Vanessa Mannix Takes $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Ocala

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. That’s a wrap for the HITS Ocala Winter Celebration (IX), featuring world-class hunter and jumper competition. Riders are certainly on their A-game as we near the end of the Circuit. This week featured the $200,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix, where many of the top riders in the sport prepared their horses for next week’s Great American $1 Million Grand Prix. Along with featured competition, riders worked diligently to earn their final points toward the Tack Shack of Ocala 2nd-Half Circuit and Pyranha Overall Circuit Awards, which will be presented prior to next week’s Great American Million.Taking home the first blue ribbon in featured jumper competition was David Jennings in Wednesday’s $5,000 Open Welcome. Jennings was first in the order aboard CANNTINUE, for Juniper Farms, and his time of 36.969 could not be caught.2nd Place: Cassandra Kahle & HH MESSENGER [38.465]3rd Place: Diego Perez Bilbao & MEADOW VALE CRUISE [39.134]Conor Swail claimed top honors in the $10,000 HITS Open Prix aboard KOSS VAN HEISTE, for Dalco Ltd, in a time of 37.524.2nd Place: Dorothy Douglas & MTM THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS [38.733]3rd Place: Tracy Fenney & MTM DOLCE VITA [39.143]Friday began with the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix in the Grand Prix Stadium where Vanessa Mannix was welcomed to the Winner’s Circle aboard her own CATINKA 25 to accept the blue ribbon. Mannix was last to jump-off and bested the field with her time of 39.501.2nd Place: Hunter Holloway & PEPITA CON SPITA [40.704]3rd Place: Swail & VITAL CHANCE DE LA ROQUE [41.532]Fenney moved up in the standings to take the win in the $15,000 HITS 1.40m Classic on Saturday aboard MTM LOCADEUR for MTM Farm. Being early in the order and the first rider to make it to the jump-off can be tricky as you set the pace, but nobody could beat Fenney’s time of 40.655.2nd Place: Perez Bilbao & ALTER EGO [44.533]3rd Place: Ashley Foster & STARDUST [45.174]Jumper Classic Winners$1,000 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic – Low: Kristina Gallo & CANTURINIO$1,500 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic – Medium: Aiva Gamelin & SANITA PJ$2,000 M&S Child Jumper Classic – High: Sophia Ayers & FOR FASHION$2,000 M&S Adult Jumper Classic – High: Gabriella Fournier & CASADORA 4$2,500 Pyranha NAL Jr/A-O/Am 1.25m Jumper Classic: Madison Kondracki & SHUTTERFLY$5,000 Jr/A-O/Am 1.35m Jumper Classic: Audrey Muscari & CINGSLEY 2$7,500 U-Dump Jr/A-O/Am 1.45m Jumper Classic: Hayley Waters & VITEL SOURDINA field of 46 riders were welcomed to the Grand Prix Stadium on Sunday afternoon for the $200,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix. Just eight riders would jump a clean first round over the course designed by Ms. Catalina “Catsy” Cruz of Mexico City, Mexico. The jump-off consisted of past Million Winners, Grand Prix Veterans, and riders that are no stranger to the Winner’s Circle at HITS Ocala. There was no doubt that it was going to be a competitive jump-off with each rider locked-in on the top prize.Capping off the Ocala Winter Celebration (IX) with her fourth Grand Prix win of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit was Fenney, jumping clean in the first round aboard her two mounts with a good shot at taking home the win.First to return in jump-off was Andre Thieme and CRAZY GIRL, posting a fault-free a time of 41.930 and setting the pace for the class. Following Thieme, was Fenney and her first mount in the jump-off, MTM REVE DU PARADIS. An unfortunate rail at the first fence would ultimately place them fifth. “Following Andre [Theime], I had an idea of what the time would be like,” said Fenney. “Aaron [Vale] has been super on fire and I knew that he has won a lot with that horse [ELUSIVE] so I knew with him behind me and Jordan [Coyle] also having two after me, that I needed to be pretty quick.”Fenney had one more shot at the win as she was fourth to return aboard MTM APPLE, owned by MTM Farm. She knew that she would need to be quick and accurate as Vale and Coyle, both known for their incredible speed, were standing by to jump-off. The pair navigated the jump-off in 36.645 and held onto the lead until the very end. “I don’t know that I’ve won a $200,000, so that’s pretty impressive,” exclaimed Fenney, beaming with joy. “She [MTM APPLE] was great and I am so excited! Aaron [Vale] was within a whisper of me so it could have gone either way today.”Second place was awarded to Aaron Vale and ELUSIVE, who were also the winners of this class in 2020. They came up just a hair short, posting a time of 39.714 in the jump-off. Rounding out the top three in the class was Thieme and CRAZY GIRL with the only other fault-free jump-off.Cassandra Kahle and Maxlight won the $10,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix. (ESI Photography)Hunters competed for the top prize on Saturday in the $10,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix and $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix in the Main Hunter Ring. Kicking off the day with a win was Kahle for her ride aboard MAXLIGHT for Redfield Farm in the $10,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix. Kahle was awarded the highest score in each round, 88 and 87, for a total of 175 and the blue ribbon.2nd Place: Vale & JAGERBOMB [169]3rd Place: Daniel Geitner & TROPICS [167]Saturday afternoon came to a close with Elle Moreno taking the win in the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix aboard HASHTAG for Stacy Lane-Sanderson. Moreno was awarded an 87 in each round to finish with a cumulative score of 174.2nd Place: Emma Covarrubias & ENDLESS JOY [167]3rd Place: Moreno & CASCAVEL [163]Hunter Classic Winners$1,000 USHJA Green Hunter Incentive: Hunt Tosh & CITATION$1,000 A-O Hunter Classic – 3’6″: Darby Toben & GIOVANNIE$1,000 Eastern Hay A-O Hunter Classic – 3’3″: Jenney Aselage & LOON LAKE$1,000 Antares Junior Hunter Classic – 3’6″: Maddie Tosh & CAMEO$1,000 Junior Hunter Classic – 3’3″: Lillian Geitner & BANKS MILL$1,000 Perfect Products Pony Hunter Classic: M. Tosh & STORYTELLER$500 M&S/NAL/WIHS SmartPak Adult Hunter Classic: Samantha Perreault & HEARTCORE$500 M&S/NAL/WIHS Child Hunter Classic: Kate Egan & ZORVINO$500 M&S/NAL/WIHS Child Hunter Classic – Pony: Lyla Tuttle & OTTERIDGE GUNSMOKEM&S Bit O’ Straw Hunter Classic: Chloe Stix & FABIANClick here for the full listing of results from the HITS Ocala Winter Celebration.The final week of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit kicks-off this Wednesday for the HITS Ocala Championship which features USEF-Rated Premier/6* competition through March 28. Tags: Vanessa Mannix, HITS Ocala, show jumping, Cassandra Kahle, hunters, Catinka 25, HITS Ocala Grand Prix, Maxlight, Email* More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. SIGN UP Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more

