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Tahoe Janet Hischer and Surrey Win $5,000 Jimmy Williams Classic at HITS Tahoe Week I

MINDEN, NEVADA (June 30, 2001)- Janet Hischer, 37, of Scottsdale, Arizona, riding Surrey, won the $5,000 Jimmy Williams Classic at HITS Tahoe in Minden, Nevada, today. Hischer bested a field of 12 horses and took home $1,500 for owners Tim and Jodi Johnson. Doug Russell of Wellington, Florida, was the Course Designer.

For Round One, Russell built a 12-jump course that included a double combination at Fence No. 6 and a triple combination at Fence No. 11. Time Allowed was set at 86 seconds. Six horses had clear rounds and qualified for the Jump-Off.

On the short course, riders were asked to re-jump Fences 1, 2, 3, 6AB, 13, and 12. Time Allowed was set at 48 seconds. The first double-clear of the class went to Carol Wright of Elk Grove, California, on All That Jazz. The pair was second to go and set the pace with their time of 41.139. Wright held the lead over the next five riders, but finished in second place, taking home $1,000 for owner Tamara Hoss. Going fifth in the Jump-Off, Julie Winkel of Yerington, Nevada, on Mr. Acobat was clean in 43.101, which was good enough for third place and $700 for owner Nicole Brown. Last to go was Janet Hischer with Surrey who had a clear round in the fastest time, 40.329 seconds, for the win.

Hischer is a professional rider and trainer who runs a stable in Scottsdale called Twisted Tree Farm. She brought 13 horses for three weeks of the HITS Tahoe circuit-three horses are hers and 10 belong to clients. She purchased Surrey in Canada from Spruce Meadows one year ago. "By all rules and regulations, she's a Preliminary One horse," said Hischer "When I bought her she was a broodmare who'd had two babies." Surrey had only been under saddle for seven months when Hischer got the ride, but her performance in the show ring has been "awesome" according to Hischer. "I took her to Spruce Meadows and did the National. She also did the Meter 37s there and was clean and got in the prizes, so I decided to bring her here. Today's class is actually a step down from what she was doing at Spruce Meadows, but it's still a lot for her. "She's pretty green." Surrey is an eight-year-old, 16.3-hand Hanoverian.

Hischer is formerly from Texas and has jumped courses designed by Doug Russell there. "Actually I lived in Austin, for one year and went to the San Antonio Horse Show where he designed the courses and I won the Grand Prix. He brings me good luck," she said. Today's Round One course was ideally suited to her mare. "It was great for Surrey because she's a big mare with a huge step. If she gets a lot of wide-open spaces, she gets to go. She's so big and long that the hardest part about her is getting her back. Today's course was made to order for her. There was only one really tight line that I had to work hard at to make sure I helped her-the last line from the combination to the oxer, Fence No. 11ABC to 12. But it was a perfect course for her."

Going last in the jump-off was to her advantage said Hischer. "I just watched one. Then I asked how many were clean and they told me two. She's so young that sometimes I don't like to run her. I challenge her a little bit the first part of the course and if she's still fine I just keep stepping on her. My strategy was, if she got fried, if she got a little uptight because I galloped her a little bit, I was going to slow down and be clean and be third." But the mare kept her cool so Hischer picked her spot to make good time for the win. "She has such a huge stride, so from 6AB to 13 I could just gallop her and go."

$5,000 Jimmy Williams Classic, June 30, 2001
HITS Tahoe, Minden, Nevada
Course Designer: Doug Russell

Pl#/Horse/Rider/Owner/Prize Money/Rd 1 Faults/J-O Faults -Time
1/Surrey/Janet Hischer/Tim&Jodi Johnson/$1,500/0/0-40.329
2/All That Jazz/Carol Wright/Tamara Hoss/$1,000/0/0-41.139
3/Mr. Acobat/Julie Winkel/Nicole Brown/$700/0/0-43.101
4/Damiro/Dick Widger/Whitney Black/$500/0/4-37.959
5/La Roc/Mandy Porter/Mandy Porter/$400/0/4-40.022
6/Deleware II/Macella O'Neill/High Ridge Ranch/$350/0/8-44.540
7/E-Mail/Damian Gardiner/Cheri Hartman/$300/4/NA
8/The Real Thing/Jenni Martin/Jenni Martin&Steve McAlister/4/NA

Number of horses who competed in this class: 12
Class Prize Money: $5,000

Week I June 27-July 1
Week II July 4-8
Week III July 11-15
Week IV July 18-22

$50,000 Cosequin® Grand Prix Sunday, July 1 1pm
$50,000 EMO Grand Prix Sunday, July 8 1pm
$50,000 Coldwell Banker ITILDO Grand Prix Sunday, July 15 1pm
$100,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix Sunday, July 22 1pm

Resort Sports Network's Kids Day presented Sunday, July 8 10am-1pm
by Douglas County Parks and Recreation
Department and Douglas County Library

Seniors Day presented by Douglas Sunday, July 22 10am-1pm
County Senior Services

DIRECTIONS: From the Reno/Tahoe airport (about 40 miles), travel south on Highway 395 to Minden; at Stockyard Road, turn left; show grounds entrance is on the left. From Lake Tahoe (about 12 miles), take Route 207 (Kingsbury Grade), cross Foothill Road to Mottsville, proceed 3 miles; turn left onto State Highway 395 North; turn right at Stockyard Road; show grounds entrance is on the left. From Minden (about 2 miles), follow 395 North; turn right at Stockyard Road; show grounds entrance is on the left.

HITS TAHOE: 1901 N. Hwy. 395, Minden, Nevada, 89423. Phone during show dates: 775-783-8907.

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