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For Immediate Release
  August 8, 2012

Home of the World's Richest Weekend in Show Jumping - September 8-9, 2012 
HITS-on-the-Hudson - Saugerties, NY

Lena Rae Reeb and Patriot crowned Overall Champions of HITS Children’s Hunter Pony Final at HITS-on-the-Hudson

SAUGERTIES, NY (August 8, 2012) The inaugural HITS Children’s Hunter Pony Final at HITS-on-the-Hudson was a resounding success and great addition to the thriving summer series. Lena Rae Reeb of Weston, Connecticut and Leslie Kogos’ large pony Patriot were crowned the overall champions of the two-day spectacular.

Reeb showed as part of a tremendous performance by riders and ponies of all sizes to earn this impressive victory. On Saturday, Reeb and Patriot received the seventh-place ribbon in the Model Phase and the twelfth-place ribbon in the Under-Saddle Phase. Then on Sunday, their blue ribbon in the Over Fences sky-rocketed them to the Championship of the Large section and the Overall Championship of the Final.

The Children’s Hunter Pony Final was designed to give children’s pony riders an unprecedented opportunity to compete, prepare and gain experience in a true Pony Finals platform. The two-day, three-phase event included a Model and Under Saddle phase on Saturday, with the scores counting 20% and 30% towards the overall respectively. The second day featured an Over Fences phase with scores counting 50% of the overall score. A panel of three judges was selected to determine the ribbons amongst a pool of over 60 talented pony-rider combinations.

“I had a truly amazing last day at HITS,” said Reeb, who showed much gratitude on her path to victory. “First, I would love and be honored to thank my excellent trainers - Michele West and my mother Leslie Kogos. She is the best mom ever and a wonderful person and trainer. Michele is like family and the best trainer in the universe! I would sincerely like to thank my grooms, especially Elspeth Roake and Dana Polomski, they are so hardworking and really kept me and my pony clean, organized, and on time. I would also like to thank the entire HITS staff, my friend Jamie Ringel, as well Wendy Brayman, Abigail Brayman, and Jen Hinman for teaching me to model and being the most fantastic modeling teachers. Last, but certainly not least, I need and want to thank my pony Patriot.  I owe half, if not more of my total success to him!”

Reeb’s mother and trainer Leslie Kogos was ecstatic with the victory. “I am so proud of my daughter,” said Kogos. “She is very focused and hardworking. Every day after the show is over she’s always back in the barn, putting away horses, wrapping legs and doing whatever else needs to be done. She works just as hard in school and is a straight A student. As a 13-year-old kid, she just amazes me with how selfless, sincere and thoughtful she is.”

Trainer Michele West added, “I’m very proud of her. I’ve been training her since she was six-years-old and to see how far she and this pony have come along just amazes me. I knew when we went into the final phase that she could win this.”

“Michele has been there from day one with Lena when we started her on her first pony Cotton Candy,” said Kogos. “I know it touches her heart to watch her show and see her success. This pony was not a fancy pony when we got it and it has taken a lot of hard work and some difficult decisions to get them both where they are today and we have to thank Michele for that, hands down. To see how much she’s learned with Michele over the years it’s really special to me. Without Michele, none of this would have been possible.”

The Children’s Hunter Pony Final took place in the all-new Outside Course at HITS-on-the-Hudson and provided a new setting for the development of riders at all levels.

“I thought it was absolutely brilliant,” said Kogos of the event. “The Outdoor Course venue is totally unique and upscale. It was so much more dynamic than your basic pony hunter course, it was difficult for them, which they needed and I think it taught them all so much. Where else can you find that? Let alone for this group of kids at this level. This is exactly what these kids need to take them to the next level when they grow out of showing ponies. I don’t see how this event cannot grow and continue to be successful over the next few years. I think this will become an even bigger event in the future and I would personally like to thank the entire HITS staff for such an amazing and impressive presentation. It was one of the most memorable days of my life and especially one of the most memorable days of my daughter’s life.”

Anna Feldman of Scarsdale, New York and Danielle Holliday’s Cassius Clay were crowned second in the Overall Championship. It was all about the third place ribbons for Feldman, who was third in the Model, and Under Saddle on Saturday and third Over Fences on Sunday, which ultimately earned them the second place Overall in both the Large section and Championship.

