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

Boxers prepare for 85th Bengal Bouts

first_imgWei Lin | The Observer Andy Faustone (right) fights Jeffrey Wang in a round during last year’s Bengal Bouts. The Boutsbenefit Holy Cross missions in Bangladesh.Sunday marks the start of preliminary rounds for the 85th Bengal Bouts tournament, held annually in the Joyce Center Field House.For all participants, the long-running boxing tournament is an opportunity to raise money for Holy Cross missions in Bangladesh. For others, the fight goes farther.Bengal Bouts captain Pete McGinley said the tournament, which is broadcast on ESPN3 for the final round, “combines elements of sport and service to create a really unique experience.”“Like Dominic ‘Nappy’ Napolitano [who organized the first tournament] once said, the beautiful part of Bengal Bouts is that while there are some students who join simply for the boxing, most of the boxers are there because they know that they are doing something good for someone else,” McGinley said.McGinley said he has seen marked improvement in how connected the boxers feel with the people they are aiding.“This year we started having ‘Mission Mondays’, which would typically feature one of our boxers who has gone to Bangladesh either telling stories from his experience or just emphasizing the importance of the missions,” McGinley said.McGlinley said a crucial part of Bengal Bouts’ relationship with the Holy Cross missions is the International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP), which sends boxers to Bangladesh every year. Freshman Chris Dethlefs, who will live in Bangladesh this summer, said he hopes his experiences abroad will make him even more committed to the club’s mission.“Participating in the ISSLP will give me the chance to dedicate myself more fully to the real purpose of Bengal Bouts, which is a fight for the poor and marginalized in Bangladesh,” he said.Dethlefs said he appreciates both the service aspect and the physical challenge of the tournament.“After a grueling workout and seeing how hard each individual was working, I could see that I was going to love the challenges the club presented,” Dethlefs said.For junior Chris Bertini, the fight is personal. He said he was unable to compete his sophomore year because he was recovering from cancer, but he worked to regain strength for the 2015 tournament.“I was in terrible shape from my chemotherapy treatment four months prior, so I worked out on my own to get my fitness back,” he said.Bertini said the tournament is a way to show he has improved.“Bengal Bouts is my chance to prove to myself that I am capable of anything,” Bertini said.In addition to its service component, McGlinley said the tournament is a chance to connect with fellow students across grades – boxers commonly hear about the club from older friends, and some even knew of the tournament while still in high school.“That’s one of my favorite parts of Bengal Bouts, the way that it allows older guys to connect with underclassmen, especially freshmen, and get them involved with a great team early on in the fall semester,” McGinley said.Bertini said he hopes everyone attempts a challenge on par with boxing at least once in his or her life.“You don’t know how strong you really are until you challenge yourself,” Bertini said. “Whether it be Bengal Bouts, running a marathon, a grueling academic schedule or beating cancer.”Tickets for Bengal Bouts can be purchased through the tournament’s website. Student tickets cost $5, and a four-round season pass costs $20.Tags: Bengal Bouts, Chris Bertini, Chris Dethlefs, Pete McGinleylast_img read more

Smacking law has criminalised parents – top lawyer

first_imgNZ Herald 17 November 2014Leading public lawyer Mai Chen says New Zealand’s 2007 changes to smacking law have criminalised “good parents”.A legal opinion signed by Ms Chen for the lobby group Family First says case law since Section 59 of the Crimes Act was changed have confirmed that is now illegal for parents to use force against a child for the purpose of correction, even if the force is “reasonable”.“Therefore, in our opinion, statements made by politicians to the effect that the new Section 59 does not criminalise ‘good parents’ for lightly smacking their children are inconsistent with the legal effect of Section 59 and the application of that section in practice,” the opinion says.Ms Chen and her firm Chen Palmer declined to comment on the opinion, but Family First director Bob McCoskrie said the law should be changed again, in line with the Australian state of Victoria, to clarify that “light smacking” should be allowed as long as it did not involve either the use of implements or hitting a child’s head or neck.“We are calling for the decriminalisation of light smacking. Eighty-eight per cent of New Zealanders called for that in a referendum [in 2009],” he said.Police reviews show that police investigated 143 alleged cases of “smacking” and 435 allegations of minor acts of physical discipline, such as slapping and hitting children, in the first five years of the new law up to June 2012.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11359923last_img read more