Returning Hunter Champions Bring A-Game to HITS-on-the-Hudson III
Saugerties, NY (June 14, 2016): HITS Saugerties’ third qualifying opportunities for the $500,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix and the $250,000 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix at the HITS Championship in September, continued with the $10,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix and $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix during the final week of the spring series.
$10,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix Cassandra Kahle has made her mark on the prestigious hunter ring. After stacking the leaderboard with first-, second- and eighth-place in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix during Week I, Kahle returned to once again garner three spots in the top ribbons with first, second and fourth.
The Langley, British Columbia, equestrian’s Week III Devoucoux victory came aboard Super Fun, owned by Cell and Kenny Wheeler. Super Fun skyrocketed to the top this week after coming in eighth with Kahle during Week I. They captured the highest score in both rounds with an 87 in the first round, and an 89 in the second for the winning total of 176.
Kahle swept into second-place with Balouette, owned by Redfield Farm. They scored an 83.5 in the first round and an 84 in the second, for a total of 167.5.
Third in the ribbons went to David Oliynyk of Franklin, Massachusetts, and Generous, owned by Lori Gaudet. The pair have numerous Devoucoux Hunter Prix wins under their belt, as well as a fourth-place finish in last week’s class. They came in just behind Kahle with a total of 167, combined from their scores of 82 and 85, respectively.
Kahle piloted her fourth-place ride, Diario, owned by Great Span, LLC, to a total of 166 with a first-round score of 85 and a second-round score of 81. Kahle and Diario won the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson I.
Rounding out the top five was Huntington, New York equestrian Michael Zukerman aboard Denmark, owned by Patricia Adikes-Hill. They earned an 83 in the first round, returning with the top 12 to earn a 76 in the second, totaling 159 for their efforts and sealing fifth-place.
Ceil and Kenny Wheeler
Great Span LLC
(C) ESI Photography Cassandra Kahle and Super Fun on their way to a $10,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix win.
(C) ESI Photography Cassandra Kahle and Super Fun winning the $10,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix.
$1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix Last week’s $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix winner returned to the ring to challenge a field of 30 competitors and claim a back-to-back hold over the title.
Brett Lieb of Bridgehampton, New York, and Sastune returned to the Outside Course to once again garner the blue ribbon. They earned the highest scores in both rounds with a first-round score of 82 and a 78 in the second round, keeping them ahead of the competition with a total of 160.
Atherton, California equestrian Rachel Penner, made it out with the second-place prize. She piloted S&L Play It Again, owned by Jordyn Rose Freedman, to a score of 79 in the first round, 73 in the second and a total of 152 for their efforts.
Third-place was awarded to Marlee Malamut of Vallaway, New Jersey, and Cash Money. In the first round, they earned a 71.5, improving to a 76 in the second round for a total of 147.5.
Erin Tukel of Sagamore Hills, Ohio, and Eermetta, owned by Redfield Farm, came in fourth-place with a total of 146—resulting from their scores of 72 and 74, respectively.
Rounding out the top five was Bullet Proof, ridden by Bella Clemente of Far Hills, New Jersey, and owned by June Wu. Clemente piloted Bullet Proof to earn a first-round score of 70 and a second-round score of 75 for a total of 145 for fifth.
S&L Play It Again
Jordyn Rose Freedman
Cool Boy E. B.
(C) ESI Photography Brett Lieb and Sastune on their way to $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix win.
(C) ESI Photography Brett Lieb and Sastune winning the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix.
About HITS, Inc. HITS, Inc. produces high-quality, international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the Village of Saugerties, HITS has been producing shows since 1982 and is now a nationwide company with world-class circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York, and Virginia.
While hosting the richest weekend in show jumping at HITS-on-the-Hudson, HITS also formed the Triple Crown of Show Jumping. This includes the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix in Thermal, California, the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala, Florida and Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties, New York.