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Tahoe Dana Levin and Blackmail Win $15,000 Open Jumper Prix at HITS Tahoe Week III

MINDEN, NEVADA (July 13, 2001)-Dana Levin of Santa Monica, California, riding Blackmail, won the $15,000 Open Jumper Prix at HITS Tahoe III in Minden, Nevada, today, out-jumping a field of 24 horses on a course designed by Danny Foster of Georgetown, Ontario, Canada. Jenni Martin of Central Point, Oregon, on Careless had the only other double-clear of the class, but missed the win by just 0.715 seconds. Levin, who is an amateur owner/rider, took home $4,500 for the win.

For Round One, Foster built a 12-jump course that included a vertical-oxer double at Fence No. 4, a vertical-vertical double at Fence No. 5, and a vertical-vertical-oxer triple combination at Fence No. 10. Time Allowed was set at 94 seconds. One horse was eliminated on course. Seven horses went clean and qualified for the jump-off.

For the tiebreaker, Foster set a six-obstacle course that asked the riders to re-jump Fences 1 and 2, and introduced jumps 13AB and 14-which had the riders jump Round One's 5AB and 8 going the opposite way. The course finished with a long gallop to 11 and 12. Time Allowed was set at 44 seconds.

First in the Jump-Off order was Dana Levin on Blackmail who set the pace with a clear round in 34.310 seconds. The next five riders chased her, and two turned in faster times, but none could clear the course. John French of Woodside, California, riding Millenium was the second rider to go and beat Levin with his time of 32.316, but he had the No. 11 Fence down for four faults and finished in third place. Next to try was Peter Breakwell of Redwood City, California, on Dekoracija. Breakwell was a member of the New Zealand show jumping team at the Sydney Olympics. On today's course he had the second element of the double down for four faults in 35.282, which placed him fifth.

Next rider up was Jenni Martin on Alcatraz 34, the first of her two rides. The duo lowered two fences for eight faults in 37.496, taking seventh place. Sarah Ballou of Grass Valley, California, on her Spanish Parade was next to go and came close to Levin with her time of 34.553, but she had No. 11 down for four faults, and placed fourth. Ashlee Bond of Hidden Hills, California, riding Pablo had the fastest jump-off time, galloping the course in 31.911, but she couldn't clear the last two fences and ended up in sixth place. Martin returned to the ring with her second ride, Careless, with whom she won this class Week I, and challenged the leader with a clear in 35.025, but the split second slower time put her in second place, earning $3,300 for owner Augustin Walch.

$15,000 Open Jumper Prix, July 13, 2001
HITS Tahoe III, Minden, Nevada
Course Designer: Danny Foster
Pl#/Horse/Rider/Owner/Prize Money/Rd 1 Faults/J-O Faults -Time
1/Blackmail/Dana Levin/Dana Levin/$4,500/0/0-34.310
2/Careless/Jenni Martin/Augustin Walch/$3,300/0/0-35.025
3/Millenium/John French/Cathy & Alex Mendez/$1,950/0/4-32.316
4/Spanish Parade/Sarah Ballou/Sarah Ballou/$1,200/0/4-34.553
5/Dekoracija/Peter Breakwell/Aries Equine/$900/0/4-35.282
6/Pablo/Ashlee Bond/Ashlee Bond/$750/31.911/0/8-37.496
7/Alcatraz 34/Jenni Martin/Augustin Walch/$600/0/8-37.496
8/Prinzess/Andrea Hill/Rudy Leone & Leone Equestrian/$450/4/NA
9/Lapaloupe/Ashlee Bond/Ashlee Bond/$450/4/NA
10/Fabius/Steve Bond/Steve Bond/$300/4/NA
11/Frank/Ron Keller/Ron Keller/$300/4/NA
12/Loreto/Javier Fernandez/Charles R Parks/$3004/NA

Number of horses that competed in this class: 24
Class Prize Money: $15,000

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 and Douglas County Library

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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