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Tracy Magness and Tarco Van Ter Moude win the $30,000 EMO Grand Prix

CULPEPER, VA (April 21, 2009)— The opening week of the 2009 series of horse shows at HITS Culpeper kicked off last Wednesday with five days of hunter/jumper competition. Tracy Magness, one of the super stars this winter in HITS Ocala, was back to her winning ways riding Mr. and Mrs. John Bartko's Tarco Van Ter Moude to the blue in the $30,000 EMO Grand Prix on Sunday to conclude the Commonwealth National at Commonwealth Park in Culpeper, Virginia.

Magness and Tarco Van Ter Moude, who won four Grand Prix classes at the 2009 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, started their spring on the right foot when they got the best of 19 pairs that challenged Canadian course designer Danny Foster's first-round course and the additional nine that advanced to the jump-off en route to collecting $9,000 in first-place prize money.

New Jersey's Callan Solem kicked off the jump-off with the Torlando Group's VDL Torlando. They set the Great American Time to Beat at 41.946. The pair would eventually end the class in second place.

Next to show in Foster's eight-obstacle jump-off round was Robin Sweely and Acorn Hill Farm's Carlow Clover. They jumped clean and stopped the clock in 44.505 to finish the class in fifth place. Third to show in the jump-off was Mary Lisa Nicholson-Leffler and Rolling Acres Farm's Gerona 92. They would lay down a third consecutive clean round and stop the clock in 44.223 to finish in fourth place.

Patty Stovel and her Grand Prix horse Shandor 41 showed fourth in the class and dropped an unlucky rail midway through the round to finish in seventh place. Robin Sweely returned for her second trip of the jump-off, this time it was aboard Acorn Hill Farm's Corolato. A rail down and six time faults landed them in ninth place.

Sixth to go in the jump-off round was Sulu Rose-Reed and The Galloping Field's Leondor. They jumped clear and stopped the clock in 42.624 and eventually finished the day in third place.

Seventh to go in the jump-off was Magness and Tarco Van Ter Moude. The Baltimore native made the dash for the cash stopping the clock in 41.632 to eventually win the class. Magness and her trusty Grand Prix mount also won Friday's $15,000 Brook Ledge Open Jumper Prix to cap off an impressive week of show jumping at HITS Culpeper.

"My horse seems to be picking up right where he left off," said Magness. "We were able to win both of the big classes this week and I hope it's a sign of things to come for me here in Culpeper and in New York (HITS Saugerties) this spring and summer."

"I thought Danny (Foster) set a great course. It was a difficult course but it was fair. It wasn't too scopey or too technical. He had nine horses jump clear in the first round and I think that was perfect. It made for an exciting jump-off and I am thrilled that we were able to come out on top."

Eighth to compete in the jump-off was Cathy Inch and Katrina Routsalo's Pablo. The pair looked as if they would come home clean but had a rail down at the final jump to land in eighth place.

Solem returned to the jump-off with her second ride of the round. This time she sat in the enviable last-to-go spot aboard the Amelia Group's Amelia. They jumped clean but were well off of the pace finishing in 52.230 to end the class in sixth place. Solem was also tenth aboard Quiet Winter Farm/Redfield Farm's Mianta to end the class with three horses in the money.

With the win, Magness earned some valuable points in the USGPL Standings. The top 30 horse/rider combinations in the USGPL Standings will be invited to compete in the $100,000 USGPL Invitational Grand Prix that will be held during the USGPL Finals at HITS Culpeper this fall.

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: Tracy Magness and Tarco Van Ter Moude win the $30,000 EMO Grand Prix at HITS Culpeper.


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