Thumbs Up! Tony Hosts Kristin Chenoweth & Alan Cumming Are Wonderfully Wacky

first_img Star Files Kristin Chenoweth View Commentscenter_img Now that the 2015 Tony Awards are over, can we take a second to talk about how ridiculously entertaining Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming were? Hosting Broadway’s biggest night is no walk in the park (please, you try keeping an entire theater full of show people amused and on schedule) but Cheno and Cumming pulled it off with fabulous flying colors. The co-hosts kicked off the Tony Awards with a laugh-a-minute medley of quirky quips and sassy songs that showed off their show-stopping talents and frisky chemistry. Cumming performed “Willkommen” from Cabaret, joking that it would be the last time he ever performs the song, or as Chenoweth put it: “Until a revival paycheck comes along.” Speaking of that cheeky Cheno, she spent the evening putting the Energizer Bunny to shame with her wacky costume changes (“Eat your heart out, Kelli O’Hara!”), practically tackling Tommy Tune and blowing the roof off Radio City Music Hall with her On the Twentieth Century performance. Yes, she does, indeed, “Got It All.” Cumming and Chenoweth kept the ceremony light and fun by being their perfectly goofy selves. Whether they were both claiming to have hooked up with Bradley Cooper, confusing Fun Home with E.T.’s “phooone hooome” or joking about how Hollywood casts adaptations of popular Broadway shows, the two hostesses with the mostesses made the 69th Tony Awards three hours of delightfully devilish fun. Chenoweth and Cumming are two of showbiz’s brightest stars for a helluva lot of reasons and we had the privilege of spending the night with them while celebrating all of the things we love about Broadway.last_img read more

