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Christina Fried them all! -Winner of the M&S Adult Jumper Classic at HITS Saugerties

SAUGERTIES, NEW YORK (June 2, 2008)--Christina Fried and her mount Lady Grey picked up right where they left off. The New York City native bested a field of 28 pairs to secure the top prize in the $2,500 M&S Adult Jumper Classic on Sunday at HITS Saugerties.

Taking the victory gallop is something that Fried has become accustomed to at HITS-on-the-Hudson. The last time Fried and Lady Grey competed in Saugerties it was during the 2007 Marshall & Sterling League Finals where they secured the fastest double-clear round en route to capturing the $7,500 M&S Adult Jumper Classic.

Fried, who works as an investment banker in New York City, only competes at HITS horse shows. "I am at the stage of my career where I am so busy at work I have to pick and choose where I show," she said. "I come to all of the shows in Saugerties and really enjoy coming to the Marshall & Sterling League Finals at the end of the year. It's a great horse show that is close to home."

After a very competitive first round, only two combinations advanced to the jump-off. First to go in the jump-off were Shannon Kaupp and her mount Midnight Rendezvous. The pair had a rail down and a time of 35.022 which pushed them back to second place.

Fried and Lady Grey then went clean and stopped the clock in 34.576. "I was lucky enough to have a little cushion in the jump-off," said Fried. "I wanted to have a prompt, clear round and make sure I left all the jumps standing. The last jump in the jump-off had an inside option and I went around it just to be safe."

Fried's other mount Felix Des Vents had one time fault in the first round giving her third place, and two of the top three spots in the class.

"Christina has been riding with me for seven or eight years," said Drumnacross Farm trainer Eammon Hughes. "Over the years, we have found some great horses together but Lady Grey is one of the best."

Colin Savaria and his mount Naritas win the $1,500 M&S Children's Jumper Classic

Earlier in the day, Colin Savaria of Neptune, New Jersey and his mount Naritas had the quickest double-clear effort in the $1,500 M&S Children's Jumper Classic to secure $750 in prize money and a new blue ribbon.

The class featured five horses in the jump-off. First to go were Molly Newsome and her mount Touch N Go. The pair went clear in 37.553 to secure fourth place.

Second in the jump-off round were Naomi Weirens and her mount Next Jet. A clear round in 32.886 landed them in second place. Savaria and Naritas were third to go in the jump-off and stopped the clocks in 31.364 to secure the blue ribbon.

Fourth to go were Dayna Gewolb and her mount Crassus. A clean round in 43.228 put the pair in fifth place. Finally, sitting in the envious last-to-ride spot were Dominica Wambold and her mount Worth the Wait. The pair went clear in 35.223 and ended the class in third place.

Other Major Accomplishments during HITS-on-the-Hudson I include:

M&S Children's Hunter Classic: Safari Moon, ridden and owned by Kaleigh Gavin of Montclair, NJ

M&S Adult Hunter Classic: Let It Ride, ridden by Sara-Kate Africk and owned by Emily Africk of Mamaroneck, NY

M&S Children's Hunter Pony Classic: Pamina ridden and owned by Riley Newsome of Mendham, NJ

Adequan Hunter Champion: Aberdini, ridden by Mickie Sage and owned by Dianne Fotiades of Summit, NJ

Central Equine Junior Medal: Erin Tormondsen of Greenwich, CT

HITS-on-the-Hudson I also featured the second annual HITS Saugerties Fashion Show, presented by DIG. The event was catered by New World Home Cooking Co. and the new Partition Street Wine Shop offered wine tasting. Click here for the video.

Show jumping at HITS Saugerties resumes on Wednesday with HITS-on-the-Hudson II. As always, HITS Saugerties features two Grand Prix classes per week. On Thursday, the $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix takes the stage and on Sunday even more prize money is on the line during the $50,000 Waldorf=Astoria Collection Grand Prix.

HITS, Inc. is a special events management company primarily focused on producing hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS produced its first horse show circuit in Gainesville, Florida in 1982. Since that time, HITS has grown into a nationwide company with world-class hunter/jumper circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia.

For more information and a complete schedule of classes and events, visit http://www.HitsShows.com.



PHOTO: ŠLili Weik Photography 07; Christina Fried and Lady Grey are pictured above competing at HITS-on-the-Hudson during the 2007 Marshall & Sterling League Finals. Sunday was a repeat performance for Fried and Lady Grey as they took home the top prize in the $2,500 M&S Adult Jumper Classic.

 

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