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Shawn Casady and Lifeline Dominate Large Pony Hunters in First Week of HITS Ocala Winter Circuit

Ocala, FL - February 18, 2008 - Over the Hill Farm and trainer Bill Schaub of Sanford, FL, started out the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit in fine fashion with tricolor ribbons and top finishes in multiple divisions. The highlight of the week was the success shown by Lifeline, owned by Paula Ann Hallman and ridden by Shawn Casady.

Lifeline and Casady dominated the Large Pony Hunters. They won all six classes in their division and won the Large Pony Hunter Classic. This was only their third show together. Lifeline is owned by Paula Ann Hallman, an old friend and client of Bill Schaub.

"Penny Hallman owned a horse that I rode in the Pre-Green Hunters named Light Of My Life," Schaub recalled. "She ended up sending her mare to Richard Taylor and bred her to the top pony stud Farnley Belshazzar. Lifeline is her second foal, and we got him just five weeks ago."

He added, "This is really exciting to win with Lifeline. This is Penny's pony, and it's a neat story that came full circle. It's a great example of top quality pony breeding in the United States."

Casady picked up another championship on Triscuit, owned by Bill Schaub, in the Medium Green Pony Hunters. They also finished first and fifth in the Medium Pony division and were third in the Medium Pony Hunter Classic.

Ashley Whitner and Larkspur continued their success in the Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunters. They won every class in the division for the championship and finished third in the Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic.

Ashley LeCroy piloted Halo for owner Ashley Whitner to victory in the Medium Pony Hunter Classic. They got first, third, and fifth place ribbons in the Medium Pony Hunter division. LeCroy also rode Cosmopolitan Girl to fourth place in the Medium Pony Hunter Classic.

Parker Wright took over the duties for Cosmopolitan Girl in the model class for first place and third place in the under saddle. With Tango Shoes, Wright won a Small Pony Hunter class.

Alexandra Ware and Polar Express finished with three second places in the Children's Pony Hunters. They were second in the Marshall and Sterling Children's Hunter Classic.

Roberta Previ and Salute were winners in the Adult Equitation over fences.

At the Gulf Coast Premier I Horse Show, Lee Cesery of Jacksonville, FL, had great success with the help of trainer Russell Frey. She and What D'Ya Know, a USEF Horse of the Year award winner, were champions this week in the Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunters. They were second under saddle and first, third, third, and fourth over fences. What D'Ya Know was victorious in the NHJL Amateur Hunter Classic. Cesery also placed first under saddle with her horse Cachet and was second, second, sixth, and sixth over fences with the talented mare. Cachet was fourth in the classic.

Over the Hill Farm and Bill Schaub will compete next at the second week of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit on Feb. 20-24, 2008.

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

Photo Credit: Lifeline and Shawn Casady, Large Pony Hunter champions at the first week of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Photo (C) 2008 Lili Weik. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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