The Croatian government has extended the deadline for the construction of Kostabela beach in Rijeka

first_imgFurthermore, they point out that to date, HRK 14,5 million has been invested in the construction of the beach without VAT, while the total amount of investment in accordance with the Study of economic justification of investment in the beach “Kostabela” – Rijeka HRK 17.625.300,00, and that works in a high degree of completion. At the 206th session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, an amendment to the Decision on the concession of maritime domain for the purpose of construction and economic use of Kostabela beach in Rijeka and the operation of sea water for swimming pools and thermotechnical devices was adopted. RELATED NEWS: Visualization Hilton Costabella Beach Resort Spa / Photo: JTH Costabella  THE COSTABELLA RESORT IN THE RIVER BECOMES PART OF THE HILTON HOTEL CHAIN In the end, the explanation of the Government of the Republic of Croatia states that since this is a significant investment in the construction of the hotel complex and in the beach, which will significantly contribute to the tourist offer of the City of Rijeka, it is proposed to extend the deadline. Namely, the company JTH Costabella doo, which is the concession holder, requested an extension of the deadline for the completion of the construction of the beach. In its application, the Company states that on April 25, 2019, it signed a contract on branding the hotel complex and the beach with the Hilton group, which resulted in additional quality conditions and the construction of the entire resort, including the beach complex. The same resulted in changes in the already completed project documentation. The company further pointed out that according to the Construction Contract “Costabella Beach Resort”, the contractor’s obligation was to complete all works on the beach by October 15, 2019, but the contractor was unable to meet the deadline.last_img read more

Tokyo Olympics organisers blast virus rumours, say Games will go ahead

first_img Promoted Content10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Interesting Facts About GoT Star Maisie WilliamsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 African Actresses With Thick Skin Who Got Famous In Hollywood The WHO has declared the outbreak a global health emergency. Japan has warned citizens against non-essential travel to China and fast-tracked new rules including limits on entering the country as it tries to contain the spread of the virus. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday pledged that preparations for the Olympics would proceed as normal. “The coronavirus is beginning to have an impact on tourism,” he said. “But the government will continue to steadily prepare for the Games in close cooperation with the IOC (International Olympic Committee), the local organising committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.” The Japanese government has chartered three flights to repatriate 565 Japanese nationals from Wuhan, the central Chinese city hardest hit by the virus. Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike promised at the weekend to implement “thorough measures” to protect people from the virus. The health scare has led to the cancellation of Olympic qualifying events in China such as boxing and badminton. The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to run until August 9 with the Paralympics starting on August 25. Meanwhile, Spence confirmed that progress was being made to keep wheelchair basketball’s place in this summer’s Paralympics after the sport was removed from the 2024 Games programme following a row over its classification code. Read Also: Nike unveils new footwear for sprints, distance races International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) has until the end of May to bring itself in alignment with the IPC rules, or face exclusion. “For now, wheelchair basketball is in,” said Spence. “The IWBF have been cooperative and the signs are encouraging for Tokyo 2020. It’s a fantastic sport and the Paralympics are richer with it (involved), but they have to comply with the rules.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Tokyo 2020 Olympics organisers said Thursday the Games would “go ahead as planned”, slamming misinformation over the new coronavirus for triggering panic. Chief executive officer Toshiro Muto revealed that organisers have set up a task force to combat the fast-spreading disease that has killed over 560 people and infected at least 28,000 – the vast majority in mainland China – but promised that the Games would be not derailed from their July 24 start date. The coronavirus outbreak in China has sparked fear worldwide “The Olympics will go ahead as planned,” he told reporters after a project review of the Paralympics, which are scheduled to take place after the Olympics. “It is important to remain objective and cool-headed. We don’t want to alarm the public. The infection is still limited and there is no problem staging the Olympics based on the current situation.” International Paralympic Committee (IPC) spokesman Craig Spence complained that scare-mongering had created an “info-demic” that could skew public perception in the run-up to the Olympics and Paralympics. “Fear is spreading quicker than the virus,” he said. “It’s important we quell that fear. Only 191 of the total cases are outside mainland China, so let’s put things into perspective. “If you compare those rates with the common flu, they are still relatively small numbers,” added Spence. “The World Health Organization (WHO) has not declared this a pandemic. We dealt with the Zika virus in Rio and in these matters we need to rely on the experts. “We will follow the advice of the World Health Organization. Every organising committee looks into countermeasures, and we have measures in place from previous Olympics and Paralympics here in Tokyo. It is standard practice, it’s business as usual.” More than 20 countries have confirmed cases of the flu-like coronavirus. Japan has had no reported deaths so far, but 45 cases have been detected, including at least 20 people on a cruise ship carrying more than 3,700 passengers and crew quarantined off Yokohama. – Global health emergency –last_img read more

