HITS Ocala Hunters Take Center Stage

Ocala, FL (January 22, 2017): The first week of qualifying opportunities for the Diamond Mills Hunter Final and the Platinum Performance Hunter Final, which takes place at the HITS Championship in Saugerties each September, commenced this weekend at HITS Post Time Farm. Horses and riders descended on the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium for a chance to qualify in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix and the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix.

$5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix
Dorothy Douglas of Flower Mound, Texas, took home the first Devoucoux Hunter Prix win of the season aboard S&L Just A Cobbler, owned by S&L Farms. They were rewarded with the highest scores in both rounds of the Prix, 85 and 87 respectively, for a winning total of 172.

Second through fifth place were each separated by only one point, proving how high the talent level was in Saturday’s event.

The red ribbon went to Brian Moggre riding MTM Inquisitive, owned by Girling Farm, LLC. Moggre is known best for his success in the Jumper ring, having won the $250,000 Black Barn Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Prix at the HITS Championship last September. He and MTM Inquisitive scored an 81 in the first round, improving to an 86 in the second round for a total of 167.

Amanda Steege garnered both third and fourth place. Third place came aboard Zidane, owned by Susan Darragh, with a final score of 166. Fourth place was with Loxley, owned by Finale Partners, LLC— they earned a final score of 165.

Rounding out the Top Five was Sarah Barge riding Danturano, owned by Sydney Degrazia, scoring  an 83 in the first round and an 81 in the second round for a total of 164.
Place Horse Owner Rider Prize R.1 Score R.2 Score Total
1 S&L Just A Cobbler S&L Farms Dorothy Douglas $1,500  85 87 172
2 MTM Inquisitive Girling Farm, LLC Brian Moggre $1,000 81 86 167
3 Zidane Susan Darragh Amanda Steege $700 82 84 166
4 Loxley Finale Partners LC Amanda Steege $500 80.5 85 165.5
5 Danturano Sydney Degrazia Sarah Barge $400 83 81 164
6 Chestnut Hill Marissa Dolan Jennifer Ritucci $325 81.5 82 163.5
7 Gold Rush Doreen Schlicht Harold Chopping $300 79 80 159
8 Kalifornia Dreamin Kelley Norton Kristen Malacarne $275 80 78 158
Dorothy Douglas and S&L Just A Cobbler on their way to a $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix win. 
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Dorothy Douglas winning the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix
$1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix
The team to beat in the Platinum Performance Hunter Prix was Taylor Masters and Paisley, owned by Redfield Farm. They scored a consistent 83 in both rounds to take home the win with a total of 166.

Alexa Bayko earned second place piloting Carero. They came in behind Masters with a total score of 163, combined by their scores of 84 and 79, respectively,

Third in the ribbons was Jacquelyn Maggiore and Contina. They received an 80 in the first round and a 78 in the second round for total of 158.

Sydney Degrazia took home fourth place among her peers with Reveille Z. Their combined scores of 85, the highest in the first round, and 72 gave them a total of 156.

Rounding out the Top Five was Maeve O’Donovan aboard India. They received consistent scores of 78 for a total of 155 and the fifth-place prize.
Place Horse Owner Rider Prize R.1 Score R.2 Score Total
1 Paisley Redfield Farm Taylor Masters $450 83 83 166
2 Carero Alexa Bayko Alexa Bayko $300 84 79 163
3 Contina Jacquelyn Maggiore Jacquelyn Maggiore $200 80 78 158
4 Reveille Z Sydney Degrazia Sydney Degrazia $150 85 72 157
5 Indiana Maeve O'Donovan Maeve O'Donovan $125 78 78 156
6 Paramount Amy Lloyd Thompson Amy Lloyd Thompson $100 76 79 155
7 Valiant Melissa Marshall Melissa Marshall $100 79 74 153
8 Quantonius Nicole Peterson Melanie Allison $50 71 77 148
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Taylor Masters and Paisley on their way to a $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix win.
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Taylor Masters and Paisley winning the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix
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, Virginia, a new property coming to Chicago, Illinois in May 2017. 

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 FEI CSI-5* in Saugerties, New York.

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