Dorothy Douglas goes Two for Two in Featured Competition
World Champion Hunter Rider Week, $7,500 Marshall & Sterling Children's & Adult Jumper Classics & More
The Ocala Winter Finals have long served to be a big week for Hunters at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, featuring World Champion Hunter Rider Week and showcasing hunters in the Grand Prix Ring and Main Hunter Ring. This week featured the third $25,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby, and top-notch Hunter competition in the 'Horse Capital of the World'®. Along with spectacular Hunter competition, the Ocala Winter Finals hosted the $7,500 Marshall & Sterling Children's and Adult Jumper Classics, $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix and $50,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix in the Stadium.
Along with the $25,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, the HITS Ocala Winter Finals was host to the final $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby of the Circuit and the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix which is held every week. While HITS Ocala VIII was World Champion Hunter Rider Week, every week of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit offers featured Hunter Competition. The season caps off with a second $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby during HITS Ocala X.
Jumping to a blue ribbon finish in the $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby was Rylee Poole-Kohli for her ride aboard NORTHWIND CRISPIN, owned by Prue Richardson. Poole-Kohli scored an 83 in the first round and followed that with a 76 for a total of 159.
Hunter Classic Winners
Featured jumper competition kicked off in the Grand Prix Stadium on Wednesday where Seth Vallhonrat added his name to the leaderboard, winning the $5,000 Open Welcome aboard his own NESSAJA in a time of 44.068.
Along with securing first in the USHJA National Hunter Derby, Douglas claimed a top ribbon in Friday's featured jumper competition. Douglas held the only double clear in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix aboard MTM CHELSEA 98 in 42.073. While she's no stranger to the Winner's Circle, this was Douglas' first Grand Prix win at HITS Ocala this season. "Everything seemed to work out on Friday," said Douglas about her jump-off. "I might have been a little bit conservative speed-wise but was the only one to jump double clear."
"We've had her [MTM CHELSEA 98] for about two years now and to me, she's one of those horses that you can go and try to win every class," said Douglas. "She's been stepping up and keeps surprising us that she's jumped as big as she has. She won a class at HITS Chicago this past summer and has had good ribbons all circuit so she definitely deserved the win on Friday. She's been so consistent and awesome!"
Securing the top placing in Saturday's $15,000 HITS 1.40m Classic was Grace Debney and ZARINA DE VIDAU for Temple Equestrian LLC. Debney didn't have any rails down in the field but accrued 3 time faults to take the win in 50.123.
Jumper Classic Winners
$1,000 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic - Low: Emily Anderson & PANDA EXPRESS
$1,500 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic - Medium: Kaylin Dines & URREM
$2,500 Pyranha NAL Jr/A-O/Am 1.25m Jumper Classic:
Mira Korber & PATENT PENDING 3E
$5,000 Jr/A-O/Am 1.35m Jumper Classic: Amy Shafmaster & CARLOS
$7,500 U-Dump Jr/A-O/Am 1.45m Jumper Classic:
Shafmaster & UMBRELLA TER WILGEN Z
Sunday featured the $50,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix where 14 riders jumped clear in the first round over a course designed by Oscar Soberon of Wellington, Florida. Marking another win in what turned out to be a very fast and exciting jump-off was Aaron Vale piloting M LEBRON for Thinkslikeahorse. Vale crossed the timers in 36.260, slipping in to the leading position by a full second for his fourth Sunday Grand Prix victory of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit.
Vale and M LEBRON claimed the top spot in the $5,000 Open Welcome at the HITS Ocala Masters (VI) and HITS Ocala Tournament (VII), but Sunday's Grand Prix was one of the biggest so far for the bay gelding. “Today’s course really suited Lebron,” Vale said. “He’s quick across the ground but is still learning to be fast in the turns. I was able to just gently guide him around the jump-off course, and he ended up faster than I expected. I’m really proud of how he performed today.”
2nd Place: Feigus & IGOR VAN DE HEIBOS [37.488]
3rd Place: Holloway & EASTERN JAM [37.728]
Click here for the full listing of results from the HITS Ocala Winter Finals.
USEF-Rated Premier/6* competition continues next week with the HITS Ocala Winter Celebration, March 16-21. HITS Ocala IX features the $200,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix. Don't miss out - the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit continues with more competition and fun at HITS Post Time Farm! For more information or to enter for the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, click here.
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Enjoy the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Style
VIP Tables are available for the Ocala Championship (X) which features the seventh Great American $1 Million Grand Prix on Sunday, March 28. Tables seating 6 guests are $2,000 for Wednesday - Sunday. Visit the Horse Show office for more information or to purchase your VIP Table for the Ocala Championship (X)!
HITS wants to assure exhibitors of the safe environment for both horses and humans at HITS Post Time Farm. HITS has active Covid-19 and EHV protocols and emergency plans in place, and endeavors to keep HITS Post Time a safe, bio-friendly facility for the remainder of the Circuit. For a list of suggested EHV Protocols, please click here. For questions or further information, please contact the HITS Show Office at 352-620-2275 or email.