Articles: Press Release
Anne Kursinski and Indeed Win $50,000 HITS Grand Prix
Ellenville, NY (August 4, 2003)--Olympic veteran, Anne Kursinski of Frenchtown, New Jersey, rode Indeed owned by The Group Indeed to victory in Sunday's $50,000 HITS Grand Prix at the New York Horse & Pony Show. Kursinski bested a field of twenty-five horse/rider combinations, and was the fastest of three double-clears in a six-horse jump-off. Harold Chopping of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, rode Kathleen 16 owned by Silver Oak Stables to second place. Third place went to Ainsley Vince of Milton, Ontario, on Kafka, co-owned by Vince and 3E Syndicate.
Grand Prix course designer, Gerry Dougherty, set a challenging 13-obstacle course that included one double combination-fence No. 4, and one triple combination-fence No. 10. The time allowed was set at 96 seconds. The triple cost a number of riders their clear round and served to narrow the field to only six horses.
The final six horses advanced to a shortened seven-fence jump-off course. Ainsley Vince was first in the order on Catch 22, her first of two mounts in the jump-off. The pair incurred eight faults in a time of 40.60 seconds. Jill Henselwood and Callisto followed up with a four-fault performance in a time of 42.05 seconds. Todd Minikus and Gardenio also had an unlucky rail to leave them with four faults in a time of 42.20 seconds. Ainsley Vince took another trip around the course on her second mount Kafka. The pair gave the crowd the first clear round of the jump-off in a time of 44.82 seconds. Anne Kursinski and Indeed, second place winners in last Sunday's $50,000 Avis Grand Prix, delivered a faultless performance that secured them a first place victory this time around. Their winning time was 41.84 seconds. Harold Chopping and Kathleen 16 finished out the field. Chopping guided Kathleen 16 clear, but try as he might, he could not best Kursinski's time. His final time of 42.49 seconds
was just .65 of a second slower.
Sunday's $50,000 HITS Grand Prix will count toward the New Marshall & Sterling League and the King Shavings U.S. Grand Prix League standings. The New Marshall & Sterling League will hold its inaugural National Indoor Finals for 11 hunter divisions, 6 jumper divisions as well as the Charles Owen Children's & Adult Medal Finals, and the HBO Junior Medal Finals, September 17-21, at Worcester's Centrum Centre in Worcester, Massachusetts. The League is offering a $100,000 Grand Prix on Sunday, September 21st. Thirty riders will be accepted based on national standings. Those lucky qualifiers will have the exceptional opportunity to ride in two back-to-back $100,000 Grand Prix, first at the Marshall & Sterling National Indoor Finals, and a week later at the King Shavings US Grand Prix League (USGPL) invitational finals.
The King Shavings USGPL Invitational Finals, September 24-28, will take place at HITS Commonwealth Park during the final week of the HITS Culpeper circuit. The King Shavings USGPL Finals will also feature a $15,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Low Invitational, $25,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner High Invitational, and $25,000 Pre-Green Hunter Invitational Classic, sponsored by Stillwell-Hansen and Four Winds Farm. For more information on the New Marshall & Sterling League and the King Shavings USGPL, please visit our website at www.HitsShows.com
Other major award winners at the New York Horse & Pony Show included:
Bayer Legend Leading Hunter Rider - Jennifer Alfano, Buffalo, NY
Bayer Legend Leading Jumper Rider - McLain Ward, Brewster, NY
HBO Junior Medal Winner - Jessica Gaeta, Deer Park, NY
Charles Owen Children's Medal Winner - Carolyn Curcio, West Islip, NY
Charles Owen Adult Medal Winner - Meredith Lipke, Buffalo, NY
Show jumping will resume again in Ellenville on Wednesday, August 27th. The $50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix will be the highlight of the week, taking place on Sunday, August 31. Wild Card classes in the Children's & Adult Hunters & Jumpers for the Marshall & Sterling League Finals will also take place on August 31.
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HITS CATSKILLS SIDEBAR INFORMATION
REMAINING HITS CATSKILLS 2003 SHOW DATES ARE:
HITS Catskills VI - August 27-31
August 31, Marshall & Sterling League Wild Card Classes
August 31, $50,000 HITS Catskills Grand Prix
- $1,000 Marshall & Sterling League Children's Hunter Wild Card
- $1,000 Marshall & Sterling League Adult Hunter Wild Card
- $5,000 Marshall & Sterling League Children's Jumper Wild Card
- $5,000 Marshall & Sterling League Adult Jumper Wild Card
$50,000 HITS Grand Prix - Sunday, August 3, 2003
New York Horse & Pony Show - Ellenville, NY
Gerry Dougherty, Geneva, IL: Course Designer
Place Horse Rider Owner Prize Money Rd 1
Faults JO Time
1st Indeed Anne Kursinski The Group Indeed $15,000 0 0 41.84
2nd Kathleen 16 Harold Chopping Silver Oak Stables $11,000 0 0 42.49
3rd Kafka Ainsley Vince Ainsley Vince/3E Syndicate $6,500 0 0 44.82
4th Callisto Jill Henselwood Juniper Farms Ltd $4,000 0 4 42.05
5th Garadenio Todd Minikus Y Z Partners LLC $3,000 0 4 42.20
6th Catch 22 Ainsley Vince Ainsley Vince/Trinity Farm $2,500 0 8 40.60
7th Crazy You Kent Farrington Lynda Farrington $2,000 4
8th Little Big Man Laura Chapot Laura Chapot $1,500 4
9th Goldika McLain Ward Double H Farm $1,500 4
10th Sun God Anne Kursinski Ron & Cheryl Krise $1,000 4
11th Courletta K McLain Ward McLain Ward $1,000 4
12th Dugateau Christine Tribble Christine Tribble/Windsor Show Stables $1,000 4