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 3rd Place: Daniel Geitner & TROPICS 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 3rd Place: Moreno & CASCAVEL 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 Enews
At the end of the month, The Disco Biscuits will return to Colorado for their annual Bisco Inferno run. The Biscuits will perform three nights at Denver’s Ogden Theatre from May 24th to 26th ahead of the jamtronica juggernaut’s headlining performance at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sunday, May 27th, with support from Spafford and Organ Freeman.With many fans flocking from Denver to Morrison, Colorado, for the Red Rocks show, inevitably a number of charter buses will be running up and back from the city to the show. One bus program, The Bakked Biscuit Inferno Bus Party, has a special package lined up for riders, which will also benefit a good cause. Ahead of the show and while waiting for the buses to leave, Mile High Spirits will host a special bus party featuring the funk-rock group Tula and DJ Hug, in addition to a number of special guests.At a cost of $25 dollars, the price to ride up on the buses is already competitive, and most of those rides don’t include a full-blown pre-party to enjoy. However, to sweeten the pot, 100% of the proceeds from the buses, which will be run by Bus To Show, will be donated to Mile High Scenesters, a non-profit that provides local youth musicians with real-world exposure, stage and studio time, equipment, and mentorship. Furthermore, title sponsors of the event, Bakked and O.penvape, will donate $5 to the organization for each person who attends the pre-party, with the pre-party open to non-riders for a suggested donation of $5.As Brian Duggan, manager for Tula, explained in an email,The charity we are benefiting, The Mile High Scenesters, is something that hits home for me. Growing up in poverty, I did not have access to instruments or music lessons, as they were far too expensive for my family. If a charity like this had existed when I was a kid, perhaps I would have learned to play music at a younger age and grown into twice the player I am today. That being said, I don’t want to let any talented young kids grow up without access to music. The Mile High Scenesters do exactly that—raise money for instruments and volunteer time to teach kids music! It is a wonderful charity.To purchase tickets to the Bakked Biscuit Inferno Buses and Pre-Party, head here and select the option that reads “MILE HIGH SPIRITS – Tula Preparty.” For more information about the buses and pre-party, follow the event on Facebook here. Tickets for the Bisco Inferno run—with three nights at the Ogden Theatre and a Red Rocks Amphitheatre performance with Spafford and Organ Freeman—are currently on-sale and can be purchased here.
Going green can do more than preserve the environment, says a University of Georgia financial expert. It can save you a lot of money, too.“Making a few changes in what you buy and how you use energy and water can add up to substantial savings,” said Joan Koonce, a financial expert with UGA Cooperative Extension. The savings can top $9,000 a year. If that money is then invested at a 12-percent interest return over 25 years, it could theoretically be turned into a million dollars, she said.According to the book “Go Green, Live Rich” by David Bach, a few common areas where you can save by adopting greener habits include:TransportationDriving a small, fuel-efficient or bio-diesel car can save $800 a year. You can save almost as much by keeping a vehicle properly maintained. Living without a car can save $8,500 a year and making one less trip a week can save $215 annually. HomeAdding insulation and repairing leaks can save $500 a year. Changing a thermostat a few degrees can add $114 in savings a year. Unplug appliances and save $94. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or take shorter showers to save $72. Replace old appliances with Energy Star ones to save $50 per appliance. Planted trees and shrubs around the house can save $177 a year on heating and cooling costs. ShoppingBuy in bulk at the store and save $800 a year, or eat less meat to save $312. If you make your own cleaning products, you could save $580 annually. Purchasing one less bottled water a day can add up to $500 in savings in a year. Another way to save is to grow your own produce. Packing lunch instead of eating out can save $2,250 a year.InvestingOnce you save some “green” money, consider investing it in a green company. Green investing is investing in socially responsible or socially conscious companies that try to improve, or not damage, the environment through their operations, Koonce said. Do your homework before investing, whether it is in a green company, a mutual fund or exchange-traded fund. And don’t invest your entire portfolio in just one area. Diversification is still important.“Not everyone can make all of these lifestyles changes, but we can all make a few changes and save some money and the environment,” Koonce said. A list of socially responsible investments can be found at www.socialfunds.com.
33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John San Filippo John is the co-founder of OmniChannel Communications, Inc., a company that specializes in B2B marketing to community financial institutions. He started out in the savings and loan industry, but wisely … Web: www.omnichannelcommunications.com Details The circumstances of my life are in flux at the moment, so this seemed just as good a time as any to try my luck with another credit union. I tried moving from Giganto Bank to one of the big, local CUs in 2016 and it was a cluster. I came crawling back to Giganto in just a few months.How did I choose my new credit union this time? They can thank Dick’s Last Resort for my business. Several years ago, Dick’s gave me a carved-out coconut head coin bank and ever since, I toss all my spare change in the coconut head. When it gets full, I cash in what usually amounts to about $130 in various coins. The only thing is, I’ve grown weary of giving Coinstar an 11% cut just to do the counting. So of course, I went to the local CU that has coin counters in its lobbies.Kudos to this CU for streamlining the onboarding process. In my life, opening a checking account has been akin to buying a car – lots of paperwork and lots of misery and lots of time. However, I was in and out of my new CU in about 20 minutes. I found that amazing.During my enrollment, I mentioned to the gentleman who was helping me that one of my issues with my former CU was their archaic policies around mobile deposit. He never indicated to me that mobile deposit might be an issue at my new CU, too. Yet, the next day when I attempted to make an actual mobile deposit, the mobile app told me that it needed to verify my eligibility for mobile deposit. Then it told me that, nope, I’m not eligible.Not eligible? Moi? WTF?I immediately called the toll-free number and was informed that one is only granted the privilege of mobile deposit after 90 days. That may have been an appropriate policy in 2004, but today that’s just ridiculous. I suspect that the amount of check fraud prevented by this policy is pretty close to zero.This CU did earn back a little respect, though, albeit temporarily. The gentleman on the phone called the manager at my new branch and she agreed to waive this requirement as soon as she got done helping another member. That was pretty awesome – except that five days later, I seriously doubt that she’s still helping that other member.Separately, someone recently gave me a $10,000 handwritten check to repay some money I had loaned them. Even I’m smart enough to know my new credit union is gonna put some sort of hold on that one. So I went to the other person’s bank to cash the check. Although they were very accommodating, it was a small branch and they didn’t really want to part with that much cash. I said, no problem, a cashier’s check will work just fine. Or so I thought.When I got to my credit union branch, I was told that because I was a new member, there would be a two-day hold on my cashier’s check. I objected and the branch manager (who may have been the one who was supposed to release my mobile deposit hold) agreed to release half if the teller could call the other bank and make sure my cashier’s check was legit.Think about that for a minute. Certified funds, verified with the issuing bank, and I get access to half? What kind of BS is that?My advice to all credit unions: If you really want new members, STOP TREATING THEM LIKE CRIMINALS!
Thousands of fanatic Black Stars supporters on Wednesday swarmed the Baba Yara Sports stadium to purchase advance tickets for the crucial World Cup qualifier between Ghana and Zambia scheduled for Friday.The meandering queue formed in parts of the entry points at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium could easily have swayed people into believing that Wednesday was actually the World Cup battle day for the Stars.Some of the patrons who were shoved and pushed around in a desperate fight for the tickets told Myjoyonline.com they will not wait on match day before getting the tickets.Even though the match is to be played on an unfamiliar day-Friday- the stadium is expected to be filled to capacity, given the haste with which people were buying the tickets.The fans did not also miss the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Stars in their last training session before the epic clash against Zambia.Meanwhile, the Zambian’s are yet to arrive in the country less than 48 hours to go for the match.