Aaron Vale Captures Back-to-Back Grand Prix Wins at HITS Ocala

Ocala, Fla. – Feb. 4, 2019 – The Ocala Premiere closed the books with high scores in the Hunter Prix and back-to-back wins in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium.

Bree Rosales and Voigtsdorfs Quonschbob Photo: ESI Photography
Bree Rosales and Voigtsdorfs Quonschbob
Photo: ESI Photography

The $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Welcome started the week for the Open Jumper division with Bree Rosales taking the victory. Rosales rode Voigtsdorfs Quonschbob to a blue-ribbon finish with a time of 42.443 seconds. Heren Lee followed in second place aboard Everyday Hero while Kaitlyn Williams and Vedor rounded out the top three.

The fastest time of the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix was captured by Brian Feigus with a time of 33.973 seconds aboard Catoki to earn the victory. Derek Petersen rode Diamant’s Legacy to the second place award with a time of 35.576 seconds and Kristen Vanderveen followed with Bull Run’s Almighty in a time of 37.040 seconds for third.

Vanderveen continued her winning ways, taking home top honors in the $10,000 KindredBio Open Prix. This time she was aboard Bull Run’s Divine Fortune, flying to a time of 46.405 seconds. Second place was awarded to Kris Killam and Boreale De Talma with a finishing time of 47.063 seconds while Matthias Hollberg rode Vanita to third place in 48.000 seconds.

The $10,000 1.35m Jumper Classic on Saturday was won by Sarah Meier. She produced the blue ribbon round with a time of 39.030 aboard Chanel. Savannah Unger captured second place with Fabio TN in a time of 40.931 seconds and third place was awarded to Grant Seger with Dr. J, finishing in 41.853 seconds.

Claire McDonald took home the winning round in the $2,500 Pyranha Junior 1.25m Jumper Classic, capturing the win with Luna.

Bringing home the blue ribbon in the $2,500 Pyranha A-O/AM 1.25m Jumper Classic was Molly Struve. She crossed the timers in 38.872 aboard Aurora to finish with top honors.

Hayley Waters was the winning rider in the $5,000 Summit Joint Performance Jr/AO/AM 1.35m Jumper Classic. She piloted Idalie Van Doperheide across the timers for a top honors finish.

Sima Morgello rode a great jump-off round to finish first in the $7,500 U-Dump Jr/A-O/AM 1.45m Jumper Classic. She was aboard Orientales to catch the first place win.

Aaron Vale and Major Photo: ESI Photography
Aaron Vale and Major
Photo: ESI Photography

Aaron Vale returned to the Ocala Horse Properties stadium for $50,000 HITS Grand Prix on Sunday and wowed the crowd with a repeat performance of last week’s victory. Vale and Major finished with a time of 45.891 seconds for their second Grand Prix win in a row.

Brooke Kemper followed with Classified in a time of 46.235 seconds for second place while Sharn Wordley and Barnetta rounded out the top three with a time of 50.110 seconds.

Alexandra Carroll and Chinchino Photo: ESI Photography
Alexandra Carroll and Chinchino
Photo: ESI Photography

The winning score in the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix was close to call, but Alexandra Carroll was able to come out on top of the pack. She was aboard Chinchino, earning a first round score of 81. When combined with her second round score of an 80, she earned the overall winning score of 161.

Kelly Anne Siock and Santeur finished in second place with a two-round total of 159.50.
Lena Rea Reeb rode Call Me to third place with a combined score of 157.50.

Robin Swinderman Mitchell and Classic Photo: ESI Photography
Robin Swinderman Mitchell and Classic
Photo: ESI Photography

Robin Swinderman Mitchell earned the top score for the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix this week. Mitchell earned a first round score of 85 and a second round score of 90 to win the class with an overall total of 175. She was aboard Classic to seal the blue-ribbon finish.

Grace Debney captured second place aboard Kahlua with a 166-total while third place was awarded to Amanda Steege and Tenacious with a score of 165.

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