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Canadians Sweep 1-2-3 At First HITS Ocala Grand Prix Of The Season

Ocala, FL (February 7, 2003)—Two Olympic veterans and a rising star made the Canadian presence felt at the $25,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix. World-class show jumper, Mario Deslauriers of Bromont, Quebec, paired with Kathleen to lead the Canadian charge into the winner's circle. Jonathon Millar of Perth, Ontario, fought for a close second on Karat, while managing to relegate his father, seven-time Olympic veteran, Ian Millar, to third place on his mount Promise Me.

The $25,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix marked the first of ten Grand Prix events to be held each Thursday and Sunday over the next five weeks at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. With over $1,000,000 in prize money to be awarded, the circuit attracts many of the world's top show jumpers. "Over the past twelve years, the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit has received strong support from the Canadian contingent," said Tom Struzzieri, owner and president of HITS. "We are pleased to see them here today to jump-start the circuit with such a fine display of horsemanship."

Of the 32 starters, five horse/rider combinations advanced to the jump-off by successfully clearing the 13-obstacle course designed by William "Buddy" Brown. Ian Silitch on Cable was the first to ride in the six-fence jump-off, dropping an unlucky rail and posting a fast time of 44.10 seconds. Ian Millar and Promise Me left all the fences up and clocked in at 46.45 seconds. Derek Petersen and Promised Land posted the fastest time of 43.93 seconds but paid for it with eight faults. Mario Deslauriers was next up with Kathleen and the pair sailed through the course in the winning time of 46.26 seconds. Jonathon Millar saw what he had to beat and he and Karat gave it all, losing to Deslauriers by a split, but managing to top his father for second place.

The second Grand Prix event of the week will take place on Sunday, February 9th at 2 PM. Spectators will enjoy world-class show jumping competition as riders compete for top honors in the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix.

$25,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix - Thursday, February 6, 2003
HITS Ocala Winter Circuit I - Ocala, FL
William Buddy Brown, Wellington, FL: Course Designer

Place Horse Rider Owner Prize Money Rd1 Faults Rd 2 Faults JO Time

1st Kathleen Mario Deslauriers Silver Oak Stables $7,500 0 0 46.26
2nd Karat Jonathon Millar Mr. & Mrs. Don Stewart Jr. $5,500 0 0 46.34
3rd Promise Me Ian Millar Ian Millar / Millar Brooke Farm Agent $3,250 0 0 46.45
4th Cable Ian Silitch Ian / Jacquelyn Silitch $2,000 0 4 44.10
5th Promised Land Derek Petersen Derek / Anita Peterson $1,500 0 8 43.93
6th Grace Tracy Fenney Hidden Lakes Farm $1,250 2
7th Toyz R Us Jill Henselwood Juniper Farms Ltd. $1,000 4
8th Naboo Tracey Fenney Tracey Fenney $750 4
9th Coralecho Aaron Vale Petersen / Register $750 4
10th Allison Callan Solem Quiet Winter Farm $500 4
11th Jappaloe Kim Burnette Kimberden Farm $500 4
12th Quelle Damme Van De Heffinck Rory Hovell Rory Hovell $500


$50,000 EMO Grand Prix
Sunday, February 9

$25,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix
Thursday, February 13

$50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix
Sunday, February 16

$25,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix
Thursday, February 20

$50,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix
Sunday, February 23

$25,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix
Thursday, February 27

$50,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix
Sunday, March 2

$25,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix
Thursday, March 6

$100,000 King Shavings Grand Prix
Sunday, March 9




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