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One-Two Win for Callan Solem in HITS Culpeper $40,000 Grand Prix
Callan Solem was victorious in the $40,000 Grand Prix with Magic Cruise at
HITS Culpeper. Photo By: Rebecca Walton/PMG.
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Culpeper, VA - April 27, 2011 - Callan Solem took both first and second
place in the $40,000 HITS Grand Prix on Sunday, April 24th. Solem was the
only rider to complete double clear efforts in the Commonwealth National
Park finale. The Chester Springs, PA based rider advanced to the jump-off in
the show's highlight event after riding fault-free first-rounds over Danny
Foster's course with both Magic Cruise and VDL Torlando. She was then the
single competitor to leave all the fences standing following the jump-off.
Solem and VDL Torlando crossed the finish line in 46.835 seconds - good
enough for second place. Magic Cruise and Solem's time of 45.092 seconds
earned the winning trophy.
"They both went really well!" smiled Solem. "It is certainly a privilege to
have 'Cruise' and 'Dennis' (VDL Torlando). They make my job easy and I am
really looking forward to the rest of the 2011 schedule. I am just so
grateful to have such outstanding horses to ride and show."
VDL Torlando also earned two other second place ribbons during this week's
events. Solem and her stallion had fault free rounds during the $15,000
Brook Ledge Open Jumper Prix to place second, and then Solem showed Torlando
to a second place finish in the Level 7 Jumpers. The class proved to be
another one-two win for Solem, who was victorious aboard VDL Wizard. Solem
also secured a first place finish in the 7&8-Year-Old Young Jumper
Championship with the young Dutch gelding.
"Wizard is really something special and I am excited for the future with
him," commented Solem. "He is one of the most talented horses that I have
ever ridden and he was really born to do Show Jumping. He is so much fun!"
In the hunter ring, Solem was also Low Hunter Champion on Icy Mena, owned by
Redfield Farm. She also took home the reserve championship prize for her
ride aboard Horseshoe Trail Farm's Balladeer, who placed first and second.
Another reserve championship went to Solem's youngest student, Lee Lee
McNeil. She showed Cosmic, owned by Nicole Shahinian-Simpson, in the
Small/Medium Pony Hunter division.
Callan Solem Show Stables is now preparing for the Garden State and
St. Christopher's Horse Shows.
Callan Solem Show Stables is a hunter/jumper/equitation operation based in
Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, headed by international grand prix rider
Callan Solem For more information about Callan Solem and Callan Solem Show
Stables, please call 610-827-9003 or visit www.callansolem.com/