The Second Week of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit has Wrapped!

Genevieve Munson shows her speed; Daniel Geitner wins big
After an impressive first week of competition, horses and riders found another level for the second week of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, the Ocala January Festival. Many of the week's winners are already preparing for the Great American $500,000 Grand Prix on Sunday, March 27. Read on for a recap of the week's featured competition, and be sure to submit your on-time Great American $500,000 Grand Prix entry by February 1!
The first featured Jumper class of the week, the $2,500 Open Welcome, was held on Wednesday. The first two riders to take to the course were the only two able to advance to the jump-off. The short course proved tricky, but Harold Chopping and QUADRANT completed it with only one rail down and a time of 48.253, just over the allotted forty-eight seconds
  • 2nd Place: Devin Ryan & ITINA [9-faults, 48.775]
  • 3rd Place: Declan Egan & FEDERAL JUSTICE CHAVANNAIS [4-faults, 76.020]
Junior rider Genevieve Munson used impressive speed to beat a field full of professionals in Thursday's $5,000 HITS Open Prix. She and CHARLENE posted the fastest time in the first round and backed it up with a clean time of 36.913 in the jump-off, besting the competition by almost three seconds.
  • 2nd Place: Cassandra Kahle & HEVIOLA [39.365]
  • 3rd Place: Hunter Holloway & LIEMBA [39.937]
Genevieve Munson went back-to-back by claiming Friday's $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix. Riding ZONDERLING, Munson was the only of nine who could complete the short course cleanly, doing so in a time of 43.729.
  • 2nd Place:  Devin Ryan & HANGOVER [2-faults, 49.974]
  • 3rd Place:  Rowan Willis & CONLANDO 55 [4-faults, 43.045]
In Saturday's $5,000 Post Time Classic, Harold Chopping returned to the top of the leaderboard. The first round tested riders, but the final four to take to the course were able to advance the the jump-off round. Chopping's clear time of 35.453 with GERDERIEKA II VL gave the pair the blue ribbon and trophy.
  • 2nd Place:  Declan Egan & FEDERAL JUSTICE CHAVANNAIS [37.036]
  • 3rd Place:  Genevieve Munson & CONTENDRO STAR [4-faults, 30.366]
Sunday afternoon's $50,000 HITS Grand Prix provided spectacular competition. A stacked field of six advanced from Oscar Soberon's first round course to the jump-off. The first to take to the short course, Hunter Holloway set the Great American Time to Beat at 41.392. Two riders later, Rowan Willis was on top with his time of 40.623. The lead would change one more time, when Willis was followed by eventual winner Daniel Geitner, who set a new Great American Time to Beat of 39.539. Up next, Aaron Vale just missed out on taking the top spot by mere fractions of a second. Finally, Dorothy Douglas's attempt was thwarted with a rail on the fourth jump, securing the win for Geitner and VESTA DE LAVARDIN, whose owners, November Hill, were thrilled to finally be in attendance for a big win!
  • 2nd Place:  Vale & CHACCMAN [39.539]
  • 3rd Place:  Willis & BILLY GUILDER [40.623]
Jumper Classic Winners
  • $1,000 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic - Low: Lydia Jordan & CHUBA CHUP
  • $1,000 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic - Medium: Olivia Brown & ALANIA
  • $2,000 M&S/NAL/WIHS Child Jumper Classic - High: Neave Campbell & PLAYBOY
  • $2,000 M&S/NAL/WIHS Adult Jumper Classic - High: Christina Kourgelis & STAKKADERA
  • $2,500 Pyranha/NAL Jr/Am 1.25m Jpr Classic: Paige Jones & EREGAST VAN'T KIEZELHOF
  • $5,000 Junior/Amateur 1.35m Jumper Classic: Genevieve Munson & CONTENDRO STAR
The Adeptus Leading Jumper Rider Award is presented each week to the rider accumulating the most points in one of the Open 0.65m to 1.40m divisions.

