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Ian Silitch Sweeps 1-2 In The $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix

Culpeper, VA (July 8, 2003)—Ian Silitch of Sperryville, VA, captured the top two spots in Sunday's $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix at HITS Culpeper. Silitch bested a field of twenty-one horses to place first on November Hill Farm's Brave Ally and second on Page Flournoy's Captain Willie. Kevin Babington of Gwynedd Valley, PA, rode Kindle Hill Syndicate's ABC Cassius to third place.

Nine of the first-round riders managed to go clean on the Danny Foster designed course. Last to ride in the jump-off, Silitch guided Brave Ally to a win that topped his earlier performance on Captain Willie by a split second. Babington delivered a clear round on ABC Cassius in a time of 48.847 seconds-a little over a second behind Silitch and Captain Willie.

Silitch's win at HITS Culpeper not only crowns his participation at the circuit, but also enhances his horses' standings in the New Marshall & Sterling League. Silitch, who won the $100,000 Volvo Grand Prix at HITS Ocala, is currently second in the League's standings, which is based on money won. This year the League is introducing a national indoor finals, September 17-21, at Worcester's Centrum Centre in Worcester, Massachusetts. Riders who qualify will have the exceptional opportunity to ride in two back-to-back $100,000 Grand Prix at the Marshall & Sterling National Indoor Finals as well as the King Shavings US Grand Prix League (USGPL) Invitational Finals. The New Marshall & Sterling League national standings will be used to determine the top 30 who will qualify.

The King Shavings USGPL Invitational Finals, September 24-28, will take place at HITS Commonwealth Park during the final week of the HITS Culpeper Circuit. The King Shavings USGPL will also feature; a $15,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Low Invitational, $25,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner High Invitational, and $25,000 Pre-Green Hunter Invitational Classic, sponsored by Stillwell-Hansen, Inc. and Four Winds Farm.

Other major award winners at HITS Culpeper/Showday National included:

Bayer Legend Leading Hunter Rider - Olin Armstrong, Staunton, VA
Bayer Legend Leading Jumper Rider - Ian Silitch, Sperryville, VA
HBO Junior Medal Winner - Elizabeth R. Coughlin, Lutherville, MD
Charles Owen Children's Medal Winner - Laura Van Den Berg, Winter Park, FL
Charles Owen Adult Medal Winner - Lauren Edelmann, Rexford, NY

Show jumping resumes at HITS Culpeper on Wednesday, July 9th. The week will conclude with another exciting Grand Prix competition—the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix on Sunday, July 13th.

HITS CULPEPER: HITS Commonwealth Park, 13256 Commonwealth Parkway, Culpeper, VA 22701. Telephone during horse shows: (540) 825-7469

MEDIA CONTACT: HITS Media & Public Relations, 319 Main Street, Saugerties, New York 12477-1330. Tel: 845-246-8833, Fax: 845-246-6371, E-Mail: Web:


Cavalier Classic - July 9-13
Winston National - August 13-17
Constitution Classic - August 20-24 (Marshall & Sterling League Wild Card Classes Offered)
King Shavings USGPL Invitational Finals - September 24, 28

July 9, $50,000 HITS Grand Prix
August 17, $50,000 HITS Grand Prix
August 24, $50,000 HITS Grand Prix
September 28, $100,000 USGPL Invitational Grand Prix

$50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix - Sunday, July 6, 2003
HITS Culpeper, Showday National - Culpeper, VA
Eric Hasbrouck, NY: Course Designer

Place Horse Rider Owner Prize Money Rd 1 Faults Rd 2 Faults JO Time
1st Brave Ally Ian Silitch November Hill Farm $15,000 0 0 47.664
2nd Captain Willie Ian Silitch Page Flournoy $11,000 0 0 47.698
3rd ABC Cassius Kevin Babington Kindle Hill Syndicate $6,500 0 0 48.847
4th Caucalis Henri Prudent Fred Graham $4,000 0 4 46.699
5th Libera Kevin Babington Karin Soulimi $3,000 0 4 48.340
6th Graf Rossini S Mary-Lisa Leffler Bruce Chovnick LLC $2,500 0 4 49.501
7th Alibi Amanda Fusscas Helen Krieble $2,000 0 4 52.310
8th Korina Chris Kappler Moonraker Farm/Chris Kappler $1,500 0 8 50.245
9th Roller Coaster Todd Minikus Elaine Decanio $1,500 0 8 63.195
10th Cable Ian Silitch Ian/Jacquelyn Silitch $1,000 4
11th Thrilled Todd Minikus Y Z Partners LLC $1,000 4
12th Gasherbrum Todd Minikus David Robinson $1,000 4

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