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Over the Hill Farm Reigns Supreme in Pony Hunters at HITS Ocala Masters Horse Show

Ocala, FL - March 5, 2008 - Over the Hill Farm, led by trainer Bill Schaub of Sanford, FL, had another great week of competition at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. They dominated the pony hunters, winning championships in six divisions.

Shawn Casady had a great week in Ocala, winning four championships and a pony hunter classic. On Lifeline, owned by Paula Ann Hallman, he was champion in the Large Pony Hunters. Lifeline won the model and under saddle classes and was first, third, and fourth over fences. In his first show with the highly successful pony Liseter Clever Star, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, Casady was champion in the Large Schooling Pony Hunters. They finished first and second in the division.

Bubbalicious, owned by Forest Hills Farm, was champion in the Small Green Pony Hunters with Casady on board. They won the model class and an over fences class. They finished third twice and sixth in the remaining jumping classes and were fourth under saddle for the championship.

Casady also took the championship in the Medium Green Pony Hunters on Connelley, owned by CDS Stables. They were second in the model and then went on a winning streak, taking the blue ribbon in the under saddle and three over fences classes.

On First Impression, owned by Katie Dinan LLC, Casady won the Medium Pony Hunter model class and picked up top ribbons in the remaining classes. He won the Medium Pony Hunter Classic on Sunny, owned by Bill Schaub.

Leaving no tricolors unsecured, Over the Hill Farm swept the Medium Pony Hunter championships. Ashley LeCroy and her pony Halo won the champion ribbon. They were fifth in the model and sixth in an over fences class, then won two other jumping classes and the under saddle. The reserve champion was Bikini Beach, ridden by Reid Patton. They were second in the model and under saddle and were second, third, and fifth over fences.

On her other ponies, Patton picked up top ribbons. She and Undawnted were first and second in the Medium Pony Hunters. She and Blue Crush were second in the model and had top ribbons in the Small Pony Hunters.

Parker Wright and What Luck won a Small Green Pony Hunter over fences class, and they were fourth in the Pony Equitation. Wright piloted Cosmopolitan Girl for owner Rae Oakley to fifth in the Medium Pony Hunter under saddle and stood the pony for third place in the model class.

Claire Connaghan rode her pony Freedom to the reserve championship in the Children's Pony 12-17 Hunters. They won two classes in the division. Connaghan then won the Pony Equitation championship. She was second under saddle and took first, first, and second over fences.

Assistant trainer Molly Sewell once again captured a championship with Antique, owned by Alexandra Ware. The successful duo captured the Low Hunter championship after they won two classes and was fifth and sixth in the remaining classes.

On her new five-year-old Pre-Green Hunter, Salute, Roberta Previ rode to first place in the Adult Amateur Hunter Classic. Anna Rossi took first place in the WIHS Pony Medal class.

Seven-year-old Megan All and Sweeter Than Honey were reserve champions in the Beginner Equitation division. All was first, second, and fourth in the division. Another reserve championship in the "B" section of the Beginner Equitation went to Maxwell Louis. The five-year-old rode DiVinci Spirit to two thirds and a sixth for the tricolor.

Over the Hill looks to continue their success next week at the HITS Ocala Tournament Horse Show on March 5-9.

For more information on Over the Hill Farm, please visit http://www.othfarm.com.

Photo Credit: Ashley LeCroy and Halo, Medium Pony Hunter champions at HITS Ocala Masters. Photo (C) 2008 Lili Weik.


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