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Third time’s a charm! McLain Ward and Phillipa win another $25,000 at HITS Saugerties

SAUGERTIES, NY (June 6, 2009)—Highlighting the jumper action on Friday at HITS-on-the-Hudson was two-time Olympic Gold Medal Winner McLain Ward posting the fastest-double clear round aboard Sagamore Farm’s Phillipa.

Ward and the 11-year-old Dutch mare were the best of 34 horse-and-rider pairs who challenged Brazilian Course Designer Guilherme Jorge's first-round course and the seven pairs that advanced to the jump-off.

The victory for Ward and Phillipa is their third of the circuit, following their wins in the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix and $50,000 EMO Grand Prix during HITS-on-the-Hudson I.

"Well, one thing is certain, she clearly likes this ring,” said Ward. “He (Guilherme) designs really great courses with increasing difficulty as the week progresses. I am sure we will see a pretty challenging course here in Saugerties on Sunday during the $125,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix."

Ward and the winning mount had one of the two double-clear rounds. They were second to go in the jump-off and set the Great American Time to Beat at 31.682. Kirk Webby and Sitah posted the only other clear round in the jump-off and stopped the clocks in 31.834, just shy of Ward’s pace, assuring the pair of the second-place finish.

Show jumping at HITS Saugerties will continue all weekend and feature the $125,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix on Sunday. Also on Sunday, is the ever-popular Purina Mills Kids Day.

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 Credit: ©Lili Weik Photography

Photo Caption: McLain Ward and Phillipa on course in the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix.


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