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Purina Mills Kids Day highlights Week IV - the Ocala Tournament

OCALA, FL (March 4, 2009)--The Arabian Nights, the “world's greatest show on horses,” took center stage prior to the $50,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix, as one of the top features of Purina Mills' Kids Day, presented by The Talking Phone Book, at HITS Post Time Farm, in Ocala, Florida.

Purina Mills Kids Day also featured other fun-filled family activities, including a bounce house, clowns, live music and special kid-friendly exhibitions. Once Purina Mills Kids Day concluded, some of the top Grand Prix riders in the country competed in the $50,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix where Texas' Tracy Fenney captured the blue aboard MTM Farms' MTM Centano.

Race to the finish

Fenney not only captured the top prize in Sunday's feature class, she also made her way to the winners' circle with MTM Centano in Thursday’s $25,000 HITS Grand Prix to close the gap in the Catena Leading Lady Grand Prix Rider Award.

Earlier this season, Maryland's Tracy Magness seemed to be a lock for the award with a host of top finishes, including three Grand Prix victories. However, Fenney, who was the leading Grand Prix rider at HITS Ocala in 2008 is hot on her heals and closing fast!

The leading female Grand Prix rider on the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit will receive a timepiece from Catena, USA, with 29 hand-cut diamonds on the bezel and a white mother-of-pearl dial with 12 diamonds on the dial of the watch.

The presentation of the Catena Leading Lady Rider Award will take place during the Ocala Winter Celebration on Sunday, March 15.

Other winners in the jumper rings included:

$2,500 Marshall & Sterling Children's Jumper Classic -Rocky, ridden by Haley Waters and owned by Chuck and Dana Waters

$2,500 Marshall & Sterling Children's Jumper Championship-Dutch Gentleman, ridden and owned by Kim Tobias

$15,000 U-Dump Jr/A-O Jumper High Classic -Ulysses Van De Krekebeke, ridden by Lacy Morrone Cramer and owned by Equi Sport LLC

Rachel DeMuro pilots Madison to a win in the $5,000 Children’s Hunter Classic

The hunt was on for Rachel DeMuro when she rode her horse Madison to the blue in the $5,000 Children’s Hunter Classic to highlight the week of competition in the hunter rings.

Demuro, who trains with Katie Huber, outlasted a very competitive field of 28 starters to capture the class under the lights at HITS Post Time Farm. It was the first time HITS Ocala hosted the instantly popular class and coincided with a very entertaining exhibitor party that thrilled the exhibitors who attended.

Looking Ahead to Week V

Magness and Fenney will continue to duel it out for the Catena Leading Lady Award as the Ocala Winter Finals gets underway and will feature the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix on Thursday and the $50,000 Ring Power Grand Prix on Sunday.

Hunters will also have their time to shine this week when the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby takes place in the main hunter ring and $5,000 Pony Commotion takes place in the majestic Grand Prix ring at HITS Post Time Farm.

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 Caption: Scenes from Purina Mills Kids Day

Photo Credit: ©Lili Weik Photography


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