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Mexico's Rodrigo Lambre wins the $40,000 HITS Grand Prix

CULPEPER, VA (July 6, 2009) —The Showday National came to a close on Sunday with Mexico’s Rodrigo Lambre riding Chepepe La Escondida to the blue in an exciting $40,000 HITS Grand Prix at HITS Commonwealth Park, in Culpeper, Virginia.

Lambre, who is one of several Grand Prix riders showing at HITS Culpeper from Mexico, was one of just two riders out of the 38 that competed in the class to post a clear round on course designer Jerry Dougherty’s first-round track.

Lambre was first to go in the eight-obstacle jump-off and dropped a rail at the first fence of the course. Once he dropped the rail, he stepped on the gas and came home with a four-fault score in a time of 42.865 and in the end, that pace would be good enough to win the class.

Second to go was Kate Gerhart aboard Cathy Gerhart’s Timo. The pair made their way around the course carefully and were in the clear until the very last jump where they dropped a heartbreaking rail to finish the round in a time of 48.609 to secure the red ribbon.

“I was very lucky to win,” said Lambre. “She was trying to hard to go slow and careful and it almost worked out for her but I think she got a little too anxious at the end. They had the class won.”

“I am glad my horse was able to win today,” he continued. “We did a lot of winning in Mexico lately competing in some classics. This was the first Grand Prix that we showed in and to win here, where the competition has been so great this week, is a great feeling!”

Taking third place in Sunday’s feature class was Mary Lisa Nicholson-Leffler and Rolling Acres Farm’s Gerona 92. They jumped clear in the first round but had two time faults to keep them out of the jump-off. The fastest rider with four faults in the first round was Robin Sweely aboard Acorn Hill Farm’s Qarco V'T Merelsnest to finish in fourth place and in fifth place was Alexa Lowe riding Credit Cruise.

Also excelling in the $40,000 HITS Grand Prix was Texas’ Tracy Fenney. She has two horses in the money, including a sixth-place finish aboard MTM Farm’s S&L Willie and an eighth place outing aboard MTM Centano. The two top placings in the class capped off a great week for Fenney. She took the blue in the Level 6 Jumpers, Level 7 Jumpers and the $15,000 Brook Ledge Open Jumper Prix. In the Hunter Ring, she piloted MTM My Space to the Weekly Championship in the Pre-Green Hunter High Division to add to her accolades during the Showday National.

Sweet 16

Taylor Ann Adams had her cake and ate it too! The Tennessee native celebrated her 16th birthday on Sunday at HITS Commonwealth Park when she piloted Don Stewart’s Fern Guly to the Weekly Championship in the Small Junior Hunters 15 & Under Division.

Adams also won the blue in the Culpeper Equitation Classic on Saturday night and had several horses in the money in the $5,000 Culpeper Hunter Classic to round out a tremendous week in the heart of Virginia’s horse country.

Also shining in the Hunter Rings was Winn Alden. Earlier in the week, she rode Heritage to the Weekly Championship in the Regular Working Hunters and on Saturday night, she piloted Olivia Wren’s Touch of Sun to the blue in the $5,000 Culpeper Hunter Classic.

Show jumping at HITS Culpeper continues this week with the Cavalier Classic. The feature class of the week is Sunday’s $40,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix. Also on the agenda is the $15,000 Brook Ledge Open Jumper Prix on Friday night and Saturday evening will feature the $5,000 Culpeper Hunter Classic and the Culpeper Equitation Classic in the majestic Grand Prix Ring at HITS Commonwealth Park.

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: Rodrigo Lambre and Chepepe La Escondida on course at HITS Culpeper.


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