Hunter Riders Turn Out for the Blue at the Culpeper Finals

Culpeper, VA (October 2, 2016): Exhibitors from the East Coast and beyond traveled to HITS Commonwealth Park for the final weekend of competition, but only one winner could be crowned in each Hunter Prix: the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix and the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix. 

$5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix
The top five riders would claim multiple ribbons in the class, but a HITS Champion returned to the ring in Culpeper to once again claim a winning title. After staking claim to the second-annual Stal Hendrix Pre-Green Futurity at the HITS Championship in September, David Wilbur piloted Adore, owned by Stephanie Ray, to another blue ribbon.

The Ocala, Florida equestrian rode the stunning grey mare to an impressive first-round score of 88, the highest of the round. After the top 12 returned for the second round of the classic, Wilbur and Adore once again swept the competition with an 88, totaling 176 for the victory.

Wilbur also captured the final spot in the top five aboard Fila, owned by Taylor Lampert. They earned an 84.5 in the first round, and a 79 in the second round for a total of 153.5 for fifth place.

Second in the ribbons belonged to Caitlin Venezia-White of Marston’s Mills, Massachusetts, piloting Waterfall, owned by Jennifer Combs. Together the pair earned a first-round score of 86, followed by an 88 in the second-round to total 174.

Venezia-White would also garner fourth-place with Spottless, owned by Heather Georges. They earned scores of 82 and 84, respectively, for a total of 166.

Melissa Feller of Flemington, New Jersey, took Shameless to the third-place ribbon with a first-round score of 85.5 and a second-round score of 85 for a total of 170.5. Feller would also earn a second ribbon in, sixth place, aboard Chanel owned by Sloan Hodges.
Place Horse Owner Rider Prize Rd. 1/2 Total
1 Adore Stephanie Ray David Wilbur $1,500 88/88 176
2 Waterfall Jennifer Combs Caitlin Venezia-White $1,000 86/88 174
3 Shameless Kelly Wilson Melissa Feller $700 85.5/80 170.5
4 Spottless Heather Georges Caitlin Venezia-White $500 82/84 166
5 Fila Taylor Lamper David Wilbur $400 82/84 166
6 Chanel Sloan Hodges Melissa Feller $400 76.5/83 159.5
7 Cupido Z Jamie Wolff Gavin Moylan $350 76/82 158
8 Houdini Elisabeth McFadden Melissa Feller $300 77/80 157
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David Wilbur and Adore on their way to a $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix win. 
$1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix
Junior and amateur riders put it all on the line for a shot at the winning spotlight in Saturday’s $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix.

The team to beat was Emily Smith of Bethesda, Maryland, riding Validictorian. They claimed the highest score of the round with an 82, for the victory.

Second in the ribbons was Emma Koeppen of Frederick, Maryland, riding Portrait, owned by Julie Teitel. They scored just behind Smith with an 80 for their efforts.

Emily Simon of Virginia Beach, Virginia, took home third-place honors piloting Thor’s Hammer, owned by Debra Teets; they turned in a score of 75.

Radnor, Pennsylvania equestrian Jessa Kinney was fourth riding her own gelding, World Power. Rounding out the top five was Payton Lawrence of Leesburg, Virginia, and Fair Game, owned by Liam Fell.
Place Horse Owner Rider Prize Score
1 Validictorian Emily Smith Emily Smith $450 82
2 Portrait Julie Teitel Emma Koeppen $300 80
3 Thor's Hammer Debra Teets Emily Simon $200 75
4 World Power Jessa Kinney Jessa Kinney $150 74
5 Fair Game Liam Fell Payton Lawrence $125 71
6 Confession Christel Weller Kimberly Beattie $100 69
7 Bourdeaux Maple Ridge Investments, LLC Katherine Powers $100 68
8 Beckham Glen Eden LLC Caitlyn Sheffer $75 62
About HITS, Inc.
HITS, Inc. produces high-quality, international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the Village of Saugerties, HITS has been producing shows since 1982 and is now a nationwide company with world-class circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York, and Virginia.

While hosting the richest weekend in show jumping at HITS-on-the-Hudson, HITS also formed the Triple Crown of Show Jumping. This includes the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix in Thermal, California, the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala, Florida and Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties, New York.

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