Holiday Series II Kicks Off with the $2,500 Johnson Horse Transportation Open Welcome

Ocala, FL (December 16, 2015): The Ocala Holiday Classic kicked off as the second week of the HITS Holiday Series. Equestrians returned to HITS Post Time Farm for another week of competition after a brief hiatus to dine, play and explore the city of Ocala, Florida.

Derek Petersen of Archer, Florida, walked away with the blue ribbon in the first featured class of the week, the $2,500 Johnson Horse Transportation Open Welcome—the win came aboard Redeemed, a seven-year-old Warmblood gelding.

Four would jump clear to advance to the immediate jump-off, where three would go double clear in contingency for the victory.

Petersen was the first to show and the first to produce a double-clear round to set the tone for the class. He and Redeemed clocked in at 40.983, a round that would remain unsurpassed.

Next to conquer the shortened course was Lexington, Kentucky equestrian Lauren Hester and Clueless P, owned by Hester Equestrian, LLC. They stopped the clock just one second behind Petersen in 41.501 for the eventual second-place prize.

The final pair to go clear in the jump-off was Debbie McCarthy Connor of Patterson, New York, and Zim, owned by Connor & Ebetino Jumpers, LLC— the pair won this class in the first week of the Holiday Series. They crossed the finish in 47.140 to secure third place.

Fourth place went to Hayden Morresey riding Cequila, owned by Margaret Bopp, LLC. The final spot in the top five belonged to Ocala rider Allen T. Nabors piloting Cool N’Cavalier, owned by Cassie Bakus.
Place Horse Owner Rider Prize Rd. 1 Faults JO Faults JO Time
1 Redeemed Derek Petersen Derek Petersen $750 0 0 40.983
2 Clueless P Hester Equestrain LLC Lauren Hester $450 0 0 41.501
3 Zim Connor & Ebetino Jumpers LLC Debbie McCarthy Connor $300 0 0 47.140
4 Cequila Margaret Bopp, LLC Hayden Morresey $250 0 O/C -
5 Cool N' Cavalier Cassie Bakus Allen T. Nabors $225 0 O/C -
6 Charming Force B Kim Farlinger Stables LTD Kim Farlinger $200 4 - -
7 Caprice van de Brouwershoeve Kim Farlinger Stables LTD Kim Farlinger $175 4 - -
8 Coconut Eagle Valley Partners, LLC Andrew Kocher $150 4 - -
9 Born Again Derek Petersen Derek Petersen - 8 - -
10 Friggy LV Hester Equestrian LLC Lauren Hester - 20 - -


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Derek Petersen and Redeemed on their way to a $2,500 Johnson Horse Transportation Open Welcome win. 
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