Rocky W and Kaitlin Campbell Victorious in HITS Ocala $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

Ocala, Florida (January 29, 2015): Kaitlin Campbell and her Rocky W jumped to victory in 38.220 seconds in a nine horse jump-off in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium on Thursday.

Campbell, of Georgetown, Kentucky, went second-to-last in the jump-off. Only two riders had jumped clear to that point. Campbell and her Holsteiner/Dutch Warmblood cross, fondly known as Rocky, finished clean to collect the winning check for $7,500.

“I’ve had Rocky nine years now. We actually bought him in Ocala in 2006 and this is our first time back. He obviously likes it here,” said Campbell, 23, who works as a trainer at Marigot Bay Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, and aims to jump Rocky in the Great American $1 Million at HITS Post Time Farm on March 23. “He’s 17-years-old now – I really want to jump in a big class with him.”

Wannick WH, owned by Candy Tribble and Windsor Show Stable, and ridden by Christine McCrea of East Windsor, Connecticut, posted the first clear round of the jump-off. Their time of 40.598 held the lead until Campbell rode, putting them in second place to earn $5,500.

Third place went to the only other clear jump-off round, posted by Dorothy Douglas of Flower Mound, Texas, on S&L Farms’ S&L Elite with a time of 40.635, over the course designed by Danny Foster of Ontario, Canada.

Mary Goldman’s Centurion B, ridden by Lisa Goldman of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, had the fastest time of 36.542 in the jump-off but failed to clear a rail at Fence 11, dropping them to fourth place. HH Dauphin, owned by Woodrun and ridden by Laura Linback of Mundelein, Illinois, finished with four faults and a time of 40.660 to take fifth place.

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Kaitlin Campbell and her Rocky W win the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Ocala Thursday, January 29, 2015.

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Kaitlin Campbell and her Rocky W get the blue ribbon in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Ocala.

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

Place Horse Owner Rider Prize Round 1 Faults JO Faults JO Time
1 Rocky W Kaitlin Campbell Kaitlin Campbell $7,500 0 0 38.220
2 Wannick WH Candy Tribble & Windsor Show Christine McCrea $5,500 0 0 40.598
3 S & L Elite S & L Farms Dorothy Doughlas $3,250 0 0 40.635
4 Centurion B Mary Goldman Lisa Goldman $2,000 0 4 36.542
5 HH Dauphin Woodrun Laura Linback $1,500 0 4 40.660
6 Troya Retiro Juan Pablo Betancourt Juan Pablo Betancourt $1,250 0 4 41.071
7 Titus 2:11 Derek Petersen Jared Petersen $1,000 0 4 41.258
8 Le Bon Classic Cloverlea Farm Inc. Tricia O'Connor $750 0 4 44.539
9 MTM Centano MTM Farm Tracy Fenney $750 0 12 47.026
10 Cassevel Maddie Skimming and Derek Petersen Derek Petersen $500 4 * *
11 Pluto Santa Catalina Farm Manuel Torres $500 4 * *
12 Udiana Trade Winds Farm Agatha D'Ambra $500 4 * *

Derek Petersen and Cassevel Top the Brookledge Welcome at HITS Ocala

Derek Petersen of Archer, Florida, riding his and Maddie Skimming’s Cassevel, came out on top in the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome on Wednesday at HITS Post Time Farm, after placing second in the same class during the first week.

The Brook Ledge Welcome included two combinations set in the course designed by Foster, and proved to be a challenge for the competitors. Only two, Petersen with Cassevel and Manuel Torres on Pluto, negotiated the course with no jumping faults and went on to the jump-off.  

Petersen and Cassevel went first in the jump-off. Failing to clear a rail at the second fence, and a time of 42.895 seconds, left the door open for Torres of Waterford, Virginia, riding Pluto, owned by his own Santa Catalina Farm, to win it. But a refusal at a combination and resulting time faults put Torres in second place with seven total faults and a time of 57.238.

Seven had four faults in the first round. Among them, Lisa Goldman, from Hawthorne Woods, Illinois, and her Rocs to Riches, an 8-year-old who will be moving up to the Grand Prix level, were the fastest combination, but placed third at 67.816 seconds. Sam Pegg, riding Michael Pegg’s Shaia De Macheco, was fourth at 69.231, and Andrea Torres Guerreiro, riding Santa Catalina Farm’s Victoria, rounded out the top five in 72.545 seconds.

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Derek Petersen and Cassevel win the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at HITS Ocala.

$2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome

Place Horse Owner Rider Prize Round 1 Faults JO Faults JO Time
1 Cassevel Maddie Skimming and Derek Petersen Derek Petersen $750 0 4 42.895
2 Pluto Santa Catalina Farm Manuel Torres $450 0 7 57.238
3 Rocs to Riches Lisa Goldman Lisa Goldman $300 4 * *
4 Shaia de Macheco Michael Pegg Sam Pegg $250 4 * *
5 Victoria Santa Catalina Farm Andrea Torres Guerreiro $225 4 * *
6 Envy Sulu Rose-Reed Sulu Rose-Reed $200 4 * *
7 Bloom Z Beyaert Farm Inc. Mattias Tromp $175 4 * *
8 Available Aphrodite Available My Weber $150 4 * *
9 Aries Noel Gross Jonathan Corrigan * 4 * *
10 Afandina Lexy Reed Lexy Reed * 8 * *
11 Zacantos Z Lisa Goldman Lisa Goldman * 8 * *
12 Gomez van de Withoeve Kyle Dewar Kyle Dewar * 8 * *

About SmartPak
SmartPaks are custom made, pre-measured daily dose Paks of your horse's supplements. They are clearly labeled with your horse's name for fast, accurate feeding every time. Tightly sealed to protect potency, SmartPaks ensure that your horse always has the freshest supplements available. Best of all, SmartPaks over $40 are delivered free automatically every 28 days, so you never worry about running out.

About Brook Ledge
Brook Ledge Inc. is one of the largest horse transportation companies in North America. In addition to operating out of its home office in Oley, Pennsylvania, Brook Ledge Inc. maintains terminals on small farms in Lexington, Kentucky and Ocala, Florida. There are three generations currently working at Brook Ledge and the Gotwals family is dedicated to the business and those who make it possible from employees to customers.

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, presented by Mortgage Call, in Thermal, California, the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala, Florida, and Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix, presented by Wells Fargo, in Saugerties, New York.

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