP packages available to HITS-on-the-Hudson exhibitors, please visit DiamondMillsHotel.com or call 845.247.0700.
$5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix
Place; Horse; Owner; Rider; Prize $
1 Eternity Ann Dotoli Peter Wylde $1,500
2 Silvester Matthew Degrande Kelly Wilson $1,000
3 Columbus Kathryn Haefner, LLC Santa Maspane $700
4 Star Street Kelly Wilson Kelly Wilson $500
5 Zilver Star Stone Horse Farm, LLC Lexi Selldorff $400
6 Bentley Kathryn Haefner, LLC Kathryn Haefner $350
7 Third Day Kenneth Stovel Sarah Lane $300
8 Poker Face Harris Hill Farm, LLC Jennifer Bliss $250
$1,500 HITS Hunter Prix
Place; Horse; Owner; Rider; Prize $
1 Seymour Jan Golash Anna Pavlov $450
2 Piedmont Kathy Weiss Brendan Weiss $300
3 Eye Spy Twin Oaks Stables, Inc. Tess Mahoney $210
4 Boeing Emily Keefe Emily Keefe $135
5 Private Ryan Jamie Ringel Lena Rae Reeb $112
6 Adelante Anna Pavlov Anna Pavlov $105
7 Absolut Bliss Stephanie Dixon Stephanie Dixon $97
8 Asante’ Dudley Mac Farlane Dudley Mac Farlane $90
About HITS, Inc.
HITS, Inc. produces high-quality, international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS has been producing shows since 1982 and is now a nationwide company with world-class circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia. In 2010, HITS took the industry to new heights when it hosted the first-ever Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix – now the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix. In 2011, HITS hosted the richest weekend in show jumping with the return of the Pfizer Million and the introduction of the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final. In 2012, the historic weekend got even sweeter with the addition of the HITS$250,000 HITS Hunter Prix Final. This year, HITS will host a second $1 million class with the AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Thermal.
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2013 Horse Show Dates
HITS Desert Circuit
January 22 – March 17, 2013
HITS Ocala Winter Circuit
January 16 – March 17, 2013
HITS Arizona Winter Circuit
January 30 – March 10, 2013
HITS Culpeper Show Series
April / July / August / September
HITS Saugerties Show Series
May-June / July-August / September
HITS Championship Weekend
September 6-8, 2013