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North Run's 'next big thing' wins the M&S Children's jumper Classic at HITS Saugerties

SAUGERTIES, NEW YORK (June 9, 2008)--Kaitlyn Harrison may only be 12, but her trainer Missy Clark views her as one of the up-and-coming riders at her barn. The New Jersey native continued to make Clark a believer on Sunday when she bested a field of 32 pairs aboard her mount Espina Du Manoir to grab the blue ribbon in the $1,500 M&S Children's Jumper Classic at HITS Saugerties.

"People are going to see a lot of Kate in the future," said Clark, who operates North Run with her husband John Brennan. "She is fun to work with and has a great attitude."

Harrison and her mare were one of two pairs to advance to the jump-off. The duo dropped a rail and stopped the clocks in 36.885 on their jump-off trip. Elizabeth Kauffman and her mount Sully had a chance to go clear and grab the blue but had four faults and a time of 42.529 to secure second place.

"Kate rode with us all winter and was amazing," added Clark, who has more than 50 horses at HITS Saugerties. "This Sunday's class was the first show that she rode the mare and it couldn't have gone better for her."

Espina Du Manoir is owned by Kelly Harmel and has been at North Run for five years and even has some Grand Prix experience with Brennan in the irons.

New York City's Christina Fried and Lady Grey win again at HITS Saugerties

Later in the day, Christina Fried and her mount Lady Grey bested a field of 36 pairs to secure the top prize in the $2,500 M&S Adult Jumper Classic for the second consecutive week at HITS Saugerties.

Eight of the 36 pairs advanced into the jump-off and five of the combinations posted double-clear efforts. First to go in the jump-off were Laura Sexton and her mount Graphite. The duo had eight faults and landed in eighth place.

Fried was second to go in the jump-off aboard Felix Des Ventes and set the pace with a clear round in 38.339. That time would be good enough for fourth place as she would take a blue and a white ribbon back with her to New York City where she works as an investment banker.

Next in the order were Danielle Diachuk and her mount Ciara Diamond. They went clear and shot to the top of the leaderboard with a time of 37.415. That time would eventually be good enough for third place.

Fried returned next aboard Lady Grey and quickly landed at the top with a clear round in 35.227. "What can you say, she just keeps winning," said Drumnacross Farm trainer Eammon Hughes. "She won at the Marshall & Sterling League Finals last year and looks to be on track to repeat this year."

Fifth to go were Randy Levesque and his mount Lyla. A rail down landed the duo in seventh place. Sixth to show were Kris Hoffmann Kennedy and her mount Quest D'or. They navigated the route clean and stopped the clocks in 36.650 to secure second place and a red ribbon.

Susan Banta Lowery and Nike tried their luck at catching Fried and Lady Grey next. They went through clean and stopped the clocks in 38.273 to win fifth place. In the last to go spot were Mia Mask-Wittman aboard her horse Springbok. They had four faults and finished in sixth place.

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

Brook Ledge Open Welcome: Caldam'or, ridden by Jimmy Torano and owned by SCNC Investment of Ft. Lauderdale, FL

M&S Adult Hunter Classic: Lion King, ridden and owned by Lindsey Mohr of Long Valley, NJ

M&S Children's Hunter Pony Classic: Renoir, ridden by Gabrielle Bausano and owned by Kelsey Rae Calabro of Water Mill, NY

Adequan Hunter Champion: Jewel's Excaliber, ridden and owned by Sarah Stein of Bernerdsville, NJ

Central Equine Junior Medal: Taylor Ann Adams of Eads, TN

M&S Children's Medal: Allyson Jacoff of Woodbury, NY

HITS-on-the-Hudson II also featured several fun out-of-ring activities, including Friday evening's Guitar Hero exhibitor mixer, Saturday's popular Taste of HITS-on-the-Hudson, a HITS night at the local Puttin' Plus amusement park and the highlight of the weekend, the Big Brown Belmont Bash party where several hundred competitors gathered at the HITS Bar and Grill to watch the running of the last leg of the Triple Crown at the Belmont Race Track.

Show jumping at HITS Saugerties resumes on Wednesday with HITS-on-the-Hudson III. 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 Purina Mills Grand Prix.

More fun is in store for the third and final week of show jumping at HITS Saugerties this spring. First, on Friday night it's the fun Canine Affair dog costume contest, then on Saturday the fun shifts to the streets for the HITS Saugerties Block Party and on Sunday the weekend concludes with 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.


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