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Passionate Groom and rider Abigail Fox, 11, of Ontario, ribboned at HITS Ocala last week.

Flea-bitten gray ribbons against pros at HITS

A stately flea-bitten gray, with the classic Thoroughbreds looks often memorialized in oil paintings, stepped into the show ring at HITS-Ocala last week and was immediately pinned with ribbons. Passionate Groom, 17, took 6th and 8th in the Thoroughbred Over Fences class with 11-year-old rider Abigail Fox, who showed him for the first time, and against professionals, says her coach Robin Hannah-Carlton. Passionate Groom Barn name: River Sire: Groomstick Dam: Passionate Terry Foal date: March 10, 1998“That was a really good result because many of the riders were professionals, and it was Abigail’s first time showing him,” Hannah-Carlton says, noting that […]