Scott Keach and Olympic Mount Fedor take first $50,000 Grand Prix at HITS Ocala 

Ocala, FL (January 24, 2017): The $50,000 Equine Couture/Tuff Rider Grand Prix was an exciting and competitive class on Sunday at the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium. 

Australian equestrian Scott Keach and his 12-year-old Olympic mount Fedor, owned by Southern Cross Equestrian of Reddick, Florida, was the fastest of four double clear rounds to take home the win in the opening week of the HITS Ocala Witner Circuit.

“This is only the second class that Fedor has jumped this season,” said Keach. “I was unable to watch any of the other riders in the jump-off, so I just went as quickly as I could.” 

Brandi Holloway from Topeka, Kansas, and Lucky Strike, owned by Hays Investment Corp., was second. Third place went to Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas, on MTM Reve du Paradis.

The course of 16 elements was designed by Mauricio Garcia of Archer, Florida, Twenty six horse and rider combinations tackled the first round course with twelve jumping first round clears. 

The jump-off included several roll backs, the b and c elements of the triple and finished over two separate airy verticals. Twelve horses in the jump-off assured everyone a piece of the prize money so everyone put pedal to the metal to earn a bigger piece of the pie. 

First to go clear was Fenney on MTM Reve du Paradis. Fenney and the  grey were just nosed out of a win in Thursday’s Smartpak Grand Prix and put in another outstanding round to stop the clock at 39.246 to take the temporary lead. 

The next two to jump-off, Mattias Tromp and Nicole Bellisimo had 12 faults each before Brandi Holloway and Lucky Strike took their shot. Angling the last jump paid off with a new Great American Time to Beat of 39.091 to take the lead.

Moving ahead in the order while Fenney prepped her second mount, Fedor and Keach jumped a clear round riding the same track but with Fedor’s quicker style in the air, they were to shave a fraction off of Holloway’s time to take the lead in 38.728.

Fenney returned on MTM Como No only to have a rail at the second to last fence, but they finished as the fastest with four faults for eventual fifth place. 

Vale and Bonzini S had 8 faults to finish in eighth place. Charlie Jayne and the super athletic Playboy appeared to have the winning time until they visibly slowed down in the approach to the last jump to finish clear with the fourth fastest time of 40.351.

Two more jumped off but no one was able to match the double clear performances of the top four.

Keach was pleased with his horse’s performance, and hopes to build on this week’s win with all of his horses.  “I plan on staying at HITS Ocala throughout the season. I have several young horses to bring along as well as Fedor and HITS offers the variety of classes I need for all of them.”

   Horse  Owner Rider Prize R.1 Faults J.O Faults J.O Time
1 Fedor Southern Cross Equestrian Scott Keach $15,000    0 0 38.728
2 Lucky Strike Hays Investment Corp Brandie Holloway $11,000 0 0 39.091
3 MTM Reve Du Paradis MTM Farm Tracy Fenney $6,500 0 0 39.246
4 Playboy Charlie Jayne Charlie Jayne $4,000 0 0 40.351
5 MTM Como No MTM Farm Tracy Fenney $3,000 0 4 42.800
6 Caprice Van De Brouwershoeve Kim Farlinger Stables Kim Farlinger $2,500 0 4 44.666
7 VDL Bravo S Hays Investment Corp Hunter Holloway $2,000 0 8 42.206
8 Bonzini S Thinkslikeahorse Aaron Vale $1,500 0 8 43.543
9 Avon Swede Ventures, LLC Mattias Tromp $1,500 0 12 40.999
10 Pyrenes De Louzes Redfield Farm Cassandra Kahle $1,000 0 12 42.691
11 Casino Bellissimo, LLC Nicole Bellissimo, LLC $1,000 0 12 46.691
12 Crossfire 10 Chuck & Dana Waters Haley Waters $1,000 0 Elim -
Scott Keach and Fedor on their way to a $50,000 Equine Couture/TuffRider Grand Prix win. 

Fernando Cardenas and Quincy Car take the $7500 U Dump Junior/ Amatuer-Owner Classic

Fernando Cardenas of New Hill, North Carolina, won the $7,500 U Dump Junior/Amaterr-Owner Classic during Week I of the Ocala Winter Circuit. The victory came aboard by the narrowest of margins his homebred stallion Quincy Car over second place Moelissa Rudershausen of Mifflintown, Pennsylvania on Charmeur Ask, and third-place Kady Abrahamson of Loveland, Ohio, on Charline 28 by the narrowest of margins.

“It was close, this is an especially nice win for us since my father bred this horse—we’ve been with him the whole way,” said Cardenas. “Coming out of the winter where we live in North Carolina, he was a little out of shape so we elected to do the amateurs instead of the Grand Prix and it was the perfect class for him.”

The 1.45 meter-course designed by Mauricio Garcia of Archer, Florida was comprised of 15 jumping efforts and proved to be challenging.

Twenty competed in the first round with several contestants showing multiple horses. The time allowed was a factor with Haley Waters jumping a clear round on the course on new European import Don Juan H, but exceeding the time allowed for two time faults placed her sixth. Five jumped clear rounds to move on to the jump-off.  

First to contest the shortened course was Christi Israel of Ocala on Cilandra Z. The grey had the final two fences in the jump off down for 8 faults in 42.005 to finish in the ultimate fourth-place spot.

