Melissa Feller and Serafino Win the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson V
Feller, of Lincoln Park, New Jersey, and Serafino did not have the highest score, an 88.5, in Round 1, but came back very strong with a 94 in Round 2 to earn the top prize with a total of 182.5.
"It was a fun course. Obviously Serafino liked it; it was a good course for him," Feller said of the 9-year-old gelding. "We've done this class a bunch of times. He normally he gets a little fresh coming off of the bank, up on the hill. He thinks he's in a field. But he was awesome this time, he was really, really good. Super relaxed."
Second-place finisher Patricia Griffith, of New York City, earned an even 88 in both rounds to total 176. She said, of coming in second out of such a large field, "It's always competitive here. I got lucky because I got to ride Pioneer, who is such an awesome horse."
Osvaldo Ornia Pacher, of Bedminster, New Jersey, and Provenance, owned by Palermo Show Stable, LLC, rounded out third place with an 86.75 in Round 1 and a stronger 89 in Round 2 to total 175.75, just a quarter-point behind Griffith. Fourth-place finisher Annabel Revers, of Weston, Massachusetts, on MTM Hands Down, owned by Beechwood Stables, LLC, completed both rounds with an overall score just three-quarters of a point behind Pacher. Revers earned an 85 in Round 1 and the second-highest score, a 90, in Round 2, for a total of 175.
The Devoucoux Hunter Prix is held each week at HITS-on-the-Hudson and is a qualifier for the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final held on September 4-6 during the HITS Championship.
(c) ESI Photography Melissa Feller and Serafino, owned by Elisabeth McFadden, jump in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson V on Saturday.
|1||Serafino||Elisabeth McFadden||Melissa Feller||$1,500||88.5/94||182.5|
|2||Pioneer||Heritage Farm, Inc.||Patricia Griffith||$1,000||88/88||176|
|3||Provenance||Palermo Show Stable, LLC||Osvaldo Ornia Pacher||$700||86.75/89||175.75|
|4||MTM Hands Down||Beechwood Stables, LLC||Annabel Revers||$500||85/90||175|
|5||Alivio||Sorelli, LLC||Osvaldo Ornia Pacher||$400||85.75/84||169.75|
|6||Quax||Beechwood Stables LLC||Annabel Revers||$350||85.5/83||168.5|
|7||Chapman ET||Doreen Toben||Darby Toben||$275||86.5/81||167.5|
|8||Levland||The Levland Group||Peter Wylde||$275||87/78||165|
Ivy Watson and Bostonian Win $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix to Top Field of 45
Sixteen-year-old Ivy Watson and her Bostonian topped a field of 45 entries in the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix on Sunday at HITS-on-the-Hudson V, earning an even score of 85 in each round to total 170.
"I've done a lot of classes like this with my horse in the past few years," said Watson. "We've just been trying again and again to get to this goal, finally winning!" she said. "It was just my trainer (Carl Catani of River Wind Farm) and my amazing horse that finally helped me get to this goal."
Watson, of Norwell, Massachusetts, said of Bostonian, a 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, "He's the best thing that ever happened to me. We started off a little shaky because he was green. We finally got here after three years."
Second place finisher Jess Lusty, of York, Maine, on her Anucci, was just a point behind Watson, with an 86 in the first round and an 83 in the second to total 169. Third-place finisher Isabella Usenza, of Albany, New York, on Monty Kelly's Sebastian, placed third with a total of 168, after earning an 84 in each round. Hannah Tucker, on her Queen Vienna, earned a 165, with an 81 in Round 1 and an 84 in Round 2.
The $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix is held each week at HITS-on-the-Hudson and is a qualifier for the Platinum Performance $250,000 Hunter Prix Final on September 4-5 during the HITS Championship.
|1||Bostonian||Ivy Watson||Ivy Watson||$450||85/85||170|
|2||Anucci||Jess Lusty||Jess Lusty||$300||86/83||169|
|3||Sebastian||Monty Kelly||Isabella Usenza||$200||84/84||168|
|4||Queen Vienna||Hannah Tuckner||Hannah Tuckner||$150||81/84||165|
|5||Claudio||Volo Farm, Inc.||Emily Noble||$125||82.5/82||164.5|
|6||Classini||Arklys, LLC||Victoria Rainis||$100||82/82||164|
|7||Archie||Britta Lippert||Britta Lippert||$100||81.5/80||161.5|
|8||Hollywood Bound||Grace Tice||Grace Tice||$75||83/68||151|
About HITS, Inc.
HITS, Inc. produces high quality, international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in Saugerties, New York, 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 HITS 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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2015 Horse Show Dates
HITS Desert Circuit | Thermal, CA | January 13 - March 15, 2015
HITS Ocala Winter Circuit | Ocala, FL | January 13 - March 23, 2015
HITS Arizona Winter Circuit | Tucson, AZ | January 28 - March 8, 2015
HITS Culpeper Show Series | Culpeper, VA | April / July / August / September
HITS Saugerties Show Series | Saugerties, NY | May-June / July-August / September
HITS Championship | Saugerties, NY | September 2-6, 2015
HITS Marshall & Sterling Insurance National Finals | September 9-13, 2015
National Sunshine Series | October 28 - November 8, 2015