Crete, Ill. – Sept. 18, 2018 – Showplace Fall Classic I was a busy week at HITS Balmoral Park, with several Finals and Championships highlighting the end of the circuit. The IHJA Medal Finals, Marshall & Sterling League Mid-West Finals, NCEA Mid-West Junior Medal Finals, and the Zone 5 Horse of the Year Championships each took their turns in the spotlight, and the week concluded with the presentation of the the Back on Track Grand Circuit Champions.
Kicking off the week, Annabella Sanchez took the win in the $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Welcome aboard Incitatus with a jump-off time of 43.048. Savannah Talcott was second with her mount Espatako’s Electra R in a four-fault jump-off time of 40.797. Third was Nike and Lisa Goldman, fourth was Stephen Foran and Cassius 74, and fifth was Taylor Flury and Calano Z.
Thursday, Goldman took first place in the $5,000 Kindred Bio 1.40m Open Jumper Prix aboard Sovereign in a jump-off time of 35.251. Second place was Steve Schaefer and Zarkava in a jump-off time of 37.650. Goldman also received the third and fourth place honors aboard As Di Sogrand and Nike.
Goldman took another win on Friday in the $5,000 1.30m M&S Jumper Classic aboard Hindsight in a jump-off time of 37.443, and she also was awarded second place aboard Bengtsson VDL in a jump-off time of 37.914. Foran was third with Nakiska, Shannon Sullivan was fourth aboard Downtown’s Main Event, and Caelinn Leahy was fifth aboard Zarkava.
On Saturday, Goldman took the final Grand Prix win of the summer aboard Hindsight in the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix in a jump-off time of 37.959, making it her seventh Grand Prix win at HITS Chicago this summer after showing with us throughout the circuit. She also secured second and fifth places with Sovereign and Nike in jump-off times of 38.764 and 42.106, respectively. Sullivan was third aboard Downtown’s Main Event in a jump-off time of 40.134 and Adeline Rohrbach was fourth with Valladam in a jump-off time of 41.517.
In the hunter ring, Gabriel Rodrigues Honorio took the win in the $2,500 Devoucoux Hunter Prix with a combined score of 169 aboard Comtico. Molly McAdow was second aboard Caston with a combined score of 165. Poetic and Ryan Sassmannshausen placed third with a combined score of 163. Alexis Ortiz was fourth with her mount Little Paul and a combined score of 153 and fifth was Katie Leverick and Balvenie with a combined score of 147.
Ashleen Lee and Honor were awarded first place in the $2,500 USHJA National Derby with a combined score of 172. Lee also took fourth place aboard Arbor Hill with a combined score of 155.5. Katie Leverick and Bisous were second with a combined score of 166 and third was Emma Gutstein and Jupiter with a combined score of 158. Ashley Marrin rounded out the top five with Good Timing and a combined score of 151.
NCEA Mid-West Junior Medal Finals also took place this week at HITS Chicago, with talented junior riders from all over the mid-west joining us to compete. This final offers a chance for Collegiate Coaches to scout out potential team members and consists of a jumping phase, a flat phase, and a horse swap for the top four riders. Alexis Ortiz and Little Paul were awarded first place earning a combined score of 337. Ashley Scofield and Audience Of One were second with a combined score of 330. Third place was Georgia Murray and Undeniable. Alivia Kohus and Cristallo’s Carlchen P received fourth place and Hayley Anderson and Loredo rounded out the top five.