Emma Hess and Streett Moore’s Sand Castle received the third place in the Overall Championship. Their second place ribbon in the Over Fences earned them the third Overall in the Large section and the Championship.  

Sponsor Éce Equestrian Co., the creator of fashion forward equestrian apparel, awarded the first place winner of every class for each section a shirt from their all-new children’s line of equestrian clothing.

Mona’s Monograms was the proud sponsor of the trophies and awards for the Overall Section awards as well as the Overall Championship awards. Their custom embroidered prizes included a cooler for the first place winner, scrim sheets to second and third place and saddle pads to fourth through twelfth place. 


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Lena Rae Reeb and Patriot on course in the Children’s Hunter Pony - Large Over Fences phase, as part of the Children’s Hunter Pony Final at HITS-on-the-Hudson.


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Kristen Vale and Asia Manning of HITS presented the first place ribbons and trophies, sponsored by Mona’s Monogram’s, to Lena Rae Reeb and Patriot, after being crowned the Overall Champion of the HITS Children’s Hunter Pony Final at HITS-on-the-Hudson.


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Asia Manning of HITS presented the second place ribbon and awards in the Overall Championship of the HITS Children’s Hunter Pony Final to Anna Feldman and Cassius Clay.


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Asia Manning of HITS presented the third place ribbon and awards in the Overall Championship of the HITS Children’s Hunter Pony Final to Emma Hess and Sand Castle.

HITS Children's Hunter Pony Final - Overall Championship

Place Horse                           Owner                                  Rider                   
1 Patriot Leslie Kogos Lena Rae Reeb
2 Cassius Clay Danielle Holliday Anna Feldman
3 Sand Castle Streett Moore Emma Hess
4 Promised Land Koren Cole Madison Pan-Kita
5 Morton Best Man Olivia Selmonosky Hallie Sheinbaum
6 Lady Bug Dominique Konders Dominique Konders
7 Bracewood's Touch Me Not Susan Bunnell Meghan Knapic
8 Emilio Via Bella Farm Olivia Selmonosky
9 De Lovely Royal Pointe Show Paige Trzaskawka
10 Onstar Kylie Schoelen Kylie Schoelen
11 Believe in Magic Paradysz Farm Nicholas Paradysz
12 Gingersnap Christina Covarrubias Cristyn Edwards

 

HITS Children's Hunter Pony Final - Small Overall

Place Horse                           Owner                                  Rider                   
1 Bracewood's Touch Me Not Susan Bunnell Meghan Knapic
2 Rainbow Erin Devine Erin Devine
3 Coconut Creek Sophee Steckbeck Sophee Steckbeck
4 The Magic Word Sydney Berube Sydney Berube
5 Greyberry Talyah Lambert Talyah Lambert
6 Mac-A-Roani Kasi Ray Kasi Ray

 

HITS Children's Hunter Pony Final - Medium Overall

Place Horse                           Owner                                  Rider                   
1 Morton Best Man Olivia Selmonosky Hallie Sheinbaum
2 De Lovely Royal Pointe Show Stables Paige Trzaskawka
3 Believe in Magic Paradysz Farm Nicholas Paradysz
4 Pentimento Bay Alexa Bren Merle Beach
5 Tazmanian Devil Emma Weiss Emma Weiss
6 Clifford Riley Newsome Matthew Acevedo
7 Splash Keely O'Hara Nina Basile
8 Keep Dreamin' Emma Callanan Gianna D'Arrigo
9 Berry Amy Olszewski Susanne McGrady
10 Something About Em Sydney Berube Sydney Berube
11 Moonlight Star Sierra Gundersen Sierra Gundersen
12 A La Mode Kelly Munz Morgan Munz

 