Next to compete was Adrienne Marciano of Berwyn, Pennsylvania riding Laspari. Her coach Seth Vallhonrat advised her that the winner would be the rider that took the shortest track. Unfortunately, Marciano left out a fence and was eliminated,  but still placed fifth.

Third to go was Rudershausen and Charmeur Ask. They turned tightly inside after fence three, galloped across the ring to the Liverpool, jumped cleanly through the combination towards the end of the course and rolled back to the final oxer to set the Great American Time to Beat at 39.731 with a cool, clear round.

Quincy Car and Cardenas entered next after Rudershausen; they improved upon the currently leading time with a tighter turn to the final oxer to take the lead in 39.374 with all of the rails up.

“I did the inside turn after fence three and then I thought Melissa was very fast,” said Cardenas of his plan. “I didn’t see where I could leave out any strides so I just tried to be as fast as I could to the last jump.” 

The final difference between first and second place would ultimately be just .357 seconds.

Abrahamson and Charline 28 were the final pair to jump-off. They put in the third double clear effort in 40.365 to collect the third place award. 

Place       Horse  Owner Rider Prize  R.1 Faults J.O Faults J.O Time
1 Quincy Car Fernando Cardenas Fernando Cardnas $2,200  0 0 39.374
2 Charmeur Ask Melissa Rudershausen Melissa Rudershausen $1,550 0 0 39.731
3 Charline 28 Abrahamson Equestrian Kady Abrahamson $1,050 0 0 40.365
4 Cilandra Z Chrisi Israel Christi Israel $700 0 8 42.005
5 Laspari Adrienne Marciano Adrienne Marciano $600 0 Elim -
6 Donjuan H  Chuck & Dana Waters Haley Waters $500 2 - -
7 VDL Dogan Bellissimo LLC Nicole Bellissimo $450 4 - -
8 Tamerlan Du Poncel Fernando Lozinsky Fernando Lozinsky $450 4 - -
9 MTM Vivre Le Reve Major Wager, LLC Brian Moggre - 4 - -
10 Eregast Van't Kiezelhof Claire McKean Claire McKean - 4 - -
11 Lisanto 2 BKS Horse Farms, LLC Briley Koerner - 4 - -
12 Bugatti Abramason Equestrian Kady Abrahmson - 5 - -
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Fernando Cardenas and Quincy Car on their way to a $7,00 U-Dump Jr/Ao Jumper Classic win. 

Claire McKean on Elektro Wins First Classic as an Amateur

Claire McKean of The Woodlands, Texas, topped a field of 17 juniors and amateurs to take home the top prize in the $5,000 KindredBio Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.35m Classic at HITS Post Time Farm. 

“I loved the course, it challenged you to gallop up to the first line and settle for the second line,” said McKean. “My horse actually got a little hung up in the triple combination in the first round but he was able to power through.”

Seven of 17 starters jumped clear rounds over a 15-effort course designed by Mauricio Garcia of Archer, Florida. 

First to jump off was Mary Katherine Hargreaves on Gracieux who set the pace with a clear round in 34.810.

Kady Abrahamson of Loveland, Ohio, on her first mount of the jump=off, Hailey ADZ, had four faults at the second fence in a time of 33.895. Next to go clean was Jordan Coyne on Casanto; they jumped clear in 33.700 to take the lead and set the Great American Time to Beat. 

Douglas Schreiber on Lambert had a careful clear in 39.276. McKean went next on her grey Belgian Warmblood, Elektro. She turned exceptionally tight on each rollback and her efficiency resulted in a class leading time of 30.944 to take over the lead.

The final rider was Abrahamson returning with her second mount, Basco H2. Her pace was fast but turns not quite as tight resulted in a time of 31.274 to finish in second place, movingCoyne, of High Springs, Florida, to third. 

Elated with her win, McKean exclaimed, “I just got my horse about nine months ago and he just turned eight so he’s still learning. My goal in the first round was just to have a nice clear round and in the jump-off to keep my turns tidy and go as fast as I could. It all worked out in my favor. He jumped incredible. I just turned 18 so this is my first win as an amateur. “

Place       Horse  Owner Rider Prize     R.1 Faults J.O Faults J.O Time
1 Elektro Claire McKean Claire McKean $1,500  0 0 30.944
2 Bascho H2 Abrahamson Equestrian LLC Kady Abrahamson $1,000 0 0 31.274
3 Casanto Jordan Coyne Jordan Coyne $700 0 0 33.700
4 Gracieux Mary Katherine Hargreaves Mary Katherine  Hargreaves $500 0 0 34.810
5 Lambert Douglas Schreiber Douglas Schreiber $400 0 0 39.276
6 Hailey AD Z Abrahamson Equestrian LLC Kady Abrahamson $350 0 4 33.895
7 Spitfire-W Hasbrouck Donovan Hasbrouck Donovan $300 2 - -
8 Alicante Manciase Melissa Rudershausen Melissa Rudershausen $250 4 - -
9 Captain My Captain Laurel Blakemore Laurel Blakemore - 4 - -
10 RS Aplaus Toltien Remote Sky, LLC Elle Young - 4 - -
11 Attention ET Z Smithfield Farms, LLC Callie Morgan Smith - 4 - -
12 Pacific Ocean Laurel Blakemore Laurel Blakemore - 5 - -
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Claire McKean and Elektro on their way to a $5,000 KindredBio NAL/Jr/A-O Jumper win. 
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Claire McKean winning the $5,000 KindredBio NAL/Jr/A-O Jumper.  
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, and 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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