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Tracy Fenney And Grace Make It Two In A Rows By Winning The $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix

Ocala, FL (February 18, 2003)—Tracy Fenney of Flower Mount, TX, and her mount Grace, a thoroughbred mare owned by Hidden Lakes Farm, made it two in a row by winning Sunday's $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Fenney and Grace also won the prior week's $50,000 Grand Prix—a remarkable achievement for the pair, considering that the mare has just returned to competition after over a year's absence from the ring due to an injury. Grace has certainly proved that she is back on form and Tracy Fenney is enjoying every moment of it.

Twenty-one horse/rider combinations took to the field in the $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix. Course designer, Javier Fernandez, set a challenging 14-obstacle course that whittled the entries down to just four contenders.

Canadian Olympic veteran Mario Deslauriers and his mount Kathleen were the first to enter the ring for the jump-off. Deslauriers and Kathleen won the $25,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix on February 6th, and were strong contenders for top honors in this competition. The pair had an unlucky rail at the third fence and established the Great American Insurance Group Time to Beat of 45.33 seconds. Next to attempt the 8-obstacle jump-off course, was Aaron Vale on Wanderlust. Vale got caught at the double and accumulated four faults in a time of 46.16 seconds. Tricia O'Connor and Furistos Treasure followed up with eight faults in a time of 45.17. Tracy Fenney saw that a clear round would secure her win, and enjoyed the added comfort of knowing that time was not a factor. Fenney and Grace took to the ring and completed a safe clear round in a time of 51.41 seconds, well within the 56 seconds allowed. Fenney's mount, Grace, has proved that she is back on top form and is the one to watch at the 2003 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit.

Other major award winners at HITS Ocala Winter Circuit II included:

Bayer Legend Leading Hunter Rider - Winn Alden
Bayer Legend Leading Jumper Rider - Aaron Vale, Aiken, SC
HBO Junior Medal Winner - Courtney Anne McKay, Ocala, FL
Charles Owen Children's Medal Winner - Ayla Osgood, East Fairfield, VT
Charles Owen Adult Medal Winner - Lily Desousa, Randolph Ctr, VT

The next Grand Prix event at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit will take place on Thursday, February 20th at 2 PM. Spectators will enjoy world-class show jumping as riders compete for top honors in the $25,000 Peterson & Smith Grand Prix.

$50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix - Sunday, February 16, 2003
HITS Ocala Winter Circuit II - Ocala, FL
Javier Fernandez, Mexico: Course Designer

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

1st Grace Tracey Fenney Hidden Lakes Farm $15,000 0 0 51.41
2nd Kathleen Mario Deslauriers Silver Oak Stables $11,000 0 4 45.33
3rd Wanderlust Aaron Vale Mr. & Mrs. James Van Camp $6,500 0 4 46.16
4th Furistos Treasure Tricia OConnor Cloverlea Farm Inc. $4,000 0 8 45.17
5th Libera Kevin Babington 3803 Souilmi $3,000 4
6th Nicos Ian Millar Todd/Nancy Snell $2,500 4
7th Carling King Kevin Babington Saly Glassman / Kindle Hill $2,000 4
8th Arriscraft Rocca Keean White Randy / Keean White $1,500 4
9th Polyfax Hugh Graham King Ridge Stables $1,500 4
10th Allison Callan Solem Quiet Winter Farm / BJ Maghan $1,000 4
11th Coralecho Aaron Vale Millstream / Peterson / Register $1,000 4
12th Kingston Andre Thieme Redfield Farm LLC $1,000 4
13th S&L Willie Tracy Fenney Tracy Fenney $1,000 4


$25,000 Peterson & Smith Grand Prix
Thursday, February 20 2:00pm

$50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix
Sunday, February 23 2:00pm

$25,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix
Thursday, February 27 2:00pm

$50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix
Sunday, March 2 2:00pm

$25,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix
Thursday, March 6 2:00pm

$100,000 Volvo Grand Prix
Sunday, March 9 2:00pm



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