Sadler took the second place spot aboard BULL RUN'S LIVING after an eight-fault effort in the jump-off in a time of 53.214. The nine-year-old Zangersheide mare led the way into second place, and according to Sadler "really stepped up to the plate today."
Brian Moggre, who won the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson just a week ago took third place with MTM VIVRE LE REVE after a clear first round and a four fault second round. "My nerves got to me a little bit today, but my horse feels amazing and has a very bright future," said Moggre when asked about the nine-year-old gelding. "I have been coming to HITS for several years now and I am very grateful for the opportunity. The competition is tough, and the prize money is great. I look forward to coming to HITS for many years to come," he continued.
Alexandra Pielet, who placed sixth in the class last year, finished in fourth this year aboard HELENE VE, and Julia Madigan had a strong showing for fifth place aboard FARFELU DU PRINTEMPS.
Riders qualify for the Black Barn $250,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner/Amateur Jumper Prix by showing at HITS Shows throughout the year at HITS Ocala, HITS Coachella, HITS Arizona, HITS Chicago, HITS Saugerties, and HITS Culpeper. All three top finishers this year spend the winter at HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida and show at the other HITS properties throughout the year, making them extremely deserving of the prize money, blue ribbons, and cheers. Stay tuned for future HITS press releases featuring these three talented young riders.