Ocala, Fla. – Feb. 6, 2018 – The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit has wrapped up for Week III at HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida, with much success in both the Hunter and Jumper rings. With extremely competitive riders and horses, Week III was exciting for both riders and spectators.
The Ocala Horse Properties Stadium started off strong on Wednesday with Tracy Magness taking home the blue ribbon in the $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Open Welcome, for the second week in a row, aboard Intenz Van HD with a jump-off time of 48.834 seconds. Close behind her, Aaron Vale took home the second, third, and sixth place ribbons aboard Stakko, Major, and Exclusive respectively. Vale and Stakko had a jump-off time of 50.187 seconds, while he and Major finished with a time of 56.059 seconds.
On Thursday, Emanuel Andrade, once again proved his skill, winning the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, aboard Bon Jovi with a jump-off time of 47.519 seconds. Brooke Kemper took home second place honors aboard Classified with a jump-off time of 48.210 seconds and Declan Egan had the third place ride aboard Attention et Z with a jump-off time of 48.348 seconds. Fourth place was awarded to Lisa Goldman aboard Centurion B with a jump-off time of 49.443 seconds. Rounding out the top five was Lauren Fischer aboard Tosca du Feugre with a final time of 49.773 seconds.
In the $10,000 Open Prix on Friday, Andrade, for the second week in a row, took the win aboard Anastasia Du Park with a jump-off time of 39.003 seconds. A jump-off time of 40.139 seconds put Rowan Willis and Blue Movie into second place, followed by Linda Radigan in third aboard Balveneur Z with a jump-off time of 41.063 seconds. Fourth place was awarded to Kyle Dewar aboard Clever Van de Helle with a jump-off time of 44.232 seconds and in 5th, Vale and Stakko again proved to be top contenders with a four-fault jump-off time of 37.949 seconds.
On Saturday in the $10,000 1.35m Classic, Andrade again dominated the ring, taking home first, second, and fifth place honors aboard Boy IV, Jenni’s Chance, and Garcino Van de Lijnsaerd, respectively. Andrade and Boy IV received a jump-off time of 31.577 seconds, giving him the win. Andrade and Jenni’s Chance had a jump-off time of 31.625 seconds, while he and Garcino Van de Lijnsaerd had jump-off time of 34.582 seconds. Megan Wexler and Darling GR came in third place, with a jump-off time of 32.391 seconds while Manuel Torres aboard Lily came in fourth with a jump-off time of 32.520 seconds.
On Sunday, some of the best grand prix riders in the country gathered in Ocala Horse Properties Stadium for the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix. Spectators cheered as local favorite Aaron Vale took the first place prize aboard Finou 4, with a jump-off time of 46.977 seconds. In all, Vale qualified two of his mounts for the jump-off and placed in the top five with both of them, also receiving the fourth place ribbon aboard Cassevel with a jump-off time of 49.478 seconds.
Keely McIntosh proudly accepted second place honors aboard So Live Helau. Their fault-free jump-off time of 48.834 seconds was only a half a second faster than third place rider, Kyle Timm. Representing Canada, Timm, came into third with a jump-off time of 49.398 seconds. Closing out the top five was Dr. Fernando Cardenas aboard Valentine Car with a jump-off time of 49.853 seconds.
It was a successful week in the hunter rings, as well, with the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix and the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix. Riders who compete in these classes earn points toward qualifying for the HITS Championships that will take place in Saugerties, New York, this September 5-9.
David Jennings won the first place prize in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix with Attention Please, with a combined score of 175. Second place was awarded to Morgan Ward aboard Huehuetango with a combined score of 174. To round out the top three, congratulations were given to Shachine Belle and Cora, with their combined score of 173.
In the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix, Grace Debney took home the blue ribbon aboard Carla. Their combined score was an impressive 170. In second place was Lily Rusis and Lincom’s Close Up, with a combined score of 165. In third was Lily Toensing aboard Consanto. Their two-round score totaled 153.
Week Four begins Tuesday, Feb. 6, at HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida and will highlight the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix on Thursday, Feb. 8, the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby on Saturday, Feb. 10, and the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix on Sunday, Feb. 11.