Manchester, Vermont – USA – July 09, 2023 – Week 1 of the Hits Vermont Summer Festival is closing out with great competition. Bringing in an entourage of contenders – riders stepped into the $40,000 Purina Hits Grand Prix. Continuing his winning ways from Friday’s Hits Prix, Willie Tynan (IRL) and Fancy Girl emerged victorious.
The 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood, owned by MDM Equestrian Group, was the last horse on the course. “She’s been with me since she was five, so a lifelong partner. She’s always been a winner, and she’s won a lot of grand prixs for me. She’s a fan favorite – everybody loves her.”
The first course presented a series of technical challenges, requiring riders to maintain a quick pace while maneuvering through the track. Tynan and Fancy Girl proved their mettle by completing the course fault-free, securing their spot in the jump-off alongside five other riders. Tynan had three horses returning for the jump-off, and it was with Fancy Girl and Fenise, owned by MDM Equestrian Group, that he clinched the top two positions.
The jump-off included many tight roll-backs during the first half of the course. At the end of the course, there was a long sprint over to the final oxer. Tynan’s first double-clear time with Fenise was 45.341 seconds, but he would later return with Fancy Girl.
“There were two plans in the jump-off because I had a couple of horses in it. My first horse had one down, so then I just wanted to put up a double clear on the board because I had one more left to go. And then, I hoped it was quick enough.” Tynan and Fenise were the first double-clear, but that was quickly followed by two more clear rounds by the remaining competitors, one of them being Tynan.
Fancy Girl and Tynan returned to the ring and ended the jump-off in a time of 44.406 seconds. “Fancy’s naturally quick, so I just stayed the same as I did with the other horse. She’s a little bit quicker anyway.”
Sabrina Lefebvre (CAN) and RF Most Wanted, owned by Raylyn Farms, INC, also put on a commendable performance, securing third place with a time of 46.738 seconds. Lefebvre was the only other rider to have double-clear rounds.
As the Vermont Summer Festival continues for the next five weeks, the thrilling competition in the Green Mountains promises more excitement and exceptional displays of horsemanship.
Final Results –$40,000 Purina Hits Grand Prix
1) Willie Tynan (IRL) & Fancy Girl – 0 / 0 – 44.406
2) Willie Tynan (IRL) & Fenise – 0 / 0 – 45.341
3) Sabrina Lefebvre (CAN) & RF Most Wanted – 0 / 0 – 46.738
Source: Press Release from Hits Horse Shows
Photos: © Hits Horse Shows / Jess Windhurst