HITS Children's Hunter Pony Final - Large Overall

Place Horse                           Owner                                  Rider                   
1 Patriot Leslie Kogos Lena Rae Reeb
2 Cassius Clay Danielle Holliday Anna Feldman
3 Sand Castle Streett Moore Emma Hess
4 Promised Land Koren Cole Madison Pan-Kita
5 Lady Bug Domonique Konders Dominique Konders
6 Emilio Via Bella Farm Olivia Selmonosky
7 Onstar Kylie Schoelen Kylie Schoelen
8 Gingersnap Christina Covarrubias Cristyn Edwards
9 Manhattan Sue Berube Sydney Berube
10 Jager Jace Haley Harder Haley Harder
11 Sundance Kid Sara Ketcham Sophie Rueben
12 Laugh Out Loud Hannah Matts Hannah Matts

 

HITS Children's Hunter Pony Final - Small Model

Place Horse                           Owner                                  Rider                   
1 Bracewood's Touch Me Not Susan Bunnell Meghan Knapic
2 The Magic Word Sydney Berube Sydney Berube
3 Coconut Creek Sophee Steckbeck Sophee Steckbeck
4 Greyberry Talyah Lambert Talyah Lambert
5 Rainbow Brite Erin Devine Erin Devine
6 Mav-A-Roani Kasi Ray Kasi Ray

 

HITS Children's Hunter Pony Final - Small Under Saddles

Place Horse                           Owner                                  Rider                   
1 Bracewood's Touch Me Not Susan Bunnell Meghan Knapic
2 Greyberry Talyah Lambert Talyah Lambert
3 The Magic Word Sydney Berube Sydney Berube
4 Rainbow Brite Erin Devine Erin Devine
5 Mac-A-Roani Kasi Ray Kasi Ray
6 Coconut Creek Sophee Steckbeck Sophee Steckbeck

 

HITS Children's Hunter Pony Final - Small Over Fences

Place Horse                           Owner                                  Rider                   
1 Rainbow Brite Erin Devine Erin Devine
2 Bracewood's Touch Me Not Susan Bunnell Meghan Knapic
3 Coconut Creek Sophee Steckbeck Sophee Steckbeck
4 The Magic Word Sydney Berube Sydney Berube
5 Greyberry Talyah Lambert Talyah Lambert
6 Mac-A-Roani Kasi Ray Kasi Ray

 

HITS Children's Hunter Pony Final - Medium Model

Place Horse                           Owner                                  Rider                   
1 Moonlight Star Sierra Gundersen Sierra Gundersen
2 De Lovely Royale Pointe Show Stable Paige Trzaskawka
3 Splash Keely O'Hara Nina Basile
4 Keep Dreamin' Emma Callanan Gianna D'Arrigo
5 Morton Best Man Olivia Selmonosky Hallie Sheinbaum
6 Northwinds Onyx Emma Ubriaco Mia Boemio
7 Benlea Thunder Catherine Smith Catherine Smith
8 Something About Em Sydney Berube Sydney Berube
9 Glenhaven Work of Art Meghan Carver Meghan Carver
10 Berry Amy Olszewski Susanne McGrady
11 Believe in Magic Paradysz Farm Nicholas Paradysz
12 A La Mode Kelly Munz Morgan Munz

 

HITS Children's Hunter Pony Final - Medium Under Saddle

Place Horse                           Owner                                  Rider                   
1 De Lovely Royal Pointe Show Stable Paige Trzaskawka
2 A La Mode Kelly Munz Morgan Munz
3 Splash Keely O'Hara Nina Basile
4 Clifford Riley Newsome Matthew Acevedo
5 Northwinds Onyx Emma Ubriaco Mia Boemio
6 Glenhaven Work of Art Meghan Carver Meghan Carver
7 Teahters Pet Ruthie Galazan Ruthie Galzan
8 Harvey Devidson Caitlyn Tomlin Caitlyn Tomlin
9 Morton Best Man Olivia Selmonosky Hallie Sheinbaum
10 Benlea Thunder Catherine Smith Catherine Smith
11 Pentimento Bay Alexa Bren Merle Beach
12 Something About Em Sydney Berube Sydney Berube

 

