The First Week of the HITS Chicago Equifest Series is a Wrap!

HITS Chicago kicked off the first week of the Equifest Series at Lamplight Equestrian Center. Exhibitors and horses were excited and ready for an action-packed three weeks of competition. Equifest I was host to USEF-Rated Premier Hunter/Jumper 4* competition that featured a $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, and the $5,000 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Championship. Catch up on all of the champions here!
Beginning the week of highlighted Jumper competition on Wednesday was the $2,500 HITS Open Welcome where Evan Coluccio and HAROLD topped the field in a time of 34.037. This was one of three teams to finish with no faults in the jump-off, awarding them the blue ribbon. 
  • 2nd Place: Rachel Lindsay & COMANDER 16 [38.26]
  • 3rd Place: Sara Tindale & CANDAR MAIL [38.731]

Coluccio continued his winning streak in Thursday's $5,000 1.35m Jumper Classic aboard EGALINI. Earning himself another spot at the top of the podium, Coliccio completed a quick and clear round over the shortened course in a time of 33.727. 

  • 2nd Place: Nick Novak & CLASSIC ROC [36.193]
  • 3rd Place: Adrianne Gamboa & CR LIONHEART ES [4-Faults, 39.333]

Friday hosted the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix where Lindsay rose in the rankings to the first place position after finishing second in a featured Jumper class earlier in the week. Riding COMMANDER 16, Lindsay crossed the timers in a speedy 37.338 with no faults to win the class. Tindale also succeeded in a two-three finish aboard her horses in this competition.

  • 2nd Place: Tindale & ELCO VAN HOF TER NAILLEN [39.996]
  • 3rd Place: Tindale & CANDAR MAIL [4-Faults, 40.788]



Securing his third win of the week in a highlighted Jumper class was Coluccio aboard HAROLD in Saturday's $10,000 HITS Open Jumper Prix. Completing a clean jump-off in 39.7, Coluccio claimed the top position by over four seconds!

  • 2nd Place Jonathan Cohen & LANDER [44.022]
  • 3rd Place: Mathieu Michot & DONATELLA DU BARQUET [4-Faults, 44.964]

Finishing off the first week of the Lamplight Equifest Series with a win in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix was Tiffany Sullivan and CORTECHICO. Sullivan executed an impressive jump-off round as the only rider to jump clear in 43.304 to claim the top prize.

  • 2nd Place: Lisa Goldman-Smolen & NIKE [4-Faults, 44.024]
  • 3rd Place: Alexa Elle Lignelli & DARC KISS Z [4-Faults, 46.24]
$2,500 M&S Modified Child/Adult Jumper Classic: Ann Stalzer & NIRO 8

$1,000 Dever M&S Child/Adult Low Jumper Classic: Lucy Rappoport & COCO CILLA

$1,500 NAL Child/Adult High Jumper Classic: Addison Parins & HIERONYMUS B

$2,500 NAL Jr/A-O/AM Low Jumper Classic: Lignelli & GIRL SCOUT 

$5,000 Pyranha Jr/A-O/Am Medium/High Jumper Classic: Michot & CAYNEN OF THE LOWLANDS Z



The Grand Prix Stadium was host to the exciting $5,000 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby East Championship that offered year-end recognition for points earned and derby classes for all pony sizes. Top honors for this year's championship went to Adeline Fowler and HELICON COUNTRY ROSE.

  • 2nd Place: Emma Dyson & D'ARTAGNAN
  • 3rd Place: Eamon Snyder & PARTLY CLOUDY

In the Hunter Ring this week, the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby was hosted on Friday with a stacked field of horses and riders. Capturing the win was Jennifer Alfano and CABAT VA with top scores of 90 and 92 for a total of 182 to take home the winner's trophy.

  • 2nd Place: Elizabeth Nestor & CARTIER [179]
  • 3rd Place: Jason Schnelle & LE DIPLOMATE [178.5]
$1,000 Amateur/Owner Hunter Classic: Rachel Sutton & SOLO CON TE 2

$1,000 Junior Hunter Classic: Eva Mackenzie & ILADIN DU ROUET

$500 M&S Adult Hunter Classic: Halley Guptil & DEVEREUX

$500 M&S/NAL Child Hunter Classic: Hayley Hewitt & MARTEL VDL

$1,000 Perfect Products Pony Hunter Classic: Agatha Lignelli & GOOD TIMES


HITS Chicago continues this week with Equifest II, August 4-8, that is host to USEF-Rated Premier/4* competition featuring a $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, and a $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Don't miss out - HITS Chicago features competition for every level rider at the charming Lamplight Equestrian Center. If we can be of assistance in making your plans, please contact us at 224.238.7460 or email us

Equifest I, II, III
July 28 - August 15

$10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby (II)

Lamplight Fall Classic
September 15-19

USHJA Zone V HOTY Championship
Marshall & Sterling Insurance League Midwest Finals
NCEA Junior Hunt Seat Medal Final - Midwest


Join us at charming Lamplight Equestrian Center, a favorite of horsemen, and see what you’ve been missing! Enjoy the ambiance, with tree-lined paths and perennial gardens throughout the property. Located in the scenic Fox River Valley, Lamplight is an easy drive to downtown Chicago, O’Hare Airport, and myriad activities. Whether you choose fine dining, shopping, antiquing, hiking or sightseeing, Lamplight is in the center of it all. 

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