MANUEL TORRES AND CHAMBACUNERO WIN $50,000 FOOTINGS UNLTD
GRAND PRIX AT HITS OCALA MASTERS

OCALA, FL (February 28, 2005) --

Colombia's Manuel Torres rode Chambacunero, owned by Ana Maria De Cadena, to the win in the $50,000 Footings Unlimited Grand Prix during week III of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. The four-time Olympian was the only rider to post a double-clear over the course set by Michel Vaillancourt of Ontario.

"The course was very technical, and a little bigger than I expected considering the weather, but the new footing here is amazing and my horse was very comfortable."

Manuel Torres and Chambacunero -
Winners of the $50,000 Footings Untld Grand Prix
©Lili Weik Photography

Chambacunero is a young horse, an 8-year-old Dutch stallion. "His first Grand Prix was in Raleigh last November and we placed second. This competition is my first win with him." Torres has been named to Colombia's Equestrian Team and intends to ride Chambacunero in the World Championships next year in Germany.

With Aaron Vale and Harold Chopping joining him in the jump-off, Manuel Torres was facing some stiff competition. Vale was the first to attempt the seven-obstacle short course aboard Arriscraft Soliel. A proven mount for Vale, Arriscraft Soliel, was the winner of the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix in week I. Going first, Vale's only option was fast or faster. Arriscraft Soliel delivered the speed, stopping the timers in 40.41 seconds, but an unlucky rail left them with four faults. Vale finished with the fastest time of the competition by almost 4 seconds.

Manuel Torres was up next, and he guided Chambacunero clear in a careful time of 46.81 seconds. "I was sitting on a very new horse and I knew my only possibility was to go clear. Chambacunero wasn't fast enough or experienced enough, going clear was our best bet."

Harold Chopping and Rabaila, winners of Thursday's $25,000 HITS Grand Prix, pulled a rail at the second obstacle and it was all over. Torres claimed the win, Vale took second place, and Harold Chopping finished in third.


©Lili Weik Photography

Other major award winners at HITS Ocala Masters included:

HBO Junior Medal Elizabeth Schaper, Guilford, CT
Charles Owen Children's Medal Winner Emily Gardner, Tallahassee, FL
Charles Owen Adult Medal Winner Hannah Stonefield, New York, NY
Farnam Adult Hunter Division (section A) Joe Black ridden by Ann Garnett
Farnam Adult Hunter Division (section B) Pollock ridden by Laura Van Den Berg, Winter Park, FL
Adequan® Open Hunter Division Wellington ridden by Corey Golden, Perkasie, PA
$5,000 Platinum Performance Junior / Amateur-Owner Jumper Low Classic
Sean Finn of Ireland riding his own Kylemore Kid
$10,000 U-Dump Junior / Amateur-Owner Jumper High Classics, Weeks I through IV - Sven Frei, Arva, Ontario, Canada riding Quebec

The next Grand Prix event of the circuit will take place on Thursday, March 3rd at 1pm. Spectators will enjoy world-class show jumping competition as riders compete for top honors in the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix. The $50,000 HITS Grand Prix will finish out the week on Sunday, March 6th at 1pm.

Placing

Horse

Rider

Owner

Prize Money
Rd 1 Faults
JO Faults
JO Time

1

CHAMBACUNERO

MANUEL TORRES

ANA MARIA DE CADENA

$15,000

0
0
46.81

2

ARRISCRAFT SOLIEL

AARON VALE

ANGELSTONE FARM

$11,000
0
4
40.41

3

RABAILA

HAROLD CHOPPING

SILVER OAK STABLES

$6,500
0
4
44.21

4

DITTO

ELIZABETH SANDEN

ELIZABETH SANDEN

$4,000
4

5

RATINA

AARON VALE

TOWN CREEK INVESTMENT

$3,000
4

6

ARTUR

AARON VALE

MILLSTREAM / PETERSON / REGISTER

$2,500
4

7

GERONA 92

MARY LISA LEFFLER

ROLLING ACRES FARM INC

$2,000
4

8

FREESTYLE

ELLIOTT STONE

MICHAEL STONE

$1,500
4

9

LORO PIANA GORGIOS

ERIN MCCABE

GEM STABLES INC

$1,500
4

10

SEA CLOUD

AARON VALE

ANDREA C KING

$1,000
4

11

SHAKIRA DO JACARE

SERGIO CAMPOS

SERGIO CAMPOS

$1,000
8

12

ILIAN DE TAUTE

CHRIS SORENSON

RUTH ARMSTRONG

$1,000
8

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY REMAINING 2005 SHOW DATES ARE:
Ocala Tournament IV March 2-6
Ocala Winter Finals V - March 9-13

FEATURED EVENTS:
$10,000 U-Dump Junior / Amateur-Owner Jumper High Classics, Weeks I through IV
$25,000 HITS Grand Prix - Thursday, March 3 at 1:00pm
$50,000 HITS Grand Prix - Sunday, March 6 at 1:00pm
$25,000 Marshall & Sterling Junior / Amateur-Owner Jumper High Classic - Sunday, March 13 at 10:00am
$25,000 Marshall & Sterling Child / Adult Jumper Classic Sunday, March 13 at 12:00 noon
$25,000 HITS Grand Prix - Thursday, March 10 at 1:00pm
$100,000 Grand Prix of Ocala presented by Great American Insurance - Sunday, March 13 at 2:00pm

SPECIAL EVENTS:
Kids Day - Sunday, February 27
Grand Finale - Sunday, March 13
Champions of the Week Presentations are held on Sundays prior to the 1:00pm Grand Prix. Circuit Champions are presented week V.

POST TIME TRAINING FARM - 13710 U.S. Hwy 27; Ocala, Florida 34482; Tel: 352-620-2275. Website: www.HitsShows.com

 

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