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Royal Ascot a Regal Scene

Athletes parade before spectators at the horsewalk at Ascot.

The international racing scene heats up with U.S. fans getting front-row seats at the 2013 Royal Ascot meet, June 18-22, just West of London, not far from the iconic Windsor Castle. The 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, who went on to win the $10 Million Dubai World Cup earlier this year, seeks to cap […]

CJP Raises Funds and Spirits

Portia de Rossi accepts her bronze trophy from Mayisha Akbar.

Portia de Rossi moved the crowd at the Compton Jr. Posse’s annual fundraiser speaking about her how horses have helped her move forward with her life. Speaking in front of a group of close to 500 people at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center on May 18, de Rossi, a devoted rider who was honored with […]

Oxbow Pierces Orb in Preakness

Oxbow races across the finish line.

In a wire-to-wire win, long shot Oxbow claimed the cup at the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD, May 18. The NJ-bred bay colt left the starting gate under Gary Stevens with 15-to-1 odds to become the despoiler of Triple Crown dreams for Kentucky Derby winner Orb. […]

Orb Spins Derby Win

Jockey Joel Rosario raises his crop in victory as a mud-splattered Orb crosses the finish line at the Kentucky Derby.

Nineteen 3-year-olds entered the starting gate for the 139th Kentucky Derby, and it was the favorite, Orb, at 5-to1, who won the day on May 4 at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The outcome wasn’t obvious for the first half of the race, as jockey Joel Rosario held back during the early part of the race, […]

Bella Ride Nabs Million for Michaels

Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum looks stylish in Germany's gray riding attire as she flies over a jump on the bay mare Bella Donna 66.

Germany’s Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and her Bella Donna turned in a million dollar performance on Sunday, claiming top honors and a first prize of $350,000 at the AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix. The duo barely squeezed out the win, as none of the 40 starters managed fault-free tours on designer Conrad Homfeld’s two-round course. Michaels-Beerbaum […]

Wistful FEI Win for Bond

Ashlee Bond and Wistful clear a jump.

Course designer Florencio Hernandez of Mexico said before the start of the $54,500 HITS Grand Prix CSI-W 2* that ideally there would be one clear round, and he got his wish with a single textbook turn by Ashlee Bond and Wistful. Bond was one among 24 riders to tour the track with rails intact and […]

Captain America Rides into Middle Ranch

George Morris and students.

Who cares about Santa? George Morris is coming to town! The renowned USEF show jumping chef d’equipe and father of the hunter seat equitation riding style is holding a clinic at Archie Cox’s Brookway Stables in Lakeview Terrace, Dec. 4-6. There will be two sessions per day: a 3’ at 9 a.m. and a 3’6” […]

Thermal permanent stalls a sell-out

HITS has sold out all of its permanent stalls in Thermal, CA, two months prior to the start of the Desert Circuit, Jan. 22-March 17. The company still has temporary housing available for late planners. “Lucky we invested in those great portable stalls. Still plenty of those left!” company president and CEO Tom Struzzieri said, […]

Gucci Sponsors GCT Final

Charlotte Casiraghi, Princess of Moanco, poses with a horse as the face of Gucci.

Fashion house Gucci has signed on as title sponsor of the final Grand Prix of the 2012 Global Champions Tour series, Nov. 24 in Abu Dhabi. The partnership between GCT and Gucci brings together a prestigious global show jumping circuit and a premiere luxury brand with a strong equestrian heritage. With $509,000 in prize money, […]

Struzzieri Receives Galbreath Award

HITS president and CEO Tom Struzzieri.

He’s bestowed plenty of trophies and prizes, but Oct. 25 marked HITS Inc. CEO Thomas G. Struzzieri’s turn for a victory lap as recipient of the 2012 John W. Galbreath Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurship in the Equine Industry. Presented by the University of Louisville for the past 23 years, the Galbreath recognizes outstanding achievement in […]

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