Devon’s Trevor Reynolds receives top golf award

first_img Tags: Gerald Micklem Award, Trevor Reynolds Devon’s Trevor Reynolds has been presented with England Golf’s Gerald Micklem Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to amateur golf.He was presented with the award today by England Golf’s outgoing President, John Williams, at the organisation’s annual meeting.Trevor has been closely involved with golf in the South West for over 30 years and he commented: “I feel I am representing many others who voluntarily dedicate their time to the game.“It is unexpected and flattering to be recognised in this way, because it’s a pleasure to devote time to the game you love and to contribute, in a small way, to its success and development.”Most recently Trevor has played a key role in helping to modernise the sport, with the creation of one county organisation to represent all golfers in Devon.The merger of the men’s county union and the women’s county association took up most of Trevor’s term as Devon President, which ended in March. He commented: “It gave me particular pleasure that Devon Golf became a merged body on 1 April, thanks to a dedicated and enlightened team which represented both the men’s and women’s organisations.”Trevor, a member at Saunton Golf Club on the north Devon coast, had his first taste of golf administration back in the 1980s, when he worked for the Midland Bank (now HSBC) and ran the bank’s golf society in the South West.After taking early retirement, he was soon involved with the Devon Union, often working with a former colleague, Philip Parker, who himself received the Micklem Award back in 2012. Trevor was both county treasurer and secretary before the opportunity to become secretary/manager at Saunton proved irresistible.“I had 11 amazing and fulfilling years at the club which included the centenary in 1997 and hosting a number of major amateur championships. The highlight was the British Boys’ Championship won by Sergio Garcia, then aged 17,” he remembered.Trevor returned to voluntary work in 2007 and has held a number of roles, including being secretary and President of the South West Group of England Golf. He has also been President of the Saunton Artisans Club since 2006.He joined the England Golf Tournament Panel in 2012 and is a regular volunteer at championships in the South West, where his calm good humour – and clear tones on the radio – are much valued. Trevor also represents the South West on the England Golf championship working group.Caption: Trevor Reynolds with the Gerald Micklem Award (copyright Vicki Head). 19 Apr 2018 Devon’s Trevor Reynolds receives top golf award last_img read more

Swantown Marina and Shin-Nishinomiya Yacht Harbor Forge Unique ‘Sister Marina’ Friendship

first_imgSubmitted by The Port Of OlympiaPort of Olympia’s Swantown Marina & Boatworks and Shin-Nishinomiya Yacht Harbor signed a unique “sister marina” agreement on August 18th at Swantown Marina in Olympia.The sister marina friendship marks the 50th anniversary of the “sister state” relationship between Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, and Washington State.Lt. Governor Brad Owen and Port Commissioner Bill McGregor welcomed participants, including Hyogo’s Governor Toshizo Ido and legislators, and Toshikazu Hayashi, president of Shin-Nishinomiya Yacht Harbor.Said Owen, “We have plenty of sister city agreements and sister port agreements, but this sister marina agreement is the first of its kind in Washington state, and perhaps in the nation.”“We are agreeing to exchange information on the development of our marina services and operations, and share knowledge and activities on environmental stewardship,” said McGregor. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week —Nelson Innkeepers

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the celebration by selecting the Innkeepers Team of the Week.The Innkeepers team includes, Chris Parenteau, Mike Parenteau, Mike Balance, coach/manager Kerry Dyck, Danny Santano, Blair Day, Ryan Lewis, Kevin Lewis, Cole Thompson,Kelvin Opiyo, Oriano Di Ruscio, Paul Anderson and keeper Mike Precious. The Nelson Innkeepers made back to the top of the Leo’s Men’s Open Soccer League by stopping city rival Kootenay Co-op 4-0 recently on Championship Weekend of City Soccer at Lakeside Pitch.The score — 1-0 at halftime — was a surprise to many as the Innkeepers and Kootenay Co-op played very close games throughout the roundball campaign, with the Innkeepers claiming the regular season title on the final day of the season.last_img read more

