HITS Culpeper is Off to a Hoppin' Start

The 21st Annual HITS Culpeper Series 
Tracy Magness ‘HITS’ Off Culpeper with Three-for-Three in the Featured Jumper Classes
Hunter and jumper competition is off to a hoppin’ start for the 2019 edition of the HITS Culpeper Series in the heart of Virginia's horse country. Continuing a 120-year tradition of horse sport in this charming town, HITS Commonwealth Park is host to six weeks of USEF-Rated show jumping competition from April through September. The opening week of HITS Culpeper featured everything from walk-trot to our Open Jumper Prix on a beautiful Easter weekend.
"It was a great week in Culpeper for the start of our Series. It is always a pleasure to see familar faces, some which we just saw at our Ocala winter Circuit, and even better when we have the opportunity to see new faces as well," said Tom Struzzieri, HITS President and CEO. "We look forward to a great season in Culpeper and can't wait to be back for the next shows in July!"

The week kicked-off with the $5,000 Open Welcome in the Grand Prix Ring, where Tracy Magness and INTENZ VAN HD started their season with a win. Magness raced through the timers in 40.817 to secure the blue ribbon.

2nd Place: Sam Pegg & CAROQUADOS T (42.396)
3rd Place: Taryn Nolte & FOR HIS GLORY SE
Magness continued her winning streak on Friday, claiming another blue ribbon aboard INTENZ VAN HD in the $10,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Prix in a time of 39.935.

2nd Place: Anthony Sauriol & PBM CASCADA (41.859)
3rd Place: Winn Alden & GLADIATOR (42.759)

Easter Sunday started off with with a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt! Dozens of kids. Young and young-at-heart, searched high and low for over 300 treat-filled eggs and two extra special Golden Eggs that earned a special prize!

Then it was back to the show rings for Classic Day in the Grand Prix Ring.

Top honors in the $2,000 Marshall & Sterling Children's and Adult Jumper Classic was Kendra Walmer aboard ELECRA.

Rachael Kealey & ESTELLA ZAZOOM claimed the blue ribbon in the $2,500 Pyranha Jr/A-O/Am 1.20m Jumper Classic.

Ginny Gale & EVENSONG would produce the only fault free round to take home the blue ribbon in the $5,000  Jr/A-O/Am 1.30m Jumper Classic.

After a close jump-off it was determined that Melissa Ruderhausen & CHARMEUR ASK would soar to a blue ribbon finish in the $7,500 Jr/A-O/Am 1.40m Jumper Classic.

Magness topped off her already successful week by taking home the blue ribbon in the $20,000 HITS Open Prix aboard INTENZ VAN HD. Four would reurn to the jump-off with each ride being faster than the one before, but none could catch Magness' time of 41.008.

2nd Place: Thaisa Erwin & EVITA (44.148)
3rd Place: Pegg & CAROQUADOS T (45.502)
4th Place: Peter Gisborn & BAMBINO CHIN P (4 Faults, 41.710)
It was a special week for hunters as well, with the $1,500 Devoucoux and the $1,000 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix in the Grand Hunter Ring. Blue ribbons and qualifying points for the HITS Championship were awarded in each class. Remember, qualifying points can be accumulated at any HITS show throughout the year for the HITS Championship each September in Saugerties, New York. Standings are updated and posted to HITSShows.com!

Taking home top honors in the $1,500 Devoucoux Hunter Prix was Alden and Heartbreaker (left) with scores of 79 and 81 in their respective rounds, for an overall score of 160.

2nd Place: Ashley Helms & FRED A STARE (151)
3rd Place: Alden & VINSKI TT (132)

The blue ribbon, trophy, and winner’s cooler went to Jordyn Holcomb and KING CITY in the $1,000 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix with scores of 82 and 81 in her rounds for a two-round total of 163.

2nd Place: Stella Thigpen & CARMACHO (161)
3rd Place: Kathryn Piper Martin & ANDIAMO (156)
With the Spring Show season underway, don’t forget to nominate you Green Hunter for the Stal Hendrix Green Hunter Futurity at the HITS Championship in Saugerties, New York, September 4-8. The Stal Hendrix Green Hunter Futurity pays out $25,000 PLUS all of the nomination fees at the Championship. Nominate your Green Hunter and get on your way to the Stal Hendrix Green Hunter Futurity at the HITS Championship.
The HITS Culpeper Series hosts a special class weekly for equitation riders, the Culpeper Equitation Classic which is open to Junior, Amateur, Children, and Adult riders and is held at 3’ and 3’6”. The rider who accumulates that most points in the Culpeper Equitation Classic throughout the season will automatically qualify for their respective Medal Final at the Marshall & Sterling Insurance League National or Indoor Finals.

Saturday afternoon’s blue skies served as the perfect backdrop for the first Culpeper Equitation Classic of the season. Katherine Schmidt was awarded the blue ribbon with the high score between the two height sections.

2nd Place: Addison Keyworth
3rd Place: Lauren Phinney
We look forward to more fun and excitement at HITS Culpeper this season. Be sure to make your plans to join us at HITS Culpeper this season, with even more Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation Classics to come.

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Photographs Courtesy of ESI Photography