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Peter Bulthuis and His Mount Go Double-Clear to Win the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix at HITS Arizona

TUCSON, AZ (March 5, 2008)—Peter Bulthuis and his mount Medoc 36 captured the blue ribbon in Sunday's $25,000 HITS Grand Prix to conclude the Sahuro Classic at HITS Arizona.

Bulthuis got the best of 22 pairs in the first round and five combinations in the jump-off to score $7,500 in prize money. He had the ride for owner Janet Hischer.

The winning combination left little suspense when they went clear on the first trip of the jump-off and set the Great American Time to Beat at 34.751. As it turned out, their clean round would be the only fault-free effort of the jump-off.

"I knew the people behind me were all risk takers," said Bulthuis. "I wanted to go in and be safe because that was my best chance to win. When I saw rail after rail drop, I knew it was going to be an easy win."

Second to challenge the route were Brandie Halloway and her horse Argentina. The pair had four faults and secured third place for Hays Investment Corp. Next to go were Allison Kropf and her ride Nomograff. The pair dropped one rail and had to settle for second place.

Fourth to challenge were Gary Brewster and his mount Watermark. They had an unlucky rail down midway through the course to finish in fourth place.

Sitting in the last-to-ride spot was Holloway, this time aboard Gabriella Z. The pair had two rails down and finished the day in fifth place.

Show jumping will resume at HITS Arizona on Wednesday, March 5 with the Arizona Winter Festival featuring the $25,000 Central Equine Grand Prix scheduled for Sunday, March 9. The Arizona Desert Finals close out the 2008 HITS Arizona Circuit, March 12-16 featuring the $25,000 Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix on Sunday, March 16.

The six-week event has been a staple of West Coast circuits for many years. HITS took over production of the circuit in 1991. The HITS Arizona Winter Circuit offers a full range of competition classes for beginners to advanced riders. Exhibitors gain valuable experience in the show ring under the eye of some of the country's top judges.

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: © Deb Dawson Photography

Peter Bulthuis and his mount Medoc 36 are congratulated after winning the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix at HITS Arizona

Placing Horse



Prize Money Rd 1 Faults JO Faults JO Time

1 Medoc 36 Peter Bulthuis Janet Hischer $7,500 0 0 34.751

2 Nomograff

Allison Kroff

Allison Kroff

$5,500 0 4 34.951

3 Argentina

Brandie Halloway

Hays Investment Corp

$3,200 0 4 43.276

4 Watermark

Gary Brewster Gail Le Nobel

$2,000 0 4 40.435

5 Gabriella Z

Brandie Halloway

Hays Investment Corp

$1,500 0 8 43.796

6 Miss Hans

Allison Kroff

Allison Kroff

$1,250 4

7 Rambo JJ Atkinson Cordi & Joe Atkinson $1,000 4

8 Acrabaat Z Michelle Parker Cross Creek Farms $750 4

9 Capitan Brie Etcheverry Brie Etcheverry $750 8

10 Won Love Kris Killam Abbey Maxwell $500 8

11 Sir Blue Santiago Rickard Tiffany Sullivan $500 8

12 Central Park Michelle Parker

Tula Hayes-Pinella $500 8

HITS CORPORATE OFFICE: HITS, Inc., 319 Main Street, Saugerties, NY 12477-1330

phone 845.246.8833 fax 845.246.6371 http://www.HitsShows.com


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