HITS Children's Hunter Pony Final - Medium Over Fences

Place Horse                           Owner                                  Rider                   
1 Believe in Magic Paradysz Farm Nicholas Pardysz
2 Tazmanian Devil Emma Weiss Emma Weiss
3 Pentimento Bay Alexa Bren Merle Beach
4 Morton Best Man Olivia Selmonosky Hallie Sheinbaum
5 Clifford Riley Newsome Matthew Acevedo
6 De Lovely Royal Pointe Show Stable Paige Trzaskawka
7 Keep Dreamin' Emma Callanan Gianna D'Arrigo
8 Berry Amy Olszewski Susanne McGrady
9 Splash Keely O'Hara Nina Basile
10 Something About Em Sydney Berube Sydney Berube
11 Harvey Davidson Caitlyn Tomlin Caitlyn Tomlin
12 Moonlight Star Sierra Gundersen Sierra Gundersen

 

HITS Children's Hunter Pony Final - Large Model

Place Horse                           Owner                                  Rider                   
1 Onstar Kylie Schoelen Kylie Schoelen
2 Emilio Via Bella Farm Olivia Selmonosky
3 Cassius Clay Danielle Holliday Anna Feldman
4 Woodlands Not Quite White Sam Beiter Chloe White
5 Lady Bug Dominique Konders Dominique Konders
6 Greystoke's Jamaican Vacation Gwyneth Kehoe Gwyneth Kehoe
7 Patriot Leslie Kogos Lena Rae Reeb
8 Laugh Out Loud Hannah Matts Hannah Matts
9 Justified Ironwood Farm Tess Bialobrzeski
10 Kestfar Super Pony Cheryl Amaral Melissa Vogellus
11 Vermont Show Me The Gold Abby Lefkowitz Abby Lefkowitz
12 Potpourri Erin Shaw Erin Shaw

 

HITS Children's Hunter Pony Final - Large Under Saddle

Place Horse                           Owner                                  Rider                   
1 Promised Land Koren Cole Madison Pan-kita
2 Sundance Kid Sara Ketcham Sophie Rueben
3 Cassius Clay Danielle Holliday Anna Feldman
4 Holiday Lights Hannah Woolley Hannah Woolley
5 Greystoke's Jamaican Vacation Gwyneth Kehoe Gwyneth Kehoe
6 Lady Bug Dominique Konders Dominique Konders
7 Manhattan Sue Berube Sydney Berube
8 Gingersnap Christina Covarrubias Cristyn Edwards
9 Fandango Katherine Garcia Katherine Garcia
10 Elite Storm Front Paradysz Farm Nicholas Peradysz
11 Emilio Via Bella Farm Olivia Selmonosky
12 Patriot Leslie Kogos Lena Rae Reeb

 

HITS Children's Hunter Pony Final - Large Over Fences

Place Horse                           Owner                                  Rider                   
1 Patriot Leslie Kogos Lena Rae Reeb
2 Sand Castle Streett Moore Emma Hess
3 Cassius Clay Danielle Holliday Anna Felman
4 Jager Jace Haley Harder Haley Harder
5 Promised Land Karen Cole Madison Pan-kita
6 Gingersnap Christina Covarrubias Cristyn Edwards
7 Laugh Out Loud Hannah Matts Hannah Matts
8 Lady Bug Dominique Konders Dominique Konders
9 Emilio Via Bella Farm Olivia Selmonosky
10 Onstar Kylie Schoelen Kylie Schoelen
11 And the Crowd Goes Wild Mike Rosenwasser Jillian Rosenwasser
12 Vermont Show Me The Gold Abby Lefkowitz Abby Lefkowitz

About HITS, Inc.
HITS, Inc. produces high-quality, international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS has been producing shows since 1982 and is now a nationwide company with world-class circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia. In 2010, HITS took the industry to new heights when it hosted the first-ever Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix. In 2011, HITS hosted the richest weekend in show jumping with the return of the Pfizer Million and the introduction of the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final. In 2012, the historic weekend will get even sweeter with the addition of the $250,000 HITS 3’ Hunter Prix Final September 8-9.


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2012 HITS Show Schedule

HITS Culpeper Show Series
Culpeper, VA
April / July / August / September

HITS Saugerties Show Series
Saugerties, NY
May-June / July-August / September

 

2013 HITS Show Schedule
 

HITS Desert Circuit
Thermal, CA
January 22 - March 17

HITS Ocala Winter Circuit 
Ocala, FL
January 16 - March 17

HITS Arizona Winter Circuit
Tucson, AZ
January 30 - March 10

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