Congratulations to this week's winner: Caitlin Burns

Medal Winners

  • M&S Children's Medal - Pony: Alexandra Sawinski
  • Dover Saddlery Adult Medal: Erin Higgins
  • M&S 2'6" Children's/Adult Medal: Charlotte Racine
Saturday played host to two featured classes for Hunter riders. Daniel Geitner showed his versatility by claiming the $5,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix. He and PEN AND INK earned scores of 82 and 83 for a winning total of 165.
  • 2nd Place:  Hunter Holloway & REDDINGTON [163.5]
  • 3rd Place:  Cassandra Kahle & HALDETTE [160]
In the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix, last week's runner-up Evana Somareddy moved to the top of the podium. She and JUST ONE YESTERDAY used a first round score of 83 and a second round score of 86 to earn an overall score of 169 that was just enough for the win.

2nd Place: Mairin Lanahan & MY WINGMAN [168.5]
3rd Place:  Somareddy & CAMBASTIAN [167]
Hunter Classic Winners
  • M&S Bit O' Straw Hunter Classic: Scarlett Mortensen & RILEY'S JACKSON
  • $500 M&S/NAL/WIHS Child Hunter Classic - Horse: Evana Somareddy & CAMBASTIAN
  • $500 M&S Child Hunter Classic - Pony: Finley Scheffel & IDOLIZE
  • $500 SmartPak M&S/NAL/WIHS Adult Hunter Classic: Julia Debaecke & IN LOVE
  • $1,000 CWD/Antares Junior Hunter Classic: Schuyler Dayner & CARLOS HE'LAS
  • $1,000 A-O Hunter Classic: Meghan Rohrbaugh Bear & POINT BLANK
  • $1,000 Perfect Products Pony Hunter Classic: Taylor Silvius & SAHARA
Over the weekend, Jumper 1 became a Pony Games arena, as HITS Post Time Farm welcomed the United States Mounted Games Association for the Games in the Sun - Sunshine Series. The USMGA will return February 19-20 for the Southern Series 2.0 - Finale!
Click here for the full listing of results from the HITS Ocala January Festival.
Click here for the HITS Ocala January Festival photo galleries.
Entries for the Great American $500,000 Grand Prix on March 27 must be submitted to the HITS Ocala Horse Show Office by tomorrow, February 1, to be considered on-time.  Entry Blank
Eight more weeks of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit remain!
Join us this week, February 1-6, for the Ocala Premiere (III).
Entry Blank  |  Enter Online  |  Revised Schedule

Week III Features
  • $25,000 SmartPak Welcome (FEI CSI2*)
  • $50,000 FEI Grand Prix (FEI CSI2*)
  • $50,000 HITS Grand Prix
  • $5,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix
  • $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix
  • Hunter & Jumper Classics
2022 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit
Prize List  |  Class Listing

Ocala Winter Classic - IV  |  February 8-13  |  Entry Blank
  • World Championship Hunter Rider Week
  • $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby
  • $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
  • FEI CSI2* Division
  • $75,000 Sunday Grand Prix (USEF)
Ocala Winter Festival - V  |  February 15-20  |  Entry Blank
FEI CSI2* Division
  • $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
  • $100,000 Ocala Electric Utility Sunday Grand Prix (USEF)
Ocala Masters - VI  |  February 22-27  |  Entry Blank
  • USHJA Zone 4 Handy Hunter Challenges
  • FEI CSI2* Division
  • $100,000 John Deere Sunday Grand Prix (USEF)
Ocala Tournament - VII  |  March 1-6  |  Entry Blank
FEI CSI2* Division
  • $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
  • $50,000 Sunday Grand Prix (USEF)
Ocala Winter Finals - VIII  |  March 8-13  |  Entry Blank
World Championship Hunter Rider Week
  • $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby
  • $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
  • FEI CSI2* Division
  • $75,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Sunday Grand Prix (USEF)
Ocala Winter Celebration - IX  |  March 15-20  |  Entry Blank
FEI CSI2* Division
  • $100,000 Sunday Grand Prix (USEF)
Ocala Championship - X  |  March 22-27  |  Entry Blank
  • $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
  • $25,000 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic - High
  • $15,000 Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic
  • $500,000 Great American Grand Prix (USEF)  |  Entry Blank
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