Home of the Unprecedented Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix
Odor-No-More makes its debut at HITS.
Chris Eguia shows off the engraved trophy and product that he earned after winning The Groom’s Award sponsored by Odor-No-More.
HITS-on-the-Hudson I Week in Review: Olympians Take Aim at Qualifying for the Pfizer $1 Million, Star Quest Serenade rises to the Top and Exhibitors Have Fun Out of the Ring
SAUGERTIES, NY (June 2, 2010)--Two of the most decorated High-Performance riders in the country became serious contenders to qualify for the unprecedented Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix after a pair of impressive outings at HITS-on-the-Hudson I in Saugerties, New York.
First, in Friday's $25,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, it was Olympian Margie Engle and Hidden Creek's Pamina L that took the blue ribbon in her first Pfizer Million Qualifying Grand Prix class of the season. Todd Minikus, who was an alternate on Team USA in 2000, grabbed the top prize in Sunday's $50,000 EMO Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, aboard Pavarotti in the Strongid® C 2X Stadium.
Both riders have made it clear that they will continue to compete at HITS Saugerties en route to hopefully earning a ticket to compete in the biggest Grand Prix class that has ever been held in the United States. "We will be qualified by hook or by crook," joked Minikus, who now has three of the eight Grand Prix classes needed to become eligible for the Pfizer Million under his belt.
Also excelling in the jumper ring this week was Michelle Spadone. The New Jersey native entered the week in the top 25 of the Eligible Rider Rankings for the Pfizer Million thanks to a successful winter at both HITS Thermal and HITS Ocala. After her second-place finish in Sunday's feature class, Spadone jumped to 16th in the rankings on her leading horse Melisimo, on which she has earned an even $20,000 in prize money, so far this year at HITS. David Beisel and his mount Moet Walk completed their eighth qualifying Grand Prix and have entered the Pfizer Million Eligible Rider Rankings at number 32 with $6,750 in prize money. Beisel, Spadone and all the other High-Performance riders at HITS Saugerties will have four more opportunities to qualify for the Pfizer Million during HITS-on-the-Hudson II and III.
In order to qualify for the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, a rider must compete in eight or more HITS Grand Prix classes. The Top 40 based on prize money won will then be qualified to compete in the historical event.