Monday, March 15, 2010

Jill Henselwood of Canada Captures the $300,000 Lamborghini Grand Prix at HITS Desert Circuit

A year ago HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri promised his riders when the 2009 Grand Prix was cancelled due to inclement weather, he would up the ante to twice as much prize money, a total of $300,000, for 2010’s final Grand Prix of the HITS Desert Circuit, and he made good on that promise today.

“It was pretty easy (last year) to decide what was best for HITS for the following year and the next 10 years. It as a hellacious day that day, so we had a rider’s meeting, and I asked the riders what they wanted to see done. I said it’s the biggest money class west of the Mississippi, and it means a lot to you (riders), so why don’t I split up the prize money and make sure everyone goes home with something? Or.. I can double it up next year. Some of the riders were thinking longer term, some shorter term, some had bills they had to pay, and since I really couldn’t get a consensus, I did both” says Struzzieri (left).

German Course Designer Olaf Petersen, Sr. (below right) did more than his share to make the 41 horse and rider combinations earn their paychecks. Since there were no height specifications, Petersen chose to build the course at 1.60 m with a time allowed of 86 seconds in the first round, which as it turned out did not need to be adjusted. Petersen felt the large Grand Prix ring presented opportunities “to find interesting lines, unlike the smaller indoor arenas that take more time to find interesting lines. I can fill the arena and do the course changes so quickly because everything is more or less in position. This is a nice, nice arena. All the HITS arenas are big.”

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Canada's John Pearce and Chris Pratt take the top two spots in the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix

John Pearce and Son of a Gun won the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix
THERMAL, CA (March 13, 2010) -- The top High-Performance riders at the 2010 HITS Desert Circuit got in their final warm-up for Sunday’s mega $300,000 Lamborghini Grand Prix of the Desert, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, during the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, on Friday at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California.

At the end of Friday's feature class, it was Canadian Olympian John Pearce and Forest View Farm's Son of a Gun that were running on all cylinders when they posted the fastest double-clear effort on International Course Designer Olaf Petersen, Sr.’s track en route to winning $7,500 in prize money.

"It was a great course that was difficult and fun," said Pearce. "It was a great turnout and the crowd brought tons of electricity to the arena. The class was certainly a great tune-up for me and I hope the horses are as fresh for me on Sunday as they were today."

Canadian Reiner of the Year 2009 - Terry Griffin

The Reining Canada Board of Directors is pleased to announce their selection for the 2009 Reiner of the Year, Ms Terry Griffin of Griffin Quarter Horses. The criterion for this award is outstanding achievement and contribution to the sport of Reining and this year’s recipient certainly fits the description.

Terry Griffin is and always has been an outstanding ambassador of our sport both in Canada and abroad. She has been a staunch supporter of Reining from the grassroots level to International Competition. Terry has served on many boards and committees and most recently served on the Board of Directors of Reining Canada (RC) from 2005-2008. In 2008 Terry stood as President of Reining Canada. Her work on the board of RC was noted for its focus on support for the affiliates and grass roots reining. Always a tireless worker, Terry gives more than 100% to any project she undertakes. Whether she is promoting the RC Beginner Class or putting in a major effort to get the Canadian Reining Team to the World Equestrian Games, her dedication is the same. Terry was also extremely proud to be selected as Chef d’Equippe for the 2006 Canadian Reining Team at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. With a strong desire to promote the Reining industry in Canada, Terry also founded of one of the largest NRHA pay out shows in Canada, “The Canadian Reining Breeders Classic”.

The Matriarch of one of Canada’s first families of Reining, Terry is always working hard to improve the level of competition and quality of horses within the sport. Together with her husband Lance and daughter Samantha, the family has earned world championships titles, raised multiple NRHA Futurity champions and achieved the first ever Million Dollar Owner Award from NRHA.

Having now moved on from RC, Terry has the distinction of being the first Canadian to ever be elected to the Executive Board of the NRHA. We, as Canadian Reiners, are extremely proud to have Terry at the highest level of the NRHA, and proud to name her Canadian Reiner of the Year.

Thursday, March 4, 2010




I would like to welcome you to the North American Equine Trainers spring event in Ontario.

This is a new and never seen before event in the region!!!!
We have a series of event to better serve you!!!!

Meet and greet with your trainers during a Demo and Supper on Fri night,

A Trainers Challenge " 3 Trainers, 3 Horses, 3 Methods"  and also we will have a series of rider clinics offered with 6 trainer/clinicians.

This a event you sure don't want to miss!!!!!!

May 28 through June 6, 2010 at Pine Haven Quarter Horses.......

Come Join US!!!!!!

France Vanier
Professional Lyons Trainer
International Clinician

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