Speed skaters achieve personal bests at Western Canadian short track championships

first_imgSASKATOON, S.K. — Three speed skaters from the Fort Saint John Elks Speed Skating Club were in Saskatoon last weekend, competing at the 2017 Western Canadian short track championships.Brooke Braun, Hannah North, and Sidney Bennie were the three Elks skaters at the competition. This was North and Bennie’s first time at a CanWest Championships.All three of the Elks came home with some personal bests in every distance. Brooke Braun saw the podium in the 1500m distance and finished in 4th overall in her age group. Sidney Bennie and Hannah North both finished in 8th place overall in their respective age groups.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Strong Implementation of ERP Continues to Yield Significant Dividends – IMF

first_img The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the Government’s ongoing strong implementation of Jamaica’s Economic Reform Programme (ERP), continues to yield significant dividends. Story Highlights The Board notes that consequent on “commendable” performances under two successive Fund arrangements since May 2013, “Jamaica’s public debt is projected to fall below 100 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) for the first time since fiscal year 2000/01, to 98.7 per cent of GDP in fiscal year 2018/19”. The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the Government’s ongoing strong implementation of Jamaica’s Economic Reform Programme (ERP), continues to yield significant dividends.The Board notes that consequent on “commendable” performances under two successive Fund arrangements since May 2013, “Jamaica’s public debt is projected to fall below 100 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) for the first time since fiscal year 2000/01, to 98.7 per cent of GDP in fiscal year 2018/19”.This is outlined in an April 22 statement posted on the IMF’s website, following the Board’s completion and approval of Jamaica’s fifth review under the 36-month US$1.66-billion Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement (PSBA).It now enables the release of approximately US$223 million, which will bring the total sum available to Jamaica to US$1.4 billion, if necessary.Other notable out-turns and indicators highlighted include record low unemployment; heightened business confidence; 2018 calendar year growth of 1.8 per cent, buoyed by mining, construction and agriculture; and international reserves deemed “comfortable” under a more flexible exchange rate.“All quantitative performance criteria at [the] end [of] December 2018 were met, and the structural benchmark to table, in Parliament, amendments to the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Act, was completed in October 2018,” the statement further indicated.The Board, however, noted that the 2.4 per cent inflation rate out-turn recorded in October 2018, which triggered a staff consultation under the Monetary Policy Consultation Clause, remained unchanged in February 2019.“Further monetary easing is needed to restore inflation to the midpoint of the four to six per cent target range. The BOJ’s reduction in the reserve requirement on Jamaican dollar deposits will help make policy accommodative, but further rate cuts are likely to be needed,” the document further indicated.The Board also suggested that the BOJ continue reducing its foreign exchange footprint, including limiting sales to “disorderly” market conditions, adding that “the need for further reductions in reserve requirements should also be assessed”.Meanwhile, the IMF has emphasised the need for action by the public and private sectors to achieve higher levels of sustainable growth.The Fund says that for its part, the Government’s 2019/20 Budget “is reducing the primary surplus by 0.5 per cent of GDP to 6.5 per cent, without compromising the medium-term public debt anchor.”“The fiscal loosening supports growth and social spending by providing resources for security, infrastructure, school meals and transportation. Further, the cuts to distortionary financial taxes will help support economic activity and job creation,” the IMF statement said.As for the private sector, the Board proposes that members “capitalise on these fiscal measures to increase investments, and create opportunities for advancing financial inclusion”.Meanwhile, the Board underscores that public-sector shortcomings “should be immediately addressed”.This, the Executive Board noted, could be achieved, in part, by empowering the Integrity Commission; passing regulations to solidify a transparent and competency-based process for appointments to the Boards of public bodies; transferring funds from government commercial bank accounts to the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and closing the former; and reducing the number of public bodies.Strengthened coordination between the Financial Services Commission (FSC) and the BOJ, and increasing both institutions’ capacities have also been identified as paramount to maintaining financial-sector stability.“Risk-based supervision of financial conglomerates requires the methodical collection, sharing, and monitoring of data and lending standards. Joint work among the regulators will be required to draft legislation for the special resolution regime and to address Anti-Money Laundering-Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML-CFT) deficiencies,” the statement said.“Overhauling the public-sector compensation structure by streamlining allowances and making it performance-based, prioritising and reducing government functions and size, and upgrading public bodies’ governance are critical for fiscal sustainability,” it added.In the meantime, the IMF is emphasising the need for ongoing commitment to strengthen domestic institutions as Jamaica prepares to exit financial arrangements with the Fund later this year.The Board maintains that laying the groundwork for the Fiscal Council, amending the BOJ Act for its operational autonomy, and a disaster resilience policy framework “are steps in this direction”. This is outlined in an April 22 statement posted on the IMF’s website, following the Board’s completion and approval of Jamaica’s fifth review under the 36-month US$1.66-billion Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement (PSBA).last_img read more