Saugerties, NY – September 12, 2017 – A talented field of thirty-three entries contended to win the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix on Saturday, September 9 duringHITS Saugerties Championship Week.
Grand Prix Course Designer Martin Otto of Muenster, Germany set thechnical track with x obstacles and x jumping efforts, with a tight Time Allowed of x seconds for the First Round. Of the nine who advanced to the shortened course, Aaron Vale of Williston, Florida and Elusive, owned by Thinklikeahorse, bested the field, and jumped to their second consecutive win at HITS Saugerties.
On Friday, Vale and Elusive took home the blue ribbon from a field of forty-two in the $10,000 KindredBio 1.40M Jumper Classic. When asked to what he attributed the back-to-back victories, Vale said, “Well, it is all the horse.”
Vale earned the top spot when he went clear in the jump-off in a time of 35.026, nearly a half-second faster than Chilean Samual Parot atop Couscous Van Orti who stopped the timers in 35.527 for Second Place. Then Brian Moggre aboard the experienced Condero 3 claimed third prize, with a final time of 35.573.
Elusive is a seven-year-old who Vale is developing as a grand prix horse for himself, or a High Amateur Jumper for his wife. The SmartPak was only the second Grand Prix competition for Elusive. “When I saw it in the prize list, I figured this class it would suit him best, as the FEI would be a little tough,” explained Vale. “He is a young horse, and the plan worked – this week, he won two out of two.”
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Place / Horse / Rider / Country / Owner / R1 / TA:74 / JO / TA:52
1. Elusive / Aaron Vale / USA / Thinkslikeahorse / 0 / 71.721 / 0 / 35.026
2. Couscous Van Orti / Samuel Parot / CHI / Samuel Parot / 0 / 70.537 / 0 / 35.527
3. Condero 3 / Brian Moggre / USA / DDM Equestrian, LLC / 0 / 71.738 / 0 / 35.573
4. Basje / Harold Chopping / CAN / Kendra Bullington / 0 / 69.029 / 0 / 36.083
5. Cassinja / Alison Robitaille / USA / Bertram R. Firestone / 0 / 72.223 / 0 / 37.494
6. Out of Ireland / Laura Chapot / USA / The Edge / 0 / 70.350 / 4 / 32.972
7. Armageddon / Jimmy Torano / Cenci Jumpers LLC / 0 / 69.204 / 4 / 33.864
8. Calafornia / Laura Chapot / USA / Mary & Laura Chapot / 0 / 71.268 / 4 / 34.749
9. Valentino / John Perez / URU / John Perez / 0 / 70.387 / 12 / 34.929
10. Eeastern Jam / Hunter Holloway / USA / Hays Investment Corp. / 1 / 74.313
11. Bente / Briley Koerner / USA / BKS Horse Farms, LLC / 4 / 70.787
12. Bon Jovi / Emanuel Andrade / VEN / Emanuel Andrade / 4 / 71.528
Photos: ESI Photography