Ali Wolff Brings It Home in the $34,600 FEI Saugerties Jumper Classic
Saugerties, NY (September 8, 2016): The most prestigious week of the season at HITS-on-the-Hudson, The HITS Championship, commenced on Wednesday with the $34,600 FEI Saugerties Jumper Classic. Riders and horses from half a dozen nations descended on the Grand Prix Ring at HITS Saugerties to contend for the first big victory of the jam-packed week.
Many talented names filled the order of go, including 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist, Beezie Madden, but the team to beat would prove to be 26-year-old Ali Wolff of New Albany, Ohio, aboard Caya, owned by John Wolff.
“I’m glad that Caya has finally gotten the recognition that she deserves. I’ve had her for about four years now and she’s always had the heart to win,” said Wolff. “She is a very special horse, and this is her first CSI – 5* victory, so we’re very happy about that.”
A field of forty turned out to challenge the course set by German course designer, Werner Deeg. Twenty challengers would go clear to advance to the jump-off, with seven producing double-clear rounds in contingency for the win.
“The course was inviting which can be good for the first day so that people can get in the ring and build some confidence for the rest of this big week,” said Wolff. “A lot of people rode the horse they’d like to compete in the Million with, so it was nice to get their horses into the ring.”
The first four to re-enter the ring for the jump-off would put down cool, clear rounds to set the tone for the remaining competitors. First to test the shortened course was Emanuel Andrade, riding out of Wellington, Florida, and Boy IV. They stopped the clock fault-free in 50.45, a time that would earn them seventh place.
Catherine Tyree followed with Enjoy Louis, owned by Joseph and Mary Tyree. The Chicago, Illinois equestrian crossed the finish in a speedy 46.08 with all of the rails up, which would be good enough for the fifth place prize.
Next to enter was Irish equestrian Kevin Babington, riding out of Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania, piloting Double O Seven 7. They angled a mid-course vertical and turned quickly and efficiently to the last outside combination, shaving crucial seconds off the clock. They crossed the finish in 46.02, just six-tenths of a second quicker than Tyree, for the eventual fourth place.
Babington also scored the second place spot aboard Mark Q with a clear, 43.88-second round.
The victors, Ali Wolff and Caya had the next clear round, which would ultimately take home the coveted blue ribbon.
“The jump-off was long, but it was set out on a winding track, so there were several different ways you could make up time – either galloping or turning,” said Wolff. “Caya does not have the biggest stride, but she’s fast across the ground and she’s even faster turning, which is one of our greatest strengths.”
Wolff and Caya turned in a solid round, stopping the clock in 42.82 to shoot to the top of the leaderboard, where they would remain.
Laura Chapot, with over 12 wins at HITS Saugerties this season, aboard Quiontreau Un Prince, co-owned with McLain Ward, put down another clear round, but their time of 46.17 was just shy of the top five ultimately settling them in sixth place.
Juan Manuel Gallego, riding out of Morriston, Florida, took home the final spot in the top five riding Coulash Van De Broy Z. They passed the timers clean in 45.86 for the third place prize.
The HITS Championship continues in the Grand Prix Ring with the $34,600 FEI HITS Jumper Classic on Friday, the $100,000 Hudson Valley Jumper Classic on Saturday and the premiere event, the Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix CSI-5* on Sunday, September 11. For a complete schedule of events, please click here.
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Rd. 1 Faults
Coulash Van De Broy Z
Juan Manuel Gallego
Juan Manuel Gallego
Double O Seven 7
Joseph & Mary Tyree
Quointreau Un Prince
Laura Chapot & McLain Ward
Bull Run's Faustino de Tili
Bull Run Jumper Five, LLC.
ISHD Dual Star
Coriandolo Di Ribano
Tequestrian Farms LLC
Stone Hill Farm
(C) ESI Photography Ali Wolff and Caya on their way to a $34,600 Saugerties Jumper Classic win.
$5,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome The $5,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome took place after the $34,600 FEI Saugerties Jumper Classic on Wednesday afternoon, and 36 horses and riders turned out to vie for the victory.
Andrew Kocher of Lake St. Louis, Missouri, claimed both the first and second place titles, capturing the blue aboard Prof De La Roque, owned by Postage Stamp Farm, LLC., and the red ribbon with Le Conte.
Ronan McGuigan took home third place piloting Capall Zidane, owned by Marker’s Make, LLC.
(C) ESI Photography Andrew Kocher and Prof De La Roque on their way to a $5,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome win.
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 the Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties, New York.